Concert series returns to Williamsburg’s town center

  • Louise Mosrie will be performing Wednesday in Angel Park in Williamsburg as part of the concert series there. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/6/2021 4:31:29 PM

WILLIAMSBURG — The Angel Park Concert Series is returning music to the center of town beginning on Wednesday, July 7.

“I’ve got some really excited performers looking forward to it,” said Fred Goodhue, coordinator for the series. “I’m hoping for a decent turnout.”

The series, which began in 2010, will start Wednesday with a performance by singer-songwriter Louise Mosrie, who lives in Williamsburg, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“I’m really happy to be doing it,” Mosrie said. “I haven’t played many live gigs at all since March of 2020.”

Mosrie, who plays guitar, said she writes music that ranges from bluegrass and folk to jazz and pop. She also said she’s a storyteller, and that some of her songs deal with history. Mosrie moved from Nashville to Williamsburg in 2015.

Other artists playing as part of the series this year are Katie Clarke and Larry LeBlanc on July 14, Annie Guthrie on July 21, The Group Deville Trio on July 28, Tom Shields and Barely Standing on Aug. 4, the Lonesome Brothers on Aug. 11 and Christa Joy and the Honeybees on Aug. 18.

Goodhue, the bassist for The Group Deville Trio, said the group will be playing for free on its concert date. All concerts will be played at Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden, which is located behind the Grange. The Grange is the rainout location for the concerts.

Lasy year’s concert series was canceled because of the pandemic, and Town Clerk Brenda Lessard said that Wednesday’s kickoff will be the first in-person concert in downtown Williamsburg since the pandemic began.

“I’m glad to see us starting to move forward,” Lessard said. “It’s time.”

Concerts will take place Wednesday evenings from July 7 to Aug. 18, with each concert running from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Goodhue said he’s got a good response about the return of the series from both members of the public and performers. Admission is not charged for the concerts, although a donation bucket is passed.

This year, Goodhue said he focused on bringing in local artists and music with an indie rock, folk and country sound. Concertgoers are typically 30 and older, he said, and this kind of music tends to appeal to that audience.

Money for the series was provided by Florence Savings Bank, the Williamsburg Cultural Council with funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by donations from private citizens. Florence Savings Bank has been a sponsor since the series began. The concert series was founded by Tom Adams, who said he felt that a lot of people hadn’t known about the park.

“I thought it would be a perfect spot to have some music,” he said. “I’m so happy that it’s continuing on.”

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