Combined Coffeehouse Calendar

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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
19
Thu
Third Thursday Open Mic @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm

$5 for musicians and attendees.

Doors open at 6:30. Music starts at 7:00. Handicap accessible. Go to simplegiftscoffeehouse.org for more info.

Oct
20
Fri
Open Mike Night @ Javawocky Coffeehouse
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Admission $10.00

Doors open at 7:00, show time is 7:30.

Performers are encouraged to request a slot by email at Javawockyuu@aol.com. Slots will be available on a first come-first served basis.

The Mammals @ Peterborough Folk Music - Bass Hall
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm

Yahoo…The Mammals are back and we are excited that they will play for us at Bass Hall on October 20th.

“The Mammals don’t suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.”
– Washington Post

Coffeehouse and Open Mic at the South Shore Folk Music Club @ South Shore Music
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Featuring Kim Moberg

Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. Music has always been an integral part of Kim’s life and it helped her adjust to the frequent moves associated with growing up in a military family.
Kim draws inspiration from both traditional and contemporary musical forms of acoustic, folk, and country genres. She strives to sing stories that evoke contemplation and emotion. A self taught finger pick style acoustic guitarist, Kim has an introspective interpretation of songs and is especially drawn to musical stories that tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, and healing. Her original songs speak to reunion, awakening and social consciousness. Kim just released her debut EP titled “Above Ground” which celebrates her musical journey overcoming stage fright. Please visit www.kimmobergmusic.com for music links and upcoming dates.

Patrice Toddonio To Open

Patrice Taddonio is a singer-songwriter living in Boston, MA. Her music grapples with the complexities of trying to live a life that’s meaningful in a world where immense beauty and tremendous suffering co-exist. With unforgettable melodies on guitar and piano, and lyrics that probe yearning, hope, love, blame and forgiveness, her songs explore what it means to stay optimistic in the dark. Listen to her 2016 album, “Better Than That,” and her 2017 EP, “More Than the Sum,” at www.patricetaddonio.bandcamp.com.

Open Mic – Sign up at the door when we open at 7:30 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.

Freddy and Francine / The Sea, The Sea double bill @ me&thee coffeehouse
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm

The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year. Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering nearly 10 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song “Waiting” sparked viral interest including Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and inclusion at the international TED 2015 conference. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls them “ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing.” Their 2016 release, the six-song EP In the Altogether, recently earned features by Apple Music including Best of the Week and A-List Singer/Songwriter.

Freddy & Francine is an Americana-Soul duo comprised of Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris.  With voices reminiscent of Aretha Franklin & Van Morrison, their songs blend Soul, R&B, Folk, and Americana with a modern, yet timeless appeal to all ages. Ferris and Caruso have found their respective vocal soulmates, the kind of perfect harmonies that send a gripping shiver down the backbone of the listener says The Deli Magazine.

Oct
21
Sat
Brooks Williams @ OCC Coffeehouse
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at door. Handicap accessible. Go to http://www.musicatocc.org for more info.

Mary Gauthier with Zak Trojano opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets advance $20; at door $23, seniors $15, juniors $5, families $46

Mary Gauthier‘s songs are painfully personal, yet they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different the paths they’ve followed through their lives.

Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player and a fly-fisherman.

Chelsea Berry, Marcia Feldman opens @ New Moon Coffeehouse
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Southern Rail @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:30.

Southern Rail’s performances are high-energy exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work. Celebrating over three decades of performing, they are fan favorites. Experience bluegrass music as it was meant to be played.

Oct
28
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Christine Lavin and Don White @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $25

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

Claudia Schmidt @ Tremedal Concerts
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Joe Jencks @ Ivy Chord Coffeehouse
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $22 general / $20 seniors and students

Nov
3
Fri
Songwriters in the Round: Jim Trick, Alice Howe, and Freebo @ me&thee coffeehouse
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm

Jim Trick

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.

Alice Howe

At once timeless and original, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with crafted poetry.  A lifelong songwriter, Alice’s musical sensibility lies in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. As a performer, Alice is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song.

Freebo

From world renowned bassist (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, John Mayall, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Dr. John, Loudon Wainwright) to award winning singer/songwriter,  Freebo’s music touches your heart with songs of life, love, dogs, and the human condition. He is well regarded for his high level of musicality coupled with his thoughtful and powerful use of words in song lyrics as well as in prose and narrative. He has also appeared on the classic TV shows Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, The Tonight Show, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

Nov
4
Sat
35th Parallel at Simple Gifts Coffee House @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

35th Parallel stretch the boundaries of world music, creating an exotic journey through Asia and the Mediterranean. An evening you won’t soon forget. Guests are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages if they desire.

Cormac McCarthy @ Off the Common Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets: $15

Handicap accessible

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem @ New Revival Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Saturday Nov. 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs – these are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in its 15th year. From the Newport Folk Festival to the California World Music Festival and beyond, this band’s steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). At the helm, Arbo is “blessed with an unmistakable voice, both light and sultry, with a hint of tremolo and smoke” (Acoustic Guitar).

With Kinsey and Nayak’s vibrant baritones and Kessel’s resonant bass, the band’s signature lockstep harmonies can shake the rafters or hush the room. Arbo’s fiddle is sweet and sinewy, while Nayak’s guitar stretches across genre lines. Kinsey’s old-time bass anchors the deep groove of Kessel’s homemade percussion kit — a truly funky collection of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, packing-tape tambourines, bottle-cap rattles, Mongolian jaw harps, and a vinyl suitcase.

