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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
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.

Jud Caswell and Claudia Russell @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

$20, (under 18 is $10)

EAST MEETS WEST @ LINDEN TREE COFFEEHOUSE on Nov. 3

Encore performances from Maine’s Jud Caswell and California’s Claudia Russell with Bruce Kaplan,

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse will continue its 34thseason of Smile Making Music on Saturday, November 3rdat 8 pm.  Two wonderful singer-songwriters will return to Wakefield for encore performances.  From the state of Maine is Jud Caswell and from California Claudia Russell with Bruce Kaplan.

Rich Warren of Sing Out has described Jud Caswell as highly original and wise beyond his years!  Maine’s Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival. You’ve got your banjo picking, your Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments, and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. He’s often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, but his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.  His sixth CD reflects his years full of music, a celebration of life, love, family, friends, and all that is wonderful about midcoast Maine. His song, Blackberry Time, got him a lot of folk radio airplay and several singer-songwriting awards from Florida, Oregon, Texas, and locally in Massachusetts.  Jud’s songs take you into his stories with clear images and characters while accompanying himself on his beautiful six-string guitar. www.JudCaswell.com

The duo Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan is also a favorite of Rich Warren, of Sing Out magazine and Chicago DJ.  He noted, “Claudia can really sing! Not only does she have an impressive set of pipes, she interprets songs rather than merely convey the lyrics.  She is a superior voice in the crowded field of singer-songwriters.”

Playing gigs from her home state of California to the east coast in venues large and small, award winning songwriter, Claudia brings this time her 5thCD, Lovers Tree, a mix of songs that seem traditional and contemporary, many that pleased audiences this past summer at the New Bedford Folk Festival.  Accompanying Claudia is her husband Bruce Kaplan, a renaissance man in his own right. As a musician, Kaplan has worked with many singer-songwriters, most notably Claudia Russell.  He is known for deftly accompanying on mandolin, and electric guitar, providing melodic counter point and atmosphere that aspires to elevate each song a little higher.  On stage he is noted for the witty off-the cuff remark.  www.ClaudiaRussell.com

On their websites, both Jud Caswell and Claudia Russell have samples of the music for a preview of the Linden Tree Coffeehouse concert, where you can learn more about these talented performers.  Reservations are requested by calling 781-246-2836.   Tickets are $20 with those under 18 only $10) thanks to support in part to the Mass Cultural Council, Wakefield Chapter.

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. www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org

 

 

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.”

Nov
10
Sat
Dillon Bustin & Many Friends @ Tremedal Concerts, Watertown MA
Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
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 Music, 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.