Opera House Sets Early Season Concerts

courtesy photo | “We Banjo 3,” two sets of brothers, will perform at the Barre Opera house on January 22.

BARRE – The Barre Opera House’s (BOH) upcoming season is set and, in addition to the seven shows that made up the BOH’s signature TD Bank Celebration Series, the recently refurbished historic theater has scheduled several “BOH Presents” events, which will be added to as the season progresses.

On September 25, Tom Rush will perform. He has been credited by Rolling Stone magazine with ushering the era of the singer-songwriter. In addition to his own compositions, his early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne.

October 23, it’s “Classic Stones Live.” This Stones tribute band, featuring eight members, delivers all the raw energy of Mick and company’s shows. From the signature sax solo in “Brown Sugar” to the vocals in “Gimme Shelter,” every last detail is captured authentically.

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success in film, TV, radio and podcasts, as well as on the live stage. He’s host of the daily “What A Joke With Papa and Fortune” on Sirius, has appeared regularly on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” “Live From Here (the rebooted Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile)” and in February 2020, Netflix premiered Tom’s fourth hour-long stand-up special, “Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great!”  He takes the BOH stage on November 12.

courtesy photo | Comedian Tom Papa will be on stage at the Barre Opera House on November 12.

With the Celtic high-energy style as its musical core, Nova Scotian band Còig, winners of the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards, shift between century-old tunes of past generations to original compositions employing over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, piano, guitars, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles, and more). The group will offer its holiday concert on December 11, which has sold out in Vermont in earlier years as part of The Lane Series and at Pentangle Arts in Woodstock. 

courtesy photo | The Nova Scotian group Còig will perform at the Barre Opera House on December 11.

“We Banjo 3,” a Galway- and Nashville-based quartet, comprises two sets of brothers, Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley, on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bodhran and percussion, propelled by lead singer David Howley. Collectively the group holds over a dozen “All Ireland” titles and their first album took the “Best Traditional Album” prize from The Irish Times. They will perform on January 22.

On February 12, piano virtuoso and acclaimed recording artist A.J. Croce pays tribute to his late father, the legendary folk singer Jim Croce, with “Croce Plays Croce.” A.J. has put together a set of Jim Croce covers, mixed with his own works and songs that inspired them both. He performs such timeless gems as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” and “Time in a Bottle” (a song written for A.J.), along with music by artists like Lieber and Stoller, Bessie Smith, and many Americana greats.

Recipients of the 2019 BBC Best Traditional Track award and 2019 RTE Radio One award for Best Traditional Track, Best Group, and Best Album, “Ye Vagabonds” perform in Barre on March 5. 

Their traditional songs include vocals and tight accompaniment on fiddle, harmonium, mandolin, bouzouki and guitar.

BOH Presents Events include winter appearances by Vermont’s own “No Strings Marionettes.” On January 23, experience “The Snow Maiden.” Mythical figures, animals, and humans from one of Russia’s most beloved folk tales populate this production.

Alan Doyle, the pride of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, whose charisma and sense of humor and solo work will take the BOH stage on February 19, with his “Beautiful, Beautiful Band.”

“One Night of Queen” with Gary Mullen and the Works returns to the BOH by popular demand on April 11. This re-creation of Freddie Mercury and Queen in concert was one of the best-received shows at the Opera House when they were here in 2018 and tickets were gone two weeks ahead of the performance.The Barre Opera House offers discount to members, seniors, and students. Order online at barreoperahouse.org or call (802) 476-8188. The Opera House is handicapped accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired. COVID protocols in place at the beginning of the season include both proof of vaccination and masks. These requirements will be reassessed as the CDC and Vermont State Health Department revise their mandates and recommendations.