Hailing from the hills of West Tatnuck, the Hip Swayers are a good time, get up and dance band. Their music combines tight rhythms, searing solos and soulful harmonies in an eclectic mix of catchy originals, old time country, and twangy, reverb-soaked surf that keeps your toes tapping and your hips swaying. “These performers from Worcester, Massachusetts are not to be missed! A bit of Hank Williams sensibility, Carter/Cash authenticity, and infectious personality.” – Music Editor, San Francisco’s City Guide”
The Hip Swayers are talented, affordable, and FUN! Available as a duo, trio or quartet (the Deluxe version), the Hip Swayers entertain in both booming metropolises and backwater barrooms. We have performed north and south of the Mason Dixon line and on both sides of the Continental Divide including gigs in NYC, Montreal, Cambridge, San Francisco, Oakland, Knoxville, Asheville and New Orleans. Be it a backyard brewery hoedown or swank art gallery affair – we’ll be there to add sway to your day!
Enjoy an eclectic mix of originals and covers invoking the classic duos of George and Melba, Johnny and June, Conway and Loretta, George and Gracie
The Hip Swayers will perform at the 19 Carter Music Series as a trio with Dave Blodgett (vocals, guitar), Toni Ostrow (bass. vocals), and David Niles (lead guitar)
Sisters Katryna and Nerissa Nield grew up singing folk songs in the kitchen and back seat of the family car.
“I remember I wrote my first song that I was really proud of when I was 13,” said Nerissa, “and right away I had a harmony for it, so I dragged Katryna out of her room and taught her the harmony. It was instinct – I knew that my sister should be there.”
In the 90’s the Nields was a folk-rock band, with drums and electric guitars, and toured nationally. These days it is usually two voices and one acoustic guitar.
Now well into their third decade of performing, the Nields released their 17th album in 2015. Once again they present beautifully crafted songs, delivered with passion and grace.
“Guitarist Nerissa has written the clear-eyed, literary lyrics and sister Katryna has provided a gloriously eccentric vocal delivery. Lots of backward glances and relationship foibles punctuate this quiet collection, which is ideal for harmony addicts and dreamers alike.” – Billboard Magazine.
Traditional Blues, Folk, and Country
Neal McCarthy and Ken Richards are both outstanding guitarists, singers and songwriters who play as solo artists, lead their own bands and perform as duo. Their music is a blend of blues, folk, country and some Americana mixed in. They are based out of the Buzzards Bay MA area and are joined by Seth Asser on vocals, mandolin and harmonica to perform as a trio. Don’t miss this night of acoustic picking and 3-part vocal harmonies.
Ken Richards, has worked with Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller, recorded with Marianne Faithful, and is lead guitarist and co-founder of The Pearly Baker Band (Grateful Dead cover band) for 30 years running. Kenny can play slide guitar and finger-pick the blues of Robert Johnson and Elmore James and then sing a you a sweet folk song. Ken is also self-taught artist who has been painting professionally since 1992.
Neal McCarthy is a local legend logging over 20 years in the local scene playing all over New England. His musical influences include Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan. He is equally adept at rock, blues and country. Neal is a true soul man who puts his personal stamp on whatever style he may be playing. He has opened shows at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA. as a solo performer and his blues band performs annually at the Narrows Winter Blues Festival.
Seth Asser has been performing in New England for over 45 years and most recently as singer, guitarist, and mandolin player in the Carter St. Band.
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Zack Slik performs old time back-porch music
Switching between mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and guitar; singing original and traditional songs. Raised in a mill town in Central Massachusetts, Zack Slik’s music is influenced by the trains, rivers, and characters he grew up with. All performed in a unique one-man band style, Zack brings a mix of American roots, blues, and jugband jazz to his original songs and traditional arrangements. Whether behind the mandolin, banjo, or guitar, Zack shares his love for the music with a traditional feel and modern touch.