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“The defiantly hopeful tour. Music to cure what ails you.” David Tamulevich and Michael Hough with their special brand of folk music.
|Seth Glier (pronounced Gleer) recorded his new album, Birds, (release summer 2017) in an airy loft in western Massachusetts outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows. Birds roost just outside those windows, on the roof of the converted mill building where he lives, and they became his sympathetic audience while Glier made the album. I felt a tremendous amount of comfort talking to the birds, he says Id check in with them regularly to see how they thought things were going so far. |
Birds is steeped in conflict and contradiction; there’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight. The album began taking shape after Glier lost his brother, Jamie, who died in October 2015, and inspired a TED Talk performance that Glier gave in 2016. The songs range from personal to political, and are bound together by the awareness that our world is a fragile place.Birds is Glier’s latest album in a burgeoning career that has included a Grammy nomination and touring with artists such as Ani DiFranco and Ryan Adams. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 150 live performances annually, Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. He has quickly become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. Performing with 62-year old veteran musician Joe Nerney on harmonica, saxophone and harmony vocals, Gliers live show places his melodic AAA-contemporary pop under a blanket of roots & blues. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike, with USA Today stating that his exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. His first Daytrotter session, was called a genuine revelation by Blurt Magazine, and was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its shimmering, seductive melodies.
More than just a musician, Seth is an avid activist. In 2016, he was chosen as a 2016 ChildFund Ambassador and traveled to Guatemala bringing music to remote areas and schools. He took home Best Social Action Song for his track The Next Right Thing at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards, and is a National Spokesperson for Autism Speaks.
Crys Matthews Opens
Admission $13.00 in advance and Seniors/$15.00 at the door.
Doors open at 7:00, show time is 7:30.
There will be a 30-minute open mike to start the show. Performers are encouraged to request a slot by email at Javawockyuu@aol.com. Slots will be available on a first come-first served basis.
Jim Trick has a real gift of bringing a room together when he performs. His positive energy and captivating music engages the audience!. His music carries a universal flow of emotions and experience that we can all identify with.
Crowes Pasture, the Boston-based acoustic duo of Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin, brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions, including such artists as Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Ian & Sylvia and the Civil Wars. Their latest CD made the list of Top Folk Albums of June 2016 as compiled on Folkradio.org.
Sisters Katryna and Nerissa Nield grew up singing folk songs in the kitchen and back seat of the family car.
“I remember I wrote my first song that I was really proud of when I was 13,” said Nerissa, “and right away I had a harmony for it, so I dragged Katryna out of her room and taught her the harmony. It was instinct – I knew that my sister should be there.”
In the 90’s the Nields was a folk-rock band, with drums and electric guitars, and toured nationally. These days it is usually two voices and one acoustic guitar.
Now well into their third decade of performing, the Nields released their 17th album in 2015. Once again they present beautifully crafted songs, delivered with passion and grace.
“Guitarist Nerissa has written the clear-eyed, literary lyrics and sister Katryna has provided a gloriously eccentric vocal delivery. Lots of backward glances and relationship foibles punctuate this quiet collection, which is ideal for harmony addicts and dreamers alike.” – Billboard Magazine.
Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. The doors open at 7:30.
Heather Pierson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s live performances, both solo and with her acoustic trio (Davy Sturtevant on strings/cornet and Shawn Nadeau on bass), feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, ukulele, or acoustic guitar.
PFM is incredibly excited to bring you an amazing co-bill with two of the most talented, entertaining, and nicest artists we know – Susan Werner and Seth Glier. Both are exceptional songwriters, vocalists, musicians and human beings. This is a “Don’t Miss” show! If you have heard them before, you know what we mean. Bring a friend who hasn’t heard them yet – and they will surely thank you for it. If they don’t, you should probably take them off your friend list.
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 amazingthings.org
To sign up for a slot, check website or call the office.
Suggested donation of $15 at the door.
Doors open at 7pm. Email to reserve your seat (highly recommended).
Hi repertoire includes folk, pop, gospel, jazz, upbeat storytelling, and ballads. Jan. 18, 2017, was declared “Livingston Taylor Day” by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker, in honor of Livingston’s 50th year of making music.
|Bill Staines |
Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.
For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960’s and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was “simply Boston’s best performer”, Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.
Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, “He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic.”
Bill’s music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.
