As they enter the third year of the Roots Music Series, organizers of the popular music program are continuing to bring new faces to the Belleville Church in Newburyport.
“For us, that’s been a lot of fun, bringing new acts; I think it’s also fun for artists coming to a new town,” organizer Ken Irwin said this week.
It will be the first visit to Newburyport for all five performers in the concert series, and for some, it is their first trip to Massachusetts, Irwin said.
The schedule includes: Sierra Hull and Highway 111, bluegrass concert and barbecue dinner, Oct. 18; JD McPherson, Roots Rock ’n’ Roll Dance, Nov. 16; Ruthie Foster, soul and blues concert, Dec. 6; Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Mardi Gras dinner and dance, Feb. 8; and a St. Patrick’s Day concert and dinner with Goitse on March 15.
All performances begin at 8 p.m. in the church’s stage room. The concert series is a fundraiser for the Belleville Church and proceeds are used to maintain the church’s historic buildings.
In creating the schedule for this year, Irwin said organizers were determined to once again host a Mardi Gras event and a St. Patrick’s Day concert, as both have been sell-out events during the past two years. Rather than bring an American band to Belleville to sing Irish songs for St. Patrick’s Day, Irwin said, they chose to secure an Irish band right from Ireland.
“Goitse is a very young and exciting band with a lot of energy and really good singing,” Irwin said. “We love their energy. They were an early choice.”
Broussard, who hails from Louisiana, is a leader in Zydeco, and offers a blend of traditional songs, original tunes, single-note and triple-note accordion and fiddle. Broussard plays guitar, bass, fiddle and percussion instruments.