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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.

Apr
26
Fri
Martyn Joseph @ me & thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters.and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.

He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances.

Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent is driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, he’s a jaw-dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show-stopping voice, and has been called The Welsh Springsteen

In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognized by programmes such as BBC Radio 2s primetime series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognized with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition, underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.

There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorize. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic, official Springsteen biographer and close friend of the Boss himself.

2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his Let Yourself Trust, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever its found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations. He’s also Patron of Advantage Africa and Festival Spirit in the UK and Project Somos in Canada/Guatemala.

He has won the love of audiences from USA and Canada to Europe through an impressive number of live dates and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humor. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

2016 was one of Martyns busiest, playing over 170 shows worldwide, he was also asked by the EFDSS and British Parliament to write and perform as part ofSweet Liberties with Nancy Kerr, Sam Carter and Maz OConnor to mark 800 years of British democracy, One of his songs from this, Nye celebrating Nye Bevan, the author of the NHS, has been enthusiastically received by audiences everywhere, as well as having BBC national airplay on Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show and Tom Robinsons 6 Music show.

Autumn 2018 will see the release of his 33rd studio album, produced by Gerry Diver (Tom Robinson, Lisa Knapp and Sam Lee)

Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade continues to write, sing and play from the heart. Its a road he’s been traveling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, you keep turning up and so will I.

Apr
27
Sat
Linda Marks and Terry Smith open for Banded Starling @ The Music Salon, Waltham MA
Apr 27 @ 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

7 pm The Music begins:  Linda Marks and Terry Smith open for featured musicians, Banded Starling

$20 donation goes to the featured musicians

Steve Gretz and Leslie Lee @ Javawocky Coffeehouse, Brockton MA
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bill & Kate Isles @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

An acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Touring nationally, audiences feel they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.

Greg Brown @ Peterborough Folk Music@Peterborough Players
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Greg Brown’s first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies at the legendary Gerdes Folk City. After a year, Brown moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram, founder of the Platters. Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he set poems of William Blake to music.

Greg Greenway @ New Revival Coffeehouse, Stow MA
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Originally from Richmond, VA, Greg Greenway moved to Boston for its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. His “In the Name of Love,” a lead in to the U2 classic, “Pride,” was the #5 song on the Folk DJ list in 2013. It has become a defining piece on his journey to becoming an international artist capable of addressing sensitive topics like Race in a way that connects audiences to their humanity while entertaining them at the same time.

He has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.”

From the end of 2010 to the present, Greenway has been one third of one of the most successful Folk trios in North America, Brother Sun. Greenway is also involved in a new project with long time friend, Reggie Harris.

“Greg Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him. He traverses, combines and mixes up musical genres, and manages to open a window on global events that bring us together as citizens of the world. Like other great performers before him, Greenway’s message is that we can all play a part and make a difference in the course of both our private and public lives. But few musicians can do just this with such style, passion and sheer musicality.” Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Tickets are $20 at the door and $17 in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com.   For more information about Greg, see https://c9tuning.wordpress.com

Apr
28
Sun
Windborne workshop: Songs of Social Justice @ Private home
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Reservations are required!  HouseConcerts@fssgb.org.  Admission is $20 for this event, or $35 total if you attend this workshop and the Windborne house concert the same evening (in Brookline).

Windborne is comprised of local folk singers Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, and Lauren Breunig. All four were nurtured in the tight-knit, far-reaching New England folk music and dance community, which provides no shortage of mentoring and inspiration as well as opportunities to develop and showcase one’s talents. Jeremy, Lynn, Will, and Lauren all come from families actively involved in folk music and dance, and who passed along their love of those traditions to their children. And these four young people took it all to heart and have made something all their own, while retaining a deep respect for the music and what it represents.

There is breadth as well as depth to Windborne’s reverence for folk music. They can call up songs from the British Isles or American folk traditions, and their repertoire also extends to Corsica, the Republic of Georgia, Quebec, Bulgaria, the Basque region of Spain, and other parts of the world. And they’re folklorists as much as they are folk singers: Not only do they sound perfectly comfortable and natural – without affectation or histrionics – in performing the songs, no matter the origin, they are able to explain the nature of these various kinds of music and the cultures from which it emerged.

