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Jan
27
Sat
FSSGB Members’ Concert @ Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Annual FSSGB Members’ Concert

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm
First Parish of Watertown
35 Church Street, Watertown
$12.00 general admission, $10.00 FSSGB members and students
All children 17 and under free
(See map and calculate directions on MapQuest)
For public transportation, check the MBTA web site.
This venue is handicap accessible

Purchase tickets online at BrownPaperTickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Susan Cattaneo @ New Revival Coffeehouse
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Susan Cattaneo is one of Bostons most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country. Call it New England Americana with a twang.

Susan’s latest album, Haunted Heart was released in January 2014 to national acclaim. It was voted one of Alternate Roots Top 100 Albums of the Year, and won Album of the Year at the Limelight Music Awards.

In addition to being a solo performing artist, Susan has been teaching songwriting at the Berklee College of Music for over 10 years, and has recently joined the Western Mass trio The Boxcar Lilies.

“Ultimately it’s rare to find an artist so willing to invest her psyche so fully into her songs, but the return on Cattaneo’s commitment also makes for a compelling set of songs.” American Songwriter

“She’s able to blend gritty semi-confessional bluesy sounds with poetic conversational lyrics.” Austin Daze

“Her voice is somewhere between national treasure and weapon of mass destruction.” Daily Vault

Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30. Tickets are $18 at the door, or $15 in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. See susancattaneo.com for more information.

Winter Potpourri with Jim Trick and others, $5 @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Abbie Gardner @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile, has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past 11 years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin and our stage a couple of times, the band took an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie has struck out on her own. We’re excited to welcome her back!

Seth Glier @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Jan 27 @ 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.

Feb
1
Thu
Amazing Things Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center
Feb 1 @ 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.

Tickets (at door only): $6 for nonmembers; $3 for students (of any age). Meets first and third Thursday of every month.  To check on feature schedule visit amazingthings.org

To sign up for a slot, check website or call the office.

Feb
2
Fri
The Boxcar Lilies (Opener: Lisa Bastoni) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm

On Friday, February 2, The Boxcar Lilies bring their captivating harmonies to the me&thee. The Cape Cod Times reports that this trio “brings energy, improvisation, and a charming presence to the stage each night. Anyone with an ear for folk or luscious harmonies will enjoy these women.” Singer-songwriter Lisa Bastoni opens the show

The Boxcar Lilies bring spine-tingling harmonies and exceptional songwriting to every one of their shows. They perform an irresistible mix of folk, country, blues, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music. Though each member of the Massachusetts-based trio has a distinct vocal talent, Jenny Goodspeed (electric bass, guitar), Stephanie Marshall (washboard, guitar), and Susan Cattaneo (guitar) deftly weave their voices into a delicious whole – a sound that is sometimes delicate, sometimes gritty, but always innovative and soul-stirring.

Their trademark harmonies may have put the band on the Americana music map, but their genuine stage presence and off-the-cuff banter helped keep them there. They’ve brought their engaging live show to venues across the Northeast and beyond, including The Iron Horse Music Hall, Caffe Lena, Club Passim, and Philadelphia’s Tin Angel. The trio’s sparkling and lush brand of America has led to numerous opportunities including being selected for an official showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis and performing at the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival as the #1 Most Wanted Emerging Artist. This show at the me&thee will be a bittersweet one for the band. Susan Cattaneo has decided to concentrate on her solo career and the February 2 show will be her last one with Jenny and Stephanie.

Following a ten-year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned to the scene with her CD, The Wishing Hour. Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell / Lori McKenna), the album debuted at #1 most played on Boston’s WUMB. 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. She has opened for such artists as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor, and Arlo Guthrie. Her musical style fits squarely in the Americana genre and her songs are memorable and compelling.

Feb
3
Sat
Bernice Lewis with Hugh O’Doherty opening @ Off the Common Coffeehouse
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets $15

Handicap accessible

The Ladles in Concert @ South Shore Music
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

The Ladles have three part female harmony perfected – but their sound is more than that…They are an amalgamation of their respective histories and influences, blending Swing, Old-Time, Neo-Soul, and contemporary choral music into a sound all their own. Using solely acoustic instrumentation and three voices, they create a dreamy otherworldly atmosphere that draws audiences in and demands attention. They quiet noisy bars and liven up staid concert halls. The Ladles are Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, and Lucia Pontoniere.

Feb
9
Fri
Open Mic Night — Dean Stevens features @ Second Friday Coffeehouse
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our first open mic night in at least a million years. Bring your instrument, your song, your friends or yourself and help us start a yearly tradition. Dean Stevens will play a set in the middle of the night! Tickets $12/adults, $8/students and seniors, $5/performers.

