The Ripton Community Coffee House, a nonprofit community concert series, welcomes Wagtail on Saturday, Jan. 5. The four-person band Wagtail fuses the well-loved sounds of fiddle, guitar, and mandolin with percussion and fine vocals, bringing to the stage a blend of old-time jamming, Celtic melodies, American song-styles, and world-beat rhythms. With original writing as their foundation, Wagtail offers a fresh approach to traditional music thats fun, funky and deeply moving. The band is comprised of four musicians, all from Vermont. Susannah Blachly is a fiddler and singer-songwriter from Marshfield. She draws on a diverse mix of musical traditions, and has been praised for her distinctive musical voice that is at once contemporary and warmly evocative. She has released two CDs of all original material and twice ranked on the Top Ten Best VT CDs of the Year in Seven Days. In 2005 SingOut! magazine published her song Secret Place and featured it on a compilation disc with such folk luminaries as Pete Seeger and Maria Muldauer. George White lives in an old farmhouse in Tunbridge and provides guitar, octave mandolin, and vocals. White is responsible for much of the unique Celtic groove, rock rhythms, and raw passion that shapes the Wagtail sound. Kristina Stykos brings a decidedly gritty and energetic flatpicking style to Wagtail, as well as mandolin chops. LikeBlachly, she writes for the band and adds an edgy quality to their ol- time vocal harmonies. Her solo CD In the Earths Fading Light, recorded at her home in Chelsea, was acclaimed Vermont Album of the Year (2005) by The Times Argus. As always, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a one-hour open mike set, followed by the featured performers. Open mike performers are encouraged to call in advance and reserve one of the five open-mike slots. The coffeehouse will be held at its winter location at the Ripton Elementary School on the Lincoln-Ripton Road. Admission to the coffeehouse is $7 for adults, $3 for children and seniors. For more information, contact Richard Ruane or Andrea Chesman at 388-9782.