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Sometimes dates and performers change on short notice. It’s a good idea to check the venue website before attending shows.

May
25
Sat
Tracy Grammer with Jim Henry @ Peterborough Folk Music - Bass Hall, Peterborough NH
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

TRACY GRAMMER is one of contemporary folk music’s most beloved artists, renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate. Grammer is also a gifted storyteller whose incantations add a rare mixture of vulnerability, intimacy, and hard-won insight to her performances. 
Grammer is celebrating the release of LOW TIDE, her first album of original songs. “I’ve been a writer all my life, but it was never my intention to be a songwriter,” she says. “LOW TIDE is an album of revelations, confessions, and ultimately, healing. I am proud of the writing and utterly thrilled with the sounds. I took risks. I tried new approaches. I told the truth, and delivered my multitudes. My eleventh album is the first one that really sounds like me.” Co-produced with long-time touring partner Jim Henry, LOW TIDE was released January 19, 2018 on Grammer’s own label, Tracy Grammer Music, and is available through Fish Records in the U.K.

Grammer plays theaters, coffeehouses, and festivals across the United States and Canada regularly, and has traveled to Europe and Japan. She holds the record for the most consecutive appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

It’s hard to know where to start when describing Jim Henry. He does a lot of things and he does them well. As a sideman, on a variety of electric or acoustic guitars, or on mandolin or dobro, Jim can render emotional sensitivity in one moment then tear into a rock or country solo with such fire it’s hard to catch your breath. He is a master of adding whatever is needed at any musical moment. At center stage, Jim delivers his finely crafted original songs with a smooth, rich baritone voice and engaging storytelling and humor.

May
27
Mon
Chris Wilhelm with Mini Set by John Dino @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
May
31
Fri
Upstate @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
May 31 @ 7:30 pm
Upstate @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $15.  Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester.  The suggested contribution at the door is $18 for adults, $12 for those 65 and older, $5 for those 12 and under, and $36 for families.

Drawing from every corner and decade of America’s musical landscape, Upstate has been described as a “hurricane of sound”.  The unique instrumentation includes mandolin, cajon, upright bass, and alto/baritone saxophone, all fronted by a powerhouse of 3-part female vocal harmony.  The material is innovative and forward thinking, but never at the expense of a great hook or a solid groove.  Upstate plays music to move your body and soul.

Windborne @ Music on Centre at Theodore Parker Church
May 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:45 pm
Jun
1
Sat
Those Girls Sing @ 19 Carter Music Series, Berlin MA
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

About ThOSE GIRLS

2018 and 2017 BEST VOCAL DUO/GROUP – MANHATTAN ASSOC. OF CABARETS & CLUBS (MAC)!

Those Girls is a new vocal harmony project that promises a great time filled with great music! Eve, Rachel, Karen & Wendy joined forces in 2016 to form this contemporary, four-member women’s vocal group that performs an eclectic mix of music from a wide range of styles – from pop to jazz, the Beatles to U2, country to rock, and everything in between. Their fresh takes on all things vocal have quickly made them a New York City favorite with audiences and critics alike. Those Girls strive to create unique arrangements of songs, and also to bring their sense of humor to performances of all shapes and sizes, creating innovative shows that are fun, high-energy, insightful, and memorable.

EVE EATON

Eve made a return to cabaret after a nine year hiatus with 2015’s Back to Billy:  A Love Affair 30 Years in the Making, for which she was nominated for a Broadway World Award in the Best Show, Female category (directed by Lennie Watts, musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins).  She is regularly involved in Lennie Watts’ Arrangement Experience shows and was recently seen in the “Gone Too Soon” series at the Metropolitan Room (musical direction by Ricky Ritzel).  She hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest (Olympia, Washington) where she spent her formative years in theatre.

