Combined Coffeehouse Calendar

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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.

Brother Sun with opener Tom Smith @ Saint Susanna Parish
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Advance tickets: $20

Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway are Brother Sun. They celebrate the amazing power of three-part harmonies, singing contemporary folk with touches of gospel, blues, jazz and pop. This is their final year as Brother Sun. Please come out and see this wonderful group before they move on!

This event is the first of three “Signature” events and is produced by the Good Art Series and Roslindale Open Mike (ROM). It is also a fundraiser for Saint Susanna’s Saint Vincent DePaul Society.

Tom Smith and Charlie Ortolani are beloved folk musicians that have been a part of our local community of music for some time now. They will prepare us well for Brother Sun!

Fly Amero, Jon Butcher, and Allen Estes @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Sep 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets advance $10; at door $12, seniors $8, juniors $5, families $24

This concert will feature three legendary Cape Ann musicians performing in the round. Fly Amero, Jon Butcher, and Allen Estes will perform their own songs and other songwriters’ songs, and they will back each other up throughout.

Steady On: Lilith Fair at 20 @ me&thee coffeehouse
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm

A talented quartet of female singer-songwriters carry the torch sparked by the groundbreaking 1997-1999 tour, joining forces on tunes penned by Lilith Fair luminaries (Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman and many more) plus original songs inspired by the spirit of Lilith Fair.  This tribute’s musicians feature Sloan Wainwright, Lara Herscovitch, Sharon Goldman, and Amy Soucy.

Fall Getaway Weekend @ Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Sep 15 – Sep 17 all-day

Staff: Martin Grosswendt and Suzanne Salem-Schatz, Gail Finnie.
The getaway weekend features workshops led by staff and campers (a singing track and an instrument-focused track – campers don’t need to stick to one track!), a campers’ concert, a flea market, and a concert by staff members.
See the FSSGB website for more details.

Scott Janovitz and Jim Wooster/Paul Judge CO-BILL @ Second Friday Coffeehouse
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Scott Janovitz is a Boston-based musician who has been a member of The Great Bandini, The Russians, The Figgs, and Graham Parker’s touring band The Latest Clowns. In 2010, he released Crashing The Party, an album that earned him a Boston Music Award for “Songwriter Of The Year,” and was named among the “Best Music of 2010” by the Wall Street Journal.

In 2015 he released the Fall In EP, which was followed in 2016 by the singles “Soft/Loud” and “Everlasting Health.” He’s a producer and engineer, working with artists such as Graham
Parker and Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses), and his songs have been featured in numerous
network television shows and feature films, including the original score for the Parker Posey movie The Love Guide. A new solo album is due in 2017.

Second Friday favorites Jim Wooster and Paul Judge are back!. This time around they’ll be singing some of their favorite songs, accompanying themselves on acoustic and electric guitars and mandolin. Always a treat to hear, Jim and Paul will make you smile!

$12/adult. $8/students & seniors.

Ari Hest (The Whispering Tree opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm

On Friday, September 15, the me&thee coffeehouse is happy to welcome Ari Hest back to its stage. Not only have Ari’s songs been played on multiple TV shows, but he has also toured nationally and internationally. He’s been touring quite regularly with legendary Judy Collins. The Franco / American duo, The Whispering Tree, opens the show.

Coffeehouse and Open Mike @ South Shore Folk Music Club
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Organization: South Shore Folk Music Club (NON-PROFIT)
Featuring: Kenny Selcer and Steve Gilligan: Earth Harmony (to open)
Tickets: Members- $7.00; Non-Members- $8.00; Children $4 (new members welcome)
Location: Beal House of the Kingston Unitarian Church

Kenny Selcer and Steve Gilligan (guitar, bass and vocals) are 2 seasoned music pros who play all kinds of different musical genres to create something new: “a sizzling blend of Americana, folk, rock, roots, reggae, and everything in between, that will get your toes tappin’, your head noddin’ up and down, your mouth singin’, your brain thinkin’ and maybe even get you dancin’ in the aisles!” They have played, individually and collectively places from Club Passim to The Bank of America Pavilion to The Bull Run to every coffee shop and bar in the area. They each have several solo cds of original music. Kenny’s web site is

