Rod MacDonald Trio, Open: Nancy Beaudette (Ballroom)
Rod MacDonald is an ingenious songwriter who has recorded nine critically lauded albums over the past 15 years or so. During the '80s he was at the forefront of a Greenwich Village music scene known as Fast Folk, which, produced hugely successful artists such as Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega. The Smithsonian Folkways Recordings have made available the entire Fast Folk collection - more than 100 albums - on compact disc and MacDonald is one of the most heavily represented artists on the recordings with 29 songs.
His newest CD, "Songs Of Freedom", contains 16 new (mostly) acoustic songs, with a mix of socially prog tunes and some personal things, including one song co-written by his kids 6 & 3, perhaps the youngest published songwriters around.
This time Rod will be accompanied by Mark Dann on bass, who has played bass with Christine Lavin, Jack Hardy, Lucy Kaplansky, Cliff Eberhart, the Belmonts, the Dharma Bums, and the Robert Ross Band. And Craig Harris on percussion, who, aside from his numerous shows with Rod and many other artists, is the author of "The New Folk Music."
Open: Nancy Beaudette - Nancy doesn’t just write songs, she paints them. She was a Canadian finalist in 2009 and 2010 in the Mountain Stage New Song Competition, finalist in the 2010 New England Song Contest and the 2010 Acoustic Roundtable Song Competition.