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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.

Jan
17
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Jan 17 @ 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

Jan
18
Fri
Joe Jencks @ Music on Centre, West Roxbury MA
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $20 adults, $10 for 21 and younger. Tickets available at the door, or reserve via email: musiconcentre@gmail.com

Jan
19
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Jan 19 @ 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.

South Shore Folk Music Club Coffeehouse Featuring Crowes Pasture/ Deb Todd Wheeler(to open)& Open Mic @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Crowes Pasture is the acoustic duo of Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin. Based in Boston, the duo brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions. Performing on guitar and banjo, the duo draws inspiration from both traditional folk storytellers like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan as well as icons of vocal harmony like the Carter Family and Simon & Garfunkel. Their music invites comparisons with the likes of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, The Milk Carton Kids and Ian & Sylvia.

In October 2017, Crowes Pasture had the #3 Song and #7 Album on the National Folk DJ Charts.

Crowes Pasture evokes memories of classic folk duos like Ian & Sylvia, while simultaneously staking out creative new ground as part of the 21st century folk scene in New England.”
– Nick Noble, “The Folk Revival” on WICN (Worcester, MA)

Rock, folk and “angry emo” Deb Todd Wheeler, an award-winning visual artist, hosts live music events that welcome friends of all abilities to participate and share their voice. Deb is the founding member of the roving LENNYcollective, which has performed at the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik, Rockwood Music Hall and Urban Stage in NYC, and the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA. In a rare public appearance, Deb will play songs for you from her new album, Radio Silence. She has described her songwriting style as “angsty emo meets arty eclectic folk,” though collaborator Josh Margolis has disagreed, urging: “Just face it Deb, you write rock songs.” When asked to supply a quote from a reviewer about her music, Deb sent us the following from Pat Todd, Director of the 18-piece CT swing band Tuxedo Junction: “All my kids are geniuses.” If you are interested in attending LENNYcollective events, please join the mailing list at https://lennyfest.weebly.com.

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.

Joe Jencks with Lisa Bastoni opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm
Joe Jencks with Lisa Bastoni opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

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, $8 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $24 for families.

A Joe Jencks concert is definitely not a visit to the inner world of some guy with a guitar who wants you to sit still and listen politely.  It’s an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance!  Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago.  He is a founding member of celebrated harmony trio Brother Sun, and has appeared at Old Sloop Coffeehouse three times with that ensemble.

Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned to recording and live performance. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals.  Her song “Rabbit Hole” was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest.

Coffee, tea, and a variety of delicious (and very popular) home-made baked pie and cake will be sold before and after the concert and at intermission.

Lara Herscovitch-singer song writer: former State Troubadour of CN @ Unitarian Church of Sharon
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

January 19 Lara Herscovitch
Lara is a northeast-based touring artist / singer-songwriter and former State Troubadour of Connecticut.

“She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect… It might seem too good to be true, but true it is… a rising talent who is truly someone to watch for.”
-Acoustic Live in New York City

“expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… Lara gets it all done with her skillful songwriting – musical timing, memorable melodies, and compelling lyrics. It’s good for your ears AND your soul.”
-Sound Waves Magazine

“Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart. Walt Whitman would recognize his own soul in her expansive American vision, and there really is no higher compliment I can pay an artist.”
-WNPR Public Radio, The Colin McEnroe Show

Check out her
Website or on YouTube

Ry Cavanaugh and Jennifer Kimball @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Ry Cavanaugh & Jennifer Kimball

Ry is most famous for founding Session Americana, & Jennifer was half of The Story. Now these two great talented singers, writers, & players can be seen & heard  together in a very exciting duet experience.

http://www.rycavanaugh.com/
http://www.jenniferkimball.com/

Squeezebox Stompers @ New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Tickets $20 each. Kids 18 years and younger, $10. Tickets available at the door, cash only. Advance registration available on our website http://newmooncoffeehouse.org or by calling (978) 459-5134.

Jan
26
Sat
Annual FSSGB Members’ Concert @ First Parish of Watertown
Jan 26 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am

The annual FSSGB members’ concert is always a popular event. Our members perform songs which range from traditional ballads to original compositions, and from instrumental to a cappella pieces. Some of the instruments that have been played at this concert in the past include violin, cello, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, keyboard and concertina. Some FSSGB members who have performed at this event have gone on to have successful performing careers, such as Elijah Wald, Mark Ryer, Fool’s Errand and Merle Roesler.

Our hosts will be Lori Fassman and Paul Beck. They are long-time FSSGB members, and are both past Presidents of FSSGB.

