On Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts is hosting a fundraiser concert at the Colebrook Country Club for the new Center for the Arts facility in Columbia (the former Shrine of Our Lady of Grace).
The new Arts Center was purchased in July of 2018 by the GNWCA and is presently undergoing infrastructure upgrades.
For the fundraiser concert, the GNWCA has secured the trio known as the Bayley-Hazen Boys from Barnet, Vt.
The popular band provides first-rate bluegrass music fresh from the hills of Vermont. The trio are former members of the bluegrass band Gopher Broke.
Bluegrass Unlimited describes them as “seasoned pickers,” with Steve Wright on guitar and vocals, Gary Darling on mandolin and vocals, and Chris Cruger on bass and vocals.
The three are also members of the well-known band Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing.
Darling and Wright have penned numerous tunes, and the band also plays favorites by such well-known musicians as Bill Monroe. The “boys” write their tunes about their homeland in the Northeast Kingdom as well as about running rum and other down-home topics.
As Bluegrass Unlimited describes them, “This is true country music sung and played with skill.” Seven Days newspaper calls the Bayley-Hazen Boys “A brilliant trio whose fine instrumental chops are ably matched by their sweet harmonies and easy melodies.”
The band has played at numerous venues and events around the area, including at First Night North in St. Johnsbury, Vt., and at the Peacham Music Festival in Peacham, Vt.
“Mixed in with the music are stories and a lot of fun in what promises to be an exciting, toe-tapping evening,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. “We are delighted to have been able to secure their musical talents for this important fundraiser that is going to help our arts community with the new, exciting project we are working on at the former Shrine in Columbia. The proceeds from all the ticket sales will be donated to the Arts Center project.”
The Great North Woods Center for the Arts will be the host site of several activities starting in spring and is looking forward to bringing more great music and the arts to the North Country.
Tickets for this show are available in advance at Fiddleheads on Main Street in Colebrook, at $15 each, at the door on the night of the concert, or by calling 246-8998. To find out more about this and other upcoming GNWCA concerts, visit the Facebook page or visit www.gnwca.org.