Combined Coffeehouse Calendar

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Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick (Opener: Amy Kucharik) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser have been together as a duo for forty years, as some would say, longer than most marriages! They found each other during rehearsals for a dance performance and Novick agreed to play on Van Duser’s debut solo album “Fingerstyle Guitar.” Although executives at the Rounder Record label were dubious of the combination of woodwinds and acoustic guitar, the results were so impressive that Novick and Van Duser agreed to continue pooling their resources. Since then, they have performed in concerts, clubs and festivals all over North America and Europe, have been frequent guests on many popular radio programs, such as “Prairie Home Companion” and “All Things Considered,” and have been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks.

Fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Guy Van Duser has been heard on National Public Radio for many years as a player of background and theme music. Since the late ’70s, his many collaborations with clarinetist, saxophonist, vocalist, and pennywhistler Billy Novick have endeared him to listeners with old-fashioned tastes, for Van Duser’s primary working repertoire has always consisted of early jazz, swing standards, and Tin Pan Alley pop tunes. The combination of his lifelong respect for Chet Atkins, his early experience as a bluegrass bassist, and his longstanding involvement as a sideman with country musician Bill Staines, all stand as proof of Van Duser’s genre-defying versatility. Van Duser considers himself as primarily a jazz guitarist who prefers and specializes in warm, reassuring pop and jazz melodies from the ’30s.

Billy Novick has had a whirlwind career in music as a performing artist, studio musician, arranger and composer. As a performer, he has impressed audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia with his soulful, lyrical jazz clarinet and sax. His musical collaboration with guitar wizard Guy Van Duser has resulted in numerous recordings, with frequent appearances on the Prairie Home Companion radio show and a feature-length interview on NPRs All Things Considered. In1986, Novick joined the internationally-acclaimed New Black Eagle Jazz Band, and continues to perform with them. Well-known for his versatility, Novick has performed or recorded with a wide range of artists, including David Bromberg, Leon Redbone, Jay Geils, Dave McKenna, Maxine Sullivan, Milt Hinton, Scott Hamilton, Duke Robillard, Odetta, Herb Pomeroy, Maria Muldaur, Robbie OConnell, Martha and the Vandellas, and many others.

Like all good marriages, Novick & Van Duser’s music have proven to be two musical personalities perfectly suited for each other. Their music is based around Van Duser’s innovative finger-style guitar wizardry, and his uncanny ability to play bass lines, chords and melodies all at the same time. With his daring imagination, breathtaking technique, and wonderful musicality, Van Duser has become an inspiration for guitarists all over the world. Novick’s ever-inventive and soulful clarinet provides the ideal complement to Van Duser’s guitar. With Novick’s vast knowledge of the classic jazz era, his dazzling improvising skills, and his entertaining vocals, he is able to add a melodic and dynamic spark to Van Duser’s guitar. Their music sounds fresh and original, yet is also deeply rooted in the rich legacy of the classic jazz age. The duo can play any piece from their huge repertoire, whether that be an obscure Ellington tune, a Gershwin classic, a complex Jelly Roll Morton arrangement, or perhaps one of their originals, and always have it sound immediately enjoyable. As Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion has proclaimed, they are indeed  two elegant gents of the swing music world


Amy Kucharik is a ukulele-slinging singer-songwriter based in Somerville, MA. The 2015 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk winner explores the full range of her instrument’s capabilities as a tool to convey a complex array of subjects and moods: Whether humorous, topical or intense, she steers listeners away from the ukulele’s perception as a merely twee novelty instrument. At the same time, Amy wants her audience to have a good time, and her performances are infused with Vaudevillian charm and an infectious, danceable swing. Her music draws from a range of influences including blues, ragtime jazz, folk, pop and country… as well as aesthetics garnered from film and literature. Amy’s catchy, sexy, sometimes haunting songs recount tales of reluctant love, heartbreak, revenge, and grit.

Originally from Southern IL, Amy is the daughter of a trombonist and a pianist/choir director. She grew up playing classical piano and studied french horn from the 6th grade through college, playing frequently in regional honor bands. At Southern Illinois University, Amy studied art and creative writing, ultimately earning her MFA in poetry, meanwhile playing horn in the University Wind Ensemble. However, it was after moving to Boston and through a swing dancing friend that Amy first became interested in the ukulele, the instrument that ignited her songwriting. In 2011, Amy began singing and touring with local artist Greg Klyma, and soon thereafter performing her own shows.

Amy’s band, Friends (With Benefits), features a revolving assortment of talented musicians who perform regularly in New England. Their 2013 EP, “Dance Crush Blues,” was created as a tribute to their mutual love of the swing and blues dance community. The band was selected to perform at Montreal Bagel & Blues 2014 dance exchange and Boston’s Sweet Molasses Blues exchange in 2013 and 2015.

Amy’s full-length debut album, “Cunning Folk,” was released in 2014. It contains 10 of Amy’s originals arranged for a diversely instrumented band featuring luscious vocal harmonies and swirling New Orleans brass.  “Cunning Folk” was nominated for Red Line Roots Album of the Year in 2014.

In 2015, Amy was a winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville Newfolk competition, an honor given to six songwriters selected from a pool of 800 applicants. She toured central Texas with the other five winners, and has been collaborating with several of the Newfolk finalists on future musical endeavors. Amy has also shared bills with Denver, CO-based YouTube ukulele sensation Danielle Ate the Sandwich, as well as Samantha Farrell and Boston Music Award Folk Artist of the Year 2014 Dan Blakeslee. Her song, “Creepy Dead Bug,” co-written with Klyma, was covered by Trout Fishing in America (who NPR call “the Lennon and McCartney of kid’s music”) on their 2013 release, “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.” Amy also performs as a vocalist with the Dan Fox Foxtet swing band, and her own vintage blues band, Tiger Moan.

Amy has taught beginning and intermediate ukulele classes at CCAE as well as various workshop sessions, and is available for private lessons.

The Hip Swayers @ 19 Carter Music Series
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Hailing from the hills of West Tatnuck, the Hip Swayers are a good time, get up and dance band. Their music combines tight rhythms, searing solos and soulful harmonies in an eclectic mix of catchy originals, old time country, and twangy, reverb-soaked surf that keeps your toes tapping and your hips swaying. “These performers from Worcester, Massachusetts are not to be missed! A bit of Hank Williams sensibility, Carter/Cash authenticity, and infectious personality.” – Music Editor, San Francisco’s City Guide”

The Hip Swayers are talented, affordable, and FUN! Available as a duo, trio or quartet (the Deluxe version), the Hip Swayers entertain in both booming metropolises and backwater barrooms. We have performed north and south of the Mason Dixon line and on both sides of the Continental Divide including gigs in NYC, Montreal, Cambridge, San Francisco, Oakland, Knoxville, Asheville and New Orleans. Be it a backyard brewery hoedown or swank art gallery affair – we’ll be there to add sway to your day!

Enjoy an eclectic mix of originals and covers invoking the classic  duos of George and Melba, Johnny and June, Conway and Loretta, George and Gracie

The Hip Swayers will perform at the 19 Carter Music Series as a trio with Dave Blodgett (vocals, guitar), Toni Ostrow (bass. vocals), and David Niles (lead guitar)



Fellswater @ OCC Coffeehouse
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Fellswater is Boston’s dynamic Celtic music ensemble. They play a wide range of music from Traditional to modern compositions that draws from the heritage of all the Celtic nations, especially Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Their instrumentation changes depending on the musical selection and includes vocals, whistle, Irish flute, guitar, octave mandolin, violin, Scottish smallpipes, border pipes and percussion.

