Jim Dalton and Maggi Smith-Dalton perform music of popular folk and cultivated traditions - covering time periods from the Middle Ages to the present, with a focus on American and Celtic repertoire. They specialize in 19th and 20th century music from parlor and stage, often including historical commentary in their performances. Jim Dalton is a faculty member of the Boston Conservatory, conductor and award-winning composer and arranger. An accomplished singer and guitarist, Maggi Smith-Dalton authored two books of history and holds a master's degree in American Studies. The duo has released two recordings to date, co-authored, “The Measure of the Year - Singing Through the Seasons” and have performed in many national venues, including Colonial Williamsburg, Seneca Falls, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.
The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.
Jim Dalton & Maggi Smith-Dalton:
Jim Dalton - plucked strings and voice
Maggi Smith-Dalton - plucked strings and voice
Jim Dalton and Maggi Smith-Dalton perform music of popular/vernacular, folk and cultivated traditions - covering time periods from the Middle Ages to the present, focusing largely on American and Celtic repertoire. They specialize in music of the 19th and 20th centuries from parlor and stage. Concerts and programs contain commentary designed to place the music performed in historical context for the audience. Programs reflect the continual and ongoing research in which the two delight. They also perform original songs and compositions. Jim and Maggi have released two recordings to date, and have designed a full spectrum of programs which they present nationwide. They have been featured often on radio and television. (PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS affiliates, Cable Networks; NPR stations,NewsRadio, interview programs across the USA feature stories in newspapers and magazines, i.e., The Philadelphia Inquirer & Courier-Post). They have performed at nationally-known venues (i.e., Colonial Williamsburg, Seneca Falls, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House) and countless local and regional venues nationwide. They have served as artists-in-residence at various colleges, public history sites, community and educational centers, presenting series addressing American history and other topics in the humanities, using music as the core of each session. They are co-authors of the recently published book, first in a series: The Measure of the Year - Singing Through the Seasons. Jim and Maggi are founders and co-directors of The Institute for Music, History, and Cultural Traditions, Inc., a non-profit organization. (http://imhct.org) They are founders and co-artistic directors of The American History and Music Project ™ , the primary public program of the nonprofit IMHCT.ORG.