Courtesy of Brandon Music
Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. — BRANDON — Zephyr is an Addison County based quartet whose music has been mined in the general vein of roots Americana — a harmony-rich lyric-oriented primarily acoustic style of music bringing together influences of folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel, country and the singer-songwriter tradition. They play a mix of unique originals interspersed with occasional covers by songwriters such as Buddy and Julie Miller, Gillian Welch, Mark Heard, Bruce Cockburn, and T Bone Burnett. Don’t miss them at Brandon Music on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The band features Susan Nop on keyboard, accordion, and lead vocals, Matthew Dickerson on guitar, bass, harmonica, mandolin, and vocals, Kathleen Smith on vocals and percussion, and Dutton Smith on violin, bass, percussion, and vocals.
Matthew Dickerson and Susan Nop are the songwriting team behind Zephyr. Many of their songs have been recorded in Nashville with some of the top musicians of that music-rich city. Prior to his work with Zephyr, Dickerson received national radio airplay as a songwriter, bassist, and one of the original members of the blues band Deep Freyed. He is also the author of numerous books including a recent fantasy novel titled “The Gifted” and a number of books about fly-fishing and ecology. Susan Nop, who’s soul-full and passionate vocals help give Zephyr its distinctive sound, has also performed as a classical pianist, though she has also fallen in love with the accordion. Kathleen Smith, in addition to active work in local musical theatre, has performed with the acclaimed women’s choral group Maiden Vermont. She adds her rich and tight harmonies and interesting rhythms to Zephyr, while her husband Dutton Smith, also a long-time well-known figure in the local musical theatre scene, brings additional harmonies while providing both lead violin solos and subtle background string textures, and trades off on the bass.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is also available for $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 or email [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon. Visit online at www.brandon-music.net.