Appalachian singer – multi-instrumentalist – songwriter Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Under the direction of local teacher and barber Jim Lloyd, Sam took up string band instruments as a teenager, including the banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp and dulcimer. With his […]
Jake Armerding is an American folk musician from Boston. He plays mostly acoustic string instruments including the mandolin, acoustic guitar and fiddle. He played with the band Northern Lights from 1990 until 1999, when he left to pursue a solo career. In 2001, Armerding won the Best New Artist Award from Boston’s folk-radio station, WUMB. […]
Too often artists view tradition as a towering monolith to be either conquered or cowed by, but young Scottish fiddler and experimentalist Jenna Moynihan knows that tradition is meant to be a starting point for great inspiration, not a wall. On her new album, Woven, she darts back and forth like the shuttle in a […]
Singer-Songwriter Louis Apollon was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City by parents of Haitian descent. Music had always been something that sparked curiosity for him. From learning his way around his first instrument, the clarinet, to trying to imitate sounds coming from the radio, to breaking his father’s old record player […]
Through their rich but rustic sound, Toronto roots-rock outfit The Young Novelists deliver a dose of honesty in audible form. Made us strangers, their upcoming sophomore effort, showcases a significant sonic progression for the band. Ripe with raw but elegant instrumentation and stacked multi-layered harmonies, their pure take on folk-tinged rock translates equally well from […]
Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the whole […]
Join Izzy Heltai and Ordinary Elephant for a night of wonderful folk music, at the historic Club Passim, Monday, July 10th in Cambridge, MA. Doors at 7, music starts at 8. Tickets are $10 online and at the door, make sure to get yours before they sell out! Pre-sale tickets avaliable here: https://www.passim.org/club/passim-monday-discovery-series-izzy-heltai-and-ordinary-elephant Izzy Heltai: […]
Calling all area musicians: The Iguana Music Fund is now accepting applications for its 2015 grant season. Since 2008, when an anonymous donor first established the program, the Passim Iguana Music Fund has been providing artists throughout New England with financial backing that can further their careers. Over the last seven years, the fund has given more than […]
Celebrate the Fourth (and the third, and the fifth) with fun events around Cambridge this weekend.
Sour beers, “strange days” and more in this weekend’s Scout Picks.
Back in August, many in Cambridge mourned the closing of Veggie Planet, which had served as the restaurant side of Club Passim for more than thirteen years. But they got some great news in early March, when it was announced that Brandon Arms—formerly of Garden at the Cellar and Clio—would be taking over food and drink operations at […]
It might end up snowing for 85 hours this weekend. Warm yourself up with our weekly Scout Picks. Friday, 2/6 Ryan Montbleau and Alex Karalekas 8 p.m., $32 Club Passim 47 Palmer St. Join Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau as he closes out a three-night residency at Passim.