FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2021
THE EARLY RISERS PERFORM FRIDAY JULY 16 AT MUSIC ON MEETINGHOUSE GREEN
The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents The Early Risers, Vermont folk duo Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith,
in a free Friday evening concert on Meetinghouse Green at the corner of Middle and Church Street, July 16 at 6:00 p.m.
The Early Risers’ original work features vocal harmonies and lyrical arrangements for banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano, and
shruti box. Free-will donations go to Backyard Growers, the evening’s featured local non-profit partner, connecting people
and communities through access to healthy food. Local food vendor for the evening is the Common Crow. The 2021 summer
music series is dedicated in memory of Harry Hintlian for his encouragement, generosity, and for making the Meetinghouse
a net zero building. For more information, a full schedule of upcoming concerts, and to sign up for the GMF newsletter,
Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith began separate careers as singer/songwriters but joined forces in 2015 to form The Early Risers.
The duo has performed across the continent from Maine to Texas, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Their 2019 debut
album, Making Life Sweet, was listed as #1 on the national Folk DJ Charts. The Early Risers music lingers in the heart, mind, and
imagination, and one reviewer noted, “Their music is comfort food.”
Music on Meetinghouse Green, now in its sixth season, features nine free Friday evening concerts with great music, favorite foods
from local vendors, and benefits a different North Shore non-profit organization each week through free-will donations from the
audience. Concert goers bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out across the spacious green. Performances are handicap accessible,
parking on the Green is limited to persons with disabilities only.
ABOUT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION
Founded in 2015, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is dedicated to preserving the landmark building as a civic hub, entertainment
venue, and community center. In addition to its work to preserve the historic 1806 Meetinghouse, GMF is currently raising funds to restore
Meetinghouse Green to provide a safe and more flexible outdoor concert and event venue.
Thanks to our Sponsors all the series’ expenses, such as for the musicians, are pre-paid. 100% of the free-will donations go to our non-profit community partners.
Platinum John & Janis Bell, J.J. & Jackie Bell, Cape Ann Savings Bank, J. Linzee Coolidge, Scobie Ward
Gold BOMCO, Michael & Mary Ann Bresnan, Landesign, Inc.
Silver Anonymous, Tom Burger & Andrée Robert, JoeAnn Hart & Gordon Baird, Pat Johnson & Jeff Henderson, Susan McKain & Ken Steiner, Charles Nazarian, John & Sandra Ronan
Bronze Jerry Ackerman, Karen Bell, Pamela Bynum & Henry Ferrara, Peter Calkins & Susan Casey, Frederick Cowan, Richard Gardner, Rev. Janet Parsons, Dick Prouty,
Joe & Maggie Rosa, Peter & Kathleen Van Demark, Kathleen Williams, Sarah Willwerth-Dyer & Michael Dyer