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Rupert Wates: a prime figure in American music

December 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Stage 33 Live
33 Bridge St
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
$15 advance / $20 door
Stage 33 Live

London-born, Oxford-educated touring artist Rupert Wates brings his thoroughly American acoustic folk steeped in deep wells of cabaret and jazz to Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls, VT, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM. Local favorite Josh Maiocco opens. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; limited seating; recorded and filmed. Masks required. Tickets, and more information about this and other events, online at

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Rupert Wates: a prime figure in American music

BELLOWS FALLS — London-born, Oxford-educated Rupert Wates brings his thoroughly American acoustic folk steeped in deep wells of cabaret and jazz to Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM.

With the lyricism of Gordon Lightfoot and the attention to craft of Richard Thompson, his highly developed songwriting is by turns vulnerable and bold, featuring intricate lyrics and memorable melodies, exceptional guitar skills, and a smooth, expressive voice.

He’s released eleven internationally acclaimed solo albums and won dozens of songwriting awards, and his work has been covered by artists in the UK, Canada, and the US, including two tribute albums to his material. While the doors to large venues and big festivals are open to him, he prefers intimate, up-close audiences in small listening rooms where the emphasis is on the music. The recognition that regular people are what make the world extraordinary reflects in his vivid, sophisticated songwriting about the American experience.

“A prime figure in American music.” — Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange

“As the former manager of the late Harry Chapin, I’ve heard my share of story songs. Rupert’s are right up there with the best.” — Bob Hinkle

“Gripping lyrics with great themes and troubling, witty messages.” — Leith Radio, Scotland

“Astonishing fingerpicking chops.” — Monterey County Weekly

Sunday, December 12, 7:00 PM, Stage 33 Live at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Advance tickets are $15, or $20 at the door.

Local favorite Josh Maiocco opens.

Seating is limited. Performances are recorded and filmed. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; snacks by donation. Stage 33 Live is an industrial-rustic nonprofit listening room run by volunteers in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performers in a casual, intimate setting. Tickets, more info about this and other other upcoming events, and about the Stage 33 Live project, online at

Rupert Wates requests that all audience members wear masks, and encourages attendees to be vaccinated. He will wear a mask when mingling with audience, and will remove it to perform. Stage 33 Live’s in-house policy is that all individuals are required to wear a mask except when eating or drinking, and maintain a six-foot social distance from people not in their party. Performers are not required to be masked while performing; seating will be a minimum of eight feet from the stage. Attendees who wish to make a custom seating pod for their party should arrive early to do so (the chairs are movable and configurable). Those who have already arrived and arranged their seating will not be expected to move. The COVID-19 policy may change without notice.


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