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***New Year’s Rockport Eve is looking for volunteers. We need a pair of greeters at every door to check buttons, workers in Spiran Hall to sell buttons, souvenirs & food on Dec. 31st as well as people to help set up & clean up the night before & day after. Each volunteer willing to give 2 hours or more receives a free admission button. Please call 978-559-1263 or email to volunteer.***


New Year’s Rockport Eve, on December 31, 2013! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: Can I buy buttons on the 31st?

Buttons are sold up to and including the 31st at six locations in Rockport & Gloucester ’til 4pm. and also on December 31st at Spiran Hall (our headquarters) on the corner of Broadway & School Street from noon ’til 11pm.

Bean & Leaf Cafe will be selling buttons at 12 Bearskin Neck and will be open ’til Midnight on December 31st.

• Plenty of on street parking downtown Rockport, no meters! •

Click to download Adobe Acrobat .pdf file of 2013 events map.

Click to download Adobe Acrobat .pdf file of the 2013 schedule of events.

Donations to help NYRE may be made at any time.


Here are the year’s events for 2013. Get ready to join us again this year!


7:00 to 10:00 Dock Square
Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will have telescopes set up

Weather permitting, on New Year’s Eve the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will have telescopes set up in Dock Square from 7:00 to 10:00, for public viewing of our moon, Jupiter and its moons, and some objects far, far outside our solar system as well. There will be guided tours of the constellations, NASA educational activities and handouts for all ages; you can learn how to read a sky map, and see different types of telescopes and learn how they work. Come appreciate the wonders of the night sky, and start the new year with a new appreciation of how enormous and spectacular the universe is.

1. Community House Downstairs 6-6:45, 7-7:45 & 8-8:45 PM


FAMILY SHOWS: 3 delightful shows for children of all ages: THE CARROT SEED, a singing story about a small boy’s faith in growing his seed despite all naysayers; LASSE, MY THRALL!, a Swedish fairytale similar to Alladin’s lamp; and the favorite, ONE WISH, from County Mayo, Ireland, on how all three wishes of a destitute family during the potato famine were fulfilled. 

Dora (the International Explorer!) Tevan of the Ethnic Arts Center presents World Puppetry. Step into an enchanted world as delightful characters come to life through folktales. Puppeteer Dora Tevan, Founder and Director of the Ethnic Arts Center has brought cultures alive since 1978 with thousands of programs including Workshops, Birthday Parties, Puppet Shows, Teacher Trainings, and International Festivals.  Dora received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for her brotherhood programs to children the past 34 years. Dora lives here in Rockport with her husband, Corey, Artist/Owner of the Corey Tevan Gallery and their daughter Angelraven who creates local herbal products and spirit-filled stone jewelry for the Cape Ann community.

Community House Upstairs 9-9:45 PM
No performance – set up time for Jah Spirit

1. Community House Upstairs 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Jah Spirit – Reggae Band                                                                                                                                                

Since 1984, Jah Spirit’ music has sent a message of peace and freedom while celebrating social consciousness and universality among all peoples. Under the dynamic leadership of writer, composer, singer Ras Michael I, the group blends an African-Reggae beat with elements of calypso jazz, blues and rock. Ras Michael, a native of Trinidad, captivates his audiences with spellbinding lyrics and a stage presence that has been described as charismatic, highly energetic and spirited. Interaction between the audience and the musicians is a recognized trademark of Jah Spirit. This band presents an unforgettable stage show – not just a concert. The band’s accomplishments include nomination for the prestigious Boston Music Awards outstanding reggae band, repeat performances at Boston’s celebrated “First Night” extravaganza and several opening shows for Jimmy Cliff and Toots and the Maytals. Jah Spirit was the first reggae band to be placed on the New England Foundation for the Arts Roster of recommended and endorsed performers. Jah Spirit’s appeal reaches across the many boundaries of music appreciation as exhibited by the wide variety of venues where they have been invited to perform. These include nightclubs, schools, weddings, celebrations, hotels, museums and parties.

2. Methodist Church 6-6:45 & 7-7:45 PM

Although we try to take our listeners to far away places with our music, we often find universal themes right in our own lives, our own roots. The sea around us often dominates our music, but family life and ties to the shore are very strong for both of us.
“Daisy Nell”, native of Essex, MA, mainstay of the shipbuilding industry for over 300 years, brings New England’s maritime history alive through traditional and contemporary songs of the sea. A familiar voice on the North Shore music scene, she is known for her broad repertoire of traditional folk, chanteys, and contemporary songs. Her husband, “Capt. Stan”, adds his guitar to Daisy’s banjo and guitar. Together they cover a lot of territory, from the foc’s’le to the farm! Daisy has been associated with school programming for many years as a free-lance in-school artist, nursery school music teacher, and museum educator. She also has written and implemented on board interpretative programs on various vessels, including the Mimi and the schooner Adventure. She has written the signature song for Adventure, among others, and even takes a crack at advertising jingles on local cable TV. Stan Collinson started out in high school folk groups and moved on to a performing duo in college with mandolin titan Taylor Armerding of Northern Lights fame. When not tuning his guitar, he might be found tuning up an engine at his business, Gaybrook Garage in Essex. Stan was also at the helm of his free-range turkey farm for many years, back when he was “Farmer Stan”. Sadly, Boundary Farm is no longer raising birds, but the occasional off course sea gull roosts on the roof. Their music is a shared love, and they hope to share it with you. Their band Crabgrass consists adds the talents of Pat Conlon on mandolin and Jack Schwartz on bass. Pat is a veteran of the Cape Ann music scene, and plays with the band Pick Three, and sometimes the Backwoods Ramblers, as does Jack Schwartz. Should you see a blur resembling a human with an instrument case anytime during this evening, it’s probably either Jack or Pat trying to get from one site to another on time!

2. Methodist Church 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
Tom Eaton & Pick 3 – Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Country Music

Pick 3 is a group of acoustic “pickers” and singers, all with a passion for American roots music. They play a lively mix of Bluegrass, Country, Blues and Celtic music. Delivering fine picking combined with strong vocals, they weave through a diverse and entertaining program sharing a genuine warmth, enthusiasm, and sensitivity.

Tom Eaton (guitar & vocals) has brought his music to more than fifteen foreign countries, traveling through Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. He toured extensively with bluegrass and country bands from the Rocky Mountain region; performed with Tim O’Brian, Country Gazette, Newgrass Revival among many others. After moving east, Tom was a founding member of two well known acoustic string bands in the New York tri-state area. Tom’s prowess on the fretboard has brought him into a wide variety of performance venues including television, radio, festivals, concerts, and recording projects.

Pat Conlon (mandolin, harmonica, & vocals) has been a performer on the local Cape Ann music scene for over thirty years. He has performed a wide variety of musical genres and styles including blues and rock with the local favorites, The Gumby Bros. and Megawatt Blues Crushers, swing music with Backyard Swing as well as bluegrass with Blue Horizon and Old Cold Tater, of which he was a founding member. He has been featured as a guest performer with local luminaries Chick Marston and Ellen Ford, Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan, Fozzie Hill, Fly Amero, and many others.

