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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.

Annual FSSGB Members’ Concert @ First Parish of Watertown
Jan 26 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am

The annual FSSGB members’ concert is always a popular event. Our members perform songs which range from traditional ballads to original compositions, and from instrumental to a cappella pieces. Some of the instruments that have been played at this concert in the past include violin, cello, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, keyboard and concertina. Some FSSGB members who have performed at this event have gone on to have successful performing careers, such as Elijah Wald, Mark Ryer, Fool’s Errand and Merle Roesler.

Our hosts will be Lori Fassman and Paul Beck. They are long-time FSSGB members, and are both past Presidents of FSSGB.

FSSGB members (including new members!) are invited to sign up to perform – one song or a spoken word piece. You may perform alone or with others. Some performers have been participating for years; others will do so for the first time. Children are most welcome. The program will feature professional musicians as well as living room folk enthusiasts. All are welcome. The Midweek Singers are an important part of the program as are the many members who show up especially for this event. The audience is always supportive and lively.

Contact Lori Fassman at to sign up by January 16.

Proceeds from this show help keep the Society strong – we thank the performers and the audience for making this event possible.

Click here to hear some recordings done by our talented members!

The Hip Swayers and Still Water String Band @ 19 Carter Music Series
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Hip Swayers

Hailing from the hills of West Tatnuck, the Hip Swayers combine hot picking, syncopated rhythms and soulful harmonies in a wide ranging mix of catchy originals and old-time twangy country that keeps your toes tapping and your hips swaying.  They have just released their second album of original hip tunes and enduring classics, the lovingly created, meticulously curated and surely well-fated 10 track CD titled Swayfully Yours – reviewed here:

Their third CD, One Good Hip Deserves Another is in production and scheduled to be released in the new year.

“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 Still Water String Band

The Stillwater String Band is an acoustic trio playing an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary tunes that draws on the rich history of music in the Americas and beyond. From blues to bluegrass, sea shanties and original songs, the band presents a different show each night in a style that reflects the varied tastes of each of the players.

This is the music our forbears listened to on the front porch. Our parents listened on the radio. We keep the tradition alive by performing them for friends and family today.
There’s something for everyone at a Stillwater show!
The Stillwater String band features – David “da ve” West – guitar and vocals – Walter Crockett – guitar and vocals – Bill Fisher – bass and vocals


Winter Potpourri with Andy & Judy and 9 more @ linden tree Coffeehouse
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm


BENEFIT for THE BAPTIST CHURCH whose fire in October destroyed their building.

 Join Linden Tree Coffeehouse for an evening to discover new talent on Saturday, January 26that 7:30pm.  Eight performers will perform two songs each, and at least one, maybe more will be asked to be a part of Linden Tree’s 35thseason next year based on the input by the audience.  The evening will be hosted by Wakefield singer-songwriter Kirsten Manville and will feature a set by Andy and Judy, one of last year’s winning acts.

Kirsten Manville is a singer-songwriter with a strong voice and honest music.  Her recent CD, SOME PEOPLE SING, showcases this whether she is telling a story or capturing a moment in time.

Andy and Judy are a Boston area duo whose performances  feature close harmonies and their multi-instruments: mandolin, banjo, piano, harmonica, ukulele, and guitars.  Their songs are firmly rooted in traditional and folk music, with influences of country, gospel, blues, and bluegrass.  Their new CD, REFLECTIONS, reached #9 on the Folk DJ chart for November and all 11 songs were played.

Competing in this year’s Winter Potpourri are:  Allison Rose, Catie Flynn, Emerald Rae, Linda Marks, Mark & Raianee, Mark Stepakoff, Peter Lehndorff, and Tim Foley.  Audience members will receive a scorecard to help the Linden Tree Committee rate each act.   Last year, three of the top vote getters won the chance to perform during this year’s Linden Tree’s 34thseason of acoustic music.

