LINDEN TREE’S WINTER POTPOURRI… $5+ donation 7:30 PM EARLIER TIME
BENEFIT for THE BAPTIST CHURCH whose fire in October destroyed their building.
Join Linden Tree Coffeehouse for an evening to discover new talent on Saturday, January 26that 7:30pm. Eight performers will perform two songs each, and at least one, maybe more will be asked to be a part of Linden Tree’s 35thseason next year based on the input by the audience. The evening will be hosted by Wakefield singer-songwriter Kirsten Manville and will feature a set by Andy and Judy, one of last year’s winning acts.
Kirsten Manville is a singer-songwriter with a strong voice and honest music. Her recent CD, SOME PEOPLE SING, showcases this whether she is telling a story or capturing a moment in time. www.KirstenManville.com
Andy and Judy are a Boston area duo whose performances feature close harmonies and their multi-instruments: mandolin, banjo, piano, harmonica, ukulele, and guitars. Their songs are firmly rooted in traditional and folk music, with influences of country, gospel, blues, and bluegrass. Their new CD, REFLECTIONS, reached #9 on the Folk DJ chart for November and all 11 songs were played. www.andyjudysing.com
Competing in this year’s Winter Potpourri are: Allison Rose, Catie Flynn, Emerald Rae, Linda Marks, Mark & Raianee, Mark Stepakoff, Peter Lehndorff, and Tim Foley. Audience members will receive a scorecard to help the Linden Tree Committee rate each act. Last year, three of the top vote getters won the chance to perform during this year’s Linden Tree’s 34thseason of acoustic music.
Allison Rose: Allison is a Rhode Island native singer-songwriter who is turning heads with her pure voice, heartfelt lyrics, and a solid serving of humor and sass. Her influences are evident in her artistry, as her vocal and songwriting styles have been likened to traditional folk styles of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, with a splash of Emmylou-esque country and a Sara Bareilles pop vibe. Allison released her debut EP, Hope, in 2016—a 6-song collection of songs about life, family, and love, She was one of 4 finalists in the Rhode Island Songwriter Association’s 2015 Performing Songwriter Competition and a top 10 finalist in RISA’s 2017 competition, a top 10 finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival’s 2016 Songwriter Competition, and a top 3 Finalist in the Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s 30th Anniversary Songwriting Contest (2016—honorable mention).http://allisonrosemusic.com
Catie Flynn: Catie Flynn is a singer-songwriter born and raised on Cape Cod. She is a graduate of Berklee College of music. After college she refined her craft for songwriting while living and playing in Nashville, TN. Catie has had the pleasure of opening up for some wonderful musicians including Shawn Colvin and Mark Erelli. Her solo album “Let Me Down Slow’ is available on iTunes and Spotify, and was recorded by Jon Evans (Grammy nominated) at Brick Hill Studio. www.catieflynn.com
Emerald Rae: Hailing from the historic fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with her sophisticated approach to rhythmic and percussive fiddling. Her direct and intimate style of singing infuses her songs with a powerful immediacy, while her extraordinary chops transform the fiddle into anything from bagpipes to flamenco or electric guitar, slap bass or ukulele. Her voice, alternately high and honeyed then gutsy and soulful, delivers a vocal range that encompasses both wind and sea, animal and etheric. www.emeraldrae.com
Linda Marks:Linda is a singer/songwriter, pianist and arranger who integrates elements of jazz with contemporary folk, sharing poignant original songs and fresh arrangements of favorite covers, in an intimate, heart-to-heart style. She has released 5 CDs with one on the way for the new year. Jackie Damsky, local session violinist, will accompany Linda. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark & Raianne: Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Their harmonies and lyrics echo inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer-songwriters like Ian & Sylvia and Neil Young. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States & Canada since 2010. www.markandraianne.com
Mark Stepakoff: Boston-based singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff is widely admired on the New England folk music scene for his mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of artists such as John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III, with whom he has frequently been compared. He has released five CDs and has placed four songs in the top 10 on the national “Folk-DJ’ radio airplay chart, reaching as high as number 3. Mark has received numerous songwriting awards, including four First Prizes in the Great American Song Contest and two First Prizes in American Songwriter Magazine’s lyric contest. He has been a finalist in the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition and has received Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, and three times the Rocky Mountain Folks Singer Songwriter Showcase . www.markstepakoff.com
Peter Lehndorff: Peter writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Some are humorous. Some are serious. They are observations about the things that happen to him and the things he sees. For several years, Peter was his late wife Kathy’s full-time caregiver as she battled Huntington’s Disease, the genetic brain disease that took the life of Woody Guthrie. He continued writing songs and recording them in his attic. A new recording is in the planning stages that will feature his friends Jim Henry and Tracy Grammer. Several of his car related tunes received national airplay on college and public radio and the NPR radio show Car Talk. www.Lehndorff.com
Tim Foley: Tim’s original music is a synthesis of jazz, blues, folk and funk, incorporating broad and nuanced inspiration from classical to the distinct musical flavors from his time in New Orleans, LA. Tim has a delightful guitar instrumental CD and along with his solo performances, he hosts weekly open mics on Monday nights at Feng’s in Wakefield, MA and Tuesdays nights at Zwu’s in Peabody, MA.https://www.timfoley.space/
The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located at the UU Church, 326 Main Street, Wakefield. Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 7:00. Admission for this show a minimum donation of $5. We are hoping that the audience will donate more for the Wakefield Baptist Church Fire fund. The Wakefield historic landmark church struck by iightning last October was a total loss.