Ventfort Hall’s Shamrock Tea and folk music concert with “Rocks and Water”

Alexis and Tom

Alexis and Tom

FOLK DUO ALEXIS HALUSKA AND TOM DOYLE TO MARK ST. PATRICK’S DAY at
VENTFORT HALL, SUNDAY, MARCH 13

Lenox MA –  Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Shamrock Tea and Folk Music on Sunday, March 13, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The program begins at 3:30 pm. A special Shamrock tea with an assortment of sweets and savories will be served.

Rocks and Water is an original/folk duo, made up of Tom Doyle (fiddle/vocals) and Alexis Haluska (guitar/vocals). Their harmonious music has been inspired by the time that they’ve shared together traveling and in nature, hence their title, “Rocks and Water.” They are currently in the midst of recording their first album together in Albany, New York, which is where both musicians have their roots.

Since meeting at an open mic in a coffee house in downtown Albany in the spring of 2012, the duo appeared at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY; recorded live at WEXT 97.7 in Troy, New York; performed at Albany’s Lark Fest downtown and at their Harvest Festival in Washington park; and performed at the Upstate Artist Guild in Albany, NY. They perform as often as possible at farmer’s markets, open mics, and small artist gatherings around the Capital Region of NY and in the Berkshires.

Rocks and Water cite many modern and classic musical influences, including Aoife O’Donovan, Mark O’Connor, Fleetwood Mac, and Andrew Bird, among others. They’re ability to communicate through the music is apparent to audiences as they rely greatly on eye contact as each piece is performed. Their love for music and one another is evident through the sound they create together.

Tom Doyle of Bethlehem, NY, attended SUNY Fredonia, studying under the prestigious Janet Sung and inspirational Dr. David Rudge, amongst others. He later transferred to SUNY Potsdam, whereupon he decided that he enjoyed the sciences just as much as music, and is currently working on his bachelor’s in biochemistry at SUNY Stony Brook.

Alexis Haluska of Guilderland, NY, studied for her undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and she has recently earned her master’s degree in the same field in May, 2015 from SUNY Cortland. She currently works full-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Tom and Alexis are often questioned, “Who is ‘rocks’ and who is ‘water’?” though this question is rarely ever answered directly as the two young musicians enjoy having listeners ponder the metaphor. As each individual band member is pursuing their career, they find their music more and more necessary to keep the balance, harmony, and connection alive. Their professional interests cannot exist or grow without their creative interests at heart, and vice versa, and their music is the result of how they create balance in their daily lives.

For additional information about Rocks and Water and to follow their band updates, please visit any of the following: rocksandwater.bandcamp.com and facebook.com/rocksandwater.

Tickets for the program are $25 for advance reservations and $30 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

An Official Project of Save America’s Treasures program sponsored by The White House, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, built in 1893, offers tours of the historic mansion, as well as Tea & Talks, such exhibitions as the Bellefontaine Collection, concerts, theater, and other programs. This elegant Jacobean-Revival Berkshire “cottage,” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public year round and is available for private rental. Sarah Morgan was sister of financier J. P. Morgan. Ventfort Hall has undergone substantial restoration, which continues.

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