Calendar

Calendar

Dec
10
Mon
Walnut – Grand Finale Feature for 2018 @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Dec
14
Fri
Open Mic Night @ 19 Carter Music Series
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Welcome to our Open Mic night at 19 Carter St. We will offer a friendly supportive evening for developing singer-songwriters and folks who “just like to sing and/or play”. All types of music and all ages of performers are welcome. Seth Asser from the Carter Street Band will host and provide back up on guitar, mandolin or harmonica as needed. A beautiful baby grand is available for performers as well. Sign up ahead of time by emailing info@19Carter.org or just come on that night.

Suggested donation for the evening is $3

Dec
16
Sun
Aine Minogue in the Sanctuary @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Aine Minogue in the Sanctuary

Aine’s renowned harp playing, her beautiful, nearly ethereal voice, and her often enchanting guests have made this near sell-out event the high point of six recent seasons. From her time as harpist in residence at Ireland’s Bunratty Castle to her playing and teaching here in the United States, (often at Hingham’s Aisling Gallery), Aine only gets better and more compelling. This time she will be returning to the very fitting setting of the Old Ship Church’s beautiful and evocative sanctuary.

www.AineMinogue.com

Dec
20
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our Amazing Things Folk Open Mic offers a friendly supportive venue for developing singer-songwriters and folks who “just like to play”. It is a great way to get to know the music community, and to share ideas and techniques. All types of music are welcome. Fans come to see fantastic local artists, and never go away disappointed. See and be seen – heck build a fan base! Always a feature, always fun. Our host, singer-songwriter Dan Cloutier takes excellent care of the performers and listeners alike. A beautiful baby grand piano is available too.

General Admission $6; Amazing Things Members $5; Students $3

Tickets sold at door only; please remember Folk Open Mic is now held on the first and third Thursdays ONLY!! Check the Facebook page for updates

Jan
3
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Jan 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our Amazing Things Folk Open Mic offers a friendly supportive venue for developing singer-songwriters and folks who “just like to play”. It is a great way to get to know the music community, and to share ideas and techniques. All types of music are welcome. Fans come to see fantastic local artists, and never go away disappointed. See and be seen – heck build a fan base! Always a feature, always fun. Our host, singer-songwriter Dan Cloutier takes excellent care of the performers and listeners alike. A beautiful baby grand piano is available too.

General Admission $6; Amazing Things Members $5; Students $3

Tickets sold at door only; please remember Folk Open Mic is now held on the first and third Thursdays ONLY!! Check the Facebook page for updates

Jan
5
Sat
Bill Motte in Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Well known on the South Shore and Boston coffeehouse scene, singer-songwriter Bill Motte’s songs reflect a life well lived, with his personal experiences and far-ranging travels deeply felt in many of his tunes. Bill’s CD releases “Thinking of You” (2013) and “Memphis Rain” (2012), recorded at the Record Company in Boston, reveal the depth of his insightful songs. Hailed by one of his fans during a performance as “the best singer-songwriter on the South Shore”, Bill has shown himself to be a literate and astute observer of human interactions. The wry commentary in his precisely chosen lyrics and engaging performance leaves listeners really feeling the emotions evoked in the stories he weaves in his songs. Skillfully accompanying himself on guitar, when Bill’s song is sung, you feel as if you’ve known everyone who is part of his tale. With Bill’s passion for songwriting in a league of its own, there are few artists who can tell life’s stories so vividly. Recent area appearances include The River Club, Cantab Lounge, The Red Parrot, and the Blue Moon Coffeehouse. Bill will be joined by Jim Palana, a prolific local songwriter and guitarist who has produced several CDs chronicling his views on life and the people who live it.

Cold Chocolate @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Jan 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
First Church Belmont Youth Group Night @ Second Friday Coffeehouse, Belmont MA
Jan 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Jan 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

$20 (under 18 $10)

FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN:  January 5, 2019

With their last album earning Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen a 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album, the eagerly anticipated Family, Friends & Heroes released March 4th to great critical acclaim. This genre stretching album provides a generous glimpse into Solivan’s work that pays homage to his family members and features the pristine playing of his closest musical heroes, including Del McCoury, Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, John Cowan, Mike Bub, Shawn Camp and Megan McCormick.

Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they’ve been named Washington Area Music Association’s Best Bluegrass Band of the Year for four consecutive years.Vocals, Mandolin, Fiddle / Frank Solivan   Banjo / Mike Munford

RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED. Call 781-246-2836, or visit us at www.lindentreecoffeehouse.org    Home made baked goods and hot and cold beverages will be sold prior to the show and during intermission.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located at the UU Church, 326 Main Street, Wakefield.  Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 7:30.  Admission for this show is $20 adults, ($10 students 8-17) thanks to partial support from Massachusetts Cultural Council, Wakefield chapter.

Joe Crookston @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin MA
Jan 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $20

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

Jan
12
Sat
Mile Twelve @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

One of the outstanding bluegrass groups of the Boston area, touring worldwide.

Jan
17
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our Amazing Things Folk Open Mic offers a friendly supportive venue for developing singer-songwriters and folks who “just like to play”. It is a great way to get to know the music community, and to share ideas and techniques. All types of music are welcome. Fans come to see fantastic local artists, and never go away disappointed. See and be seen – heck build a fan base! Always a feature, always fun. Our host, singer-songwriter Dan Cloutier takes excellent care of the performers and listeners alike. A beautiful baby grand piano is available too.

General Admission $6; Amazing Things Members $5; Students $3

Tickets sold at door only; please remember Folk Open Mic is now held on the first and third Thursdays ONLY!! Check the Facebook page for updates

Jan
18
Fri
Joe Jencks @ Music on Centre, West Roxbury MA
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $20 adults, $10 for 21 and younger. Tickets available at the door, or reserve via email: musiconcentre@gmail.com

Jan
19
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please email Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse2gmail.com.  The first 14 signups are guaranteed a spot.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.

South Shore Folk Music Club Coffeehouse Featuring Crowes Pasture/ Deb Todd Wheeler(to open)& Open Mic @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Crowes Pasture is the acoustic duo of Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin. Based in Boston, the duo brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions. Performing on guitar and banjo, the duo draws inspiration from both traditional folk storytellers like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan as well as icons of vocal harmony like the Carter Family and Simon & Garfunkel. Their music invites comparisons with the likes of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, The Milk Carton Kids and Ian & Sylvia.

In October 2017, Crowes Pasture had the #3 Song and #7 Album on the National Folk DJ Charts.

Crowes Pasture evokes memories of classic folk duos like Ian & Sylvia, while simultaneously staking out creative new ground as part of the 21st century folk scene in New England.”
– Nick Noble, “The Folk Revival” on WICN (Worcester, MA)

Rock, folk and “angry emo” Deb Todd Wheeler, an award-winning visual artist, hosts live music events that welcome friends of all abilities to participate and share their voice. Deb is the founding member of the roving LENNYcollective, which has performed at the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik, Rockwood Music Hall and Urban Stage in NYC, and the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA. In a rare public appearance, Deb will play songs for you from her new album, Radio Silence. She has described her songwriting style as “angsty emo meets arty eclectic folk,” though collaborator Josh Margolis has disagreed, urging: “Just face it Deb, you write rock songs.” When asked to supply a quote from a reviewer about her music, Deb sent us the following from Pat Todd, Director of the 18-piece CT swing band Tuxedo Junction: “All my kids are geniuses.” If you are interested in attending LENNYcollective events, please join the mailing list at https://lennyfest.weebly.com.

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.

Joe Jencks with Lisa Bastoni opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm
Joe Jencks with Lisa Bastoni opening @ 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, $8 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $24 for families.

A Joe Jencks concert is definitely not a visit to the inner world of some guy with a guitar who wants you to sit still and listen politely.  It’s an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance!  Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago.  He is a founding member of celebrated harmony trio Brother Sun, and has appeared at Old Sloop Coffeehouse three times with that ensemble.

Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned to recording and live performance. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals.  Her song “Rabbit Hole” was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest.

Coffee, tea, and a variety of delicious (and very popular) home-made baked pie and cake will be sold before and after the concert and at intermission.

Ry Cavanaugh and Jennifer Kimball @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Ry Cavanaugh & Jennifer Kimball

Ry is most famous for founding Session Americana, & Jennifer was half of The Story. Now these two great talented singers, writers, & players can be seen & heard  together in a very exciting duet experience.

http://www.rycavanaugh.com/
http://www.jenniferkimball.com/

Squeezebox Stompers @ New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Tickets $20 each. Kids 18 years and younger, $10. Tickets available at the door, cash only. Advance registration available on our website http://newmooncoffeehouse.org or by calling (978) 459-5134.

