NAC Downtown Concert Series Woods Tea Company



Studio Theater Sat, Mar 10 7:00 PM
Run Time:1h 30min
Genre:Live Concert
Family Friendly
Live Events


Howard Wooden: Vocals, bass, guitar, bodhran.

Tom MacKenzie: Vocals, hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar, ukulele, keyboard

Patti Casey: Vocals, guitar, flute, penny-whistle, and clogboard


Woods Tea Company is an acoustic group that performs Celtic tunes, sea

shanties, American folk and novelty songs with ease and skill. All members are

fine vocalists and audiences often leave in awe of their wonderful harmonies.

During a performance they use as many as a dozen different instruments.


After building a solid reputation in New England, Woods Tea Company started

touring on the concert circuit nationwide, eventually playing in all the lower 48

states. Notable performances include New York's Lincoln Center (twice), the

Chautauqua Institute (three times), appearances on PBS and National Public

Radio, who labeled them “Vermont's hardest working folk group.” Folk Music

Quarterly described them as “one of the hottest up and coming acts,” saying

“sidestepping pretension and going for the grit, this New England group gives a

lusty performance, every time.”

A few years ago, the Irish Heritage Foundation

honored the group with their “Outstanding Innovation Award, in appreciation and

recognition for their creative contributions to Irish music.”


Woods Tea Co has seen many changes in the past few years, starting with the

tragic deaths of Rusty Jacobs and Chip Chase. Following these losses, two

bright spots: in 2007, former bandmate Tom MacKenzie rejoined the group, and

Patti Casey signed on in 2008. In May of 2010, Woods Tea Co saw the

retirement of inimitable bandmember Mike Lussen. In light of all these changes,

Woods Tea Co returns to the stability of their roots – a solid trio. The band spent

most of its nearly 30 years performing as a trio, and now more than ever, with its

wealth of instrumental and vocal combinations, a trio makes sense.