Ken Steiner (bass) has been playing upright bass for over forty years in the Boston area. In addition to playing with Pick 3, Ken has been active in several genres, having performed with jazz artists Gray Sargent, Dave Whitney, Kenny Davern, blues artists Ron Levy, Bob Margolin, Lisa Marie, Barrett Anderson, Dave B & the HotShots, country acts Twilight Ranchers, Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs, as well as Gloucester favorites Ric St. Germain, Greg Tower, Linda Amero and Phil Doucet. Ken has also served as principal bassist for the Newton Symphony Orchestra.

2. Methodist Church 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Backwoods Ramblers – Folk – Rock – Country – Bluegrass

The Backwoods Ramblers are a group of multi-talented musicians featuring lead and harmony vocals with guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica in a memorable blend of folk-rock, country, and bluegrass. You may have seen them in summer at the Millbrook Meadow or the Essex Musicfest concerts, in winter playing at the New Year’s Rockport Eve Celebration, and in local clubs. You’ll be sure to sing along and tap your feet listening to this very enjoyable band.

Barry Michaud, vocalist/guitarist, moved from Maine to the Boston area music scene in the 1970′s to play with Orphan, Jonathan Edwards, and longtime friend, Allen Estes. Barry has a relaxed stage presence that serves him well. He now performs solo and with the Backwoods Ramblers at coffeehouses and festivals around northern New England. Jack Schwartz, banjo, vocals, and electric bass, has been singing, playing, and recording bluegrass, folk, jazz, and old timey from New England to Alaska. His skill on the banjo and acoustic bass has been heard with Mike Seeger, John McCutcheon, and Jethro Burns. Locally, Jack has been heard with his own bluegrass groups, the Piranhas and Blue Horizon, and on WGBH Radio’s “Says You” playing with Pick Three, and live with Old Cold Tater, Pick Three, Daisy Nell & Captain Stan, Fozzie Hill, and Ryan “Captain Fiddle” Thompson. Jack has recorded with singer/songwriter Chuck Hall, and Daisy Nell & Captain Stan. Pat Conlon, mandolin, harmonica, & vocals, has been a performer on the local Cape Ann music scene for over thirty years. He has performed a wide variety of musical genres and styles including blues and rock with the local favorites, The Gumby Bros. and Megawatt Blues Crushers, swing music with Backyard Swing as well as bluegrass with Blue Horizon, Pick Three, and Old Cold Tater, of which he was a founding member. He has been featured as a guest performer with local luminaries Chick Marston and Ellen Ford, Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan, Fozzie Hill, Fly Amero, and many others.

3. Fire Station Upstairs 6-6:45 & 7-7:45 PM
Lorelie Ruben – Marionette Puppeteer

We have a very new, very special show – because we have a brand new stage – a stage that engenders new original ideas.
~The puppetteer is a duck in “Henry’s Awful Mistake!”
~A precious story of liking & loving!
~A Danny Kaye poem!
~Harmonica music and surprises!
~The show is for all ages! ~

3. Fire Station Upstairs 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
The Dorymates with Nick Hilliard – Celtic music and songs of the sea

The Dorymates, Tony Hilliard and Janet Ruth Young, are a husband and wife singer/songwriter team specializing in Celtic music and songs of the sea. They have presented musical programs and singalongs at the Antique and Classic Boat Show, the Greenport (NY) Tall Ships Challenge, the Southampton (NY) Historical Society, and numerous churches, libraries, restaurants, coffeehouses, and nursing homes, as well as on North Shore and Boston-area radio stations. Tony, an EMT and retired police officer, has been featured on WCVB-TV’s Chronicle as the Singing Sergeant of the Rockport Police Department. He has performed in every New Year’s Rockport Eve since its inception.  Janet is a novelist and editor. The Dorymates live in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where they often appear with the sea chantey group Three Sheets to the Wind.

The son of Tony Hilliard and Kathleen Hilliard, Nick frequently performs as a duo with his father and has been a summertime busker on Bearskin Neck. A graduate of Rockport High School and the Massachusetts School of Pet Grooming, Nick is also at work on several movie screenplays.

3. Fire Station Upstairs 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Three Sheets to the Wind – A chantey/sea music group

Three Sheets to the Wind is a chantey and sea music group out of Gloucester, MA. Weekly sings on Monday evenings, now held at the Dog Bar in Gloucester from 6 to 9 pm, have been ongoing for almost 11 years. The group has performed in venues such as The Gloucester’s Mayor’s Cup schooner races, Essex Music Festival, Mystic Sea Music Festival 2006, Essex Shipbuilding Museum Basin Fest, Essex Clamfest, Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festivals, Lowell’s Boat Shop events, Salem Antique and Wooden Boat Show, Press Room Shanty sings, American Schooner Association annual meetings, Rocky Neck Nights on the Neck, Gloucester Reads Literacy events, Gloucester Block Parties and Middle Street Walks, shipboard events, museum and school events as well as a few funerals, birthdays and weddings. The singers and players that make it all possible include the following: Peter Souza, Audi Souza, Tim Perkins, George Thompson, Alex Thompson, Liz Duff, Gardi Winchester, Barry O’ Brien, Martha Bowen, Leslie Wind, Tony Hilliard, Janet Young, Chris Leghorn, Chuck Sheffreen, Steve Willard, Ray Spiecker, Judy Keith, Marty Stock, Ernie Pigeon, Pamela Owen and many other voices who often join in with the crew. Many who participate have years of established song and sea history to offer as we roar up a storm of song and good cheer for our audiences. Good power vocals and terrific harmonies arise wherever we go….we also have a good time and enjoy what we do….as will be seen. Good cheer abounds. Audience participation is a must!!!! Come join us…….

 4. Unitarian Universalist Church 6-6:45 & 7-7:45 PM
Nathan Cohen & Anthony Leva – a multi-instrumental set of folk, blues, pop, fiddle, and international music

Nathan Cohen is the orchestra and chamber music director in the Rockport Schools. He is a multi-instrumentalist with particular focus on violin and trumpet. He is an avid traveler, eager to explore and synthesize different modes of music-making. International studies include a semester at the Kodaly Institute of Music in Hungary and a summer studying West African drumming and xylophone playing at the University of Ghana in Accra. He
plays regularly with the Boston-based band What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? And serves as music director for NYC aerial theater company Fight or Flight. Recent work with Fight or Flight includes music for Shakespeare’s Richard II and Melville’s Moby Dick, both on trapeze.

Anthony Leva is an educator, improvisor, collaborator and performer. He performs regularly with Bury Me Standing, Jaggery, The Michael Dobiel Quartet and the Junk Kitchen Players. Since 2002 he has been actively studying and performing on the upright bass.  Central to his playing and teaching style are deep understandings of rhythm and tone production along with a continual development of personal and creative expression through traditional and extended techniques. He currently teaches bass at the Rockport Community School and volunteers weekly as a collaborator and
educator at Tunefoolery, an artist collective of musicians with psychiatric disabilities. Tony also studies the sintir (a North African bass lute) and has occasionally performed on trumpet, melodica, accordion and clown nose.

