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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Holiday Show (Folk/Bluegrass)

  • The Packing House 156 River Road Willington, CT, 06279 United States (map)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Seasonal Show (Folk/Bluegrass)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

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For more than 8 years, Seat Of Our Pants (SOOP) has been treating audiences throughout the state to their very own style of Americana, described as a “sweet soup of blended harmonies, uplifting lyrics and…fun vibe”, by Anne Marie Cannata McEwen, Director at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Ct.

Come and see for yourselves what all the buzz is about as Carolyn, Jeff, Mark, and Mike bring their music to the Packing House for the 4th year in a row. The distinct all-American tone of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, the visual intrigue of the electric upright bass, the energetic beat of the cajon, the impeccable intricate harmonies, and the melodic play of the fiddle and guitar distinguish Connecticut’s one-of-a-kind SOOP. Their cornucopia of folk instruments and rock-infused songwriting are a contagiously fun experience.

The Band

Carolyn Brodginski starting singing and playing guitar at the tender age of 10. Since 2011, she has added other stringed instruments to her bag of tricks, including ukulele, mandolin, and the instrument dearest to her heart, the Mountain Dulcimer. In 2016 she completed a certification as a therapeutic musician, and now plays the dulcimer at the bedside for patients at St. Francis Hospital as part of the hospital’s Integrative Medicine department. She also teaches dulcimer workshops at the hospital, libraries, arts centers, and music festivals. Her original songs have been included on the companion CD of Dulcimer Player’s News, a quarterly publication for dulcimer enthusiasts around the globe.

Jeff Gorman has been around music his whole life starting with clarinet and saxophone. With the band he is on bass and harmonica. Jeff and Carolyn were married in 2010, prompting a neighbor to refer to them as the "Von Trapps", with their home full of music and musical instruments. Since retiring from a 30+ year career in IT this past Summer, Jeff has been focusing on music, and taking care of all of those projects around the house he never had time for when he was working. This makes Carolyn very happy.

Mark Hall has been drumming and singing in bands for more than 35 years. With SOOP he plays an acoustic drum called the Cajon, which he masterfully makes sounds like a full drum kit. Mark and Carolyn's similar singing backgrounds in acapella madrigals, results in a perfect blend as they trade off on lead and backing vocals. By day, Dr. Mark Hall is a Clinical Psychologist giving the songs he writes a deep and sometimes humorous take on the human condition (especially the songs that are self reflective). From June through October, he and his wife Robin can be found most weekends in Mystic on their boat in a slip at Mystic Marina.

Michael Frantzen joined the band in 2015, given them a lead voice that raised them to another level. A classically trained violin player, he never really played the “fiddle” before joining SOOP. Mike has the gift of being able to quickly play ANYTHING you sing or hum to him. This made it very easy to get him caught up on 3 years worth of music the band had been doing before he came along. Mike is an electrical engineer, lumberjack, woodworker, mechanic, and loves traveling and cruising down the Connecticut River on his boat with “The Fiddler’s Wife” Carola…..amazing he has time for music.

Since the show is scheduled smack in the middle of the holiday season, Carolyn, Jeff, Mark and Mike have a mix of seasonal selections planned for the evening as well.

Please join us for an evening of original works and Holiday Cheer by these talented artists!! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474