Flying Elbows Harmonize to Help Island Food Pantry

The Flying Elbows, the Island’s own old-time string band, will crank out another night of zany songs and high- energy fiddle tunes next Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

Currently a foursome, this band has been through many incarnations over the years. Original member Bob Hammond is back with the band, adding not only a twin fiddle but also some really rootsy clawhammer banjo.

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Film Focuses on Aquinnah Luthier

Talking Guitars, an intimate portrait on film of master guitar craftsman and now Island resident Flip Scipio, will screen tonight, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.

This behind-the-scenes music documentary illustrates the fascinating juxtaposition of the quiet artist and the world of musicians who seek his expertise. His clients include Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Ben Taylor, Paul Simon, David Tronzo, Leni Stern and Carly Simon. For himself music is like Esperanto, a universal language.

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Americana Extravaganza: Roots Band to Perform

Playing Americana and country roots music, the Shannon Whitworth Band comes to the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. The band features original song-writing, banjo, pedal steel, dobro, fiddle and mandolin, all forming a creative foundation for sweet, sultry female vocals.

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Celtic Concert Celebrates Fall: Harpist Aine Minogue

Irish harpist and singer Aine Minogue (pronounced Anya) — famous for her celebrations of Celtic culture and sacred seasons, including the transition from summer to fall — will perform a Harvest Eve concert at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 12.

She will focus on that time between the veils, as the seasons change, exploring the Celtic roots of Halloween as it is derived from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.

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Bang the Drums Peacefully At Outerland With Entrain

Entrain’s Drums For Peace, a concert focusing on the theme of peace, love and unity, will be presented twice on Friday, Oct.3: first, an alcohol-free, all-ages show at 7 p.m., then an over-21 show at 10 p.m. Both shows are at Outerland at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

Entrain’s energetic percussion-driven sound will offer the audience an explosive two hours of drum ensemble pieces and rhythms from all over the world. The full band will also be playing tunes from their seven compact discs that contain this positive message.

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Chicken Out? No, Try Out For Nancy Luce Musical

On Sunday, Sept. 28, there will be tryouts for two original one-act musicals about Vineyard history:

Nancy Luce, The Musical was originally produced in the summer of 2007 as part of Children’s Theatre Workshop summer program, with a book by Dana Anderson and music by Linda Berg.

An Island of Women, Life on the Vineyard, 1850-1852, written by E. St. John Villard, takes place at a time when much of the male population was at sea whaling. Philip Dietterich has written the music and lyrics.

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Ugandan Children’s Choir Kicks Off American Tour on Vineyard

Wearing matching grey fleeces, the children from the 33rd Watoto Children’s Choir filed out of the pews of the Faith Community Church Sunday, smiling broadly as they approached the altar. Standing side by side in a few short lines, one behind the other, the 17 children — along with four of their adult leaders — were ready to sing. When they did, the smiles on the church members faces matched those of the children.

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Pipe Dreams? Irish Trio Brings Lunasa Spirit to Saturday Show

Irish musicians are melting the membrane that once separated the flute, fiddle and pipes from the driving baselines and hip-swiveling rhythms of modern music — and three free-wheeling members of the band Lunasa will show how it’s done at a concert Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

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From West Tisbury to Symphony Hall: Katie Sings With the Pops

Katie Mayhew sang twice at Symphony Hall in Boston yesterday, first in rehearsal and second as part of a competition for the Boston Pops High School Sing-Off.

Katie, 15, is one of 22 contestants in a statewide competition to be a singer with the Boston Pops this summer. They came from all over the state, from as far east as the Vineyard and as far west as Stockbridge. Each singer, aged from 15 to 18, was aspiring to be a winner. The grand winner will perform with conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as part of the Fourth of July concert and fireworks.

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Island’s Katie Mayhew Rises in Sing-Off

Katie Mayhew, 15, of West Tisbury is a semi-finalist in the Boston Pops Sing-Off, a Best of Broadway challenge. Katie is shown singing Monday night at the Symphony Hall in Boston. She is one of six semi-finalists, chosen that night out of 22 contestants from around the Commonwealth for her singing of the Broadway tune Being Alive. As a semi-finalist, she will perform with conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at the hall on either June 17 or 18. The number of singers will be culled down further to two and those two will perform with the Pops at Symphony Hall on July 1.

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