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Oct
26
Sat
Chris and Meredith Thompson @ Javawocky Coffeehouse, Brockton MA
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Oct
27
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Oct 27 @ 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!

Kristina Vaughan @ Blue Sky Concerts, Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kristina Vaughan @ Blue Sky Concerts, Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center

Singer-songwriter Kristina Vaughan is a French singer-songwriter based in Paris. Her music explores the art of loving in songs that evoke running water, broken cliffs and angry skies. Her influences are such fine musicians as Sinead O’Connor, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Damien Rice, French chansonnier Léo Ferré or the Parisian anglophone spoken word scene. Kristina is usually accompanied onstage by various musicians, most faithfully by cellist-backup vocalist Marie Potosniak and by drummer-percussionist Nicolas Derolin.

The band has performed in Parisian venues such as jazz club Sunside-Sunset and La Bellevilloise. However, for this, her first tour of the U.S., she will be performing solo, accompanying herself on keyboard and guitar. More information is on her website at www.kristinavaughan.com. She will be joined by poet David Barnes, host and founder of biggest spoken word night in Paris.

Oct
28
Mon
Tonight’s Feature: He Said, She Said (Melissa Fleming & Charlie Ortolani) Mini Set by Brid Clifford @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Nov
1
Fri
Partington & Sweeney @ Cherry Bridge House Concerts, Bridgewater MA
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Email andyjudysong@aim.com to reserve your seat and we will send you the address. We have a suggested donation of $15. 100% of the donations go to the performers.

Brooks Williams @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Brooks Williams @ 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.

Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks’ music is the love-child of country-blues and Americana. fRoots says, “Soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves. He really rocks!”

Ladies Play the Blues: Danielle Miraglia, Kerri Powers, and Erin Harpe @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Nov 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

DANIELLE MIRAGLIA
Danielle Miraglia is like a musical butterfly whos been granted unlimited creative metamorphoses. Even her musical chrysalis stage was a surprise emergence. Unlike so many Boston artists who attended one of the city’s many music schools, Miraglia went to Emerson College, graduating with a creative writing degree. Though she owned an acoustic guitar she seldom played anywhere but at home, she hadn’t given any thought to making a career as a singer-songwriter until one fateful night at the famous, now-defunct Kendall Cafe. She went to an open mic at the Kendall just to watch and absorb. It didn’t take long for it to register with her: I thought, That’s what I want to do: Get on stage to do my storytelling that way. Voila!

Her evolution as a songwriter and performer since then has been remarkable. She quickly won great acclaim and a faithful national and regional following after beginning as a folk-blues picker, and its a persona she still skillfully embraces in solo shows, but to hear her musical storytelling with such a fine backing band as the satirically named Glory Junkies (Laurence Scudder, viola; Erik White, guitar; Chris Anzalone, drums; and Jim Larkin, bass) is an entirely different dimension. That soul of a creative writer thrives in a vast range of musical styles. Danielle now rocks an electric guitar with equal aplomb, and all with a rocking and soulful energy that pays homage to top influences such as Janis Joplin, Prince and the Stones. No matter how Danielle Miraglia’s stories unfold on stage, they are a joy to hear.

KERRI POWERS
Kerri Powers makes it consistently clear that she’s adept at expressing sentiments that ring and resonate with common appeal. with the assertive mine the river, she explores the idea of finding a motherlode, using it as a metaphor for striking it rich in romance and maintaining a sense of gratitude, even when faith seems especially fleeting.

Other songs make their points with equal measures of subtlety and finesse. the sassy shuffle and bluesy sway of album opener peeping tom ostensibly retells the story of Lady Godiva, a princess who rode naked through a village to spite her politically powerful husband- under the watchful gaze of an obsessed voyeur – makes a statement about sexual harassment and insidious intimidation. I was initially a little reluctant to put this song out there with all the stories that are making headlines these days, Powers admits. yet with so many courageous victims relating their experiences, I’m actually thankful for the chance to share the song. hopefully, it will help bring about awareness, albeit in a slightly abstract and whimsical way.

Much like countess Godiva, powers has taken an unconventional approach to her music career and the hurdles that inevitably come with it. during an artistic youth indulging in music, painting and writing. She composed her first songs at the age of nine. Her creative instincts seemed to come naturally, given that there was a certain talent embedded in her genes. Bing Crosby was a distant relative on her father’s side, while her mother’s relatives claimed a kinship to Herman Melville. Her paternal grandmother even maintained a position playing piano as accompaniment for silent movies, as was the custom back in the day.

In her teens, Powers began performing in local coffeehouses throughout New England. but when she fell in love, got married and had a child, she put her pursuits aside. Later, after raising her son and overcoming the hardship of a difficult divorce she rediscovered her passion and returned to making music.


ERIN HARPE

Erin Harpe has been called one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots-rocking blues women on the scene by Living Blues Magazine. Winner of the 2018 Boston Blues Challenge, and nominated for 2018 Blues Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards, Erin is having an exciting year. Brought up on Delta and Piedmont blues, which she learned from her dad, Erin recently returned from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where she made it to the Semi-Finals playing solo. Just back from her second British Isles tour, Erin has a busy year ahead of her, including tour stops in Chicago, West Texas, a week teaching blues guitar workshops at Augusta Blues & Swing Week in West Virginia, as well as plenty of festivals and tour dates around the US.

Growing up in Maryland, Erin learned finger-style blues guitar from her dad, visual artist/guitarist/Stella guitar expert Neil Harpe, as well as from watching local piedmont blues luminaries such as John Cephas & Phil Wiggins, John Jackson, Eleanor Ellis, Warner Williams, and others at the famed Archie’s Barbershop in Washington, DC. Later moving to Boston, Erin put out two acoustic blues albums, Blues Roots (2002) and Delta Blues Duets (2008) an album of duets with her dad in between touring and releasing five albums with her rock band Lovewhip (with hubby/bass player Jim Countryman). Erin’s soulful vocal style and accomplished finger-picking guitar playing has earned her many fans, including guitar greats Ronnie Earl and Billy Gibbons, and she is quickly becoming recognized on the international blues scene.

Nov
2
Sat
In The Round with Kim Moberg, Tom Smith, Julia Mark and Rachel Marie @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Eric Kilburn CD Release! @ Tremedal Concerts, Watertown MA
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Freebo, Alice Howe, & Kirsten Maxwell @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Nov 2 @ 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.

Jim Trick and Mark & Raianne @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

$20 (WUMB $19)    Nov. 2, 2019:   Jim Trick and Mark & Raianne

Nov
3
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Nov 3 @ 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!

Nov
8
Fri
Open Mic @ Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse, Byfield MA
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Do you sing, play music, read poetry or do something else that you would like to share with others? Even if you are not a performer but you’re looking for a fun night of entertainment and want to be part of a judgement-free, receptive audience then the Open Mic Night is what you are looking for. Approximately 12 performances. 3 song/10 minute slots. You MUST sign up in advance to be guaranteed one of the performance slots. Musicians’ merchandise will be available for purchase and The Cat Cafe will be open all night for your snacking pleasure!  $10 Suggested donation – No charge for performers.  If you would like to perform or learn more about this new Open mic, please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com.

The Brothers Four @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

50 Great Years! Now proudly celebrating their Golden Anniversary! The smooth musical sounds of The Brothers Four have delighted millions for five exciting decades. Folk Songs and Love Songs from America, Europe, Africa and Asia round out a fabulous repertoire of acoustic tunes old and new.

The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, serenaded four U.S. presidents at the White House, appeared at countless Community Concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz stars and entertained in dozens of foreign countries. Internationally acclaimed, they are truly “America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World.”

Musical million-sellers for The Brothers Four include such releases as Greenfields, Yellow Bird, Try to Remember, Across the Wide Missouri. Their hit recording of The Green Leaves of Summer from the motion picture “The Alamo” was nominated for an Academy Award and they performed the song at the awards presentation for the global network telecast.

Fraternity brothers at the University of Washington in Seattle, The Brothers Four began singing together in 1956 and by the 1960s they had become America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World. They were pioneers in the musical movement which came to be know as the “folk revival”, and of the few groups from those times still performing today, they remain one of the best known and most popular. Their all-acoustic presentation consists of guitars, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and of course the trademark rich blend of their four voices. An evening with this quartet is an unforgettable time of pure, acoustic music and entertainment.

The full-time lineup of The Brothers Four, as solid as ever, now includes Mike McCoy, a veteran folk performer and singer/songwriter, a native of Washington State who has performed with The Brothers Four on special recording projects and occasional stage presentations since the late 1960’s; Washington native, Karl Olsen, folk performer, choral director, writer and arranger, the latest addition to the group, blending his sparkling vocal and guitar skills smoothly into the sound of The Brothers Four; Washington State’s Mark Pearson, guitarist, banjo player extraordinaire and singer/songwriter who has been such a strong and consistent part of the Group’s signature sound since he originally joined in the late 1960’s; along with Founding Member, Seattle native, Bob Flick, bass player, group leader and singer/songwriter.

