Combined Calendar

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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.

Jan
27
Mon
Roslindale Open Mike – Min-Set: Bob Joyce – Our Feature is: Jim Infantino @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Feb
1
Sat
Ball in the House – a cappella! @ Once in a Blue Moon Concerts, Billerica MA
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
R&B • SOUL • POP A CAPPELLA
Music that’ll MOVE ya!
Ball in the House is an R&B/Soul/Pop a cappella group based out of Boston, whose high energy shows have audiences singing, dancing, and even beatboxing along.
Ball in the House averages 200 shows per year and has performed everywhere! They have opened for some of the biggest acts in the world, including The Beach Boys, The Jonas Brothers, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Lionel Richie, Jessica Simpson, Blondie, KC & The Sunshine Band, Diamond Rio, Colin Raye and more! They headlined the 2018 & 2016 China International Chorus Festival in Beijing, won the 2016 Boston Harmony Sweepstakes, and were voted 2014 APCA Band of the Year and 2009 Best of Boston for Outstanding Musical Performers. They’ve appeared on America’s Got Talent, The TODAY Show, The Daily Buzz and more.
Check out this short taste of BITH!
Home-cooked meal prior to show – make some new friends!
DINNER DOORS OPEN: 5:30PM – served approx. 6PM – $15 to Events By Meg
Menu: Vegetarian Lasagna (w/gluten free option), Garlic Bread, Spinach Salad
CONCERT DOORS OPEN: 7:30PM – 8PM start – $25 to Ball in the House
BYOBeverage and app or dessert to share at intermission! Coffee/tea provided.
DEPOSIT of $15 to hold your space for dinner & show is requested. Pay via check to Events By Meg, or via PayPal (to my email address) – be sure to the check the “Sending to a Friend” box, or else PayPal will take out a percentage!
(If mailing check, please inquire for address)
To guarantee your seat for concert w/o dinner, contact meg@eventsbymeg.com for details on payment to Ball in the House.
RSVP required. This is a house concert within a private home – limited space!
Great music, up close and personal!
The Lied To’s and Sparrow Blue in Concert @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
 

Tickets: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member (register here or at the door)

The Lied To’s are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014. The duo took their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, “When Will I Be Loved.” Their second CD, The Lesser of Two Evils, released in 2018, received universal praise for its gritty instrumentation, impeccable harmonies and honest songwriting.  Tom Haugen of The Daily Vault calls it, “…nothing short of brilliant.”  And Red Line Roots writes, “If you dig the mix of gritty honesty and interwoven gorgeous harmonies of Shovels and Rope, then you are going to love The Lied To’s.”  


Acoustic roots songwriting duo Sparrow Blue (Katy Boc and Todd Nickerson) from Massachusetts released their first full length album Rabbit in the Moon in 2018, featuring fiddle, guitars, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and vocal harmony throughout. Rabbit in the Moon blends folk, country, bluegrass and old-time influences together with crafted songwriting to paint a musical picture of times gone by, hope, hard times, and new beginnings.

Rabbit in the Moon, which was self-produced and independently released, culminates two years of songwriting and represents the duo’s strongest work to date. Rabbit in the Moon reached #1 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) and #8 on the Folk DJ Album Charts in 2018.

John Flynn @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Peter Mulvey @ Peterborough Folk Music - Bass Hall, Peterborough NH
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. He spent a couple years gigging in the Midwest before lighting out for Boston, where he returned to busking (this time in the subway) and coffeehouses. Small shows led to larger shows, which eventually led to regional and then national and international touring. The wheels have not stopped since.

Eighteen records,thousands of live performances,  a decades-long association with the National Youth Science Camp, opening for luminaries such as Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, and Chuck Prophet, appearances on NPR, … Mulvey never stops. He has built his life’s work on collaboration and on an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. He folds everything he encounters into his work: poetry, social justice, scientific literacy, and a deeply abiding humanism are all on plain display in his art.

