Honeysuckle brings progressive folk to the Masonic Hall


BENNINGTON — Honeysuckle, a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration, will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Masonic Hall, as the 15th season of Vermont Arts Exchange's Basement Music Series continues.

Opening for Honeysuckle will be Bennington College's own Surplus Daughters.

Comprised of Berklee-trained musicians Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, Honeysuckle can frequently be found performing in the Boston area and surrounding cities in the Northeast, playing alongside bands like Drive-By Truckers, The Ballroom Thieves, Boy & Bear, Sam Moss, The Western Den, The Novel Ideas, Shook Twins, John Craigie, Grey Season, Damn Tall Buildings and most recently David Grisman.

The group was chosen as a Converse Rubber Tracks artist. They've been nominated for Boston Music Awards in the categories Best Americana and Best Folk Artist, and also for Americana/Roots Act Of The Year and Album Of The Year for Red Line Roots' 2016 Big Reds. They have hit the road hard following their October 2017 release "Catacombs."

The band was voted among "Your Favorite New Musicians of 2016" by NPR listeners.

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"So many contemporary bluegrass and folk outfits that get big have a cloying sweetness to them, or a cynical predisposition towards a radio-friendly pop sensibility. Not so with Honeysuckle," wrote Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on NPR's All Songs Considered. "Their sound is unpretentious and unabashed, as if each song is meant for one set of ears only. They don't shy away from moments that are as technical as they are mesmerizing, and here their musicianship really shines through. Trampled By Turtles is about to be stomped by a flower y'all."

"When creating a record we can strive for many things, but at the core authenticity is something that should remain an ultimate goal as an artist," writes Brian Carroll of Red Line Roots. "The Berklee born trio Honeysuckle has done just that and then some. They have stayed true to the music that you will encounter from them in a live setting and the history that infuses its way into their music. Focused on songwriting, expertly crafted instrumental arrangements, and vocals that will leave you weak and shivering from their overwhelming power, all while building on the core elements that makes their music so fantastic and gorgeous."

Tickets for this Basement Music Series concert are $18 in advance through www.vtartxchange.org or by calling 800-838-3006. If not sold out, tickets are $22 at the door. Student tickets are available for $10. Garam garam will be providing homemade food to purchase and Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury will provide a cash bar. The Masonic Hall is an accessible facility, call for specific accommodations.

Follow the season at vtartxchange.org, on the new Basement Music Series Facebook page and on Twitter (twitter.com/BMSatVAE). For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange, the Basement Music Series, exhibits and camps, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

Basement Music Series sponsors get tickets, a reserved table and if they wish, their name or business logos in promotional material and mentioned onstage. The tax-deductible sponsorships are critical to continuing the BMS and ensuring the diversity and quality of the artists VAE presents. The BMS not only benefits the community, but also local restaurants, artists and musicians. Contact Director Matthew Perry at 802-442-5549 or matthewvae@comcast.net for more information about becoming a sponsor.


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