On Saturday, June 27th we saw the new band Butterflyfish at the Wellesley Village Church. We were enticed by a listserv description of the band that plays a mix of folks, gospel, bluegrass, and country (and reggae, not mentioned in the invite) targeted to children and families:
There is an underlying theme of spirituality – as parents we were looking for music that underscored the idea that we are all rooted in spirituality without being heavy handed or laced with synthesizers! Couldn’t find any so we wrote our own!
As an added bonus, a musician we like a lot, Marc Erelli – a fine singer/songwriter, folk, country, troubadour – would be playing with the band. Erelli must be one of the most generous musicians around and really like performing, because he plays with everyone!
We were late for the show but glad we made it. The band performed standards like “Amazing Grace” and “This Little Light of Mine” along with some lovely originals. I’m fond of the song “Music” which has the chorus:
We are going to a place where music falls and fills up everything. Though it might be a long time, but it’s going to be all right because we’ve already started to sing.
The band members Matthew Myer Boulton, Zoë Krohne, and Elizabeth Myer Boulton sing some lovely harmonies and keep things upbeat and entertaining. Even my son who is a non-stop bundle of energy sat still on my lap for several songs. Peter got up to dance and run around the sanctuary during the encore but even then was really enjoying the music. The instrumentalists were great too, with Mark Erelli on guitar, Zack Hickman on bass and Charlie Rose on banjo. Erelli also sang lead on “I’ll Be There” in tribute to Michael Jackson, which was far better than the Mariah Carey version.
After the show there was a reception with church punch and cookies. We also picked up a copy of the Butterflyfish band album “Ladybug“. I suggest you do to if you like folk music, gospel and children’s music, or any of the above.