Music series

Belleville Roots Music Series in Newburyport will be live this spring

Step into spring with traditional Irish tunes. The Belleville Roots Music Series will open its Spring 2022 series with Irish music icon Dervish on Sunday March 6th.

“We know you’ve missed live music as much as we have during the pandemic,” said Belleville Roots Board Member Patsy Nelson, “and we’re happy to announce that we’re planning a full concert lineup for 2022. »

Dervish will take the stage on Sunday March 6 at 4 p.m. at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Street, Newburyport. The series will continue with singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler on Saturday April 2 and bluegrass favorites The Seldom Scene on Saturday May 7.

“We’ve all missed the live music and we’re happy to see the stage come back to life,” Nelson said. “Artists are eager to perform and audiences are showing they’re ready to come as long as it’s safe for everyone.

“In fall 2021, the Roots Steering Committee felt that we could start planning for a spring 2022 season. Everyone felt safe picking up the show as we have a large performance space to comfortably accommodate our audience. , and we will follow protocols (masks and proof of vaccination required) to keep everyone safe.

With over 30 years of recording and performing around the world, Dervish has long been recognized as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. They are renowned for their live performances, which combine dazzling sets of melodies with breathtaking renditions of traditional songs.

“Belleville Roots are thrilled to have them return to our stage as part of their 2022 US tour,” Nelson said. “Dervish’s latest album, ‘The Great Irish Song Book’, their first on the Rounder Records label, joins the band with over a dozen luminaries in an eclectic range of genres.

“Featuring beloved artists such as Vince Gill, Steve Earle and David Grey, ‘The Great Irish Songbook’ both preserves the boundless spirit of each song and brings a whole new vitality to the iconic traditional songs of their homeland. , one that is sure to endure for generations to come.”

At the end of 2019, Dervish received a prestigious BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, a fitting tribute to the band after more than 30 years of recording and performing around the world. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”, the band have played festivals from Rio de Janeiro to Glastonbury.

The Rarely Scene will perform this year at the Belleville Concert Series, which returns live for the spring season.

Dervish was formed in 1989, when four of the founding members met in informal sessions in Sligo pubs – Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes ( bouzouki). They were soon joined by Roscommon-born singer and bodhran (drums) player Cathy Jordan, and later All Ireland fiddle champion Tom Morrow in 1998.

It’s a remarkable and sometimes electric combination, Irish Voice writes, “capable of playing with perfect note accuracy and perfect control at almost supersonic levels”.

It’s just the start of the Spring 2022 series. Folk favorite Cheryl Wheeler returns to the Belleville stage on Saturday, April 2.

“A gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice,” Nelson said, “Wheeler is also a natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor.”

Wheeler is a composer respected by her peers. His songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals; Peter, Paul and Mary; Kenny Loggins; Bette Midler and Kathy Mattea.

American bluegrass band The Seldom Scene will perform in Belleville on Saturday May 7th. Formed in 1971, The Scene were instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement, including bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even pop in their shows.

“Four-time Grammy nominees, The Seldom Scene have fascinated audiences for nearly 50 years with their musical flair and sense of fun,” Nelson said.

The Seldom Scene features guitarist Dudley Connell, Lou Reid on mandolin and guitar, Ron Stewart on banjo and fiddle, Fred Travers on dobro and Ronnie Simpkins on bass.

“All three bands have performed with Belleville Roots before and have a loyal following,” Nelson said. “We are thrilled to be able to be a part of Dervish’s 2022 US tour and look forward to hearing from their latest release, ‘The Great Irish Song Book’.

Singer, songwriter and comedian Cheryl Wheeler will perform at the Belleville Roots concert series in Newburyport this year.

“Cheryl Wheeler is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter/comedian and was carried over from the canceled 2020 season of Roots. The Seldom Scene are bluegrass legends with nearly 50 years of experience. Their latest album ‘Changes’ reflects their ability to continually discover new inspirations.

Belleville Congregational Church has long-standing roots in the Newburyport community as a gathering place and as a supporter of local service organizations. The Roots Music Series, founded in December 2010, has three important missions:

Bringing a variety of high quality Roots music to the Newburyport area for all to enjoy, from a capella to zydeco and could include many things in between such as blues, bluegrass, cajun, celtic, country folk, gospel, Irish, jazz and world music.

To raise funds to restore and maintain the historic 1867 Belleville Assembly Hall and adjacent Fiske Chapel complex at 300 High St. in Newburyport.

Building community through music. It is hoped that the church and adjacent complex will continue to serve as gathering places for years to come.

The Belleville Roots Music Concert Series is sponsored by the Institution for Savings, Newburyport Bank and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For tickets, a full schedule and more information, go to

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WHAT: Belleville Roots Music Concert Series – Dervish

WHEN: Sunday March 6, at 4 p.m.

OR: Belleville Congregational Church Scene, 300 High St., Newburyport

INFORMATION: COVID Policy: “We are committed to doing our best to ensure the safety of our audience, performers and volunteers when attending our performances. As a result, all audience members, performers and volunteers will be required to present proof that they are fully vaccinated. In addition, all audience members and volunteers will be asked to wear a mask during the performance and in other indoor spaces. We will closely monitor state and local regulations and implement changes to these policies, if necessary.