Fridays in Newburyport Coffee House, or FINCH, turns the spotlight on the duo of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines when it returns for its third installment tomorrow night at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
The harmonica-playing Raines and country blues guitarist Rishell first wove together their talents in a Boston bar in 1992. And despite a 20-year age difference, their musical partnership built on a passion for their craft, and performance of a wide range of blues styles has thrived.
They continue to tour, and have just launched their fifth CD together, "A Night in Woodstock," which they are back on the road promoting. They have toured internationally at festivals, clubs and concert halls; performed with Susan Tedeschi, John Sebastian, Pinetop Perkins and Rory Bloc; and performed on the PBS radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and PBS' "Arthur."
The show starts at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7. Tickets are $15, and are available in advance at Dyno Records on Middle Street and Valentines on Water Street, both in downtown Newburyport, as well as at the door. The two previous concerts at FINCH have sold out.
'A Hispanic Christmas' with Boston Camerata
The Boston Camerata delivers a concert of early Christmas music with a Spanish and Latino flavor when it brings "The Brotherhood of the Star: A Hispanic Christmas 1300-1700" to Newbury's First Parish Church Saturday night.
Holiday music from Spain and Catalonia from the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, and Christmas selections from the New World cathedrals of Mexico, Peru and Bolivia will be interpreted by an international cast, including singers and instrumentalists from Venezuela, Haiti, France, Norway and the United States.
Joel Cohen of Amesbury, music director emeritus for the Boston Camerata, will direct the performance.
"Before the American melting pot, there was the Spanish melting pot," Cohen said in a press release. "This music, with its beautiful melodies and intoxicating rhythms, will take us all over the map. But the destination, via Spain, Africa and Latin America, is the cradle in Bethlehem."
The concert coincides with the release of a new multi-CD set on Warner Classics titled "A Boston Camerata Christmas." It starts at 8 p.m. at the Route 1A church at 20 High Road. Tickets are $32, $25.60 for seniors 62 and up, and $10 for students. Call 866-427-2092 or visit www.bostoncamerata.org.
Old-time feel at Cat in Cradle Coffeehouse
The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse in Byfield welcomes The Goodhues Band to the stage tomorrow night for a mix of Celtic and old-time music with some contemporary folk and originals tossed in for fun.
The band features family members Kim Goodhue on vocals and autoharp, Geoff Goodhue on vocals, guitar and mandolin, and Ryan Goodhue on keyboard and hand drums, with Trish DeCaprio on vocals and fiddle. Its repertoire covers American "roots" country, Appalachian, bluegrass, Southern gospel, contemporary folk, traditional Celtic, and Irish "pub" songs. The quartet emphasizes close two- and three-part harmonies and is known for its instrumental arrangements and energetic delivery.
Jennifer Tobiasz kicks off the show. The concert starts at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $5.The coffeehouse is in the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield. Visit www.byfieldcac.org or www.goodhuesband.com for more.
Chorus caroling with Merrimack Valley Concert Band
The Merrimack Valley Concert Band teams with the Festival Chorus to put a resounding stamp on the holidays with its Christmas Concert Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pentucket Regional Middle School auditorium on Route 113 in West Newbury.
The 35-piece concert band and chorus will perform some of the season's best-loved carols and pieces.
Conductor Karen Mundo said this is the first time the band and the chorus have collaborated. The choir features vocalists from four area church choirs from Methuen, Groveland and Merrimac whose directors happen to be members of the band. The band is composed of musicians from 24 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley.
The program will highlight arrangements for chorus with band accompaniment from the Middle Ages through today. It will include a version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" complete with antiphonal brass, the Austrian carol "Still, Still, Still," "Do You Hear what I Hear?" and the Boston Pops Christmas staple, Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival," plus a Christmas Pops sing-along.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided. Visit www.mvcband.org for more.
Evening of Christmas Lessons and Carols
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 7 Harris St. in Newburyport presents an evening of prayers, hymns, psalms and carols to get ready for the celebration of Christmas on Sunday at 5 p.m.
The service is inspired by the Anglican tradition of Lessons and Carols, but adapted from the Orthodox service of the Royal Hours, traditionally celebrated the morning of Christmas Eve.
Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend and participate. Voluntary contributions to help with fuel assistance for the Lazarus House in Lawrence will be accepted. A reception will follow the service. Call the church at 978-465-5757.
Holiday concert, auction at Unity on the River
Unity on the River in Amesbury presents a holiday concert and auction tomorrow starting at 4 p.m. at the church at 58 Macy St. (Route 110), Amesbury.
Bidding for the silent auction opens at 4 p.m. and continues through the concert, which will feature Unity's music team, including soloists, full band and chorus. A live auction is also planned.
A suggested donation of $15 is requested for the concert. Call 978-834-7830 or visit www.unityontheriver.org.
Church Praise Band rejoices for season
The Byfield Parish Praise Band presents a Christmas concert titled "Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ," an album by Andrew Peterson, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. at Byfield Parish Church, 132 Jackman St., Georgetown.
The piece will be performed by the church praise band, accompanied by a string quartet, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, harmonica, piano, bass, guitars, drums and percussion. Admission is free. Visit www.byfieldparish.org for more.
Retired Port teacher shares his memoirs
Retired Newburyport High School teacher Richard Doyle highlights his memoirs, "Winston Churchill was a Catholic Priest," next Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Book Rack at 52 State St. in downtown Newburyport.
The book offers a humorous, sad and poignant collection of stories that occurred during almost 40 decades as a high school teacher. Call 978-462-8615 or visit www.bookrackbookstore.com.
Photographer offering picture-perfect gift
Local photographer Dawn Norris is joining more than 200 photographers around the country in awarding $1,500 worth of custom portrait photography to a needy family this season. The offer is part of the Giving is Awesome campaign.
"In the spirit of giving this year and being grateful for what I have, I'm extending this special gift to someone, some family, who genuinely deserves and has little resources," she said in a press release.
Norris is seeking nominations from northeast Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire for the gift. Individuals may not nominate themselves. E-mail nominations to email@example.com with supporting information as to why the family or individual is deserving. The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve on Norris' blog at dawnnorrisphotography.blogspot.com.
Norris, who lives in Newburyport and works in Amesbury, specializes in photographing children, families, animals and the environment. To view her portfolio, visit www.dawnnorris.com. To learn more about the national giving campaign, visit www.givingisawesome.com.
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