Saturday December 2, 2017 – Twisted Pine Concert

 Twisted Pine Concert – Saturday December 2, 2017 8:00 pm

At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member

Advance tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3003538

The phenomenal Boston song machine Twisted Pine delivers a cabinet of inventions with its self-titled summer of ’17 debut release from Signature Sounds Recordings. The all-original album showcases a new force in Americana: four versatile players and singers writing and improvising across forms in bluegrass, folk, funk, jam, and vintage radio pop. With festively unpredictable live shows, Twisted Pine follows Americana masters Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers on a genre-bending, limitless trajectory.

The influences on the ensemble are vast — as all four have studied music from childhood, and traveled widely — but the most obvious are these: Dan Bui (mandolin, vocals) is a devotee of virtuoso picking and experimental bluegrass and jazz. Kathleen Parks (fiddle/lead vocals) was raised in a household of Celtic music and jazz, which set deep roots for her insane fiddling, velvet film-noir vocals, and a roving interest in pop song forms. Chris Sartori (bass, vocals), frequently seen around Boston on electric bass in funk, jazz, and R&B settings, is arbiter of the deep pocket and the improvisational grooves. Rachel Sumner (guitar/lead vocals) is a student of the song: an omnibus of British ballads, obscure folk tunes, avant garde orchestral work, and radio pop. Her vocals have the crystalline clarity of Appalachian field recordings.

Twisted Pine will be releasing its debut album at Green River Festival, July 14, 2017, and touring through 2017 across the United States.

Friday, November 17, 2017 – Coffeehouse Featuring Susan Cattaneo, Opening with Ric Allendorf, Open Mic

  Friday, November 17, 2017 – Coffeehouse Featuring Susan Cattaneo, Opening with Ric Allendorf, Open Mic, 8:00 PM

Cost $7 Members, $8 non-Members

Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country. Susan performed as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Festival and has been a finalist or winner at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the Kerrville’s New Folk Contest, the Wildflower Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, the International Acoustic and Independent Music Awards, the USA Songwriting Contest and Mountain Stage Contests. She just released her fifth record, The Hammer and The Heart a double album featuring 40 artists including Mark Erelli, The Bottle Rockets and Bill Kirchen, Jenee Halstead, Dennis Brennan and Jennifer Kimball.  Photo credit – Jyoti Sackett

 Ric Allendorf is an acoustic musician, visual art educator and breadsmith. Ric’s songwriting covers the breadth of folk and blues, Celtic/British fingerstyle, and Americana. As a navigational tool into narratives of love, loss and renewal Ric’s songs chart new paths to truth with his steady sound as the mast. Set your compass on Ric Allendorf for this month’s coffeehouse & open mic at the South Shore Folk Music Club.

Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 7:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 Chris Smither Concert

 Chris Smither, Saturday November 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
At the door: $33 Member, $35 Non-Member
Advance tix:  $28 Member, $30 Non-Member  
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2939842

A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world. ”—Associated Press.

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.

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.

His CD, Drive You Home Again (1999), garnered four-stars from Rolling Stone. And with it, Smither continued to tour world-wide. Shortly after, in 2000, Smither released his one-man-tour-de-force, Live As I’ll Ever Be.

Train Home (2003) was Smither’s 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 Smither’s home near Boston. Working with new session musicians, the record is simultaneously sparse and assured. Lifelong friend and special guest, Bonnie Raitt, provided backing vocals and slide guitar on Smither’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row.”

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.

The most recent recording project is 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.

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”

Friday, October 20, 2017 – Coffeehouse featuring Kim Moberg, with Patrice Taddonio opening, Open Mic

 Friday, October 20, 2017 – Coffeehouse featuring Kim Moberg, with Patrice Taddonio opening, Open Mic, 8:00 pm

Cost $7 Members, $8 Non-members

Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. Music has always been an integral part of Kim’s life and it helped her adjust to the frequent moves associated with growing up in a military family.

Kim draws inspiration from both traditional and contemporary musical forms of acoustic, folk, and country genres. She strives to sing stories that evoke contemplation and emotion. A self taught finger pick style acoustic guitarist, Kim has an introspective interpretation of songs and is especially drawn to musical stories that tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, and healing. Her original songs speak to reunion, awakening and social consciousness. Kim just released her debut EP titled “Above Ground” which celebrates her musical journey overcoming stage fright. Please visit www.kimmobergmusic.com for music links and upcoming dates.

  Patrice Taddonio is a singer-songwriter living in Boston, MA. Her music grapples with the complexities of trying to live a life that’s meaningful in a world where immense beauty and tremendous suffering co-exist. With unforgettable melodies on guitar and piano, and lyrics that probe yearning, hope, love, blame and forgiveness, her songs explore what it means to stay optimistic in the dark. Listen to her 2016 album, “Better Than That,” and her 2017 EP, “More Than the Sum,” at www.patricetaddonio.bandcamp.com.