The Brothers Four @ OCC Coffeehouse, Original Congregational Church,Wrentham MA
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
The Brothers Four @ OCC Coffeehouse, Original Congregational Church,Wrentham MA

50 Great Years! Now proudly celebrating their Golden Anniversary! The smooth musical sounds of The Brothers Four have delighted millions for five exciting decades. Folk Songs and Love Songs from America, Europe, Africa and Asia round out a fabulous repertoire of acoustic tunes old and new.

The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, serenaded four U.S. presidents at the White House, appeared at countless Community Concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz stars and entertained in dozens of foreign countries. Internationally acclaimed, they are truly “America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World.”

Musical million-sellers for The Brothers Four include such releases as Greenfields, Yellow Bird, Try to Remember, Across the Wide Missouri. Their hit recording of The Green Leaves of Summer from the motion picture “The Alamo” was nominated for an Academy Award and they performed the song at the awards presentation for the global network telecast.

Fraternity brothers at the University of Washington in Seattle, The Brothers Four began singing together in 1956 and by the 1960s they had become America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World. They were pioneers in the musical movement which came to be know as the “folk revival”, and of the few groups from those times still performing today, they remain one of the best known and most popular. Their all-acoustic presentation consists of guitars, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and of course the trademark rich blend of their four voices. An evening with this quartet is an unforgettable time of pure, acoustic music and entertainment.

The full-time lineup of The Brothers Four, as solid as ever, now includes Mike McCoy, a veteran folk performer and singer/songwriter, a native of Washington State who has performed with The Brothers Four on special recording projects and occasional stage presentations since the late 1960’s; Washington native, Karl Olsen, folk performer, choral director, writer and arranger, the latest addition to the group, blending his sparkling vocal and guitar skills smoothly into the sound of The Brothers Four; Washington State’s Mark Pearson, guitarist, banjo player extraordinaire and singer/songwriter who has been such a strong and consistent part of the Group’s signature sound since he originally joined in the late 1960’s; along with Founding Member, Seattle native, Bob Flick, bass player, group leader and singer/songwriter.

Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


SALLY ROGERS

Sally Rogers is no ordinary public school music teacher. From 2001 through 2010 she taught general music at Pomfret Community School in Pomfret, CT. During the 2010-11 school year she worked as a professional development trainer in a pilot arts-based literacy program (The Total Learning Initiative) in the Bridgeport, CT Public Schools. Her tenure as a teacher is
preceded by twenty years of touring across the country and over the oceans as a touring folk musician. Her discography includes fifteen recordings She has received three Indie awards
(National Association of Independent Record Distributors) and two Parents Choice Gold awards, plus other honors for her music.

Some of her songs are included in both the Unitarian and Quaker hymnals. She has produced a kids video and one of her children’s songs was published by E.P. Dutton as the picture
book, Earthsong. She has written a chapter in Ellipsis Arts book, Open Ears, which includes chapters by other luminaries such as Shari Lewis, Baba Olatunji, Mickey Hart, Pete Seeger, and others. Her four albums for children are released on Thrushwood Kids, her own label for quality children’s recordings.

Rogers is also known for her work as a Master Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and has worked in the Commissions HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Schools Program. Her residencies have included many school visits teaching students how to collect oral histories and transform them into songs. These songs are included on three CD compilations of local historical songs. She is a past president of the children’s Music Network and has earned her masters degree in Integrated Curriculum Through the Arts at Lesley University.

Sally has long had an interest in Chinese culture, having performed at the Nanning International Folk Festival in 1999, and in 2004, she traveled with a delegation of Connecticut educators to Shandong Province on an educational exchange sponsored by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Sally is determined to learn to speak Mandarin, having already mastered Portuguese, Swiss German and French.

CLAUDIA SCHMIDT

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found
Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners.
She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

Claudia Schmidt has been perfecting her craft of performing for almost four decades. It is a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her word!) of music, poetry, story, laughter. drama, and celebrating the moment. Work in clubs, theaters, festivals, TV, radio has added depth and dimension, and since she has always included her original work along with very personal versions of the work of others, what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who says what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder. The San Francisco Bay Guardian said: Schmidt’s shows are a lot like falling in love. You never know what’s going to happen next, chances are it’s going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory and you know you’ll never be the same again.” More succinctly, Garrison Keiilor said “when Claudia sings a song, it stays sung”

Nov
9
Sat
Saturday, November 9, 2019 – Barnstar! Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Barnstar! began as the brainchild of Zachariah Hickman (bassist for Josh Ritter, musical director for Ray Lamontagne) for a local bluegrass supergroup featuring some of Boston’s best musicians and songwriters. Using the familiar tools of the genre—guitar (Mark Erelli), fiddle (Jake Armerding), mandolin (Taylor Armerding) and banjo (Charlie Rose)—Barnstar! forges its own brand of songbased bluegrass, gloriously harmonized and raucously played.

The band debuted in 2011 with C’mon!, a mix of distinctive originals and unexpected covers (Neil Young, Dawes, The Traveling Wilburys) cut live in the studio. Despite juggling various high-profile sideman gigs behind other artists, the lads in Barnstar! managed to cause quite a stir with relatively few appearances. Whether playing above 10,000 feet in the Colorado mountains, dressing up like pirates on a boat cruising around Boston Harbor, or starting a small skirmish over the last CD in Shrewsbury, England – shouts of “C’mon!” followed the band everywhere they went.

In February 2015, Barnstar! proudly unleashed its sophomore release Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out! (Signature Sounds), which sports a more richly textured sound than its predecessor. “What continues to define Barnstar!,” says Zachariah Hickman, the band’s mustachioed leader and producer of the group’s albums, “is that we’re not singing songs as an excuse to play a solo. We like to sink our teeth into songs that have a narrative or a story to them, and then make them our own.”

Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out! is the sound of a band stretching out, exploring darker themes and finding the joy amidst life’s trials and tribulations. “We got our start by showcasing our newfound chemistry and how excited we were to take a break from supporting other artists to work on our own project,” says Erelli of their self-released debut. When it came time to go back into the studio, band members actually brought new original material written specifically with Barnstar! in mind.

According to Hickman, “this record feels like a conscious move away from the novelty of being a band, toward finding our voice collectively.” Some of the new originals branch out into new musical and geographical territory for the band, like the Cajun drone of Jake Armerding’s “Delta Rose” or Charlie Rose’s Appalachian mining lament “Cumberland Blue Line.” Other new contributions serve to celebrate and reaffirm the band’s New England roots. Mark Erelli’s “Barnstable County” is a murder ballad that relocates the drama of Knoxville Girl from the mountains of Tennessee to a Cape Cod salt marsh, while “Country John” honors John Lincoln Wright, a honky-tonk legend who never really made it big outside of Boston.

The cover selections on Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out! reinforce the band’s musically omnivorous reputation, transforming songs by Josh Ritter, The Hold Steady, Patty Griffin and The Faces into something that sounds distinctly like, well, Barnstar! Studio versions of mainstays from the band’s live performances sit comfortably alongside selections like Chris Moore’s “Six Foot Pine Box” or “Trouble” by Cat Stevens. The breadth of these selections alone proves that while Barnstar! may be bluegrass in spirit and instrumentation, the song is their muse, not the soloing.

Ultimately, Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out! is most compelling as a showcase of the combined virtues of innocence and experience. Each of the group’s members is a multi-instrumentalist, but with each member limiting himself to his native instrument they can make a song roar and soar, or whisper and lilt with equal intensity. Though collectively they share over 80 years of professional experience, it is exciting to hear a group of seasoned musicians coming to a new project as equals, sharing lead vocal duties and switching harmony registers to cover whatever part is needed.

Up until now, the members of Barnstar! may have been best known by the company they keep as sidemen and accompanists. But in short order, Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out! could very well turn the narrative upside down: suddenly, it’s Barnstar! that becomes the household name.

Nov
10
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Nov 10 @ 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!

Nov
11
Mon
2nd Mondays – Stormy Monday Blues Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Nov 11 @ 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!

Tonight’s Veteran’s Day Feature John Olivere – Mini Set by Dan Olivere @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Nov
15
Fri
3rd Fridays Bluegrass Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Nov 15 @ 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

The Bombadils @ Theodore Parker UU Church Parish Hall
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Bombadils are a young duo from Canada who met when they both studied music at McGill University in Montreal and now share their talents to delighted audiences all across North America. Their music is sometimes called “classical folk” because of their obvious sophistication and expertise and the frequent addition of a cellist. The husband and wife duo (Luke Fraser and Sara Frank) play differing combinations of violin, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Their repertoire includes bluegrass, Americana, and traditional Canadian folk as well as their own originals. They won the Canadian Folk Music Ontario’s “Album of the Year”award and were granted an official showcase at the 2019 NERFA ( Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) conference. John Apice of the music magazine “No Depression” said of them that they “should already be sharing the stage with the likes of Iris, John Prine, Roseanne Cash and Emmy Lou Harris…” This will be an evening of pure joy.