“This group is the epitome of what the Newport Folk Festival is all about.”— Bob Jones, founder, Newport Folk Festival

“…some of the most soul-lifting songs you’ll hear in your life…pure magic happens when these four musicians play together.” – No Depression

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and are available at BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information on the band see raniarbo.com.

New Revival Coffeehouse is at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, 353 Great Rd., Stow MA 01775. For directions, click here.
All shows are on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 the day of the show.
For questions, call 978-274-2593, or email coffeehouse@fpc-stow-acton.org.

Chris Smither in Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club
Nov 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Members $28./ Non-members $30.

The South Shore Folk Music Club is a non-profit organization that has been presenting a wide spectrum of acoustic music on the South Shore for 39 yrs. The presentations range from contemporary singer-songwriters & traditional music, to bluegrass and blues. The atmosphere is informal, friendly and smoke and alcohol free. Our venue is handicapped accessible. The club’s web site is: www.ssfmc.org

A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world. ”—Associated Press.

In his early twenties, Smither turned his back on his anthropology studies and headed to Boston at the urging of legendary folk singer Eric von Schmidt. It was the mid-’60s and acoustic music thrived in the streets and coffeehouses there. Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt who went on to record his songs, “Love You Like A Man” and “I Feel the Same.

In early 1997 Smither released Small Revelations. It climbed the Americana and Triple A radio charts and led to concert dates with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, and the hugely successful, original Monsters of Folk’ tour with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin and Tom Russell. Small Revelations also generated several film projects for Smither.

His CD, Drive You Home Again (1999), garnered four-stars from Rolling Stone. And with it, Smither continued to tour world-wide. Shortly after, in 2000, Smither released his one-man-tour-de-force, Live As I’ll Ever Be.

Train Home (2003) was Smither’s last record for HighTone and his first with producer David Goodrich. Over a six-week period, basic tracks for Train Home were recorded in the relaxed environment of Smither’s home near Boston. Working with new session musicians, the record is simultaneously sparse and assured. Lifelong friend and special guest, Bonnie Raitt, provided backing vocals and slide guitar on Smither’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row.”

With the release of his 12th recording Leave The Light On (2006) on his own imprint, Mighty Albert, Smitherbegan a new label relationship with the renowned acoustic and modern folk label, Signature Sounds.

The most recent recording project is Still On the Levee (2014) – a double-CD retrospective. Recorded in New Orleans at the Music Shed, this career-spanning project features fresh new takes on 24 iconic songs from his vast career.

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”

 

Dan Weber with Chuck Williams opening $20/$10 @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Eric Schwartz @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Nov 4 @ 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.

Nov
5
Sun
Bob Bovee House Concert @ Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Nov 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Admission $20 at the door ($5 students)

Reservations required. houseconcerts@fssgb.org.
Address will be given out when you make reservations.
More info at fssgb.org.

 

Nov
10
Fri
Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl (Julie Dougherty and Woody Woodward open) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm

In the 70’s the Boston Globe dubbed Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl the “darlings of the folk scene.” They recorded two albums together and garnered national attention with Mason’s original song, Marblehead Morning. Mason went on to become an award winning composer and Jeanie continued performing as a featured vocalist on videos for Masterpiece Theater, for films and as a solo recording artist on the Daring Records label.

Their latest album, 40, celebrates 40-years of musical collaboration. The CD reflects their interest in a broad range of styles, from classic songs of the 30’s and 40’s to contemporary folk and country and original tunes.

Julie Dougherty and Woody Woodward

“Ive been singing since the mid-sixties, starting with my sister, Kathy, performing folk music at coffeehouses in the Boston area, such as the Unicorn Coffeehouse and the Kings Rook (we were lucky enough to open up several times for the Kingston Trio in the 70s) through the years since then, Ive travelled much of the country singing Irish music, original folk-rock music, country-rock music in the 80s, and have made several trips to Nashville, where I placed two original songs with two major publishing firms and almost moved there in the early 90s….but my roots are in New England! I also hosted a songwriting cable TV show, called Songwriters In The Round for three years, on which we featured many fine songwriters including Noel Paul Stookey, Chris Smither, and Al Kooper, to name just a few.

Nov
16
Thu
Third Thursday Open Mic @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm

$5 for musicians and attendees.

Doors open at 6:30. Music starts at 7:00. Handicap accessible. Go to simplegiftscoffeehouse.org for more info.

Nov
17
Fri
Amy Speace with Charlee Bianchini @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets advance $12; at door $14, seniors $10, juniors $5, families $28

This concert is underwritten by a generous sponsor.

Although Amy Speace began her creative career in the theater, acting with The National Shakepeare Company and various other classical repertory theaters, she long ago left behind the stage to pursue music full time. Cutting her teeth playing regular gigs at The Living Room and The Bitter End in NYC, she was discovered by legend Judy Collins in 2005 and signed to Collins’ imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums, “Songs For Bright Street” (2006) and “The Killer In Me” (2009). Judy Collins herself recorded Amy’s song, “The Weight of the World,” calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard.”

Emily Vick Agnew w/Geri Strickler & Friends opening @ Second Friday Coffeehouse
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Emily Vick Agnew brings her cabaret stylings to Second Friday! Tickets $12/adults, $8/students & seniors.