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NEXT PERFORMANCE

Shad Ladder Radio Hour

@ The Shea Theater


Tue, Nov 14, 2017  •  7-8 pm

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71 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA  01376


OTHER SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES

DATE

TIME

VENUE         

ADDRESS      

Sat
11/19/17
4-5 pm Atwood's Tavern
Link to Google Maps 877 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA  02141
Sat
11/28/17
6-7 pm Hurricane Maria Benefit
@ The Middle East

Link to Google Maps 472 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA  02139
Wed
11/29/17
8:30 pm
to midnite
Nick-A-Nee's
Link to Google Maps 75 South St
Providence, RI  02903
Sun
12/3/17
TBD The Ashfield Lake House
Link to Google Maps 141 Buckland Rd
Ashfield, MA  01330
Sat
1/6/18
8-10 pm Hopewell Theater
Link to Google Maps 5 S Greenwood Ave
Hopewell, NJ  08525
Tue
1/16/18
10-22 pm The Cantab Lounge
Link to Google Maps 738 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA  02139


Mamma's Marmalade




BIO

Mamma's Marmalade has always brought a fresh vibrancy to old traditions. Since their formation in the spring of 2014, the Northampton, MA-based quintet has delved into the limitless capabilities of classic bluegrass instrumentation (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass) and explored the parallels of acoustic music, ranging from the blues to Old Time, from gypsy jazz to bluegrass. The authenticity of their music calls listeners back to a time when wooden instruments, analogue sound and sweet vocal harmonies captivated the hearts of America. With a deep respect for tradition, and an eye towards contemporary music, Mamma's Marmalade brings an exciting new energy to the enduring narrative of American folk music.

You may have seen one of their spirited performances on stages at The Fresh Grass Festival, Joe Val Festival, The Shea Theater and on many more stages throughout New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine. They have had the privilege of sharing bills with artists such as Jayme Stone and Fruition. They recently released their debut full length record, “Goodbye, Black Velvet” in June of 2017, followed by a successful release tour.


Rich Hennesy

Rich Hennesy


(coming soon)
 
Sean Davis

Sean Davis


Sean grew up in Holden, MA listening the high lonesome sounds of his father's bluegrass band, SloGrass. His first attempts at playing music began when he, as a toddler, would steal his dad's dreadnought guitar and play it vertically like an upright bass. In middle school, he accidentally figured out how to play a G-chord and began teaching himself the instrument from there. Sean dallied in classical bassoon in high school before dedicating his musical exploration almost entirely to flat-pick guitar, with elements of bluegrass, jazz, gypsy-swing, finger-style, and blues. Sean attends the U Mass in Amherst, where he met members of Mamma’s Marmalade at an open mic, shortly after giving up hope that roots music thrived amongst young people. He promptly joined the group in August of 2016.
 
Lily Sexton

Lily Sexton


A violinist since the age of four, Lily Sexton began her studies in classical music with The Suzuki School of Westport. Her mother, an accomplished vocalist, encouraged her to sing, first in church and then later in chorus ensembles and as a soloist. Entirely self-taught in the fiddle style, Lily found traditional American fiddle music while studying sustainable agriculture at The University of Massachusetts and became immediately enthralled (some say obsessed, semantics). Since then she has devoted many hours and many miles on her car to seeking out teachers of all kinds, from the collective education of the bluegrass jam to old masters of the American fiddle to illuminating recordings of (and performances by) the great sages of bluegrass and beyond. In each song she writes or performs, Lily strives to bring to light the profound connection that exists between us all when we share in the music making experience. When she isn’t playing, she is teaching classical and traditional violin to young’uns, writing, or enjoying the peace of Hadley, MA.
 
Mitch Bordage

Mitch Bordage


Mandolin wasn’t a word in Mitch’s vocabulary until age 19, when his family discovered his great uncle’s old mandolin. A guitar player since he was in middle school, Mitch’s musical roots come from picking tunes out of the Americana skillet of country, rock, blues that he, his brother and his Dad played growing up. Years later, when that old mandolin was dug up from the dank, cobwebby corners of his basement, Mitch was still invested in learning guitar, but fortunately after months of toying around with a few chords, his world exploded while at an uncle’s jam session. It was here where a well bluegrassed cousin proceeded to melt his face off, ripping lead after lead. Feeling as though a challenging yet promising path was opening up ahead of him, Mitch took the mandolin by his side and set a course to brave the mysterious eight stringed land. Having found a home in Mamma’s Marmalade, he passionately explores music (the good and the bad) with his best friends. As a player of a few years, Mitch continues to learn by standing on the shoulders of his heroes David Grisman and Sam Bush while incorporating fresh ideas from his own experience with funk, jazz, and psychedelic rock. By day Mitch enjoys computers, botany, and dank memes. The dank.
 
Curtis Bordage

Curtis Bordage


Curtis has been playing bass since he was twelve. He had grown up listening to his dad play old country songs on the guitar and he was inspired to play himself. Curtis got his first bass on his twelfth birthday and hasn't stopped playing since. A year after he began teaching himself, he started teaching himself guitar too. Although his roots are in country he branched off into rock, funk, jazz, and hip-hop. Curtis joined the band in the summer of 2015 and fell in love with the genre. When he’s not playing bass for the band he is practicing his flat-picking in hopes that he will someday become Sean Davis. Curtis continues to sprinkle in elements of jazz and funk in his playing.
 




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