Steve Hurl + Kirsten Manville @ Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Steve Hurl says about his own playing, “A noted guitar stylist? A musical pilgrim? Yeah, sure, why not? I’ve been called all of the above. If I were just ONE of those, I’d be bored. But by moving through a wide variety of influences, I’ve managed to come up with a number of original songs that present new ideas, while respecting the hand-made, real-time, roots music that inspires me in the first place.”

An accessible singer/songwriter with a strong, supple voice, Kirsten Manville’s music is honest and heartfelt, whether she’s telling a story, delving into an emotion, or capturing a moment in time.  With a relaxed stage presence and ready smile, Kirsten invites her audience to share her love of music and songwriting.  Kirsten performs as a solo act, and as one half of the duo Kirsten and Dave. She is also an accomplished flutist.  In addition, she loves to accompany other musicians, both on flute and harmonies.

Martha Burns House concert @ Private home
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Martha Burns sings old-time American folk songs the old-time way. Heart songs, cowboy songs, tragic ballads and comic ditties – songs from the mountains and songs from the range. Songs from the earliest period of recorded country music and songs never sung in a studio. Her haunting voice is perfectly suited to her old-time repertoire. An accomplished guitarist, Martha’s accompaniments bring out the pith in a song. She has been singing and playing American folk music since Hoover was in the White House – well, almost – and has performed throughout North America and abroad.

Amazing Things Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center
Mar 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.

Tickets (at door only): $6 for nonmembers; $3 for students (of any age). Meets first and third Thursday of every month.  To check on feature schedule visit

To sign up for a slot, check website or call the office.

An Evening with Dom Flemons: The American Songster @ me&thee coffeehouse
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm

Dom Flemons is a Grammy Award winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences. In his recent solo album Prospect Hill (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and  jug-band music.

He began his career as a performer in the Arizona music scene, where he produced 25 albums for singer-songwriters and slam poets in Pheonix. In 2005, Flemons co-found the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy for its 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig. Today, he tours throughout the United States and internationally as The American Songster. In February 2016, Dom performed at Carnegie Hall for a Tribute to LeadBelly. In September 2016, Dom performed at the opening ceremonies for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Dom has been touring internationally and has released his latest album called Ever Popular Favourites with British Guitar player, Martin Simpson. The album was released on Fledgling recordings in October 2016. Doms newest album to be released through Smithsonian Folkways will be celebrating the stories and songs of the black cowboys. Dom has released two instructional DVDs through Stefan Grossmans Guitar Workshop. Dom has a new podcast called American Songster Radio and it is in conjunction with WUNC North Carolina Public Radio.

Cole Nakoa & Treacher with Quentin Callewaert opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets advance $10; at door $12, seniors $8, juniors $5, families $24

The trio of Cole Nakoa & Treacher joins the forces of three of the most soulful and engaging performers in the singer/songwriter world today. Brad Cole, Matt Nakoa and Robinson Treacher weave their sound, lyricism and inspiration to cultivate a live music that is as undeniably unique as it is powerful. These three gentlemen make music the likes of which you have never heard before.

David Roth with special guest Anne Hills @ Off the Common Coffeehouse
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets $15

handicap accessible

Patty Larkin @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Mar 3 @ 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.

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines in Concert @ South Shore Music
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

South Shore Folk Music Club welcomes the return of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, who have become SSFMC favorites. When 22-year-old harmonica ace Annie Raines first sat in with 42-year-old country blues guitarist Paul Rishell in a Boston bar in 1992, few in the crowd suspected that they were witnessing the beginning of a musical partnership. As a working team, Paul and Annie have racked up hundreds of thousands of miles on the road in the U.S. and Europe, collaborated on original songs, and released I Want You To Know (Tone-Cool/Artemis 1996), Moving to the Country (2000), the W.C. Handy Award winner for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, Goin’ Home (2004), which was nominated for two Handy Awards, A Night in Woodstock ( 2008), and Talking Guitar (2012).

