Friday, April 20, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Hilton Park, Opening with Tom Smith, Open Mic

Friday, April 20, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Hilton Park, Opening with Tom Smith, Open Mic, 8:00 PM  

Cost $7 Members, $8 non-Members

Hailing from Southern Maine, Hilton Park is a 3-piece roots/Americana group made up of father/son team Bruce (guitar) and Conor Hilton (mandolin), and Gregg Pannier (piano).  Every song tells a story and there’s a story behind every song.  The Hilton Park sound is authentic and classic, with fresh, original tunes.  Their tight 3-part harmonies and sparse, crisp instrumentation create a wide-ranging, acoustic-music palette… a point driven home by their 2015 New England Music Award for ‘Best In State: Maine’, two ‘Roots Act of the Year’ nominations, a nomination for 2017 ‘Album of the Year’, plus the June 2017 ‘Best Song’ award from the Akademia Music Awards.


Tom Smith is a well-traveled singer/songwriter…who brings a rich and deep portfolio of well-crafted songs delivered in a fine, tastefully understated fashion and with a dry wit guaranteed to put a smile on any face.” – Boulder Coffeehouse Contrary to what a lot of people think, folk music is still a living tradition… He’s a man who writes songs that seem like they’ve always been there.  There are very few songwriters working today that I would call folksingers, but I would call Tom Smith a true folksinger.”  – Dave Palmeter, WUMB-FM Boston

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, April 7, 2018 Chris Trapper Concert

2016 Chris Trapper Chris Trapper, Saturday April 7, 2018, 8:00 pm

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

“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 TwentyThe 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

Friday, March 16, 2018 – Traditional Ballad Singing Contest for Grade 4 – Age 25

Maggie MacPhail, 2017 winner, Solo with Intrument category singing “The Cruel Mother”

The 2018 Traditional Ballad Singing Contest will be held on Friday, March 16th at 8:00 PM at The Beal House, 222 Main St (Rte 106), Kingston, MA.

Here are this year’s Poster and this year’s Contest Info and Sign Up Form: 2018_POSTER rev 01 13 2018 PDF 2018_CONTEST INFO and FORM rev 01 13 2018 PDF

No charge for contestants, all others: $7 Members, $8 Non-members, $4 Children.

Make sure your ballad tells a story with a plot and an ending.  Make sure your ballad is so old that nobody knows who wrote it, or make sure your ballad is at least 100 years old.   You must sign up ahead so Contest Organizers Karen Haffner and Lynn Feingold can review your choice of ballad.  Here are the categories for 2018:

Grade 4 Through High School

Solo performer WITHOUT instrument $50 cash prize>

Solo performer WITH instrument $50 cash prize

Group (2 or more) WITHOUT instrument $100 cash prize
Group (2 or more) WITH instrument(s) $100 cash prize

After High School Through Age 25

Solo or group, with/without instrument(s) – $50 cash prize

If you have any questions, contact Karen at or 781-878-1683 or Lynn Feingold at 781-608-7218.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Paul Rishell and Annie Raines Concert

 Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Saturday March 3, 2018, 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix:

South Shore Folk Music Club welcomes the return of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, who have become SSFMC favorites. When 22-year-old harmonica ace Annie Raines first sat in with 42-year-old country blues guitarist Paul Rishell in a Boston bar in 1992, few in the crowd suspected that they were witnessing the beginning of a musical partnership. As a working team, Paul and Annie have racked up hundreds of thousands of miles on the road in the U.S. and Europe, collaborated on original songs, and released I Want You To Know (Tone-Cool/Artemis 1996), Moving to the Country (2000), the W.C. Handy Award winner for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, Goin’ Home (2004), which was nominated for two Handy Awards, A Night in Woodstock ( 2008), and Talking Guitar (2012).

Paul and Annie are equally passionate about their craft and devoted to the study and performance of a wide range of blues styles, from the syncopated acoustic guitar wizardry of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Son House to Chicagoan “Little” Walter Jacob’s swinging amplified harmonica. Paul has reached what Boston Phoenix writer Ted Drozdowski called “a place deep and resonant as Robert Johnson’s crossroads, where authenticity, soul, and a sense of purpose and commitment ring out in every note he sings and plays.” Annie has added vocals, mandolin, piano, and other instruments to her musical arsenal, while being recognized by top professionals and fans worldwide as the “queen of the blues harmonica.” Says blues legend Pinetop Perkins, “She plays so good it hurts!” Touring internationally at festivals, clubs, and concert halls, and teaching workshops and seminars, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines have earned loyal fans around the globe. They have performed and recorded with Susan Tedeschi, John Sebastian, Pinetop Perkins, and Rory Block, and appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brian and Prairie Home Companion.

