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Dec
13
Fri
Sharon Katz and The Peace Train–CANCELLED @ Tremedal Concerts, Watertown MA
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Dec
14
Sat
All Open Mic and Holiday Cheer Party @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Tickets: $9 Member and Open Mic Performers, $10 Non-Member (register here or at the door)

All Open Mic Holiday Cheer Party – This is an exciting first!  In all our history, we have never had a Coffeehouse or Open Mic in December.  This year we’re having an All Open Mic and Holiday Cheer Party in December!  Get your holiday themed (or other) songs ready, and come on down!

This is your night to own our stage!  Sign ups start when we open the doors at 6:30 PM until we run out of 8 minute slots (plus a few overflow 5 minute slots).  No early sign ups, no sign ups by phone or internet; you must sign yourself up.

All performance types welcome, not just folk.

Share your talent!  Show us what you can do.  We book some of our openers and features from our Open Mics.

 

 

Brad Byrd, John Jerome, and Marina & Berna @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm
Brad Byrd, John Jerome, and Marina & Berna @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $10. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $12 for adults, $5 for those age 18 and under, and $24 for families.

Brad Byrd writes songs that occupy the rarely-explored middle ground between indie rock and alt-country. He’s a genre-spanning musician, carving out a diverse sound fueled by melody, detailed storytelling, and the instincts of a journeyman songwriter who began making Americana music long before the genre had a name. Byrd grew up in Massachusetts and lived in Rockport for a time, but now makes his home in Los Angeles.

Gloucester’s John Jerome blends rock, pop, country and a little hip-hop in a soulful and tasteful manner that is unique to him. Growing up, John was always sure that he wanted to be a performer, singing and mimicking artists such as the Beatles, Paul Simon and the Eagles. John continues to hone his craft and is always finding new approaches to songwriting and storytelling.

Marina Evans and Bernardo Baglioni are an international folk/Americana duo who divide their time between Marina’s native Rockport and Bernardo’s native Italy. Combining Marina’s strong, sultry vocals, effortless melodies, and unusual lyrics with the raw, gritty edge of Berna’s slide guitar, sweet mandolin stylings, and vocal harmonies, the duo’s sound has been refined over years spent together on the road, the stage, and in the studio.

Winter Potpourri with Peter Lehndoff at Linden Tree @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

$5 min. donation, with Winter Coats, hats, and gloves collection for Mission of Deeds

Linden Tree’s Winter Potpourri,  Concert featuring the World of Folk & Acoustic Music

SAT. DEC.  14, 2019 at 7:30pm (note early start time!)  

Hosted by Kirsten Manville

Feature Performer: Peter Lehndorff,winner of last year’s Potpourri.

$5 minimum donation, with coat, hat, glove collection for Mission of Deeds.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse continues its 35th year of acoustic music concerts on Dec. 14th at 7:30 pm. Join us for Winter Potpourri, 2019 an evening of discovering new talent!  Eight local singer/songwriters will play two songs each, and one or more of these folks will be chosen to perform during next year’s season. Audience input will play a big part in the decision making process, so please come help us make this choice, while enjoying new music and new faces.

What is folk music these days?  It can be traditional or contemporary with roots in bluegrass, country, jazz, gospel, and blues. Our contestants will provide a range of music in the genre we call Folk. Performing in this year’s potpourri are Bill Anderson, Mark Bishop Evans, John Ferullo, Kathleen Healy, Roberta Lamb, Rick Drost, Toast & Jam, and Wild Maple.  Samples of their music can be found on their web and faacebook pages.

The evening will again be hosted by Wakefield singer/songwriter Kirsten Manville who will perform a few favorite songs from her album, Some People Sing and introduce a few new ones.   Kirsten creates songs that feel like they may have come straight from journal entries – deceptively simple lyrics that paint pictures, tell stories, and evoke a range of emotions. Kirsten is a refreshing, straightforward folk-rock, country-singer-songwriter with stage presence audiences love.

Entertainment will include a 25-minute set by one of last year’s winners, Peter Lehndorff.  He writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Peter is now mixing his humorous observations with the serious; the romantic with the eccentric. There are stories about cars; what he eats; and the places he has lived. His car-related songs have been on NPR’s CAR TALK radio show.  Besides winning last year’s Linden Tree Coffeehouse’s Winter Potpourri, Lehndorff has been a finalist in the Boston Acoustic Underground competition. The Springfield Union wrote about his performance, “intelligent lyrical vignettes of everyday life and the comical trappings of suburbia, delivered with an acute sense of comedic timing.”

Bill Anderson is a former resident of Wakefield, Bill Anderson has been playing music all of his life, in bands and orchestras around the world! Trained as a classical oboist at the New England Conservatory as well as Boston University, Ten years ago to achieve his ambition of performing the songs he’d always written, as a singer/song writer, he attended song writing conferences around the US and workshopped with artists from John Gorka to Livingston Taylor to Kathy Mattea, constantly striving to put the truth and heart of the subject in his lyrics. His style is often described as telling a story, giving the listener a clear, mental picture of events and emotions common to us all.

Julie Charland is one-half of the duo Toast and Jam. She is playing solo this evening and writes and performs original bluegrass, modern folk, Americana, swing, and more.  Toast ad Jam’s first (all original) CD, “Ten Slices”, was released in 2009. Their second full length CD, “Heaven Knows” was released in 2015 and now working on a third album.

Rick Drost writes and sings songs with depth and heart, songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, and poetry. His songs treat life from varied angles – Jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; recent influences include Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox, who covers Drost’s song “Turning the World” in live performances. Drost’s latest  CD “Turning the World” continues to get airplay from Europe across America to New Zealand.  Originally from Western New York, Rick travels from Cambridge, MA to sing at coffeehouses, house concerts, small festivals and Folk Alliance Events around the country.

Mark Bishop Evans grew up in southern California where his major musical influences outside of church were Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Paul Simon, the Beach Boys and pretty much any folk, folk rock or beach music. Listening and playing the folk and protest music of the 60’s inspired him to begin writing his own songs. Mark has a way with words and melodies, bringing them together in pleasant and poignant combinations that make you want to tap your feet and sing along. His music is an intriguing blend of Folk, folk rock and ballads, lyrically rich in emotional content and melodically comfortable like a favorite jacket, like a close friend you want to sing along with. Mark relocated north of Boston, Massachusetts in the early 90’s and today considers himself and “Noreasta”.

John Ferullo is a songwriter and open mike host from Massachusetts. with stories about regular people.  He performs his own songs and other folks songs all around New England. His music has been described as “about important things with his stories about seemingly small things”.   “johnferullo.com

Kathleen Healy is a hard-working musician & songwriter living on Cape Cod. She draws from her experience of living and raising a family near the beach for many of her songs. Some say saltwater runs through her veins. Kathleen writes from the heart and her honest lyrics and often  poignant subject matter lend themselves to the unique quality of her voice.  She admits to being a live music junkie but is currently not seeking treatment for her addiction.

Equally at home singing and playing in a quiet cafe or in front of a crowd, Roberta Lamb rocks to the beat of a variety of musical styles, from blues to rock, and Americana. She picked her first guitar as a child in Texas and took to singing folk songs, Spanish traditional tunes, and ballads. Roberta honed her vocal craft as a classical musician, exploring concert singing and opera in college and later in Vienna, Austria. Back home in the US she took time to raise a family in Massachusetts and she eventually found her way back to her first love: American music. Once her children were launched, she picked up the guitar and started playing and singing covers while practicing and listening to whatever music came her way. Strongly influenced by the vibrant local music community, she started writing originals and rebranded herself as a singer songwriter. She just recorded her first album of originals, Not Your Mama’s Blues, and performs across New England at a variety of venues from cafes, coffeehouses and restaurants to small concert stages, porchfests and farmers markets, singing and playing her heart out. Kenny Selcer will accompany Roberta.

Wild Maple is Gary Dolinsky on guitar and vocals, Trish DeCaprio on violin and vocals, and Steve Straight on acoustic bass and vocals.  The groups original songs are influenced by a variety of music genres: Americana/roots, blues, bluegrass, classic country, folk, Celtic, popular music of the past 60 years, and classical.  Music critics have praised Wild Maple’s “appealing and polished sound” with both male and female lead vocals and “sensational vocal harmonies.”  Recent performances include Club Passim in Cambridge, The Guilford Performing Arts Festival in Guilford, CT, and The Crane Estate in Ipswich. Wild Maple’s lively shows include a healthy dose of relaxed fun, humor and audience engagement.  www.wildmapleband.com

The show begins early at 7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00. Homemade baked goods and beverages are available. Tickets at the door are specially priced, just a $5 minimum donation for this show to introduce the World of Folk and Acoustic Music to area residents.

Clean and gently used condition coats, hats, and gloves will also be collected for Mission of Deeds Winter Coat Drive for men, women, and children in need.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of Wakefield’s Unitarian Universalist Church,326 Main St. Wakefield.MA 01880 Information and Reservations:  781 246 2836.  www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org

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Dec
15
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Southern Rail @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

December 15, Sunday, 4 p.m. – Southern Rail –

This Appalachia-rooted, New England-based
bluegrass and gospel band has played at the Coffeehouse for many attentive, engaged audiences at Christmastime. Come for an afternoon of high-energy, exuberant fun, riveting harmonies, a touch of humor, and sparkling banjo and mandolin solos. Their gospel base with a bluegrass flavor brings the season to life.
http://www.southernrail.com/

Dec
20
Fri
3rd Fridays Bluegrass Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Featuring but not limited to bluegrass. All ages and skill levels welcome. Hosted by Mark Abare.

Pass the hat event

Dec
21
Sat
Holiday Coffeehouse @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Dec 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

To All,

 

Our December Coffeehouse / Open mic is this Saturday, December 15 from 3 to 5 in the Activity Room of the Flint Memorial Library at 147 Park Street in North Reading.

Our December Coffeehouse / Open mic is our holiday version.  We set up in a large circle and sing holiday songs.  We encourage both individuals and families to join us in this festive afternoon of song.  Please note that in order to make it easier to bring children, which we encourage, we start at 3 PM.  We will also be providing the words to some of the season’s favorite songs so no one has a good excuse not to sing along!  And if that is not enough, the Friends of the Library who the Coffeehouse / Open mic partners with every month and who do such a great job providing programs for the community, will be providing free refreshments.

If you would like more information, please contact Art Grossman by email (NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com) or by phone at 617-592-4398.  We hope to see you there and have a great holiday season from the Friends of the Library and the North Reading Community Coffeehouse!

 

Dec
22
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Dec
29
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Jan
4
Sat
Steve Morgan and The Kingfish Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Steve Morgan, a St. Louis, Missouri native, was primarily an acoustic blues guitarist until 1978, when he was asked to play slide guitar in a southern rock band named Easy Street, playing with them for the next 9½ years. Beginning in 1988, Steve filled in occasionally on guitar for several St. Louis blues performers that included Silver Cloud, Johnny Johnson, Henry Townsend, Ron Edwards, and Doc Terry, as well as with other St. Louis blues players. In 1992, seeking a change, Steve moved to Wellfleet MA, and shortly thereafter formed Steve Morgan and the Kingfish.  The band has been winners of the 2015 Boston Blues Challenge, as well as winners of the 2015 Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Spring Talent Search.  Bryant Edwards on congas, percussion and vocals brings a strong R&B vibe to the Kingfish vocal arrangements, while the percussion pays tribute to the jazzy islands flavor that can appear in a Kingfish tune.  Ed Wanamaker has been drumming since his early teens, and spent much of his adult life playing drums on Cape Cod.  Roe Osborn brings terrific harmonies to the group, as well as playing either electric or standup bass with sax player Paulie Lesniak, front and center.  After years of looking around for a master keyboard player, Pete Mann appeared on the scene, quickly offering up a new dimension to their tunes with solid bluesy jazzy chops.  In 1996, Steve and the Kingfish recorded “Boppin’ the Blues”, a CD of blues covers, followed by “Hurricane” in 2008, a CD of Steve’s original tunes which was very well received both nationally and internationally.  Their newest releases include “Blues in Paradise”, which injects healthy doses of sweet harmonies and horn-based R&B and jazz into sophisticated and rocking tunes, and “That Ain’t Blues” and “I Got a Buzz Coming On”, their 2019 releases.

Greg Greenway @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Jan 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Cheryl Wheeler with Samantha (Sam) Tracy opening @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $30

Doors open at 7:30; Shows start at 8:00. Handicap accessible. Go to www.circlefolk.org for more info.

Southern Rail @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

$20 (WUMB $19)   Southern Rail Bluegrass

Bluegrass is back at the Linden Tree with fan favorites:

Southern Rail on Saturday, January 4th at 8 pm.   Celebrating over forty years of performing, Southern Rail’s performances are high-energy exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work. Southern Rail celebrates their years together with the release of their 12th recording, “Voices in the Wind”.

