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July 2019

Kate Campbell

July 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $22

Kate Campbell is a southern singer-songwriter who writes and sings memorable folk songs infused with undercurrents of delta blues, folk, pop, and country that originate from a musical landscape spanning the less-travelled back roads from Nashville to Muscle Shoals to Memphis. Over the course of 20+ years since her acclaimed debut album Songs from the Levee, she has resisted the temptation to follow musical trends but instead chooses to set the pace for her unique musical journey clearly palpable in…

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Pesky J Nixon

July 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$18 – $20

Bombastic yet brilliant, these folks from New England exude a genuine musical authenticity and mirth on stages up and down the East Coast. Drawing influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England’s localized folk scenes, Pesky J. Nixon (PJN) creates an atmosphere both inviting and challenging for audiences. Compelling harmonies and narratives rein in disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of…

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Massmouth Summer Storytelling Showcase

July 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10 – $12

Massmouth promotes the timeless art of storytelling through live events, education, and a national television program. In addition to their popular story slams hosted throughout Greater Boston, including at Club Passim each third Monday of the month from October until April, Massmouth also hosts events event in the summer that feature seasoned storytellers and newcomers to the craft. Come enjoy dinner and evening of great storytelling. What is a Story Slam?  A story slam is a contest of stories by…

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ATLYS & Julian Loida

July 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$13 – $15

ATLYS, the classically trained, all-female string quartet pushes the boundaries of their genre to create an infinite world of possibilities for string quartet. Hailed for being incredibly passionate and interactive, they create a concert atmosphere that is absolutely mesmerizing. By using looping pedals and extending the traditional string instrument technique to include atmospheric and percussive textures, ATLYS creates captivating twenty-first-century symphonies from just their four instruments. Since their founding in late 2016, ATLYS has performed nearly 1,000 concerts together, had…

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Mile Twelve

July 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant. Produced by Bryan Sutton and engineered by Ben Surratt, City on a Hill follows significant recognition from the bluegrass community, including three IBMA Momentum Awards.

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SnugHouse & Caroline Cotter

July 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$14 – $16

SnugHouse is Nikhil Dasgupta, Alex Millan, Rosie Borden, Laura Pauline and Sam Kyzivat. In the studio and on stage, the quintet explores its full expanse of influences which includes indie-folk, bucolic acoustic balladeering, frisky soulful pop, and delicately textured indie rock. This eclectic palette is masterfully tied together by a sweet sincerity captured in emotionally direct lyrics, stunning four-part harmonies, and profound interpersonal bonds that shine through onstage and in recordings. SnugHouse tracks fit comfortably alongside songs by Darlingside, The Ghost of Paul…

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Nickel&Rose and SistaStrings

July 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$13 – $15

Nickel&Rose is an American folk-music duo made up of Upright Bassist Johanna Rose and Guitarist Carl Nichols. Doors 7pm

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Small World – Big Ears: Seasmoke

July 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$15

Songs from the American traditions, dronally reimagined by this group of freewheeling improvisers including but not limted to: Warren Senders, Junko Fujiwara, Vijaya Sundaram and lloyd Thayer.

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Pretty Saro

July 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
$13 – $15

The once non-existent band, Pretty Saro, burst into the Boston bluegrass scene in early 2016, shaking up the definition of American roots music. Since then the four-piece string band has crafting their invigorating blend of contemporary songwriting, burnin’ bluegrass traditionals, and pop sensibilities into a sound that is uniquely their own. Doors 7pm Ticketing information  

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T Sisters

July 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$15 – $18

Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters have created a refreshing brew of indie-folk/Americana music. Blood sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen flow seamlessly between styles and moods, from roots to pop and sassy to sincere, captivating listeners with their eclectic sound and soaring harmonies. Doors 7pm

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Sarah Eide & Greg Klyma

July 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$13 – $15

In an industry that can often feel over saturated with stale soundscapes, lifeless lyrics, and predictable patterns, Sarah Eide’s music cuts through the clutter. Bursting out of any genre’s box, her music deftly weaves influences of roots, folk, jazz and pop, creating a singular sound that is uniquely her own. Greg Klyma is a road-tested troubadour and relentless songwriter. Doors 7pm

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Reed Foehl and Stewart Lewis

July 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$20 – $22

Reed and Stewart formed the nationally touring band Acoustic Junction and have since broke into solo careers. Reed’s intimate americana-folk has earned him tours with fellow songwriters Gregory Alan Isakov, Todd Snider, and Anais Mitchell. Stewart’s soulful blend of pop and folk have put him on stages supporting Andy Grammer, Shawn Colvin, and Mat Kearney. The show features a set from each, then ending in a collaborative “brother harmony” send off.

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Tim Gearan

July 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$20 – $22

Known for his “guttural voice (that) bears a captivating, rustic quality-similar to the smoky style of M. Ward,” (The Northeast Performer) Tim Gearan was raised in New York, yet is lovingly claimed by the legendary Boston music community, where he has been playing music for over 25 years.

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Rushad Eggleston

July 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
$20 – $22

Rushad Eggleston (“Rushadicus”) is a revolutionary cellist, composer, poet-philosopher, and entertainer whose unforgettable performances captivate and inspire all generations and types. With an intimate knowledge of classical music, jazz, and bluegrass under his fingers, coupled with an infamously infectious sense of rhythm, Rushad is a whole futuristic wonder-band expressed through just one person

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OKAN

July 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

Taking their name from the word for heart or soul in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, bravery and love.

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Lone Piñon

July 30, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$16 – $18

Lone Piñon is an acoustic conjunto from Northern New Mexico whose music celebrates the integrity of their region’s cultural roots.  Multi-instrumentalists Noah Martinez and Jordan Wax use the fiddle, bajo quinto, accordion, quinta huapanguera, mandolin, guitars, and bilingual vocals to play a wide spectrum of the traditional music that is at home in New Mexico.

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August 2019

Jerry Garcia Birthday Tribute

August 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

In honor of Garcia’s 77th birthday, a stellar group of songwriters and acoustic instrumentalists comes together to celebrate his spirit and legacy—as a guitarist, as a songwriter, and as an interpreter of American roots music.

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Lankum

August 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
$18 – $20

Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.

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Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser

August 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

“Elegant.” “Riveting.” “Soulful.” “Classic mastery.” These are a few of the terms that have been used to describe the unique and stunning swing-jazz music of acoustic guitarist Guy Van Duser and clarinetist Billy Novick. Together as a duo for more than forty years,  Guy and Billy have performed in concerts, clubs and festivals all over North America and Europe. You also may have heard them as frequent guests of the Prairie Home Companion show, NPR’s All Things Considered, or on one one…

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Claudia Schmidt & Bob Franke

August 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

If it were the intention of the creator or creators of this universe to perfectly blend together the night sky with moon and stars, it might have been their intention as well to deliver Claudia Schmidt as their messenger of reminder. Bob Franke (it rhymes with “Yankee”) is at the peak of his considerable craft; brimming with the wise and spiritually generous songs for which he is best known, along with wrenchingly convincing topical songs and sugared with the hilarious.…

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Beth Nielsen Chapman

August 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$33 – $35

If you are going to a Beth Nielsen Chapman concert get ready to laugh and cry and, well, just fasten your seat belt. One thing you can count on is one great song after another and some fascinating stories woven between them.

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Catie Curtis

August 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The vivid songwriting of Catie Curtis combines insightful lyrics with addictive melodies and energy. Catie’s studio work, engaging live shows and impressive touring career in the US and Europe earn rave reviews and wide recognition.

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Nefesh Mountain Bluegrass Band

August 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

Nefesh Mountain is the place where American Bluegrass and Old-time music meet with Jewish Heritage and tradition. Band leaders, genre-pioneers, and husband and wife Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the heart of this eclectic offering, and share their love for American music, their own cultural heritage, and each other with audiences throughout the world.

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Takénobu

August 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $18

Takénobu is the moniker for Cellist and Composer Nick Takénobu Ogawa.  He has been a touring member of Kishi Bashi and is a composer for NPR’s Invisibilia, Netflix’s Last Chance U, and the upcoming documentary 42 Grams by Jack Newell about michelin star chef Jake Bickelhaupt.

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Jim Kweskin

August 10, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$25 – $27

Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz.

