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Welcome to the website for Rick Drost, a Singer/Songwriter based in Cambridge, MA.  Here you'll find
- Schedule information, 
- Recent tunes with lyrics,  
- Photos -both of performances that kind folks have contributed, and some that I try to collect whenever I go someplace to sing.
- There's Biographical information, Contact Information, A mailing list if you're interested.
- I'll try to post infrequent musings on various subjects in the blog.

Mostly, enjoy the tunes - i write slowly; hopefully the tunes reward repeated listening.
Thanks for dropping by.

For Valentine's Day - From Public Garden Swans to All Lovers 

A while ago the Boston Globe published a story on the swans in the Public Garden.  It turns out that the swans, known the world over as Romeo and Juliet,  are in fact two females, and even hetero swan couples trade off on the normal gender-related roles.   I went down to meet the swans, fell in love with their easy tranquility and their exquisite surroundings. I visited them morning, noon, and evening, (it was summer) and wrote them this valentine, Juli and Romy.

Here's the MP3 Turning the World, released last year.

Juli and Romy from "Turning the World"; John Shain production; Kaitlin Grady Cello

 Happy Valentine's day, all!

 

 

Dad Built us a Freezer 

My father Wilfred passed on on Feb 11 at 96, in a nursing home in Atlanta where he was well cared for.  Many of the family sang songs at his Memorial service, but there was more to this man than love of music. This note started in one of my "daily writings" a year ago; I'm hoping it captures some of Dad's character, his positive problem-solving character and love of life and family.

Dad Built us a Freezer 

What can you do in 1953 with Oak and Masonite and Aluminum Sheeting and Cork and Copper Tubing and an old used compressor and a lot of know-how? 
Build a freezer for your family in your basement. 

My father was an engineer, a  master of know-how. For work he designed and built equipment to implement chemical processes - processes as diverse as fabricating star sapphires and rubies to making little beads of treated clay that keep your refrigerator coolant dry and your double pane windows clear. Dad worked for Linde Air Products, which got its start cooling, liquefying  and separating air into its components. Freezers of all sizes abounded there, as well as good people to learn from. 

Since family came first, here's my guess about how this started in his mind. "Wow, this refrigeration equipment is actually pretty simple. Just an insulated box with cooling coils and a compressor. If I could build one in for the basement Mom could put up food from the garden and local orchards that we love in the summer, and we could buy food in bulk too and keep it in there, and have it all winter." 
So he built from scratch a home freezer (we called it a deep freeze) which ran in the basement from about 1954 until they moved to Alabama in 1968.  So for the forty days and forty nights of the snowy Buffalo winter we (Mom, Dad, Paul, Rickey, Martha, Barbie, and later Ellen) had strawberries, steaks, venison, quick frozen fish, green beens, even corn on the cob from that freezer. I have no idea what the people who bought the house thought of it. It certainly didn't look like anything Betty Furness would have advertised. 

It was a large box, in cubits, roughly 5 long by 3 high by 2.5 deep. (maybe 8' by 4.5' by 3.5' ), Masonite painted white on the outside on a frame of varnished oak. I remember him showing us when he placed the dark, creosote-y smelling cork blocks inside for insulation; he even let me put one in. Then it was lined with aluminum sheeting. Then copper cooling coils, all around inside, about halfway up, and a copper quick-freeze plate on the left end.  I don't remember where the coils were fabricated. He probably had a friend from the lab make them to spec in HIS home workshop; he might have done it all while we were sleeping, at least assembling it from parts.  He could handle all kinds of torches to at least do finish fitting on the coils. Rubber gaskets sealed it all around the frame at the top.  The top was the same composition as the box itself, Hinged, not spring loaded at all.   There was a big cast iron ring in the center of the top.  It took us two boys to open it - one would start lifting it with the ring, standing on the step of 2x8 that he'd built running the length of the box, the other caught it and lifted from the top of the basement steps to push the top to the back wall.   Same way back down. Always with care.  The compressor was a huge thing looking like it might have come from Carl von Linde's workshop.  It was outboard of the box under the back basement stairs, with a trap door cut in the top platform for maintenance access. I only remember one time we had to maintain that compressor.  They don't make anything like they used to. The steps of the stairs were also all hinged to make storage for all the kids' winter boots and skates. 

Elementary and Junior high summers, then, the boys had a popsicle business out of the freezer. Dad had found moulds, showed us how to mix Koolaid, cut and smooth sticks from dowels and tongue depressors. At peak times we'd set the alarm for 1am, go down there to wrap one batch and reload the moulds, getting up early so we could repeat the exercise before school. We sold them on our bikes around the neighborhood for 2c and 3c for the larger ones. Bought Koolaid and raw materials for sticks with the proceeds. Dad estimated what we would have to pay for the electric to get the freezing done, but I don't think we ever paid but once. Or made any real money. But the goodwill of the business might have kept us out of some neighborhood water balloon wars. 

There were other do-it-yourself projects that yielded things that kept us kids occupied and amused - the little boats for the boys made from 50 gallon oil drum cut in half. The pump and pump house down by the creek, with buried lines with which we kept the garden and the flowers watered, the Cable Car strung down the hill between the big oaks, which let us send rocks and other materials down the hill to the creek and garden level in a wheelbarrow harness, and gave us rides sometimes, the tow rope hanging from the big oak down by the creek which we could swing on, the archery butt against the hill behind the house. 

All these things he showed us gave us confidence we could figure out how to do things and find help getting them done that could improve our lives.  Dad didn't do it expecting praise. He never stood on a hilltop saying "I built a freezer", "I made star sapphires", "I can play Claire de Lune". He just continued producing things of utility and beauty to improve the lives of people around him, and  enjoying every moment of it all that he could take in.

Turning the World: CD
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Turning the World, Rick Drost's debut solo album, represents a lifetime of Rick's songwriting and storytelling. The songs deal with jilted lovers, an iconic swan couple in Boston's Public Garden, leftover lobsters, home & family, and hope.

Produced by Jon Shain and engineered by FJ Ventre, (Durham, NC) who add guitars and basses to Rick's

Turning the World, Rick Drost's debut solo album, represents a lifetime of Rick's songwriting and storytelling. The songs deal with jilted lovers, an iconic swan couple in Boston's Public Garden, leftover lobsters, home & family, and hope.

Produced by Jon Shain and engineered by FJ Ventre, (Durham, NC) who add guitars and basses to Rick's fingerpicked guitar and vocals on most tracks; Guest musicians include Kaitlin Grady (cello), Ed Butler (percussion), pianist and composer Doug Hammer (piano), Chris Frank (accordion,soprano sax) and Bill Newton (harmonica) Turning the World - Tracks

(Rick: Guitar and Vocals, all tracks; FJ Ventre Basses, all tracks) 1. Don't Remember Train (3:37) - started in a dream; Rick hasn't awakened yet; percussion; 2. Turning the World (4:52) - Starts in the Australian outback, comes around the world and back home; a song for peace, and listening to each other; cello. 3. Old Player Piano (4:26) - dedication to playing music; nostalgia and beyond. Piano, Accordion 4. Wyethstown (4:39) - from the standpoint of a woman coming of age in the Boston valley area of Western New York, ca. 1850; cello 5. Got a Little Corner (3:35) - faux-country song from a jilted lover to his rival. Harmonica; FJ and Jon Vocal backup 6. Pictures on the Wall (4:37) - a song of letting go, or not. guitars, bass, piano 7. Revendon (4:30) - an ode to misspent youth; bowed bass, piano 8. Lucky Lobster Rag (4:00) - Celebration of Whole Foods' (imagined) treatment of live lobsters they decided it was immoral to sell. Soprano Sax; percussion; Jon and FJ the "lobster chorus" 9. Juli and Romy (4:37) - Valentine to the pair of female swans in the Boston Public Garden, known the world over as Romeo and Juliet. cello; accordion 10. Still Point (5:01) - an ode to meditation - where it comes from, how it starts, how useful it is. Piano, Bass 11. Buffalo (3:01) - semiautobiographical rocker, with Jon: Guitar, Doug:Piano; Ed: percussion 12. Seasons Search 5:38 - Rick's Saga Song; Jon: mood guitar, Kaitlin: cello; FJ: bass and keyboards