Opening act Earth Harmony performs a mix of contemporary and traditional folk styles as well as original tunes that include such themes as social justice, peace-making, finding one’s place in the world, the joys [and challenges] of parenting, the lighter side of aging, exploring life’s spiritual connections and finding humor in everyday life.  Earth Harmony’s members include lead singer and songwriter Christina Nordstrom on guitar, Ric Bailey on guitar, banjo, and percussion (and anything else he finds to play!), Michelle Glidden on backup vocals and guitar, and Ted Mello on backup vocals and upright bass.

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.

Joe Davies Folk Festival featuring Atwater-Donnelly Trio, Susie Burke & David Surette, Ari & Mia, Jaeger & Reid, Still Willow, Erin Deneen @ Soule Homestead
Sep 16 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Rain or shine. $7.00 per day. Handicap accessible. for more info.

Bill Harley @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse
Sep 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. The doors open at 7:30.

A two-time Grammy award-winning artist, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life. His work reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.

The Kennedys, Jim Trick opens @ New Moon Coffeehouse
Sep 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets: $20

Joe Davies Folk Festival featuring The Kennedys, Cosy Sheridan, Annalise Emerick, The Whispering Tree, Diane Battistello @ Soule Homestead
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Rain or shine, $7.00 per day. Handicap accessible. for more info.

Phil Ochs Song Night @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets advance $20; at door $23, seniors $15, juniors $5, families $46

Phil Ochs wrote over 100 songs during his far too brief 35 years on earth.  He was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice.  The politicians always seem to hold up their end, and Phil’s lyrics are as relevant today as they were when they were written in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  To keep Phil’s music alive, groups of performers have gotten together to perform his beloved songs ever since 1983.  This Phil Ochs Song Night features outstanding musicians Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, Reggie Harris, and Tom Prasada-Rao.

Phil Ochs loved a cause, and this concert has one too.  Proceeds will benefit Family Promise North Shore Boston, an interfaith hospitality network that provides shelter, meals, job support and case management for homeless families.  First Congregational Church of Rockport is a Family Promise host church.

Third Thursday Open Mic @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm

$5 for musicians and attendees.

Doors open at 6:30. Music starts at 7:00. Handicap accessible. Go to for more info.

John Gorka (Heather Mae opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the clubs basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs  mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Many albums later and thousands of miles traveled, John Gorka remains one of the best of the best.

The title track to Heather Mae‘s new album, I Am Enough is an ode to body positivity and breaking away from self-imposed affliction to fit into what society defines as beautiful. Wanderer and No Poor Soul are reflections of Maes own experience of publicly coming out and the relief associated with finding love that accepts you just as you areexternally and internally. Stand Up wraps up the entire record with its challenge to listeners to fight against intolerances that so many of us face, such as racism, sexism and other prejudices.

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tom Irving/Tom Smith Split Bill @ Javawocky Coffeehouse
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Admission $13.00 in advance and Seniors/$15.00 at the door.

Doors open at 7:00, show time is 7:30.

There will be a 30-minute open mike to start the show. Performers are encouraged to request a slot by email at Slots will be available on a first come-first served basis.

Bill Staines @ Maple Street Church
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm

Bill Staines, one of folk music’s best singer/songwriters and entertainers, honored by Yankee Magazine as “one of the 80 gifts New England has given to America” appears in coffeehouse in Danvers at the Maple Street Congregational Church on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about Bill Staines’ music or this event, see or

Tickets:  $15, available at the door

Parking available behind the church in the Hobart Street lot.  Use back entrance.

Donna Lee, Barry Searle & The Crooked Ledge Band – Tribute to Merle Haggard & Emmy Lou Harris @ OCC Music
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets $15 advance, $20 at door. Handicap accessible. Go to for more info.

