Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Sky Blue Boys return to Tinmouth’s Old Firehouse

Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.—TINMOUTH—The Sky Blue Boys, long-time favorites of the crowds at Tinmouth’s Old Firehouse, will be the final concert in the spring series held June 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Brothers Willy and Dan revived the tradition of brother duets — two fellows with a mandolin and guitar, a musical teamwork built of habit, their voices fused in the special blend produced by kinship. During the 1930s and 40s, brother duets were the predominant format in country music.

The Sky Blue Boys have built up a large repertoire of old ballads, parlor songs, heart songs, songs about Vermont history, and sacred numbers. Heeding their own musical instincts they have expanded the accompaniment to include a variety of acoustic instruments and added many newer songs including several of their own compositions.

Willy and Dan have played together for decades. They formed the celebrated Vermont bluegrass band Banjo Dan and the Midnite Plowboys in 1972. Never far from their hearts were the sounds they learned to love long ago — the simple moving sounds of the early brother duets.

The Old Firehouse is at Mountain View Road and Vt. 140 in Tinmouth. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

There is a suggested donation of $10-$15. Homemade desserts, coffee and tea will be available. Donations for them will help support future community activities and events.

There will be a bonus concert at the Old Firehouse on June 9 at 7:30 p.m. by 2×2, a terrific acappella quartet singing folk songs from many traditions. It’s a benefit for the restoration of Tinmouth’s Old Creamery.

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