News from the Compound

MDB and Danielle Mirgalia: Jersey, Philly area!! Fall 2019 

Philly, Jersey! It’s a Fall romp with my great friend and 2019 New England Music Award winner for best female performer Danielle Miraglia!
 I have been looking forward to these shows all year. We are coming with our best stuff. Starts Thur 10/3

For info:

Danielle Miraglia (murr-Ä L e a) comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson,an infectious stomp-box rhythm, harmonica and tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. 

2018 New England Music Award Nominee for "Songwriter of the Year" and "Roots Act of the Year." 
2015 Boston Music Award Nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the Year 
Mountain Stage NewSong Northeast Regional Winner! 
NERFA Formal Showcase Artist! 
RedLine Roots Big Red Favorite Local Female Songwriter! 
Honorable Mention - Telluride! 

"Straddling the line where folk/roots meets rock/blues, Miraglia has a voice that can go from a raspy come-hither purr to an Etta James-esque powerhouse belt, although she may be best known for her lead thumb — a heavy, thumping strike on her Gibson that’s backdrop percussion in itself." - Lauren Daley, The Boston Globe.
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Marc Douglas Berardo at Americanafest, Nashville, TN Sept 13, 2019 


AMERICANAFEST® | East Coast Social Club 

Presented by Americana Music Association at The Bowery Vault, Nashville TN

Join The East Coast Social Club for performances by Sarah Potenza, Amelia White, Marc Douglas Berardo, Renee Wahl and Oliver Craven. 

The annual AMERICANAFEST® brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, intimate showcases each night. The 2018 event promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves the melting pot of Americana’s influences including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music. 


Friday September 13, 2019:


AMERICA: MDB joins Brother Chris and The DesBerardo Trio, Ridgefield Theater, CT 

The year 2017 marks the 47th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America.  Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.”  America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single.  Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound. 

America’s journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, which also include “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair” were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America than surface perceptions. The combination of Gerry Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell’s use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek’s more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics. 

Kicking off the night is Silvermine, CT’s Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos.  The band has toured much of the country, playing shows with The Doobie Brothers, The Marshal Tucker Band, NRBQ, David Allen Coe, Dickey Betts, Little Feat, Badfinger, Blue Rodeo and many others, as well as countless gigs as headliners across the country. 

The show is Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

Tickets: $90

SHC and MDB Present: Handpicked for the People at NERFA, NOV 2017 

For those who will be at the NERFA Conference the weekend of NOV 9-12 I hope you can stop by this showcase that I am co hosting with my pal Susie Markland. The idea was for me to ask a few songwriter friends who I admire to sit "in the round" with me and sing our made up songs. Mostly it was a scheme for me so that I could hang out with these fine people and feel that "songpower." 

Friday night and Saturday day in the Access Blue Room. 

A word about the whole dang thing: 

Susie Markland is a tireless believer in songwriters, performers and songs in general. Her house concert series is among the best in the country with a loyal audience of dedicated listeners. Ms. Markland is a taste maker who brings the energy of 22 people to every room . Her laugh is infectious and her ear is keen. She does it all for the love of the song. She believes in joy and serious fun. Thank you Susie. 

Sloan Wainwright is a younger sister to Loudon Wainwright III, and aunt to Canadian-American musicians Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright and American musician Lucy Wainwright Roche. This biographical info cribbed from wikipedia is informative but, too me, Sloan exudes warmth and an earthy lovelines. It is a beautiful thing to be around. That is the real story. 

Shawn Taylor walks the hard ground. He can play the loud rooms and the dark bars as well as the folk stages. He is a charecter. He has been down the the long trail (really). He is my kind of guy. 

Paddy Mills from Maine has songs that bring you in. In close. His songs tell stories that you need to hear. His songs win awards. Here is something I wanted to say, but someone else beat me too it: "At the end of the day Paddy Mills brings the mojo, and is clearly a marquee talent"-Muses Muse 

Dan Weber has that Woody Guthrie walk. He has the easy stortelling style of the traveler holding court in the bar. He keeps his eyes and ears open and makes it into song. 

I am sure we met at a Grateful Dead show in Alpine Valley in 1988, but who can really remember those kinds of details? Oh yeah... Dan can.

MDB at The Northeast Folk Alliance, CT 

MDB is making the scene with a few showcases at The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in Stamford, CT this weekend and I can't wait to see my friends of the road. I am coming with lots of new songs, updated costumes and a team of makeup professionals! For info about the conference:

A benefit for MusicNow Foundation , Sat, May 13, Old Lyme, CT 

MusicNow Foundation and Nightingale's Cafe will once again be hosting an event at the Historic Sheffield Auditorium at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme on Sat. May 13, 7pm Tickets are $15 at the door... $5 Student (note: for GPS users plug in 4 Ferry Rd. Old Lyme). All net proceeds wil benefit the initiatives of MusicNow Foundation, a 501c3 non profit organization, 

This month's show will feature three of the Northeast Region's top singer songwriters in an in the round format. Opening the show will be our own emerging songwriter, 14 year old Sophie Spaner from Deep River CT 

Kate Callahan, Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour writes mainly from inspiration, giving her songs social, emotional and spiritual “cred”. “Kate has garnered an appreciative audience with her easy going vibe and mystical lyrics” (Boston Globe). She has shared stages with songwriter legends Judy Collins, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), and troubadours Aztec Two Step, John Gorka, and the late, Bill Morrissey. 

Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo's songs have been recognized nationally with awards at the Wildflower Song Contest (TX), Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (CO), Sisters Folk Festival (OR) and the South Florida Folk Festival (FL). No Depression Magazine called his latest CD Whalebone: “sincere, fluid, charming and above all gripping.”  He has shared the stage with masters including Livingston Taylor, The Doobie Brothers, Martin Sexton and many more. Berardo's 2016 interview and performance on Sirius/ XM's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners. 

Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. Sometimes he writes other stuff too. Like postcards. 
Frank often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, and sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators. Over the years he's played in streets and subways, clubs and coffeehouses, barrooms and classrooms, colleges, festivals, theaters, and (most recently) in his kitchen. Frank enjoys the local music and local beer, and co-hosts The Local Bands Show on 99.1fm WPLR-New Haven, and The Beer Show