David Berkeley + Matthew Larsen and The Documents // Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA // May 3, 2014

David Berkeley | http://davidberkeley.bandcamp.com/


Recently featured on NPR’s Acoustic Cafe and on This American Life with Ira Glass, Santa Fe-based prolific troubadour David Berkeley brings his version of Americana to the stage at Wistariahurst. Berkeley is a New Jersey native, but in the past decade, he’s lived in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Berkeley and Corsica. Personal and haunting, his songs often reflect on the places he’s been. Maintaining a constant touring schedule, David has opened for Adelle, Mumford and Sons, Dido, Don Mclean, Ben Folds, Ray Lamontagne, Billy Bragg, Nickel Creek, Rhett Miller and many more.

For his unique way with words, the San Francisco Chronicle dubbed Berkeley “a musical poet.” He penned a memoir called 140 Goats and a Guitar, which accompanied his last album Some Kind of Cure. Both were written primarily during the year Berkeley lived in a remote mountain village of only 35 people on the island of Corsica. Goats tells thirteen stories, which led to the writing of the album’s thirteen songs. This unique concept allowed Berkeley to perform in bookstores across the country, as well as his usual clubs and theaters.

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David’s recent performance of his song, “Song For The Road”.

Matthew Larsen and The Documents | http://matthewlarsenmusic.bandcamp.com/

documents_1275Matthew Larsen has been a member of the vibrant Western Massachusetts music scene for a few decades, attracting audiences with introspective piano rock songs. Sometimes short, quiet and sweet, and other times building into wall-of-sound Hotel-California-like anthems, Matthew’s songs often recall serious health issues (Matthew underwent a stem cell transplant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in 2005). Greg Saulmon, Alex Peterson and a rotating cast of supporting musicians join Matthew on stage to contribute multi-part harmonies and quiet percussion.

Matthew and Greg coordinate the Dark Dining Room House Concert Series. Greg is also an avid photographer, authoring The Birds Downtown and producing news content for a prominent Western Mass newspaper.

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