Early in 2017, a series of upheavals found Mulvey living through a winter in a friend’s empty house in the small Midwestern town of Fort Atkinson. The songs came in fast and strange and vivid. At night he wrote them down at a table in the spare house. These songs became his new record, “There Is Another World,” a vivid dreamscape of imagistic, haiku-like auditory sketches, within which are plenty of wrenching, haunting, and even sweet songs.

I think of Peter Mulvey as the very first Peterborough Folk Music musician. I was given Peter’s subway tape. It was such good work and a voice to match. I invited him to open for Dar Williams on Jan. 10, 1996 at the Peterborough UU Church, our first concert. I have enjoyed presenting Peter over the years, being a part of and watching him build his career. He is a thoughtful and brilliant writer and instrumentalist. Be sure to join us.

Deb

Feb
2
Sun
Debra Cowan and John Roberts @ Lakeview Houseconcert Series, Sharon MA
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Potluck at 1pm Concert at 2PM. RSVP for address.

Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Feb
3
Mon
Bernice Lewis. Singer. Songwriter.Educator @ Temple Ner Tamid
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

BERNICE LEWIS: SINGER, SONGWRITER,  Temple Ner amid, Peabody( Free)

SPECIAL FREE CONCERT MONDAY, FEB. 3 at 7:30

 The 2020 Combined Jewish Women’s Organizations invite area residents to their annual gathering. The yearly free programs in the past have presented authors, actors, musicians, chefs, and others, all quite interesting.  This year they are pleased to present from Western Massachusetts the talented Bernice Lewis on Monday, February 3 at 7:30pm at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody.  

Bernice Lewis is a songwriter, poet, and storyteller. Proud to be a first generation American, her stories and songs spring from a well of world and domestic travel, seen through the lens of a “nice Jewish girl from Boston.” For the past three decades, she has toured the United States as a performer and educator. She is the Artist Associate in Songwriting, Williams College Williamstown, MA

 She has also explored the world… Europe, Africa, The Pacific, South America, and North America. Born to survivors, her writings pay homage to those lost as well as celebrate the joys and difficulties of being Jewish in the modern world. She has released six albums of original songs, and her writings have been published in places as diverse as Appalachian Trailway News, American Zionist Movement Songbook, Open Ear Journal, The Berkshire Eagle, N. Adams Transcript, Bone & Flesh, and Shots Magazine.

Sponsored by Jewish Women’s Organizations of the North Shore with a generous grant from the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund of the North Shore, a Donor Advised Fund of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc.

Temple Ner Tamid is at 368 Lowell St, Peabody, MA. The snow date is Tuesday, February 4th.  For more information contact Arlyne at 978-337-2155 or Arlyneg@nsjcc.org

Feb
7
Fri
Open Mic @ Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse, Byfield MA
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com or at 617-592-4398 for details.  There is a 3 song/10 minute limit.  This is a first come/first served for 10 spots.  2 spots will be help for walk-ins.  Thank you.

Bob Franke and Lui Collins @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

BOB FRANKE

How do you measure a hit song? In the pop world, it’s easy: you count how high it got on the charts, how many units it sold. In folk music, it’s more complicated. You ask how far it’s traveled, how long it’s lasted, and most of all, how many people have taken it into their own lives, made it their own song?

By those ancient measures, Bob Franke (rhymes with “Yankee”) is among the most prolific and important folk songwriters to emerge since the commercial revival of the 1960s. Many of his songs, like “Hard Love,” “For Real,” “Thanksgiving Eve,” and “The Great Storm Is Over,” have entered the American folk canon, frequently sung by major stars and open-mikers, church choirs and summer campers, recovering addicts at treatment centers, and spiritual seekers at religious retreats.

“There is an affection for Bob’s work that is really palpable,” says Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary. “It’s like everybody thinks that they’re the one who discovered him – and they’re all right! People know he has given them something rare and powerful, real and uncompromising. I have felt a lot of power in the appreciation people have for him.”

