Honey Brook Borough hosts Rizzetta’s Tones Sept. 7

Rizzetta's Tones will play at Honey Brook Borough Park on Sept 7.
Rizzetta's Tones will play at Honey Brook Borough Park on Sept 7.

Honey Brook >> The sounds of Celtic music from around the world will fill the pavilion at Honey Brook Borough Park for the final free Summer Concert of the season.

Rizzetta’s Tones performs at the Park from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

“I am excited for concert goers to experience the variety of instruments and Celtic World sound of Rizzetta’s Tones,” said Honey Brook Borough Park and Recreation Chairperson Jeanne Jenzano.

Honey Brook’s Summer Concert Series is in it’s sixth season and offers a variety of musical genres.


“Our concert series brings residents and people from outside our community together to enjoy music in a beautiful outdoor setting. It also allows us to expose people to the rural charm of the Honey Brook area.”

While Rizzetta’s Tones is a newly formed band comprised of seasoned musicians, one of its members, Bill Stine, is not a stranger to Honey Brook.

Bill Stine and From the Well played at the Borough Park in 2012.

“That concert was interrupted by a violent thunderstorm in which the tent they were playing under was collapsing and the audience ran to hold up the tent and help the musicians save their instruments,” she said. “That concert was the reason that Council decided to build a band shell pavilion.”

But the experience of a collapsing tent has not stopped Stine from returning to Honey Brook.

“Bill Stine was very grateful and promised to come back to Honey Brook to play.”

His new band Rizzetta’s Tones will play for the borough’s last concert of the season.

“Our name, Rizzetta’s Tones, honors Sam Rizzetta, engineer, scientist, pilot, dulcimer builder and player, innovator, composer, teacher, and friend,” the band writes on their website rizzettastones.com. “Sam has been notably instrumental (intended) in the resurrection and improvement of the hammer dulcimer from the 1960s to the present, and continues to work, teach, build and play in West Virginia.”

The American Celtic World band is comprised of ‘fraternal twin’ hammer dulcimers, silver flute, high and low whistles, and guitars. Members have previously performed and recorded with Gladly Playe With Stryngs, From The Well, Fargo Wagon, and Crofter’s Heir, according to the website.

“We often spice up our sound with button accordion, bowed psaltery, Greek bouzouki, ukulele, as well as bodhran, djembe, and other percussion instruments (yes, even two frogs!) All members take turns singing lead and background vocals on songs, both poignant and humorous,” the band writes.

Their music hails from Ireland, Scotland and U.S., “drawing as well from the traditions of Sweden, Brazil, France, Hungary, and many other lands,” according to the band. “Forging new arrangements and writing our own material, we present audiences with a pleasing twist while respecting musical traditions.”

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Food, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase courtesy of the Honey Brook Lions Club.

“In the event of inclement weather a decision will be made by 1 p.m. the day of the concert whether to cancel. A recorded message will be placed on the Borough office answering machine, 610-273-2020. The borough and the performers will make every effort to reschedule cancelled concerts,” wrote Jenzano.

There will be no fall concerts.

For more information about the band, visit rizzettastones.com.

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Lisa Mitchell

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