Paul and Annie are equally passionate about their craft and devoted to the study and performance of a wide range of blues styles, from the syncopated acoustic guitar wizardry of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Son House to Chicagoan “Little” Walter Jacob’s swinging amplified harmonica. Paul has reached what Boston Phoenix writer Ted Drozdowski called “a place deep and resonant as Robert Johnson’s crossroads, where authenticity, soul, and a sense of purpose and commitment ring out in every note he sings and plays.” Annie has added vocals, mandolin, piano, and other instruments to her musical arsenal, while being recognized by top professionals and fans worldwide as the “queen of the blues harmonica.” Says blues legend Pinetop Perkins, “She plays so good it hurts!” Touring internationally at festivals, clubs, and concert halls, and teaching workshops and seminars, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines have earned loyal fans around the globe. They have performed and recorded with Susan Tedeschi, John Sebastian, Pinetop Perkins, and Rory Block, and appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brian and Prairie Home Companion.

“Rishell is a master of country/blues styles, particularly slide played on a National steel guitar. Raines, a rare female ace blues harmonica blower, shows that she is as strong an acoustic country harp accompanist as she is a harder-edged, electrified Chicago-style lead player à la the great Little Walter…” –Billboard

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC NIGHT @ Second Friday Coffeehouse
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This year’s headliner(s) has yet to be determined. But in the recent past we’ve had Twisted Pine and Lula Wiles as our Berklee Night headliners, so don’t miss out on hearing next year’s folk stars! Tickets $12/adults, $8/students and seniors.

Maria Sangiolo and Don White @ Tremedal Concerts
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door

Tracy Grammer (Opener: Eric Lee) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm

TRACY GRAMMER rose to acclaim as half of the “postmodern, mythic American folk” duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums featuring Carter’s mytho-poetic Americana songcraft and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez’s band members. Called the new voice of modern folk music, the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while the duo was on tour. He was 49; Grammer, 34.

Tracy is celebreating the release of her new CD “Low Tide,” her first recording in many years.  This will be an evening to be remembered.

Determined to honor the duo’s journey and bring Carter’s songs, and those of other favorite writers, to broader audiences, Grammer has kept to the road, releasing solo albums as well as selections from the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer archives. Her latest release, LITTLE BLUE EGG, is a collection of intimate recordings from the duo’s home studios. LBE was the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012, and once again, the duo were the #1 most-played artists for the year.

Grammer has become one of folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage — not to mention a riotous sense of humor — that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Carter’s reclusive accompanist. Stories about the duo’s first meeting, Carter’s quirks and fancies, or Grammer’s own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to the performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another. Additionally, Grammer has begun down the songwriter’s path as part of RealWomenRealSongs, and is sharing her fresh, fledgling efforts — and the stories behind them — on her current tour, to the delight of longtime fans.

As one fan put it, “With Tracy, it’s never just about the music. It’s a soul journey.”

Grammer tours the United States and Canada regularly and has traveled to Europe and Japan. She holds the record for the most consecutive appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival ~ a lucky 13. She performs in a variety of configurations — solo, duo, trio, and full band — with Jim Henry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Burns Sisters, Susan Werner), Rob Schnell (Glim Dropper, Christine Havrilla), Tom Hampton (Marshall Tucker Band, Poco), and David Chalfant (Nields) rounding out her ensembles.

In addition to touring, Grammer is the director of the Dave Carter Legacy Project. Her publishing company, Tracy Grammer Music, administers licenses for Carter’s catalog of music. She is a member of the Bucks County Writers Workshop in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where she is working on a memoir about her time with Dave Carter. Tracy lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts with her beloved Miss Kitty.

