Thursday October 11, 2012

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) presents an impromptu show with

Howard Fishman as he returns to the Basement Stage Friday, October 12, at 8:00pm.

Come early at 7:00pm for dinner by Thyme Tables featuring roasted butternut lasagna or pulled pork sandwiches. Returning to the Basement with Howard will be Skye Steele on violin and new to the stage is Ron Wilkins on trombone and Andrew Hall playing double bass.

This Friday's audience can probably expect to hear tunes from his new CD, Moon Country,

Fishman's 2011 album of Hoagie Carmichael songs. Reuniting with Howard on this CD is violinist Russell Farthing, cornets Peter Elkland (both from the very first incarnation of HFQ) and joined by longtime bassist Andrew Hall. Like HFQ Vols. I and II, these recordings were made live in the studio over just a couple of afternoons, with no overdubs. Fishman has also written and continues to polish an oratorio on the ill-fated Donner Party, and he's now engaged in something involving the songs of little-known ‘50s singer and songwriter Connie Converse.

"I've kind of become this one-man repertory company," says Fishman about his various projects and the way that he can take different lineups showcasing different songbooks on the road, or he can just mix them up in a kind of 21st-century shuffle.

"The projects are all in constant rotation," says Fishman. "It's great for me. I love it. I never get bored. I don't have to do the same songs and the same set every night."

"Howard Fishman is a favorite here in the basement, always making a special connection to the audience. He has performed over 10 shows on our stage (we lost count) and not once has the same group of musicians all played the same show. He is constantly revolving and evolving his orchestra keeping it fresh and lively" says VAE director Matthew Perry.

The Boston Herald states "Compelling Fishman sounds something like a less-innocent Jonathan Richman or less-acid Lou Reed. Which means he's got the range to stroll in the sunshine and prowl the dark streets after midnight, too."

Get tickets early, as it will surely sell out! Tickets are $20. in advance and available at www.vtartxchange.org or call 1-800-838-3006. Libations served by Thyme Tables Catering.

They are also available at the door for $24. Menu reservations are requested at the time of purchasing tickets to ensure enough food. For more information, please call 802-442-5549.

VAE is a fully accessible facility. Please call for any specific accommodations.