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.

John Gorka (Heather Mae opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the clubs basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs  mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Many albums later and thousands of miles traveled, John Gorka remains one of the best of the best.

The title track to Heather Mae‘s new album, I Am Enough is an ode to body positivity and breaking away from self-imposed affliction to fit into what society defines as beautiful. Wanderer and No Poor Soul are reflections of Maes own experience of publicly coming out and the relief associated with finding love that accepts you just as you areexternally and internally. Stand Up wraps up the entire record with its challenge to listeners to fight against intolerances that so many of us face, such as racism, sexism and other prejudices.

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tom Irving/Tom Smith Split Bill @ Javawocky Coffeehouse
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Admission $13.00 in advance and Seniors/$15.00 at the door.

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

There will be a 30-minute open mike to start the show. Performers are encouraged to request a slot by email at Slots will be available on a first come-first served basis.

Bill Staines @ Maple Street Church
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm

Bill Staines, one of folk music’s best singer/songwriters and entertainers, honored by Yankee Magazine as “one of the 80 gifts New England has given to America” appears in coffeehouse in Danvers at the Maple Street Congregational Church on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about Bill Staines’ music or this event, see or

Tickets:  $15, available at the door

Parking available behind the church in the Hobart Street lot.  Use back entrance.

Donna Lee, Barry Searle & The Crooked Ledge Band – Tribute to Merle Haggard & Emmy Lou Harris @ OCC Music
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets $15 advance, $20 at door. Handicap accessible. Go to for more info.

Norman Kennedy House Concert @ Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Admission $20 at the door ($5 students)

Reservations required.
Address will be given out when you make reservations.
More info at

Tret Fure with Randall Fromm opening $20/$10 @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm



Volunteers for the Linden Tree announce the thirty-third season of acoustic music concerts will begin on Saturday, September 23rd with a well-known singer songwriter Tret Fure. As in the past, the concerts feature national and regional folk favorites in an intimate friendly setting.

Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest.  At 19, she moved to LA in hopes of obtaining a record deal.  Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”.  She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer.

One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 15 albums and CDs over the course of her 47year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.

She recorded with and produced some of the best of women’s music including the legendary “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall” (1983). She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90s, producing, engineering and releasing 3 CDs together during those years.

Now after 7 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world, winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories., Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Song as well as the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. In 2009, Tret received the Janine C Rae Award for her work in Women’s Music

Tret released her 15th album, “Rembrandt Afternoons” (2015) which proves to be her best work yet. It has already been chosen by the acclaimed folk music show Midnight Special as their album of the week and has been in heavy rotation on several of the folk shows around the country.  Her song “Riverbank” was #2 on the Acoustic Outpost charts for the week of February 15 and the song “Freedom” is #1 on

Fure also markets of her own line of clothing named after her popular song “Tomboy girl”. In addition, while not on the road, Tret teaches guitar and songwriting individually and in workshop settings. She paints pet portraits on commission and, an accomplished cook, the marketing, production, music and art worlds, Fure has also published a cookbook, “Tret’s Kitchen”, featuring her own recipes.

Tret also serves as President of Local 1000, The Traveling Musicians Association–a union geared toward helping traveling musicians find security and longevity.

Opening the season’s show will be Winchester’s Randall Kromm, one of the winners from last season’s Winter Potpourri contest. Since his debut as an acoustic performer in 2010, Randall Kromm has established himself as one of the Boston area’s most respected—and prolific—singer songwriters and a regular performer in local folk venues. The title track of Randall’s first CD, Water Wheel (2011), was hailed by Christine Lavin as a “new folk standard” and covered by Don White on his CD Winning Streak. His next 2 recordings also were well received and received national airplay. A keen observer with a background in musical theater, Randall’s writing focuses on the struggles, joys, and transitions of everyday life. Drawing on a variety of styles, including folk, bluegrass, and old-school jazz, Randall’s songs illuminate life’s memorable moments with heart, wisdom, and humor. In performance, Randall’s evocative voice and heartfelt style draw his audience in, creating shows that have been likened to “a conversation with an old friend over the kitchen table.” Randall is currently finishing work on his fourth album, Rough and Polished Stones, scheduled for release on September 1, 2017, which addresses love and romance from the perspective of middle age.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalists Church of Wakefield, 326 Main St. Wakefield.The show begins at 8pm, doors open at 7:30. Homemade baked goods and beverages are available. Tickets are $20 (those under 18 $10) thanks to support in part to the Mass Cultural Council, Wakefield Chapter.

Reservations recommended, as Tret’s fans are happy she is back performing in our area:  781 246-2836.






Jez Lowe (Shawna Caspi opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm

With the announcement of a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards (Folksinger of the Year and Best New Song), Jez Lowe has leapt into his third decade as a song-writing troubadour, on the back of a new and much acclaimed album  his nineteenth  entitled THE BALLAD BEYOND. The year ahead will see him in front of audiences right across the UK, as well as in Canada, Australia, Spain and Denmark, not only solo or with his long-standing backing band Bad Pennies, but in new musical company, on new musical journeys.

Shawna Caspi performs solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth teller, she has toured across Canada and the USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour.

Slambovian Circus of Dreams @ Peterborough Folk Music - Peterborough Players Theater
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm

Called everything from ‘hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’ to ‘surreal americana’, New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams “is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music.” – Chronogram Magazine. A rootsy psychedelica that MAVERICK MAGAZINE calls “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana,” their melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal and palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. The Slambovians charm from the first note with “Great songs and a whole lotta heart!”
DJ Meg Griffin, SiriusXM.