Norman Kennedy House Concert @ Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Admission $20 at the door ($5 students)

Reservations required.
Address will be given out when you make reservations.
More info at

Tret Fure with Randall Fromm opening $20/$10 @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets: $20, (under 18, $10)

Reservations: 781-246-2836,


Linden Tree Coffeehouse’s 33rd season opener

Sept. 23 at 8pm with Tret Fure,  Randall Fromm opening.  

 One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 15 albums and CDs over the course of her 47year career singing in coffeehouses and college campuses. More recently she won the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories., Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Songas well as the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music.

In the early 80s, Tret began exploring the independent side of the industry discovering the blossoming genre known as Women’s Music.  She recorded with and produced some of the best of women’s music including the legendary “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall” (1983). She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90s, producing, engineering and releasing 3 CDs together during those years.

“She’s a singer-songwriter who draws you into her personal world without self-indulgence because her themes are universal and the songs, well-written. Tret’s also a folk singer, touching on important issues like gender identity, and peace. 

Tickets $20 (under 18 $10)

Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 326 Main St. Wakefield, MA 01880   Reservations: 781- 246-2836





Jez Lowe (Shawna Caspi opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm

With the announcement of a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards (Folksinger of the Year and Best New Song), Jez Lowe has leapt into his third decade as a song-writing troubadour, on the back of a new and much acclaimed album  his nineteenth  entitled THE BALLAD BEYOND. The year ahead will see him in front of audiences right across the UK, as well as in Canada, Australia, Spain and Denmark, not only solo or with his long-standing backing band Bad Pennies, but in new musical company, on new musical journeys.

Shawna Caspi performs solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth teller, she has toured across Canada and the USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour.

Richard Grainger House Concert @ Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Admission $20 at the door ($5 students)

Reservations required.
Address will be given out when you make reservations.
More info at

Pierce Pettis (Kate Copeland opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm

After a lifetime of crafting finely-wrought, allheart-touching songs, singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis feels that hes finally found his comfort zone. The biggest change, he says of this point in his career has been getting over myself and realizing this is a job and a craft. And the purpose is not fame and fortune (whatever that is) but simply doing good work.

Kate Copeland is an award-winning singer/songwriter composer/arranger based out of New York City. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory’s composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in addition to putting out her own music.Most recently ASCAP declared her this year’s winner of the prestigious Robert Allen Award.

Susie Burke and David Surette @ Off the Common Coffeehouse
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets: $15

Sarah Borges with Broken Shingles in Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets: Members- $20.00 Non-Members- $22.00

Organization: South Shore Folk Music Club (NON-PROFIT)

Location: The Beal House of the Kingston, MA Unitarian Church

Change is something that takes a little getting used to. If you need proof of this, ask the soulful singer-songwriter Sarah Borges. After a long and successful stint with her band, The Broken Singles, 2011 marked the band’s breakup and Sarah embarking on a solo career. Whether it be through performances or her writing, Massachusetts native Borges has learned to dazzle – and do it well. That ability can be heard all over her 2014 Radio Sweetheart album, as well as her upcoming follow-up, Good and Dirty EP, which came out on March 4th 2016. She attributes that ability to a very eclectic sound, which she comes by naturally, she says, “I would say that my sound is straight up rock and roll, but it’s the sum total of what my record collection looks like. The new record is certainly more Americana than the last record was. It’s also more rock than the last record. I would say that it’s a version of the live shows – a lot of loud guitars and loud singing. You can certainly dance to it.”
For Good and Dirty EP, Borges received some all-star help in the producer’s chair. “I got to work with Eric “Roscoe” Ambel who has such a great track record – Steve Earle, Bottle Rockets, Joan Jett. I had met him through some mutual friends. He’s producing and playing guitar on it.” As the release date of the album beckons, look for Sarah Borges to be in her natural habitat. “We’re going to be on the road a lot. I was on tour with the Broken Singles for about eight years, then I stopped to have my son. The music business has changed so much since then, but one thing that hasn’t changed is people still go out and hear live music. I’m going to continue to do that, because that’s what I know how to do.