Chelsea Berry (Opener: Nicole Zuraitis) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm

On Friday, February 9 singer-songwriter Chelsea Berry returns to the me&thee. Since her last appearance in Mablehead, she released a new recording and has appeared on countless stages across the United States. Nicole Zuraitis will be joining Chelsea as the opener for this special show.

Chelsea Berry is a musician with the edge, power, and finesse of legends. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling . . . she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” As a vocalist and performer, she evokes the style of artists such as Sheryl Crow, Eva Cassidy, KD Lang, and Melissa Etheridge. Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor has been a big influence on her life as a mentor and fellow musician; he calls her vocals “world class.” Taylor continues with this praise: “A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright, Chelsea Berry is the real thing.”

A favorite among venue owners up and down the East coast, Berry’s beautiful voice and commanding stage presence has brought her across the country as regular support for Livingston and others as well as the headliner of her own shows. Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home in NYC.

Chelsea’s music transcends its indie rock roots and touches listeners with its poetic lyric, bold melodies, and pure, clear, powerful vocals. Legendary musician Chris Smither says Berry is “Great, talented, beautiful … her future is so bright you’re gonna have to wear shades.” Berry has appeared on the cover of Boston magazines such as The Noise and Northshore Magazine. She has been featured multiple times on Boston’s 92.5 The River and Sirius XM’s The Loft as well as dozens of local stations from Maine to Florida. Chelsea has played Boston’s House of Blues, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Shalin Liu in Rockport, MA, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia and more. She has opened for many artists such as Chris Isaak, Mavis Staples, and Roger McGuinn. Berry’s newest full-length album, Wanderbird, was released in September 2017. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered in NYC with producer Adam Rhodes. The instrumentation and arrangements are a mindful and energetic extension of Berry’s own music and performance.

Nicole Zuraitis is bringing her jazzy vocals and powerful keyboard skills to the me&thee as the opener for this show. She is a fixture in jazz clubs in Greenwich Village and has made her mark in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition as well as being chosen at the People’s Choice and Johnny Mercer Award winner in the National American Traditions Vocal Competition. Her latest recording, Hive Mind, chronicles themes close to her heart and she delivers her original songs with a sincere spirit and pure energy.

Feb
10
Sat
Danielle Miraglia (Kelsey Rose opener) @ John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ellis with Rachael Kilgour opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm

TICKETS $10 advance
suggested contribution at door: $12; seniors $8; juniors $5; families $24

There’s just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges and opened hearts.  She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion 4 times.

Rachael Kilgour recently relocated from Duluth, Minnesota to Boston, and we are glad to have her!  Her writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Sorrow, rage, resilience and compassion exist side by side within a series of honest and memorable melodies.

Advance tickets are $10.  Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport, or The Bookstore in 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.

Abbye West Pates / Susan Cattaneo – Split Bill @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country. Call it New England Americana with a twang. Abbye West Pates, the winner of our 2017 Performing Songwriter Competition, is a songwriter and storyteller based in Memphis, Tenn. Born and raised in southern Mississippi, she was inspired by folk/Americana artists like Patty Griffin and authors like Wendell Berry.

Bob Franke with Deborah Silverstein opening, $20 ($10) @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Chelsea Berry @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Feb 10 @ 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.

Ellis Paul @ Ivy Chord Coffeehouse
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $25 general / $23 seniors and students

Los Sugar Kings @ Crossroads Music Series
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Feb
15
Thu
Third Thursday Open Mic @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm

$5 for musicians and attendees.

Doors open at 6:30. Music starts at 7:00. Handicap accessible. Go to simplegiftscoffeehouse.org for more info.

Amazing Things Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center
Feb 15 @ 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.

Tickets (at door only): $6 for nonmembers; $3 for students (of any age). Meets first and third Thursday of every month.  To check on feature schedule visit amazingthings.org

To sign up for a slot, check website or call the office.

Feb
16
Fri
All Open Mike Night @ South Shore Music
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

 

YOU pic

You can be the star of our All Open Mic!

 

This is your night to own our stage! Share your talent with our attentive audience!  All types of music welcome, not just folk.  Sign up for your 8 minutes on stage when the doors open at 7:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.

You must sign yourself up.  Groups can sign up for a single slot.  Show us what you can do!  Share something special!  You might be considered for a future booking!

 

Tribute to John Prine featuring The Meadows Brothers, Amy Fairchild, Patrick Coman and Jenee Halstead @ me&thee coffeehouse
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm

For the Sake of the Song is a Boston-based concert series and traveling roadshow which features an ever-changing mixture of some of the Northeast’s best songwriters and bands, collaborating to perform music from and inspired by their greatest influences. The series, which takes its name from the classic Townes Van Zandt song, delivers the intimacy and energy of great late night jam sessions as well as an illustrative peak into the songwriting process of a wide range of contemporary artists.

The musicians taking part in this tribute are Patrick Coman, who founded For the Sake of the Song, The Meadows Brothers, Amy Fairchild, and Jenee Halstead.

