Local folkie favorites Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan with their band Crabgrass will play their unique brand of music at their hometown coffeehouse, One World, on April 18, at 8 PM. For coffeehouse night, the street level of the Universalist Church is transformed into an intimate performance space, a favorite of many performers from near and far. Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan, are no strangers to this stage, who, along with Pat Conlon and Jack Schwartz, have played there annually since the early 1990’s.
Essex native Daisy Nell is no stranger to the stage, having started out at the North Shore Music Theater at the age of 12 in a production of Red Mill. Since then, she has been playing her guitar and banjo in every venue from nursery schools to high schools, museums to the high seas. She is an educator, maritime historian, founding member of the Gloucester Schooner Festival and the voice of the annual schooner parade on Labor Day weekend. Now an author of 5 children’s books, Daisy says, “Working with kids is what gives true meaning to a life in music.” Her school residencies, CD’s, and concerts have infected generations with the love of folk music and singing. For the past 18 years, Stan Collinson has been her musical mate, and together they make the folk music that takes you on a musical voyage, carried away for an evening. Pat Conlon on mandolin and harmonica and Jack Schwartz on bass make up the band, known to them as Crabgrass, which is a reference to the bluegrass roots of both Pat and Jack, combined with the maritime aspects of much of the Daisy & Stan repertoire. Capt. Stan says, “You can take what we sing with a large grain of salt!”
The concert on April 18 will feature a special new song that Daisy has crafted for local music fan and photographer, Nat Stevens, who commissioned a song for his great grandfather’s schooner. Other aspects to look forward to this year will be a set of blues and swing tunes that the band has loved for many years.
Call 978-768-3690 t o reserve your seat, and a return call will confirm. Payment is made at the door.