Marblehead coffeehouse presents evening of bluegrass

The Stray Birds (left) bring their music to a concert of roots and Americana at Me & Thee coffeehouse in Marblehead on Friday.
The Stray Birds (left) bring their music to a concert of roots and Americana at Me & Thee coffeehouse in Marblehead on Friday.

UPDATING TRADITIONS: Me & Thee coffeehouse in Marblehead presents a double bill of Americana and bluegrass music on Friday. The show features The Stray Birds and Three Tall Pines.

From southeastern Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds have created an original sound that draws from American folk music traditions. Members of the acoustic trio play multiple instruments and perform vocal harmonies.

Maya de Vitry has traveled across North America and Europe as a street musician, and now brings a fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocals, and award-winning songwriting to The Stray Birds.


Classically trained violinist Oliver Craven has spent the past four years playing fiddle, mandolin, and guitar on stages across North America with various acoustic groups. The Stray Birds feature his original songs and vocals.

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Charles Joseph Muench, a classically trained bassist, brings many styles and vocals to the trio.

Three Tall Pines is an award-winning quartet that plays bluegrass and Americana. Members include Joe Lurgio, Dan Bourdeau, Nick DiSebastian, and Conor Smith.

The group has been building a strong regional fan base, having won many of the areas’ bluegrass band competitions and recently playing the main stage at the Joe Val Bluegrass festival.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m. The coffeehouse is at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 781-631-8987 or visit


HAPPY B-DAY, WILL: The Cape Anne Shakespeare Troupe celebrates its fifth anniversary and William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday on Tuesday at the Rockport Community House.The evening includes scenes, sonnets, songs, refreshments, and door prizes.

The program features scenes from “As You Like It,” “Henry V,” “Hamlet,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Richard II,” “King Lear,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Richard III,” “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and “Julius Caesar.”

Audience members are invited to bring pieces they would like to read. For more information and a list of what the cast is reading, visit capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10;$5 for students and are available at the door or can be reserved at

NOTES AND KEYS: “Music for a Spring Afternoon” is presented at The Center at Punchard in Andover Monday.


The performance features soprano Wendy Heckman and pianist Carolyn Skelton.

The vocal selections include classical pieces by Purcell, Handel, and Mozart, along with

Soprano Wendy Heckman and pianist Carolyn Skelton present "Music for a Spring Afternoon" on Monday (April 22) at The Center at Punchard in Andover.

arrangements of traditional folk songs, spirituals, and Broadway show tunes.

Pieces by Haydn and Brahms are also featured as piano solos.

The program begins at 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $5. Pre-registration is required. Call 978-623-8321.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Julie Zauzmer discusses her nonfiction book, “Conning Harvard,” at Salem State University at 11 a.m. Monday. A senior at Harvard University, Zauzmer began covering the story of Adam Wheeler, a student who faked his way into Harvard and won numerous prizes through forgery and fraud, while reporting for the Harvard Crimson. . . . Peter Spiers, author of “Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier,” discusses his book at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody at 7 p.m. Monday. The book outlines a program for achieving a rich, satisfying, and brain-healthy lifestyle.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Janet Clingerman Hsiao is the April artist of the month at Re/Max Properties in Hollis, N.H.

An exhibit of acrylic paintings by Janet Clingerman Hsiao is at RE/MAX Properties in Hollis, N.H., throughout April. Baby Bluebird.

Hsiao is inspired by the New England countryside and seashore. Her acrylic paintings primarily focus on ocean scenes, large floral paintings, and small bird portraits. . . . “April & Art,” an exhibit showcasing five local working artists, is at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport through May 5. The invitational show demonstrates the variety of art being produced in the city. The mediums include oil, acrylic, and photography and the styles include Impressionism, photojournalism, figurative, and abstract expressionism. The artists are all from Newburyport and include Mary Arthur Pollak, Alan Bull, Vivien Colon-Lebron, Heather Karp, and Peter Zoltai.

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