Mamma's Marmalade on the Bus


Danehy Park

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6-8 pm

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99 Sherman St
Cambridge, MA  02138

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Mamma's Marmalade


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, Fruition, and Parsonsfield. 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


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 age 4, Lily began her studies in classical music with The Suzuki School of Westport. Her mother, an accomplished vocalist, encouraged her to sing, 1st in church, 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 U Mass. She 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 bluegrasss jam, to old masters of 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 even a word in Mitch’s vocabulary until age 19, when his family discovered his great uncle’s old mandolin. A guitar player since 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. Mitch was still into the guitar when they dug that old mandolin out of a dank, cobwebby corner of his basement. Then, after months of toying around with a few chords, his world exploded at an uncle’s jam session. There, a well bluegrassed cousin proceeded to melt his face off, ripping lead after lead. A promising path opened up ahead of him as Mitch took the mandolin by his side and set a course to brave the mysterious 8-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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