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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.

Feb
28
Fri
RUNA @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
RUNA @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $20. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $25 for adults, $5 for those age 18 and under, and $50 for families.

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and four Independent Music Awards including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.

Jim Trick and Friends: Radoslav Lorkovic and Lisa Bastoni @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We welcome Jim Trick and friends, Radoslav Lorkovic and Lisa Bastoni, to our stage on February 28 at 8:00 pm. All three musicians will play in the round and participate in an engaging celebration of song and musical kinship.

Jim Trick brings a real-life perspective, with an engaging and entertaining presence to any venue he plays. Joyful, sincere, and magnetic are just a few of the words to describe his personality. Thought-provoking lyrics and masterful guitar playing are the rest of the equation that makes up a Jim Trick performance.

As a child, Jim was bullied for choosing music over sports, for having a funny last name, and for struggling with obesity. Through his experiences, he delivers a blend of alternative folk, thoughtful pop, and spoken word. Jim takes the acoustic guitar down a path of percussive, intricate and ethereal ranges, creating well thought out melodic support for carefully crafted lyrics. His most recent release, Further From the Tree, was fully funded by his loyal fan base and he’s got a full album’s worth of songs for a new album.

Radoslav Lorkovic draws from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul with his distinctive piano style. His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has led to five critically acclaimed solo recordings and numerous appearances with artists including Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Ellis Paul, Ronny Cox, and Bo Ramsey. His thirty-year touring career has led him from the taverns of the upper Mississippi River to the castles of Italy, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Rad combined these blues roots with his classical heritage, picking up Tex-Mex and Zydeco accordion as well. Six CDs later, Radoslav is still touring and regularly appearing at folk festivals around the world.

Singer-songwriter Lisa Bastoni’s new album, How We Want To Live, chronicles life changes, including songs about the dissolution of her marriage and learning to live a new normal. The album finds the singer diving deeper into the life she craves with themes ranging from romantic relationships to those with her children, parents and friends. Weaved throughout are her hopes for herself and the world around her. A 2019 Kerrville New Folk Winner and nominee for 2019 Boston Music Awards folk artist of the year, Lisa Bastoni has shared the stage with Lori McKenna, Little Big Town, Regina Spektor and many more.

Feb
29
Sat
Pesky J. Nixon @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Feb 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $20

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

Mar
1
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Mar
6
Fri
Oshima Brothers (Hawthorn opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

OSHIMA BROTHERS
Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. On stage, Sean and Jamie create a surprisingly full sound with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion. Their debut album, “Oshima Brothers,” released in 2016, is a collection of 11 original songs written by Sean, and arranged and recorded by Jamie. The brothers live in Maine but are often on the road performing, producing music videos, and dancing.

Sean and Jamie are two of the most inspirational people I’ve met. They perform a roots-based pop sound that is infectious and fun, and even though a little wistful, this song gets in your head and won’t let go. — Chris Wienk, WEXT

“Their engaging sibling harmonies, thought-provoking lyrics and hook-laden melodies grabs your attention from the very first track straight through to the last.” — Lucky Clark


HAWTHORN
Working from the belief that tradition is made to evolve, the women of Hawthorn chart a creative course through Appalachian and Celtic roots to the present-day. Heather Scott and Taylor Holland craft songs with a weight that sits with you long after their audible presence fades (Red Line Roots). When they harmonize, the edges of their voices bleed together like watercolors on paper (WBUR). With a powerful vocal blend surrounded in old-time banjo, seascape guitar, and dreamy electric lines, Hawthorn is quickly claiming a place in the music of New England and beyond. Hawthorns newest LP, Maggie Willow, is now streaming everywhere.

like tributaries winding upriver, they separate, tracing parallel arcs before merging again at the top of the next verse. Neither voice takes the lead; instead, they travel in tandem, companions on a shared journey. AMELIA MASON / WBuR
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Mar
7
Sat
Ari Hest Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Tickets: $22 Member, $24 Non-Member (register here or at the door)

I’ve been making music and touring the planet for about 15 years. What started out as an occasional creative outlet is now my way of life. Growing up just outside New York City, I began playing guitar in the hallways of my high school, learning the songs of The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Smashing Pumpkins, and Dave Matthews Band. I graduated, went to college for a communications degree, and finished feeling way more inclined to make music than anything else, so I hit the road. In these past 15 years, I’ve played in every state in the U.S. and toured extensively throughout Europe. I’ve had the honor of playing with a slew of incredible musicians wherever I’ve gone.