ERIC LEE opens
Raised in rural upstate New York, Eric Lee’s earliest introductions to music were the sounds of his mother’s piano and the songs of John Gorka, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne. He began studying classical violin and traditional Irish fiddle at the age of nine, and was soon performing and recording with local artists. After moving to Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, he continued playing live and in studios, branching into psychedellic rock and bluegrass, playing in the pit orchestras of musicals, and writing his own songs and compositions.
In 2007, Lee attended the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where the newly-formed supergroup, The Strangelings (featuring musical legends Pete & Maura Kennedy, Christina Thompson, Rebecca Hall, Ken Anderson, and Cheryl Prashker,) spotted Eric and his fiddle and invited him to join them on an informal campground performance. That Saturday night, after two days into his first music festival, Eric Lee, (then eighteen), was playing on the main stage as the band’s newest member.

With the conclusion of the Strangelings’ two-year run, Eric became a member of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s House Band, a position formerly held by virtuosic violinists Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Jake Armerding, playing alongside some of the most respected and gifted professionals in the folk community, and has since accompanied such iconic artists as John Gorka, Peter Rowan, Vance Gilbert, Dan Navarro, The Kennedys, Lucy Kaplansky, The Nields, Tracy Grammer, the Grand Slambovians, Tom Rush, and Eliza Gilkyson, among others. It is these landmark artists along with the works of the revered late song smith Dave Carter that inform and inspire Lee’s own songwriting.

The music of Eric Lee is a chimera of genres and influences; an ever-evolving world of sonic exploration with stand-alone melodies always at it’s core. His new EP traverses a range of emotion, from the unbridled joy of love in “Miles Above the Ground” to the wrenching pain of Eros in “To Write you a Song”; the unflattering honesty of coping with loss (“Life Without You”) to the cosmic petition to the ancient powers in “Hands of Fortune.”

In addition to performing as a solo artist (and on some occasions with a backing band), he continues to work as a session artist and sideman. He plans to record and release a full-length album in the near future.

Cosmic Slim & The Hipswayers @ John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
BAZA @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

2017 Granite State Blues Challenge
Solo/Duo category
Baza celebrates the tradition of the guitar-and-harmonica duo, performing original and pre-war country blues from the 1920s through the 1930s. This New Hampshire based duo features Doug Philbrook, resonator guitar and vocals and Geof Goodell, harmonica and vocals. They keep audiences entertained with their dynamic musical talents and historical knowledge of the music and the musicians that gave birth to the blues.
Together since 2002, these bluesmen conjure the sounds of the Deep Blues with wailing harmonica, sharp vocal harmonies and driving steel guitar rhythms. They play songs of hard living, love, lost love, natural disasters and celebration with deep respect and affection. Their performances paint a picture of the blues through the songs and stories of its pioneers and the times they lived. Their sound has been described as “gritty and soulful” and their story telling engaging and insightful.

Simple Gifts Coffee House is a non-profit volunteer run concert venue hosting regional and nationally known musical acts for over 25 years. Guests attending Simple Gifts Coffee House performances are invited to bring their own beer or wine to enjoy at concerts. Coffee, tea, and baked goods are available at each show. Members of Boston Area Coffee House Association.

Benefit concert with Three Sheets to the Wind @ Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Three Sheets to the Wind is a chantey and sea music group out of Gloucester, MA. Weekly sings on Monday evenings are held at the Dog Bar Pub in Gloucester from 6 to 9 pm and have been ongoing for almost 14 years. The group has performed in venues such as The Gloucester’s Mayor’s Cup schooner races, Essex Music Festival, Mystic Sea Music Festival, Essex Shipbuilding Museum Basin Fest, Essex Clamfest, Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festivals, Lowell’s Boat Shop events, Salem Antique and Wooden Boat Shows, Press Room Shanty sings, Tall Ship’s Portsmouth, Charles Morgan Homecoming – New Bedford, USS Constitution Museum, L’Hermione vessel tour Boston, Rocky Neck Nights on the Neck, Gloucester Reads Literacy events, Gloucester Block Parties and Middle Street Walks, Rockport New Year’s Eve, Gloucester Meeting House, Shirley – Eustis House, Marblehead Farmer’s Market, General Electric, Schooner Adventure, Old South Meeting House, 300th Anniversary of Boston Head Light, shipboard events, museum events, school events, nursing homes and assisted living centers as well as a few funerals, birthdays and weddings.

