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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.

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
Jul
27
Sat
Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli with Beth DeSombre opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Aug
9
Fri
John Gorka @ Peterborough Folk Music - Bass Hall, Peterborough NH
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We are always thrilled to welcome John Gorka back to the Peterborough Folk Music stage, where he has shared his “refuge” of music and his brilliant singer-song-writing since the earliest days of the Folkway. John is a talented singer-songwriter who continues to evolve and grow, delighting audiences with his soul-stirring mix of old favorites and newly recorded work.

John’s career spans fifteen critically acclaimed albums, countless national and international tours, and collaborations with Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, and many more. Gorka’s newest/oldest recording BEFORE BEGINNING won an Indie Acoustic Award as best singer-songwriter record of 2016.

Aug
10
Sat
Open Mic @ Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse, Byfield MA
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Do you sing, play music, read poetry or do something else that you would like to share with others? Even if you are not a performer but you’re looking for a fun night of entertainment and want to be part of a judgement-free, receptive audience then the Open Mic Night is what you are looking for. Approximately 14 performances. 10 minute slots. You MUST sign up in advance to be guaranteed one of the performance slots. Musicians’ merchandise will be available for purchase and The Cat Cafe will be open all night for your snacking pleasure!  $10 Suggested donation – No charge for performers.  If you would like to perform or learn more about this new Open mic, please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com.

Aug
12
Mon
Tonight’s Feature Lara Herscovitch with Mini Set by Mike Delaney @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Aug
24
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Aug 24 @ 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.

Aug
26
Mon
Mike Williams with Mini Set By Carol Williams @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Aug
31
Sat
The Kennedys @ Peterborough Folk Music - Deb's House Concerts, Harrisville NH
Aug 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Potluck is at 6 p.m., followed by music by Pete and Maura Kennedy. Pete and Maura have a lot going on; In November you can join them on a musical cruise to Cuba http://www.kennedysmusic.com/cubacruise2019.html

Pete has finished his autobiography: Tone, Twang & Taste: A Guitar Memoir. Pete has assembled hundreds of musical stories from his life, starting with the day he first discovered the guitar as a child. This book features lots of rare photos that span his whole life.   http://www.petekennedy.com/

They have a new CD since they were here last. Safe Until Tomorrow, released (May 18, 2018). Life on the road and time spent in the creative ecosystem of the Village have informed their songwriting over the course of 14 duo albums and half a dozen side projects. Safe Until Tomorrow is true to that tradition. What sets the album apart is the inclusion of several anthemic, rocking songs of social consciousness that convey a strong message best summed up in one of the song titles: “Be Silent No More.” The Kennedys’ music is uplifting, empowering and encouraging. In these turbulent times, they rise to the occasion with Safe Until Tomorrow.

Much more about all of the above is at their web site http://www.kennedysmusic.com

Sep
6
Fri
me&thee all stars: Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl, Bill Staines, Guy van Duser and Billy Novick @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Our 50th anniversary begins with three of our favorite acts who have been making beautiful music on our stage for several decades! Who can forget Daring and Stahl’s beautiful homage to Marblehead—“Marblehead Morning.” Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick will add some jazzy swing to the evening and Bill Staines will sing many of his greatest hits.
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Sep
7
Sat
Mari Martin and The Lucky Boys @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mari Martin and The Lucky Boys @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA | Rockport | Massachusetts | United States

Advance tickets are $10. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $12 for adults, $5 for those age 18 and under, and $24 for families.

Cape Ann favorite Mari Martin has been entertaining audiences from Massachusetts to California with her compelling voice and signature stage presence for over 20 years. Mari’s influences run the gamut of popular music…from the Beatles to Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones to Billie Holiday. Throw in some Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keyes, Marvin Gaye, Dinah Washington, Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind and Fire, Ella Fitzgerald and Al Green, and you’re beginning to get the picture. Mari’s original arrangements present songs in new and often unexpected ways, bringing listeners a renewed appreciation for old favorites.

Mari will appear with The Lucky Boys: Mark Retallack on keys, Bob Enik on guitar, and Roger Brockelbank on drums.

Abbie Gardner @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Sep 7 @ 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.

Sep
9
Mon
Steve Friedman with Mini Set by Sam Bayer @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sep
13
Fri
Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem (Corey Laitman opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Sep 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RANI ARBO & daisy mayhem

Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs these are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in its 17th 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 bands 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.

COREY LAITMAN

WBUR Tiny Desk finalist and 2018 Passim Iguana Fund recipient Corey Laitman has released Seafoam, their lush and lyrical sophomore album, ushered into the world with a sold-out show at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA. Produced by Mark Miller (J Mascis, The Pixies) and Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Anand Nayak (Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Pamela Means, Alastair Moock), Seafoam boasts 13 expertly crafted alternative folk-pop ballads with hushed, spiritual undertones.

Laitman’s music is set apart by its layered, poetically conceived narratives that surprise and disarm. The complexity of the songs on Seafoam inspire repeated listening: They are protective of their vital mystery, present in their comfort.

Sep
14
Sat
Joe Davies Music Festival with Bill Staines, David Roth, Caroline Cotter, Julia Mark and Emilia Dahlin @ Soule Homestead, Middleborough MA
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Open Mic @ Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse, Byfield MA
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Do you sing, play music, read poetry or do something else that you would like to share with others? Even if you are not a performer but you’re looking for a fun night of entertainment and want to be part of a judgement-free, receptive audience then the Open Mic Night is what you are looking for. Approximately 14 performances. 10 minute slots. You MUST sign up in advance to be guaranteed one of the performance slots. Musicians’ merchandise will be available for purchase and The Cat Cafe will be open all night for your snacking pleasure!  $10 Suggested donation – No charge for performers.  If you would like to perform or learn more about this new Open mic, please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com.

Seth Glier with Crys Mathews opening @ Peterborough Folk Music - Bass Hall, Peterborough NH
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Seth Glier’s new album Birds is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There’s grief and loss, strength and resilience, doubt and dismay; but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight.

Seth Glier was born in Shelburne Falls, MA and subsequently studied at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School and Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. Since then, he has averaged over 200 shows a year and shared stages with artists such as James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, The Verve Pipe, Edwin McCain and Ani DiFranco.He has appeared as a mainstage artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY) and the Kerrville Folk Festival (TX). Much more: http://sethglier.com/about/

Special guest opening for Seth – Crys Matthews:

A powerful message, with a voice to match. A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings; from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.

http://crysmatthews.com/

Sep
15
Sun
Joe Davies Music Festival with The Kennedys, Atwater-Donnelly, Louise Mosrie and Matt Borrello @ Soule Homestead, Middleborough MA
Sep 15 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sep
20
Fri
Kate Callahan @ Cherry Bridge House Concerts, Bridgewater MA
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Email andyjudysong@aim.com to reserve your seat and we will send you the address. We have a suggested donation of $15. 100% of the donations go to the performers.

David Buskin and Robin Batteau (Sophie Buskin opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Buskin & Batteau have been winning hearts and minds with their soulful acoustic balladry and fun-filled performances for more years than they care to remember.

“We’re not from the Cambridge, came-over-on-the-Mayflower first wave of folkies [Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Eric Von Schmidt],” says Buskin, “but we’d like to think we’ve stolen many of their licks.”

The Washington Post called their work “an irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit, and killer wit. And while their humor runs the gamut from topical irony (“Second Homeless”) to terminal silliness (“Jews Don’t Camp”), it’s their unique combination of instrumental virtuosity (piano and violin, primarily, though both play other instruments as well), soaring vocal harmonies and unparalleled lyric-writing that prompts the standing ovations and rhapsodic reviews: “The most musically sophisticated act in folk” The New York Times; “Acoustic Heaven” The Boston Globe. And with the help of uber-percussionist Marshal Rosenberg, they manage to kick the rhythm pretty hard for a couple of seasoned troubadours.

Famous in the eighties as superstar jingle writers –Batteau’s “Heartbeat of America” heads a list of a hundred or more hits — they’ve also divided their time between writing songs for other artists — e.g., Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Astrud Gilberto, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bette Midler; helping a diverse group of non-profits — Paul Newman’s Hole-In-The-Wall Camps, Harry Chapin’s WhyHunger, Roger Payne’s Ocean Alliance, among others; and hosting their quirky, unpredictable Radio B&B show on WPKN-FM and WPKN.org. Their latest CD, Love Remembered, Love Forgot, was recorded at Neale Eckstein’s Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA, features some delightful guest appearances and is available now!

Sophie Buskin
Raised in the heart of New York City by two accomplished musical parents, singer-songwriter Sophie started studying piano at age three and first set foot in the studio at four. Her parents recall she was undaunted by the adult singers as she sat on the tallest stool to be close enough to the microphone: the headphones were bigger than her head! She caught the harmony bug and began working extensively as a child jingle singer, featured on many TV/radio spots from GE and Hess Trucks to Six Flags and the Kidz Bop CD series.

Sep
21
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Sep 21 @ 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.

Ellis Paul @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $30

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

Martin Swinger @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield MA
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Martin Swinger @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield MA | Mansfield | Massachusetts | United States

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

Martin Swinger is an atypical 60-something who can’t stop exploring music, songwriting and singing. Socially conscious, thought provoking and surprisingly entertaining, Martin is celebrated for his fluid voice and engaging delivery. He’s recorded 6 CD’s, won local and national songwriting awards, is a repeat performer at Kerrville Folk Festival and counts among his fans Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, Billy Jonas, Ezra Idlet, Vance Gilbert and John Waters.

Sep
23
Mon
Chris Pahud with Mini Set by Johnny Flaherty @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sep
27
Fri
Cheryl Wheeler AND John Gorka @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CHERYL WHEELER

Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how entertaining a performer she is. If you’re not already familiar with Cheryl, you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Cheryl’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell,
Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near.

From her albums, you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people’s comments about her you learn that she is a natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you’ve been told about her. Interestingly enough, almost half of the songs she performs during her shows have never been recorded!

Cheryl’s first concert was to a captive audience. She found an old toy ukelele in a neighbor’s attic and serenaded her mother who was taking a bath at the time. A year later she got a real ukelele, followed by her first guitar. She learned guitar from a neighbor, who also taught a group of boys. Each week they would get together and play just about any song they could think
of for hours on end. Her first public performance was at a Hootenanny when she was 12. She started writing her own songs when she was 17.

Cheryl has never had a “day job,” and her first professional gigs were at the Steak and Ale Restaurant in her home town of Timonium, Maryland. The place only had one PA system; in the middle of her songs, you would hear: “Jones, party of four … Jones, party of four.” She finally convinced them to get a second PA system.

She performed at venues around Baltimore and Washington DC before moving to New England in 1976, where she now lives. She tours extensively, often performing solo or with Kenny White, who often opens her shows as well. She appeared as part of the On a Winter’s Night tour, and was part of the Philo 25th Anniversary tour.

Her funny stories between songs reveal her talent for diversity. Each time she tells a story, it will be a little bit different, so even if you’ve heard it before, you still find yourself laughing

JOHN GORKA

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 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. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardys legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin had become his peers.

In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of Johns talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hills Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that labels imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jacks Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. All this brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single When She Kisses Me found a long-term rotation on VH-1s Current Country, as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network.

In 1998, after five successful recordings and seven years at Windham Hill/High Street, John felt the need for a change and decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity that the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence. The 1998 release After Yesterday marked a decidedly different attitude towards making music for John, and his next release The Company You Keep held fast to his tradition of fine songwriting, yet moved forward down new avenues. Its fourteen songs display Johns creative use of lyrics and attention to detail. Andy Stochansky played drums and shared production credits with John and Rob Genadek. Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucy Kaplansky and Patty Larkin contributed stellar guitar work and vocals to this fan favorite. Old Futures Gone was informed by his life as husband and father of two young children and also contained the colorful experience of many hard years on the road. Writing in the Margins followed in 2006 and was an engaging collection of sweet and serious songs that spanned many musical genre folk, pop, country, and soul and featured guest vocalists Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky and Alice Peacock. Now with this, his 11th studio album, he returns to his roots with So Dark You See, his most compelling and traditional album to date.

In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collectors edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of Johns greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, and Maura OConnell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song Where No Monuments Stand is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters, and clubs all over North America and Europe.

CG

Oct
4
Fri
Ryanhood (Meghan Cary opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RYANHOOD

Named Best Group/Duo in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Bostons Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country. They’ve since gone on to perform more than 1000 shows in 45 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, and many more.

Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Greens explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, a match made in radio heaven.

And their star is still on the rise. They were recently named the Discovery of the Year by John Platt at WFUV New York City and were a featured act at Australias National Folk Festival in April 2018. Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, is led by their signature two-part vocal harmonies, decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, and centers on songs about being young, growing old, and making peace with the passing of time. They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including Best Folk Band and Best Rock Band (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).

MEGHAN CARY

Meghan Cary didn’t mean to be a musician. When her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote my grief into song, and sang my way out of the abyss. I keep making music to help others connect with their own stories and find their joy.”

Known for her unabashed willingness to connect with her audience, Cary brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics that resonate universally. After pushing pause on performing to raise two children, Cary launched back onto the scene at Philly Folk Fest and was awarded an Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing garner favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, and even Bruce Springsteen.