Open Mic – Sign up at the door when we open at 7:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles Concert

SarahBorges-03-big (2) Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, Saturday October 7, 2017, 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585132

Change is something that takes a little getting used to. If you need proof of this, ask the soulful singer-songwriter Sarah Borges. After a long and successful stint with her band, The Broken Singles, 2011 marked the band’s breakup and Sarah embarking on a solo career. Whether it be through performances or her writing, Massachusetts native Borges has learned to dazzle – and do it well. That ability can be heard all over her 2014 Radio Sweetheart album, as well as her upcoming follow-up, Good and Dirty EP, which came out on March 4th 2016. She attributes that ability to a very eclectic sound, which she comes by naturally, she says, “I would say that my sound is straight up rock and roll, but it’s the sum total of what my record collection looks like. The new record is certainly more Americana than the last record was. It’s also more rock than the last record. I would say that it’s a version of the live shows – a lot of loud guitars and loud singing. You can certainly dance to it.”

For Good and Dirty EP, Borges received some all-star help in the producer’s chair. “I got to work with Eric “Roscoe” Ambel who has such a great track record – Steve Earle, Bottle Rockets, Joan Jett. I had met him through some mutual friends. He’s producing and playing guitar on it.” As the release date of the album beckons, look for Sarah Borges to be in her natural habitat. “We’re going to be on the road a lot. I was on tour with the Broken Singles for about eight years, then I stopped to have my son. The music business has changed so much since then, but one thing that hasn’t changed is people still go out and hear live music. I’m going to continue to do that, because that’s what I know how to do.

Friday, September 15, 2017 – Coffeehouse Featuring Kenny Selcer and Steve Gilligan, Opening with Earth Harmony, Open Mic

 Friday, September 15, 2017 – Coffeehouse Featuring Kenny Selcer and Steve Gilligan, Opening with Earth Harmony, Open Mic, 8:00 PM

Cost $7 Members, $8 non-Members

Kenny Selcer and Steve Gilligan (guitar, bass and vocals) are 2 seasoned music pros who play all kinds of different musical genres to create something new: “a sizzling blend of Americana, folk, rock, roots, reggae, and everything in between, that will get your toes tappin’, your head noddin’ up and down, your mouth singin’, your brain thinkin’ and maybe even get you dancin’ in the aisles!” They have played, individually and collectively places from Club Passim to The Bank of America Pavilion to The Bull Run to every coffee shop and bar in the area. They each have several solo cds of original music. Kenny’s web site is www.kennyselcer.com.

 Opening act Earth Harmony performs a mix of contemporary and traditional folk styles as well as original tunes that include such themes as social justice, peace-making, finding one’s place in the world, the joys [and challenges] of parenting, the lighter side of aging, exploring life’s spiritual connections and finding humor in everyday life.  Earth Harmony’s members include lead singer and songwriter Christina Nordstrom on guitar, Ric Bailey on guitar, banjo, and percussion (and anything else he finds to play!), Michelle Glidden on backup vocals and guitar, and Ted Mello on backup vocals and upright bass.

Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 7:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Saturday May 6, 2017 – The Delta Generators Concert

 The Delta Generators Concert – Saturday May 6, 2017 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2895528

The Delta Generators are excited to announce their new singer and harmonica player Brian Templeton (formerly of The Radio Kings.) The addition of Brian Templeton to the mix adds a fresh perspective to the band’s music.

Delta Generators formed in 2008 and have since won several awards including winning the Boston Blues Society Blues Challenge in 2008 and placing in the top ten at The International Blues Challenge in 2009. The band sees Rick O’Neal on bass and his brother Charlie O’Neal on guitar, joined by singer-harmonica player Brian Templeton and drummer Jeff Armstrong. Mixing elements of blues and Louisiana funk with ’50s rock, the band are electrifying the New England music scene one show at a time.

The band’s fourth studio album “Hipshakers & Heartbreakers” was released in March of 2016 and is a foot-stomping collection of ten songs that are guaranteed to get you up and dancing. The songs each range from Roots Rock and Blues to Soul and Americana.

The album was recorded at Woolly Mammoth Studio in Waltham, MA. David Minehan (guitar player for The Replacements and the Neighborhoods) recorded the album. It was mixed by multi Grammy Award winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Beck) at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN and mastered by multi Grammy Award winner Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Keb Mo’, Dixie Chicks). “Hipshakers and Heartbreakers” was completely fan-funded through the band’s highly successful PledgeMusic campaign.

In the last couple of years, the Delta Generators have shared the stage with such acts as Robert Cray, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Three Dog Night, Jimmie Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, Popa Chubby, Bonerama, Candye Kane, Michael Burks, John Lee Hooker Jr. and Sonny Landreth, among others.

