AROUND CAPE ANN: Starting the year with music and arts | News

Heather Pearson, whose music defies classification, will perform with her trio on Saturday, January 7, at 7:30 pm at Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church in Lockport.

Based in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, Pearson is a pianist, singer-songwriter, and nationally touring performer who delves into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, and folk.

She is widely known for her ease with her piano and her bell-sounding vocals.

Her Rockport appearance follows the trio’s tour of more than 15 New England venues in December. According to her publicist, Pearson would like to share her songs and classics with Rockport music lovers as part of her series Oldsloop Her Presents Her Performing Her Arts.

The Heather Pearson Trio includes Sean Nadeau on bass and harmony vocals and Craig Bryan on drums, percussion and harmony vocals.

“Heather is like two great acts in one, moving from sweet Appalachian old-timey vibes with Patti Griffith-esque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano throwing bones at Bessie Smith. I will,” wrote DC Bloom for Lone Star Music Magazine.

Boston singer-songwriter Rachel Murray opens the show with her unique blend of music.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for those 18 and under and are available at, the John Tarr store in Lockport, or bookstores in Gloucester. Suggested donations at the door are $20 for adults, $5 for 18 and under, and $40 for families.

What’s New

Cape Ann Collectors will be presenting 12 new acquisitions at the show ‘New on View’ this weekend at 474 Washington Street, Gloucester from 1-5pm Saturday 7th January and Sunday 8th January To do. Visitors can enjoy works by Cape Ann masters such as Teresa Bernstein, Nell Blaine, James Clymer, Emile Gruppe, Hayley Lever, William Meyerwitz and Don Stone. Visitors can also stop by the gallery every Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Reservations are always welcome. Call 978-430-0414 or visit

“Muchoad” in HD

Lockport Music will present the National Theater in HD production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing on Sunday, January 8 at the Shalyn Liu Performance Center at 37 Main Street in Lockport.

Actors Katherine Parkinson and John Heffernan lead the cast of Shakespeare’s Tale of the Sun, the Sea, and the False Identity. Directed by Simon Godwin, the production will be broadcast live from the National Theater stage in London.

“The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riviera has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. According to the synopsis, a series of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the determinedly single Beatrice and Benedick.

For tickets and information, visit

CAM’s First Friday Event

The Cape Ann Museum offers free admission on the first Friday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at its downtown campus at 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester.

Each month, the museum partners with contemporary artists to interpret the museum’s collection. Rockport Brewing Company offers free beer tastings. This January, the museum will be filled with lights, music and dance to welcome the New Year.

MAGMA Residency Dancer and Choreographer Heather Stewart will perform from 6pm. Following the performance, MAGMA Director Sarah Swift will provide a New Year’s warm-up for all attendees, kicking off the evening’s ongoing dance party in the auditorium. DJs Zach and Jason bring his listening experience analog with a selection of obscure and forgotten records. They’ve been behind various past events on the North Shore, including Down the Tracks, Mondo a Go Go, and occasionally as members of the Salem Funk Club. According to the program statement, “They dare you to resist the urge to dance.”

The event is free and open to the public. Registration required at

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening in Cape Ann and Cape Ann artists performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, please contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-675-2706 or at least two weeks in advance.

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