Holiday Acoustic Tour - with guest Dan Blakeslee

Parsonsfield is 5-piece eclectic string band from Western MA which happily mingles bluegrass, folk, and jazz. The young band deftly moves from infectious Appalachian anthems and handcrafted ballads to jubilant and danceable indie roots music, all delivered with polished musicianship. The New York Times hailed the band as "boisterously youthful yet deftly sentimental." Parsonsfield is: Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Whale Goodale (bass), Erik Hischmann (drums).

This Holiday Acoustic show will include Parsonsfield originals as well as their versions of holiday songs -- some traditional and some contemporary. Though the show will be plugged in, it will have a bit more of an acoustic feel!

Parsonsfield will also host a toy drive to benefit The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers Christmas Program at this show.

Folk Alley says "a lot of string bands like to talk about how they are innovating, but Parsonsfield actually delivers on that promise...their sound kick out the windows of what most people think of folk and bluegrass."

Catch Parsonsfield onstage any night and the band's joy is palpable. They trade instruments, share microphones, and shoot each other big grins. They sing in tight multi-part harmonies, their voices blending like they've been doing this together all their lives. That's because Parsonsfield is a family band, not by birth but by choice.

With guest Dan Blakeslee

With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee ventured into the subways of Boston in 1995 to practice his craft. He has been making music and art throughout New England ever since, leading him to tour the U.S. performing with The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum, Lydia Loveless, The Lumineers, Liam Finn, Brown Bird, Joe Fletcher, Death Vessel and Kimya Dawson among others. In 2015 his dream of playing Newport Folk Festival became a reality, the location where Bob Dylan went electric 50 years earlier. Blakeslee is unafraid to bare his very soul on stage, emptying a loaded cache of emotion and passion onto the stage for all to witness, explore and devour.



"On stage, Parsonsfield will give you rich five-part harmonies one minute, sound like bluegrass on steroids the next, and then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms. All with taste and class.” —No Depression

"They harmonize; they play saws, mandolins and pump organs; they back their songs with crickets and squeaking screen doors; they are boisterously youthful yet deftly sentimental...I fully expect to hear more from this band as the years go on.' - David Vescey, The New York Times

" A blistering energetic debut." - Maverick Magazine

"No patina, just authenticity." - Ear To The Ground Music

"Integrating banjos, vibes and mandolin into their ramshackle set-ups, they offer up a series of heartfelt nods, the best of which – the lilting “The Hurry All Around,” the rousing “Punching the Air,” a gently shuffling “Weeds or Wildflowers” – ensure an instant affability... Given the fun and frenzy they currently purvey, Poor Old Shine offers an illuminating good time."  - The Bluegrass Situation

“...totally out of left field — comes the music of Parsonsfield, an eclectic American band which happily mingles bluegrass, folk, jazz and anything else that comes to mind. Not only does their sound make that biblical “joyful noise,” but the musicians themselves scamper around as though they were part of the cast of the Appalachian production of Lord of the Rings — the Musical.” - The Toronto Star, on The Heart of Robin Hood

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Show Dates & Times:

12/14/17 - Thursday

7:30 pm,

$15/Advance, $18/Door. Handling fee applies to online and phone sales

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