But there’s another, crucial dimension to Windborne. They are adherents to folk music’s longtime association with social activism, in particular its ties to the labor and civil rights movements and others that champion the poor, the working class, and the disenfranchised. Furthermore, Windborne sees its mission as education, not simply performance: They have given workshops and classes around the world in singing and vocal techniques, all the while putting the songs they teach in full historical and cultural context.

In addition to performing concerts worldwide, Windborne has taught workshops in schools, community centers, singing camps, and universities for the past decade. Experienced teachers and song-leaders, they delight groups young and old, large and small, with enthusiastic, clear, and nuanced instruction and get groups singing in harmony in no time! Participants of all abilities will learn singing styles from around the world as well as songs of social struggle from movements past and present. All songs will be taught by ear, no experience required (just enthusiasm and willingness to try new things! The workshops are a great opportunity to connect communities, sing out, and gather inspiration and energy from the music of past movements. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the different traditions in which they sing. Windborne strongly believes that singing is powerful—in communities, as performance, with friends, or with strangers. Today it is important that this power is something that we consider—that we can draw upon in other parts of our lives. Music and art are not neutral; songs can give a voice to those who have none, and has the ability change hearts, even when minds are made up. Come and sing out!

Windborne House Concert @ Private home
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Reservations are required: email HouseConcerts@fssgb.org for reservations and directions.  Admission is $20 for this concert, but $35 total if you attend the afternoon workshop (“Songs of Social Struggle”) and this concert.  (Admission for students is $5 for each event, if you let us know in advance.)

Windborne is comprised of local folk singers Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, and Lauren Breunig. All four were nurtured in the tight-knit, far-reaching New England folk music and dance community, which provides no shortage of mentoring and inspiration as well as opportunities to develop and showcase one’s talents. Jeremy, Lynn, Will, and Lauren all come from families actively involved in folk music and dance, and who passed along their love of those traditions to their children. And these four young people took it all to heart and have made something all their own, while retaining a deep respect for the music and what it represents.

There is breadth as well as depth to Windborne’s reverence for folk music. They can call up songs from the British Isles or American folk traditions, and their repertoire also extends to Corsica, the Republic of Georgia, Quebec, Bulgaria, the Basque region of Spain, and other parts of the world. And they’re folklorists as much as they are folk singers: Not only do they sound perfectly comfortable and natural – without affectation or histrionics – in performing the songs, no matter the origin, they are able to explain the nature of these various kinds of music and the cultures from which it emerged.

But there’s another, crucial dimension to Windborne. They are adherents to folk music’s longtime association with social activism, in particular its ties to the labor and civil rights movements and others that champion the poor, the working class, and the disenfranchised. Furthermore, Windborne sees its mission as education, not simply performance: They have given workshops and classes around the world in singing and vocal techniques, all the while putting the songs they teach in full historical and cultural context.

Apr
29
Mon
The Millis Berfield Band Debut CD Release Party with Mini Set by: Ed Loechler – Rare 5th Monday at ROM @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
May
2
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
May 2 @ 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

May
3
Fri
Lula Wiles (B opens} @ me & thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
May 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Event

Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. Their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by powerful three-part vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images  a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today. Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time music, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock songwriting and arranging, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/guitar/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/bass) each contributing their own singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show.

If you ask them about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The albums eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn through the bands collaboration with producer/guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album represents Lula Wiles exploration of the space where traditional folk meets modern songwriting and production. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife ODonovan calls the album a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking  the perfect blend of modern and timeless.  Their sophomore album will be announced later this year.

Though the band is young, all the members of Lula Wiles have spent their lives grounded in songs. Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp, and eventually, each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Isa and Ellie began performing as a duo in 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later. When Lula Wiles performs, the bands many years of friendship are clear from their electrifying musical chemistry and alchemic vocal harmonies. Now based in Boston’s thriving and close-knit roots music community, Lula Wiles have performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the eastern United States, including Club Passim, the Sinclair, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Green River Music Festival. Theyve recently expanded their touring territory to Canada and Europe, and have shared stages with artists like the Wood Brothers, Aoife ODonovan, Darlingside, Sarah Jarosz, and Tim OBrien. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come. All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.

