Whiskey in the Jar takes its musical inspiration from the Celtic and folk traditions. With a happy mix of old and new beautiful tunes, the members of Whiskey sing and play from the heart. Guitarists Howard Frutkoff and Simone Poliandri, along with harpist, Lois Francello, combine the best of upbeat folk and dance music with the haunting melodies of songs of longing for home, family and love.
This Bluegrass/Country band features Cindy Lane Adams – Mandolin and keyboard; Ed Bogusz – Stand up Bass; Phil Roettjer – Banjo and Vocals; and Richie Chasson- Dolbro and Vocals.
Carleigh Peterson, vocalist, performing in A Chorus Line at PAC
Native to Ashland, Carleigh just graduated from Ashland High School. She has taken private voice lessons and has been a member of the Ashland High School Chorus and Theater productions. Her acting/singing credits include roles as Sandy in Grease and Diana Morales in A Chorus Line. Carleigh performed at NEMSE New England Music Festival Association with the Ashland High School Chorus and participated in District Chorus for 2 years. She will be attending Quinnipiac University in CT this Fall.
Jimmy Lanzillotta, PAC Faculty member, instructor in guitar and ukulele
Graduate of Hartt College of Music, Jimmy has studied privately with Jose Rey de la Torre and Peter Lorenco. He joined PAC’s faculty in 2004, bringing a wide range of teaching experience both in schools and with private students.
Jimmy has given classical guitar concerts and lectures at Harvard University, Regis College, Wentworth Institute, Curry College, and elsewhere throughout New England, New York and Italy. He is regular accompanist at St. Anselm Church in Sudbury, MA. He has been a member of the Boston Classical Guitar Society since 1977.
While he specializes in classical guitar, he teaches all guitar styles, and recognizes that pop music is a part of the popular culture of many of his students. Jimmy teaches all his students to read music, and as they progress he introduces music theory and the history of the guitar.
Bob Johnson, PAC Faculty member, percussion instructor
Bob Johnson has been performing and teaching in the Boston area for more than forty years. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he played in the orchestra for a great many local community theatrical productions, youth theater groups, church and civic organization shows. He continues to play drums for summer creative arts program musical productions every year. He also plays for New England Band Productions, a marching band that performs throughout the New England area. In the last twenty-five years, he has focused more on teaching, extending his instruction program to additional local music studios. He has entered students in a New England Music Competition, sponsored by one of these studios every year since 1991, with many of these students winning first, second and third in their categories. Bob has also coached one such student to placing first in a state championship category, as well as two students placing second in other state final competitions.
Jesse Hanson is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from the Boston area with a real itch for pursuing music.
Before doodling songs, Jesse has trained her whole conscious life to be a well-developed violinist, having been a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra for 7 years as well as a multitude of various Boston-based classical ensembles. Additionally, she has been exposed to Celtic and Bluegrass music her whole life and has placed in every regional competition she has competed in.
Since then, she has accumulated advanced skills in Viola, Guitar and now Cello and is currently working as a studio string player/performer as well as developing her songwriting.
Set aside old thinking and expectations to really listen to Rahel’s music. Once you start you can’t stop listening to it and thinking about it. The music is hypnotic and sonically refreshing. There are hints of jazz, Middle East blends, further East mantras with sometimes driving rhythms and sometimes gentle sounds. A gifted, soulful songwriter, Rahel has a lot to say, and she says it well with a beautiful, diverse, collection of songs that are well-crafted, intelligent and musically sophisticated.
Randy Batson – Matt Carlen
Whether you love high-energy swing, soulful blues, twisted new perspectives on traditional jazz standards, or just flat-out flat picking bluegrass guitar duets, plan to enjoy plenty of good humor,great songs, and excellent guitar work and vocals.
Matt performs regularly as the lead guitarist and vocalist with the band Wide Open Spaces. For all of you who have seen Wide Open Spaces at bluegrass festivals like the Joe Val Festival, the Ossippee Music Festival, or Bluegrass on the Bogs, you’re already familiar with Matt’s unique and fiery guitar style, and his terrific songwriting and singing. Randy Batson is known to many all over New England as the guitar fingerpicking virtuoso and vocalist from Railroad House Band. Together these guitar maniacs dish up a superb mix of guitar duet and vocal numbers reminiscent of Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Mark Knopfler and Doc Watson.
A soprano, alto, tenor, bass ensemble conducted by Susan Emmanoulidis, Brookline A Cappella explores the diversity of a cappella music from Early Music through contemporary repertoire. From the silly to the sacred, the serious to the sassy, our lighthearted ensemble performs a blend of music from the 1500s to the present, including madrigals, spirituals, jazz, and contemporary folk.