Chelsea Players of Norwich Celebrated
Our 30th Anniversary
with a full slate of shows!
Chelsea Players kicked off its 30th anniversary celebration on Saturday, March 16, as we presented Celticity as part of the Coffeehouse Concert series. Celticity combines cutting edge artistry, passion, and a contemporary touch to traditional Celtic music. With a unique blend of instrumental sizzle, vocal beauty, and captivating arrangements, they put forth an immensely exciting and highly musical performance. Fans of classical, Celtic, acoustic, and folk music will enjoy Celticity's music.
Celticity is Sylvie Harris on guitar and Celtic banjo, Megan Sweeney plays flutes, piccolo, fife and pennywhistle, and Phred Mileski is vocalist and plays bodhran, psaltery and accordion. Phred is no stranger to Chelsea Players as she played the part of Bunny in HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES back in 1987. All three are classically trained, Sylvie at Hartt School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music; Megan also at Hartt. Phred graduated from Connecticut College and has sung opera, jazz, cabaret and musical theater as well as Celtic and folk. She teaches voice at Christ Church School of the Arts. You may visit their website at celticity.net. There are audio samples to listen to on it as well.
Florida Today magazine said, "if Mark Twain were reincarnated as a musician, his name might be Chuck Brodsky..... Fun heart warming witty tales..... there's a lot more to this songwriter than and eye for criticism and disillusionment."
Chuck Brodsky was born in Philadelphia and currently is living in Asheville, NC. He's particularly known for his political and humorous lyrics, as well as his many songs about baseball. His song, RADIO, was the inspiration for, and appeared in the movie of the same name, starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Ed Harris. That song, as well as many others in his repertoire, is based on true events. As the New York Times has said, "With insight and good humor, he has taken these life experiences and distilled them into old-fashioned story songs brimming with wit and compassion." His songwriting pokes fun at political corruption, road rage, hockey fights and mischief made as a kid. He also sings about unsung heroes and forgotten but incredible people. His songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, David Wilcox, Sara Hickman and many others.
May 11 (with go-go dancers):
For one night only, Chelsea Players Coffeehouse series turned into a tiki bar, when the Clams, Connecticut's finest purveyors of instrumental surf music, invaded the United Congregational Church. Not only were the Clams there, but they were joined by the Nouveaux Pony Banditos Go Go Dancers.
Chelsea Players concluded its spring concert schedule by presenting roots rockers Dogbite in the banquet hall of Prime 82 Restaurant. Dogbite is a project formed by Hugh Birdsall of New London rock heroes, The Reducers. They play a blend of roots rock, rockabilly, and country.