When he heard of the coming concert, local folk writer Scott Alarik had glowing words for Geremia: “Paul Geremia did so much to establish a New England blues tradition, and is nationally regarded as one of the genre's most authoritative stylists, particularly of traditional blues.” Likewise, for Brockett, Alarik stated “Jaime Brockett was a longtime local folk favorite, known for the grittiness of his blues, the New England naturalism of his songwriting, and the energy of his live shows. He was one of the very few headliners who could fill folk venues during the 1970s, folk's worst commercial period, and played an essential role in keeping the folk scene alive in Boston. It's been years since he's played in town.”
Pearne opines “I first met Jaime and Paul in the late sixties, when I was a teenager, maybe 17 years old. I lived in Ohio, but often visited my brother Chris, who was a figure in the Boston-Cambridge-
In 2011, I landed the position of booking manager at a Cambridge folk venue. At about the same time my brother Chris passed away. Jaime and I commiserated over the phone almost daily, as he and Chris had become bosom-buddies over the years, after overcoming an initial bitter rivalry. Jaime came and played at my brother's memorial concert at the Press Room, in Portsmouth, NH, and he also came when we spread Chris' ashes at the ocean in September. Due to the increased contact, we came up with the idea of a “legends” concert, with Jaime and Paul, who have shared the stage many times over the years. As the concert idea gained momentum, it became apparent we needed a larger venue, so with the assistance of Jeff Boudreau of Notlob Music it will be presented at Unity in Somerville. The show will be on the eve of Jaime and Paul’s shared birthday.
Welcome back, Paul Geremia And Jaime Brockett!
Lord Geoffrey and Dr. Pearne Present PAUL GEREMIA AND JAIME BROCKETT
Friday, April 20, 8:00pm
Unity Somerville, 6 William Street (corner College Ave, just north of Davis Square), Somerville
$20, $15 w/ advance purchase at Sandy’s Music, Mass Ave, Cambridge MA 02139 (available 3/1), $10 well-behaved children, $10 student rush (limit 50).
Paul Geremia - http://www.paulgeremia.org/
Jaime Brockett - http://www.mufc.dk/
Official website – http://lordgeoffreydrpearne.blogspot.com/
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Lord Geoffrey and Dr. Pearne are Jeff Boudreau and Dennis Pearne, two scurrilous card-carrying members of the Boston-area folk scene whose mission in life is to re-kindle the great folk scare by presenting vintage musicians of that era.