(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)
It’s the low water time of year when a rill, or brook, percolates though a canyon or babbles along the valley floor, emptying the high elevation snowpack before the onslaught of winter. Fittingly then, that Vermont’s accomplished folk duo Shady Rill will trickle into town for an intimate show at Dornan’s.
Patti Casey (vocals, guitar, flute, seated clogging) and Tom MacKenzie (vocals, banjo, ukulele, hammered dulcimer, keys) will journey west via the central Vermont town of Adamant for a six-show tour that turns around in Moose. Casey and MacKenzie have played Dornan’s a few times in the past, once as Shady Rill and a few times as members of Vermont folk group Woods Tea Party. Together they explore everything from French Canadian dance tunes, to Tin Pan Alley, to Old Time Country, and a original material in the expanding realm of traditional acoustic music. The small room at Dornan’s Spur Bar makes them feel right at home.
“There are quite a few small venues in Vermont, in fact, there are not many big rooms.” MacKenzie said. “There has always been a small but dedicated audience here. Our type of music seems to come and go in cycles but there are a lot of younger musicians coming up adding new energy.”
A proven and prolific songwriter, Casey blends “New England-flavored” bluegrass with