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Grant-Lee Phillips

August 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$28 – $30

“I’m drawing on the urgency of the moment,” reflects Grant-Lee Phillips. “The things that eat away in the late hours…” That urgency inspired the headlong rush of his new album Widdershins – in which Grant-Lee Phillips invests the insight, nuance, and wit that has distinguished his songcraft over the past three decades.  Exploring folk, alternative, pop and Americana, Phillips’ band Grant Lee Buffalo was a seminal ‘90s mainstay. Even in the wake of disbanding in ’99, albums like Fuzzy and…

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Passim Monday Discovery Series

August 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free – $10

The Discovery Series is a monthly event sponsored by Nine Athens Music to bring new artists into the Passim community. Through the Discovery Series, we provide a platform to connect new artists with a music-loving audience. These artists may be brand new to the club or may have performed at our campfire. festivals, but the Discovery Series features artists in a room filled with our dedicated members.

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Hawktail

August 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
$23 – $25

Haas Kowert Tice asked the question, what if? After forging their own brand of roots music—one grounded in timeless tradition, crafted by top-shelf musicianship, and performed with jubilant comradery—what if this trio of America’s finest string players became a quartet?

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Will Evans

August 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$23 – $25

Will Evans has spent the last decade as the primary songwriter, drummer, and front man for the Roots Rock outfit Barefoot Truth. Doors 7pm

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An Evening with Mindy Smith

August 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$28 – $30

A good rule of thumb when going to a Mindy Smith concert, bring a hanky, a tissue or an extra sleeve. Your tear ducts don’t know the difference between laughing tears and crying tears and you’ll likely be doing both. “Humor is how I compensate for singing so many sad tunes back to back,” says Smith. Two shows: 5pm and 8pm ?

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MASSMOUTH

August 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10 – $12

Massmouth promotes the timeless art of storytelling through live events, education, and a national television program.

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The Young’uns

August 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $18

Teesside trio The Young’uns have always had the human touch. In the space of little more than a decade – and just five years after giving up their day jobs – they have become one of UK folk music’s hottest properties and best- loved acts.

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Dayna Kurtz

August 22, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

Over the past decade, the New Jersey born, now New Orleans (and seasonal Vermont) resident vocalist/writer/musician/producer has been bestowed with many awards and praises, including being named the Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters.

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Steve Poltz

August 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $22

To suggest that Steve Poltz isn’t normal is about as safe a statement as one could make. You would basically require the powers of the Hubble space telescope to locate Steve Poltz from any region of normalcy. For music fans on both sides of the equator, this is a very good thing.

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Lyle Brewer

August 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$17 – $20

Lyle Brewer is a guitarist from Massachusetts. He plays original instrumental music and is influenced by folk, jazz and classical music. He studied at The New England Conservatory of Music starting in 2004 and has maintained a strong presence in the Boston music scene ever since. He has performed as a sideman with Ryan Montbleau, Dietrich Strause, Caitlin Canty and Peter Mulvey. As a solo artist Brewer has released 7 albums. He is currently on faculty at The Berklee College…

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Jesse Terry & Joe Jencks

August 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$18 – $20

Joe Jencks is a 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie…

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Small World – Big Ears

August 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – $15

Based in Boston, USA, Gustavo Assis-Brasil began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He attended the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, to get his bachelor in classical guitar in 1995. During those years, he worked as a studio musician, private teacher and played with some important bands and projects (Nocet, Bichofolha duo w/Guilherme Barros).

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Mutlu

August 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $18

Mutlu is a soulful, singer-songwriter. A Philadelphia native and first-generation American of Turkish descent, Mutlu has already built a substantial fan base in his hometown, while winning widespread praise for his prior releases.

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September 2019

Shel

September 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$20

The billowing curtains of sound on Just Crazy Enough, the second full length album from virtuoso indie-folk band SHEL, will be both familiar and far-out to fans of the exciting sister quartet. Doors 7pm

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Ari & Mia with Roger Street Friedman

September 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

“Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds” (No Depression), Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions.

