Concerts at Farmstead Arts 

Concerts at Farmstead Arts range from classical chamber music to folk and jazz. The setting is one of our beautiful galleries in the historic Farmhouse at Farmstead Arts which is transformed into an intimate concert hall.  Limited seating  allows the audience to hear and see the performers up close in a traditional “house concert” atmosphere.  A reception is held after each concert with refreshments and an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians. In the warmer months we also host concerts in the English Barn.

Upcoming Concerts:

The California Guitar Trio

Returns to the Farmstead for a concert in the English Barn

Sunday, September 9, 2018

3:00 PM

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$20 General Admission

Tickets available for purchase here

Cash only at the door

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.

Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio’s (CGT) shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they’re part of the music, not just spectators. In fact, the group’s goal is to transcend their instruments, so people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess a distant second.

CGT’s 16 albums, streamed over 65 million times on Pandora, offer diverse snapshots of the group’s mercurial muse. The trio’s most recent release Komorebi showcases its acoustic side, with beautiful lush originals and innovative cover arrangements of Beatles, Beach Boys and more. Other highlights include Masterworks and album of classical works, with expansive takes on Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, and Schubert. Andromeda, which combines their many influences into a visionary album of original material; CG3+2, an exploration of kinetic rock territory in collaboration with bassist Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto; and Echoes, which reimagines timeless material by artists such as Mike Oldfield, Penguin Café Orchestra, Pink Floyd, and Queen.

In fact, the group’s goal is to transcend their instruments, so people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess a distant second.

The trio’s output has made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places too: NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Visit The California Guitar Trio website here!

Songs of the Gaels

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James Ruff, tenor and harper

Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2pm

A fascinating program of traditional Scottish Gaelic songs performed by this “world pioneer in presenting early Gaelic vocal and harp music” (Siobhan Armstrong, Chair – Historical Harp Society of Ireland)

Since 2005, tenor James Ruff has focused his energies on researching and performing both the Early Scottish Gaelic Song and the Early Gaelic Wire Harp repertoires.  He currently enjoys presenting concerts of this music at festivals and on music series such as Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, Gotham Early Music Scene Midtown Concerts in New York, Beacon Hill Concerts in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Stone Church Arts Concert Series in Bellows Falls, Vermont, and the Vassar College Concert Series.  He has studied Scottish Gaelic Song with award winning Scottish singers Kenna Campbell, Mary Ann Kennedy and Christine Primrose, and early harp techniques with noted Irish harpist Siobhan Armstrong.  He has spent two summers studying at the Scoil na gClairseach Harp School in Kilkenny, Scotland.  He enjoyed a month researching & studying early Gaelic Song in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2012, funded by a grant from Vassar College.  In both 2017 and 2016, he won First Place/Men’s Division and Highest Overall Score in Gaelic Song at both the ACGA North Carolina Gaelic Mòd and the U.S. National Gaelic Mòd.  He was also a finalist in the Silver Pendant Gaelic Song Competition at the 2009 Royal National Mòd in Oban, Scotland.

Upon receiving degrees in voice performance from the University of Southern California (bachelor of music degree, with minor in French) and Boston University (master of music degree, Opera Institute Certificate), Ruff went on to participate in the young artist programs of Glimmerglass Opera and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and studied art song repertoire at Tanglewood with Phyllis Curtin and at the Steans Institute/Ravinia Festival with Thomas Hampson and Peter Schreier. He attended the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, studying bel canto operatic repertoire with Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge. In addition, he has sung in master classes of such greats as Carlo Bergonzi and Régine Crespin. He studied French Baroque haute-contre repertoire and technique with Howard Crook.

Ruff has served on the music faculties of Smith College, Amherst College, MIT, the University of Connecticut, Emerson College, Longy School of Music, Deerfield Academy and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Mr. Ruff currently teaches voice both at Vassar College and privately, and was director of music at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, New York from 2004-2015.  Visit Mr. Ruff’s website

Tickets: (Click here to purchase in advance)
General Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Seniors, students and Farmstead members $10 in advance or at the door

Holiday Concert

Stearns Matthews, vocals and Jimmy Horan, piano


December 9, 2018 at 3pm

The popular duo returns for more holiday fun!  Come prepared to sing along.

Stearns Matthews is a MAC and Bistro Award winning vocalist based in New York City whose recent appearances include The Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s/54 Below, and The Metropolitan Room. Awards: 2015 Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording; 2015 MAC Awards for Best Male Vocalist and Best Recording for SPARK. Newest album: first-ever male recording of December Songs, words and music by Maury Yeston. BM, Music Theater, Westminster Choir College.

A Plainfield resident, James (Jimmy) Horan has served as musical director, conductor, pianist, and arranger in New York (Meet Me in St. Louis, The Producers) and New Jersey theater venues (Paper Mill Playhouse) for over three decades. Jim recently arranged, musically directed, and accompanied “King (Carole) For A Day” in New York City, a benefit for Lifebeat, Inc. Jim has composed music and lyrics for three original theater pieces, most notably Chopin and Sand about the love affair between the great composer and the notorious writer. Holiday is based on the award winning Philip Barry play, which starred Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn on film. Jim is currently developing the book and score for Esquires, a satirical dark comedy based on his decade of experiences as a practicing attorney. Jim has performed as a singer and accompanist at leading New York City venues such as Danny’s Skylight, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, Rose’s Turn, and The Stonewall. His vocal and instrumental arrangements have been featured on critically acclaimed solo artist recordings, choral gospel and pop concerts on both the East and West coast, and by the Washington DC gay men’s chorus.

Tickets: (Click here to purchase in advance)
General Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Seniors, students and Farmstead members $10 in advance or at the door

The Farmhouse and English Barn are wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an E-mail to in advance.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.