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.

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Christine Lavin and Don White @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $25

Doors open at 7:30; Shows start at 8:00. Handicap accessible. Go to for more info.

Claudia Schmidt @ Tremedal Concerts
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Joe Jencks @ Ivy Chord Coffeehouse
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $22 general / $20 seniors and students

Songwriters in the Round: Jim Trick, Alice Howe, and Freebo @ me&thee coffeehouse
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm

Jim Trick

Imagine an experience where an entire audience feels like they are connected to a conversation; whether thru his music or his words, Jim brings a real life perspective, with an engaging and entertaining presence to the room. Joyful, sincere and magnetic are just a few of the words to describe Jim Trick.

Alice Howe

At once timeless and original, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with crafted poetry.  A lifelong songwriter, Alice’s musical sensibility lies in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. As a performer, Alice is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song.


From world renowned bassist (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, John Mayall, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Dr. John, Loudon Wainwright) to award winning singer/songwriter,  Freebo’s music touches your heart with songs of life, love, dogs, and the human condition. He is well regarded for his high level of musicality coupled with his thoughtful and powerful use of words in song lyrics as well as in prose and narrative. He has also appeared on the classic TV shows Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, The Tonight Show, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

35th Parallel at Simple Gifts Coffee House @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

35th Parallel stretch the boundaries of world music, creating an exotic journey through Asia and the Mediterranean. An evening you won’t soon forget. Guests are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages if they desire.

Cormac McCarthy @ Off the Common Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets: $15

Handicap accessible

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem @ New Revival Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Saturday Nov. 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs – these are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in its 15th year. From the Newport Folk Festival to the California World Music Festival and beyond, this band’s steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). At the helm, Arbo is “blessed with an unmistakable voice, both light and sultry, with a hint of tremolo and smoke” (Acoustic Guitar).

With Kinsey and Nayak’s vibrant baritones and Kessel’s resonant bass, the band’s signature lockstep harmonies can shake the rafters or hush the room. Arbo’s fiddle is sweet and sinewy, while Nayak’s guitar stretches across genre lines. Kinsey’s old-time bass anchors the deep groove of Kessel’s homemade percussion kit — a truly funky collection of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, packing-tape tambourines, bottle-cap rattles, Mongolian jaw harps, and a vinyl suitcase.

“This group is the epitome of what the Newport Folk Festival is all about.”— Bob Jones, founder, Newport Folk Festival

“…some of the most soul-lifting songs you’ll hear in your life…pure magic happens when these four musicians play together.” – No Depression

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and are available at For more information on the band see

New Revival Coffeehouse is at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, 353 Great Rd., Stow MA 01775. For directions, click here.
All shows are on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 the day of the show.
For questions, call 978-274-2593, or email

Chris Smither in Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club
Nov 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Members $28./ Non-members $30.

The South Shore Folk Music Club is a non-profit organization that has been presenting a wide spectrum of acoustic music on the South Shore for 39 yrs. The presentations range from contemporary singer-songwriters & traditional music, to bluegrass and blues. The atmosphere is informal, friendly and smoke and alcohol free. Our venue is handicapped accessible. The club’s web site is:

A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world. ”—Associated Press.

In his early twenties, Smither turned his back on his anthropology studies and headed to Boston at the urging of legendary folk singer Eric von Schmidt. It was the mid-’60s and acoustic music thrived in the streets and coffeehouses there. Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt who went on to record his songs, “Love You Like A Man” and “I Feel the Same.

In early 1997 Smither released Small Revelations. It climbed the Americana and Triple A radio charts and led to concert dates with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, and the hugely successful, original Monsters of Folk’ tour with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin and Tom Russell. Small Revelations also generated several film projects for Smither.

His CD, Drive You Home Again (1999), garnered four-stars from Rolling Stone. And with it, Smither continued to tour world-wide. Shortly after, in 2000, Smither released his one-man-tour-de-force, Live As I’ll Ever Be.

Train Home (2003) was Smither’s last record for HighTone and his first with producer David Goodrich. Over a six-week period, basic tracks for Train Home were recorded in the relaxed environment of Smither’s home near Boston. Working with new session musicians, the record is simultaneously sparse and assured. Lifelong friend and special guest, Bonnie Raitt, provided backing vocals and slide guitar on Smither’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row.”

With the release of his 12th recording Leave The Light On (2006) on his own imprint, Mighty Albert, Smitherbegan a new label relationship with the renowned acoustic and modern folk label, Signature Sounds.

The most recent recording project is Still On the Levee (2014) – a double-CD retrospective. Recorded in New Orleans at the Music Shed, this career-spanning project features fresh new takes on 24 iconic songs from his vast career.

