Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi to Play at Meetinghouse Café

Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi to Play at Meetinghouse Café

Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi to Play at Meetinghouse Café

Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi are two friends who came out of the Cambridge and Newport folk revival of the 1960s, and have gone on to make their own unique musical statements, with an irresistible mix of old-time string band music, roadhouse tear-jerkers, country ragtime and back-porch humor. They had their first gig together in high school as part of ‘Hootenanny ‘63’ — a touring revue that featured the Jug Band and Tom Rush. Neil went on to fiddle with the Spark Gap Wonder Boys, world champion old-time string band at the Union Grove Fiddlers Convention. Tom moved to Philadelphia, where he joined Blues Power as a guitarist and singer.

Their first musical reunion was during the sessions for Tom’s 1976 album on Takoma Records. By then, Neil was a regular member of the David Bromberg Band. Since then, Tom and Neil have gotten together often to play coffeehouses and concerts at colleges, arts organizations and libraries.

Neil’s love of traditional bluegrass led him to gigs as fiddler with the Yankee Rebels, the Joint Chiefs of Bluegrass and (most recently) as mandolin player with Vermont-based Big Spike Bluegrass. Tom played mandolin, guitar and clawhammer banjo with Big Trout Radio, an acoustic trio that also featured Artie Traum and Chris Shaw.

The Friday, September 20, concert begins at 7:30, at the Meetinghouse Café, located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street in downtown Bennington, Vt. Tickets are $15 at the door. For information, check uubennington.org.

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