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The Loop is a showcase of singer-songwriters in the Boston area. It is held each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Four Performers play 30 minute sets . Formerly held at Arts at the armory in Somerville, the show is now online until further notice . We encourage performers to present their original music to our listening audience. The monthly shows are run in turn by Linda Marks and Rick Drost, and other volunteers

The September show is on the fourth Thursday. sept 22

show will appear on the Loop at the armory group page:
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/605186336292335 and be carried on the Loop at the armory YouTube channel
  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pvJk8sAPpjQxys0nb9bHQ

The Players will be:

John Schindler - Boothbay Harbor, ME - johnschindler.reverbnation.com
Ronnee Stolzberg - Warwick, RI - ronneesongs.com
Roberta Lamb - East Providence, RI - robertalamb.com
Rick Drost - Cambridge, MA - rickdrostsongs.com

 Details on the performers:
John Schindler:
Originally from Saint Louis Missouri, John was influenced early on by that town's rhythm and blues and his Oklahoma mother’s singing. This funky start was drastically tempered by a nine-year stint in a Catholic seminary where silence and Gregorian chant were his daily bread. After leaving the brotherhood, and armed only with his vow of poverty, John moved to New England and pursued the path of an itinerant musician, playing in sundry bands and bad barrooms. It was during this time, he realized, that his audience could not understand Latin. Winner of both the 2003 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the 2006 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest, John has also been a finalist in many other song contests. His CD Memory Train was CD of the Week on Chicago’s WFMT’s Midnight Special. His new CD is Two-Step Man. John lives in Boothbay Harbor ME with his wife, Jane and fat cat, Iko. “John's the best singer songwriter I've run into in the last 10 years or so"~ Bob Franke "John Schindler is full of wonderful, insightful songs that will find their way into the repertoire of other folksingers. John's songs really connect!" ~ Dick Pleasants, WUMB “Wise, witty and dark." ~ Charlie Hunter of FLYING UNDER RADAR “New Hampshire's John Schindler knows how to translate life into wise, oddly witty songs and his new Memory Train album collects many of the calm little gems he's been writing in recent years" ~ Dan Gewertz, Boston Herald “A true original.” ~ WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival “We could use some more John Schindler in the world!” Chris Darling, WMPG, Portland

Contact John at (603) 562-6788 or star.broom@gmail.com John’s website: http://www.reverbnation.com/johnschindler

Roberta Lamb:
Roberta’s songs range from catchy with a groove to impassioned ballads that touch close to the bone. No matter the song, she brings it straight to the heart with her clear, strong voice and her magnetic stage presence. Her fans describe her music as sophisticated, engaging, sometimes humorous, sometimes bittersweet - and always beautifully performed.

A singer-songwriter with unique influences, Roberta Lamb draws on her classical vocal training, her love of blues and pop, and her appreciation for a timeless tune to entertain at a variety of venues. Audiences will be drawn into Roberta’s songs, delivered with her expressive voice and her easygoing way of engaging audiences with humor, honesty, and passion. She boldly tackles topical subjects that touch the hearts and sometimes funny bones of those lucky enough to be in the house when she lights up the stage.

She has performed at a range of venues from The Burren in Somerville, MA, The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA, to Providence’s AS220, Nick-a-Nee’s, the Rhode Island Folk Festival, NERFA Guerilla Showcases as well as at many popular spots such as Concord MA’s Main Street Café, the Common Ground in Arlington, MA the Fresh Ground Coffee House in Gardner, MA. She can be heard at local farmers markets such as the Weaver Library in East Providence and the Pawtucket Village Farmers Market.