Peruse the stars who have recorded Franke’s songs, and you find singers renowned as champions of the very best songwriters: Peter, Paul and Mary, June Tabor, Kathy Mattea, Tony Rice, Martin Simpson, John McCutcheon, Sally Rogers, Garnet Rogers, Claudia Schmidt, and David Wilcox. When ABC’s Nightline asked Alison Krauss to name her favorite songs, she cited Franke’s “Hard Love,” calling it “probably my favorite tune,” and saying Franke was her hero and “main inspiration.”

But that just scratches the surface of how far Franke’s songs have traveled. His lyrics appear on church marquees and tombstones; his songs are sung at weddings, funerals, and christenings, and appear in the hymnals of several denominations. They are used as templates in songwriter classes, and meditations at seminars for people struggling with real life crises like grief, addiction, divorce, and domestic abuse. People have told Franke that his songs saved their lives.

LUI COLLINS

Oone of New England’s clearest and most distinctive folk voices, with unusually piercing lyrical insight…” – Hartford Courant

Folksinger for our times – The Boston Herald

one of New Englands first and brightest stars. – The Boston Globe

Folk singer/songwriter Lui Collins has been performing, writing and recording for over 40 years, her early Philo and Green Linnet recordings earning international acclaim and establishing her as a respected voice in the folk world. Lui has shared the stage with such notables as Pete Seeger, Bonnie Raitt, Stan Rogers, Dar Williams, and John Gorka. Renowned guitarist Dave van Ronk called her one of the best guitarist-arrangers I have heard in years.

Lui sings my songs better than I do.

– Canadian folk icon Stan Rogers

From playful 4-string arrangements of some favorite original songs, to the fabulous jazz chords in American standards and bossa nova, Lui translates her rich and complex guitar arrangements onto her tenor ukulele to create something unexpected and delightful.

“Lui has a gentle way of capturing the hearts of her audience and having what amounts to a musical conversation with them during her performances No one weaves a spell quite like she can.” Champlain Valley Folk Festival Newsletter

Feb
8
Sat
Green Sisters @ John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse, Worcester MA
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Don White with Mark Stepakoff @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

DON WHITE at THE LINDEN TREE.. SAT. Feb. 8th at 8 pm. $20

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse continues its 35th season with a Night Dedicated to Humor and Love on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 pm at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Wakefield.  Don White has been a long time local favorite who in the past several years has been gaining many fans at concerts across the United States.

There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He’s an award-winning singer/songwriter, a comedian, an author, and a storyteller. He’s been bringing audiences to laughter and tears for thirty years, released ten CDs, three live DVDs, and a book, Memoirs of a C Student. His latest album is Live at the Guthrie Center, available now at www.donwhite.net and www.nimbitmusic.com/donwhite. In 2011, he won the Jerry Christen Memorial Award, given out by Boston Area Coffeehouse Association, for his work with the community and that same year was given a key to the city in his hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Don White has been appearing at storytelling festivals around the country including the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and Utah.  He also has joined songwriting legend Christine Lavin on national tours for over nine years.

Don’s approach to music is a unique blend. If he just played folk music, it would be a handy label. But he has invented his own genre with a mix of humor and powerful songwriting. White’s arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts, through Boston’s comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto stages around the country. At every point, White has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker.

Mark Stepakoff, one of Linden Tree’s Winter Potpourri finalists will open the evening with wry, witty, humorous material and poignant ballads.

Reservations are being taken at 781-246-2836. Tickets $20, those under 18 $10.

Linden Tree Coffeehouse, UU Church, 326 Main St. Wakefield, MA 01880

 

Small Potatoes with Mike Laureanno opening @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Feb 8 @ 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.

Feb
9
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Feb
10
Mon
2nd Mondays – Stormy Monday Blues Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for the Monthly Blues Jam at The Hearing Room. We have a house band to back people up as we get the Blues! Woody Carpinella, Roland Ochsenbein and Tim Fiehler make up the regular band with special guests upon occasion. Sign up is in person and first come first to perform. We usually have 3 song sets but move to 2 song sets is the players get too numerous. This is an amazing evening for players and audience members alike!

