The 4th annual Local Legends Concert at Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School on Friday evening, January 27 at 7:00 features the Will Patton Quartet, Patti Casey and PossumHaw. This year’s exciting lineup features some of the most talented acoustic musicians in Vermont. This is a benefit concert for Responsible Growth Hinesburg, an advocacy group focused on responsible land use and environmental stewardship.
Will Patton Quartet
Combine a jazz/Brazilian mandolinist with an accordionist who is equally at home with Western Swing and Parisian musettes, add a string bass player who came of age working the Chicago blues clubs with the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Buddy Guy, a lifelong guitarist equally at home with flatpicking fiddle tunes and fiery Gypsy jazz solos. Stir in a little rock & roll attitude and season for 15 years in small clubs and large concert halls and you get some idea of the music of the Will Patton Quartet.
is a prolific songwriter and has perfected her own New England-flavored bluegrassy style, one that shines equally with welcome, familiar sounds as well as undeniable originality. She has recorded five solo albums, and her latest, “The Heart of A Waiting Boy” is aural testament to “the sweetest voice and some of the finest songwriting to come out of Vermont…” (Vermont Public Radio). Patti is a master of vocal
understatement, simple, pure; like a jazz vocalist whose heart was somehow – for some unknown but wonderful reason – thrown into gospel mode, with an occasional murder ballad thrown in for good measure. Sheer joy.
A special combination: the drive of bluegrass and the original lyricism of folk, delivered by one of the finest female vocalists in the region. Vocalist Colby Crehan brings this sound to audiences with the Vermont band PossumHaw. Formed in 2004 by husband-wife team Ryan (banjo player) and Colby Crehan and lead guitarist Charley Eiseman, the group has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Mandolinist Stephen Waud and bassist Mitch Barron are more recent additions. After performing together for twelve years, PossumHaw will be playing its final round of shows this winter. Husband and wife band members Ryan and Colby Crehan will be relocating to Wyoming at the end of winter. A loss for Vermont but a wonderful opportunity to see them one last time and benefit a great local cause.
The concert benefits Responsible Growth Hinesburg and its goals:
The mission of Responsible Growth Hinesburg is to ensure that new development in Hinesburg is constructed so that waters of Lake Champlain, its tributaries and other natural resources are protected; scaled to meet the needs of our town; and located so that it complements its surroundings, protects our working landscape and recreational lands, and fosters a sense of community.