May 24, 2018

‘The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band’ Play at Saint Ann’s This Afternoon

The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band performs at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme welcomes The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band – New England’s finest bluegrass/folk/jazz family band on the scene today — in concert this afternoon at 5 p.m.

Connecticut native, Phil Rosenthal, is known to audiences world-wide as the former lead singer of the seminal bluegrass band The Seldom Scene. He is also highly regarded as a songwriter whose works have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Nick Cave and many others. Phil’s wife Beth Sommers plays acoustic bass in the band, was a founding member of the groups Old Dog and Bluegrass Reunion, and is also a successful songwriter.

Their son Daniel Rosenthal (trumpet and banjo) tours and records with the Either Orchestras and the Daniel Rosenthal Quintet, and has developed a unique trumpet style that adds to the Americana/roots sound of the family. His sister Naomi Sommers is a wonderfully gifted vocalist, guitarist and songwriter whose solo albums have won her much acclaim.

The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band draw their repertoire from songs written by all members of the group, as well as new arrangements of traditional and contemporary folk and bluegrass tunes. Their recently-released album Down the Road has won much praise, and radio airplay.

For more about the group, visit

A suggested donation of $10 will support Saint Ann’s concert programs. The performance will begin at 5 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m. Audience members are invited to meet performing artists at a reception following the concert. This concert is the latest in a series of live musical performances presented by Live@Saint Ann’s, an outreach effort of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church designed to enrich the cultural life of the Shoreline community.

Saint Ann’s is an Episcopal parish in Old Lyme, CT, where the rector The Reverend Canon Mark K. J. Robinson welcomes all visitors to this family-friendly event. Saint Ann’s is located at 82 Shore Road (Rte. 156), two miles off I-95, Exit 70. Parking is adjacent to the church. For information, contact Kathy Rowe at 860-434-1621, via email at, or visit Saint Ann’s online


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