Feb
14
Fri
Reverend Robert Jones at Music on Centre @ Music on Centre at Theodore Parker UUU Parish Hall
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Reverend Robert Jones is celebrated as a mesmerizing blues performer, storyteller, music teacher and educator. He has created several rousing historical music programs for students at public schools and colleges across the country. He is also a beloved teacher at Summer Acoustic Music Week, the WUMB adult music camp in New Hampshire, where he has taught blues guitar and performance skills. His concert shows are a mix of African-American favorites and originals that reflect the Black experience, tempered with grace and love.

The venue is located in the parish hall behind the Theodore Parker Church in West Roxbury and opens to the public at 7:00. Reservations can be made by emailing musiconcentre@gmail.com. Pay at the door with cash or credit. There is a family maximum of $40 as all Music on Centre shows are appropriate for all ages.  Plenty of free parking near by. Delicious desserts and hot and cold beverages are on sale before the show and during intermission. All proceeds benefit the operation and outreach of the Theodore Parker UU Church.

 

New Black Eagle Jazz Band @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


New Black Eagle Jazz Band

For over forty years, from Symphony Hall to Singapore, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band has delighted audiences worldwide with its infectious, soulful and uplifting style of traditional New Orleans jazz. Paying homage to the greatest musicians of the early jazz era- Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington -the band has also developed its own eclectic
sound, incorporating spirituals, 1920s and 30s popular music and even some songs recorded by Elvis and Bob Dylan!

Widely-recognized as one of the premier traditional jazz bands in the world, the Black Eagles enjoy performing in a variety of settings, from intimate pubs to huge concert halls. They have
been featured in numerous prestigious jazz festivals, including the Newport, Kool, JVC, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festivals. The band has also appeared in concerts accompanied by symphony orchestras- the Scottish National Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the Boston Pops among many others.

With a Grammy nomination to their credit, a vast repertoire, seven inspired musicians, and a highly entertaining stage manner, its no wonder that the New York Times has noted that the Black Eagles are “So far ahead of other traditional bands…there is scarcely any basis for comparison.”

Feb
15
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com for details.  There is a 3 song/10 minute limit.  There is a lottery first 12 spots.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.

Traditional Ballad Singing Contest @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
 

Tickets: Contestants No Charge, $9 Member, $10 Non-Member, Child $4 (register here or at the door)

We love the Traditional Ballad so much, we’ll pay young people to learn and perform one at our Contest with CASH PRIZES AND CASH PARTICIPATION AWARDS!

The 2020 Traditional Ballad Singing Contest will be held on SATURDAY, February 15th at 7:00 PM at FIRST PARISH DUXBURY, 842 Tremont St (Rte 3A), Duxbury, MA

No charge for contestants, all others: $9 Members, $10 Non-members, $4 Children. 

HERE ARE THE LINKS FOR THE FULL CONTEST INFO/SIGN UP FORM and THE POSTER:


     

Main Rules:

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.  

Make sure you sign up early so Contest Organizers Karen Haffner and Lynn Feingold can review and OK your choice of ballad.  

Here are the categories and CASH PRIZES for 2020:

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 haffnerk@hotmail.com or 617-875-2047 (leave a voicemail or text) or Lynn Feingold at 781-227-7500.

CASH Participation Awards!

All contestants who do not “win” their category will receive a CASH Participation Award in an amount based on the donations we receive in support of the Contest.

Bow Thayer @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Feb. 15 – – – – – – – Bow Thayer – – – – – – – –

This Hingham native returns to where it all began —
with the ‘80s Hingham super-group Metamorphosis. Bow has been the driving force in many critically-acclaimed bands and has 13 CDs to his name. He plays all things stringed, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. One recent reviewer said, “Bow Thayer reminds us again that he is among the state’s finest songwriters.”
https://bowthayer.com/

Reverend Robert Jones, Eric Kilburn opens @ New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $20, $10 for kids 18 and under. Haverhill HS students free.

