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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.

Oct
18
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Oct 18 @ 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

Mustard’s Retreat @ Deb's Chesham House Concert
Oct 18 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Deb hosts the concert at her home in Chesham NH.  A potluck dinner starts at 6:00 pm with the concert starting at 7:00pm  Contact Deb to find out what you can bring to the pot luck.  Seating is limited to 50 people, which provides an intimate concert experience.

A little known fact, Mustard’s Retreat started as a trio, with Libby Glover, back in 1975.  Libby sang with them for a couple of years, including doing guest spots on their first and second recordings. Then she went off and lived various places around the country, (but not New England). David and Michael continued singing together and have had the stellar career they have enjoyed since then.

Libby moved back to Michigan a couple years ago, and the trio picked up where it had left off, with its hallmark three part harmonies, and all the wit and fun of a Mustard’s Retreat show, now ratcheted up a notch by Libby. AND…this will be Libby’s first trip to New Hampshire  🙂

They have just released their 14th recording, “Make Your Own Luck” of mostly original songs by Hough & Tamulevich.  Themes from social justice, the Flint Water Crisis (close to their hearts: Libby is from Flint and they perform there frequently), to perspectives on love, old and new, resiliency, and perspective….to a new kids song (for kids of all ages)…and a quirky look at the Ancestry craze.

Oct
19
Fri
Bettman & Halpin @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm
Bettman & Halpin @ 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.

Multi-award winners Bettman & Halpin have a well-earned reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals.  Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter.  Bettman & Halpin create an authentic connection with their audience.  And they have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as for their engaging whole-hearted songs and instrumental wizardry.

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.

Jim Trick (The Promise is Hope opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

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.  The opener, The Promise is Hope is“A match made in heaven” may be fanciful, but the blended musicality of Ashley and Eric L’Esperancecomes close to validating this old saying.

Mustard’s Retreat, opener Marcia Feldman @ Music on Centre, West Roxbury MA
Oct 19 @ 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.

Oct
20
Sat
Linda Marks and Terry Smith open for Ric Allendorf, Colette O’Connor and Rick Drost @ The Music Salon, Waltham MA
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Music Salon is an intimate house concert series dedicated to building community through music and art.

6 pm Potluck dinner

6:30 pm Visual art presentation by Michele Vitti

7 pm The Music begins:  Linda Marks and Terry Smith open followed by featured  singer/songwriters Ric Allendorf, Colette O’Connor and Rick Drost

$20 donation goes to the featured musicians.

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abbie Gardner @ Ivy Chord Coffeehouse, Reading MA
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm

The Ivy Chord Coffeehouse, located at 239 Woburn Street in Reading, MA (entrance on Summer Ave.), presents Abbie Gardner on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.  (Doors open at 7:15 p.m.)  Tickets are $25 for general admission and $23 for seniors and students.

Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar playing. An award-winning songwriter, Abbie’s solo tour highlights include Falcon Ridge, Clearwater, VA Arts Festival, The Kate, Godfrey Daniels, The Spire, and many more. Her newest CD “Wishes on a Neon Sign” is due out in January, including 12 original songs and a co-write with Chris Stapleton. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie but remains pure Abbie.

Tickets may be purchased at:  uureading.org/ivy-chord/

For more information, contact us:  ivychord@gmail.com or call 781-308-7702, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Bettman and Halpin @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin MA
Oct 20 @ 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.

Dillon Bustin @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Dillon Bustin

– This inventive musician-singer-composer-author of the Joshua Slocum song cycle about that 19th-Century Seaman’s solo sailing trip around the world returns to Hingham. He will do excerpts from the cycle and
many other works, including his acclaimed musical settings of Ralph Waldo Emerson poetry. Dillon is a memorable performer with a great stage presence and is not to be missed. We are glad to welcome him back.

Grace Morrison | Lisa Bastoni, split bill @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield MA
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Two top-notch singer-songwriters make their debut at the Rose Garden, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Mixing seemingly effortless musicality and original storytelling, Grace Morrison turns deeply personal and historical stories into song for listeners from all walks of life. Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with her successful CD, “The Wishing Hour” (2017).

Libana @ Tremedal Concerts, Watertown MA
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Internationally renowned world music and dance ensemble.

MUSTARD’S RETREAT, opener Jon Svetkey @ New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:45 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.

Oct
22
Mon
Maryellen & Tom Lane @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Oct
26
Fri
Norman Kennedy House Concert @ Private home
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Reservations are required: HouseConcerts@fssgb.org

Norman Kennedy is one of Scotland’s finest traditional singers with a unique repertoire of folk songs and ballads. Born and brought up in Aberdeen, he was a neighbor of the great ballad singer Jeanie Robertson and during the evolving folk scene of the 1960’s he picked up many songs from her and from other singers such as the bothy ballad singer Jimmy McBeath and the traveller and street singer Davie Stewart.

Norman is a “keeper of the old ways”, a master practitioner and teacher of textile arts as well as an unaccompanied singer of traditional Scottish Songs that he learned while growing up. In 1966 he moved to the USA after representing Scotland at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival where he was an immediate success with the “folkies” and the academic alike. The former loved his relaxed, easy style, while the latter recognized a deep knowledge and understanding of the songs, which went way beyond book learning. Here was a young man truly immersed in his tradition and culture. And all these years later he has lost none of that magnetism.