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”


Dan Weber with Chuck Williams opening $20/$10 @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Eric Schwartz @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $20

Doors open at 7:30; Shows start at 8:00. Handicap accessible. Go to for more info.

Bob Bovee House Concert @ Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Nov 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


Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl (Julie Dougherty and Woody Woodward open) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm

In the 70’s the Boston Globe dubbed Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl the “darlings of the folk scene.” They recorded two albums together and garnered national attention with Mason’s original song, Marblehead Morning. Mason went on to become an award winning composer and Jeanie continued performing as a featured vocalist on videos for Masterpiece Theater, for films and as a solo recording artist on the Daring Records label.

Their latest album, 40, celebrates 40-years of musical collaboration. The CD reflects their interest in a broad range of styles, from classic songs of the 30’s and 40’s to contemporary folk and country and original tunes.

Julie Dougherty and Woody Woodward

“Ive been singing since the mid-sixties, starting with my sister, Kathy, performing folk music at coffeehouses in the Boston area, such as the Unicorn Coffeehouse and the Kings Rook (we were lucky enough to open up several times for the Kingston Trio in the 70s) through the years since then, Ive travelled much of the country singing Irish music, original folk-rock music, country-rock music in the 80s, and have made several trips to Nashville, where I placed two original songs with two major publishing firms and almost moved there in the early 90s….but my roots are in New England! I also hosted a songwriting cable TV show, called Songwriters In The Round for three years, on which we featured many fine songwriters including Noel Paul Stookey, Chris Smither, and Al Kooper, to name just a few.

Third Thursday Open Mic @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Nov 16 @ 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.

Amy Speace with Charlee Bianchini @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets advance $12; at door $14, seniors $10, juniors $5, families $28

This concert is underwritten by a generous sponsor.

Although Amy Speace began her creative career in the theater, acting with The National Shakepeare Company and various other classical repertory theaters, she long ago left behind the stage to pursue music full time. Cutting her teeth playing regular gigs at The Living Room and The Bitter End in NYC, she was discovered by legend Judy Collins in 2005 and signed to Collins’ imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums, “Songs For Bright Street” (2006) and “The Killer In Me” (2009). Judy Collins herself recorded Amy’s song, “The Weight of the World,” calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard.”

Emily Vick Agnew w/Geri Strickler & Friends opening @ Second Friday Coffeehouse
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Emily Vick Agnew brings her cabaret stylings to Second Friday! Tickets $12/adults, $8/students & seniors.

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio @ OCC Coffeehouse
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Americana style blending Jazz, folk and blues with 3-part harmonies and virtuosity. She is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. Over 200 shows/year throughout the U.S.

Le Vent du Nord @ Peterborough Folk Music - Peterborough Players Theater
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm

The always popular band from Quebec  touring with their newest CD returns to Peterborough.

“Exceptionally skilled, exceptionally experienced, and exceptionally entertaining. (…) This new album Têtu digs deep into the tradition, and again it is presented as modern and vital”
— Glen Herbert SING OUT! (june 2015, USA)


Coffeehouse and Open Mic at the South Shore Folk Music Club @ South Shore Music
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Featuring Susan Cattaneo

Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country. Susan performed as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Festival and has been a finalist or winner at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the Kerrville’s New Folk Contest, the Wildflower Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, the International Acoustic and Independent Music Awards, the USA Songwriting Contest and Mountain Stage Contests. She just released her fifth record, The Hammer and The Heart a double album featuring 40 artists including Mark Erelli, The Bottle Rockets and Bill Kirchen, Jenee Halstead, Dennis Brennan and Jennifer Kimball.  Photo credit – Jyoti Sackett

 Ric Allendorf to Open

Ric Allendorf is an acoustic musician, visual art educator and breadsmith. Ric’s songwriting covers the breadth of folk and blues, Celtic/British fingerstyle, and Americana. As a navigational tool into narratives of love, loss and renewal Ric’s songs chart new paths to truth with his steady sound as the mast. Set your compass on Ric Allendorf for this month’s coffeehouse & open mic at the South Shore Folk Music Club.

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.

Griffin House @ me&thee coffeehouse
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm

Griffin House

It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey. An album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth, offers listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with another’s story.

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Still Willow/Open Mike @ Javawocky Coffeehouse
Nov 18 @ 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.

The first set will be an open mike. Performers are encouraged to request a slot by email at Slots will be available on a first come-first served basis.

Atwater-Donnelly @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse
Nov 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

We’re thrilled to announce the return of this highly praised husband-wife duo of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, who blend gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments, including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more. Wait til you see Aubrey dance!

Cosy Sheridan @ Tremedal Concerts
Nov 18 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door

Joe Crookston, Emily Mure opens @ New Moon Coffeehouse
Nov 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm