About Us

Satinwood sounds "stunningly like the original." - Tom Shea
The group features "some of the area's most seasoned and accomplished musicians" - Donnie Moorehouse



Satinwood Productions presents...


LEGENDARY SONGS SHOW
SATINWOOD is a unique 6 piece group that serves up the best tunes of the 1970s ala  Harry Chapin, Sting, Doobie Brothers, Cat Stevens, Boz Scaggs, Dave Mason,Lyle Lovett, and many more in their Legendary Songs Show. The band features fully arranged versions complete with guitar, keyboard,drums,bass,vocals as well as electric guitar,percussion, flute, woodwinds, and even cello! 

Satinwood has shared the stage with artists such as Jonathan Edwards, Al Stewart, Don McLean, Aztec Two-Step, Poco and Larry Hoppen (Orleans). 


RAINY DAY PEOPLE -The Lightfoot/Croce Tribute
Rainy Day People offers a captivating performance of the music of legendary singer songwriters Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Croce.  The trio captures the haunting melodies of Croce's "Time in a Bottle" and Lightfoot's "Affair on Eighth Avenue" as well as the irresistible acoustic pulse of tunes like "Car Wash Blues", "Leroy Brown" , and "Sundown".  Rich vocals, solid bass grooves and intricate guitar lines weave together seamlessly for a nostalgic performance of memorable favorites.
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WILD TAXI

SatinWood's stunning tribute to HARRY CHAPIN and Yusef CAT STEVENS features selections from Greatest Stories Live, Tea for the Tillerman, and other legendary works.  Authentic arrangements of unforgettable songs performed by the five piece band featuring spot on vocals and instrumentals backed by Chapin's original drummer Howard Fields.

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Inspired by both the music and activism of Harry Chapin,  Satinwood Productions has produced numerous fundraisers (thanks to our generous sponsors) to benefit many charities.  As Harry so aptly put it, "When in doubt, do something."  If you would like more information and/or would like to be involved with our benefit concerts as a sponsor or volunteer, or to discuss using one of our shows for fundraising efforts, please contact us.
Many thanks to all who have participated in these special events!


MEET SATINWOOD:




Co-founders Paul and Melanie Motter
Paul is a versatile guitarist and lead vocalist, well known for his knack of sounding remarkably like many artists.  He painstakingly chooses material, songs with both a message and musical integrity,  in order to put together a show that recreates songs true to the original version,and then shares those amazing songs with the audience with a little humor thrown in.

Melanie is an accomplished pianist and also contributes vocals.The group's arranger, she has a background in both jazz and classical music (as well as folk/rock!) and has  worked with Paul for many years to develop the group's musical direction.





Eric Roth - cello

Eric studied cello at the Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts. He has played with orchestras and chamber groups in Boston, down under in beautiful New Zealand, and now, the Pioneer Valley. Eric enjoys playing popular and folk styles of music. He has performed and recorded with such bands as Treefort (now Big Yellow Wooly Trousers), Sidewalk Gallery, Dizrhythmia, and Holidays in Sweden.






                      
    



Jon Weeks - woodwinds and percussion
Jon studied at Berklee College of Music, Westfield State University, and Holyoke Community College. He has performed with many latin, jazz and rock bands up and down the East Coast including Orquestra Unidad, The Temptations, and Viva Quetzal. Jon plays a variety of instruments with Satinwood: windsynth, saxophone, flute, congas, and more!





              



John O'Boyle - bass

John has performed and/or recorded with Michael Sweet (Boston, Stryper), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins), Peter Tork (The Monkees), Alexander Jenko (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).  He has also performed with regional favorites the Tom Ingram Band, Barry Kingston and the Screaming Souls, Maxxtone, Livio Gravini, The John Cantalini Band, Katelyn Richards, Changes in Latitudes, Mark Nomad, Frank Manzi, and many others.

John is also a busy session bass player, having appeared on dozens of national, regional and local releases.  His recorded works have been used in TV, movie and video game soundtracks and have charted on the Billboard 200.

 


And....many thanks to RAY PIOGGIA   and KELLY MEYER for their amazing PHOTOGRAPHY!

MEET RAINY DAY PEOPLE:




Paul Motter - vocals/guitar

Known for closely emulating the vocals of many outstanding artists, Paul has compiled a special combination of songs from legendary songsmiths Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot.  Close attention has been paid to create arrangements that do justice to each song.







Jeff Tisdel - lead guitar

A talented finger style guitarist, Jeff has the ability to capture the amazing lead parts immortalized by Terry Clements (Gordon Lightfoot) and Maury Muehleisen(Croce). His background in American roots music allows Jeff to play a variety of styles from jazz and blues to country and rock.





Rudi Weeks - bass and background vocals
Rudi has been a professional musician and teacher of music for over twenty-five years.  He has performed with such Motown greats as "The Contours", "The Crests", and Ronnie Spector.  He has also played with folk and bluegrass legends Tom Paxton and Tony Trisca. In addition, he has an an extensive free-lance performance and recording career including being a 19 year veteran of the highly acclaimed Andean influenced world music group "Viva Quetzal". He has served as a faculty member at the UMass Performing Arts Division and as an adjunct bass faculty member for Amherst College.