Marylou Ferrante – is a multi-instrumentalist who sings & performs old blues, old-time, country & folk music on guitar, mandolin & banjo. Marylou’s performances are filled with storytelling & history. Her passionate expression of these old songs comes from a love of the music and the arrangements themselves, as well as what she says is an appreciation for “the history of these folks and the difficult circumstances they endured.” Marylou has appeared on stage with Maria Muldaur, Chris Smither, Guy Davis, Paul Geremia, and Andy Cohen. Check out Marylou’s music at https://www.reverbnation.com/marylouferrante Marylou’s performances include musical presentations with a historical perspective. A few of the programs that Marylou has developed, “Pioneering Women of Song” ”The Melting Pot of Early American Music” and “The History of the Cambridge Folk Music Scene”. Marylou has performed these interactive presentations for schools and libraries in Massachusetts including area Cambridge, MA schools for the past 8 years through an organization entitled “Folk New England” and funded by a grant through ASCAP “Stories Through Songs”. Marylou Ferrante was described by music critic and writer, Daniel Gewertz, in the Boston Herald, as the Bay State’s finest female acoustic blues interpreter. Marylou has honed her craft listening to the old recordings and learning from some of the great blues players today such as Paul Rishell, Guy Davis, Robert Jones and mandolin great Rich DelGrosso. Marylou teaches privately and in workshops-guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele.
Bill O’Connell lives in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts between the Connecticut River and Quabbin Reservoir. Bill is a recent winner in the Atlantic Currents II writing contest for his poem “When We Were All Still Alive,” the title poem from his new book from Open Field Press, which is available at SPDBooks.org. His other books are Sakonnet Point and On the Map to Your Life. Bill is a graduate of UMass Lowell, with a master’s degree from Colorado State University. He has a poem forthcoming in The Lowell Review 2022, due this month.
Katherine McClelland- Learn how Katherine uses wool fibers to create incredible works of Fine Art. Kat is a graduate of The Maryland Institute, College of Art where she majored in ceramics but took classes in a wide range of disciplines. She is married to a fabulous woodworker and is the mother of two amazing girls. She is an art teacher for a small high school in CT and also teaches felting workshops in a variety of settings. She spends her studio time working hard to develop a body of work in felting, her medium of choice for the last seven years.