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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Join “the king and queen of the banjo” as they perform music from their collective repertoire as well as from their self-titled debut for which they took home the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. Sixteen-time Grammy Award winner Bela Fleck has taken the banjo across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn has re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds.



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On sale to the general public July 11 at noon.





Support for the 2017/18 season provided in part by The Melanson Company, Inc.

The Wailin’ Jennys

Creating some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene today, the talented trio of Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse continue to step up their musical game with each critically lauded recording. A fixture as musical guests on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, they regularly thrill audiences with their renowned chemistry and tight vocal harmonies. If you like Americana, you’ll love The Wailin’ Jennys!

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$43 / $39 / $29


Richard Thompson (Solo Acoustic)

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards as well as the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In the USA Thompson has been nominated at the Americanas for both “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year”.  His recently released CD, Still was produced  by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and reached #6 in the UK charts (just ahead of Taylor Swift)!

As an in-demand live performer, the past two years saw Richard Thompson headlining dates around the world, co-headlining shows with Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, as well as the Americanarama Tour  with Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket – which culminated with Dylan himself performing RT’s classic song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”.  Thompson’s genre defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar along with dizzying energy and onstage wit continue to earn Richard Thompson massive new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in Folk Rock history.

“Genius appears early. Legends are earned. But history’s greatest never stand on their laurels. This is the artistic arc for Richard Thompson!”

Joan Shelley will be opening for Richard Thompson. Shelley is a songwriter, guitarist and banjoist from Louisville, Kentucky. Her third album Over and Even, a collaboration with guitarist Nathan Salsburg, was released in the fall of 2015. It was an album of the year at NPR Music and in the Los Angeles Times, while Rolling Stone magazine called it, “a masterfully turned set of folk reflections.” Shelley and Salsburg toured the world in support of it, appearing on stages large and small. She will release a new record in the spring of 2017.

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$46 / $42 / $35

Keller Williams & Leo Kottke: Shut the Folk Up and Listen

We are proud to welcome Leo Kottke and Keller Williams to The Colonial Theatre on Saturday, January 14 2017.

Leo Kottke: Kottke is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. He overcame a series of personal obstacles, including partial loss of hearing and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage in his right hand to emerge as a widely recognized master of his instrument.

Keller Williams: Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ‘90s, Williams has defined the term independent artist.  And his recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career, he had performed solo. His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.

What to expect: This very special evening of music will feature a solo set by each artist and some spontaneous collaborations between Williams and Kottke.


$46 , $41, $29