Listening To The Voice…

and there’s a female country singer (Holly Tucker).

She’s banging out her country song and I swear to god if you put a blindfold on me and rolled out 10 different country music female singers to sing songs there is no way I could differentiate one from another.

They all sound exactly alike.

Am I alone on this?

RUNA At Old Sloop Coffeehouse June 7


Have you ever heard a Celtic version of our national anthem?  Phildelphia-based contemporary Celtic ensemble RUNA recently performed their unique rendition to open a Phllies game.  You can see a video of the performance at

RUNA will appear at Old Sloop Coffeehouse this Friday, June 7, at 7:30PM, with local Celtic favorites Bob and Jen Strom opening.  RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound.  RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Montreal, Quebec on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway, Ireland on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Louisville, Kentucky on the fiddle. The band often performs with world-renowned guest musicians, including Isaac Alderson on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles. Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’sBid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, BarcĂł, TĂ©ada, and the Guy Mendilow Band.

Bob and Jen Strom are active session players on the North Shore and have played at the First Saturday Contra Dance in Salem, the Irish Connections Festival, New Year’s Rockport Eve, The Boston Celtic Music Festival, the Salem Maritime Festival, and the Salem Arts Festival. Bob and Jen organized a benefit concert, Shamrock for HAWC, in support of HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) for four years running, featuring some of the North Shore’s finest Celtic musicians.

The performance will be in the handicap-accessible Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 12 School Street.  Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 from the coffeehouse web site at, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.  The suggested donation at the door is $14 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $28 for a family.

Baby Chipping Sparrow

Butterfly Courtyard Willowdale Estate©Kim Smith 2013

Notice the two gardenia trees in the large planters in the background. Weren’t we startled  several weeks ago to find a nest tucked in the crook of the gardenia branches, with an egg!! The planters are moved often enough to accommodate wedding ceremonies, but that didn’t deter in the least the highly adaptable Chipping Sparrow from building its nest.

Baby Chipping Sparrow ©Kim Smith 2013Baby Chipping Sparrow 

Chipping SparrowParent Chipping Sparrow. The mom/pop waited anxiously, with a fat green caterpillar dangling from its mouth, for me to stop photographing. As soon as I moved away, it  flew to the nest to deposit the worm into the hungry baby’s wide-open mouth. The entire time I was there delivering plants Sunday afternoon, the baby never closed its mouth!

The song of the Chipping Sparrow is a lovely trill and you can hear it well on this video. They also make a piercing flight call, a characteristic sound of the evening sky during their annual spring and fall migration.

Lecture Tonight for the Southboro Open Land Foundation

Pollinators: the Birds, Butterflies and Bees (7:00 – 8:45 pm): Southborough Open Land Foundation welcomes Kim Smith, a specialist on pollinators, such as butterflies and other insects, and their important role in sustaining the earth. She will share a stunning slide show and informative lecture, The Pollinator Garden. Presentation includes “BomBom Butterfly” video demonstrating the life cycle of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. A list of possible plants for your property will be provided. Event is free and open to the public – will be held in main reading room of the Southboro Library, 25 Main Street.

Newly emerged black swallowtail butterfly wedgewood blue lilac ©Kim Smith 2013Newly Emerged Male Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Music Happening Around Cape Ann Tonight and Wednesday

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

KBMG 7:00 pm Listen to KBMG KBMG

King, Brown, Mattacks, Ginandes
86 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-283-8228


Funk Jamm and Soul Force V
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732


w/ Marty Rowan, Ken Clarke, Mike Mele & Benny Benson
285 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

Phone: 978-921-2233


Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Benefit for the schooner Adventure
63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-283-1812

John Rockwell 7:00 pm Listen to John Rockwell JOHN ROCKWELL folk folk-rock country

3 Duncan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978.281.3997


w/ “Sax” Gordon Beadle
285 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

Phone: 978-921-2233

Fly Amero 8:00 pm Listen to Fly Amero FLY AMERO

dinner w/ Fly and special guest Toni Ann
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732

9:00 pm  CRAZY JAY

65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-6565

dennis monagle 9:00 pm Listen to dennis monagle DENNIS MONAGLE

Monagle Session featuring BANDIT KINGS!
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-0223