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Julian Loida

September 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$16 – $18

Julian Loida is a percussionist, multimedia artist, and curator exploring repertoire spanning Western Classical Music, to Cuban Bata drumming, to Jazz and R&B.  Julian grew up in St. Louis with his rock band Project 324 along with the St. Louis Youth Orchestra.  Since then he has gone on to perform with Alarm Will Sound, the Callithumpian Consort, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.  He has attended some of the country’s most prestigious music festivals such as Spoleto Music Festival USA, the…

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Jeffrey & Aaron Halford and Mickelson

September 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$10 – $12

It’s nearly impossible to describe this artist’s musicality in a few limiting words. Jeffrey Halford, Americana singer/songwriter, establishes a special connection with fans through his soulful fusion of folk, rock, country and blues. Jeffrey Halford and his band the Healers continue their tour nationwide and internationally in support of their recent record ‘West Towards South’ which was released through Floating Records.

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Passim Monday Discovery Series

September 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Free – $10

The Discovery Series is a monthly event sponsored by Nine Athens Music to bring new artists into the Passim community. Through the Discovery Series, we provide a platform to connect new artists with a music-loving audience. These artists may be brand new to the club or may have performed at our campfire. festivals, but the Discovery Series features artists in a room filled with our dedicated members.

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Cousin Bobby & Stillhouse Junkies

September 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$14 – $16

Cousin Bobby is a tight knit collection of high caliber bluegrass players. A rowdy band of hooligans ready to melt your face with harmonies, licks, and old-time music played like a freight train crashing through your living room. Formed in the smoldering ashes of local folk rockers The Lonesome Draw, this rosé-drenched collective of hardened pickers come prepared to make sure you go home satisfied. We’ll be playing the bluegrass music at our next family reunion. Born in a distillery in Durango,…

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Jim’s Big Ego

September 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free

Perform a Google search for “the Greatest Band in the History of Recorded Music” and you will get only one result: Jim’s Big Ego. Hailing from the small New England town of Boston, Massachusetts, Jim’s Big Ego has carved a unique place in the the music world by rocking harder, fresher, louder, sweeter and better than everyone else. Jim’s Big Ego’s secret to awesomeness is singer, songwriter, super genius, Jim Infantino. Armed with the innate ability to create songs that…

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Jim’s Big Ego

September 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free

Perform a Google search for “the Greatest Band in the History of Recorded Music” and you will get only one result: Jim’s Big Ego. Hailing from the small New England town of Boston, Massachusetts, Jim’s Big Ego has carved a unique place in the the music world by rocking harder, fresher, louder, sweeter and better than everyone else. Jim’s Big Ego’s secret to awesomeness is singer, songwriter, super genius, Jim Infantino. Armed with the innate ability to create songs that…

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Lisa Bastoni

September 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the release of Lisa Bastoni’s new album How We Want to Live. Produced by award-winning songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sean Staples, the album features guest performances by Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, and Lula Wiles. Lisa Bastoni is a Northampton-via-Boston-based singer-songwriter. Following a ten-year break from music, her album The Wishing Hour (2017), produced by Felix McTeigue, and recorded in the kids’ playroom in the wee hours of the night, debuted as #1 most-played on Boston’s WUMB and led to a number of songwriting awards and…

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Lisa Bastoni

September 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

Join us to celebrate the release of Lisa Bastoni’s new album How We Want to Live. Produced by award-winning songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sean Staples, the album features guest performances by Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, and Lula Wiles.

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Corner House

September 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Abiding by a love for adventure, Corner House finds purpose and solace in the beauty of earth and music. While clinging wholeheartedly to studied traditions, the Boston based band has tended to write and arrange music liberally comprised of Irish, Scottish, Appalachian stringband, and bluegrass influences. The singular roots music scene of Boston, MA has long been a destination for musicians seeking level footing to build upon. On winter eves most suited for warm tea and blankets, Ethan Hawkins (guitar),…

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Massmouth Summer Storytelling Showcase

September 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 – $12

Massmouth promotes the timeless art of storytelling through live events, education, and a national television program. In addition to their popular story slams hosted throughout Greater Boston, including at Club Passim each third Monday of the month from October until April, Massmouth also hosts events event in the summer that feature seasoned storytellers and newcomers to the craft. Come enjoy dinner and evening of great storytelling. What is a Story Slam?  A story slam is a contest of stories by…

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SVER & Friends

September 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

SVER play epic Nordic folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark taking you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to excite you. Ranging from the very dreamy to a swinging, pounding and sweaty madness – you are invited to the party, greeted by a welcoming primal force that pulls you into the dance. Since the group’s inception, SVER has gone from strength to strength, playing extensively throughout Europe and the US, gaining a reputation as one of the most acclaimed live…

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SVER & Moira Smiley

September 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

SVER play epic Nordic folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark taking you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to excite you. Ranging from the very dreamy to a swinging, pounding and sweaty madness – you are invited to the party, greeted by a welcoming primal force that pulls you into the dance. Since the group’s inception, SVER has gone from strength to strength, playing extensively throughout Europe and the US, gaining a reputation as one of the most acclaimed live…

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Crys Matthews

September 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$13 – $15

Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August 2017, the North Carolina native turned Virginia resident simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes.

