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M Shanghai String Band playing in Nyack

M Shanghai String Band: old-timey joy. (Photos copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

Acoustic country-folk collective kicks off GraceMusic’s 41st season of Great Music in a Great Space

The fantastic M Shanghai String Band brings its old-timey, joyous country folk sounds to Nyack, N.Y., to kick off the 41st season of GraceMusic on Sunday, Oct. 17.

Richard Morris steps up to the mic for a solo with M Shanghai String Band.

Visit the M Shanghai String Band MySpace page to hear samples of the band’s music.

Every member of this Brooklyn-based acoustic collective — which at times puts as many as 11 musicians onstage at once — is an accomplished musician in her or his own right. Many of them are involved in other bands, too. So when they mass their awesome talents together onstage as M Shanghai String Band, they put on a roof-raising, rollicking good show.

The band, which takes its name from the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Chinese restaurant where it began in 2002, has an old-fashioned Grand Old Opry-style performance aesthetic. Players crowd around a single mic, stepping up to take turns on leads and solos. The music, likewise, is deeply rooted in the old-fashioned American musical traditions that spawned the Opry, their repertoire includes mostly original material that deals with issues both timeless and contemporary in often humorous ways.

The band is a fan favorite at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a hotbed of traditional music.

Don’t miss this show. Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? is a huge fan of this band. (Full disclosure: We serve on the GraceMusic board and are friends with one of the players.) Make a day of it by visiting Nyack early in the day for brunch or lunch, and then settle in for a great session of foot-stomping music in a lovely space.

We guarantee you’ll have a good time  — including the great meet-the-artists reception afterward!

4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17. GraceMusic, Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack, N.Y. (845) 358-1297. Tickets at the door only: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students.

Patty Hughes, Austin Hughes and Matt Schickele of M Shanghai String Band.

Voices along the Hudson: Anonymous 4 coming to Nyack

Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek

ANONYMOUS 4: Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek (Photo by Christian Steiner)

Anonymous 4, the female vocal quartet that has long been at the forefront of modern interpretation of medieval chant and polyphonic music is coming to the Nyack next month.

The concert will kick off the 40th season of GraceMusic on Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Gothic-style nave of  Grace Episcopal Church in the village on the banks of the Hudson River at the western end of the Tappan Zee bridge. It’s an intimate room with a bright, lively acoustic. The concert is a benefit for the parish’s Second Mile fund-raising campaign.

The internationally known a cappella quartet will perform a program called Secret Voices: The Sisters of Las Huelgas. It features 13th-century polyphony and sacred Latin song from the Spanish Las Huelgas Codex, collected for a convent of aristocratic women. They defied a rule that forbade them to sing polyphony and produced the most beautiful and demanding music in Europe at that time.

Anonymous 4 performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. A meet-the-artists reception follows the concert. Free child care available. Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack, NY. (845) 358-1297. $20 at the door.