Many who participate have years of established song and sea history to offer as we roar up a storm of song and good cheer for our audiences. Good power vocals and terrific harmonies arise wherever we go….we also have a good time and enjoy what we do….as will be seen. Good cheer abounds. Audience participation is a must!!!! Come join us!

Proceeds benefit the First Parish of Watertown’s Helen Robinson Wright fund, which benefits individuals in need in Watertown, MA.

Mist Covered Mountain, $20,$10 @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sessions Americana @ Crossroads Music Series
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Third Thursday Open Mic @ Simple Gifts Coffeehouse
Mar 15 @ 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.

Amazing Things Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center
Mar 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.

Tickets (at door only): $6 for nonmembers; $3 for students (of any age). Meets first and third Thursday of every month.  To check on feature schedule visit

To sign up for a slot, check website or call the office.

Hanneke Cassel Band (Opener: Mike Block) @ me&thee coffeehouse
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm

The Hanneke Cassel Band features Mike Block on cello and alternating guitarists Keith Murphy and Christopher Lewis. Fusing influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton with Americana grooves and musical innovations, this group creates a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition.

Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century”, Mike is part of the Grammy-award winning Silk Road Ensemble, a graduate of the Juilliard School, and an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.

Newfoundland-born guitarist Keith Murphy began absorbing his native musical languages folksongs, ballads and dance music from an early age. A proficient multi-instrumentalist, he has long applied considerable energy to the rhythmic side of music, becoming a valued band member and highly sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion.

Canadian native Christopher Lewis provides the driving guitar sound in the band. Also a Berklee College of Music alum, Chris has been involved with album production and performance in the Boston indie rock scene.

Mike Block opens
MIKE BLOCK is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century”, and acclaimed by the NY Times for his “vital rich-hued solo playing”. While still studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Mas Silk Road Ensemble, with which he has toured extensively throughout the world, and won a 2017 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. Mike is also an active recording artist of original material, folk music, cross-cultural collaborations, and he has an ongoing project to record all of the Bach cello suites in acoustically glorious bathrooms of famous concert halls, via As one of the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand and move while playing, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall, using a cello strap of his own design, called the Block Strap, a performance which the NY Times called “Breathless … Half dance, half dare.”

Traditional Balled Singing Contest @ South Shore Music
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm


Full Contest Info and Sign Up Form and the Poster will be available by January 1, 2018.

No charge for contestants, all others: $7 Members, $8 Non-members, $4 Children.Make sure your ballad tells a story with a plot and an ending.  Make sure your ballad is so old that nobody knows who wrote it, or make sure your ballad is at least 100 years old.   You must sign up ahead so Contest Organizers Karen Haffner and Lynn Feingold can review your choice of ballad.  Here are the categories for 2018:

Lynn Feingold can review your choice of ballad.  Here are the categories for 2018:

Grade 4 Through High School

Solo performer WITHOUT instrument $50 cash prize>

Solo performer WITH instrument $50 cash prize

Group (2 or more) WITHOUT instrument $100 cash prize
Group (2 or more) WITH instrument(s) $100 cash prize

After High School Through Age 25

Solo or group, with/without instrument(s) – $50 cash prize

If you have any questions, contact Karen at or 781-878-1683 or Lynn Feingold at 781-608-7218.

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Carter St Band @ 19 Carter Music Series
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 Saint Patricks Day with the Carter St Band

March 17 @ 7pm

Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with us! The Carter Street Band is a collection of seasoned acoustic musicians who play bluegrass, old-timey, Irish, Contra Dance, and classic roots music. The band consists of Seth Asser on guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals; Dave Coleman on mandolin and guitar; Sean Regan on the Irish Bodhran; Martin Miller on tenor banjo; Evy Dueck on fiddle, Dave Kassel on fiddle and vocals and Brian Rost on stand-up bass.