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 ‘’, 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!

5 Responses to Country Calendar


    Josie Toney Stringband, featuring Sam Leslie on guitar, Gabe Hirshfeld on banjo, and Mike Siegel on upright bass.
    Saturday, March 21, 7:30pm
    Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard, MA 01451
    Phone: 978-226-8862
    Josie’s website:

    Josie Toney is a versatile musician drawing from a deep familial background in traditional music. Hailing from Olympia, Washington, Josie now lives in Boston, MA. Josie has performed at Festivals around the country, such as Grey Fox, FreshGrass, Old Tone, and 3 Sisters Bluegrass. She is a sought after private instructor, and has taught at Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA, Bruce Molsky & Debra Clifford’s Old Time Rollick at Ashokan, and the Passim School of Music in Boston.

    Josie is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music, where she received the Sam Eisenson Award for Country Music. In September of 2019 she won the FreshGrass fiddle championship. Josie’s acoustic string band showcases a variety of early country music, from the Old Time of the Appalachian Mountains to songs from Honky Tonk Heroes like Hank Williams and Kitty Wells. This concert will feature Sam Leslie on guitar, Gabe Hirshfeld on the banjo, and Mike Siegel on the upright bass.

    “Josie Toney is one of the compelling, wonderful new voices bringing traditional music into today’s musical fabric. In performance, her lifetime and love of playing will draw you in immediately, with fearless, heartfelt singing and powerful fiddling (sometimes both at the same time, something I really love). Josie’s musical energy and chops are nothing short of uplifting, a joy to hear!”
    – Bruce Molsky

    Suggested donation: children and seniors $10, adults $15-20.
    Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance time.

    About notloB Parlour Concerts
    Since 2007, notloB has presented over 200 Folk, Old-Time, Blue Grass, Progressive String, Celtic, and World (mostly) acoustic unplugged concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
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    Phone – 978-226-8862

  2. Bill Walczak says:

    The Savin Hillbillies will be playing the Dorchester Brewery on Wednesday, March 4 6-9pm to support the Upham’s Corner Health Center. Enjoy Barbecue Food, Beer and Hillbilly music in support of the health center. The event will take place in the new “Hopservatory” on the roof of the Dorchester Brewery, 1250 Massachusetts Avenue (near South Bay Shopping Center) which has bars, a restaurant, a fireplace and great views of the City. Ribs, Beer and Great Music – – All of this for only a $100 donation to a venerable health care institution that has been serving Dorchester and Roxbury for the last half century. For tickets, write to Jenna Tonet .

    The Savin Hillbillies ( will be playing Irish and Hillbilly music in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Tavolo Restaurant, 1918 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester (next to Ashmont T Station), Saturday, March 14, 7:30-10:00pm. Singalong with the Hillbillies while you enjoy great food and drink! No cover.

    • UPDATE: Bill says that the Savin Hillbillies show on the 14th will be cancelled, as the City of Boston is not allowing gatherings of more than 25 people. Sorry to hear it. /CL

  3. Phil Reitz says:

    On March 29th, Dale Ann Bradley will be performing a very special Sunday 7:00 PM evening concert at ātac: downtown arts + music center in Framingham.

    Raised in the coal fields of Appalachia, Dale Ann Bradley has been a Grammy nominee as well as recipient of IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year Award. In 2019 she and her band-mates in Sister Sadie were awarded IBMA’s “Vocal Group of the Year” for their critically-acclaimed album Sister Sadie II. More information is available at ā or at 508.405.2787.

    ātac music + arts
    160 Hollis Street
    Downtown Framingham

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