FSSGB members (including new members!) are invited to sign up to perform – one song or a spoken word piece. You may perform alone or with others. Some performers have been participating for years; others will do so for the first time. Children are most welcome. The program will feature professional musicians as well as living room folk enthusiasts. All are welcome. The Midweek Singers are an important part of the program as are the many members who show up especially for this event. The audience is always supportive and lively.

Contact Lori Fassman at lori@fassman.com to sign up by January 16.

Proceeds from this show help keep the Society strong – we thank the performers and the audience for making this event possible.

Click here to hear some recordings done by our talented members!

The Hip Swayers and Still Water String Band @ 19 Carter Music Series
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Hip Swayers

Hailing from the hills of West Tatnuck, the Hip Swayers combine hot picking, syncopated rhythms and soulful harmonies in a wide ranging mix of catchy originals and old-time twangy country that keeps your toes tapping and your hips swaying.  They have just released their second album of original hip tunes and enduring classics, the lovingly created, meticulously curated and surely well-fated 10 track CD titled Swayfully Yours – reviewed here:

https://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20180426/what-youre-listening-to-hip-swayers-deliver-earnest-pleasant-swayfully-yours-

Their third CD, One Good Hip Deserves Another is in production and scheduled to be released in the new year.

“These performers from Worcester, Massachusetts are not to be missed! A bit of Hank Williams sensibility, Carter/Cash authenticity, and infectious personality.” – Music Editor, San Francisco’s City Guide

http://www.hipswayers.com

The Still Water String Band

The Stillwater String Band is an acoustic trio playing an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary tunes that draws on the rich history of music in the Americas and beyond. From blues to bluegrass, sea shanties and original songs, the band presents a different show each night in a style that reflects the varied tastes of each of the players.

This is the music our forbears listened to on the front porch. Our parents listened on the radio. We keep the tradition alive by performing them for friends and family today.
There’s something for everyone at a Stillwater show!
The Stillwater String band features – David “da ve” West – guitar and vocals – Walter Crockett – guitar and vocals – Bill Fisher – bass and vocals

https://www.facebook.com/stillwaterstringband/

 

Winter Potpourri with Andy & Judy and 9 more @ linden tree Coffeehouse
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

LINDEN TREE’S WINTER POTPOURRI… $5+ donation    7:30 PM  EARLIER TIME

BENEFIT for THE BAPTIST CHURCH whose fire in October destroyed their building.

 Join Linden Tree Coffeehouse for an evening to discover new talent on Saturday, January 26that 7:30pm.  Eight performers will perform two songs each, and at least one, maybe more will be asked to be a part of Linden Tree’s 35thseason next year based on the input by the audience.  The evening will be hosted by Wakefield singer-songwriter Kirsten Manville and will feature a set by Andy and Judy, one of last year’s winning acts.

Kirsten Manville is a singer-songwriter with a strong voice and honest music.  Her recent CD, SOME PEOPLE SING, showcases this whether she is telling a story or capturing a moment in time. www.KirstenManville.com

Andy and Judy are a Boston area duo whose performances  feature close harmonies and their multi-instruments: mandolin, banjo, piano, harmonica, ukulele, and guitars.  Their songs are firmly rooted in traditional and folk music, with influences of country, gospel, blues, and bluegrass.  Their new CD, REFLECTIONS, reached #9 on the Folk DJ chart for November and all 11 songs were played. www.andyjudysing.com

Competing in this year’s Winter Potpourri are:  Allison Rose, Catie Flynn, Emerald Rae, Linda Marks, Mark & Raianee, Mark Stepakoff, Peter Lehndorff, and Tim Foley.  Audience members will receive a scorecard to help the Linden Tree Committee rate each act.   Last year, three of the top vote getters won the chance to perform during this year’s Linden Tree’s 34thseason of acoustic music.

