Saturday, July 20th / Brooks Corner
Amber Anchor is a duo based music group from Southern CT. Featuring sounds of new and old. Experienced through fiddles, banjos, dobros, guitars, mandolins and harmonious vocal blends by two of the most revered multi-instrumentalists in the area.
The Connolly Ceili Band
Sunday, July 21st / 11:15am & 3:00 pm / Brooks Corner
The Connolly Ceili Band is homegrown right here in Fairfield, CT! It all started when Sally (flute and vocals) met Irish native and All-Ireland Champion, Damien (accordion and fiddle) at a music competition in Ireland in 1999. Over the last number of years their children have “joined in the chorus” to fill out the band we know it today. Their eldest son, Colman, accompanies on piano, while their son Tiernan plays the Irish drum (bodhran), snare, woodblock, and tin whistle. Both won the Mid-Atlantic Irish Music band and primary instrument competitions held in NJ this past June. The Connolly Band will be sure to entertain you with their selection of Irish reels, jigs, and lovely ballads.
Sunday, July 21st / Calypso Corner
It’s said the best singers wear their hearts on their sleeves and this is certainly true of 21 year old folk-pop savant Emma Charles. Blending acoustic, Americana vibes with savvy electronica soundscapes, Emma’s voice is a compelling vehicle for her lyrical tapestry of heartbreak and hope. Growing up in Westport, Connecticut, Emma was deeply influenced by Carole King and Joni Mitchell. She soon spread her wings, earning a vocal scholarship at prestigious Berklee College of Music. Since graduating, Emma has thrown herself into numerous live performances, including with mentor, Paula Cole.
She also spent much of this year on national tours with Howie Day & Tyler Hilton, announcing herself as the act to watch in 2019. Her debut single “Comfort In The Chaos” has garnered glowing reviews and is on its way to 30,000 streams. Emma has been interviewed for The Huffington Post, Buzzbands.la, and Voyage LA. She is currently working with Uber- producer Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, SHAED, Ashe) and her debut EP will be out later this year.
Saturday, July 20th / Church Lane
Local area multi-instrumentalist Kwame’ Henry Jones has been performing through-out the tri-state for over 20 years. Henry’s solo and acoustic act is billed as “Henry Jones LIVE”.An accomplished singer/songwriter who regularly performs in 12 local venues within Norwalk, New Canaan, Stamford, Darien, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Sandy Hook. Henry’s style of play coupled with his soulful mid-range vocal tones continues to delight audiences young and old. Henry’s song selection of both original and reimagined cover songs are a mix of Classic Rock, Soul, Americana, Reggae & pop music, from Marc Cohn to The Band to David Gray and more!
Henry is the lead singer of two (2) bands: “Glenbrook Road”, a 4 piece Classic rock/Americana project and “Sugar Bear” a seven (7) Rock/Soul project.
Highline Vocal Jazz
Sunday, July 21st / 1:30 pm / Brooks Corner
Highline is comprised of five best buddies who love to sing! Their vocal jazz quintet was founded in December 2017 and have since been creating music videos and performing at events like the 2018 CT ACDA Fall Conference.
Highline is committed to continuing the vocal jazz tradition established by groups like Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, The Real Group, and New York Voices. They believe in modernizing the art form these artists championed and making it fun and accessible for all audiences.
At the center of their philosophy is education of the next generation of singers through workshops and masterclasses in jazz singing and arranging. Highline believes that the world would be a better place if everyone would sing together!
Most of all, Highline thinks singing should be fun! They want their audiences to experience joy from our music, and especially hope you do!
Saturday, July 20th / Calypso Corner
Kris is an energetic and youthful jam band from southwestern Connecticut. Their music is full of memorable, danceable grooves, and every live show brings a different approach to the group's catalog.
Dan Carlucci + Dan Tressler + Lindsey Fyfe
Sunday 21st / Church Lane
Dan’s music is inspired by the many artists he grew up around and listened to. His passion started “in the womb” and has now carried him to form his own Irish Funk band with his friend, Dan Tressler (Amber Anchor).
Lindsey Fyfe (Hartford, CT) sings with clear and homespun vocals and a repertoire that she learned growing up in a musical family. A native of Connecticut and avid traveler, she honed her craft singing and playing guitar from coast to coast and around the globe, with tutelage from folk, county and bluegrass musicians of all strokes. An advocate of local music, Fyfe has hosted many bluegrass jams at venues in her home city of Hartford.
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) is a non-profit organization of merchants and landlords working together to improve the commerce and culture of downtown Westport, CT for the benefit of the community and the commercial interests in downtown Westport.