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10,000 Winter Tales

Our own indie-folk ambassadors to the world, 10,000 Maniacs, will celebrate the season with a special show dubbed “Winter Tales” at 8 p.m. Friday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.).

The event’s title offers a nod to its recent collection of classic, reworked, rearranged and Maniacs-ized British folk tunes, “Twice-Told Tales,” and acknowledges the seasonal aspect. For the Sportsmen’s Tavern show, the band – singer/viola player Mary Ramsey, guitarist John Lombardo, bassist Steven Gustafson, keyboardist Dennis Drew, guitarist Jeff Erickson – will perform a set mixing “Twice-Told Tales” material, 10,000 Maniacs classics and some seasonal fare as well.

Tickets, available at the venue or through Showclix.com, are $40.

– Jeff Miers