RACHEL HANSER

Rachel has performed in cabaret rooms, bars and clubs all over NYC, as a featured performer and as a back-up singer.  Rachel’s first featured cabaret show was called 5’3” and Under, in which she played “Under”. Other features include A Sign of the Times (the music of Petula Clark) and The Words and Music of Joni Mitchell. Her vocal harmony chops were well showcased as a longstanding performer in D. Jay Bradley’s Annual Christmas Show, a much loved holiday tradition in NYC for more than a decade. As a member of the Poppy Seed Players, through the Kaufman Cultural Center, Rachel has had lead roles in Hannah the JoyfulA Tree Grows Up and Number the Stars. Rachel is also a featured singer in the Jonathan Lewis Band, and was a founding member of the a cappella group Downtown Vocals.

KAREN MACK

Karen is an eight-time MAC Award winner for vocal performance and songwriting, as well as for her vocal harmony work for 12+ years with talented singer/songwriter Michael Holland as half of the pro vocal duo that brought the acclaimed & ridiculous retropop series “Gashole!” to the world. LGNY says “in addition to her sense of humor, she has the kind of voice one longs to hear…her flawless placement, appealing style and dead on performance are electrifying!” and The Village Voice echoed “Mack can sock anything with a rock beat out of the ballpark.”  Karen was part of the 25th Anniversary Gala for the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall,  and was featured in the UK premier of “Brenda Bly, Teen Detective”, and “Build Me A Bridge – The Music of Miller and Hammonds” at the Bridewell Theater in London’s West End.

WENDY RUSSELL

A native New Yorker, Wendy has performed as a jazz & cabaret vocalist at clubs in and around NYC including the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Hudson Theater, Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, and The Metropolitan Room.  Working with Lennie Watts (director) and Steven Ray Watkins (piano),  she was nominated for a 2016 MAC Award for Best Female Vocalist, for her highly acclaimed solo cabaret show, “Where Have I Been All My Life”,  She’s been a featured soloist in the First Acoustics Concert series with vibraphonist Stefan Bauer.  Wendy started her singing career as a soloist in the Riverside Church’s Children’s Antiphonal Choir and as a soloist for Holt Rinehart & Winston/Triton Records Exploring Music K-12 series of Albums.

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Dean Stevens & Friends @ Tremedal Concerts, Watertown MA
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Dean is announcing the release of his new CD “Arise”

Jun
6
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Jun 6 @ 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.

General Admission $6; Amazing Things Members $5; Students $3

Tickets sold at door only; please remember Folk Open Mic is now held on the first and third Thursdays ONLY!! Check the Facebook page for updates

Jun
8
Sat
Reggie Harris @ Javawocky Coffeehouse, Brockton MA
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jonathan Edwards @ Recital Hall @ Redfern Arts Center
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

MDS (Monadnock Developmental Services) Benefit Concert.

Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. The man simply delivers night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor. This is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic. These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. “I’ve been…doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it,” he says.

Jun
10
Mon
David Hoffman (Debut EP Release Party) with Mini Set by Chris Morgan @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jun
14
Fri
Scott Ainslie @ Peterborough Folk Music - Deb's House Concerts, Harrisville NH
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Scott Ainslie’s mother found him at the family piano picking out melodies from the records she listened to during the day when he was three years old.  He’s been a musician all his life.

A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington & Lee University, Ainslie came of age during the Civil Rights era, and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black Gospel and Blues. He plays this music with affection, authority, and power.

Armed with a variety of instruments – vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South – Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive.

On stage, in educational teaching concerts, workshops, and school residencies, Ainslie explores the African and European roots of American music and culture. His easy, conversational way with audiences and cross-disciplinary approach to the music consistently garners rave reviews from presenters, audiences, students, and teachers, alike. He is a masterful and thoughtful historian, storyteller, and musician.

His performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart. The show starts at 7:00 p.m.; preceded by a potluck at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Richard Curzi and Positive Energy @ Second Friday Coffeehouse, Belmont MA
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jun
15
Sat
Riley Coyote with Teddy Goldstein opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please email Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse2gmail.com.  The first 14 signups are guaranteed a spot.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.