B opens the show

These quotes tell the story:

B is a brilliant young songwriter whose music moves me. – Mary Gauthier

At 17,  B has shared the stage with David Grisman, Tim OBrien, Chris Thile, and Amos Lee. Bs EP, Ghosts Underneath my Skin, produced by Neilson Hubbard, touches on issues from gun violence to being queer in America, an audacious debut. We would do well to listen and follow as B shines a flashlight in the dark. –
Amy Speace, Nashville, TN. April 2018

Then [Amos ] Lee introduced [ B ] to the stage, and in that instant the lives of everyone in attendance changed for the better.  – Michael Bialis, Huffington Post

“Ive had the great privilege to play with some incredible musicians in my life. Rarely have I come across one who is both virtuosic and profoundly raw and soulful at the same time. I dont think many people are given either, let alone both. Bs got it. Its mind blowing to watch, spiritually elevating to play along with, and damn exciting to see what this incredible human has in store for us all. – Langhorne Slim

May
4
Sat
Ellis Paul Children’s Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets: Adults $11 Member, $12 Non-Member, Children (ages 3 – 16) $9 Member, $10 Non-Member (register here or at the door)

“Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to.” – Nora Guthrie He’s become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, played Carnegie hall, and venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris and London. In addition to his 19 albums released on the Rounder and Black Wolf record labels, his music has appeared on dozens of distinguished compilations.

A Film/DVD entitled 3000 Miles — part concert film, part documentary, part instructional video — provides a further prospective on both the man and his music. He’s also released a pair of children’s albums, earning him honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation for both. His latest, “The Hero In You” has been turned into a picture book, detailing the lives of great American heroes. “These people did amazing things, but they can also inspire young people today to go out and do something out of the ordinary to become the heroes of their own lives,” explains Paul. Ellis’ literate, evocative and insightful writings are further showcased in a book of poetry and short stories entitled “Notes from the Road,” already in it’s third pressing.

Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers — “Hall Pass” (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), “Me, Myself, & Irene” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Shallow Hal” (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul’s music by referring to him as “a national treasure.”

Advance tix: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608282

Ellis Paul – 40th Anniversary South Shore Folk Music Club Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Tickets: $23 Member, $25 Non-Member (register here or at the door)

“Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to.” – Nora Guthrie He’s become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, played Carnegie hall, and venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris and London. In addition to his 19 albums released on the Rounder and Black Wolf record labels, his music has appeared on dozens of distinguished compilations.

A Film/DVD entitled 3000 Miles — part concert film, part documentary, part instructional video — provides a further prospective on both the man and his music. He’s also released a pair of children’s albums, earning him honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation for both. His latest, “The Hero In You” has been turned into a picture book, detailing the lives of great American heroes. “These people did amazing things, but they can also inspire young people today to go out and do something out of the ordinary to become the heroes of their own lives,” explains Paul. Ellis’ literate, evocative and insightful writings are further showcased in a book of poetry and short stories entitled “Notes from the Road,” already in it’s third pressing.

Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers — “Hall Pass” (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), “Me, Myself, & Irene” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Shallow Hal” (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul’s music by referring to him as “a national treasure.”

Advance tix: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608258

Grace Morrison with Rachel Marie opening @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Honey Dewdrops with openers Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
The Honey Dewdrops with openers Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards @ 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 $14 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $28 for families.

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are The Honey Dewdrops: an award winning, internationally touring husband and wife folk duet who perform fresh, original songs focusing on vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation.  Influenced by traditional Appalachian music as well as contemporary singer-songwriters, the Honey Dewdrops blend old styles with new, creating music that is powerful and heartfelt.

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. 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 and Canada since 2010.

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.

The Early Mays at The Linden Tree Coffeehouse @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

$20.     The Early Mays

Appalachian-inspired songs with lush vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, cello, guitar and harmonium

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse concludes its thirty-fourth season on Saturday May 4 at 8 pm. The Early Mays is a trio based in Pennsyvania comprised of Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion, with Nicole Myers.  They feature water-tight harmonies over fiddle, banjo, cello, guitar, and harmonium. And as a special treat, the group will have crankies, an old storytelling form, sometimes called moving panoramas to complement story songs.

