Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Parsonsfield Plays Billsville #Parsonsfldband #BillsvilleHouse

Saturday August 29, 2015
Billsville House Concerts
Manchester VT

A band from Connecticut, a house in the foothills of  Green Mountain National Forest, a Super Moon, potluck foods and handmade "Feel The Bern" t-shirts all came together last Saturday night for a wicked good time.

Doug Hacker and his wife, Caroline Schneider, converted their front yard into a natural amphitheater for the evening. But first you had to get past the guy at the garden path, were you on the list? Doug and Caroline's son, Kai, checked his iPad and if you were cool, he would let you find a spot on the lawn. The couple’s older son, Ethan,  manned the sound board for the night. Ethan even got a shout out from that night's band-Parsonsfield. To paraphrase, they said he was doing an amazing job, even better than professionals twice his age.

The band took the stage very close to 7 p.m. making use of the slowly setting sun. They weren't always called Parsonsfield (the band started out as Poor Old Shine, but changed in July 2014). 

From their website: In 2013 they recorded their debut album Poor Old Shine (Signature Sounds Recordings), produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive). The new name was born of the inspired experiences recording two albums in beautiful, rural Parsonsfield, Maine, at Great North Sound Society, Kassirer's farmhouse studio/retreat. It was there they met current drummer Hischmann, who was working as Kassirer's assistant engineer.


They played songs off their two CDs (which were on sale at the Mech Table-I bought both!) and a few new ones too. They ended their lively performance a little after 8:30. Their vocal harmonies kept people listening and the audience was in awe of the number of times the guys changed instruments through their set list.
Parsonsfield: Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Goodale (bass), Erik Hischmann (drums)—has toured steadily since their debut in 2010.

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Parsonsfield/Billsville-2015/

Before the show folks enjoyed a potluck dinner and a special treat.

For a small donation to the Bernie 2016 campaign you could get a t-shirt block printed while you watched.  #FeelTheBern - Doug and Caroline's friend Amy Anselmo was block printing her awesome Bernie T-shirts at the show. You could bring your own t-shirt and she would print right on it - or there were a few great, organic cotton T's for sale.

For more shows at Billsville, check their schedule page: http://www.billsvillehouseconcerts.com/tickets/ 

Billsville has hosted some pretty AWESOME shows over the years...I've been lucky to attend a few: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BillsvilleHouseConcerts