Jean Redpath performs traditional Scottish folk music Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the Joy of Movement Center. Redpath is from Fife, Scotland, but has been living in the U.S. for some time; she was once on the music faculty of Middlebury College. Peter Johnson, who is hosting the concert, promises music ranging from "classic child ballads to idyllic pastoral love songs in Gaelic." Admission is $3, call 352-6595 for more information.
Friday through Sunday at Passim The Deadly Nightshade, a witty, well-rehearsed feminist rock band, plays witty, well-rehearsed rock music at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Nightshade is not folk, so stay away if you're looking for willowy types with soft, honeyed voices. But Nightshade is unbeatable as 'a rock band with a sophisticated political bent and some fine ideas about music. Admission is $4. Willie Nininger plays tonight at Passim. John Allan Cameron, a Canadian guitarist, fiddler and folksinger who does not now, nor has he ever, advertised Timex watches, does his thing at Passim November 8; you can also hear him in concert with Jean Redpath Saturday at 10 a.m. on WGBH-FM. Wednesday, November 9 through Saturday, November 13, Philo recording artists U. Utah Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels sing and tell stories. The Wednesday show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Do'a plays "innovative and conceptual music" on "flute, guitar and many instruments from India, Africa, South America and Asia" next Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Old West Church in Boston, near Government Center. Admission to the concert, sponsored by the Jazz/Arts Ministry--whatever that is--is $3, but they'll give you a discount if you can correctly pronounce the name of the performing group.
Paul Rishell, whom the managers of the Back Room at the Idler shamelessly describe to me as "the best singer in Boston," sings at the same next Wednesday, starting at 9 p.m. Rishell is a good blues guitarist and plays some slide; he's got a great version of the Irving Berlin song "Walking Cane," popularized of late by Leon Redbone. Molly Malone, whose picture ran on this page some weeks ago so I needn't remind you of her 40s blues style, plays tonight and Sunday night at the Back Room. Gene Stamell, a warm, animated folkie sings and plays guitar in a Martin Mull and Steve Goodman vein next Monday night. Reeve Little plays Saturday and Tuesday nights.
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