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Chip Canty


Chip Canty was known primarily as a bass player before deciding several years ago to focus more on his vocal and performance skills.  In 2009 he became a regular on the local open mic scene – beginning at ROM, which over the years became his musical home.  He now mostly performs on guitar, but also accompanies himself instead from time to time on Irish bouzouki, piano, harmonica, dobro and hammered dulcimer.

Chip’s tastes, like his musical background, span several genres, including jazz, folk, country, bluegrass, blues, soul, rock-and-roll and western swing.  He has entertained audiences at ROM with selections from artists as diverse as Townes Van Zandt, Lori McKenna, Delbert McClinton, Ray Charles, Shel Silverstein, Commander Cody and Dawes.  Known for bringing a new selection almost every time he performs, he is rapidly closing in on a goal of playing 100 unique songs at Roslindale alone.

This will be Chip’s first solo feature at ROM, although in 2011 he shared a feature with Cecilia Dahl and George Cronin, performing as the trio Guys & Dahl.  As a bassist, he was also a longtime member the Jameson Road Band (blues/rock) and Loose Ends (bluegrass), and he has also from time to time backed such other artists as M.F. Daisy, Bill Motte, Diane Holbrook, and Paul Rishell and Annie Raines.

Chip will be performing with a large ensemble featuring Haley Hewitt on Celtic harp and several special guests, including Marta Rymer on violin and Ben Moniz on guitar.




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