Patrick Coman

Patrick Coman is a fixture of Boston’s vibrant roots music scene as a performer, organizer of the New England Americana Festival and For the Sake of the Song series, and as the host of Local Folk on Boston’s Americana radio station, WUMB. Coman has made much of his six years in the Northeast, but it doesn’t quite yet feel like home. An Okie from just north of Muskogee, Patrick grew up under the spell of his hometown’s famed Tulsa Sound. Equal parts red dirt, blues, rock, soul, and country.

The Meadows Brothers

The Meadows Brothers’ (Ian, 23 & Dustin, 21) distinct brand of roots music draws inspiration from a huge list of influences, combining folk, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll into what the Boston Globe calls  An engagingly twangy sibling sound all their own. Known for their blood harmonies, unsweetened songwriting, expressive guitars and bluesy harp, the brothers have played hundreds of shows all over their native New England, the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, and down the Eastern seaboard while continuing to hone their craft. Their last album release, Wont Be Troubled, demonstrates the brothers’ keen ability to really rock in addition to the more mellow harmonies that they most are noted for.  Sean Lynch (WSBU) says: With vivid storytelling, each track becomes a journey to a different place. The guitars feed off each other and the vocals pair together perfectly during the harmonies.

Amy Fairchild
Amy Fairchild is a multi-award winning songwriter living in Boston, MA. Right from the start of her musical career in Northampton, MA in 1996, this roots-pop beauty garnered high honors revealing a talented songwriter who deftly gets to the heart of the matter. She won the Lilith Fair Talent Competition in 1999 and took home a top Kerrville Folk Festival prize in 2001. She continued to bring home honors with the release of her 2002 record, “Mr. Heart” (produced by Adam Steinberg) including  The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Maxell Song of the Year and the Billboard World Song Competition. Dave Marsh said, If there still was a recording industry, this would come out on a major label and would be such a big hit you’d be sick of her by now. Not many people make records this good. With 12 years between recordings, in June 2014 she released her self-titled third record to the acclaim of the best music writers including the legendary Steve Morse.  Amy shows no signs of taking her foot off the gas as she’s just released her fourth record, “Nobody’s Satellite” (April 2017) again produced by Steinberg. Mike Greenblatt in The Aquarian Weekly says this, “When singer/songwriter Amy Fairchild released her impressive 2014 self-titled cd, it was so good that I fell in love with her immediately. Nobody’s Satellite is even better. Twenty years in she’s just reaching her near-brilliant stride.”

Jenee Halstead
If you detect something expansive and mysterious in the music of Jenee Halstead, a freedom that owes no debt to place and time or even genre you understand where she’s coming from. And where shes headed … deeper into the essence of the song.

Her evolution from folk singer to ethereal rocker mirrors her journey from the West Coast to the East. As a youngster in Spokane, Washington, Jenee followed the lead of hippie parents and explored music freely. She heard something in it all from medieval choral works, to Led Zeppelin to Dolly Parton  and it tugged at her, even as she earned her degree at Gonzaga.

To build on her personal, almost-secret songwriting, Jenee moved to Boston, where the seeds for many of her influences were planted. While Berklee College of Music was part of the allure, the academic approach turned her off, and away.  They make everybody use a laptop, Jenee says, lamenting that mechanical method. I thought, Bob Dylan didn’t write Blowin in the Wind on a laptop! I don’t need this.

As it turns out, all she needed was a few nights with the working musicians in Cambridge’s basement Bohemia, Lizard Lounge and an introduction to Patty Griffin, with whom she startlingly shares a vocal quality and artistic bent.  Patty Griffin was a complete revelation, Jenee says. It just opened up a whole new world to me. … Patty Griffin gave me permission to just write.

And write she did. It took just over a year for Jenee to record and release a debut album, The River Grace, and, with it, claim an Emerging Artist award at the 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Indeed, the stylings on that debut made her a darling of the folk scene and won plaudits from Telluride and Mountain Stage. But, much like her coast-to-coast journey, Jenee Halstead’s evolution through her following three albums has been nothing short of revelatory

Feb
17
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bow Thayer @ Coffeehouse Off the Square
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

This roots-oriented performer was a big hit last time. We are glad to welcome this Vermont based son of Hingham back to where he began with the 80s Hingham super group “Metamorphosis”. He has been the driving force in many bands, leading his “Perfect Train Wreck” to an ”Album of the Year.” He has 13 CDs to his name
and plays all things string; guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and banjo. He also composes; one reviewer notes that he “is among the state’s finest songwriters… with every song deserving to be an instant classic.” Come hear his songs and possibly dance the night away.

https://bowthayer.com/

Susie Burke and David Surette, Quentin Callewaert opens @ New Moon Coffeehouse
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm