A quote from a recent entry in our guestbook is perhaps a fitting preface...
"Saw your concert last nite at the old church in Sutton. You guys are wonderful, funny, great singing, etc. I know you've been around for a long time but I've never heard of you. My cousin sat next to me and she's from the area and never heard of you either. You should give yourselves more exposure..."
Allow me to introduce you (and your cousin) to possibly the best folk band you’ve never heard (of): Plainfolk.
In a nutshell, this is a Worcester, MA based folk band that has been together for 35 years and whose music is being heard around the globe. Consider the following:
▶ Plainfolk's music is played on local and regional radio, National Public Radio and the BBC;
▶ It is featured on local, regional and national television, including the History Channel;
▶ Plainfolk's “Fireman's Prayer” has been adopted by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) for use at ceremonies and is part of the repertoire of the Tokyo, Japan Fire Department Brass Band;
▶ Plainfolk's “Blackstone Valley” is the unofficial anthem of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor;
▶ A live performance of Plainfolk's “Amoskeag Mill” is featured on Boston Channel 5 television's “Chronicle” show "New England Mill Makeovers".
▶ Plainfolk twice represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
▶ Plainfolk has now released six CDs: 1-Live at Mechanics Hall, 2-Under the Influence, 3-The View From Here, 4-Fireman's Prayer (single), 5-Smiley Face Song (single) and in April, 2006 6-Past Due.
▶ Plainfolk's latest CD - "Past Due" features original songs of local icons with historical appeal including: Blackstone Valley, Union Station, The Last Waltz at Enfield (Quabbin Reservoir), Skinner Mountain (Hadley), Halifax Down, Perfect Storm and Old Stone Walls. They Sailed, Spirit, and Keepers of Your Flame are songs with a patriotic and inspirational theme.
▶ Plainfolk has been a featured performer at First Night Worcester several times.
So keep an eye on their schedule for Plainfolk may be coming to a village or town near you. And if you have a suggestion where they should visit just drop them a message on the Contact page or send them an email. And while your visiting their website check out the streaming videos from live performances or listen to streaming audio clips from their CDs. And finally, visit their Facebook page and let them know what you think! We hope you too will agree that they're anything but plain...they're great!