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Chris Smither

September 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman. CALL ME LUCKY is the new record from Chris Smither and is his first set of brand new originals in six years (release date: March 2018 on Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert). Recorded at the gorgeous Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills CALL ME LUCKY features longtime producer and multi instrumentalist David Goodrich, drummer Billy Conway (Morphine), Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), Mike Meadows, and engineer Keith Gary. The new record features Smither trademark…

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Steve Forbert

September 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“Big City Cat – My Life in Folk-Rock,” singer/songwriter Steve Forbert’s exceptional new memoir co-written with Therese Boyd, allows him ample opportunity to candidly reflect on those specific circumstances that first brought him to the public eye. Originally conceived as a stage play and screen treatment, it finds him documenting his early adventures in the big city while pursuing his quest to make music. Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, he weaves an absorbing narrative that fully…

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Joe Crookston

September 22, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. His songs are being made into films. He’ll  surprise you and awaken the cynics.   He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist.  His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. Joe…

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Cesar Garabini

September 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free – $15

Born in 1987 in Minas Gerais, Cesar Garabini is an Italian-Brazilian 7-string guitarist that specializes in Choro, the predecessor to the well known Brazilian music styles Samba and Bossa Nova. Choro began in the 1890s as a mix of European classical and folk with African rhythms, its popularity began in the 1900s and continues to present day. Music became his passion at the first sound of the guitar. At 13 while walking home from school he saw two musicians playing…

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Väsen

September 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$28 – $30

Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together. The parts: a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their…

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Jackson Emmer & Rachael Kilgour

September 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$14 – $16

“Few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.” – Rolling Stone Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesotan songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane.

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Spotted Tiger

September 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$15

Spotted Tiger formed around the songwriting of Laurence Scudder & Erik White. Drawing on shared musical influences the band has shaped a unique sound from the ground up. Join them for an evening full of new material & arrangements exploring the inner workings of their songs. This show will be different than any other Spotted Tiger show thus far.

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Arc Iris

September 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $20

Arc Iris broke musical ground with the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014. The Providence, Rhode Island-based band quickly won over audiences in the US and Europe, supporting artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The group performed at the London Palladium and festivals including Bonnaroo, End of the Road and the Rolling Stone Weekender. Released on Bella Union in Europe and ANTI Records in the US and, Arc Iris drew admiration for…

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David Mallett

September 28, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$30 – $32

The cool breezes of Maine’s northlands have flowed through the songs of David Mallett for more than four decades. His latest, Greenin Up, is a compilation of some re-recordings of his finest work. Released in conjunction with the Maine Farmland Trust, it is a celebration of rural life. Greenin’ Up is the culmination of a musical career that began when Mallett was eleven years old, playing in a country and folk duo, The Mallett Brothers, with his older brother, Neil. “We…

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Dan Bern

September 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$28 – $30

Dan Bern has released some two dozen studio albums, EPs, and live recordings since his first CD on Sony/Work in 1997. Either fronting various bands or as a solo performer, he is convincing, funny and timely, with an unassuming tip of the hat to the spirits of the past greats, all while sounding fresh and original. Dan’s songs pack a punch, and are engaging and often cinematic. Bern’s singular songwriting has led to work on such projects as the Judd…

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October 2019

Talisk

October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Mohsen Amini – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to…

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Kris Allen

October 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$28 – $30

On New Year’s Day in 2013, Kris Allen and his then-pregnant wife Katy were in a head-on collision that left the singer/songwriter/guitarist with a career-threatening shattered wrist. In the two years that followed, he underwent three surgeries, re-learned how to play guitar (despite regaining just 30 percent movement in the damaged wrist), recorded his third album, and toured relentlessly – including a two-month-long stint that started just one week after his accident. The American Idol season 8 winner ultimately retreated…

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Emily Mure

October 3, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$16

After releasing three albums of original contemporary folk music, singer/songwriter Emily Mure shines a light on her influences — as well as her unique, classically-influenced arrangements — with Sad Songs and Waltzes.