 With Appalachian-inspired harmonies, masterful songwriting, and a sweet old-time sound, The Early Mays bring a deep love of community music-making to regional and national stages. Drawing from their roots in Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, they burst on to the folk scene in 2014 with a #2 debut on the National Folk-DJ Charts: an eponymous album born from the ease and joy of singing traditional music together. Most recently, the band appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, took home the blue ribbon in the Neo-Traditional Band Competition at Clifftop (The Appalachian String Band Music Festival), and hit the #1 position on the folk charts with their latest release,“Chase the Sun.”

Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion, and collaborators carry their unique creative voices—and carefully honed craft—with them as they explore American traditional music with the band. Emily weaves folk, classical and world music threads into in her songwriting, and recently released a chamber piece for old-time banjo (Rounder Songs) on New Amsterdam Records. Now on faculty at The College of Saint Rose, she’s delighted to teach songwriting and composition in on of the country’s top Music Industry programs. Ellen is an accomplished ballad singer, accompanist and visual artist; she founded the Pittsburgh Crankie Fest and has taught workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center and throughout the the Mid-Atlantic. Her song, “Narrows of the Year” was an award-winner at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Songwriting contest.

Joining the band this year is Nicole Myers—a genre-crossing cellist and founding member of Cello Fury.  With Nicole’s rich and rhythmic playing, The Mays have added lush textures to their favorite songs from “Chase the Sun,” as well as chilling new arrangements of field hollers, North Carolina ballads and Carter Family classics.

In The Early Mays, you won’t find a lead singer. You’ll find a partnership that enjoys lifting up one another’s work, putting the best of themselves into every song. You won’t find harmonies that fall into a clear category—like old-time or bluegrass—but you’ll find yourself transported as you listen. The Early Mays savor the hours spent both on and off stage, and this spirit of warm collaboration shines through all of their performances and recordings.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located at the UU Church, 326 Main St. Wakefield, MA 01880. Doors will open at 7:30. Tickets will be $20, with those under 18, $10. For more information:  www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org.  For reservations, 781-246-2836.

 

May
10
Fri
Lula Wiles with opening act Liv Greene @ Second Friday Coffeehouse, Belmont MA
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Quentin Callewaert, Brad Cole, and Robinson Treacher @ me & thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
May 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
QUENTIN CALLEWAERT

Eighteen-year-old Quentin Callewaert has only been on the music scene for a few years now, but he is creating a major buzz as one of the most gifted guitarists around.

Classically trained, Quentin’s 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.

Its been an extremely busy year for this singer/guitarist, performing full shows in venues all across the North East. In order to find out how truly versatile this young musician is, you will simply have to hear him play!

BRAD COLE
The songs of Brad Cole address the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insight. His passionate and distinctive delivery of roots-based folk music, woven with the grit and groove of old-school bossa and rhythm & blues moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar.

Brad has just released his fourth full length record, entitled Lay It Down. Described by Glide Magaizine as  “one of the most beautiful albums you will hear this year”, Lay it Down is perhaps Brad’s most soulfully eclectic and cohesive work to date.

The last twenty-four months have been very fruitful for Brad – Playing over a hundred shows and sharing the stage with a range of immensely talented artists such as Chris Stapleton, Shovels and Rope, Ingrid Michaelson, Dave Davies, Ari Hest, Dan Navarro, Ellis Paul and Will Kimbrough.

In 2015 Cole, Nakoa & Treacher was born as a side project as Brad joined forces with award-winning singer-songwriters Matt Nakoa and Robinson Treacher for a few shows that has led to critical acclaim, a viral live video series (produced by Neale Eckstein) and a run of sold-out shows up and down the East Coast.

2017 marks the launch of Brads new project Bossa Blue – the band delivers a unique dark and smokey retro lounge vibe.  Combining elements of Cool Jazz, Bossa Nova, Soul & Blues over re-envisioned Standards, contemporary and classic rock tunes and in the groove originals.

Cole has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for years, performing alongside artists that make up the fabric of the citys musical legacy such as Junior Wells, Otis Rush,  Uncle Tupelo and The Smashing Pumpkins.  Brad led several Chicago based bands including Treatment, The Second Story and toured with NYC-based The Subscribers.  Along with singer-songwriter Jeff Libman, he is co-founder of the acoustic/soul collective known as Check With Lucy. He was also a longtime member of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Musics monthly Songwriters Forum. Brad continues this collaborative acoustic tradition with his acclaimed songwriter’s performance series, Acoustic Circus.