Castle Manor Music Schedule for June

We have entertainment out on the beautiful deck over looking the river.  See our listing here

Friday, June 14th 7:00 to 10:00 Toni Ann & David Brown

Sunday, June 16th 5:00 to 10:00 Toni Ann Enes

Thursday, June 20th 7:00 to 10:00 DJ Scottie Mac

Friday June 21st 7:00 to 10:00 Inge Berge

Sunday, June 23rd 5:00 to 8:00 Toni Ann Enes & Frank Hawkes

Friday, June 28th 7:00 to 10:00 Tom O’Brian (in the band Boru)

Sunday, June 30th Toni Ann Enes & Dave Koen

Hope to see you there supporting local music!

Larry Carsman performs at Giuseppe’s on Sunday June 9th

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Larry Carsman, master singer/guitarist who interprets songs from Springsteen to Segovia, performs Saturday night June 9 from 6-9 PM at Giuseppe’s Restaurant, on Main Street in Gloucester’s West End.

Carsman cofounded the James Montgomery Band in 1971. He also taught guitar to many local luminaries — including Livingston Taylor, Pete Kennedy (The Kennedys), Chuck
McDermott (Wheatstraw) and many others.

Since the mid 70s, Larry has focused on selecting and arranging a vibrant repertoire for solo performance — drawn from traditional and modern jazz, blues, classical, Brazilian, folk, soul and contemporary artists.

Live and on his 2009 solo debut CD Better Late, his warm vibrant voice blends
effortlessly with his nylon-strung classically fingered guitar. Larry’s influences and songs
span a rich diverse range of vintage and modern artists – Mose Allison, Josh White, B.B.
King, Buddy Guy, Big Bill Broonzy, John Coltrane, Lightning Hopkins, Miles Davis,
Bruce Springsteen, Blossom Dearie, Julian Bream, Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil and Luis

Billy Novick, celebrated musician and producer of Better Late, says: “Larry definitely
makes the songs his own. But because he has such a deep knowledge, respect and love of
so many different types of music, the songs are all genuine, soulful, and different…
There’s no loss of a song’s emotion or integrity when Larry performs it. In fact, the songs
become much richer, because of his imaginative yet nuanced interpretations.”

For reservations, call Guiseppe’s Restaurant @ 978/879-4622

James Buhrendorf 978/879.7230
Larry Carsman 978/526-4626

Sailbots. You heard me sucka, SAILBOTS!!!!!

The SailBot 2013 International Robotic Sailing Regatta is a robotic sailing competition historically held in North America in which teams of university and college students compete. This year’s event takes place in Gloucester harbor! The goal is to create an unmanned sailboat that navigates through a variety of challenges with limited, if any, human control. Students are able to use this friendly competition between schools to apply their engineering knowledge in a multi-disciplinary task that requires mechanical, electrical, and software skill to deal with this highly variable environment. Teams are headquartered at Maritime Gloucester and races will occur off Pavillion Beach in the outer harbor. Project presentations will take place at Endicott College’s Gloucester campus.

Monday 10 June 2013

9:00 – 2:00 pm – Navigation Accuracy

3:00 pm – Fleet Race 1 for 2-meter boats

4:30 pm – Fleet Race 1 for 1-meter boats

Tuesday 11 June 2013

9:00 – 2:00 pm – Stationkeeping

3:00 pm – Fleet Race II for 1-meter boats

4:30 pm – Fleet Race II for 2-meter boats

Wednesday 12 June 2013

9:00 am – Chase Race for 1-meter boats

1:00 pm – Long Distance Race start for 1-meter boats

4:30 pm – Long Distance Race start for 2-meter boats

Babson Boulders at home

The Babson Boulders of Dogtown are one of the harder-to-find attractions in Gloucester; you have to download a map and go trekking through the woods. It’s well worth the walk, and can be a lot of fun (especially when it isn’t tick-and-mosquito season).

But you can also get your own miniature, customized “Babson Boulders” at home. Here’s mine:



It was a gift from the artist, my friend Michael Foley.  I don’t know of anyone else who makes these!  You can see more of his work, including other “boulders”, on his website or on Facebook. He also has work at “The Art Nook” on Bearksin Neck.

Matthew Green