Allison Rose:  Allison is a Rhode Island native singer-songwriter who is turning heads with her pure voice, heartfelt lyrics, and a solid serving of humor and sass. Her influences are evident in her artistry, as her vocal and songwriting styles have been likened to traditional folk styles of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, with a splash of Emmylou-esque country and a Sara Bareilles pop vibe. Allison released her debut EP, Hope, in 2016—a 6-song collection of songs about life, family, and love, She was one of 4 finalists in the Rhode Island Songwriter Association’s 2015 Performing Songwriter Competition and a top 10 finalist in RISA’s 2017 competition, a top 10 finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival’s 2016 Songwriter Competition, and a top 3 Finalist in the Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s 30th Anniversary Songwriting Contest (2016—honorable mention).

Catie Flynn:  Catie Flynn is a singer-songwriter born and raised on Cape Cod. She is a graduate of Berklee College of music. After college she refined her craft for songwriting while living and playing in Nashville, TN. Catie has had the pleasure of opening up for some wonderful musicians including Shawn Colvin and Mark Erelli. Her solo album “Let Me Down Slow’ is available on iTunes and Spotify, and was recorded by Jon Evans (Grammy nominated) at Brick Hill Studio.

Emerald Rae: Hailing from the historic fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with her sophisticated approach to rhythmic and percussive fiddling. Her direct and intimate style of singing infuses her songs with a powerful immediacy, while her extraordinary chops transform the fiddle into anything from bagpipes to flamenco or electric guitar, slap bass or ukulele. Her voice, alternately high and honeyed then gutsy and soulful, delivers a vocal range that encompasses both wind and sea, animal and

 Linda Marks:Linda is a singer/songwriter, pianist and arranger who integrates elements of jazz with contemporary folk, sharing poignant original songs and fresh arrangements of favorite covers, in an intimate, heart-to-heart style. She has released 5 CDs with one on the way for the new year. Jackie Damsky, local session violinist, will accompany Linda.

 Mark & Raianne:  Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Their harmonies and lyrics echo inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer-songwriters like Ian & Sylvia and Neil Young. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States & Canada since 2010.

 Mark Stepakoff:  Boston-based singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff  is widely admired on the New England folk music scene for his mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of artists such as John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III, with whom he has frequently been compared.  He has released five CDs and has placed four songs in the top 10 on the national “Folk-DJ’ radio airplay chart, reaching as high as number 3.  Mark has received numerous songwriting awards, including four First Prizes in the Great American Song Contest and two First Prizes in American Songwriter Magazine’s lyric contest. He has been a finalist in the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition and has received Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, and three times the Rocky Mountain Folks Singer Songwriter Showcase .

Peter Lehndorff: Peter writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Some are humorous. Some are serious. They are observations about the things that happen to him and the things he sees. For several years, Peter was his late wife Kathy’s full-time caregiver as she battled Huntington’s Disease, the genetic brain disease that took the life of Woody Guthrie. He continued writing songs and recording them in his attic. A new recording is in the planning stages that will feature his friends Jim Henry and Tracy Grammer. Several of his car related tunes received national airplay on college and public radio and the NPR radio show Car Talk.

Tim Foley: Tim’s original music is a synthesis of jazz, blues, folk and funk, incorporating broad and nuanced inspiration from classical to the distinct musical flavors from his time in New Orleans, LA. Tim has a delightful guitar instrumental CD and along with his solo performances, he hosts weekly open mics on Monday nights at Feng’s in Wakefield, MA and Tuesdays nights at Zwu’s in Peabody, MA. 

 The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located at the UU Church, 326 Main Street, Wakefield.  Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 7:00.  Admission for this show a minimum donation of $5.  We are hoping that the audience will donate more for the Wakefield Baptist Church Fire fund. The Wakefield historic landmark church struck by iightning last October was a total loss.


Dar Williams @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin MA
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $40

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

Robert Jones @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield MA
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational storyteller and musician celebrating the history, humor and power of American Roots music. His deep love for traditional African American and American traditional music is shared in live performances that interweave timeless stories with original and traditional songs. For more than twenty-five years Robert has entertained and educated audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations.

Roslindale Open Mike – Tonights Feature – Suzanne Mrozak & Brian Cartwright & Our Ellen Schmidt Min Set Series at ROM – Chris Ricco @ Roslindale Open Mike
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jill Sobule (Andrew Delaney opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm


Looking back is a new experience for Jill Sobule. Ever since she first caught mainstream attention with her 1995 song “I Kissed a Girl” — the first song about same-sex romance ever to crack the Billboard Top 20 (and no relation to the later Katy Perry tune) — she’s always pushed forward, exploring new sounds and subject matter with each passing album and refusing to be pigeonholed by her early hits (which also include the ‘90s alt-rock anthem “Supermodel,” featured in an iconic scene in the film Clueless).

Along the way, Jill has shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Cyndi Lauper and Warren Zevon, written music for TV and theater, and been a pioneer in the art of crowdfunding, raising so much money for her 2009 album California Years that a then-unknown startup called Kickstarter came to her for advice. She’s also been active in numerous social and political causes, performing at prisons as part of Wayne Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors project, playing dates with Lady Parts Justice’s “Vagical Mystery Tour,” and curating Monster Protest Jams Vol. 1, featuring protest songs by Tom Morello, Billy Bragg, Boots Riley, Amanda Palmer, Jackson Browne and many other great artists — including Jill’s own “When They Say We Want Our America Back, What the F#@k Do They Mean?”, which traces the history of anti-immigrant sentiment in America.

For Nostalgia Kills, Jill worked with her good friend, Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee, to cull the album’s 11 songs from a collection of over 100, representing nearly a decade’s worth of material accumulated since the release of California Years. In turning those songs into an album, she received a little extra motivation from an unlikely source.


Andrew Delaney of Arlington, TX has been an unorthodox voice in the songwriter scene for a decade now. In that time, he has self-released nine full-length albums, won numerous accolades for his writing, and had his songs recorded and performed by artists all over the United States. He is a consummate storyteller, often hilarious and heavy in the same breath. Delaney’s ability to entertain even while speaking on the darkest of subjects led Rich Warren of WFMT Radio, Chicago to call him “The Alfred Hitchcock of singer/songwriters.”

Andrew’s newest release “Whatever Still Remains” is primarily a home enterprise with Delaney playing producer and engineer after spending his last three studio efforts studying over the shoulder of Grammy winner Steve Christensen (Steve Earle’s “Townes”).  On “Whatever Still Remains”, Andrew embraces his unapologetic love for things like monster movies, Andre The Giant, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and uses them to frame up universal stories of wonder, loss, and the search for belonging. The album features guest appearances by folk notables Ordinary Elephant, Justin Farren, Alice Wallace, and Mia Rose Lynne – among others.

Delaney continues to build his reputation in the folk world with his selection to the 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase. His past accomplishments include: winning the 2017 Songwriter Serenade; performing as a finalist in the 2017 Rocky Mountain Song Contest at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival; being named an Official Selection at the 2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR for his music video directorial debut “Howard”; and playing the main stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2016 after being a finalist in the famed Kerrville New Folk Competition in 2015, 2013, and 2010.

2018 also finds Andrew producing records for Dallas, TX songwriter Justin Pickard and Denver, CO’s Emily Barnes.

Amy Black in Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 9:30 pm

As a singer and songwriter, Amy Black is known for her authenticity and versatility. Her live performance, like her songwriting, spans from soft, tender and vulnerable…to fiery, dynamic and powerful.

Amy’s love of many classic forms of American music, including blues, country, soul, jazz, and rock n’ roll led her from Boston…to Nashville…to Muscle Shoals…and, most recently, to Memphis to record with members of the Hi rhythm section (Al Green’s backing band).

While always drawn to singers of soul, blues and gospel, it wasn’t until Amy began exploring her own southern soul roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she knew her next project had to be made in the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world’s most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she wished to make — the sound of Memphis.

“Recording albums in Muscle Shoals and Memphis and then performing this music live for several years was an incredible experience. It brought out another side of me that I didn’t know was there and gave me the chance to put my guitar down and just dance and sing. There’s something very freeing about that,” say Amy.

Amy says, “This year, I’m moving away from revue show format and back to my original music. My set will include songs from all four of my albums, that together represent this exciting musical journey I’ve been on. What a ride it’s been… with more adventures to come.”

Aztec Two-Step @ Bass Hall
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Presenting renowned folk-rock group Aztec Two-Step, now featuring lead singer, songwriter and original founding member, Rex Fowler. The band’s new ensemble features multi-instrumentalist Dodie Pettit, bassist Steven “Muddy” Roues and drummer/percussionist Roger Post.

Originating from a chance meeting at a Boston folk club open mic night in 1971, Aztec Two-Step burst on the scene in ‘72 with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Their first album and three subsequent albums for RCA Records made the duo staples of progressive FM and college radio, helping to usher in the folk/rock music of the 1960s into the 1970s and beyond.

Don White @ OCC Coffeehouse, Wrentham MA
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Don is one of a kind, bringing his audience to laughter and tears with his stories and songs. He is a must-see storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter.

The Boxcar Lilies with Ric Allendorf opening @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Feb 7 @ 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

2nd Annual OPEN MIC NIGHT featured act Bayard Klimasmith @ Second Friday Coffeehouse, Belmont MA
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Cold Chocolate (Emerald Rae opens) @ me & thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Cold Chocolate

Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Feauturing Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backed by some of the root’s music scene’s finest players, this group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond.  Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, and with a focus on songwriting, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

Emerald Rae opens

Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae brings the duo of strings and song to a new plateau with mesmerizing dexterity. Hailing from the historic fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished folk traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with inventive fiddle effects. A degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston gave her the freedom to cast a wide creative net, while her grit and intensity was earned during her twenty-year career as a powerhouse fiddler and dancer. Rae embarked on her first journey into songwriting and multi-instrumentalism with If Only I Could Fly [May 2013], featuring her prowess on fiddle, vocals, guitar and the crwth [an ancient Welsh fiddle, pronounced “krooth”], and took to the road from the Canadian Maritimes to Shanghai. Single and video Blackbird [April 2017], a droning, groove-heavy version of the traditional Scottish Ballad, showcases her signature ornamented vocals and robust fiddling accompanied by a laid back djembe.

Max Hunter Workshop with Sarah Jane Nelson @ Private home
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Special guest: Cathy Mason on fiddle

Max Hunter was among the last great collectors of folk song in the Ozarks. He was unique among folklorists because he arrived at song collecting as a travelling salesman rather than as an academic. His first purposeful song hunting expedition took place in 1956, and he went to amazing lengths to find an “old song”, all of which will be discussed in my biography. He was a deeply gifted individual and greatly loved by all who knew him.

Sarah Jane Nelson has been doing research on the life of Mr. Hunter. He died in 1999 but several universities in Missouri, as well as the Springfield-Greene County Library and the Library of Congress, house his collections. Sarah has been working on Mr. Hunter’s biography.

Sarah is both a musical performer and a writer, with a particular interest in traditional old time music. Over the years she has written features and profiles for a number of publications including American Craft, Orion and Country Journal. She’s also a frequent contributor to Fiddler Magazine and recently had a piece in the The Old Time Herald.

Click here to read more about Mr. Hunter’s amazing song collection.

The Atwater-Donnelly Trio with Emerald Rae opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm
The Atwater-Donnelly Trio with Emerald Rae opening @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $12.  Visit the website at, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester.  The suggested contribution at the door is $14 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $28 for families.

Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly perform a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry.  The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more.  Cathy Clasper-Torch will join Aubrey and Elwood for this performance.  Cathy is a remarkable fiddler, cellist and vocalist.

Hailing from our neighboring historic fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with her sophisticated approach to rhythmic and percussive fiddling.

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.

Quentin Callewaert & Kerri Powers @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


                        at Linden Tree Coffeehouse.. Feb. 9, 2019

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse 34thconcert series continues on Saturday, Feb. 9thfeaturing Kerri Powers and Quentin Callewaert, two New England favorite singer songwriters.  Both performers were presented in  semi-formal showcases at the 2018 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference.

