Mustard's Retreat to end uNi season

Date: 5/4/2009

SPRINGFIELD - On May 9 at 8 p.m., the uNi Coffeehouse Concert Series' Season Grand Finale Concert with the delightfully diverse duo called Mustard's Retreat will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr.

The 24th season grand finale concert of the uNi Coffeehouse Concert Series presents Mustard's Retreat (David Tamulevich and Michael Hough). For their part, Mustard's Retreat is celebrating their 35th anniversary of entertaining audiences with their special brand of folk music. Their music has been called "music to cure what ails you" and described as "community music ... music that speaks to people's hearts and lives and binds them together as an audience."

Whether singing their own silly songs, parodies, gentle love songs and vivid ballads, telling tall tales, or offering treasures from America's vast traditional song bag, a Mustard's Retreat show always feels like it's designed for the people who have come to see them that day.

Multi-instrumentalists (acoustic guitar, electric bass, dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica, penny whistle), their large repertoire draws on the dual influences they both experienced when growing up: the folk revival of the '60s as well as the explosive singer-songwriter movement. Highly acclaimed as not only songwriters, but as interpreters of traditional and contemporary songs and stories, their show is full of enthusiasm, good humor and fine musicianship. Traditional to pop and all points in between, their show moves effortlessly along with equal doses of humor, history, insight and emotion.

The moments upon which they hang their songs are moments all of us have felt: hands held in the kitchen during a quiet moment of rekindled love, the careless remark that reveals too much about a relationship withering from inattention, the hectic symphony of a busy city street, the timeless pleasure of gathering in shared song.

And it is their glowing ode to the coffeehouse volunteers, whose enthusiasm keeps the folk embers glowing, that will give this audience an opportunity sing their thanks for another season of folk music.

uNi Coffeehouse Concerts feature a lovely wooded location bordering on Longmeadow and the Forest Park woodlands; acoustic music (not electric, not excessively loud), some very old songs and tunes, some very new; experienced performers from across the United States, Canada and Great Britain; a coffeehouse-style atmosphere, which is relaxed and informal, with a low stage and candlelight but no alcohol or smoke; lively concert hall sound in an intimate setting; and refreshments, from home baked goodies and hot spiced cider to coffee, tea and just popped popcorn.

The Mustard's Retreat concert costs $15 per person at the door. For more information or reservations, call 562-3990 or visit