Many of Bill’s songs have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals, and scouting campfire songbooks; he is one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the classic song collection, Rise up Singing. Composer David Amram recently described Bill as “a modern-day Stephen Foster his songs will be around 100 years from now.”
Over the decades, you have heard Bill singing on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, HBO’s award-winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio’s Mountain Stage. Additionally, his music has been used in a number of films including Off and Running, with Cyndi Lauper, and The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles’ debut as a writer-director.
In 1975, Bill won National Yodeling Championship in Kerrville Texas. Another important recognition was given to him in 2007. Presented by the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association, The Jerry Christen Award recognized Bill’s contribution to New England folk music.
Currently, Bill has recorded 26 albums; The Happy Wanderer and One More River were winners of the prestigious Parents’ Choice Award, taking a gold medal and silver medal respectively. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, The Highwaymen, Mason Williams, Grandpa Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough and others.
As well as recordings, over 100 of Bill’s songs have been published in three songbooks: If I Were a Word, Then I’d Be a Song, Movin’ It Down the Line, and Music to Me, the latter published by Hal Leonard Corporation. His song, All God’s Critters, has been recently released as a Simon and Schuster children’s book with illustrations by Caldecott honor-winning artist, Kadir Nelson.
“Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I’ve always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs.” With these thoughts, Bill continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.
Jane Fallon opens
Raised on Traditional country, Appalachian Folk, and Gospel, and trained in classical and jazz, Jane has sung everything from Barbara Allen to Ain’t Misbehavin’ and La Boheme and back again.
Her own songs cover a wide variety of topics with a contemporary flair that incorporates those influences of pop, folk, swing, and country. Her literary background and ear for the music of words leave her music tight and well-constructed.
The combination of East and West and a mix of cultural experiences guarantees subject matter that might range from a tribute to her cowboy-hatted dad to an anthem for women affected by the AIDS epidemic in Africa. A clever sense of word play and a humorous take on the world often results in parodies of well-known tunes involved such things as cell-phones and computers, or originals poking fun at shopping and the environment.
Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door
“It’s an incredibly rare musician, particularly in the world of popular music, who is able to forge a career based on quiet dignity and steadfast integrity.” – The Buffalo News
Chris Trapper began his career as the front man for late-90’s alternative rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). With four CD releases and several high profile national tours – including a run with Matchbox Twenty – The Push Stars served to establish Chris as an authentic talent. As a singer /songwriter, Chris is most known for his original song This Time, the #1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for the movie, August Rush (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers /Warner Bros Pictures). His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories. The New York Times has called his work “classic pop perfection.”
The new CD Symphonies of Dirt & Dust is a collection of 12 songs written and performed by Chris Trapper and produced by Jason Meeker at Silver Top Studios, Boston, MA. Guest musicians include Dan McLoughlin of The Push Stars on bass and NYC singer/songwriter Amy Fairchild on harmonies. “Every record tells a story. For me, much more than gimmicks, my albums are like diary entries, or truthful accounts of where I’m at in life. I suppose that might be the same for most songwriters, but in the spectrum of the music business, it’s still an animal that’s nearly extinct.” – Chris Trapper www.christrapper.com
“Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. He’s not afraid to walk outside trends and create his own version of magic. His recording Able Baker Charlie & Dog was awarded Album of the Year by Folk alliance International. He will surprise you and he’ll awaken the cynics. His songs are being made into films and are being printed in songbooks. Joe’s live performances are multi-media celebrations of art and possibility with looped fiddle, video, slide guitar and SONGS. His story songs are universal, his slide playing infectious, and on stage he’s funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.
Jon Svetkey and Heather Quay — now using the folk friendly name “The Yellow Room” — have been singing and strumming together for twenty years. Their original songs combine elements of classic pop, folk and country music while showcasing their love of two-part harmony and fun.
Jon co-founded End Construction Productions with Ellis Paul, Jim Infantino and Brian Doser. His band, The Loomers, has performed with Don White for twenty years. They have also performed at venues such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Hatch Shell in Boston, Club Passim, Caffe Lena, and Fenway Park. Jon has co-headlined writers-in-the round nights with folks like Dar Williams, Peirce Pettis, Carrie Newcomer and Ellis Paul. He has released 10 albums of his music and his songs have appeared on CBS, Cinemax, The CW, MTV, NBC, and PBS.
Heather has been on the stage for many years. As one half of Quay & O’Conor, she performed at
colleges and clubs throughout the Northeast, including Columbia University, CBGBs and Club
Passim, and released an album of original music.
