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Music ‘n’ More at Lily Pads presents Bill Harley, with Marty Ballou on bass and Rachel Panitch on fiddle

Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Bill Harley is a songwriter, storyteller, performing and recording artist. Recipient of  two Grammy awards, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life.

With more than 35 award-winning recordings and a dozen books to his credit, Bill’s work honors the universal— joys and hardships in slice-of-life vignettes that exude warmth, wit and wisdom. Using a consummate storyteller’s toolbox of tone, voice, delivery, and pace, Bill creates something palpable between himself and his listeners.

 His work is polished, knowing and witty and, as the “Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange” describes:  “Harley’s voice carries a positive tone, an attitude of hope even amidst the chaos and melancholy.”  Awarded the lifetime achievement award from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an honorary degree from Hamilton College, Bill, a member of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, tours nationwide from his home in Seekonk, Massachusetts.


Rachel Panitch is a Boston-based violinist, improviser, composer, and teaching artist. She has been an artist-in-residence in neighborhoods, in schools, and in Zion National Park. Rachel uses her violin and voice to tell and translate stories. Her playing has been called “fearless” and brings together aural and written musical traditions.
Rachel performs classical music with the Cardamom Quartet, is a dance fiddler with French Roast, and weaves new melodies with Thread Ensemble, an improvisatory trio of violins, voices and vibraphone.  Rachel’s fiddling can be heard on a PBS Utah Bucket List episode, and The Mosque in Morgantown, an Emmy-nominated PBS documentary soundtrack.


Marty Ballou is a New England-based recording and performing bassist.  For more than 35 years, Marty has performed with and been inspired by the area’s finest artists.  Marty has devoted his creative energy to understanding and performing all styles of American music. Born in South Kingstown and educated at Northeastern University and the University of Rhode Island, Marty studied theory and improvisation with Hal Crook, jazz guitar with Leo Amitrano, classical guitar with Vincent Fraioli and acoustic bass with John Lockwood.
Touring worldwide and recording with a number of high-profile musicians including the vocal jazz group “The Ritz,” Duke Robillard’s Band, Peter Wolf’s “Midnight Travelers,” and blues great John Hammond’s “Wicked Grin Band,” Marty’s credits are long and varied.  A sought-after studio and performing bassist, Marty’s talent shines as brightly on stage as it does on the many recordings he’s been a part of.

For more information, visit the Music at Lily Pads website: http://musicatlilypads.org/

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