The venue is located in the parish hall behind the Theodore Parker Church in West Roxbury and opens to the public at 7:00. Reservations can be made by emailing musiconcentre@gmail.com. Pay at the door with cash or credit. There is a family maximum of $40 as all Music on Centre shows are appropriate for all ages.  Plenty of free parking near by. Delicious desserts and hot and cold beverages are on sale before the show and during intermission. All proceeds benefit the operation and outreach of the Theodore Parker UU Church.

Billy Wylder @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

BILLLY WYLDER

A spiritual cousin to Paul Simons Graceland Seven Days

From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at the Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. From 2013-16, Salloway toured the globe with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar hero from Niger, Africa. While on the journey and since returning, Salloway wrote the material on the band’s new album, Strike the Match (Sand & Gold Records, released 9.7.18).

Salloway has been bringing these songs to life with the Wylder family, a group of dear friends and musical kindred spirits. In between shows, the band spent ten days recording at Eyeland Studio in the Columbus Theatre, home of The Low Anthem. The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert: think Andrew Bird meets Ali Farka Toure, Pete Seeger and Talking Heads. Strike the Match expands on American musical traditions, building a bridge to their African roots and coloring the songs with experimental art-rock textures: gilded string lines, synthesizers, and angular guitars. Mother Earth is at its center, surrounded by stories of love, conflict, change and dreams.

Salloway shares, This album is a reflection of the world we’ve been born into, one filled with supernatural beauty and incomprehensible struggle. My social and environmental activism work has taken me to territories that have been colonized and occupied in the Middle East, North and West Africa, the South Pacific and Standing Rock, here at home. I have experienced the creative spirit rise up in the face of darkness and adversity and it is the most life-affirming feeling I have witnessed. This record has become the artifact at the intersection of these moving events in my life.

On Strike the Match, Billy Wylder grapples with some of the most pressing questions of our time. How can we reorient ourselves to nature as a source of strength for resistance to the forces that seek to destroy and profit from it? How can we use music to move beyond capitalism and nationalism to a global society for the benefit of the earth and all living beings? How can we reconcile our painful history with hope and optimism for the future? The album calls the listener to engage with these questions and illuminates the path towards participating in the creation of a more just and sustainable world.

The band is named after Salloways grandmother, Wilma Billie Hotaling. She was a prolific painter, author, musician, and educator. Billie wrote Count the Stars Through the Cracks, a harrowing historical fiction novel about a young brother and sisters escape from the Antebellum South along the Underground Railroad. Billies writing was raw and fearless and her book delivered a powerful narrative about America’s hard truths and the long journey to freedom. My grandma Billie led by example, showing me what creativity looks like and how critical art can be as a form of love and resistance. She is part of me and part of the Wylder family, Salloway reflects.

When listening to Strike the Match, its apparent just how much Salloway has matured as a musician and political thinker Fourth of July is a tightly composed rumination on what it means to be an American, the good and the bad, that rides a riff that’s one part Zeppelin and one part early 2000s garage rock revival A sense of mystery and majesty. No Depression

“The sonically adventurous roots-rock band loops urgent calls to action into its propulsive, hypnotic songs” WBUR

Avi Salloway vocals, guitar, harmonica
Rob Flax violin, synthesizers, vocals
Krista Speroni bass, vocals
Zamar Odongo drums, vocals

Links:

Website: billywlder.com
Facebook: facebook.com/billywylder
Instagram: @billywylder
Twitter: twitter.com/billywylder
Music Video: https://youtu.be/WLhlKdBJ4B8
Live Video: https://youtu.be/R2it0GL82rw

Ed Trickett House Concert @ Private home
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Reservations required: email HouseConcerts@fssgb.org for reservations and directions.

Ed Trickett has been collecting and interpreting traditional and tradition-based folk songs for almost four decades, and has appeared on over 40 recordings and as a featured guest on Garrison Keillor’s NPR radio show A Prairie Home Companion. His repertoire includes a wide range of ballads, sea songs, songs of love and “an occasional song of no consequence whatsoever.” In addition to his solo career, Trickett is well-known to New England audiences for having been a member of the celebrated trio Bok, Muir and Trickett, with whom he recorded ten albums and performed for 26 years.

For his day job, he is a professor of psychology. He looks for the hidden truths in songs, and sings them to us in a manner that gives us a new meaning to old songs. Usually playing guitar, and singing in a very gentle manner, Ed is also an accomplished piano player. He doesn’t consider himself as a “professional” musician, but he is indeed a professional in every sense of the word. The songs he has recorded alone, with Anne Mayo Muir and Gordon Bok, and with other artists are some of the most beautiful ever recorded.

Nov
16
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Nov 16 @ 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.