Allison Rose:  Allison is a Rhode Island native singer-songwriter who is turning heads with her pure voice, heartfelt lyrics, and a solid serving of humor and sass. Her influences are evident in her artistry, as her vocal and songwriting styles have been likened to traditional folk styles of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, with a splash of Emmylou-esque country and a Sara Bareilles pop vibe. Allison released her debut EP, Hope, in 2016—a 6-song collection of songs about life, family, and love, She was one of 4 finalists in the Rhode Island Songwriter Association’s 2015 Performing Songwriter Competition and a top 10 finalist in RISA’s 2017 competition, a top 10 finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival’s 2016 Songwriter Competition, and a top 3 Finalist in the Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s 30th Anniversary Songwriting Contest (2016—honorable mention).http://allisonrosemusic.com

Catie Flynn:  Catie Flynn is a singer-songwriter born and raised on Cape Cod. She is a graduate of Berklee College of music. After college she refined her craft for songwriting while living and playing in Nashville, TN. Catie has had the pleasure of opening up for some wonderful musicians including Shawn Colvin and Mark Erelli. Her solo album “Let Me Down Slow’ is available on iTunes and Spotify, and was recorded by Jon Evans (Grammy nominated) at Brick Hill Studio.  www.catieflynn.com

Emerald Rae: Hailing from the historic fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with her sophisticated approach to rhythmic and percussive fiddling. Her direct and intimate style of singing infuses her songs with a powerful immediacy, while her extraordinary chops transform the fiddle into anything from bagpipes to flamenco or electric guitar, slap bass or ukulele. Her voice, alternately high and honeyed then gutsy and soulful, delivers a vocal range that encompasses both wind and sea, animal and ethericwww.emeraldrae.com

 Linda Marks:Linda is a singer/songwriter, pianist and arranger who integrates elements of jazz with contemporary folk, sharing poignant original songs and fresh arrangements of favorite covers, in an intimate, heart-to-heart style. She has released 5 CDs with one on the way for the new year. Jackie Damsky, local session violinist, will accompany Linda. lsmheart@aol.com

 Mark & Raianne:  Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Their harmonies and lyrics echo inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer-songwriters like Ian & Sylvia and Neil Young. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States & Canada since 2010. www.markandraianne.com

 Mark Stepakoff:  Boston-based singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff  is widely admired on the New England folk music scene for his mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of artists such as John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III, with whom he has frequently been compared.  He has released five CDs and has placed four songs in the top 10 on the national “Folk-DJ’ radio airplay chart, reaching as high as number 3.  Mark has received numerous songwriting awards, including four First Prizes in the Great American Song Contest and two First Prizes in American Songwriter Magazine’s lyric contest. He has been a finalist in the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition and has received Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, and three times the Rocky Mountain Folks Singer Songwriter Showcase . www.markstepakoff.com

Peter Lehndorff: Peter writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Some are humorous. Some are serious. They are observations about the things that happen to him and the things he sees. For several years, Peter was his late wife Kathy’s full-time caregiver as she battled Huntington’s Disease, the genetic brain disease that took the life of Woody Guthrie. He continued writing songs and recording them in his attic. A new recording is in the planning stages that will feature his friends Jim Henry and Tracy Grammer. Several of his car related tunes received national airplay on college and public radio and the NPR radio show Car Talk.  www.Lehndorff.com

Tim Foley: Tim’s original music is a synthesis of jazz, blues, folk and funk, incorporating broad and nuanced inspiration from classical to the distinct musical flavors from his time in New Orleans, LA. Tim has a delightful guitar instrumental CD and along with his solo performances, he hosts weekly open mics on Monday nights at Feng’s in Wakefield, MA and Tuesdays nights at Zwu’s in Peabody, MA.https://www.timfoley.space/ 

 The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located at the UU Church, 326 Main Street, Wakefield.  Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 7:00.  Admission for this show a minimum donation of $5.  We are hoping that the audience will donate more for the Wakefield Baptist Church Fire fund. The Wakefield historic landmark church struck by iightning last October was a total loss.

 

Dar Williams @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin MA
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $40

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

Robert Jones @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield MA
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. For more than twenty-five years Robert has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations.

Jan
28
Mon
Roslindale Open Mike – Tonights Feature – Suzanne Mrozak & Brian Cartwright & Our Ellen Schmidt Min Set Series at ROM – Chris Ricco @ Roslindale Open Mike
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Feb
1
Fri
Jill Sobule (Andrew Delaney opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

JILL SOBULE

https://www.jillsobule.com/

Looking back is a new experience for Jill Sobule. Ever since she first caught mainstream attention with her 1995 song “I Kissed a Girl” — the first song about same-sex romance ever to crack the Billboard Top 20 (and no relation to the later Katy Perry tune) — she’s always pushed forward, exploring new sounds and subject matter with each passing album and refusing to be pigeonholed by her early hits (which also include the ‘90s alt-rock anthem “Supermodel,” featured in an iconic scene in the film Clueless).