Jan
26
Sat
Annual FSSGB Members’ Concert @ First Parish of Watertown
Jan 26 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am

The annual FSSGB members’ concert is always a popular event. Our members perform songs which range from traditional ballads to original compositions, and from instrumental to a cappella pieces. Some of the instruments that have been played at this concert in the past include violin, cello, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, keyboard and concertina. Some FSSGB members who have performed at this event have gone on to have successful performing careers, such as Elijah Wald, Mark Ryer, Fool’s Errand and Merle Roesler.

Our hosts will be Lori Fassman and Paul Beck. They are long-time FSSGB members, and are both past Presidents of FSSGB.

FSSGB members (including new members!) are invited to sign up to perform – one song or a spoken word piece. You may perform alone or with others. Some performers have been participating for years; others will do so for the first time. Children are most welcome. The program will feature professional musicians as well as living room folk enthusiasts. All are welcome. The Midweek Singers are an important part of the program as are the many members who show up especially for this event. The audience is always supportive and lively.

Contact Lori Fassman at lori@fassman.com to sign up by January 16.

Proceeds from this show help keep the Society strong – we thank the performers and the audience for making this event possible.

Click here to hear some recordings done by our talented members!

The Hip Swayers and Still Water String Band @ 19 Carter Music Series
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Hip Swayers

Hailing from the hills of West Tatnuck, the Hip Swayers combine hot picking, syncopated rhythms and soulful harmonies in a wide ranging mix of catchy originals and old-time twangy country that keeps your toes tapping and your hips swaying.  They have just released their second album of original hip tunes and enduring classics, the lovingly created, meticulously curated and surely well-fated 10 track CD titled Swayfully Yours – reviewed here:

https://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20180426/what-youre-listening-to-hip-swayers-deliver-earnest-pleasant-swayfully-yours-

Their third CD, One Good Hip Deserves Another is in production and scheduled to be released in the new year.

“These performers from Worcester, Massachusetts are not to be missed! A bit of Hank Williams sensibility, Carter/Cash authenticity, and infectious personality.” – Music Editor, San Francisco’s City Guide

http://www.hipswayers.com

The Still Water String Band

The Stillwater String Band is an acoustic trio playing an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary tunes that draws on the rich history of music in the Americas and beyond. From blues to bluegrass, sea shanties and original songs, the band presents a different show each night in a style that reflects the varied tastes of each of the players.

This is the music our forbears listened to on the front porch. Our parents listened on the radio. We keep the tradition alive by performing them for friends and family today.
There’s something for everyone at a Stillwater show!
The Stillwater String band features – David “da ve” West – guitar and vocals – Walter Crockett – guitar and vocals – Bill Fisher – bass and vocals

https://www.facebook.com/stillwaterstringband/

 

Dar Williams @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin MA
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $40

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

Robert Jones @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield MA
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. The doors open at 7:30.

Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. For more than twenty-five years Robert has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations.

Feb
2
Sat
Amy Black in Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 9:30 pm

As a singer and songwriter, Amy Black is known for her authenticity and versatility. Her live performance, like her songwriting, spans from soft, tender and vulnerable…to fiery, dynamic and powerful.

Amy’s love of many classic forms of American music, including blues, country, soul, jazz, and rock n’ roll led her from Boston…to Nashville…to Muscle Shoals…and, most recently, to Memphis to record with members of the Hi rhythm section (Al Green’s backing band).

While always drawn to singers of soul, blues and gospel, it wasn’t until Amy began exploring her own southern soul roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she knew her next project had to be made in the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world’s most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she wished to make — the sound of Memphis.

“Recording albums in Muscle Shoals and Memphis and then performing this music live for several years was an incredible experience. It brought out another side of me that I didn’t know was there and gave me the chance to put my guitar down and just dance and sing. There’s something very freeing about that,” say Amy.

Amy says, “This year, I’m moving away from revue show format and back to my original music. My set will include songs from all four of my albums, that together represent this exciting musical journey I’ve been on. What a ride it’s been… with more adventures to come.”

Don White @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Don is one of a kind, bringing his audience to laughter and tears with his stories and songs. He is a must-see storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter.

The Boxcar Lilies with Ric Allendorf opening @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm