Country Calendar

[ UPDATE 8Jan15] Contributions remain paltry, so I will continue adding some of the email calendar notices I get.  Better for you to post your own notices, though; then you’re not relying on me to remember.  Just use the Comments box at the bottom. /CL

This page is for Country Calendar on-air announcements, though visitors may like to refer to the printed items here, too.

What we’ll do is use the Comments for Calendar announcements.  I’ll print them off on the Friday before the show, and take them in with me in my red Country Calendar folder. I’ll delete the older, obsolete ones as I get around to it.

• Bullet Points: Please remember that a harried disc jockey (HDJ) programming on the fly has no time or inclination to carefully pre-read announcements.  The HDJ needs concert/show announcements clearly laid out in bullet points—please, no long paragraphs!  Some of you are prone to long disquisitions.  Refrain!

• Vitals First: If you want to give the HDJ information about the performers he might not know, save it for the end of the announcement, not for reading on the air.  Don’t make the HDJ wade through pages to get to the meat: Who, When, Where, Contact!

• Spell Out Links: Internet links for more information, tickets, or a general good time must be spelled out, so when they are printed and I read them, listeners will understand what they have to type.  You don’t need to include the http://. . . header, but a hyperlink called ‘Moe’s Club’ won’t do, either.  I need ‘MoesClub.com’, i.e. exactly what the listener has to type in his browser.  Most modern browsers will fill in the ‘http. . .’ header.

• Phone Numbers: Please include phone numbers!  Believe it or not, not everyone who listens has or uses a computer, tablet, smart phone or other such device.

• Redundancy: You should also email me the announcements, as many of you already do, to: CousinLynn953 at Yahoo dot com.  Redundancy is good.

• Saturday is TOO LATE: And remember: Hillbilly at Harvard airs Saturday morning.  I do my show prep Friday evening.  I won’t see announcements for the coming weekend and week if they are posted or emailed after Friday.  Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many such duds I get.

So let’s try it!

/Cousin Lynn

UPDATE: Jeff Boudreau (who in addition to notloB Parlour Concerts, runs a Facebook Group called “Northeast Old-Time, Blue Grass and String Band Music”), suggests the following rule:

Third-party event notices must be authorized by producer and/or artist. Poster is responsible to communicate any date/time/location/bill changes.

In other words, if you post Country Calendar notices here, you—not I, not WHRB—are responsible for any changes, cancellations, missing or wrong information.  Thanks, Jeff!

2 Responses to Country Calendar

  1. Jeff Boudreau says:

    Geoff Bartley, notloB Parlour Concerts #208
    Friday, October 7, 7:30pm
    Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard MA 01451

    Geoff Bartley (1948 – ?) is a folk-blues guitar player singer-songwriter and recording artist. His last two CDs, 2009’s “Put the Big Stone Down” and 2011’s “Mercy for the Dispossessed”, were promoted by Kari Estrin Management in Nashville and went to No. 1 on folk radio. In the 1980s, Geoff won four guitars at the National Fingerpicking Champion-ships in Winfield, Kansas. Some of his songs and co-writes have been recorded by other artists in New England, Canada, Ireland, and Nashville, and some are included in the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine collection in Washington, D.C. A new CD called “Particles of Light” will become available in late summer 2014. Since 1994 Geoff has played guitar and sung harmony for folk treasure Tom Paxton. Geoff was also instrumental in bringing the HD-40LSH Tom Paxton Signature Model Martin guitar into production in 2004. In 2007, Geoff’s song A Letter from Prison about Nelson Mandela was recorded by the progressive bluegrass band, The Infamous Stringdusters, on their CD “Fork in the Road” on Sugar Hill. Subsequently, that recording was used in the independent 2008 Lionsgate film “The Lucky Ones”. Before his main stage appearance at the 2009 Boston Folk Festival, the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association awarded Geoff its Jerry Christen Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. Geoff presents two nights of acoustic music every week at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both nights have been voted Best of Boston. In further recognition, the Cambridge Mayor’s Office in conjunction with the Boston Bluegrass Union proclaimed February 13, 2004 to be Geoff Bartley Day. Songs and instrumentals he has written have been used on the History Channel, Animal Planet, the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, NOVA and Nature on PBS and other cable networks, in private and commercial films and documentaries, and in private and commercial advertising in the US and other countries. Geoff endorses and plays Elixir strings. The folk press has called him a world-class guitarist, a brilliant songwriter and the prophet and spiritual godfather of the Boston folk scene.
    ADMISSION: By free-will offering, suggested cash donation adults $15-20; teens and seniors $10; children $5. 100% of patron donations go to the artist.

    RESERVATIONS: http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com

    ARTIST’S WEBSITE: https://geoffbartley.com/

    VENUE: The concert will be presented at FIVESPARKS – https://www.fivesparks.org/ – 7 Fairbanks Street, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451, the restored 1890 town library building. Doors Open at 7:00pm.

    COVID PRECAUTIONS: Seating capacity will be reduced by 50%, windows open, fans blowing. Full vaccinations, boosters, and masks requested. Please read additional Fivesparks’ COVID-19 protocols for events at https://www.fivesparks.org/

    ABOUT NOTLOB PARLOUR CONCERTS: Since 2007, notloB has presented >200 not-for-profit folk, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and progressive string concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area. notloB’s current home is space rented in the renovated 1890 Harvard, Massachusetts library – https://www.harvardpubliclibrary.org/about/history-library – repurposed as “Fivesparks.” Concerts in your home can be arranged.
    Phone – 978-226-8862
    email – notlobreservations at gmail dot com
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/
    Eventbrite – http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com
    Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/notlobmusic
    Blog – https://notlobmusic.blogspot.com/

    UPCOMING CONCERTS AT FIVESPARKS:
    Friday, October 21, 2022 – Owen Kennedy
    Friday, December 9, 2022 – Don White

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