Kerri Powershas just released what some are calling the “essential cosmic American album.”  Starseeds has been receiving critical acclaim and extensive airplay throughout. With zero radio or publicity assistance, her self-titled EP in 2014 was able to land the #1 spot on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Folk Albums of 2014.   Over the years Kerri has appeared at numerous prestigious venues and musical gatherings including the Boston Folk Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  She has toured throughout the United States and overseas to The Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK.  Her song, “Diamond Day”was featured in the movie CHUCK and other tracks have made their way into TV series such as Rescue Me and Justified. Linden Tree Coffeehouse is very happy to have one of our long time favorite perfomers back this year.

Eighteen year old Quentin Callewaert has only been on the music scene for a few years but has created a major buzz as one of the most gifted guitarists around.  At last year’s Linden Treed Coffeehouse’s Winter Potpourri, Quentin was our top winner. Classically trained, his interest in fingerstyle –acoustic guitar was inspired by Doc Watson, Merle Travis and Tommy Emmanuel.  He is also a gifted singer with a refreshingly bluesy voice that compliments his blend of Americana, gospel, and bluegrass.  2018 was a very busy year for him, performing full shows in venues all across the northeast.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located at the UU Church, 326 Main Street, Wakefield.  Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 7:30.  Admission for this show is $20 adults, ($10 students 8-17. For reservations:  781-246-2836.


James Keelaghan (Sophie Buskin opens) @ me & thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

James Keelaghan

Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected and lauded music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons.

As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent and intensity, and curiosity.

Fusing his insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline Keelaghan also forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and a monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of not only the Canadian scene, but as a member of the international singer-songwriter community.

Armed with a songbook that has enlightened and enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey on so many levels.


Sophie Buskin

The daughter of two musicians, Brooklyn-based songwriter Sophie Buskin has been singing professionally since age 4. Aside from an extensive jingle and ad background, she has supported legendary artists like Paul Shaffer, Little Anthony, Mason Jennings, Jewel, and Buskin & Batteau. She has just released her first six-song CD titled Sweet Creature.

Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

The Lied To’s @ Unitarian Church of Sharon
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

February 16, 2019 The Lied To’s

The Lied To’s are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014, released their self-titled debut cd at the legendary Club Passim in February 2015, and have been playing together ever since.

Taking their name from the re vered Everly Brothers song, “When Will I Be Loved,” The Lied To’s collaborate to put the challenges of relationships squarely under their musical microscope with a formidable blend of folk, rock and country-tinged music.

Susan has been a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the International Songwriting Competition, among others. She also was a Tri-Centric Showcase artist at the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA). Columnist, Joel Brown, in an article for The Boston Globe noted that Susan has “Some of the wistful knowledge of Dolly Parton at her best.”
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Susan Levine and singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Doug Kwartler have teamed up to create one of the finest contemporary guy/gal duos on the scene today. – Metronome Magazine
A sample on you tube or their
website .

Jay Psaros @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Jay Psaros

Just nominated for “Male Performer of the Year” for the 2018 New England Music Awards, Jay has been called a “storyteller of precision,” a “masterful guitarist,” and a musical “painter of beautiful rolling images.” You can
hear these on all four of his CDs, each critically acclaimed and earning him supporting spots with such national acts as Third Eye Blind, Ziggy Marley, Los Lonely Boys, and Boz Scaggs, to name but a few. So mark your calendar and hurry over, this is your chance to catch up with him up close and local.

Tem Blessed and Regie Gibson @ New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Try something new at the New Moon Coffeehouse; Spoken word! As traditional as Shakespeare, as ancient as primeval legend, as modern as hip hop, as visceral as hunger, as exuberant as laughter, as rhythmic as dance. Two performers with very different styles, both masters of the art form, expressing universal themes informed by their African American experience. This is a night not to be missed!

Folk Open Mic @ Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham MA
Feb 21 @ 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

Breaking Barriers: Tribute to Women Who Paved the Way [Danielle Miraglia, Jenee Halstead, Lisa Bastoni, Samantha Farrell] @ me & thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Breaking Barriers: A Tribute to the Women Who Paved the Way

Four of New England’s premier singer/songwriters pay tribute to the women who influenced them most. Danielle Miraglia, Lisa Bastoni, Jenee Halstead and Samantha Farrells inspirations at times overlap and at times part making for an eclectic night of music and collaboration where you may hear songs by everyone from Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Heart, Joni Mitchell, Tina Turner, Kate Bush, Bonnie Raitt and certainly some surprises! This is sure to be an entertaining night of friends sharing the songs they’re most passionate about.


Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heartfelt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. Her latest “All My Heroes Are Ghosts,” released with her band Danielle M and The Glory Junkies  touches on a lot of what might be on your mind these days  the loss of so many musical heroes on the title track, the chaos of fake news on Monster, our collective anxieties on All On Fire, and more. Danielle was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.

“Straddling the line where folk/roots meets rock/blues, Miraglia has a voice that can go from a raspy come-hither purr to an Etta James-esque powerhouse belt, although she may be best known for her lead thumb  a heavy, thumping strike on her Gibson thats backdrop percussion in itself.” – Lauren Daley, The Boston Globe


Following a ten-year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell/Lori McKenna), the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston’s WUMB.

“Americana of the highest order…along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin” (Maverick-UK).


Her latest release, Edge of the World, adds to the indefinable soundscape in which her soft and supple voice floats so exquisitely that the Boston Herald felt it like sorceress music, rings of smoke through the trees and the bells of Rhymney, while comparing Jenees working relationship with new producer Sean McLaughlin to that of Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois for the way it embedded a tremendous voice in an otherworldly, shadowy soundscape.

Spot on. With her gift for wonderfully evocative lyrical imagery, delivered with such a compelling voice, its easy to foresee that Jenees unfettered songwriting will continue to rise  like those swirling rings of smoke  into the expansive sky, and far beyond the edge of the world.


Samantha Farrell’s ever-evolving sound is an intersection of jazz, folk, pop and poetry. Her tone is unique and yet familiar all at once; at times playfully lilting and undulating, other times a sexy murmur, and a raspy declaration.

Prodigious and undulating vocals that are delivered with rare, swinging passion.


Linda Marks and Friends with Rick Drost opening @ 19 Carter Music Series, Berlin MA
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Through both her original songs and other songs that inspire her to sing them, Linda Marks brings her whole heart to the music as she seeks to reach the heart of her audience.

Having worked in the mind-body medicine field as a heart-centered body psychotherapist and life coach for more than 30 years, Linda loves to help others grow and heal through her Power of Voice workshops and coaching.  Bringing  people together and building community through music has fueled her vision for the Music Salon.

Linda released her “Heart to Heart CDincorporating many of the songs from her October 2014 Heart to Heart Cabaret Show at Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham, on September 16, 2015 at Scullers Jazz Club. She released her “Coming Full Circle” album at Scullers Jazz Club on September 1, 2016. In 2017, Linda released “Say Yes To Love” on September 1 and “Singer/Songwriter” on November 25 to great reviews. Her “Moments” album was released on September 27, 2018 at Club Passim. Linda is currently at work on a sixth album, “In Grace” with Doug Hammer at Dreamworld Productions.

Linda serves on the Board of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (BACA).


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Rick Drost

Rick Drost, a Singer/Songwriter from Cambridge, MA, has been writing songs since the late ’60s  with depth and heart: songs  that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry.  Rick has sung in small and large choruses and small acoustic folk groups, but since the early 2000s has been singing solo at open mikes, small clubs and coffeehouses, galleries and listening rooms in New England, the Midwest and the Southeast.

Since retiring in 2015 from a career as a software engineer, Rick is happily expanding the time he can spend listening, reading, writing, and traveling around singing in small venues and festivals. Rick’s first solo album of his songs, “Turning the World”, produced and recorded by Jon Shain and FJ Ventre of Durham, NC, was released in June 2017.  Thanks to all the musicians who contributed so thoughtfully to the treatment of these songs- Jon and FJ on strings and basses, Kaitlin Grady on cello, Bill Newton on harmonica and soprano sax, Chris Frank on accordion, Ed Butler on percussion, all in NC, and composer/pianist Doug Hammer in Lynn MA on piano.