Along the way, Jill has shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Cyndi Lauper and Warren Zevon, written music for TV and theater, and been a pioneer in the art of crowdfunding, raising so much money for her 2009 album California Years that a then-unknown startup called Kickstarter came to her for advice. She’s also been active in numerous social and political causes, performing at prisons as part of Wayne Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors project, playing dates with Lady Parts Justice’s “Vagical Mystery Tour,” and curating Monster Protest Jams Vol. 1, featuring protest songs by Tom Morello, Billy Bragg, Boots Riley, Amanda Palmer, Jackson Browne and many other great artists — including Jill’s own “When They Say We Want Our America Back, What the F#@k Do They Mean?”, which traces the history of anti-immigrant sentiment in America.

For Nostalgia Kills, Jill worked with her good friend, Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee, to cull the album’s 11 songs from a collection of over 100, representing nearly a decade’s worth of material accumulated since the release of California Years. In turning those songs into an album, she received a little extra motivation from an unlikely source.

ANDREW DELANEY opens

https://www.andrewdelaneymusic.com/

Andrew Delaney of Arlington, TX has been an unorthodox voice in the songwriter scene for a decade now. In that time, he has self-released nine full-length albums, won numerous accolades for his writing, and had his songs recorded and performed by artists all over the United States. He is a consummate storyteller, often hilarious and heavy in the same breath. Delaney’s ability to entertain even while speaking on the darkest of subjects led Rich Warren of WFMT Radio, Chicago to call him “The Alfred Hitchcock of singer/songwriters.”

Andrew’s newest release “Whatever Still Remains” is primarily a home enterprise with Delaney playing producer and engineer after spending his last three studio efforts studying over the shoulder of Grammy winner Steve Christensen (Steve Earle’s “Townes”).  On “Whatever Still Remains”, Andrew embraces his unapologetic love for things like monster movies, Andre The Giant, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and uses them to frame up universal stories of wonder, loss, and the search for belonging. The album features guest appearances by folk notables Ordinary Elephant, Justin Farren, Alice Wallace, and Mia Rose Lynne – among others.

Delaney continues to build his reputation in the folk world with his selection to the 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase. His past accomplishments include: winning the 2017 Songwriter Serenade; performing as a finalist in the 2017 Rocky Mountain Song Contest at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival; being named an Official Selection at the 2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR for his music video directorial debut “Howard”; and playing the main stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2016 after being a finalist in the famed Kerrville New Folk Competition in 2015, 2013, and 2010.

2018 also finds Andrew producing records for Dallas, TX songwriter Justin Pickard and Denver, CO’s Emily Barnes.

Feb
2
Sat
Amy Black in Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 9:30 pm

As a singer and songwriter, Amy Black is known for her authenticity and versatility. Her live performance, like her songwriting, spans from soft, tender and vulnerable…to fiery, dynamic and powerful.

Amy’s love of many classic forms of American music, including blues, country, soul, jazz, and rock n’ roll led her from Boston…to Nashville…to Muscle Shoals…and, most recently, to Memphis to record with members of the Hi rhythm section (Al Green’s backing band).

While always drawn to singers of soul, blues and gospel, it wasn’t until Amy began exploring her own southern soul roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she knew her next project had to be made in the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world’s most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she wished to make — the sound of Memphis.

“Recording albums in Muscle Shoals and Memphis and then performing this music live for several years was an incredible experience. It brought out another side of me that I didn’t know was there and gave me the chance to put my guitar down and just dance and sing. There’s something very freeing about that,” say Amy.

Amy says, “This year, I’m moving away from revue show format and back to my original music. My set will include songs from all four of my albums, that together represent this exciting musical journey I’ve been on. What a ride it’s been… with more adventures to come.”

Aztec Two-Step @ Bass Hall
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Presenting renowned folk-rock group Aztec Two-Step, now featuring lead singer, songwriter and original founding member, Rex Fowler. The band’s new ensemble features multi-instrumentalist Dodie Pettit, bassist Steven “Muddy” Roues and drummer/percussionist Roger Post.

Originating from a chance meeting at a Boston folk club open mic night in 1971, Aztec Two-Step burst on the scene in ‘72 with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Their first album and three subsequent albums for RCA Records made the duo staples of progressive FM and college radio, helping to usher in the folk/rock music of the 1960s into the 1970s and beyond.

Don White @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Don is one of a kind, bringing his audience to laughter and tears with his stories and songs. He is a must-see storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter.