I just released my ninth LP, Natural, and I’ve also released three solo EPs as well as a song-a-week project of 2008 called “52”. I also am in three bands that have recorded albums over the past few years -The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland, and most recently a duets album with Judy Collins called Silver Skies Blue, which was nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Folk Album” of 2017.

Sometimes my music is heard on TV or in movies – The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill to name a few. I also scored music for a film called Dreamriders, a documentary which won several independent film awards. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to sing and play music for a living. I wanna keep it going for as long as possible. It’s good for my soul, and I love knowing that what I create can have a real impact on people.

 

Kenny White @ Peterborough Folk Music - Bass Hall, Peterborough NH
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

After seeing Kenny White open for Stephen Stiles and Judy Collins in Keene NH a year ago, we knew we needed to bring Kenny back to the area. He played at Deb’s House Concerts shortly afterwards; filled the room and had a wait list. So now we bring Kenny back to a larger venue to enjoy this remarkable musician.

“I’d have to say that Kenny White has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters … and particularly, lyricists.  As we say in the trade ‘he goes deep.’   A true wordsmith AND musician who reveals a fine sense of humor, as well. Put on your headphones and listen carefully.” David Crosby

Astonished audiences often ask KENNY WHITE after a live performance, “How come I’ve never heard of you?” when in fact, the pianist, singer/songwriter, producer and arranger has been very well known in the NYC recording scene for decades.  He comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey.  LONG LIST OF PRIORS, his  new album, is the latest collection of original songs: indelible snapshots of the human condition, from heart-wrenching to hilarious and observed with the precision of a diamond cutter.  Kenny White’s work in the studio enabled him to assemble a who’s who of musicians and guest artists, including David Crosby, Peter Wolf, Larry Campbell, Amy Helm and Catherine Russell, along with his regular band featuring the dexterous Duke Levine on guitar, shape-shifting Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live) on drums, and the masterful Marty Ballou on bass.  Now add the horns, strings, and other surprising arrangements, and LONG LIST OF PRIORS is a refreshingly original and multi-layered recording.

Shawna Caspi and The Lied To’s (split bill) @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Porch Party Mamas @ New Revival Coffeehouse, Stow MA
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Porch Party Mamas @ New Revival Coffeehouse, Stow MA

Inspired by playing and singing each others songs at their own "porch parties", these established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters decided to combine their individual talents and create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country and Blues. They took their act on the road and "Porch Party Mamas" was born.

All are seasoned players, each with their own pervasive individual music persona and critical accolades. Between them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished litany of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls and Lyle Lovett.

Matthew Byrne @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Matthew Byrne at The Linden Tree March 7. $20

Storytelling through song is a fundamental duty of traditional music and Matthew Byrne does this brilliantly. His repertoire has been shaped by his musical upbringing and Byrne supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room.

Byrne is also a student of history whose love of traditional music goes well beyond the words and music.  For him, songs are ways of understanding people before him…their lives, work, language, and worldview.

 “I see songs as sources of the past – windows into my own family history. Traditional music has always been the most important tool for me to understand where I come from and who I am. My live performance is meant to bring audiences on a journey through the lineage of my repertoire and share what these songs have revealed to me.”

 Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country, Hearts & Heroes certainly provides ample evidence.”— RODDY CAMPBELL, PENGUIN EGGS MAGAZINE

“It’s increasingly rare to find male traditional singers who are not just good, but GREAT! Matthew is certainly in that truly great category.”— BRIAN O’DONOVAN, WBGH BOSTON

Linden Tree Coffeehouse, UU Church, 326 Main St. Wakefield, MADoors open at 7:30, show begins at 8:00pmTickets $20, those under 18 $10  Reservations: 781-246-2836  www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org

Matthew Byrne @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

From Newfoundland-Labrador,  Singer songwriter Matthew Byrne at the Linden Tree in Wakefield  March 7, 2020

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse continues its thirty-fifth season with a visit from singer-songwriter Matthew Byrne on Saturday, March 7th.  Hailing from Newfoundland-Labrador, Matthew has been described as possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room.

 

Storytelling through song is a fundamental duty of traditional music and Matthew Byrne does this brilliantly. His repertoire has been shaped by his musical upbringing. With parents who were both singers and song collectors, and a strong family focus on sharing songs, Byrne has inherited a unique repertoire as well as a fascination with unearthing and reimagining traditional songs.

 

Byrne is also a student of history whose love of traditional music goes well beyond the words and music.  For him, songs are ways of understanding people before him…their lives, work, language, and worldview.   “I see songs as sources of the past – windows into my own family history. Traditional music has always been the most important tool for me to understand where I come from and who I am. My live performance is meant to bring audiences on a journey through the lineage of my repertoire and share what these songs have revealed to me.”

 

Audiences in this area who have seen Matthew at New Bedford Folk Festival,  The Burren, and last winter at WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan’s Christmas show in Cambridge agree with the many reviewers and performers who praise Matthew for his new songs and beautiful voice, making him a unique folk performer that should not be missed.

 

Matthew is currently supporting his newest release, Horizon Lines – a collection of traditional material from both sides of the Atlantic that continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. This album won Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Having received this distinction for a second time, Matthew Byrne continues to establish himself as one of today’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

Tickets are $20,  under 18 $10, thanks to support in part from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Wakefield chapter.  Reservations are recommended by calling 781-246-2836.

Beverages and homemade baked goods are sold before the show and during intermission. The doors are open at 7:30, show begins at 8 pm.

 

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of the UU Church,  326 Main St. Wakefield, MA 01880.   www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org

 

 

Mar
8
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Mar
9
Mon
Roslindale Open Mike – Mini-Set: Cynthia Perkins Our Feature tonight is: David Roth @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
2nd Mondays – Stormy Monday Blues Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for the Monthly Blues Jam at The Hearing Room. We have a house band to back people up as we get the Blues! Woody Carpinella, Roland Ochsenbein and Tim Fiehler make up the regular band with special guests upon occasion. Sign up is in person and first come first to perform. We usually have 3 song sets but move to 2 song sets is the players get too numerous. This is an amazing evening for players and audience members alike!

Mar
13
Fri
Hayley Reardon with special guest Chris O’Brien @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Mar 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The me&thee coffeehouse welcomes Marblehead native Hayley Reardon and her special guest Chris O’Brien to its stage on March 13 at 8 pm. Hayley has been singing her special songs on her hometown stage since she was a pre-teen and has impressed fans and music industry insiders with her insightful lyrics and gentle melodies. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the me&thee is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street.

Local favorite Hayley Reardon has wisdom beyond her years and it shows in the complicated emotions inhabiting the lyrics she writes. Performer magazine calls her music ‘brilliantly moving folk/pop with lyrical depth and soul.” American Songwriter describes one of her tunes as “a melancholy little masterpiece.” She has been compared to Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and Tracy Chapman.

This show will be the last opportunity local audiences will have to hear Hayley for quite a while. In early April she is moving to Europe to participate in a 6-month Artist in Residence program based in the town of Dachau, Germany. Dachau is infamously known as home to a concentration camp (it’s hard to even find info on the city when you Google “Dachau”), but the town was once a thriving artist colony. The local government there is shining a light on all the creativity of the past and present, focusing on the arts that live on there, despite the dark aspects of the past.

From her home base in Germany, Hayley will tour Europe. She also plans to conduct a series of recorded interviews with members of the Dachau community and to write a collection of songs using the stories she uncovers. Her latest album, Where I Know You, also tells tales about people she has known and loved. The idea for that album was sparked during a unique tour of intimate spaces and non-traditional venues across the UK in 2017. Reardon explains, “It was just me in a living room or a barn or a backyard, sometimes even without amplification. All I had were these stories of my life and the people who have shaped it – and for the first time that felt like enough.” Reardon has several full-length albums and EPs to her credit.

Ellis Paul calls Chris O’Brien ‘my favorite of the newest class of American troubadours – powerful lyricist, gifted guitarist, charming performer.” Growing up in Amherst, Massachusetts, Chris picked up the guitar at age 14 and soon began writing his own songs. In 2001, Chris joined the renowned Boston music scene /songwriter began playing open mics around the city. He released his first album, Lighthouse, in 2007 and his second album, Little Red, in 2010. Chris changed made a major career shift a few years ago and returned to college, got a law degree and is not a practicing lawyer in Boston. This is a rare appearance and is not to be missed.

Mar
14
Sat
Amy Kucharik, Jan Luby @ John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse, Worcester MA
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Open Mic @ Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse, Byfield MA
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com or at 617-592-4398 for details.  There is a 3 song/10 minute limit.  This is a first come/first served for 10 spots.  2 spots will be help for walk-ins.  Thank you.

Dean Stevens and Friends at Music on Centre @ Theodore Parker Church Parish Hall
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:45 pm

The venue is located in the parish hall behind the Theodore Parker Church in West Roxbury and opens to the public at 7:00. Reservations can be made by emailing musiconcentre@gmail.com. Pay at the door with cash or credit. There is a family maximum of $40 as all Music on Centre shows are appropriate for all ages.  Plenty of free parking near by. Delicious desserts and hot and cold beverages are on sale before the show and during intermission. All proceeds benefit the operation and outreach of the Theodore Parker UU Church.

Dean Stevens, is a local Boston artist with an international perspective. He is a Spanish translator, social activist, Central American tour organizer and concert presenter at two different venues. In his “spare time”, he writes songs and performs at concerts in both English and Spanish. Known for his generosity and far-reaching musical connections, his concerts are a panoply of talented people  he has invited to share the stage with him. This concert is a celebration of his sixth CD, called “Arise” and will feature him and many of the musicians who collaborated with him on the CD.

The Squeezebox Stompers @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $20

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

Mar
15
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Mar
18
Wed
The Tops Open Mic @ Emerson Center of the Topsfield Congregational Church
Mar 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday 2/19/2020 Andy & Judy are the Feature Performers!! Come and sing a song, perform a poem or prose reading, or just come and enjoy all the great performances!!!

Mar
20
Fri
3rd Fridays Bluegrass Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Featuring but not limited to bluegrass. All ages and skill levels welcome. Hosted by Mark Abare.

Pass the hat event

Tom Paxton & The DonJuans @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Tom Paxton & The DonJuans @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA

Tom Paxton and the Don Juans will be performing at OCC Coffeehouse, Original Congregational Church in the center of Wrentham, at 7:30 pm, Friday, March 20. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, Tom Paxton, teams up with the Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo The Don Juans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner. Collectively, their songs have been covered by: Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, B.J. Thomas, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan… just to name a few! Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something. Now they’re taking it on the road!

Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community. Among his many songs that have become standards are The Last Thing on My Mind, Ramblin’ Boy, Bottle of Wine, Whose Garden Was This?, Goin’ to the Zoo, and The Marvelous Toy.

At Don Henry’s shows, you’ll easily spot those who have yet to hear his songs. Upon first experiencing them, the listener is often moved to laughter or tests, sometimes both at the same time! And everyone leaves humming, because Don Henry songs songs stay with you.

Mary-Chapin Carpenter said “Jon Venzer writes about the details of our hearts and feelings. His gift is in speaking to these ordinary things which connect us to one another And in recognizing their simple beauty, he transforms them into something extraordinary.”

Tickets for the concert are $30, available at the church office, 508-384-3110, or at www.musicatocc.org. The event will be in the Fellowship Hall at the rear of the church. Parking is available behind the church and in the lot across the street. For more information and to be added to the mailing list, visit the website or contact Ken Graves, 508-384-8084, occmusic99@gmail.com.

An Evening with Holly Near @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An Evening with Holly Near

Holly Near has been singing for a more equitable world for well over 50 creative years. She is an insightful storyteller through her music, committed to keeping the work rooted in contemporary activism.

Respected around the world for her music and activism, Holly released her 31st album in 2018.

One of the most powerful, consistent, and outspoken singers of our time, her concerts elevate spirits and inspire activism. A skilled performer, Holly is an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage a unique integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality.

Holly’s joy and passion continue to inspire people to join in her celebration of the human spirit. Equally compelling at her shows and through recordings, Holly’s music fully engages listeners in the world around them speaking to anyone who believes in peace, justice, and feminism; a wonderful spectrum of humanity.

Born in Ukiah, CA in 1949, Holly began singing in high school, including work with a local folk group. She built on her performing career with acting parts on seminal 70s television shows like Mod Squad, Room 222, and The Partridge Family. In 1970 she was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. Following the Kent State University shootings in May of that same year, the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest. The song, It Could’ve Been Me (which was released on A Live Album, 1974) was Holly’s heartfelt response to the shootings. In 1971, she joined the Free The Army tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy, and plays organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.

In 1972, Holly was one of the first women to create an independent record company, paving the way for women like Ani DiFranco and others. Her goal was to promote and produce music by politically conscious artists from around the world, a mission that Redwood Records fulfilled for nearly 20 years. Often cited as one of the founders of the Women’s Music movement, Holly not only led the way for outspoken women in the music world, but also worked for peace and multicultural consciousness. Throughout her long career Holly has worked with a wide array of musicians including Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reason, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others.

Holly Near has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, and the National Academy of Recording arts and Sciences. Holly was also named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and received the Legends of Women’s Music Award. During her travels in the Pacific with the Free The Army show, Holly became a globally conscious feminist, linking international feminism and anti-war activism. She was an active participant and coalition builder in what she refers to as the heady days of 1970s activism when so many movements were gestating and jostling one another.

Another significant arena of Holly’s activism is the LGBTQ community. Her interest was both personal and political. She was one of the first celebrities to discuss her sexual orientation during a pioneering 1976 interview with People magazine. A staunch advocate for LGBTQ rights, Holly is comfortable with her own sexuality and has a clear understanding of the fluidity of sexual orientation.

Holly is also a teacher, presenting master classes in performance craft and songwriting to diverse audiences. Building on this role, her historic papers are housed at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library and are regarded as an informed look at the last 50 years of social change movements.

She has also become a spokesperson within the social change music movement. During her time on the road, luminaries in the folk world have noted how her presence sets the tone for each event she joins. As Holly has observed, Music can influence choices for better or for worse. A lullaby can put a troubled child to sleep, but Muzak can put a whole nation to sleep. A marching band can send our children off to war. It can also have everyone laughing, dancing, and loving as the lead off to a gay pride parade.

Holly finds herself in a role that her amazing journey has uniquely prepared her to fill as the significance of her work over time has crystallized her iconic status. At once flattered, amazed, and centered, she graciously assumes the honoring that comes with time, proud to represent through her voice and her music the movements that are so fundamental to her spirit.

Mar
21
Sat
Coffeehouse and Open Mic @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Tickets: $9 Member, $10 Non-Member (register here or at the door)

Our coffeehouses are set up in café style with tables and chairs where you can enjoy a coffee, tea, or soft drink and a snack while you listen to live music.  The featured musicians and open mic performers from the audience provide an evening of entertainment.  Since our shows are from 7 PM until 9:15 PM we encourage families to share the experience together.  Children under 12 are half price.  Come enjoy the show!

This page will be updated with featured and opening acts as soon plans have been finalized.

 Open Mic– Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 6:30 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.