$20, (under 18 $10)
December 8: Bill Staines & Kim Moberg at The Linden Tree Coffeehouse
The 34thseason of Linden Tree Coffeehouse’s Smile Making Music continues on Saturday, December 8 with encore performances from Bill Staines and Kim Moberg.
Bill Staines continues to be one of the most durable and beloved singers on the folk music scene. Kim Moberg is a rising star, winning several New England singer-songwriting contests this year.
After touring and playing concerts for over 40 years, Bill Staines has not thought of slowing down. He continues to perform at more than 175 shows a year, driving close to 70,000 miles getting to them. Staines has twenty-six recordings to his credit and has written over three hundred songs, many of which have been recorded by the likes of Peter, Paul, and Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough, and Jerry Jeff Walker. His music is sung at campfires and folk music gatherings, in homes and churches, all around the country. Songs like “All God’s Critters,” “The Roseville Fair,” “Child of Mine,” and “River,” have become folk music classics. Composer David Amram once described Bill as “a modern day Stephen Foster. His music will be around a hundred years from now.”
On stage, Staines is an intimate, compelling performer, out of the folk scene of the 60’s, encouraging his audience to sing with him on his chorus songs. He will mix in traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads. His humorous tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people provide an entertaining blend of story and song.“Staines is one of the best songwriters in folk music today, penning lyrics that evoke a sense of place and a generous spirit to go along with his pretty melodies.– Associated Press
Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Alaskan Native Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. Music was the constant in Kim’s childhood, helping her to adjust to the frequent moves associated with growing up in a military family. At the age of 14, Kim began playing acoustic guitar on a borrowed nylon 6 string, earning lessons by typing lyric and chord sheets for students who were taking guitar lessons from her mother. A few years later, she purchased a Gibson Epiphone guitar and taught herself to strum and finger pick to her favorite music by the singer/songwriters of the 1970’s, but debilitating stage fright kept her from pursuing her own dream of becoming a professional performer. In 2014, after a hiatus from music to raise her two daughters with her husband, Kim set out to overcome her stage fright at local open mics and fundraisers.
Kim’s debut CD entitled “Above Ground”, celebrates the achievement of her goal to bring her music out of the basement.“Above Ground”, produced by Grammy nominated producer Jon Evans, was released worldwide in September 2017.
Kim draws inspiration from both traditional and contemporary musical forms of acoustic, folk, and country genres. A self-taught finger pick style acoustic guitarist, she strives to sing stories that evoke contemplation and emotion. Kim’s passionate and heartfelt vocals mesmerize audiences and tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak and healing. Her original songs speak to reunion, awakening and social consciousness.KimMobergMusic.com.
Kim’s recent recognitions include:
* Winner: 2018 Rose Garden Coffee House Performing Songwriter Competition
* 2nd Place: Linden Tree Coffeehouse Winter Potpourri, earning her a co-bill booking with legendary folk artist Bill Staines
* Finalist: Spire Center for Performing Arts Singer/Songwriter Open Mic Challenge
* 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase performing artist, selected by WOMR’s Bob Weiser
Both Bill Staines and Kim Moberg have samples of their music and where you can learn more about these talented performers on their websites. Reservations are requested by calling 781-246-2836. Tickets are $20, with those under 18 only $10, thanks to support in part to the Mass Cultural Council, Wakefield Chapter.
The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalists Church of Wakefield, 326 Main St. Wakefield. The show begins at 8pm, doors open at 7:30. Homemade baked goods and beverages are available. www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org