Reverend Robert Jones is a blues performer from Detroit who tells spell-binding stories through his songs about the African-American experience and the influences of black culture on American music.

Feb
16
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Feb
21
Fri
3rd Fridays Bluegrass Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Featuring but not limited to bluegrass. All ages and skill levels welcome. Hosted by Mark Abare.

Pass the hat event

An Evening with Chris Smither @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Born in Miami, during World War II, Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. The son of a Tulane University professor, he was taught the rudiments of instrumentation by his uncle on his mother’s ukulele. Uncle Howard, Smither says, showed me that if you knew three chords, you could play a lot of the songs you heard on the radio. And if you knew four chords, you could pretty much rule the world. With that bit of knowledge under his belt, he was hooked. Id loved acoustic music specifically the blues ever since I first heard Lightnin Hopkins Blues In My Bottle album. I couldn’t believe the sound Hopkins got. At first, I thought it was two guys playing guitar. My style, to a degree, came out of trying to imitate that sound I heard.

In his early twenties, Smither turned his back on his anthropology studies and headed to Boston at the urging of legendary folk singer Eric von Schmidt. It was the mid-60s and acoustic music thrived in the streets and coffeehouses there. Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt who went on to record his songs, Love You Like A Man and I Feel the Same. (Their friendship has endured as their career paths intertwined over the years.) What quickly evolved from his New Orleans and Cambridge musical experiences is his enduring, singular guitar sound a beat-driven finger-picking, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin Hopkins, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet (always micd in performance).

Smithers first albums, I’m A Stranger, Too! (1971) and Don’t It Drag On (1972) was released on Poppy Records, home of kindred spirit Townes Van Zandt. By the time Smither recorded his third album, Honeysuckle Dog with Lowell George and Dr. John helping out, United Artists had absorbed Poppy and ultimately dropped much of their roster, including Smither. Smither made his next record in 1985, when the spare It Aint Easy on Adelphi Records marked his return to the studio.

By the early 90s, Smithers steady nationwide touring and regular release of consistently acclaimed albums cemented his reputation as one of the finest acoustic musicians in the country. His 1991 album, Another Way to Find You, was recorded live in front of an in-studio audience with no overdubs or second takes. This would be the first of two albums with Flying Fish Records. His next recording, Happier Blue, was embraced by Triple A radio and received the NAIRD (now AFIM) award as Best Folk Recording of 1993. Up On The Lowdown (1995) marked the first of a trio of albums to be recorded with producer Stephen Bruton at The Hit Shack in Austin and his first of five albums with roots label HighTone Records. Up On the Lowdown rode the crest of the newly formed Americana radio format wave and sparked considerable interest abroad. A tour of Australia with Dave Alvin and extensive solo touring in Europe led to an expanding global interest in Smither. His song, I Am the Ride, from this album, inspired the independent film, The Ride, for which Smither also composed the original score.

In early 1997 Smither released Small Revelations. It climbed the Americana and Triple A radio charts and led to concert dates with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, and the hugely successful, original Monsters of Folk tour with Ramblin Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin and Tom Russell. Small Revelations also generated several film projects for Smither. Emmylou Harris recorded his song, Slow Surprise, for The Horse Whisperer soundtrack on MCA. And his recording of Hold On was used in the indie feature film Love From Ground Zero. Smither also shared insight into his guitar style and technique on two instructional DVDs, available from Homespun Video.

His CD, Drive You Home Again (1999), garnered four-stars from Rolling Stone. And with it, Smither continued to tour worldwide. Shortly after, in 2000, Smither released his one-man-tour-de-force, Live As Ill Ever Be. Recorded in-concert at various clubs and concert halls in California, Dublin, Galway, Boston, and Washington DC, it has proven to be a fan favorite, capturing Smither at what he loves to do: performing in front of an audience.

Train Home (2003) was Smithers last record for HighTone and his first with producer David Goodrich. Over a six-week period, basic tracks for Train Home were recorded in the relaxed environment of Smithers home near Boston. Working with new session musicians, the record is simultaneously sparse and assured. Bonnie Raitt graciously provided backing vocals and slide guitar on Smithers cover of Bob Dylans Desolation Row. And Smithers Seems So Real from the CD earned a Folk Alliance Award as Song of the Year.

In 2005, jazz great Diana Krall covered Love Me Like A Man, introducing what is now a blues standard to a whole world of jazz fans. Shortly after, Smithers song Slow Surprise was included in the independent film, Brothers Shadow. In addition, Smither narrated a two-CD audiobook recording of Will Rogers Greatest Hits. Continuing to expand his creative horizon, Smither was invited to contribute an essay to Sixty Things to Do When You Turn Sixty, a 2006 collection of essays by American luminaries on reaching that milestone. In 2009, Melville House published Amplified, a book featuring 16 short stories by notable American performing songwriters. Smither’s story Leroy Purcell about a touring musician’s encounter with a Texas State Patrolman leads off the collection.

With the release of his 12th recording Leave The Light On (2006) on his own imprint, Mighty Albert, Smither began a new label relationship with the renowned acoustic and modern folk label, Signature Sounds. For the recording, Smither reunited with producer David Goodrich and session musicians Mike Piehl, Lou Ulrich and Anita Suhanin. As an added treat, Smither invited a good friend and Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Tim OBrien, along with rising American roots stars, Ollabelle, to add their distinctive talents on several tracks. Smither followed this with Time Stands Still (2009), his most stripped-down recording in some time, working with just two accompanists after the same trio had played a rare band performance a non-solo setup required in order to play a Netherlands festival.

About the recording Smither says, Were the only three guys on this record, and most of the songs only have three parts going on. We had a freewheeling feeling at that festival gig, and we managed to make a lot of that same feeling happen in this record. In 2011 Smither put out two fan projects: a collection of live tracks from newly discovered concert recordings from the 1980s-1990s titled Lost and Found and the rollicking EP, What I Learned in School, on which Smither covered six classic rock and roll songs.

Smither followed these fan-projects with Hundred Dollar Valentine (2012), a (MOJO) studio record of all Smither-penned songs. With longtime producer David Goody Goodrich at the helm, this collection sported Smithers trademark acoustic guitar sound and evocative sonic textures meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice.

In 2014 Smither released Still on the Levee (2014) a double-CD retrospective. Recorded in New Orleans at the Music Shed, this career-spanning project features fresh new takes on 24 iconic songs from his vast career and some very special guests including the legendary Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III.

The coffee table style book Chris Smither Lyrics 1966-2012 and Signature Sounds Link of Chain an all-star tribute record including a stellar list of artists offering their takes on some Smither favorites including Josh Ritter, Bonnie Raitt, Loudon Wainwright III, Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Tim OBrien, Patty Larkin, and many others were fan-favorite accompaniments to the retrospective CD .

In March 2018, Smither released his eighteenth record, Call Me Lucky (Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert) once again teaming up with producer and multi-instrumentalist David Goodrich. Also joined by Billy Conway (Morphine) and Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase Junket), Smither recorded eight new originals along with some very special and surprising covers at the Blue Rock studios in the Texas hills in June 2017.

The new records continue what As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote that, Smither sings about the big things in life, love, loss in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.

Feb
22
Sat
DALA @ Peterborough Folk Music - Bass Hall, Peterborough NH
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The sheer joy with which Dala perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. Dala are equally entertaining between songs, telling down to earth stories that make every show unique. Dala have opened for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Stuart McLean, Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. No strangers to the festival scene, they have also performed at The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, California’s Strawberry Festival and Mariposa. In 2009, they were the only Canadian act invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.

In the summer of 2010, Dala’s PBS special “Girls From The North Country” was broadcast across North America. This concert features Dala’s own songs weaved around classics by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. The live cd and dvd for “Girls From The North Country” earned Dala the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year”. The live album was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award in the category “Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group”.

Dala’s latest album “Best Day” was released in June of 2012. It was nominated for three Canadian Folk Music Awards: English Songwriter of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Producer of the Year”