Richard Grainger House Concert @ Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Admission $20 at the door ($5 students)

Reservations required.
Address will be given out when you make reservations.
More info at

Pierce Pettis (Kate Copeland opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm

After a lifetime of crafting finely-wrought, allheart-touching songs, singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis feels that hes finally found his comfort zone. The biggest change, he says of this point in his career has been getting over myself and realizing this is a job and a craft. And the purpose is not fame and fortune (whatever that is) but simply doing good work.

Kate Copeland is an award-winning singer/songwriter composer/arranger based out of New York City. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory’s composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in addition to putting out her own music.Most recently ASCAP declared her this year’s winner of the prestigious Robert Allen Award.

Cosy Sheridan at Simple Gifts Coffee House @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Cosy Sheridan is one of Folk music’s finest performers. Cosy opens the season accompanied by Charlie Koch on bass.  Be prepared for a highly entertaining evening of great songs and witty banter. Guests are welcome to bring beer and wine to our shows.

Susie Burke and David Surette @ Off the Common Coffeehouse
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets: $15

Sarah Borges with Broken Shingles in Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets: Members- $20.00 Non-Members- $22.00

Organization: South Shore Folk Music Club (NON-PROFIT)

Location: The Beal House of the Kingston, MA Unitarian Church

Change is something that takes a little getting used to. If you need proof of this, ask the soulful singer-songwriter Sarah Borges. After a long and successful stint with her band, The Broken Singles, 2011 marked the band’s breakup and Sarah embarking on a solo career. Whether it be through performances or her writing, Massachusetts native Borges has learned to dazzle – and do it well. That ability can be heard all over her 2014 Radio Sweetheart album, as well as her upcoming follow-up, Good and Dirty EP, which came out on March 4th 2016. She attributes that ability to a very eclectic sound, which she comes by naturally, she says, “I would say that my sound is straight up rock and roll, but it’s the sum total of what my record collection looks like. The new record is certainly more Americana than the last record was. It’s also more rock than the last record. I would say that it’s a version of the live shows – a lot of loud guitars and loud singing. You can certainly dance to it.”
For Good and Dirty EP, Borges received some all-star help in the producer’s chair. “I got to work with Eric “Roscoe” Ambel who has such a great track record – Steve Earle, Bottle Rockets, Joan Jett. I had met him through some mutual friends. He’s producing and playing guitar on it.” As the release date of the album beckons, look for Sarah Borges to be in her natural habitat. “We’re going to be on the road a lot. I was on tour with the Broken Singles for about eight years, then I stopped to have my son. The music business has changed so much since then, but one thing that hasn’t changed is people still go out and hear live music. I’m going to continue to do that, because that’s what I know how to do.


Scott Alarik w/Jim Hall opening @ Second Friday Coffeehouse
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Famed writer-folksinger-raconteur Scott Alarik returns to our stage. Second Friday co-founder Jim Hall opens. Tickets $12/adults, $8/students & seniors.

Rebecca Loebe and Brian Dunne double bill @ me&thee coffeehouse
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm

Rebecca Loebe

Blink was born one summer night on the way home from a gig in South Texas when a song that Loebe had put on about a million high school mix tapes came on the radio. She says, Suddenly I was transported back in time to the summer I was 17… Before I got home, Id written Forever Young Forever and the rest of the songs that would make up Blink started spilling out.

Blink is the fourth full-length studio album from the songwriter who has spent the past decade on the road performing in 44 states of the U.S., as well as Canada, Europe, The U.K. and Japan. Along the way she has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scenes most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root Magazines annual listing of The Top 10 Female Singers in America.

Brian Dunne

Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements began as a joke, between drinks number 6 and 7 (7 and 8? Numbers unconfirmed) at a bar down the street from my apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Upon further research (Google), I could not believe there was not an album or book that bore this title so, I set out to write one. 300 songs, 2 years, and 1 near nervous breakdown later, here it lies.

April Verch @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $25

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

Fall Music Festival with 3 bands $20/$10 @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A Fall Music Festival at the Linden Tree Coffeehouse.. Oct. 14th

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse invites area residents to a Fall Music Festival on Saturday, October 14 at 8pm. Three Americana music groups will perform songs that are perfect for pumpkin weather.   Help us welcome Hungrytown, Crowes Pasture, and Black Water Moon to Wakefield.


After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, known as the folk duo Hungrytown, have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting. Rebecca and Ken play a delicious blend of acoustic based folk music with harmonies to die for. Often delicate, often reflective, their music comes from the heart and the soul. Their latest album Further West is an album of journeys, journeys of the heart as well as the miles.


Crowes Pasture is the Boston-based acoustic duo of Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin. 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, including such artists as Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Ian & Sylvia and the Civil Wars. The duo’s eponymous full-length self titled CD was released in May of 2016, and made the list of Top Folk Albums of June 2016 as compiled on


Trish DeCaprio and Michael Whitney were long time friends and band mates when they formed Black Water Moon. Trish and Michael blend their individual instrumental and vocal talents that complement each other beautifully. Pure, true, and honest, Black Water Moon’s music traverses the genres of Bluegrass, Roots Americana, Pop, Rock, Swing, Blues, Country, and Celtic. The duo will entertain with interesting original compositions and creative interpretations of covers.


The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalists Church of Wakefield, 326 Main St. Wakefield.

The show begins at 8pm, doors open at 7:30. Homemade baked goods and beverages are available. Tickets are $20 (those under 18 $10) thanks to support in part to the Mass Cultural Council, Wakefield Chapter.

Reservations:  781 246-2836.




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 for more info.

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 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

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.

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

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at door. Handicap accessible. Go to 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