Currently based in New York City, Brad Cole tours extensively with his band and as a solo acoustic performer.

2016 New Song Songwriting and Performance Competition at Lincoln Center Finalist
2015 Great American Song Contest WINNER
2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2014 Folk Alliance Official Showcase Performer
2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Regional Finalist

ROBINSON TREACHER
If entertainment can be defined as an agreeable occupation of the mind, then Robinson Treacher has found a way to encompass this in every aspect of his contribution to music-kind. Whether playing the role as frontman to the soul-rock infused Delaware Hudson, as co-collaborator to the Alt-Country based Tensleep, or as a solo singer/songwriter, Treacher seems to drain himself of energy in the ceaseless pursuit of portraying moments of musical passion. This passion is evident in every attempt he makes to involve us, the listeners, in the spiritual orchestrations of emotion that have been meticulously tempered into songs.

Just like the long list of New York City artists before him, Robinson feeds off the honest grit found among the “huddled masses”…coupling the blatantly obvious (to a New Yorker at least) with the deeply personal. Chameleon-like in his approach to his songwriting, he refuses to be pigeonholed into one particular genre. Believing that each song is forged from its own unique terrain, he takes great pains in choosing the vehicle by which passengers might best weather the bumps, potholes, and blind curves found between the first note and the last. Admittedly susceptible to the affectations of the senses himself, he asks his audience to participate emotionally as well as physically in a “whole self ” conceptual challenge, a 360-degree soul search comprised of the most joyous elation to the bitterest of pains.

With the emergence of a true “world” community of listeners and the dissolving of the old guard record company elitists, Treacher’s eclectic songwriting can be allowed to burgeon…flowing freely among the throngs of liberated music enthusiasts…authentic and unabashed in its purity and form.

There are no canvases on which to paint. There are no seminars from which to glean wisdom. There is only the note. Alone, it is just that; strung together, it is a road on which to experience life. Treacher is building this road for himself but would be the first to admit that the companions define the journey.

At the crossroads of Blues, Folk and Americana lies Robinson Treacher. Whether it be in the studio or in live performance, Robinson’s emotionally dramatic songwriting style is matched only by his deeply passionate vocals. Steeped in what can only be labeled as a “traditional” songwriting format, Robinson has taken fibers from all genres. Including rock, country, R&B & folk, and woven them into a distinct tapestry, one that is clearly distinguishable among others in the singer/songwriter genre. Born and raised in New York, his honesty and grit reflect the eclectic musical influences that have shaped everything from downstate New York City to the upstate Adirondacks. On the heels of his debut release, “Chrome”, Robinson has released “Porches”, a purposefully “stripped down” collection of songs that rarely contains more than an acoustic guitar, an upright bass and of course those powerfully distinct vocals. He has shared the stage with the likes of Iris Dement, G.E. Smith, Jorma Kaukonen and Vince Gill to name a few. Robinson has been featured on Sirius/XM’s “The Loft: Live from The Living Room” series, has been a guest with John Platt on New York’s famed WFUV Radio and has recently been awarded Best Artist at Virginia’s largest Lyrics On The Lake Music Festival.. He has even been touted by legendary songwriter Don Schlitz (“Forever and Ever Amen”, “When You Say Nothing At All”, “The Gambler”) as being, “…impossible to follow in concert.” Recently, he has been nominated for a Nashville Music City Award for his song “This Bar” as well as for an NSAI/CMT country music People’s Choice Award and an Independent Music Award nomination for his song “Long Day Good Night” and is currently supporting his upcoming release “Born” with shows in NYC, Nashville, and all points in between. Lately, he has combined his talents with fellow award-winning singer/songwriters Brad Cole and Matt Nakoa forming Cole, Nakoa and Treacher. With what Elmore Magazine has called, “Drop-dead harmonies”, they have begun to tour, supporting each other’s music as well as forging a new path together.

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me and thee coffeehouse (View)
28 Mugford Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
United States
 

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Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Owner: Me and Thee Coffeehouse
On BPT Since: Nov 17, 2010
Me And Thee Coffeehouse
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www.meandthee.org

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May
11
Sat
Cosy Sheridan and Julie Snow @ Peterborough Folk Music - Deb's House Concerts, Harrisville NH
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On Saturday May 11, Songwriters Cosy Sheridan and Julie Snow will share a show at Deb’s Houseconcerts in Chesham NH.  The show begins at 7, with  a potluck at 6:00.  

