Music events: Starline Rhythm Boys plays Chester; ‘Country Fiddler’ author at MVBooks; Yankee Chank in Proctorsville; ‘Voice’ finalist Pennell in concert; Sensible Shoes performance rescheduled

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Starline Rhythm Boys

Starline Rhythm Boys

July 31: Starline Rhythm Boys returns for summer concert series

Dakin & Benelli bring back the Starline Rhythm Boys for the Chester Summer Concert Series from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 on the lawn of the Academy Building across from the Chester Green. SRB delivers a potent blend of classic country and vintage rock n’ roll.

Its repertoire consists of many originals as well as covers of both classic and obscure numbers.

The Thursday, Aug. 7 concert will feature The Dave Keller Band.

Bring blankets and lawn chairs and sit back and listen music on a summer night in downtown Chester. In case of inclement weather, concerts will move to The Stone Hearth Inn on Route 11 West, Chester. All concerts are free. For more information call 875-3400.

Adam Boyce Biographer and fiddler

Adam Boyce, biographer and fiddler

Aug. 3: Author of  ‘Old Country Fiddler’ at Misty Valley Books

adamBoyceAdam Boyce, author of The Man from Vermont: Charles Ross Taggart, the Old Country Fiddler, will be at Misty Valley Books, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3 on The Green in Chester.

In the last years of the 19th century, Boyce’s subject, Charles Ross Taggart, became a traveling musical humorist. He journeyed across North America with his ventriloquist and musical performances.

Biographer Boyce took fiddle lessons and learned about local traditional dance and music history, including fiddling and calling simultaneously for square and contra dances. Boyce’s research about  Taggart led him to presenting living history portrayals and lectures for the Vermont and New Hampshire humanities councils.

The event is free and open to the public. Boyce will bring his fiddle. For more information, call Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or visit

Aug. 6: Yankee Chank in Proctorsville

Yankee Chank performs at the Green in Proctorsville

Yankee Chank performs at the Green in Proctorsville

The Town of Cavendish presents another in a continuing series of Wednesday evening concerts on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. when Yankee Chank will appear at the Green in Proctorsville. Black River Produce will sponsor this concert.

Yankee Chank is a Vermont group that performs traditional Cajun music from the heart of southwest Louisiana.

This is the fifth in a series of six concerts coordinated by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic dinner. Come with friends or make new ones. For more information call Robin at 226-7736.

Caroline Pennell. Photo courtesy

Caroline Pennell. Photo courtesy

Aug. 8: ‘The Voice’ finalist Caroline Pennell performs

One of the most outstanding finalists from NBC’s The Voice 2013 will be performing in Manchester at 7 :30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Caroline Pennell is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from New Jersey whose father Keith grew up in Chester and whose grandparents, Hugh and Nancy, live in Chester.

Pennell sings in the style of Adele, Norah Jones, Ellie Goulding and Ingrid Michaelson. Her performance, appropriate and fun for all ages, is a benefit for UnpluggedVT, an adventure-based nonprofit program designed to cultivate confidence, communication, and leadership in middle school aged girls.

Disconnected from technology during weekends of outdoor fun, girls build friendships, take risks and find joy. Tickets to the performance at Burr and Burton’s Riley Center for the Arts are $25 and are available at

Aug. 20: Cavendish reschedules Sensible Shoes concert

Due to poor weather on July 23, Cavendish called off the outdoor concert by Sensible Shoes that was scheduled for the Proctorsville Green. Sensible Shoes will now perform on Wednesday, Aug. 20 instead. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. and will be sponsored by the Golden Stage Inn and by Old Cavendish Products.

The public is encouraged to join friends and neighbors in front of the gazebo on the green. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair, have a picnic, or just lay back and relax on the grass.

The concerts are free and open to all. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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