Jun
20
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Jun 20 @ 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.

General Admission $6; Amazing Things Members $5; Students $3

Tickets sold at door only; please remember Folk Open Mic is now held on the first and third Thursdays ONLY!! Check the Facebook page for updates

Jun
22
Sat
Kerri Powers with Kirsten Manville opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Linda Marks and Terry Smith open for Julia Mark @ The Music Salon, Waltham MA
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Music Salon is an intimate house concert series dedicated to building community through music and art

6 pm Potluck dinner

6:30 pm Visual art presentation

7 pm The Music begins:  Linda Marks and Terry Smith open for featured musician, singer/songwriter/pianist Julia Mark

$20 donation goes to the featured musician

John Conolly, Rob van Sante and Janie Meneely House Concert @ Private home
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Reservations are required: email HouseConcerts@fssgb.org for reservations and directions.  Admission is $20, payable in cash at the door.  ($5 for students if you let us know in advance.)

There will be a potluck supper before the concert, starting at 6:30pm.  Please bring something to share, if you plan to join us for supper.

John Conolly is an internationally-recognized singer and songwriter who plays guitar and melodeon. He styles his songs so masterfully on the sound of English traditional songs that many people are surprised to hear that his songs are not from the tradition. Many of his most famous songs have been inspired by the fishing heritage of his hometown of Grimsby, UK, and have been performed and recorded by famous singers all over the world, including “Fiddler’s Green,” “The Trawling Trade,” “Punch and Judy Man,” and “The Widowmaker.” He has been actively involved in the folk music scene all of his life and was one of four people who came together in 1963 to form the Grimsby Folk Club. He has been in many different band configurations over the years, performing his own material and English traditional songs at pubs, clubs, festivals and concerts – an article in Living Tradition of unknown date mentions that he performed for FSSGB but that must have been quite a while ago now! He currently has seven cds available.

He will be accompanied on this tour by Rob van Sante, who lives in Whitby, UK. He is known for his subtle guitar accompaniment and fine harmony singing, which is a perfect complement to John’s singing. In the 70’s and 80’s he toured extensively through Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East working with many well-known UK folk and jazz performers. He is a noted sound engineer, having served as the sound engineer for the Battlefield Band for nearly 20 years in the 90’s and early 2000’s. He is a noted producer, recording engineer and session musician. I met Rob when he came through New England last year touring with Janie Meneely – they performed at Lynn Noel’s house and it was a great evening. He has a great stage presence but doesn’t overwhelm the headliner.

John and Rob have been working together as a duo since their collaboration on the production of John’s most recent CD, “The Man from Fiddler’s Green,” which has received critical acclaim in folk media. Rob’s sensitive guitar accompaniment and vocal harmonies add an extra dimension to John’s tuneful, thought-provoking songs and together they provide a thoroughly entertaining evening of good music and great humor.

Janie Meneely is setting up all of their East Coast tour so she is touring with them, and will present a song during the evening – she’s a wonderful singer with many lovely songs from the Chesapeake Bay area. She splits her time between DC and UK, and performs out with these two gentlemen whenever she can. I’ve met her, and the Old Howard Troupe used her home in DC as our rehearsal/crash space when we performed in DC last year. She’s warm and wonderful and a great singer/guitarist.

Jun
24
Mon
Tonight’s Feature Jenn Goldson with Mini Set by Dean Denniston Jr. @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jun
29
Sat
Andy & Judy with Robin O’Herin opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jul
8
Mon
Ed Banatt with Mini Set by Bill Banatt @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jul
13
Sat
Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz with Cardboard Ox opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jul
20
Sat
Cold Chocolate with Dave Richardson opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please email Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse2gmail.com.  The first 14 signups are guaranteed a spot.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.

Jul
22
Mon
Tonight’s Feature Jane Fallon with Mini Set TBA @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm