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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.

Jun
20
Thu
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Jun 20 @ 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

Jun
22
Sat
Kerri Powers with Kirsten Manville opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Linda Marks and Terry Smith open for Julia Mark @ The Music Salon, Waltham MA
Jun 22 @ 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, singer/songwriter/pianist Julia Mark

$20 donation goes to the featured musician

John Conolly, Rob van Sante and Janie Meneely House Concert @ Private home
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Reservations are required: email HouseConcerts@fssgb.org for reservations and directions.  Admission is $20, payable in cash at the door.  ($5 for students if you let us know in advance.)

There will be a potluck supper before the concert, starting at 6:30pm.  Please bring something to share, if you plan to join us for supper.

John Conolly is an internationally-recognized singer and songwriter who plays guitar and melodeon. He styles his songs so masterfully on the sound of English traditional songs that many people are surprised to hear that his songs are not from the tradition. Many of his most famous songs have been inspired by the fishing heritage of his hometown of Grimsby, UK, and have been performed and recorded by famous singers all over the world, including “Fiddler’s Green,” “The Trawling Trade,” “Punch and Judy Man,” and “The Widowmaker.” He has been actively involved in the folk music scene all of his life and was one of four people who came together in 1963 to form the Grimsby Folk Club. He has been in many different band configurations over the years, performing his own material and English traditional songs at pubs, clubs, festivals and concerts – an article in Living Tradition of unknown date mentions that he performed for FSSGB but that must have been quite a while ago now! He currently has seven cds available.

He will be accompanied on this tour by Rob van Sante, who lives in Whitby, UK. He is known for his subtle guitar accompaniment and fine harmony singing, which is a perfect complement to John’s singing. In the 70’s and 80’s he toured extensively through Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East working with many well-known UK folk and jazz performers. He is a noted sound engineer, having served as the sound engineer for the Battlefield Band for nearly 20 years in the 90’s and early 2000’s. He is a noted producer, recording engineer and session musician. I met Rob when he came through New England last year touring with Janie Meneely – they performed at Lynn Noel’s house and it was a great evening. He has a great stage presence but doesn’t overwhelm the headliner.

John and Rob have been working together as a duo since their collaboration on the production of John’s most recent CD, “The Man from Fiddler’s Green,” which has received critical acclaim in folk media. Rob’s sensitive guitar accompaniment and vocal harmonies add an extra dimension to John’s tuneful, thought-provoking songs and together they provide a thoroughly entertaining evening of good music and great humor.

Janie Meneely is setting up all of their East Coast tour so she is touring with them, and will present a song during the evening – she’s a wonderful singer with many lovely songs from the Chesapeake Bay area. She splits her time between DC and UK, and performs out with these two gentlemen whenever she can. I’ve met her, and the Old Howard Troupe used her home in DC as our rehearsal/crash space when we performed in DC last year. She’s warm and wonderful and a great singer/guitarist.

Jun
24
Mon
Tonight’s Feature Jenn Goldson with Mini Set by Dean Denniston Jr. @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jun
25
Tue
Free Bluegrass with Local Freight @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Jun 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

FREE: Bluegrass with Local Freight  on Wakefield Town Common, Tuesday, June 25.                     

Bring your picnic supper, chairs or blankets, 6:30-8:00 pm. (If Mother Nature is not cooperative, go to UU Church on Main St. if band is not set up by 6 pm)

Bluegrass band Local Freight features clean harmonies, strong pickin’, and a solid groove. Seasoned musicians John Tibert (mandolin/vocals), Lynne Fountain (bass/vocals), Rich Piccarreto (guitar/vocals) and Brian Prindle (banjo/vocals) bring their varied musical backgrounds together on original songs and bluegrass classics alike, crafting a fresh, original sound, with solid traditional underpinnings.

 Common threads entwined to bring this project together: a love for the music, and chance meetings at area jams and festivals that became friendships, and musical collaboration. Now in its 5th year, the band has demonstrated its experience and versatility at shows ranging from harvest and farm days, to weddings, nightclubs, coffeehouses, corporate events, private parties, and various New England area festivals and fundraisers.

 The band has just finished and released its debut, original12-song CD (available for download purchase at CD Baby) and is looking forward to playing for Wakefield’s  Linden Tree audience.

 Free concert sponsored by Linden Tree Coffeehouse

 www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org  781-246-2836

Jun
29
Sat
Andy & Judy with Robin O’Herin opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jul
8
Mon
Ed Banatt with Mini Set by Bill Banatt @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jul
13
Sat
Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz with Cardboard Ox opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jul
20
Sat
Cold Chocolate with Dave Richardson opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please email Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse2gmail.com.  The first 14 signups are guaranteed a spot.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.

Jul
22
Mon
Tonight’s Feature Jane Fallon with Mini Set TBA @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jul
27
Sat
Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli with Beth DeSombre opening @ Soule Homestead Education Center
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Aug
12
Mon
Tonight’s Feature Lara Herscovitch with Mini Set by Mike Delaney @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Aug
24
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please email Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse2gmail.com.  The first 14 signups are guaranteed a spot.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.

Aug
26
Mon
Mike Williams with Mini Set By Carol Williams @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sep
6
Fri
me&thee all stars: Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl, Bill Staines, Guy van Duser and Billy Novick @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Our 50th anniversary begins with three of our favorite acts who have been making beautiful music on our stage for several decades! Who can forget Daring and Stahl’s beautiful homage to Marblehead—“Marblehead Morning.” Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick will add some jazzy swing to the evening and Bill Staines will sing many of his greatest hits.
!

Sep
7
Sat
Abbie Gardner @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Sep 7 @ 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.

Sep
9
Mon
Steve Friedman with Mini Set by Sam Bayer @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sep
13
Fri
Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem (Corey Laitman opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Sep 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RANI ARBO & daisy mayhem

Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs these are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in its 17th 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 bands 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.

COREY LAITMAN

WBUR Tiny Desk finalist and 2018 Passim Iguana Fund recipient Corey Laitman has released Seafoam, their lush and lyrical sophomore album, ushered into the world with a sold-out show at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA. Produced by Mark Miller (J Mascis, The Pixies) and Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Anand Nayak (Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Pamela Means, Alastair Moock), Seafoam boasts 13 expertly crafted alternative folk-pop ballads with hushed, spiritual undertones.

Laitman’s music is set apart by its layered, poetically conceived narratives that surprise and disarm. The complexity of the songs on Seafoam inspire repeated listening: They are protective of their vital mystery, present in their comfort.

Sep
14
Sat
Joe Davies Music Festival with Bill Staines, David Roth, Caroline Cotter, Julia Mark and Emilia Dahlin @ Soule Homestead, Middleborough MA
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sep
15
Sun
Joe Davies Music Festival with The Kennedys, Atwater-Donnelly, Louise Mosrie and Matt Borrello @ Soule Homestead, Middleborough MA
Sep 15 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sep
20
Fri
Kate Callahan @ Cherry Bridge House Concerts, Bridgewater MA
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Email andyjudysong@aim.com to reserve your seat and we will send you the address. We have a suggested donation of $15. 100% of the donations go to the performers.

David Buskin and Robin Batteau (Sophie Buskin opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Buskin & Batteau have been winning hearts and minds with their soulful acoustic balladry and fun-filled performances for more years than they care to remember.

“We’re not from the Cambridge, came-over-on-the-Mayflower first wave of folkies [Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Eric Von Schmidt],” says Buskin, “but we’d like to think we’ve stolen many of their licks.”

The Washington Post called their work “an irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit, and killer wit. And while their humor runs the gamut from topical irony (“Second Homeless”) to terminal silliness (“Jews Don’t Camp”), it’s their unique combination of instrumental virtuosity (piano and violin, primarily, though both play other instruments as well), soaring vocal harmonies and unparalleled lyric-writing that prompts the standing ovations and rhapsodic reviews: “The most musically sophisticated act in folk” The New York Times; “Acoustic Heaven” The Boston Globe. And with the help of uber-percussionist Marshal Rosenberg, they manage to kick the rhythm pretty hard for a couple of seasoned troubadours.

Famous in the eighties as superstar jingle writers –Batteau’s “Heartbeat of America” heads a list of a hundred or more hits — they’ve also divided their time between writing songs for other artists — e.g., Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Astrud Gilberto, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bette Midler; helping a diverse group of non-profits — Paul Newman’s Hole-In-The-Wall Camps, Harry Chapin’s WhyHunger, Roger Payne’s Ocean Alliance, among others; and hosting their quirky, unpredictable Radio B&B show on WPKN-FM and WPKN.org. Their latest CD, Love Remembered, Love Forgot, was recorded at Neale Eckstein’s Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA, features some delightful guest appearances and is available now!

Sophie Buskin
Raised in the heart of New York City by two accomplished musical parents, singer-songwriter Sophie started studying piano at age three and first set foot in the studio at four. Her parents recall she was undaunted by the adult singers as she sat on the tallest stool to be close enough to the microphone: the headphones were bigger than her head! She caught the harmony bug and began working extensively as a child jingle singer, featured on many TV/radio spots from GE and Hess Trucks to Six Flags and the Kidz Bop CD series.

Sep
21
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please email Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse2gmail.com.  The first 14 signups are guaranteed a spot.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.