Songwriter and guitarist Cosy Sheridan has been called one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters.  Her concerts are full of energy and her songs are carefully crafted.  Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, she plays a percussive bluesy guitar style. Her concerts are a wide-ranging exploration of love songs for adults, practical philosophy and her signature parodies on women and aging. 

Julie Snow is a Boston-based singer-songwriter whose songs are infused with heart and humanity.  Her early songs have been recorded by a variety of folk artists, but Julie has recently released No Ordinary Love, her second album of her own songs. Her music is funky, funny, and full of love.  Julie will be opening the show accompanied by Charlie Koch on bass and harmonies.

Ordinary Elephant @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
May 11 @ 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.

May
13
Mon
Tonight’s Feature Don White with Mini Set by: Karen Sauer @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
May
16
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
May 16 @ 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

May
18
Sat
Linda Marks and Terry Smith open for Isabel Stover @ The Music Salon, Waltham MA
May 18 @ 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

7 pm The Music begins:  Linda Marks and Terry Smith open for featured musicians, jazz singer Isabel Stover and her trio.

$20 donation goes to the featured musicians

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
May 18 @ 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.

Sferes and White @ 19 Carter Music Series, Berlin MA
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
 Jimmy Sferes

Jimmy Sferes and Jennifer White’s shared musical journey began in 2002, and since then they’ve recorded several CDs, been featured on the Hallmark Channel’s New Morning TV show, performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and, most recently, written the soundtrack for the film Out of the Wild.

Jimmy played his first guitar at age seven.  Now, (never mind how many) years later, he says, “It’s like an old friend who won’t let you down.”  Born in Queens, you can bet New York was an easy place to get lost in the shuffle with so many musicians on every corner.  But when Jimmy played the slide guitar there wasn’t any doubt, it was the slide that got the gigs.  Moving to Colorado in the 70’s, it didn’t take long for him to get involved in the local scene.  Through the 80’s he continued to stretch his musical tastes, playing in funk, jazz-fusion and R&B bands. As he says, “It’s all fun to play, no matter what the style, I just love getting out there and doing it!”  During this time, he performed at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (1996) and the Oregon Summer Solstice Festival (2001).

He has opened for such diverse luminaries as David Wilcox, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Larry Coryell, Richard Elliott, and America.  Jimmy has released CD’s with his last four collaborative projects.  The first was the five-piece southern rock flavored band “Borrowed Time.”  After that, he took the acoustic direction as a duo, making the self-titled CD “Acoustic Food Chain” in the mid 90’s.  Following that was a CD with “Dixon, Sferes, and Shreve” combining the talents of singer-songwriter Moe Dixon, and the extraordinary guitar playing of Tommy Shreve.  He’s currently working in the studio composing music for film and television.

 

Jennifer White

 

Jennifer grew up in a musical family, and has been singing and playing percussion since she was a child. Since beginning her professional career in 2002, she has done studio recordings and radio sessions; she has also performed with acappella groups, acoustic duos and trios, rhythm and blues bands, and a country rock band. Her first studio effort involved providing backup vocals for the Narrow Gauge Band’s CD, Gravedigger’s Delight,” produced by Doug Haywood (an original member of Jackson Browne’s band) and Guy Murrel. After that she sang some backup for Cup-a-Jo’s latest CD “Enough’s Enough.”

Listening to her father playing stand-up bass she was exposed from a very early age to blues, jazz, gospel and big band sounds.  These influences can be felt in her soulful performances, as can her appreciation for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, and Rickie Lee Jones.  Jennifer’s other passion is environmental sustainability, and she was the Executive Director of a national nonprofit called the Simplicity Forum, a multidisciplinary alliance of leaders committed to “achieving and honoring simple, just and sustainable ways of life.”   She also was the Co-Founder and Director of Education for the Green Heart Institute (GHI) which helps people understand the global impact of their choices, connect with their values and live more sustainably.   She is currently the Director of Sustainability and an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Colby-Sawyer College.

http://www.sferesandwhite.com

 JIMMY SFERES Photo by Dick Orleans https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5609c58ce4b03d38e9eaf5ff/t/585c17e65016e1f692dcb8d5/1482430867924/?format=500w