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Singer-Songwriter Kaiti Jones at Club Passim

October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $18

On the inside cover of singer-songwriter Kaiti Jones’ new record, VOWS, it reads: Vow: a solemn promise or assertion; specifically, one by which a person is bound to an act, service, or condition. On November 26, 2017, Jones filled an intimate subterranean music venue with over one hundred people she knows and cares for, the very people who live at the roots of her songs. This was Jones’ first time headlining Club Passim, a legendary folk spot located down the…

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Jason Myles Goss

October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$18 – $20

In July 2015, Jason Myles Goss released his fifth independent album entitled, This Town Is Only Going To Break Your Heart, a gutsy and earnest collection of songs which pull together many of Jason’s literary and musical influences.  Opening artist W.C. Beck is an itinerant singer/songwriter from KS who now calls Brooklyn home after long stints in Portland, OR and Paris, France. Beck’s songs span from indie folk to classic country and tell of the American heartland and a forgotten…

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Emma Frank with Neha

October 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 – $15

Born and raised outside of Boston, Emma Frank spent almost ten years in Montreal, working, getting a literature degree at McGill University, and working on songwriting before moving to New York City four years ago. Frank’s last album, Ocean Av, which Popmatters described as “a minor masterpiece” (Will Layman), combined modern jazz sensibilities and folk songwriting, and featured pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Jim Black, bassist Rick Rosato and producer/guitarist Franky Rousseau. Her fourth and newest album, “Come Back,” out September…

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Slaid Cleaves at Club Passim

October 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$28 – $30

Now twenty-five years into his storied career, Cleaves’ songwriting has never been more potent than on his new album Ghost on the Car Radio. The characters in Slaid Cleaves’ songs live in unglamorous reality. They work dead-end jobs, they run out of money, they grow old, they hold on to each other (or not), and they die. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world. One place…

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Kolonien at Club Passim

October 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

The band grew up with the traditional music scene, deeply embedded in the family. As Kolonien they reinvent their roots with their rich Swedish harmonies, both instrumentally and vocally. Their journey started in their teens, when they left their countryside home to travel around Sweden as protest singers in the Swedish Green movement. When they got invited to perform at a Zanzibar festival in Tanzania in 2010, things really started taking shape. It was meant as a one-time gig, but…

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Mike Block Trio

October 10, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $25

Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century.” Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Mike is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. At home in a wide range of musical styles, through a multi-genre approach to composition, performance and education, he seeks to inspire audiences and empower musicians to find joy in the full world of music. Mike is member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (SRE), having joined in…

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Folksinger Amy Speace at Club Passim

October 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $22

A modern folksinger whose music nods to the genre’s 1970s glory days, Amy Speace has spent two decades chronicling the high marks, heartbreaks, and hard roads of a life logged on the road. She’s been a tireless traveler, chasing the dream from the coffeehouses of New York City to larger stages across the globe. Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne finds Speace focusing on the other side of that so-called dream. The real side, filled with an ever-shifting balance of struggle…

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The Stash Band Album Release

October 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $18

Celebrate the release of the Stash Band’s 3rd album, “Chapter 3”! Referred to by the Boston Herald as a “Sonic Kaleidoscopic of Weirdness and Wonder” the STASH band is bluegrass meeting heavy metal meeting outer space music. Fronted by Stash Wyslouch they play original music on fiddle, guitar, bass and drums combining the song-writing of snarky rock bands of the days of yore and fresh psychedelic bluegrass-metal riffs churned out at lightning speed. Prepare to laugh, cry, jam and mosh.

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Mouths of Babes Concert at Club Passim

October 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 – $25

With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, musicianship, and humor of their previous groups into a new duo that…

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Sam Robbins & Hannah Siglin in Concert

October 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free – $10

Sam Robbins is a New England-based singer songwriter whose smooth, soulful and intriguing vocals evoke thoughts of artists far beyond his 22 years. Reminiscent of classic singer songwriters like James Taylor and John Denver, his songs effortlessly blend pop melodies and folk philosophies coupled with stunning guitar work. A multi-instrumentalist from a young age, Sam began learning drums and piano, falling in love with guitar at age 13. He then started writing original music, recording his first EP during his…

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Barnstar!

