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Welcome Acoustic Music Lovers,

Singing Oak House Concerts Presents

Vance Gilbert

Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM
* Potluck finger food gathering at 6:15 *

Singing Oak House Concerts is thrilled to open its 2019 calendar with the renowned singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert!

Vance has been a fixture of acoustic folk music since he burst onto the scene in the early 90’s. It was then that a buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural art teacher who was knocking ‘em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about his stage- owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be a special guest on her Fat City Tour.

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Noted not only for being the consummate performer, Vance has recorded 12 albums. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, in 2006 and 2007 he opened 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin.

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert’s approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. His compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller’s craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album.

Check out the YouTube links below and imagine Vance - live in our living room! It’s sure to be a great concert!

Vance Gilbert -
"Pie and Whiskey"

While considered by many to be an integral part of the New England folk scene, Gilbert's approach stands apart in significant ways. His performances often feature extended guitar and vocal techniques, and Gilbert's compositions frequently employ sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots. The songs' content often defies the folk genre as well: several of Gilbert's songs deal with racial issues and his live show banter often touches on his being a black man in a field of music dominated by both white performers and audiences.

Vance Gilbert -
"Some Great Thing"

Like all great artists, Vance truly happens live. In fact he developed his reputation with his jawdropping, diverse, funny, devastating, and gorgeous live performances. Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, the late George Carlin have all requested Vance to be added to their bills.

Vance Gilbert - "Waiting for Gilligan"

Vance exploded onto the scene in the early 90’s, with buzz spreading quickly. Who was this multicultural arts teacher knocking them dead at open mics? After opening Shawn Colvin’s 1992 Fat City tour, he took much of America by storm and by surprise. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener,” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from the Colvin tour.

Vance followed with three acclaimed albums for the Rounder/Philo label—Edgewise (1994), Fugitives (1995), and Shaking Off Gravity (1998). Then, Somerville Live (2000), was lionized by the Boston Globe as the disc “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams,” and New York’s Town and Village called One Thru Fourteen (2002), “lively, eclectic, electrifying and transcending.”

Gilbert then released a duo album with his friend Ellis Paul, entitled Side Of The Road (2003). The Boston Globe described it as “the songwriter’s most compelling work; literate, heartfelt, rippling…emotionally resonant.” The Globe placed the album on its Top 10 list that year.

Gilbert only continued on with three more albums, Angels, Castles, Covers (2006) displaying his vocal virtuosity, with sounds of Motown, the R&B of Al Green, and classic Joni Mitchell. Up On Rockfield (2008) just after a year and a half as support for George Carlin, and Old White Men.

Which brings us full circle to BaD Dog Buffet, the latest in a growing, glowing oeuvre and an evocative catalog created by a cornerstone acoustic artist.

We hope that you will join us for this momentous event. As always, our house concerts are by invitation and all proceeds (suggested donation $20) go to the artist. Please visit Vance Gilbert's website at to learn more about this amazing performer.

You can also listen to Vance Gilbert on Monday morning, February 11th. He will be a guest on Bob Weiser's "Old Songs' Home" radio show on WOMR.


Concert Venue

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David Roth's second annual "Cape Cod Songwriters Retreat Instructors in the Round” features organizer David Roth, Sloan Wainwright, Tom Prasada-Rao, and Harold Payne, Friday, March 8, 2019.

Joe Crookston returns Monday, April 8, 2019

More great artists coming to Singing Oak in 2019!

Suggested Donation $20


Please RSVP to
or call 508.237.2024

We’ll reply with confirmation, directions
and parking instructions

Potluck Gathering at 6:15 ~ feel free to bring finger food/dessert and/or beverage to share

Singing Oak House Concerts  is located in West Harwich at the home of Ralph Diamond and Gail McAleer. All concerts are non-commercial, private events.  Admissions are collected as donations, 100% of which go to the performing artist.

This promises to be another amazing concert and rare opportunity to experience these amazing artists in a warm, Cape Cod setting. Thanks and we look forward to sharing the music together!

In peace and music,
Ralph and Gail
Singing Oak House Concerts

Additional Information


Some of our house concerts fill up so please RSVP early.

Our house concerts usually begin at 7:00 P.M. with a potluck appetizer/dessert social gathering starting at 6:15. Most concerts are hosted either on Sunday or Monday evenings and our performers usually appear on Bob Weiser's "Old Songs' Home" radio show on WOMR on Monday morning. Check our website for more details.

A voluntary suggested donation per person to the musician(s) is requested. This is payable in cash at the door.

Remember, 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers so if you RSVP and can't make it, please let us know so we can give your seat to someone else.

Most of the musicians we host have CDs available for sale during the break and after the house concert.

Please RSVP to
or call 508.237.2024

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