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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.

Nov
12
Mon
Stephen and The Snake @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Nov
15
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Nov 15 @ 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
16
Fri
An Evening with John McCutcheon @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm
An Evening with John McCutcheon @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $20.  Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester.  The suggested contribution at the door is $25 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $50 for families.

John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

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.

Joel Cage with opener Jim Hall @ Second Friday Coffeehouse, Belmont MA
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Nobody’s Girl @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis, and BettySoo have known each other for nearly a decade.  They each met in the same place: Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas.  All three women are winners of the prestigious New Folk Songwriting Contest and have spent many summers over the years performing, attending and teaching at the festival, which is a mecca of sorts for songwriters nationwide. Welcome Nobody’s Girl.

Nov
17
Sat
Linda Marks and Terry Smith open for David Roth @ The Music Salon, Waltham MA
Nov 17 @ 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 musician, songwriter/storyteller David Roth

$20 donation goes to the featured musician

Chris and Meredith Thompson @ Javawocky Coffeehouse, Brockton MA
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Coffeehouse-Lisa Bastoni-Chuck Vermette (to open) & Open Mic’ @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Following a 10-year break from music, a career change and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with a new CD-‘The Wishing Hour’ (2017). It debuted as the #1 most played album on WUMB. Bastoni busked in Cambridge in her early days and recommends new songwriters to also try it! Lisa has showcased at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA), Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song “Rabbit Hole” was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. Lisa Bastoni is “Americana of the highest order…along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin” (Maverick-UK).


Chuck Vermette
’s music simply can’t be categorized within the narrow confines of commercial genres (and he bristles when asked to do so). Chuck combines 60s Folk Rock and Dylanesque lyrics with intricate melodies and arrangements born from his formal training in voice, guitar and orchestration. Add a touch of social commentary and self-deprecating humor, and you have a musical experience that’s both entertaining and evocative.

Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 6:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Barnstar @ Peterborough Folk Music - Bass Hall, Peterborough NH
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Barnstar! began as the brainchild of Zachariah Hickman (bassist for Josh Ritter, musical director for Ray Lamontagne) for a local bluegrass supergroup featuring some of Boston’s best musicians and songwriters. Using the familiar tools of the genre—guitar (Mark Erelli), fiddle (Jake Armerding), mandolin (Taylor Armerding) and banjo (Charlie Rose)—Barnstar! forges its own brand of song- based bluegrass, gloriously harmonized and raucously played.

The band debuted in 2011 with C’mon!, a mix of distinctive originals and unexpected covers (Neil Young, Dawes, The Traveling Wilburys) cut live in the studio. Despite juggling various high-profile sideman gigs behind other artists, the lads in Barnstar! managed to cause quite a stir with relatively few appearances. Whether playing above 10,000 feet in the Colorado mountains, dressing up like pirates on a boat cruising around Boston Harbor, or starting a small skirmish over the last CD in Shrewsbury, England – shouts of “C’mon!” followed the band everywhere they went.

Read much more at http://www.wearebarnstar.com/bio/

Swearingen & Kelli, Simon & Garfunkel Tribute @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“One of the most talented duos of today playing the music of one of the most famous duos of yesterday.” A. J. Swearingen sings the Paul Simon parts which are often in the lead, and close to the original’s voice. Jayne Kelli does Art Garfunkel’s higher range in some leads, and in harmonizing support when they sing the same line together. Their performances are outstanding in singing and harmonizing, with his intricate finger-picking guitar, and their historical footnotes between songs. Listening and seeing them perform hit songs like “The 58th Street Bridge Song”, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, “Mrs. Robinson”, “Sounds of Silence”, “Cecilia”, and “The Boxer” will bring back fond memories for many.

Bill Staines @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield MA
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

After touring and playing concerts for over four decades, you would think that musician and songwriter Bill Staines might think about slowing down, but that’s just not the case. Staines continues to perform more than 175 shows a year and drives close to 70,000 miles getting to them. He is one of the most durable and beloved singers on the folk music scene today, and he is returning to the Rose Garden for this special show.

Eliza Gilkyson @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Nov 17 @ 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.

James Keelaghan, opener Susan Cattaneo @ New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA
Nov 17 @ 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.

Susie Burke and David Surette @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Susie Burke and David Surette

This engaging couple from South
Berwick, Maine, has been a big hit in past shows. The combination of their compelling voices – particularly Susie’s and David’s lively, masterful, and imaginative string playing – fill a room. We are pleased to welcome back this ever-engaging duo.

www.burkesurette.com

Nov
24
Sat
Reggie Harris @ Stone Temple Coffeehouse, Quincy MA
Nov 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Nov
26
Mon
Mike Laureanno @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Dec
1
Sat
Greg Greenway @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Kennedys @ New Revival Coffeehouse, Stow MA
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Pete and Maura Kennedy, perennial festival favorites. will bring energy and excitement to the New Revival Coffeehouse on Dec. 1. The Kennedys, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times.

Their music seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades: Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with moments that recall British folk rockers Fairport Convention. After two decades of performing together Pete and Maura are hitting a songwriting and performing high point.

“Maura’s lead vocals range from comforting to yearning, from girlish to womanly, from exuberant to delicate.” Jam Base

Tickets are $20 at the door or $17 in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information, see KennedysMusic.com.

Meeting Across the Water @ Tremedal Concerts, Watertown MA
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Louise Grasmere, Fred Griffeth, Jonathan Singleton and Eric Kilburn present heartfelt gospel music from the 1850’s to the present.

Dec
2
Sun
Pub Carol Sing @ Doyle's Cafe
Dec 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Start your holiday season with Boston’s favorite Christmas tradition – the annual Pub Carol Sing!

in the back room at Doyle’s Cafe
3484 Washington St.
Jamaica Plain, MA
Sponsored by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
and The West Gallery Quire

Come and sing Carols from the Sheffield, West Gallery, and Sacred Harp traditions (as well as some standard favorites), led by Bruce Randall of The West Gallery Quire.

With special guests, The Paper Bag Mummers, providing merriment and mayhem!

Suitable for all voices and melodic instruments. Music will be available.

Free! (but we will pass the hat for the waitress)

Contact Bruce Randall (melismata@hotmail.com) for more information.

Dec
6
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Dec 6 @ 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

Dec
8
Sat
Jonny Kringle & The Wondaland Band Family Holiday Concert @ Second Friday Coffeehouse, Belmont MA
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
An Old Sloop Christmas with Chelsea Berry @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse - Sanctuary, Rockport MA
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm
An Old Sloop Christmas with Chelsea Berry @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse - Sanctuary, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $20.  Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester.  The suggested contribution at the door is $25 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $50 for families.

Chelsea will lead a celebration of the Christmas season with a performance in the church sanctuary.  She will perform Christmas music as well as some of her own wonderful songs.  Special guests will add to the festivities.

Chelsea is a singer-songwriter with the edge, power, and finesse of legends.  Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.”  As a vocalist and performer, she evokes the style of artists such as Cheryl Crow, Eva Cassidy, KD Lang, and Melissa Etheridge.  Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home in NYC.

Southern Rail, Bluegrass Christmas Show @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

A very entertaining and high-energy performance, combining gospel, Christmas, and bluegrass. An audience favorite in Massachusetts and beyond.