 

Friday, April 21, 2017 (CORRECTED DATE!) – Coffeehouse featuring Cosy Sheridan, with Diane Battistello opening, Open Mic

 Cosy.300dpi 7.7MB Friday, April 21, 2017 (CORRECTED DATE!) – Coffeehouse featuring Cosy Sheridan, with Diane Battistello opening, Open Mic, 8:00 pm

Cost $7 Members, $8 Non-members

Cosy Sheridan first caught national folk audiences in 1992 when she won songwriting contests at both the Kerrville Folk and Telluride Bluegrass Festivals. She has been on the road ever since. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: love songs for adults and practical philosophy for a complicated world, including parodies on aging and women. Her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive percussive guitar style. Cosy has taught songwriting, performance and guitar classes including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Swannanoa Gathering plus co-founding the Moab Folk Camp. “She is a wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy and noisome culture.” – The Boston Globe. “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture, Persephone with Botox.” – Cornell Folksong Society. Cosy is joined by her husband, bass player Charlie Koch, who formerly fronted the R+B band‘Breaktime’.

Diane Battistello -nice 368KB Late Bloomer, Diane Battistello was a closet musician for many decades before experimenting with open mics. That makes her clear, compelling voice and original music that can be wistful and political – ranging from childhood in New England to exploitation in the Congo all the more noteworthy. Diane’s new CD “Green Mountain Blue” was released last year.

Open Mic – Sign up at the door when we open at 7:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 Peter Mulvey Concert, Lyle Brewer Opening

petermulvey (2) Peter Mulvey Concert, Lyle Brewer Opening. Saturday April 1, 2017, 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2585131

Critical acclaim has been consistent and enthusiastic over the years for Peter MulveyThe Boston Globe sums it up, “His voice feels like fine old leather, and his guitar sounds like it’s on steroids… a superb technician…” Mulvey has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and prolific discography. He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style.

He began as a self-described “city kid” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He played, wrote, and sang in bands while studying theatre at Marquette University. After graduating, he traveled to Ireland, where he learned the trade of busker on the streets of Dublin. Returning to the U.S. a few years later, he settled in Boston, building an audience through street and subway performing, while also immersing himself in the thriving musical community.  Mulvey has amassed a catalog of inventive albums with creative approach to lyrics and musicality.  “His voice feels like fine old leather, and his guitar sounds like it’s on steroids… a superb technician…” – The Boston Globe

Lyle-9206 Lyle Brewer’s new solo guitar album “Juno” is the result of two things: the snowstorms that consumed Boston in the early months of 2015 and the sobriety that saved his life. “Juno” was released on the one-year anniversary of Brewer’s decision to get sober, and its stripped-down, acoustic instrumental songs reveal a newfound sense of clarity and renewal. “Juno,” which made the Boston Globe’s list of Best Local Albums of 2015, “showcases the cool sophistication of his guitar playing, not to mention his evolution as a songwriter” (Boston Globe). The first blizzard of the season hit Boston on January 27, 2015 and shut down the city for three days. That blizzard, “Juno,” lent its name to the title track. Every storm that winter, Brewer wrote a song. He wrote more over the summer, even as he was finishing up work on his self-titled record (released June 4, 2015).Without hangovers, he wrote in the morning, and without late nights at the bar, he wrote at night. He wrote a piece inspired by Bach, and another inspired by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfa. “The only reason I was able to do this is because I got sober,” he says. “Period. Sobriety saved my ass big time. I am extremely proud of this album. I am extremely lucky to have supportive people in my life. I am grateful to be alive, to be sober, to be able to make music for a living.”

Saturday, March 4, 2017 Alastair Moock and Friends in Concert

SSFMC 2016 Alastair Moock photoAlastair Moock and Friends, Saturday March 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591486

Alastair Moock has been compared to John Prine, Steve Forbert, Tom Waits and other rough voices in American roots music. The comparisons miss the fact that his folksy songs about wandering friends, lost loves, and travel have the freshness of a newly opened window.” – Acoustic Guitar

Alastair Moock is the second coming of John Prine.” – Ellis Paul

Twenty years into his performing career, Alastair Moock has managed to carve out a unique niche for himself: He is a songwriter committed to celebrating the roots of American music while knocking down the walls between different audiences, genres and musical traditions. Like his boyhood hero, Woody Guthrie, Moock believes in the power of music to reach all people — young and old, far and wide. Moock started performing in 1995, moving from his home outside New York City to the folk haven of Boston. After working his way up through the local coffeehouse and club circuit, he began touring the U.S. and Europe, eventually graduating to renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival and Norway’s Bergen Music Fest. Moock has opened and played with a wide variety of musicians, including Greg Brown, Marshall Crenshaw, Cliff Eberhardt, Guy Davis, Taj Mahal, Arlo Guthrie, Lori McKenna, Bill Morrissey, Peter Mulvey, and Ellis Paul.

In 2007 Moock was nominated for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year. The Boston Globe called him “one of the town’s best and most adventurous songwriters” and The Washington Post declared “every song a gem.” Moock will appear for this show with Jamie Walker and Paul Kochanski of the Swinging Steaks, playing new Moock music for an upcoming new CD – sure to be a memorable night at SSFMC!

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