Contact: www.robertalamb.com roberta@robertalamb.com 781.405.4340

Ronnee Stolzberg:
Self-taught at age sixteen, singer/songwriter Ronnee Stolzberg sat at the back of her high school guitar class, picking out chords to the current pop tunes while the rest of her classmates were still learning how to tune the instrument. Under the guidance of some close friends, she soon found herself writing original songs and performing onstage within the first year of picking up the guitar. Growing up with a transistor radio as her constant companion, Ronnee began learning to play the music she knew best. Songs by artists such as America, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Harry Chapin and The Eagles quickly began to fill out her repertoire, and by her early college years her performances on campus drew the attention of students and other local musicians who enjoyed her easy-going style and voice. As a member of the university's music club she participated in the recording and production of the school's annual album release, fascinated with the experience of working in a professional recording studio for the first time.
After college, Ronnee began performing the local folk clubs and coffeehouses, first at Open Mike events and later as the featured artist. Her original compositions, "Without A Dime" and "Mama Don't Sing No More", won her a place as the sole musical performer at a local art gallery's exhibit opening entitled "Homes and Homelessness". During this time, Ronnee also pursued a day-time career working for major music-industry manufacturers, including Guild Guitars, Celestion Speakers, and Kaman Music Corporation (makers of Ovation and Takamine acoustic guitars). Her experience working for acoustic guitar manufacturers has given her insight and a first-hand understanding of the instrument from the expert craftsmen who build them.
Having spent several years living in nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut, Ronnee returned to her native Rhode Island to emerge once again on the local music scene. She has continued performing in clubs and coffeehouses throughout the southern New England area for more than 20 years, playing "Classic Rock" covers and originals, including those from her self-produced CD, “Spirit of the Heart”. Ronnee's upbeat “acoustic-rock” style and choice of material continue to draw her audiences' praise and applause. Contact Ronnee at ronneesongs.com

Rick Drost
Rick writes and sings songs with depth and heart- songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry. His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; Originally from Western New York, Rick travels from Cambridge, MA to sing at coffeehouses, house concerts, small festivals and Folk Alliance Events from New England, to Colorado to the Southeast. His 2017 album “Turning the World” still gets occasional radio airplay See www.rickdrostsongs.com for tunes, videos, etc.

Sep15

Wilcox Weekend

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kanuga - Hendersonville NC

The annual gathering of the Wilcox Tribe in the Retreat Center Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC has been reset to September 15-18. Looking forward to reconnecting in person with wilcox enthusiasts from all over the country.

Aug7

Song school in Lyons CO - decided not to go

Signed up for Song School in Colorado. Hoping I can make the trip this year! Sadly, not feeling up to the trip this year Have a blast, those who can go.

Loop At the Armory - July Online Show

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online

The Loop is a showcase of singer-songwriters in the Boston area. It is held each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Four Performers play 30 minute sets . Formerly held at Arts at the armory in Somerville, the show is now online until further notice . We encourage performers to present their original music to our listening audience.

show will appear on the Loop at the armory group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/605186336292335

and be carried on the Loop at the armory YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pvJk8sAPpjQxys0nb9bHQ

The lineup will be: Kirby Heard - High Point, NC - kirbyheard.com
Anne Sandstrom -Burlington, MA - annesandstrom.bandcamp.com
Michael R J Roth - Lynn Haven, FL - easyheroes.com
Rick Drost - Cambridge, MA - rickdrostsongs.com

Details about the players: Anne Sandstrom

Anne Sandstrom writes songs that are personal, topical, and poetic. Her use of about a half dozen different guitar tunings adds harmonic interest to her swooping melodies. Having performed for audiences across the U.S., Israel, England, and Scotland, Anne is excited to bring her music to The Loop.

Kirby Heard

Since the November 2019 release of her first solo project, Mama’s Biscuits, Kirby Heard has become known for songs that take listeners on journeys through yesteryear and memories of home. Often introspective, inquisitive, and witty, these are songs with an authentic voice and perspective. Chris Spector (Midwest Record) called it ‘delightful, meaty songwriting that could only come from the heart and does a great job of opening your ears.’

Kirby has collected her writing from the past few years into a brand new recording that will be released soon. These songs, like the ones from her first album, call down-home grass roots stories that this generation needs to hear and our generation needs to remember. Come along as Kirby shares how her path has taught her to infuse her music with insight, love and loss, and new promise.