4. Unitarian Universalist Church 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM           
Michael O’Leary and Friends – traditional Celtic music

The ‘Winter Man’ is here and the ‘January Man’ is coming and it’s so good to be back for another NYRE at the cozy UU Church! Join us as we send out the old year and bring in the new with traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries. Michael is joined by friends CAROL MCINTYRE (harp) and LARRY YOUNG (fiddle) . MICHAEL is a traditional singer of Irish, Scottish and English songs and ballads. A native of South Dakota who has soaked up songs and the sea air of Cape Ann for the past twenty years, he hosts a weekly Celtic music session on Sunday evenings (the Landing and Dog Bar) and during sailing season hosts Celtic music sails on the schooner Lannon (  CAROL plays classical, folk and Celtic harp, frequently performing at the Wenham Teahouse and other venues around the North Shore. She has studied the harp since childhood, receiving a BA in Classical Music from Stanford University, and is a past New England Scottish Games harp champion ( LARRY has been performing popular music of Colonial America, music of the sea and folk music for over twenty-five years. He has collaborated with musicians such as John Roberts, Talitha Mackenzie and Bob Franke and appears regularly with the Colonial music duo Poor Richard’s Penny and the early music group the Beggar Boys. He also leads a traditional Irish and Scottish music session on Friday and Sunday evenings at O’Neill’s Pub in Salem, MA (

4. Unitarian Universalist Church 10-10:45 PM
New Year’s Eve Peace Service

The Rockport Unitarian Universalist Church will hold its’ fifteenth New Year’s Eve Peace Service. There will be music, readings and meditation.

4. Unitarian Universalist Church 11-11:45 PM
No Performance – Happy New Year!

5. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 6-6:45 & 7-7:45 PM
Amy Seabrook – Puppeteer – Adventures with Amy Puppets

Have you ever eaten too much? See what happens when Isabella makes a huge meal of sweets! This show is one of several shows you’ll see when Amy and her esteemed puppets, Bluey, Mouse Princess, et al, take to the stage and perform for you.

Amy Seabrook is a Rockport resident living with her husband, John. Their daughter, Lucretia, is a senior at Massachusetts College of Art.  Amy’s year round work includes time spent as teacher, fine artist, dancer, and Emergency Medical Technician.

5. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
Chick & Ellen – Oldtimey & Newfangled Country Blues & Folksy Swing

CHICK & ELLEN are a married couple who perform regularly as an acoustic duo in and around Cape Ann. Their repertoire is an amalgam of acoustic styles, including traditional & contemporary folk music; delta & ragtime blues; classic & old-time country; and, of course, sea songs. With their instruments, voices, and hearts, they weave through a diverse and entertaining program with warmth, enthusiasm, and humor. Their love for music – and each other – clearly shows!

CHICK MARSTON (guitar, National Steel slide guitar, clawhammer-style banjo & vocals) Chick was born and raised in Rockport (his first gig was at the 1964 Rockport 4th of July bonfire!), and is a master delta blues finger style guitarist. As commercial fisherman in the 1970s and 1980s, he played many a night in waterfront bar rooms from the Maritimes to Miami. He has also performed in and around the Cape off and on for many years, and long-time locals will remember seeing him at the King’s Rook, the old Blackburn Tavern, the Winds of Change, and the Harbor Café.

ELLEN FORD (guitar & vocals) Ellen is a singer’s singer whose parents tell her that she sang before she could speak. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ellen is happiest when singing for a live audience, whether it be swing tunes from the 1930s, Patsy Cline torch songs, or traditional ballads. She has performed professionally for over 20 years, solo as well as with many duos, trios, and a few larger bands. In addition to playing in countless restaurants, bar rooms, private events, and festivals, Ellen did a three-month stint performing on a cruise ship to the Bahamas.

5. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Peter Ward & Amarillo – Tribute to Country Western and Western Swing

Raised in Maine, Peter moved to Boston and played guitar with blues artists Jimmy Rogers and Junior Wells. He toured with the Legendary Blues Band featuring pianist Pinetop Perkins. He was married to the late blues radio host Mai Cramer. In 2010 he produced a CD of western swing starring Herb Remington, original steel guitarist for Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys.

PETER WARD & AMARILLO performs classic country western music for fun and dancing. Robert Martino on drums, Michael Grover on bass and Chris Brooks on pedal steel.

6. Library-Peggy Brenner Room 6-6:45 & 7-7:45 PM
Bumbly & Abbess Phinn – Medieval, Renaissance Story Tellers

Traditional Stories and songs for both young and old. An old friend once said to me, “A good story takes away the troubles for awhile and leaves a smile in their place”. So please come and listen to a story or two and maybe you’ll find a smile to chase away your troubles for a time. Bumbly Phinn and his wife, Abbess Phinn are colorful Medieval, Renaissance style characters who tell stories in word and song. They are the directors and coordinators of the Abbadia Mare Festival at Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA and the new owners of Silver Kingdom Renaissance Faire in Charlton, Ma August 16 & 17 2014.
For more information please visit their website and

6. Library-Peggy Brenner Room 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
Lorraine and Bennett Hammond – Peace on Earth
Lorraine and Bennett Hammond play and sing in perfect complement: blending their instruments with consummate skill, they create a new voice for music that ranges in style from classical through Celtic, blues and contemporary.
The joy they take in their music is contagious, and their flair for tailoring their selection of songs and tunes for individual audiences lends a lively freshness to each performance.

Lorraine renowned master of the Appalachian dulcimer, also plays banjo, mandolin and Celtic harp and is an expressive singer and songwriter. Bennett, a superb finger-style guiterist and recent convert to the five string banjo, names “the three Bs”, Bach, the blues and Buddy Holly, as major influences.

Together, The Hammonds are versatile musicians and engaging entertainers. Their warm stage presence is punctuated with wry humor and their command of their instruments and musical genres is without flaw. The Boston Globe calls them “a dazzling, witty, eclectic, delightful duo.”

The duo’s repertoire ranges in style from classical through Celtic, blues and contemporary. They sing both traditional and original songs and can be heard on over thirty recordings as featured artists, or enhancing the work of performers including Archie Fisher, Lui Collins and Bob Franke. Christine Lavin and Heidi Mueller are among the artists who have covered Hammond originals.

The Hammonds are folk missionaries of the first order, devoted cultural activists, teachers, event organizers, and performers who love to introduce people to the joys of traditional music.

6. Library-Peggy Brenner Room 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Will Hunt, Janice Fullman and Friends, Formerly The Terrestrials – Contemporary Folk, Pop, Rock Gems, Rhythm & Blues & Originals

Janice Fullman and Will Hunt bring their tight harmonies and eclectic repertoire of originals, rock, folk, R&B classics, and forgotten gems to New Year’s Rockport Eve. Performing on acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, sax, and flute, the duo has established a five-year residency at The Landing in Manchester, hosting a popular open mic night on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Both musicians play regularly around Cape Ann with numerous musical friends, often teaching or collaborating with younger musicians…some of whom, including Pierce Strumpf, may appear in guest spots.

You’ll be sure to leave humming an old favorite…or rushing to the Internet to find out just what that great song was you just heard…a deep cut by Zevon? or Lowell George? or The Decemberists? or Richard Thompson? Possibilities abound…. Extra Terrestrials may appear as well. They’ll be singing, playing, and hopping around!
Be there and see!