Their songwriting has graced Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top Thirty Singles Chart for a combined total of 32 months, climbing to #11. Their special Bluegrass Gospel compilation entitled “Glory Train” was nominated for the Best Gospel Recording of the year by the prestigious International Bluegrasss Association. The group’s founding members have been inducted into the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance Hall of Fame. The other band members Richard Stillman and John Tibert also come to the group with strong bluegrass resumes.

Horovitch hails from Montreal, Quebec, and grew up listening to folk and classical music, that was until she attended her first bluegrass concert, which featured Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys. Her first instrument was guitar, but that was soon replaced by the acoustic bass.

Muller hails from Richmond, Virginia, born into a musical family. He fell in love with bluegrass banjo as a young child when his family watched locally-produced TV shows featuring bands from the Richmond area. His first instrument in grade school was the trumpet, but by the age of 14 he turned to the guitar, and after finishing college at Virginia Tech he started playing banjo. He is the band’s principal lead singer and song-writer.

Bluegrass with a touch of gospel makes for a toe-tapping evening.

Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8pm. Reservations are recommended by calling 781-246-2836 orLindenTree85@comcast.net  Tickets are $20 with those under 18 $10.  WUMB members also received a $2 discount.  Pay with cash or check at the door.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse in its 35th season of acoustic music is located in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 326 Main St  Wakefield, MA 01880Information: www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Rail @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jan
5
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Jan 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Jan
12
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Jan
13
Mon
2nd Mondays – Stormy Monday Blues Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for the Monthly Blues Jam at The Hearing Room. We have a house band to back people up as we get the Blues! Woody Carpinella, Roland Ochsenbein and Tim Fiehler make up the regular band with special guests upon occasion. Sign up is in person and first come first to perform. We usually have 3 song sets but move to 2 song sets is the players get too numerous. This is an amazing evening for players and audience members alike!

Jan
17
Fri
3rd Fridays Bluegrass Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Featuring but not limited to bluegrass. All ages and skill levels welcome. Hosted by Mark Abare.

Pass the hat event

Jan
18
Sat
Coffehouse and Open Mic @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Tickets: $9 Member, $10 Non-Member (register here or at the door)

Our coffeehouses are set up in café style with tables and chairs where you can enjoy a coffee, tea, or soft drink and a snack while you listen to live music.  The featured musicians and open mic performers from the audience provide an evening of entertainment.  Since our shows are from 7 PM until 9:15 PM we encourage families to share the experience together.  Children under 12 are half price.  Come enjoy the show!

This page will be updated with featured and opening acts as soon plans have been finalized.

 Open Mic– Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 6:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse2gmail.com for details.  There is a 3 song/10 minute limit.  There is a lottery first 12 spots.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.

Stillwater String Band ; The Hipswayers @ John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Deeper Than the Skin @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Deeper Than the Skin @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $12. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $14 for adults, $5 for those age 18 and under, and $28 for families.

Deeper Than the Skin is a conversation about race in story and song, featuring Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway: two friends, one Black and one White, one from the North and one from the South.  They are musicians, storytellers, students of history and world travelers, born 3 days apart.  Two separate narratives forged into one powerful story aimed at finding common ground and helping others to do the same.  Deeper Than the Skin is an experience of singing and listening, of experiencing a connection so deep that it makes you laugh, smile, cry and reconsider what you know about our history.  It’s an invitation to open your heart and mind to a story of shared humanity that resonates with your own.

Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

January 18 – Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick –

Nothing can beat this “Two Man Big Band,” in the words of Garrison Keillor. This lively duo, back by
popular demand, will give the audience a much-needed mid-winter lift. Guy’s strong, playful jazz guitar combines with Billy’s sweet, spicy clarinet and unique vocals for an ever-growing range of jazz and pop standards. The pair recently celebrated their 40 years together as a duo, yet their music remains fresh.
http://billynovick.com/guy-billy.html

Joshua Garcia, Sophie Buskin; and Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt @ New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $20, $10 for kids 18 and under. Haverhill HS students get in free.

Double Duo Night with next generation talent! The first duo is comprised of Joshua Garcia and Sophie Buskin. The second duo is Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt. These artist made a huge splash at the latest regional talent showcase for their harmonies, stage presence and instrumental skill on guitar, mandolin and cello.