Together they sing songs in glorious two-part harmony about life, love, family and everything in between.
Tickets $12/adults, $8/students and seniors
|In a darkened bedroom, lit only by the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged 6 and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol Opry, and practiced their harmonies. Two years later, the youngest one was playing the definitive 8-year-olds version of Desolation Row on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin, and guitar. |
Within ten years, and barely out of high school, Garnet Rogers was on the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.
Since then, Garnet Rogers has established himself as One of the major talents of our time. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a charismatic performer and singer, Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence close to six and a half feet tall with a voice to match. With his smooth, dark baritone (Washington Post) his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart (Kitchener Waterloo Record). An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.
Garnet Rogers is capable of awe-inspiring and unpredictable stuff and that includes more than just music
Resolutely independent, Garnet Rogers has turned down offers from major labels to do his music his own way.
Quentin Callewaert opens!
Quentin Callewaert has only been on the music scene for a few years now but he’s making a major buzz as one of the most gifted guitarists around and he’s still in high school. Quentin plays a combination of classical, traditional, contemporary and popular material as well as his own finely crafted original compositions.
Tickets advance $20; at door $23, seniors $15, juniors $5, families $46
Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Throughout her expansive career, boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of Werner’s talent, and has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical persona. Jim Trick brings real life perspective to his performance and an engaging and entertaining presence to the room.
Zoe Lewis captivated the audience at Simple Gifts when she played there in 2014. It was a definite to invite her back. ZOË plays gypsy jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! WINNER of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Troubadour Award in 2003, NEW FOLK WINNER 2002 at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and 2001 Falconridge Folk Festival AUDIENCE FAVORITE.
Originally from England, she now resides in Provincetown on Cape Cod, MA, where she performs every summer. She’s traveled around the globe to over 70 countries, picking up world-beat grooves and stories on the way; jumping box cars, riding on freight boats and has even played music with an elephant orchestra in Thailand. She’s written music for commercials, movies and 2 original musicals entitled SNAIL ROAD and ACROSS THE POND that were staged in Provincetown in 2011 and 2013 to sold out houses. She runs a 1920’s SPEAKEASY with her band ZOE LEWIS AND THE BOOTLEGGERS specializing in Prohibition era jazz, which has become a big summertime hit on Cape Cod.
ZOË has performed across the USA, Europe, Australia, Canada and works for OLIVIA cruises. She’s performed with the INDIGO GIRLS, PAT BENETAR, JUDY COLLINS, RICHIE HAVENS and NANCI GRIFFITH to name a few. In 2013 she was voted PROVINCETOWN WOMAN OF THE YEAR. She has released 7 albums of original material and is working on a new CD, a CD for kids, a collection of poems and a one-woman play.
“Probably the most charismatic performance I’ve ever seen.”
– ACCESLINE, IA.
Opening for ZOË is Jordan Renzi
Jordan made her musical debut in 2011 at a series of open mics on Cape Cod where she received instant recognition as an emerging indie-folk artist with her unique and deeply moving lyrics and delivery.
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Admission $20 at the door ($5 students)
Judy Cook lifts the spirit and entertains with splendid traditional ballads and songs from a huge and varied Anglo-American repertoire. Her clear and engaging unaccompanied presentation combine with her joy of singing to delight all listeners.
Judy, who lives in Maryland, has been on the road since the early 1990s, making her own the songs and ballads of traditional Americana and the British Isles. She is respected on both sides of the Atlantic as both a singer and interpreter of traditional songs. Born in Virginia, the third of four children, Judy grew up with singing from both parents and a love for music – “We sang at the table, we sang washing dishes, we sang riding in the car, they sang lullabies to us.”
In the UK, Sara Grey introduced Judy to the folk community at the Whitby Festival in 1997. She has quickly come to be well-respected on both sides of the Atlantic as a singer and propagator of the old songs. Her joy in singing, deep respect for the tradition, and sense of humor delight her listeners.
Judy’s first recording of unaccompanied traditional songs and ballads, If You Sing Songs… was released in 1998, followed two years later by Far From the Lowlands.
Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. The doors open at 7:30.
Get ready for a magical night as this father and son team up for a night of duets, personal songs, and lots of bluegrass-tinged memories as they recall their time in the progressive bluegrass band Northern Lights, a Rose Garden staple for more than 10 years. This is going to be a special night and anything can happen!