October 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - October 16, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
$28 – $30

Barnstar! began as the brainchild of Zachariah Hickman (bassist for Josh Ritter, musical director for Ray Lamontagne) for a local bluegrass supergroup featuring some of Boston’s best musicians and songwriters. Using the familiar tools of the genre—guitar (Mark Erelli), fiddle (Jake Armerding), mandolin (Taylor Armerding) and banjo (Charlie Rose)—Barnstar! forges its own brand of song- based bluegrass, gloriously harmonized and raucously played. The band debuted in 2011 with C’mon!, a mix of distinctive originals and unexpected covers (Neil Young, Dawes, The Traveling Wilburys) cut live in…

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Roy Book Binder

October 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

Singer-songwriter-storytelling-bluesman….. Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 45 years!   He gave up his Greenwich Village “pad”  in the early 1970’s and lived in his “Tour Bus” for the next 15 years criss crossing the US and appearing at festivals  throughout Canada & Europe. Book Binder, travelled with the legendary Rev. Gary Davis in the late 60’s….. The Book, recorded his first solo acoustic Blues album in the 70’s, which was the first to…

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Ellis Paul

October 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$30 – $32

On May 31 singer-songwriter Ellis Paul released his 20th album The Storyteller’s Suitcase on his own Rosella Records label.  Two weeks earlier was the release of the second Official Video from the album for the song “Kiss Me ‘Cause I’m Gone”.  “There’s a craft to what I do, and I take it very seriously,” Paul says. “At the same time, I look at it as a calling, too. I tour quite a bit, and that allows me to come into contact with so many people of all…

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Geoff Muldaur

October 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 – $25

Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960’s and ’70’s, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield’s Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). He left the stage and recording…

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Massmouth

October 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10 – $12

Massmouth promotes the timeless art of storytelling through live events, education, and a national television program. In addition to their popular story slams hosted throughout Greater Boston, including at Club Passim each third Monday of the month from October until April, Massmouth also hosts events event in the summer that feature seasoned storytellers and newcomers to the craft. Come enjoy dinner and evening of great storytelling. What is a Story Slam?  A story slam is a contest of stories by…

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Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions – art reception

October 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions art reception, with featured visual artist Jon Strymish, at Club Passim.

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Jonah Tolchin at Club Passim

October 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

Jonah Tolchin has wrestled with a wellspring of emotions in his 26 years, and in the process, has consistently found the means of integrating his sentiments into his songs. It’s been a relatively brief progression as far as his career is concerned, but the maturity and musical progression he’s tallied in that short time has been shared in sync with his coming of age. On his upcoming Yep Roc album, Fires for the Cold, Tolchin lays bare the conflicts and…

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Chuck McDermott

October 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$18 – $20

Over the last 40 years, Chuck McDermott has left his musical mark on audiences on both coasts of the United States. After a restless two years at Yale University, Chuck arrived in Boston and formed an influential country group, Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw, which during the better part of that decade won over audiences and music critics with strong original songwriting and exciting live performances. Chuck’s two albums with Wheatstraw, Last Straw and Follow the Music, drew critical praise from Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the New York Times, Billboard, Variety and others and broadened…

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Peter Mulvey presents the 9th Annual Lamplighter Sessions at Club Passim

October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

Friday, October 25th @ 8pm: Duos Night

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Wayne Potash’s Rock & Roll Halloween Party

October 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
$4 – $8

“An amazing musician for little kids,” says  Zooglobble. “Wayne is one of the hardest working guys in the business-he’s got shows all over town! And all that hard work really shines through in his polished and refined concerts,” BostonChildrensMusic.com. Booklist says “Potash knows his young audience, and his music mirrors their likes and stirs their enthusiasms.” Wayne’s solo and band performances for young audiences are interactive and high energy. Venues include Club Passim, The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston and Rhode Island…

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Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions: Rain Dogs

October 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

Saturday, October 26th @ 8pm: playing through Tom Waits’s Rain Dogs

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Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions: Luthier Night

