First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
50 School Street
THE RAFTERS are Dave Fitzgibbons and Miki Bryan a husband and wife duo. Their music focuses on melody and lyrics over a blend of pop/folk influences. Their songs are snap shots into their lives, their loves, and those things which make us all human.
Meeting in college at UMASS Lowell some 21 years ago, they had a few things to take care of before coming together musically. Date for 7 years, get married (15 years and going…), buy a house, have a kid, start a band, have more kids… They love music and still like CDs and the artwork more than MP3s. If albums were around that would be even better. They have gone to 100’s of concerts together, from Barry Manilow to Lori McKenna, the Neighborhoods to Bon Jovi, Ani, Wheat, U2, friends shows, and of course the Indigo Girls (74+ shows alone!)
They have opened for such National acts as The Laws, Michelle Malone and Lori Mckenna. The Rafters played the Main Stage at the Wachusett Valley Folk Festival headlined by Gandalf Murphy and John Gorka. Acoustic for Autism added “Every Mile” to the A4A compilation. Other contributing artists included Chris Trapper (Push Stars), Kris Delmhorst and Elizabeth Lorrey. They have played the Lowell Folk Fesitval, Headlined the prestigious Bull Run in Shirley, MA, and the Wachusett Music series. Had the honor of kicking off Boston’s Pride 2011. Most recently The Rafters were chosen as the featured music artist on the NECN Morning show sound track segment for the week of March 13th 2012. Summer 2012 they shared the mainstage at the Wachusett Valley Folk Festival headlined by Joan Osborne and John Gorka. On September 14th 2013 they played their biggest show to date, playing mainstage once again at the Wachusett Valley Music Festival, this year headlined by the one and only AMY RAY of the Indigo Girls! October 2013 they travel to CT to open for Mieka Pauley.
They released a CD in 2007 “The Rafters” working with famed producer Lorne Entress and in August of 2009 completed their second CD “With the Sun” which was mastered by Grammy award winning engineer Mark Donahue. They record their songs in the basement between the noise of the furnace, running water, and the kids…On December 1, 2012 released their third CD "Breathing Room" to a sold out crowd at the Shirley Town Hall. The Rafters are currently moving in a new direction working on their 4th studio album, this time with famed producer Crit Harmon! More details coming soon!
Bostonian Lori Diamond and New Yorker Fred Abatelli, have been creating and performing music together since their "destined" meeting on Myspace in 2007. These two seasoned players have put the time in, supporting other successful musical acts, but have now emerged to the forefront - and not a moment too soon!
Lori, an award winning songwriter (finalist, Great American Songwriting Contest 2010, Best Female Vocalist, Pulse Magazine 2011, 2012), combines alluring, soulful vocals and seasoned piano playing with Fred's solid finger work and clever phrasing on both bass and guitar. Their songs explore the many facets of the human condition with hope and an esoteric sensibility. Fans of Norah Jones, Sarah MacLachlan and Joni Mitchell, quickly become fans of Lori & Fred as they explore Jazz, Acoustic, Folk, Pop, Gospel and blues influences and gently infuse them into their own fresh and original style.
With two highly acclaimed CDs under their belts, "LIFTED" is the title of the third, newest collection of their complex, heartfelt songs. The duo has crafted exquisite melodies that employ everything from retro jazz stylings to hypnotic meditations. Songs of eternal love, self-acceptance, and powerful life lessons will soothe, excite and uplift simultaneously!
Lori & Fred have been showcased on the main stage of the legendary, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and have also headlined at many prominent music festivals. Sometimes as openers and other times as accompanists, Lori & Fred have performed alongside John Gorka, Peter Yarrow, Joan Osborne, Amy Ray, David Wilcox, Michael Johnson, Susan Werner, Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul, Tracy Grammer, Brother Sun, Brooks Williams, Jimmy Lafave, Mary Gauthier and more!
LDFA continues to offer transcendent performances throughout Northeast while joyously connecting with new friends and fans. Their "Lifted" tour will launch in 2015 and you can find ever - evolving news as well as music samples at www.LDFAmusic.com.
A portion of proceeds from Lori & Fred's CD sales goes directly to www.NEADS.org.
The 2014/2015 Season --
Tickets $13.00 unless otherwise noted.
|Oct 4 ||
|Nov 1 |
|Dec 6 ||
|Jan 3 ||
|Feb 7 ||Greg Greenway
|Mar 7 ||
Les Sampou (tickets $15.00)
|Apr 4 ||Girls Guns and Glory (tickets $15.00)
|May 2 ||The Rafters and Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli (Split bill)