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November 7, 2013

'Rising Stars' to take Belleville stage

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Written about in Bluegrass Now and Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines, Tuttle has racked up nearly 2 million viewers on YouTube. In 2012, she was awarded music and composition merit scholarships to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in Nashville, and Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. She also took first place in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest in North Carolina. The Palo Alto, Calif., native has appeared at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and the Strawberry Music Festival, as well as on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Currently studying guitar performance at Berklee, Tuttle often plays shows in the Boston area. She was inspired to play by bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens and is more than happy to inspire others herself.

“I really love that idea,” Tuttle said. “I had some kids that I’ve gotten to teach guitar to before, and it was really fun, and it was so rewarding to see them start to play guitar.”

This will not be Tuttle’s first time in Newburyport; she played this year’s American Music and Harvest Festival in September. She will head a trio at the Belleville Church, offering up a combination of cover songs and originals.

“It’s hopefully the first in a series where we try to find really talented young artists who we can introduce to the community and to the world,” Irwin said. “It’s (also) really fun having the first significant show (for Hannah Logan).”

Saturday’s gig will mark Hannah’s first professional concert. Discovered by a music teacher in her hometown of Carver, Hannah often blends traditional roots music with the contemporary. A fan of vocalists Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells, Hank Williams, George Jones and Billie Holiday, Hannah writes, plays and sings her own compositions and will front a five-piece band on the Belleville stage.

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