Calendar of Events – All Locations

Aug
11
Sat
Friends of the Bedford Public Library 2nd Saturday Book Room Sales @ Bedford Central Library
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stack of used books on a weathered table.
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library’s Book Room is open of the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Come search for used books, DVDs and more!  Most items range in price from $.25 to a few dollars.
All proceeds benefit the Bedford Central Library.
http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/donating-and-buying-used-books/

Sep
8
Sat
Friends of the Bedford Public Library 2nd Saturday Book Room Sales @ Bedford Central Library
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stack of used books on a weathered table.
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library’s Book Room is open of the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Come search for used books, DVDs and more!  Most items range in price from $.25 to a few dollars.
All proceeds benefit the Bedford Central Library.
http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/donating-and-buying-used-books/

Sep
21
Fri
Friends of the Bedford Public Library Concert: Lula Wiles – Folk Americana Band @ Bedford Central Library
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Photograph of the band Lula Wiles.The Friends of the Bedford Public Library present Lula Wiles live in concert!
Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern song-craft. Their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by powerful three-part vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today. Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time music, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock songwriting and arranging, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and front woman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/guitar/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/bass) each contributing their own singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show.

If you ask them about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn through the band’s collaboration with producer/guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album represents Lula Wiles’ exploration of the space where traditional folk meets modern songwriting and production. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the album “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.”  Their sophomore album will be announced later this year.

Though the band is young, all the members of Lula Wiles have spent their lives grounded in songs. Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp, and eventually each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Isa and Ellie began performing as a duo in 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later. When Lula Wiles performs, the band’s many years of friendship are clear from their electrifying musical chemistry and alchemic vocal harmonies. Now based in Boston’s thriving and close-knit roots music community, Lula Wiles have performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the eastern United States, including Club Passim, the Sinclair, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Green River Music Festival. They’ve recently expanded their touring territory to Canada and Europe, and have shared stages with artists like the Wood Brothers, Aoife O’Donovan, Darlingside, Sarah Jarosz, and Tim O’Brien. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.
Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online from Lynchburg Tickets.
To learn more about the band visit their website…
http://www.lulawiles.com.
To learn more about the Friends of the Bedford Library visit their website…http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/.

 

 

Oct
12
Fri
Friends of the Bedford Public Library Fall Book Sale – Members Preview Sale @ Bedford Central Library
Oct 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Coffee, book, leaves and the ends of a gray knit sweater.Members Fall Book Sale Preview
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library will hold a preview of our Fall Book Sale on the second floor of Bedford Central Library and in our Book Room.  If  you are a member of the friends (you must show a membership card), you can shop early on Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm before the main book sale on Saturday. Included in the selection are current fiction and non-fiction best sellers, classics, cookbooks, children’s books, puzzles, DVD’s, romance novels, spiritual and religious titles, political commentary, self help, history, Videos, CD’s, large print books, biographies, coffee table titles, craft books, and so much more!  There is something for everyone.
http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/membership-2/

Oct
13
Sat
Friends of the Bedford Public Library Fall Book Sale @ Bedford Central Library
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Coffee, book, leaves and the ends of a gray knit sweater.Fall Book Sale
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library will hold their Fall Book Sale on the second floor of Bedford Central Library and in our Book Room. Please help support the Friends in this effort and take home some great reading material in the process. Most books range in price from $.25 to a few dollars. Bring a friend or neighbor and spend a few minutes or a few hours browsing through the large selection of books. Find some new reads for the whole family! The selections are tremendous – diverse, plentiful, and very, very affordable. Come early for the best selection!  Included in the selection are current fiction and non-fiction best sellers, classics, cookbooks, children’s books, puzzles, DVD’s, romance novels, spiritual and religious titles, political commentary, self help, history, Videos, CD’s, large print books, biographies, coffee table titles, craft books, and so much more! Donations of books, DVD’s, CD’s, and puzzles in good, clean condition should be delayed until after our Fall Book Sale. After that date, you can bring in the books you’d like to donate to the loading dock of Bedford Central Library. All proceeds from this Book Sale benefit Bedford Central Library.
http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/event/fall-book-sale/

Oct
27
Sat
Friends of the Bedford Public Library Concert: The Colleen Raney Band – Traditional Irish @ Bedford Central Library
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Photograph of the The Colleen Raney Band.
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library present Lula Wiles live in concert!

Vocalist Colleen Raney has been referred to as “among the best in her genre,” (Irish Music Magazine) and “one of America’s best traditional singers” (Tradconnect). This comes as little surprise given her dedication to the craft of performing and preserving the vibrant song tradition of Ireland. Raney is compelled by the beauty of traditional Irish songs and has committed herself to honoring the music not just with her voice, but in her tireless research of the origins, history, and story behind each piece before singing a single note.  Her ability to convey this love of Irish music makes every performance a captivating experience, no matter the setting. Raney sings with an enchanting yet unaffected style allowing the listener to enjoy her selection of songs whether they are familiar or more obscure.