7. Spiran Hall Downstairs 5-11:30 PM
“HEADQUARTERS” – BUY YOUR BUTTONS HERE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE (ALL DAY & NIGHT 12/31/2013 from noon ‘til midnight) Adults: $15.00, Children 3 – 12: $6.00 under 3: FREE (no button needed) PICK UP A PROGRAM TO HELP FIND YOUR WAY AROUND OUR CELEBRATION

Buy your button ahead of time – Great Christmas presents!

IN ROCKPORT: Smith hardware & Lumber at the Lumber Desk, 3 Station Square; John Tarr Store, Main St.; Toad Hall Bookstore, Main St.; Bean & Leaf Cafe, 12 Bearskin Neck

7. Spiran Hall Downstairs 6-11:30 PM
COFFEE HOUSE – Hot Dogs, Ellen’s Harborside’s Clam Chowder, Wally’s Blackburn Bistro’s Chili, Wally’s Blackburn Bistro’s Pulled Pork sliders, Snacks, Popcorn, Soda, Coffee, Tea & Hot Chocolate for sale

7. Spiran Hall Downstairs 6:00-9:00 PM
Clowns – Face Painting & Balloon Making

More fun than anyone has a right to!!! For children of all ages. Get your face painted while you wait for your animal balloon to be created.

7. Spiran Hall Downstairs 6-11:30 PM
Psychic, Tarot, Stone & Past Life and Medium Readings – For Amusement Only

A psychic reading with either Terry Milton, Gail Wall and a few more psychic readers is not a “fortune-telling experience”, but rather an ethical, professional reading done with integrity, sensitivity and sincerity.

Stone Readings: Terry Milton.  Drawing on her psychic talents, her kinship with the earth, her knowledge of similarities between human nature and Mother Nature, and her love and appreciation for the “Mineral Kingdom”, Terry Milton, a.k.a. “The Stone Lady”, provides an up-beat, down to earth reading that is suitable for children as well as adults.
Discover the similarities that exist between stones and people as you select from a wide assortment of stones, crystals, gems, and fossils! Start the New Year off with the realization that you, too, are a gem!

Tarot Readings: Gail Wall has over 15 years experience as a professional, working with Tarot, Psychometry, Photometry and Mediumship. Certified Tarot Reader with the American Tarot Certification Board.

Intuitive Studies Certification completed at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA.

A typical reading starts with the Tarot Waite Deck followed Fairy Elemental Cards and finishing with the Twelve Houses of the Astrology Spread.

Mediumship is bridging the gap between the Spirit world and our Earth Plane. The medium links the energy of the sitter connecting Spirit on the otherside of life. Gail provides Photometry Mediumship using a photograph that you provide to facilitate the connection.

Gail works in these methods to bring you validation from the person in Spirit. Often they want to relay to you messages of guidance, love and messages about something that only you would know. Often Spirit (your loved one) comes in to communicate unfinished business. These communications are sacred and as such deserve that respect during a “sitting”.

Tarot Readings: Misti Feliciano (Mistitarot) has been a Tarot Reader for over 20 years offering traditional reading, Past life, Future Readings, Mediumship and is available for all your questions. She is the former host of Tarot Time with Mistitarot which was heard in over 8 countries  twice a week. Her list of clients include celebrities, business owners, & government representatives from all over the world. Misti is also the Author of Have A Great Day, Quotes to Make You Think & Laugh (Lulu  Publishing 2010) Currently she works with clients & Charities in many different countries and especially in the North Shore where she resides. Her goal in a reading is too remind you that Tarot Cards are the tool of free will and that only you can change your cards.

Egyptian Cartouche Card Readings:  Karen Peace.  Sometimes even the most spiritually aware people find themselves questioning their path ahead.  Karen Tysver has been reading Egyptian Cartouche cards for over thirty years, using their symbolism and messages to bring clarity, solutions, and hope to the many for whom she has read.  Karen can help you find answers you hadn’t considered or validate a path you had doubts about.  She can facilitate clear insight, sweeping away the mind chatter that so many of us find a part of our daily lives.  If you seek solutions and clarity, Karen can help you find your way.

7. Spiran Hall Upstairs 6-6:45, 7-7:45
Irish Step Dancers from Bremmer School of Irish Dance

Sheile Bremer is the founder and director of Rince Cois Fharraige since 1992, a T.C.R.G. (registered teacher of Irish Dance with An Coimisiun, Dublin, Ireland). Ms Bremer has been involved in Irish dancing since the age of five, winning numerous regional awards and competitions and attending world championships in Ireland throughout the years under the Griffith Academy.

Her students compete all over the U.S., in Canada, and in the All-Irelands. Her dance groups include many winners in the New England Regional Championships. They also perform at various local establishments and various civic events, i.e. Peabody International Festival.

Rince Cois Fharraige*/ (“Dance By The Sea”) is an Irish Dance Academy with main studio located at 87 Canal Street in Salem, MA.

7. Spiran Hall Upstairs 8-8:45PM
No performance – set up time for ’60s Invasion

7. Spiran Hall Upstairs 9-9:45, 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
‘60s Invasion – 60s Rock ‘N Roll Band

‘60s Invasion is a show band featuring music of the 1960’s. You will see tributes of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan or Roy Orbison in costume. You may also experience the band performing ten to fifteen minute segments as follows:

TV of the Sixties. Music and trivia from television shows of the sixties.

 ‘60s Invasion plays popular hits of the Four Seasons. The band plays hits from the sixties that had connection with the seasons; fall, winter, spring and summer.

The History of Rock. Information, trivia and music from 1910 to 1960.

Although this band mostly performs in concerts, ‘60s Invasion is also available for almost any other kind of event including anniversary parties, reunions, weddings, corporate events, etc.

NEWS: ‘60s invasion’s new Christmas CD, Incense and Chia Pets, is now available! There are 13 tracks including Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree featuring blue grass star, Sierra Hull. Check out for more information.

8. Baptist Church 6-6:45 & 7-7:45 PM
The Fabulous Bullock Brothers – Gospel

The Fabulous Bullock Brothers is a gospel group of brothers, fathers and sons, led by the Rev. George Bullock. They formed in 1950 and continue a Gospel singing tradition passed on to them from their father, known as “Singing Walter”, as he traveled the Revival Circle in their home state of North Carolina. The group combines traditional and contemporary gospel music, which celebrates Christianity. Their harmonies and vocal styles preserve Southern Black church traditions, such as leader response and congregation. The group’s stage presentation is very joyful, and reminiscent of revival music. They perform such old time favorites as “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”, and “Go Down Moses.” They combine their traditional Gospel style with contemporary accompaniment, which includes guitars keyboard and percussion. The Fabulous Bullock Brothers have performed at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cambridge Multicultural Arts and at festivals and First Night celebrations throughout New England. The group has recently toured Spain to very enthusiastic audiences and was awarded “Living Legends Award” by the House of Blues.