Michael R J Roth

Lyric-driven folk-Americana, a "Jedi songwriter" and "cool dark troubadour...not unlike Townes Van Zandt" with songs known for intriguing imagery and "deep, profound truth."  Lyric winner of the The Great American Song Contest (three-times), NSAI/CMT, the Dallas Songwriters Association, the Austin Songwriters Group, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and the Unisong International Song Contest. Lori McKenna called him "Brilliant." 

Latest CD, "The Ruins of Our Age": https://michaelrjroth.hearnow.com/

Rick Drost Rick Drost writes and sings songs with depth and heart, songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry. His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; recent influences include Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox, who occasionally covers Drost's song "Turning the World"  in live performances. Drost's latest  CD "Turning the World", produced by Jon Shain (Durham, NC), charted on the Folk DJ list in its first month, and continues to get airplay from Europe across America to New Zealand.  Originally from Western New York, Rick travels from Cambridge, MA to sing at coffeehouses, house concerts,  small festivals and Folk Alliance Events from New England, to Colorado to the Southeast. www.rickdrostsongs.com

Jun28

J Psaros and Carlin Tripp showcases at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth have been enjoyable Hoping that summer weather by then will allow the proceedings to take place in the comfortable outdoor courtyard Performers Jon Betti
Lisa Belsky
Rick Drost
Brian Montanaro
Crit Harmon
Seth Jacobson
John Doney
Lisa Sheldon
Miss Julia Violet

Jun20

Dar Williams Retreat - Chester CT

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Dar's "Writing a Song the Matters" retreat last year in Stony Point NY was the hit of the year for me, and I've been able to keep up with these people at online workshops and song circles. This year's retreat is in June in Chester CT. Details TBD

Jun16

Loop at the Armory - Online Songwriter Showcase

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Online - Loop at the Armory FB page and Youtube channel

The Loop is a showcase of singer-songwriters in the Boston area. It is held each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Four Performers play a 30 minutes - the show is now ONLINE until further notice . The Loop is a great stepping stone from Open Mics for those looking for more performance time and interested in developing their stage skills. The Loop is a good venue for developing/practicing your solo skills as a singer/songwriter. We encourage performers to present their original music to our listening audience.

Show will appear on the Loop at the armory group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/605186336292335

and be carried on the Loop at the Armory YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pvJk8sAPpjQxys0nb9bHQ

The lineup will be:

Stan Davis - Wayne ME - standavismusic.com
Carole Wise - Brunswick ME- carolewisemusic.com
GraciousMe - DC area- graciousmemusic.com
Rick Drost - Cambridge, MA - rickdrostsongs.com

Details about the players: [TBA}

Jun5

Open Mic America Slot - online

Dave Williams curates this Sunday online open mic - with songwriter interviews. I'll sing a 10 minute set and get interviewed among the other songwriters This has been a great event whenever i have done it.

Jun3

One Broadway Collaborative is Aaron Tornberg's new community performance center in Lawrence . Happy to be returning for a Songwriters in the round with West Coast friend Deb Seymour and Ithaca friend Sue Radner Horowitz. Both these women have great new albums. See them while they're around Boston.

The show will also be carried ONLINE. buy a ticket at onebroadway.org and you will get a link to see the show on youtube.

May27

Yale '70 50th reunion

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Davenport College Common Room, , New Haven, CT

I'll be playing with Norm Zamcheck *The REAL Stormin Norman) and Mat Kastner, both class of 70, in the Davenport College Common Room 4-5.30 as part of the yale '70 50th reunion (which is being held two years late over this weekend) Lots of interesting seminars and events as usual. It will be good to see old friends and singing buddies.

May12

SERFA

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Black Mountain Retreat, Black Mountain NC

SERFA is In-Person This year. This has been a go-to event for me for the last few years, especially when it is near Asheville. I have registered; hoping to be able to make the trip and catch up with NC friends. The new "Get off My Lawn" group of songwriters has a showcase room Thursday Night and Saturday Night. I'm sure to be there.