“Rishell is a master of country/blues styles, particularly slide played on a National steel guitar. Raines, a rare female ace blues harmonica blower, shows that she is as strong an acoustic country harp accompanist as she is a harder-edged, electrified Chicago-style lead player à la the great Little Walter…” –Billboard

Jan Feb 2018 Hurdy Gurdy

Here is the new Hurdy Gurdy for Jan/Feb 2018.  To view or pirnt, open the post and click on the link.  See you at the Club! Jan Feb 2018 PDF

Friday, February 16, 2018 – All Open Mic Night

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You can be the star of our All Open Mic!

Friday, February 16, 2018
All Open Mic Night

This is your night to own our stage! Share your talent with our attentive audience!  All types of music welcome, not just folk.  Sign up for your 8 minutes on stage when the doors open at 7:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.

You must sign yourself up.  Groups can sign up for a single slot.  Show us what you can do!  Share something special!  You might be considered for a future booking!

$7 Members and All Open Mic Performers, $8 Non-members

Saturday February 3, 2018 – The Ladles Concert

 The Ladles Concert – Saturday February 3, 2018 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix: 

The Ladles have three part female harmony perfected – but their sound is more than that…They are an amalgamation of their respective histories and influences, blending Swing, Old-Time, Neo-Soul, and contemporary choral music into a sound all their own. Using solely acoustic instrumentation and three voices, they create a dreamy otherworldly atmosphere that draws audiences in and demands attention. They quiet noisy bars and liven up staid concert halls. The Ladles are Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, and Lucia Pontoniere.

Friday, January 19, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Jenee Halstead, Opening with O’Reilly-Bailey, Open Mic

  Friday, January 19, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Jenee Halstead, Opening with O’Reilly-Bailey, Open Mic, 8:00 PM

Cost $7 Members, $8 non-Members

If you detect something mysterious in the music of Jenee Halstead, a freedom that owes no debt to place and time, or genre, you understand where she’s coming from and where she’s headed … deeper into the essence of song. An introduction to Patty Griffin, with whom she startlingly shares a vocal quality “was a complete revelation,” Jenee says. “[Griffin] gave me permission to just write.” Jenee was the Emerging Artist at the 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and has won plaudits from Telluride and Mountain Stage. Her latest CD, “Edge of the World,” adds to the soundscape in which her soft and supple voice floats exquisitely. Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald, likens it to “sorceress music, rings of smoke through the trees and bells of Rhymney”. Her evocative lyrical imagery, delivered with a compelling voice, makes it easy to see that Jenee’s unfettered songwriting will continue to rise, like swirling rings of smoke, into the expansive sky and far beyond the edge of the world. 

Rich O’Reilly, Jim Bailey and Dan McAllister are veterans of the New England blues/roots scene. When listening to their fusion of delta slide guitar, harmonica and earthy grooves, you hear the heavy influences of Son House, Fury Lewis, Mississippi John Hurt and many other legends from the country/gospel blues genre. This combination of ‘real’, as in authentic music with a strong message, continues to win over enthusiastic fans who have had the pleasure of encountering the O’Reilly-Bailey team.

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.

Sep Oct Annual Meeting 2018 HURDY GURDY newsletter

WELCOME BACK!  Here’s the Hurdy Gurdy for Sep and Oct 2018 and our Annual Meeting.  We are excited to announce that all our events this season will be held at First Parish Duxbury, 842 Tremont St (Rte 3A), Duxbury.    To view or print the Hurdy Gurdy, open the post and then the Hurdy Gurdy link.  Sep Oct Annual Meeting 09 01 2018 PDF

Saturday, January 6, 2018 Ian Fitzgerald Concert

 Ian Fitzgerald, Saturday January 6, 2017, 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix:

Ian Fitzgerald is a folk singer and songwriter. Based in New England, he has toured throughout the United States. Known for his storytelling and skillful use of language, Ian has independently released five albums of original material, including his newest effort You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone. Performer Magazine called Ian “a polished songsmith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festival and folk concerts throughout the States.”

Ian performed at the 2016 and 2015 Newport Folk Festivals and opened the official kickoff show for the 2014 Newport Folk Festival, dubbed “All Newport’s Eve.” Ian has opened shows for Iris DeMent; Willy Mason; Joan Shelley; Darlingside; Mark Erelli; Tracy Grammer; The Ballroom Thieves; Jonathan Edwards; Tall Tall Trees; Vandaveer; Ark Life; Parsonsfield; and Freedy Johnston, among others, and has shared bills with the likes of Haunt The House; Christopher Paul Stelling; Ron Gallo; and Jonah Tolchin. Additional festival performances include: NXNE; the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase; the Brown University Folk Festival; and the In The Dead of Winter Festival.

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