Fine Winter's Night with Matt and Shannon Heaton

Welcome the holidays with Matt & Shannon Heaton’s "Fine Winter's Night,"

featuring original and traditional Irish music to brighten chilly winter days and warm long winter nights. Come experience this special holiday concert, part of the Music in the Gallery concert series, on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the beautiful James Arnold Mansion which houses the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street (at the corner of Union Street), New Bedford, MA. Music in the Gallery is presented by the Music Directors of the New Bedford Folk Festival. Music in the Gallery concerts are open to the general public. All are welcome to this lovely, unique music experience.

For “Fine Winter’s Night”, Matt and Shannon Heaton present a banquet of songs dating from the 12th to the 21st century with husband-and-wife harmonies and instrumental accompaniment on guitar, bouzouki, and Irish flute. The concert features a mix of poignancy, jubilance and reflection with songs about Victorian winter romance, the nativity and the introspective nature of the solstice, sprinkled with beautiful airs and upbeat jigs and reels. The Heaton originals sound like timeless traditional classics and their renditions of centuries-old Irish ballads often have inventive modern twists that resonate with listeners. The Boston Irish Reporter summed it: "Bringing us songs both sacred and reverent, Shannon's voice is fresh and subtle like the first dusting of snow, while Matt's light and sure guitar accompaniment sets the pace for a joyful sleighride...[They] lead us beyond familiar old songs but they don't forsake them, either. Get those cookies into the oven and invite your loved ones to tea; Matt and Shannon have made music that reminds us of what the holidays are for."

With engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted music, Matt & Shannon Heaton offer Irish music from the heart. Shannon was named 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Traditional Artist Fellow. The Irish American News dubbed her Female Musician of the Year (2009) and Live Ireland nominated her Female Musician of the Year 2010 and 2011. She’s been compared to Alison Krauss and Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh for her combination of vocal grace and instrumental prowess on Irish flute, whistles and accordion. Matt, on guitar and bouzouki, has received multiple Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for his work. He holds a master’s degree in classical guitar. Matt and Shannon are poised, passionate American performers with Irish roots and universal appeal.

They move listeners with their love of traditional music and their sense of adventure and fun in exploring new directions and possibilities.

Join us for this special holiday Music in the Gallery concert featuring Matt and Shannon Heaton on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, New Bedford, MA. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Cash bar and a limited menu is available. Ample free parking, open to the general public for this show, is also available. Tickets are $20 in advance online and $25 at the door. Due to the intimate setting for the concert, seating is very limited, so advance purchase is advised which guarantees seating. For ticket purchase, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3050554. For further information about the concerts, write to korolenko8523@charter.net