If you detect something mysterious in the music of Jenee Halstead, a freedom that owes no debt to place and time, or genre, you understand where she’s coming from and where she’s headed … deeper into the essence of song. An introduction to Patty Griffin, with whom she startlingly shares a vocal quality “was a complete revelation,” Jenee says. “[Griffin] gave me permission to just write.” Jenee was the Emerging Artist at the 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and has won plaudits from Telluride and Mountain Stage. Her latest CD, “Edge of the World,” adds to the soundscape in which her soft and supple voice floats exquisitely. Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald, likens it to “sorceress music, rings of smoke through the trees and bells of Rhymney”. Her evocative lyrical imagery, delivered with a compelling voice, makes it easy to see that Jenee’s unfettered songwriting will continue to rise, like swirling rings of smoke, into the expansive sky and far beyond the edge of the world.
Rich O’Reilly, Jim Bailey and Dan McAllister are veterans of the New England blues/roots scene. When listening to their fusion of delta slide guitar, harmonica and earthy grooves, you hear the heavy influences of Son House, Fury Lewis, Mississippi John Hurt and many other legends from the country/gospel blues genre. This combination of ‘real’, as in authentic music with a strong message, continues to win over enthusiastic fans who have had the pleasure of encountering the O’Reilly-Bailey team. www.oreillybailey.com
Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 7:30 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.