But there’s more to Norman than just singing and storytelling. He is an accomplished weaver, who cards, spins, and dyes his own wool in the “old ways”. It is a mark of his quest for perfection that he is as well-known in this field as for his singing. But he does not see them as separate entities – the songs help him to concentrate on his weaving and the weaving gives rhythm to his songs. When Norman sings as he weaves it seems the art and the craft were meant to be together.

In June 2003, Norman was awarded the highest honor in folk and traditional arts in the United States. This Master Artist was the recipient of one of eleven fellowships awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The award was presented in The Library of Congress by United States President George W Bush.

There has always been an intimacy in Norman’s performance, no matter how grand the setting or how large the audience. His songs and stories flow naturally as part of an extended conversation in which the attitudes of a contemporary creative artist are sublimated by a knowledge and continuing fascination with the lives and concerns of past generations.

Hearing Norman Kennedy sing today is unlike witnessing the performance of a singer who came to prominence as part of the Sixties folk revival. Unlike his contemporaries, he recast his whole lifestyle in a traditional mode around his work as a weaver, making the connection between life, work and song a seamless intermeshing where context is an established given. His way of life has brought him closer to the singers from which he learned as a young man and has helped form his understanding of them and the material they passed on. His own performance is thus enriched with strands of meaning that interpret the songs with verbal portraits of the old singers who sang them, giving them their due credit.

Oct
27
Sat
Kenny White @ Deb's Chesham House Concert
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Deb hosts the concert at her home in Chesham NH.  A potluck dinner starts at 6:00 pm with the concert starting at 7:00 pm  Contact Deb to find out what you can bring to the pot luck.  Seating is limited to 50 people, which provides an intimate concert experience.This will sell quickly so don’t hesitate.

Kenny White has played in Peterborough with Jonathan Edwards and Cheryl Wheeler over many years at The Folkway and for PFM. More recently he is touring with Judy Collins and Steven Stills as their support act. He was in Keene in June and wowed the audience with his songs, his humor and piano playing. I am honored to have Kenny played in my living room.

Snapshots of human condition, from heartwarming to humorous; astonishingly gifted pianist who finds a hook at the end of a long phrase.

“Kenny has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters. A true wordsmith and musician who reveals a fine sense of humor as well.”

– David Crosby

 

Scary Story and Open Mic Night @ Javawocky Coffeehouse, Brockton MA
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov
1
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Nov 1 @ 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

Nov
2
Fri
Jaeger & Reid @ Cherry Bridge House Concerts, Bridgewater MA
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Suggested donation of $15 at the door.

Doors open at 7pm. Email to reserve your seat (highly recommended).

http://www.jaegerreidmusic.com/

Christopher Williams (Rachel Marie opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Hailing from Nashville, but nothing like your typical Nashville songwriter, Christopher Williams is a songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer – offering songs that are honest and confessional, yet never overbearing; and performances that engage audiences with an appealing mix of intense passion and humor.  Rachel Marie opens the show.

Nov
3
Sat
Concert- Peter Parcek & Friends Blues Show @ South Shore Music, Duxbury MA
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Peter Parcek‘s live shows & recordings are powered by his daring, incendiary, and soulful electric guitar and a singing style that, like his original songs, fuses the vitality of today with echoes of the Delta, mountains and prairies where the greatest American music was born.

The heart of Peter’s playing, singing & writing is rooted in the Blues, both ancient & modern.

Parcek possesses an unparalleled ability to blend influences that embrace roots, folk, country, rockabilly, surf, jazz and gypsy music into his own distinctly original hybrid.
And overall his fluid, expressive playing simply leaves jaws dropped to the ground.

Parcek‘s musical story, however, begins on the stages of ’60s London, where his early bands were contemporaries of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and groups featuring Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Peter Green.

The young guitarist watched and learned well, finding a path that’s led him through an evolution all his own. It’s taken him through smoky dives where he’s played for a dozen patrons and onto huge stages where he’s played for 100,000. And over the years Parcek’s opened for a smorgasbord of prestigious artists including the Grateful Dead, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, the Holmes Brothers, Koko Taylor, Robben Ford, Son Seals, Johnny Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Roomful of Blues and many, many more.

Today Parcek is possessed of the artistry and originality to become a legend in his own right.

Cliff Eberhardt with Louise Mosrie opening @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Black Feathers with What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? Duo opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm
The Black Feathers with What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? Duo 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.

The Black Feathers are an award winning duo from Gloucestershire in England.  The perfectly paired voices of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes intertwine effortlessly to create a genre-defying sound, combining elements of folk, roots, americana, and southern rock.  The duo have been touring all over the UK for the past 2 years, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go, and are now bringing their enchanting music to North America.

Named after a Victorian children’s game, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? can time-travel from 1960s New Orleans soul, back to the minstrels of Medieval France before landing in the Tin Pan Alley era of NYC.  What Time Is It, Mr Fox? began when singer-songwriter 3rian King and violinist and trumpeter Nathan Cohen performed at Rockport New Year’s Eve 2004, and this appearance will feature that original duo.

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.

Susan Werner with Jim Henry and daughter Ruby @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin MA
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $27

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

Nov
9
Fri
Mile Twelve @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, “Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”