Showcase Slots

11.45 PM Friday Mike Holliday - Joe Virga Room 12.40 AM Saturday (sun am) - hosting and singing in Get Off My Lawn Room 1.30 AM Staurday *sun am) - in David Hakan's Gypsy Wagon room

Apr17

Stormin Norman Zamcheck at Lilypad Inman

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Lilypad Inman, 1353 Cambridge St , Cambridge MA

College friend and sometime bandmate Norm Zamcheck - aka Stormin Norman - returns to town with "Selections from a Lifetime of Songwriting" . Come hear old and new selections of heartfelt and rollicking piano and songwriting.. Norm has asked me to play a couple of songs. Other local guests will perform as well.

Apr14

I have a slot in the second round at Drifter's Tale. Jay Psaros organizes and curates these songwriter rounds. Drifters Tale is a comfortable new bistro in Inman Square.

Hosted by the estimable Molly O'Leary! Songwriters sing in rounds of 3, singing about 4 songs apiece in each 1 hour round.

PB&J PRESENTS: Songwriters in the Round LIVE at Drifters Tale! Featuring: Grace O'Shea Abby Rose Dayes Rick Drost Jayden Westland Jared Torchetti Brian Montanaro Dann Russo With Special Guest Cassie Soares Hosted by Molly O'Leary

Loop at the Armory March show

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online

The Loop is a showcase of singer-songwriters in the Boston area. It is held each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Four Performers play a 30 minutes - the show is now online until further notice . The Loop is a great stepping stone from Open Mics for those looking for more performance time and interested in developing their stage skills. The Loop is a good venue for developing/practicing your solo skills as a singer/songwriter. We encourage performers to present their original music to our listening audience.

show will appear on the Loop at the armory group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/605186336292335

and be carried on the Loop at the armory YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pvJk8sAPpjQxys0nb9bHQ

The lineup will be:

Bernie Drury, Budd Lake NJ Erin Ash Sullivan, Harvard, MA Bett Padgett, Raleigh, NC Rick Drost, Cambridge MA

Here is some information about the players

Bernie Drury Singer/Songwriter Bernie Drury lives in Budd Lake, NJ. Music became a big part of his life in 1976 when he spent nearly a year busking through France and Italy playing at outdoor cafes, the Paris metro, night clubs and colleges. His song writing spans most genres from the blues, to country, rock and some jazz influenced tunes but regardless of the style, the story is the most important piece. Bernie is a proud member of Skylands Songwriters Guild in Morris County and co-hosts “The Song Writer’s Gig” podcast. His first EP “Tools of a Songwriter” was released in July 2018. A full length CD is coming later in 2022. https://www.facebook.com/berniedrurysongwriter berniejdrury@gmail.com

Bett Padgett Bett Padgett hails from Raleigh North Carolina where she has taught, promoted and written music for more than four decades. She uses music to express her thoughts about today’s social, political and environmental climate. Her thoughtful and carefully crafted songs shine through with a vision of a world we want to live in. She released her tenth album, TURNING OVER STONES in November 2021 where it reached #6 on the Folk DJ charts. A multi-instrumentalist, she accompanies herself using innovative guitar techniques, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, piano and harp in styles that cross the borders of Celtic, Old-time, Folk and New Age. Learn more at bett@bettpadgett.com.

Erin Ash Sullivan Erin Ash Sullivan is a Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter whose deeply personal songs harness the power of story to build connection. After a long hiatus to focus on her family and her career as an educator, she recently returned to writing and performing. In May 2021, she released her first solo album, We Can Hear Each Other, which reached #10 on the Folk Alliance International Chart, and she was named a finalist in the 2021 Rose Garden Performing Songwriter Competition. You can learn more about Erin at www.erinashsullivan.com.

Rick Drost Rick writes and sings songs with depth and heart- songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry. His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; Originally from Western New York, Rick travels from Cambridge, MA to sing at coffeehouses, house concerts, small festivals and Folk Alliance Events from New England, to Colorado to the Southeast. His 2017 album “Turning the World” still gets occasional radio airplay See www.rickdrostsongs.com for tunes, videos, etc.