Polly & Anand with Bridget Curzi opening

The Second Friday Coffeehouse

Presents a Benefit Concert: Featured Beneficiary

Belmont Food Collaborative

Devoted to promoting good health and quality of life for the citizens of Belmont and surrounding areas through education about healthy food choices, bringing locally grown produce to Belmont, providing food assistance to those in need, promoting healthy living, and supporting sustainable agriculture, working with, among others, the Belmont Farmers Market, SNAP (formerly food stamps), Boston Gleaners, and the Belmont Food Pantry.


AnandNyackPollyFiveashPolly & Anand

Sweet, soft harmonies, original, soulful lyrics, deceptively simple arrangements, beautifully blended voices. These are words to describe the songs of Polly & Anand, a folk duo based in the Pioneer Valley but with roots right here at The First Church in Belmont.

Anand Nayak grew up in Belmont and was part of the abundant music at the First Church throughout his childhood, singing in the choirs and plays and taking piano lessons from Alfa Radford. Polly Fiveash grew up next door in Cambridge, MA singing in the choruses of the legendary teacher Nick Page and acting in the Christmas Revels. Despite growing up so close to each other and having many mutual connections, Polly & Anand finally met singing in the stairwell of their college dormitory in Connecticut. They’ve been singing together ever since.

Polly is a songwriter with a stunning voice and a poet’s sense for the gravity of each word. Her songs are personal, political, sometimes raw, often funny. Her song Granddaughter’s Wedding Day (on the duo’s 2005 album “The Road The Wheels & The Ride) has been chosen to be part of the new edition of the canonical Rise Up Singing due in 2014.

Anand is a guitarist, producer and songwriter with a long list of collaborators and accolades. A part of the touring roots quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem since 2000, has played on stages throughout North America. He has also produced albums, written songs  and performed with Alastair Moock, Stevesongs, Lui Collins, Maria Sangiolo and others.


Bridget CurziBridget Curzi

Bridget Curzi is a familiar face at the First Church in Belmont and on the Coffehouse stage. Like Anand, she was a very active member of the Youth Choir and its annual musicals beginning at age 3. She’s also a core member of Positive Energy that performs each year at the Coffeehouse to sell-out crowds. Most recently Bridget is branching out as a singer / songwriter and will bring her solo act to the Coffeehouse for the first time.

Growing up in a musical family, Bridget quickly realized the power music had to move people. Sparked by the church choir and musicals, she followed her passion for music in High School as a member of the Madrigal Choir, Jazz choir, Allstate Jazz choir, and two a cappella groups. Her “semester abroad” from the University of Vermont was coming back to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. Today she teaches music, guitar, and voice lessons to students ranging from infants and toddlers to adults; and she performs, composes, and records in and around Boston.


Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7:30pm

(open microphone signup by 7 p.m.)

The First Church in Belmont – Unitarian Universalist

404 Concord Avenue, Belmont MA

(Across from the Belmont Post Office – From Harvard Square take Bus #74)

Admission $10 Students & Seniors $5 – Coffee, Refreshments

For More Information Call 617-484–1054

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