October 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

Sunday, October 27th @ 7pm: Luthier Night

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Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions: Jason Metz

October 28, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

Monday, October 28th @ 8pm: a multi-media play by Jason Metz

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Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions

October 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

Tuesday, October 29th @ 8pm: TBA

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Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions: Another World

October 30, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

Wednesday, October 30th @ 8pm: playing through Peter Mulvey’s There Is Another World

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Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions: Halloween Party

October 31, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$23 – $25

Thursday, October 31st @ 8pm: Halloween Party w/ Peter Mulvey, Tim Gearan, Thank God For Science, & Ali McGuirk

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November 2019

Christopher Williams

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$18 – $20

Hailing from Nashville, but nothing like your typical Nashville songwriter, Christopher Williams is a songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer – offering songs that are honest and confessional, yet never over bearing; and performances that engage audiences with an appealing mix of intense passion and humor. With “lush guitar work, and sweet soaring vocals,” (Boston Phoenix) punctuated by the percussive vulnerability of a single African djembe hand drum and that strong baritone voice, Williams continues to be a “hard-touring singer-songwriter and a master at…

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Nerissa & Katryna Nields

November 2, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$8 – $10

XVII, the Nields’ seventeenth album, is both their most personal and their most community-minded. Well into their third decade as a musical partners and—judging by this sublime album––at the very top of their game, the Nields turn to meditations on time, and turning points, their roots and community – both musical and personal – but they also express joy in the present, faith in the future, and a whole lot of hope and promise. The Nields’ albums are often an…

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Mason Daring & Jeanie Stahl

November 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$28 – $30

In the 70’s the Boston Globe dubbed them the “darlings of the folk scene.” They recorded two albums together and garnered national attention with Mason’s original song, “Marblehead Morning.” Mason went on to become an award-winning composer for multiple movies including The Secret of Roan Inish and Lone Star. Jeanie continued performing as a featured vocalist on videos for Masterpiece Theater, for films and as a solo recording artist on the Daring Records label. Their latest album, 40, celebrates 40 years of musical collaboration. The CD reflects their interest in a…

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Hannah Siglin

November 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$13 – $15

Hannah Siglin is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from the Inland Northwest.  Raised on folk music and studied in classical training, she writes in a variety of styles, specializing as a top-line writer and the front woman of her four-piece roots band.  Since moving to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music in 2015, Hannah has been honored with the Pat Pattison Scholarship and debuted her band at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in 2017.  She can regularly be…

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Grant Gordy & Joe K. Walsh duo

November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 – $25

Monstrously talented guitarist Grant Gordy and mandolin virtuoso Joe K. Walsh are two prominent voices in the world of bluegrass and acoustic music. It’s no wonder: Gordy formerly served as guitarist in the David Grisman Quintet, while Walsh was a founding member of progressive string band Joy Kills Sorrow and longtime mandolinist for bluegrass darlings the Gibson Brothers. With a great love and deep knowledge of the great acoustic musicians who have come before, Grant and Joe approach the guitar and mandolin duet with a wide-eyed and infectious improvisatory…

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Miss Tess Trio

November 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$20 – $22

Join us to hear a special collaboration between longtime Boston favorites Miss Tess (vocals), Zachariah Hickman (bass), and Lyle Brewer (guitar). This trio will be celebrating the release of a new album of early jazz + swing tunes, revisiting the music with sparse and very skilled instrumentation and restraint. Tess has been known for releasing many albums of original music over the years, and is excited to share some of the roots of her inspiration in a tender jazz setting.

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May Erlewine

November 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$21 – $23

Some people might call May Erlewine “Michigan’s Songbird”, but her songs have traveled far beyond her home state. One of the most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation, May’s music has touched the hearts of people all over the world. Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness and held a lot of space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times. When she starts to sing, there’s no way…

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Edie Carey

November 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20 – $25

Colorado-based singer-songwriter Edie Carey (originally from the Boston area)  is known for her unmistakable, soulful voice, her intelligent, heart-grabbing songs, but perhaps most especially for her warm, engaging presence on – and off – stage. As much a part of her show as the music itself, Carey’s wry and often self-mocking humor makes audiences feel as though they have just spent an evening with a very close friend. Carey has been singing at festivals, colleges, and listening rooms across the US, Canada and Europe since 1999,…

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