Born into a family where Irish music and dance were part of the fabric of everyday life, learning songs from her older siblings was very much a part of Raney’s formative years. Colleen began her musical career with her oldest brother Mark, who studied with legendary singer and song collector Joe Heaney. After attaining her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington, and working as a professional actor for a decade, Colleen dove back into the traditional music world with her first album Linnet in 2008. Her 2013 release Here This is Home is without question one of the finest works in recent years.

Colleen has toured extensively, both at home and abroad. Highlights have included The KVMR Grass Valley Celtic Festival, Maine Celtic Celebration, Winston-Salem Celtic Festival, Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, and Seattle’s respected Northwest Folklife Festival, where she was a regular performer from 1980 to 2013.  Her music can be heard on radio from Italy, to Ireland, to New York, to Hawaii, to Japan and all parts in between.

The Band
Award-winning singer and flute player, Portland, Maine’s Hanz Araki has been a prominent figure in the Irish music community in North America and beyond for nearly three decades. In that time he has released 10 albums, played countless festival stages, toured internationally, and collaborated with a number of well-respected musicians within and outside of the Celtic music genre.

Portland, Maine-based guitarist Bethany Waickman accompanies some of the country’s finest players, be it at dance halls, pub sessions, or on the concert stage. Bethany grew up in a musical family in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York state. She started piano at an early age and played traditional and classical music along with her fiddle- and cello-playing brothers. She discovered DADGAD guitar tuning while attending Meadowlark, a folk music camp in Maine. There she studied with Keith Murphy, a well-known composer, musician, and influential practitioner of DADGAD. The modified tuning offers unique harmonies and rich drones well suited to supporting traditional music and to the driving, rhythmic playing for which Bethany is known.

Ryan Davidson is known for his powerful vocals and soulful style of folk storytelling. Raised in Northern California, Ryan began touring the US whilst still in high school. After a decade on the road playing rock-n-roll, he studied voice and jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory in Long Beach, California. Shortly after he was accepted into the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance in Limerick, Ireland where he studied the Irish Bouzouki and received an MA in Ethnomusicology. Since returning home after two years of living and playing traditional music in the West of Ireland, Ryan has been utilizing his extensive background to tirelessly write, play, tour and collaborate with numerous songwriters and traditional artists.

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online from Lynchburg Tickets.
To learn more about Colleen Raney visit her website…http://colleenraney.com/

To learn more about the Friends of the Bedford Library visit their website…http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/.

 

 

Nov
10
Sat
Friends of the Bedford Public Library 2nd Saturday Book Room Sales @ Bedford Central Library
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stack of used books on a weathered table.
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library’s Book Room is open of the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Come search for used books, DVDs and more!  Most items range in price from $.25 to a few dollars.
All proceeds benefit the Bedford Central Library.
http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/donating-and-buying-used-books/

Dec
8
Sat
Friends of the Bedford Public Library 2nd Saturday Book Room Sales @ Bedford Central Library
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stack of used books on a weathered table.
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library’s Book Room is open of the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Come search for used books, DVDs and more!  Most items range in price from $.25 to a few dollars.
All proceeds benefit the Bedford Central Library.
http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/donating-and-buying-used-books/

Jan
12
Sat
Friends of the Bedford Public Library 2nd Saturday Book Room Sales @ Bedford Central Library
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stack of used books on a weathered table.
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library’s Book Room is open of the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Come search for used books, DVDs and more!  Most items range in price from $.25 to a few dollars.
All proceeds benefit the Bedford Central Library.
http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/donating-and-buying-used-books/

Jan
19
Sat
Friends of the Bedford Public Library Concert: The Honey Dewdrops @ Bedford Central Library
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Honey Dewdrops
The Friends of the Bedford Public Library present The Honey Dewdrops live in concert!
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are celebrating their 9th year of touring full time as The Honey Dewdrops, having played stages and festivals far and wide in North America and Europe.  With tight harmonies and an musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo,  mandolin and guitars,  the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters:  the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation.  After leaving their home base of Virginia and living on the road for 2 years, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore, Maryland home and it’s where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, released May 2015.  Acoustic Guitar Magazine  describes the set of songs as “a handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway.”  And like their stage performance,  these songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down.  The Honey Dewdrops have a busy year ahead of them with festival appearances across the country and a new record on the horizon (slated for release Spring of 2019) along with their first UK tour in Jan/Feb 2019.

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online from Lynchburg Tickets.
To learn more about the band visit their website…http://www.thehoneydewdrops.com/

To learn more about the Friends of the Bedford Library visit their website…http://friendsofbedfordlibrary.org/.

This concert was originally scheduled for January 12th but was postponed due to the weather.  If you purchased tickets already they will still be valid for the new date.
If you are no longer able to attend email the Friends at info@friendsofbedfordlibrary.org for a refund.

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