8. Baptist Church 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
The Jolly Rogues – Seafaring Songs

This talented band of musicians and singers has a varied, intriguing repertoire of 18th and 19th Century material from period commemorative, tavern/drinking, romantic ballads, sea shanties, children’s ditties, songs of revolt. Included among the songs are those which invite listening (instrumentals), clapping and foot tapping or singing along with a solo or harmonic melody. Others may invoke a melancholy mood. Among the titles will be found “Rosin the Bow”, “Lizzie Lindsay”, “Captain Kidd”, “All for Me Grog”, “Yankee Doodle”, “Star of the County Down”, “The Parting Glass”, “Rattlin Bog”, “Boston Harbor Shanty” plus “Harvest Home”, “Mermaid”, “Boys of Blue Hill”, “Johnny has Gone for A Soldier”, “Three Jolly Coachmen”, “Maid of Amsterdam”, “Greenland Whale Fishery”. Depending on the programs purpose and musical selection, The Rogues appear attired in either 18th or 19th Century clothing or a combination of the two periods, adding to the color and charm of the performance. Each musical selection has a prelude explanation of the songs history, folklore and meaning. A myriad of emotions is expected to be experienced by the audience. You can tell that these gentlemen are into history, and you don’t need to look too far for an affirmation of that fact–they are members of The Guild of Historic Interpreters. They stay pretty true to olde times as well, and if you see them perform you’ll probably find them dressing in three-cornered hats and knickers and using traditional instruments. We play on the Schooner Fame out of Salem MA sunset cruises and at George’s Island as part of Boston’s 4th of July Celebration. We have played in Germany,England and were special guests of Beijing China in 2006. Our new  4th CD  Hick’s the Pirate is now out and available tonight and on iTunes. The Rogues are carving out a unique niche in local musical entertainment. Why not make them a part of your experience?

8. Baptist Church 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Stämbandet – The Scandinavian Vocal Ensemble

Founded in 1978, Stämbandet is thirteen singers from Scandinavia with a reputation for excellence both as an a cappella ensemble and a World Music vocal group. Presenting songs rarely heard outside of Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, this captivating vocal band often breaks into six- and seven- part harmonies sung in six languages. Led by Allen LeVines, musical director since 1985, Stämbandet performs a wide range of a cappella folk traditions unique to Scandinavia, including “trall” – singers imitating fiddlers playing dance music – a practice that has been compared to scat singing.

Stämbandet’s cultural contributions have rarely been placed in perspective, for even within Scandinavia there are few vocal ensembles solely dedicated to the preservation and performance of traditional Nordic song. American-influenced “pop” styles have taken over and continue to dominate not just Scandinavia, but virtually the world. So it is especially significant that in the United States Stämbandet exists at all, where it is the only group of its kind — not only striving for performances of high artistic merit, but carefully researching the music’s origin and history, thereby introducing to the public many other facets of Scandinavian culture.

The long term committment of the singers has helped ensure Stämbandet’s cohesiveness of sound and cultural identity. Almost all of the vocalists were born in Scandinavia.

“…the singer’s voices are pure and clear, and the songs are of a folk tradition that sounds fresh and new to American ears.”
- Guy Van Duser, Rounder Records

“Stämbandet moved in sparkling harmonies from soft to loud, brightly busy to darkly elegiac.”
- Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

9. Scout Hall 6-6:45, 7-7:45, 8-8:45, 9-9:45, 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
The Hot Tub Piranhas with Wes Thibodeau and Fun Bucket with Greg Dann

These two bands will be alternating set’s and there will be on occasion where band members are going to mix it up and play with each other’s band.

The Hot Tub Piranhas is an eclectic power rock quartet that plays a wide variety of modern rock, classic rock, rockin’ blues and even a touch of funk. We like to explain to people the word “Power” does not pertain to volume. It is more clearly defined as a fullness in our sound or what I like to call a “Fat” sound. Being a rock band we produce a certain amount of volume… naturally, but we don’t feel you have to walk away not being able to hear for hours after a H.T.P.’s show for it to leave a lasting impression on you. You’ll find it’s an awareness and enjoyment of the tightness, cohesion, dynamic control and obvious musicality that you will take away from one of our performances…

The band member’s have know each other for quite a few years and have performed together before in other musical projects and individually have between 33 and 42 years of live performance experience and have performed with some terrific bands in the past…

The Member’s of The Hot Tub Piranhas are:

John Donlon has been performing, as he says “for eon’s” with many of the North Shore’s Premier Rock Bands such as Elegant Trash, Sugarblues, Dented School Bus, Uncle Junior and TC & The Southside Party Choir and today performs with his other band “Scarlett” alongside his lovely girlfriend/partner, and terrific vocalist in her own rite, Theresa GrayJohn has played many famous venue’s around Boston such as The Ratt and The Channel. Also various Club’s around Worcester and The Greater North Shore area.  John uses: Mesa Boogie 400+, Fender Super Bassman, Peavey Kilobass, Ampeg PF500,as well as a West Fillmore for amplification and plays a Fender 5-String Jazz Bass, a Fender 5-String Precision, A Peavey Cirrus 5-String, an (American)  Peavey Millennium 5-String, An Ernie Ball Stingray 5-String and a bunch of 4-Strings of various makes and models that do not get out of the house too often, according to John…

Roy Turner has been playing for more than 30 years and has worked very diligently at becoming a guitarist’s guitarist. He has many rock & blues influences, but was hooked from the moment he heard his first Kiss recording, “Love Gun”! Roy has the highest respect for Mr. James Page for showing him the power and the tone of the Gibson Les Paul. Mr. Page has been a huge influence on Roy from the beginning. Roy exudes a determination in his playing that tells everyone who hears him, he wants to be the best Guitarist he can be. Roy has played for a number of Original and cover bands over the years, including “Mock 5″, “Filthy”, and “Americoma” to name a few, but his deepest pride involved his performing and recording with his band “Pulze” in which he states was the time he came closest to “Making it”. Most recently Roy performed during a 4 year stint as Guitarist Extraordinaire with a Southern N.H. band called “Coverslip”. Tired of the commute to N.H., where they rehearsed as well as performed, he joined the classic rock band, local to the North Shore called “Full Circle” at Member/Manager Wes Thibodeau’s urging. Roy and Wes continued to perform with Full Circle up until the bands dis-assembly. When Wes decided to start The Hot Tub Piranhas about a year ago, Wes knew Roy was the right Guitarist for the band and happily Roy excepted the invitation. Roy’s Equipment: Mesa Boogie “Stiletto Ace” 50W Combo 2×12, Mesa Boogie Recto Cab 2×12, Gibson Les Paul Traditional (Sun-burst), EVH Wolfgang Special (Tobacco-burst), Gibson Les Paul Standard (Black), Fender Lone Star Stratocaster HSS (Black), SBK Pedalboard, Vox Sacthurator Dirt Box, Morley Mark Tremonti Wah, TC Electronics Flashback x4 Delay, Korg Pitchback Tuner, Line 6 G30 Wireless

Peter Malaquias has been a fixture in the Gloucester, Ma. music scene since the 1970’s and has played with many great bands over the years. Peter is joining us as the Interim Drummer until he can make a final determination if he will be able to perform with us as our regular Boom Boom and make a solid commitment… At the present, he’s busy performing with another band and working on a recording project. Peter recently performed for 4 years with the classic rock band Full Circle, along with Wes and Roy. Here we are many, many months later and Peter is still with us having a great time performing with this talented ensemble as we knew he would… I think it’s safe to say if the work keeps rolling in and the energy and camaraderie continue to grow Peter will be around for a good long while! He has become an integral dynamic in this awesome foursome, both on drums and vocally!

