Mike Ladd has been a strong presence in central Massachusetts for more than forty years as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and performer. A journeyman of many genres, Mike has fronted the Rock bands Chimera, CCA (Critics, Cynics, Antagonists), and Wistah; Funk/R&B bands The Valves and No We Don’t; as well as his avant-acoustic rock band The Ladd Foundation. He led the Irish Mod band Blackstone Cúil, performs solo and in various incarnations. Currently, he performs with the Irish/Celtic group Banda Gan Ainm (A Band Without A Name) and with Ladd & Keenan.
Brendan Keenan is a musician from Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. He has played in many contemporary Irish groups, including Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, Fergus, and Blackstone Cúil. A multi-instrumentalist, Brendan plays guitar, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, accordion, and Irish whistles. Growing up surrounded by the Irish musical tradition and with grandparents who emigrated to the United States from Carlingford, County Louth, Brendan gained an early appreciation for Irish music and songs that carry on the folklore and traditions of Ireland.
Lynne has been playing guitar and bass and singing for 30 years. After getting her musical start in the Richmond, Virginia music scene, she spent 12 years working as a sound engineer and playing in various bands in New York before settling in Petersham, Mass. She has played on multiple records, had original music appear in several television shows, and earned an Emmy nomination for her work in sound production. Lynne is currently a member of the Petersham Jams House Band and enjoys supporting local music efforts and songwriting.
Tory has performed on local stages for 25 years, beginning as a child in regional theater productions at Mount Wachusett Community College. After graduating from Burncoat High School’s arts magnet program, he spent nearly a decade playing stages in Cambridge and Boston, where he also hosted a weekly open mic and headlined a Friday night showcase at a downtown bar. After his years in the big city, Tory moved to Petersham, Mass, to be closer to his grandmother. He co-founded the Petersham Jams, a regional musicians talent showcase. His songwriting influences include Wilco, Counting Crows, The Kinks, Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds, and too many others to name. Tory lives in Worcester and looks forward to the day when he can sing and shout at the top of his lungs to a room full of strangers.
Kent is talented multi-instrumentalist, who has played drums all over the world, performing in nearly every genre—including, jazz, rock, country, Latin, reggae, funk, and fusion. Today, on his farm in Petersham, he devotes his time to learning and applying the principles of permaculture, growing his own food, along with a community of collaborative musicians, including the house band for the Petersham Jams.
Joe and Sarah Carcia of the Worcester based dance band Blackstone Soul bring you a soulful acoustic set of male and female vocals, whimsical flute melodies and deep blues guitar. Their songbook draws on well-known classics from rock, country and folk, to blues and jazz standards.
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have contributed their first decade to the legacy of American folk and country music, sharing emotively intelligent lyrics, unmistakable vocal harmonies, and a unique blend of instrumentation with audiences throughout the US and Canada. The songs poetically reflect their personal experience as factory workers, teachers, community organizers and natives of postindustrial mill towns in central Massachusetts. Accompanying themselves on guitar, harmonica, ukulele, penny whistle, electric bass, and most uniquely clarinet, their live performance is often Punctuated by humorous commentary.
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“I would sit in my room and dream of someday being on stage, always thinking I wasn’t good enough until I found Workshop 13. The welcome that I received from these amazing people was one that is indescribable. For the first time in my life I feel alive! Workshop13 has given me a stage to shine and made my dreams come true. Thank you!”
– June Eaton
I’ve always had a passion for art, but unfortunately, the ability to paint was not something I was born with. Taking classes at Workshop13 has brought me joy in many ways. I’ve made friends while creating work that has evolved into something I can be proud of. My artistic journey has given me confidence to share a hidden part of me. Painting brings joy and peace to my life.
– Cindy Allen Bourcier
Our programs are supported from the Ware Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Funding for ArtWorks and ClayWorks has been provided by the Collaborative Workspace Program Administered by Mass Development, a grant provided by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, and a donation from the Edward and Barbara Urban Foundation.