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Musical excellence presented in a quiet country setting.  Email: farmhouse103music@gmail.com
for information or Reservations.

Musical excellence presented in a quiet country setting. Email: farmhouse103music@gmail.com for information or Reservations.

Things to know about shows at the Farmhouse

  • Party gets started an hour before the show starts, but once the music starts,  listening room rules will apply. (shhhh)   
  • Suggested donation is $25 (If you don't have it, reserve you place and come anyway) 
  • The performers will typically have a merchandise table.  Please take a few minutes before you leave to meet the performer(s) purchase a CD or a Tee Shirt, or just add tips to the till. 
  • Performers always get 100% of the donations.  If you want to pay in advance you can do that with Venmo here:  https://www.jimparadis.com/concert-donations  Otherwise, just bring cash to the show.
  • Very Important!!   Directions and Parking:  Plug in "High Field Lane" Chester CT on your GPS.  While my address is 103 Goose Hill Rd, you must turn onto High Field Lane to access my driveway and parking.  There is parking along the right side of High Field Lane and in my driveway, which is the first one on the right after you've turned off Goose Hill Rd onto High Field Lane.  Parking is limited so please carpool when possible.
  • Bring your own chairs or blankets.  Seating is on the grassy slope up from my patio where performers will play.
  • Bring your own food and drink and take away what is not consumed.  There will be a table to share ... finally, so if you want to share your delicious food or bagged goodies with others, please do.
  • It's outdoors so weather may impact the schedule.  Most shows have a rain date of the following day, but not all, so check to sure we're on if the weather is iffy. 
  • Bathroom is inside.  Please be considerate since this is my home.  There is no lock on the bathroom door so please knock and wait for an answer before barging in.
  • No smoking or drugs of any kind.
  • BYOB - No drunkenness will be tolerated.
  • Please do not bring your pets.  As much as I love them they could be a distraction to the musical goings on.
 

"Where words fail, Music speaks"* 

*Hans Christian Andersen

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Craig Bickhardt

the Farmhouse, 103 Goose Hill Rd, Chester

This will be a labor day Pot Luck BBQ topped off by the exquisite music of Craig Bickhardt. Check him out here:http://www.craigbickhardt.com/

When Craig Bickhardt steps onto a concert stage, he comes equipped with his trusty acoustic guitar, but he's also accompanied by something invisible, yet ever-present: the stories of a lifetime, vividly translated into words and melody.

Craig is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of such 60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Added to this is the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyric approach. “I admire songwriters like Woody Guthrie and poets like Robert Frost because they created functional art,” he says. “Too much music today is just for the singer, not for Everyman. I think of my work as a "Please Touch‟ museum – I want my songs to be sung until they‟re worn out.”

Also crucial to Craig‟s art is his virtuosic guitar work, interweaving folk, blues, country and ragtime influences into a unique whole: “The guitar isn‟t just an accompanying instrument for me – sometimes it‟s the front man and my voice is the accompanist.”

A Craig Bickhardt live set is a mix of absurd anecdotes and personal confessions, accompanying a well-stocked bag of original tunes and the occasional choice cover. His decades in music have given his performances the depth of experience – his love songs seem sweeter and more poignant, his story-song narratives more true-to-life than they could have in the past.

“I think people come to my shows to be reminded that there‟s something profound in the small stuff we experience every day,” he says. “My goal is to get an audience to look deeper at the things we all take for granted.”

Craig Bickhardt travels light to his gigs – but he brings a great deal to the stage. He combines a seasoned troubadour‟s easy command of his art with a beginner‟s passion to win over his next audience and top his next song. The stories of his lifetime are simply too good not to share.

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