Wes Thibodeau has been performing off and on for the past 35 years, not counting the many concerts he has performed in his bedroom and livingroom during his childhood, lol! Wes, being the 2nd youngest in a family of 8 kids and having two very musically inclined parents, had a wealth of material to cut his teeth on and was able to start his schooling at a very, very early age. Wes’s 1st band was with “Tyrone and the Torpedo’s” A band that never made it past the Big Blue Garage Door, back in1969 when Wes was 10 yrs. old, but his first real “Live” performance band, that holds so many great memories for him, was “Wired” which he started with in 1979. Wired eventually morphed into a great North Shore Rock Band called “DogTown”, which was with Jim Pepe – Bass, Rob Pepe – Guitars and Tim Sirois and Wes, all former Wired members. We were able to acquire another childhood friend and great drummer in his own rite, Greg Dann of Secret Service and Fun Bucket Fame. Rob eventually got married and moved to upstate, so we brought in a keyboard player by the name of Lasandro “Al Patch’s” Garay and went on to make many great memories together over many years. Next, Wes was offered a fill in spot for “Major Nelson & The Screaming Jeannie’s” while their female vocalist Jeanne Stanton, recovered from a throat ailment. That turned into a job as their bass player until the band disbanded about a year and a half later. In 2008, Wes was getting antsy, because he hadn’t been performing with anyone for a while and wanted to get back in the game, so he started a classic rock band called Full Circle. Full Circle continued for over 5 years up until it’s recent retirement from performing and was a source of great pride for Wes, who worked diligently to keep it going and to constantly making it as good as it could be.

Wes uses: For Mic’s – Shure and Sennheiser Mic’s and a Sure Super 55 Deluxe Vocal Mic. For Guitars – Ibanez Exotic Wood Series Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Gibson Les Paul Special w/”Baby Bucker’s”, A Randall 50W, All Tube, Two Channel Amp with a Heavy Duty 12″ Celestion Speaker.

Funbucket is a power trio that plays classic hits from the last four decades.  This band, as it exists today, has been a coherent unit for over ten years. “We love to play and it shows”. Members include: Steve Caraway – Bass/VOX Mike (Mr. Bogus) McMahon – Guitar/VOX Greg Dann – Drums/VOX

10. Old Firehouse Trust BLDG 6-6:45 & 7-7:45 PM
Jenny the Juggler

Jenny the Juggler is honored to be Boston’s Best (“and ONLY!”) Female Professional Juggler since 1997, transforming events into fabulous experiences with unforgettable memories for Kids “AND People!”

Jenny the Juggler is a full-time professional variety artist performing throughout Greater Boston, New England and beyond.  Be it her fabulous variety show, surprising wit, spectacular face painting, dazzling balloon creations, handling of children, management of crowds, gentle coaxing of shy ones, sneaky photography, good music or any other myriad of tricks she uses to make your event magic, there is always something to bring out a smile in everyone at your event.

Raised bi-coastally between Oakland, California and Wayland, Massachusetts, Jenny earned a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was a national champion rower.  Also a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California, she has trained with several world masters of physical theatre including Marcel Marceau. A professional juggler since 1997, she has performed from Hawaii to England, and headlined the first  ever “Women of Juggling” Festival in Humboldt, California in May of 2005.  Her favorite thing about performing is discovering the unexpected things that “Kids and People” naturally say or do whenever she performs.  She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and their two young, beautiful, busy, busy children.

10. Old Firehouse Trust BLDG 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
Eddie Gardner – Magician

Eddie is the president of Diamond’s Magic Supply Company, Peabody, Mass, and is a member of the Society of American Magicians, International Brotherhood of Magicians, Invisible Lodge, advisor for the Society of Young Magicians and has received numerous citations and awards. . For 33 years he has been performing for audiences of all ages. In addition to an immense inventory of magic tricks, he also guarantees laughter. Appropriate for Adults as well as children. Eddie has been performing for New Year’s Rockport Eve for all seventeen years!

10. Old Firehouse Trust BLDG 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Alek Razdan and Willie “Loco” Alexander – Jazz & Punk

ALEK RAZDAN AND WILLIE “LOCO” ALEXANDER: BRINGING THE “ROCK” TO NEW YEAR’S ROCKPORT EVE! Ring in 2014 with the audacious double bill of Rockport’s own sax and clarinet teen phenom Alek Razdan and Gloucester’s Willie “Loco” Alexander, the renowned godfather of punk rock.  Joined by Rik Razdan on sax, Dave “Doc” Vincent on drums, Dan Whalen on guitar, and Ken Demaine on bass, they’ll produce two sets of toe-tapping, hair-raising, hip-shaking music guaranteed to get you up on your feet and dancing right on into the New Year!

11. Fish Shack Restaurant 6-6:45, 7-7:45, 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
Drum Jam & Parade – Jon Holland & Dragon Company

We have added another session for our parade again this year so hopefully if the first sessions are filled up, you can come and enjoy the fourth session!

Our Drum Jam & Parade is for Kids of ALLLL ages. Children AND Adults are welcomed. No experience required. Our group will bring a colorful array of drums and percussion instruments as well as a large green dancing dragon. Join us for the New Year’s Celebration as we parade down the street with you and Dragon Company. You are welcome but not required to bring your own instruments and costumes.

12. Rockport Art Association 6-6:45, 7-7:45 & 8-8:45PM
Wildest Dreams – Afro Pop – Reggae – Calypso – Funky Soul

Wildest Dreams members hail from Caribbean, South America, Japan & the US, melding their diverse music and cultural experiences into a dynamically fresh sound. The group has created an exciting, world beat style featuring powerful vocals, contagious rhythms and a message of harmony that blends elements of Afro-pop, reggae, calypso and funky soul. Fronted by the spirited vocals of Alice Johnson, (described by the late maestro Leonard Bernstein as “Superb”), Boston-based Wildest Dreams has performed at festivals, theatres, clubs, colleges and special events throughout the Northeastern U. S. since 1989. The band’s first CD, “One Voice!” garnered excellent reviews, airplay throughout New England and a concert tour of Aruba. Their latest CD is a musical journey entitled “Peace Planet”. Featuring soaring harmonies, compelling rhythms and imaginative arrangements, it continues their passion for blending together music from different cultures. After 22 years and more than 900 shows, Wildest Dreams has earned their reputation for extremely dynamic performances and an undeniable spirit; easily cutting across generational and cultural divides.

12. Rockport Art Association 9-11:45PM

No Performances

13. Shalin Liu Performance Center 6-6:45 & 7-7:45 PM
The Cape Ann Big Band

The Cape Ann Big Band will celebrate the close of its Third Season with a double performance at the Shalin Liu Performance Center as part of New Year’s Rockport Eve Celebration . Formed in December 2010, director Carlos Menezes Jr. teamed up with friends and fellow musicians Paula Burns, Shawn Lowe, Mike Lentini, and Rick Geraghty to discuss the potentials of starting up a 17-piece big band. What was once a dream, quickly became reality when Menezes found the roster full in just a week’s time. Driven by the talents of Cape Ann musicians, the Cape Ann Big Band prides itself in performing to entertain and connect with it’s local community. For Menezes, one of the great joys of the ensemble is the generational diversity among its members. Music is a worldwide language that connects people with community and penetrates the soul of both listener and performer. This is the very experience that the band strives to deliver through its powerhouse performances. Although it is not a community band in the sense of membership, it strives to connect the community through open rehearsals and public performance. For Menezes and many of his peers, the experience of music performance is something that need not cease after high school or college. For a musician, the experience of music reflects a lifelong journey of learning. Beyond the aspect of performance, the band hopes to connect with local musicians of all ages and backgrounds to inspire, challenge, and educate. Inspired by the sounds of jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll, the band prides itself in a repertoire without horizon. This season’s repertoire will feature a number of vocal and instrumental standards from the “Golden era” of swing, pop tunes, and a number of show-tunes derived from popular films. “Mack the Knife”, “New York, New York”, Van Halen’s “Jump”, “Take the A Train”, Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood”, and a medley from The Blues Brothers are just a few of the charts in this season’s repertoire. As one quickly learns, the organization, success, and mobility of any ensemble is only made possible by the efforts of its participants.

This is a group that truly operates as a family. Members include: Saxophones; Mike Lentini, Nick Capello, Ed Biggs, Steve Silva, Carlos Menezes Jr., Trumpets: Shawn Lowe, Arthur Adamson, Rick Naso, John Pearson, Trombones; Paula Burns, Tom Madore, Dana Cohen, Tim Klopotoski, Drums; Rick Geraghty, Piano; Chris Bodek, Bass; Thaddeus Merritt, Joe Cardoza, Guitar; Christian Towler.

13. Shalin Liu Performance Center 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
Overboard - Boston vocal band – A Cappella Group

Begun in 2006, Overboard has grown far beyond its beginnings.  Overboard is a pop/rock a cappella group based in Boston, MA. Since its inception, the band has been featured for the likes of American Idol, PUMA and Mitsubishi, as well as on The CBS Early Show. Overboard’s energetic live show, 6 albums and “Free Track Tuesday” single of the week program have caught the attention of the global a cappella community, as well as Boston’s discerning local music scene. Since 2009, Overboard has been nominated for 10 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and 18 A Cappella Community Awards, among other accolades. Winners of the Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes Festival, Overboard provided music for NBC’s hit reality show “The Sing-Off.”

13. Shalin Liu Performance Center 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours – New Orleans Jazz, Blues & Cajun flavored music

Henri Smith was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the birthplace of Jazz. His career started in his hometown where he polished his sophisticated and dramatic vocal delivery. Then he took it on the road and thrilled audiences with his New Orleans Jazz, Blues and Cajun flavored music while touring the United States and Europe. For over 15 years Henri was a FM Radio personality on the New Orleans Jazz station WWOZ 90.7 FM. He frequently performed and served as the emcee at “The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival”, which is the LARGEST Jazz Fest in the world. Come out and see him live because every show is a New Orleans Mardi Gras Party!

Henri released his debut CD totled “New Orleans Friends and Flavours”.

Hurricane Katrina wiped out his home in New Orleans and he ended up moving north to the Sea Coast of Cape Ann where ho now lives and shares his heritage with the kind people of New England.

Henri’s band consists of Henri Smith on vocals, Amadee Castinell on saxophone,  Ben on piano, John Loud on drums, Tucker Lindquist on harmonica, Nick White on bass, and Steve Shwartz on clarinet.

14. Congregational Church 6-6:45 & 7-7:45 PM
Sorellanza – Women’s A Cappella Group

Sorellanza, the 14-member women’s a cappella group, is based in Gloucester and Rockport. Lovingly directed by Rockport resident, Patti Pike, Sorellanza was formed in 2006 and continues to draw enthusiastic audiences. Pike’s relaxed teaching style and wide-ranging repertoire choices keep the singers coming back season after season. Sorellanza has been entertaining audiences throughout Cape Ann, and in Danvers, Ipswich, Swampscott and other nearby communities with an eclectic and upbeat repertoire. Their program ranges from Renaissance to Broadway, sacred songs, rounds, traditional, contemporary, Beatles and jazz.

Their level of musicianship increases with each season, as the singers gain experience under Pike’s direction. In turn, their audiences are treated to an eclectic and wonderful musical experience. As part of their community outreach program, Sorellanza has invited talented high school seniors to audition for and join the chorus for a year. Audiences will enjoy the youthful additions to the Sorellanza sound.

Sorellanza Members are: Patti Pike, Andrea Coates-Vinson, Peggy Duff, Jen Fuller, Nancy Goodman, Karen Koerth, Ruth Maassen, Bernadette Orr, Donna Prezzano, Inga Soderberg-King, Lee Steele, Kate Stevens & Susan Taormina with High School Seniors Danielle Pool and Christina Giambanco.

14. Congregational Church 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
Honky-Tonk Women of Gloucester- Doo Wop 50s & 60s Classic Hits

Caroline Haines, Barbara Jansson, Sheila Schrank and Elaine Persons take the stage to create a four part harmony only heard in the 50’s and 60’s eras when “girl groups” like the Ronnettes, the Supremes, the Crystals, and the Shirelles captured Motown. It’s a musical journey back to the style of acapella and Doo Wop as you enjoy singing along to “classic hits” & chart busting songs of the females groups who powered up the stage back then and now again. Fingerstyle guitarist, Sheila Schrank will accompany the group whose songs also include those of the legendary Patsy Cline, The McGuire Sisters, Johnny Rivers, the Everly Brothers, The Paris Sisters, Leslie Gore, Little Peggy March, the Chiffons and so many more. It’s a blending of four vocal talents on a sentimental journey as they perform under the name of “The Honky-Tonk Women of Gloucester.”

Fingerstyle & acoustic guitarist, Sheila Jones Schrank, sings lead melody and alto harmony.  Sheila founded and arranges the music for the Honky Tonk Women. She started singing in bands at age 15, moving on to instruct guitar classes at North Shore Community College for over twelve years and now teaches privately at home. Sheila and her husband, Ron, another fingerstyle guitarist, perform as a duet named, Second Wind.

Barbara Jansson sings lead and harmony often infusing a song or two with harmonica and tambourine. The songs of the Supremes, Leslie Gore & Brenda Lee are her favorites.

Barbara began her musical career starting at age 11. She continues to solo, duet and has played in bands and rock groups too numerous to mention. She also has a variety of cd’s to her merit.

Caroline Haines sings both lead and soprano harmony and carries a song in her heart and to work everyday. She has more theatrical experience than anyone in the group and that becomes an obvious asset on stage. Caroline currently performs with the Gloucester based acapella group, Leven, where theatrics and eclectic song selections are both entertaining and cutting edge.

Elaine Persons is the Patsy Cline voice for the group, singing songs titled, Walking After Midnight, Crazy and I Fall to Pieces and well, we do have to save a few surprise songs!

Her keen ear for harmony changes helped the group revive songs from the Roy Orbison and Connie Francis archives as well.

Sheila concludes “the walks of life we take and the memories we create are all surrounded by music. Each song we sing brings us back to a magic time, a “first” time, where and when we experienced something never before felt or imagined.” We are hoping our songs will revive these “remember when….” feelings within you, too. This is our “mini” mission statement.

14. Congregational Church 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Bagpipes & Drums – Members of the Stuart Highlanders Pipe Band
A Proud Tradition

Matthew Phelps began piping at the age of eight under the instruction of Pipe Major Thomas Shearer, a graduate of the pipe major’s course at Edinburgh Castle taught by the legendary Willie Ross. He later attended the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. There he studied under Ed Neigh, Bob Worrall, Bruce Gandy, John Walsh, Fred Morrison, and R. S. Macdonald among other influential pipers of our time. Matthew also attended Saint Andrews Presbyterian College on scholarship for piping and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Matthew has competed throughout the Eastern United States as well as in Canada and Scotland. In 1998 he placed first in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association rankings for grade 1 and was promoted to open or professional competitive status in 1999. Phelps has played with the Trumbull and District Pipe Band of Connecticut, The Gaelic College Pipe Band of Nova Scotia, the Saint Andrews College Pipe Band of North Carolina, the Tulach Ard Pipe Band of Massachusetts, and the Halifax Regional Police Pipes & Drums of Nova Scotia. He also was a member of the Pipes & Drums of the 78^th Highlanders when he worked as a re-enactor at the Citadel National Historic Site in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Phelps has played at hundreds of events including weddings, funerals, birthday parties, trade shows, Burns Suppers, bachelor parties, summer camp festivities, clam bakes, graduations, grand openings, and political campaign marches. He has opened concerts for Niamh Parsons, John Whelan, J. P. Cormier, and the Norwalk Youth Symphony. He has played in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and at Brunnenburg Castle in Italy.  In 2012, Matt led the Stuart Highlanders for 2 weeks of performances at the Basel Military Tattoo in Switzerland. Phelps has taught students to play the pipes in New England, North Carolina, Alaska, and in Canada.

John Whittaker began drumming in Rockport in 1978, where High School Band director Jim Davidson was kind enough to let him bash away on the school set. Schoolmate and Elvis impersonator Paige Poole gave him his first drum lesson there as well. Two years later, he took formal snare lessons in Oakland, ME from Harold Breen, a rudimental expert and percussionist. In 1982 he studied with the late renowned drum set player, author and teacher Alan Dawson. In the mid-eighties, John played in various groups around Boston and Cambridge including Just Visiting and Milo Jones. A notable gig was with the Geoff Pango Band, sharing billing with Ritchie Havens, Don McLean and Bilbo the Singing Dog. He also played with The Drywall Screw, a band described by his father as, “The worst crap I have ever heard in my life! It’s not even music!” Shifting gears, he studied tabla for 4 years with the late Pandit Shashi Nayak. In 1992 John settled into the art of Highland snare drumming, joining the Stuart Highlanders for 5 years and studying under champion drummer Donald MacLeod. Since then he has competed successfully in with several bands, notably the Rhode Island Highlanders. From 2002 to the present he has been back with the Stuarts as they’ve grown into two bands (Grade 4 & 2) with nearly 60 members.  He is a member of the Grade 4 band where they had taken 4th place in drumming at the North American Championships in 2011. In 2012, John traveled with the Stuart Highlanders to Switzerland to take part in 2 weeks of performances at the Basel Military Tattoo.  For the 2014 season both bands will head to Glasgow, Scotland to play in the World Pipe Band Championships.  For more information visit:

15. Congregational Church Hall 6-6:45 PM
James & Jake with special guest Dan Gantt

American rock/pop duo from North Shore Boston, MA.
James Vassallo (born March 1998) and Jake Stavros (born December 1997) are an American rock/pop act working under the moniker “James & Jake”. The two met at age 14 and the chemistry was instant and electric; something special was born. These two were meant to be playing and writing together, and can often be heard in the Pingree School (S. Hamilton, MA) hallways during free periods.

Discovered and developed in early 2013 under the watchful eye of skilled indie award- winning songwriter/producer Brad Byrd, the project took flight. After seeing them perform one song, Byrd knew quickly that he was working with something very special. After months of pre-production in Massachusetts, Byrd connected them with famed rock producer/mixer Warren Huart (Fray, Aerosmith, Augustana) and Grammy award winning engineer Phil Allen (Adele) where they embarked on recording their debut “extended play” in Los Angeles, CA. After only a week of tracking in the studio, their debut EP “Blue” was cut, and the songs fully realized by Huart and his talented team of engineers. The 4 song freshman effort was eventually mastered at the legendary Gateway studios via Bob Ludwig’s right hand Grammy award winning mastering engineer Adam Ayan. (Release date tbd….)

James and Jake caught the bug earlier than most; by the age of 6 they were performing at family functions and obsessively humming and strumming and haven’t slowed down since. The two have cultivated a unique playing style all their own, combining infectious hooks and melodies mixed with advanced chord patterns and complex song craft far beyond their years, one might even go as far a saying early Lennon and McCartney. James references inspirations such as John Mayer and Jason Mraz, whereas Jake gravitated towards a healthy diet of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. Together, at only 15 years of age, they were able to manifest a small collection of songs that effortlessly mirror the teenage human condition of early heartbreak, masterfully crafting a 4 song debut that tells a story from beginning to end and leaves listeners of all ages, moved. Stay tuned folks, and keep an ear out for “James & Jake” – truly the next big thing to hit the American music teen pop scene.

15. Congregational Church Hall 7-7:45, 8-8:45 & 9-9:45 PM
Cape Ann Jazz Band – Don Thrasher

The Cape Ann Jazz Band, under the direction of local resident, Don Thrasher has been with New Year’s Rockport Eve since the beginning and is making its seventeenth appearance this year. Since 1980 when Thrasher formed the band, they have been entertaining groups for special occasions and public events all over New England.

The group plays jazz and Dixieland, and is well known in the local area for performing at weddings and functions. The group thoroughly enjoys playing, and loves it when the audience dances to its music.

15. Congregational Church Hall 10-10:45 & 11-11:45 PM
Street Magic – Male a cappella Group – 50s & 60s Doo Wop

Street Magic is a male vocal quintet that performs a cappella style, without any musical accompaniment. The majority of their material consists of 50s & 60s covers offered in a contemporary inviting style. Their group has been performing together since 1980. During this time they have enjoyed steady work in the Boston area,as well as entertaining in many public, private, political and corporate events. Street magic has shared the stage with John Maestro, The Brooklyn Bridge, Ben E. King, The Spinners, The Temptations, The Harptones, The Jive Five, The Channels, The Teenagers, The Drifters, The Rob Roys, Bobby Vee, The Platters, Michael Amante, Angelo Picard and Tavares. We look forward to your hearing us.

Don’t Go Home Yet!

Watch the ball drop & count down the last few seconds of 2013

Join in as everyone sings Auld Lang Syne!

Happy New Year – See You Next Year!!!



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