The Boxcar Lilies with Ric Allendorf opening @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb
7
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Feb 7 @ 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

Feb
8
Fri
2nd Annual OPEN MIC NIGHT featured act Bayard Klimasmith @ Second Friday Coffeehouse, Belmont MA
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Cold Chocolate (Emerald Rae opens) @ me & thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Cold Chocolate

http://www.coldchocolatemusic.com/

Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Feauturing Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backed by some of the root’s music scene’s finest players, this group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond.  Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, and with a focus on songwriting, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

Emerald Rae opens

https://www.emeraldrae.com/

Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae brings the duo of strings and song to a new plateau with mesmerizing dexterity. Hailing from the historic fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished folk traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with inventive fiddle effects. A degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston gave her the freedom to cast a wide creative net, while her grit and intensity was earned during her twenty-year career as a powerhouse fiddler and dancer. Rae embarked on her first journey into songwriting and multi-instrumentalism with If Only I Could Fly [May 2013], featuring her prowess on fiddle, vocals, guitar and the crwth [an ancient Welsh fiddle, pronounced “krooth”], and took to the road from the Canadian Maritimes to Shanghai. Single and video Blackbird [April 2017], a droning, groove-heavy version of the traditional Scottish Ballad, showcases her signature ornamented vocals and robust fiddling accompanied by a laid back djembe.

Feb
9
Sat
Max Hunter Workshop with Sarah Jane Nelson @ Private home
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Special guest: Cathy Mason on fiddle

Max Hunter was among the last great collectors of folk song in the Ozarks. He was unique among folklorists because he arrived at song collecting as a travelling salesman rather than as an academic. His first purposeful song hunting expedition took place in 1956, and he went to amazing lengths to find an “old song”, all of which will be discussed in my biography. He was a deeply gifted individual and greatly loved by all who knew him.

Sarah Jane Nelson has been doing research on the life of Mr. Hunter. He died in 1999 but several universities in Missouri, as well as the Springfield-Greene County Library and the Library of Congress, house his collections. Sarah has been working on Mr. Hunter’s biography.

Sarah is both a musical performer and a writer, with a particular interest in traditional old time music. Over the years she has written features and profiles for a number of publications including American Craft, Orion and Country Journal. She’s also a frequent contributor to Fiddler Magazine and recently had a piece in the The Old Time Herald.

Click here to read more about Mr. Hunter’s amazing song collection.

The Atwater-Donnelly Trio with Emerald Rae opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm
The Atwater-Donnelly Trio with Emerald Rae opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $12.  Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester.  The suggested contribution at the door is $14 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $28 for families.

Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly perform a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry.  The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more.  Cathy Clasper-Torch will join Aubrey and Elwood for this performance.  Cathy is a remarkable fiddler, cellist and vocalist.

Hailing from our neighboring historic fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with her sophisticated approach to rhythmic and percussive fiddling.

Coffee, tea, and a variety of delicious (and very popular) home-made baked pie and cake will be sold before and after the concert and at intermission.

Quentin Callewaert & Kerri Powers @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

KERRI POWERS AND QUENTIN CALLEWAERT    $20

                        at Linden Tree Coffeehouse.. Feb. 9, 2019

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse 34thconcert series continues on Saturday, Feb. 9thfeaturing Kerri Powers and Quentin Callewaert, two New England favorite singer songwriters.  Both performers were presented in  semi-formal showcases at the 2018 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference.

Kerri Powershas just released what some are calling the “essential cosmic American album.”  Starseeds has been receiving critical acclaim and extensive airplay throughout. With zero radio or publicity assistance, her self-titled EP in 2014 was able to land the #1 spot on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Folk Albums of 2014.   Over the years Kerri has appeared at numerous prestigious venues and musical gatherings including the Boston Folk Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  She has toured throughout the United States and overseas to The Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK.  Her song, “Diamond Day”was featured in the movie CHUCK and other tracks have made their way into TV series such as Rescue Me and Justified. Linden Tree Coffeehouse is very happy to have one of our long time favorite perfomers back this year.

Eighteen year old Quentin Callewaert has only been on the music scene for a few years but has created a major buzz as one of the most gifted guitarists around.  At last year’s Linden Treed Coffeehouse’s Winter Potpourri, Quentin was our top winner. Classically trained, his interest in fingerstyle –acoustic guitar was inspired by Doc Watson, Merle Travis and Tommy Emmanuel.  He is also a gifted singer with a refreshingly bluesy voice that compliments his blend of Americana, gospel, and bluegrass.  2018 was a very busy year for him, performing full shows in venues all across the northeast.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located at the UU Church, 326 Main Street, Wakefield.  Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 7:30.  Admission for this show is $20 adults, ($10 students 8-17. For reservations:  781-246-2836.

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