It was a lovely Sunday for a drive through shaded country roads with the promise of good music and repast on the grounds of the Fitzwilliam Inn. The Harris Brothers Balkan Band was performing as part of its Summer Sundays series, and we were looking forward to an afternoon of music and a surf and turf barbeque menu in the quaint town of Fitzwilliam.
Chelley and Dave Tighe bought the Inn a few years ago and are gracious hosts and lovers of many genres of music. They welcome local and regional artists on the weekends and host an Open Mic on Wednesday nights. And on Sundays the back yard of the Inn becomes a concert venue, garden-party style. There is a variety of seating ranging from picnic tables to Adirondack chairs and different sources of shade. The musicians play among the crowd, seated around the perimeter of the picturesque yard. Each Sunday features a different artist.
The Harris Brothers Balkan Band performed folk and Roma music, visiting each of the tables, happily answering questions about the music and the instruments, and acknowledging the complexity of the rhythm. The crowd – consisting of a large party, a few singles, and some pairs and small groups – included two dogs, each warmly welcomed and given a fresh bowl of water. There is no cover, and you can stay for a quick beverage, light fare or a full meal.
The Summer Sundays series goes from 3:00 – 7:00; musical acts perform until 6:00. Upcoming artists are Kamara O Fa and Danika and the Jeb. For more information, and the complete schedule for live music, visit the Fitzwilliam Inn website.