All Night Open Mic February 20, 2015

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ANNUAL ALL OPEN MIC NIGHT, $7 Members, $8 Non-members.

This is our annual night when you are the star!  Sing, play instrumentals, recite poetry, tell a short story.  There will be thirteen 8 minute Open Mic slots, enough time to do two short songs, or one long one.  Anyone who signs up after our thirteen slots have been filled will have 5 minutes/time for one song.  All performance types welcome, not just folk.  The best Open Mic is full of variety, so come on down and share your special performance with our attentive audience. Sign up at the door at 7:30.  You must sign yourself up.  Groups can sign up for one slot.  If you are a solo performer, you can ask a member of a group to join you as back up during your slot.

Tickets sold at the door the night of the event.

January 3, 2015 Vance Gilbert Concert

Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert Concert January 3, 2015

Members $20 / Non-Members $22

Booking Agents: Bryon Davis and Victoria Kelley

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when the buzz spread through the folk clubs of the Northeast about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking them dead at open mics. Word got out about this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer, and Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert to be a special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across North America by storm. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from that tour. Gilbert’s three albums for the Rounder/Philo label – Edgewise (1994), Fugitives (1995), and Shaking Off Gravity (1998) – are all essential additions to the American singer-songwriter collection. With guests as varied as Tuck and Patti, Jonatha Brooke, Patty Larkin, Vinx, and Jane Siberry, all three albums found significant niches on NAC (New Adult Contemporary) and Non-Commercial A3 radio.

These discs were followed by the self-released Somerville Live (2000), lionized by the Boston Globe as the disc “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams,” and One Thru Fourteen (2002), a stylistically varied offering that New York’s Town and Village called “lively, eclectic, electrifying and transcending.” Gilbert followed with Side Of The Road (2003), a duo album with Ellis Paul, lauded as “haunting, artful, and lovely” by Boston Magazine and nominated for a 2004 Boston Music Award. Then came Unfamiliar Moon (2005). “The songwriter’s most compelling work; literate, heartfelt, rippling…emotionally resonant songs” raved the Boston Globe, placing the album in its Top 10 CDs of the year (#4). On Angels, Castles, Covers (2006), “Gilbert’s choice of an album of covers seems both fitting and fearless. …he displays his vocal virtuosity with some unexpected choices from the late 20th century songbook. From the sounds of Motown, through the R&B of Al Green to classic Joni Mitchell and Shawn Colvin…He makes each and every tune sound fresh and new,” writes Roberta Schwartz of FAME.

Gilbert then launched into a year and a half as support for George Carlin, leading up to the creation and recording of Up On Rockfield (2008), a landmark album noted for being written in the styles of some of his favorite songwriters. Of this disk Vintage Guitar proclaimed that “His fervor for composing is as powerful as a Colorado thunderstorm…accomplishing the seemingly impossible…Up On Rockfield should be on your must hear list.”

Friday October 17, 2014 Coffeehouse Featuring Matt Borrello with Kayla Ringelheim opening

Matt Borello

Matt Borello

Coffeehouse Friday, October 17, 2014 Featuring Matt Borrello with Kayla Ringelheim opening & Open Mic

$7 Members, $8 Non-Members


Matt Borrello is a singer/songwriter and guitar player from Southeastern Massachusetts. For over eight years Matt has performed regularly in the Boston/Providence area, usually as a solo acoustic act, but also as a sideman for other songwriters and as the frontman of his blues rock band, the Quality Dogs. Matt’s insightful songwriting and passionate performances have earned him recognition in various New England talent showcases and songwriting contests, most notably at the Boston Folk Festival Youth Songwriting Contest. His songs draw their structures from folk, country, blues, and rock music. He is a lover of spontaneous collaborations with other musicians and his songs have highly malleable arrangements. Matt has opened shows for well known local and national musicians such as John Flynn, Brooks Williams, Paul Geremia, Rick Fetters, Don White, and Kevin So. He has been a part of shows at venues including Club Passim, The Narrows, The Lizard Lounge, The Burren, The Somerville Armory, The Soule Homestead Folk Concert Series, The Cotuit Center for the Arts, and Rick’s Music World.


Kayla Ringelheim

Kayla Ringelheim

A singer-songwriter native of the Boston area who now calls Providence home, Kayla Ringelheim is a young woman with impressive piano chops, ancient tales to tell, and a voice of honey to tell them with. Since her first open mic at age thirteen on the stage of Cambridge’s fabled Club Passim, Kayla hasn’t stopped playing. With the immense power of connection and expression in music being instilled in her at a young age, Kayla conjures memories of Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega with a modern edge of pop and jazz.

November/December 2014 Hurdy Gurdy

Hurdy Gurdy front page detail

Hurdy Gurdy front page detail

Hi Folk Friends!

Here’s the new Nov/Dec Hurdy Gurdy.

To view/print, click the “November/December 2014 Hurdy Gurdy” link.  Then click the link:  Nov Dec 2014 PDF

See you at the Club!

Saturday, December 6, 2014 Amy Black Concert

Amy Black

Amy Black

Amy Black Concert

Saturday December 6, 2014 8:00 pm

$20 Members / $22 Non-Members

Booking Agents: Bryon Davis and Victoria Kelley

Amy Black is a Boston-based singer/songwriter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood. In record time, she’s become one of the most sought after acts in the East, sharing stages with Chris Isaak, The Courtyard Hounds, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and headlining at some of the region’s best venues.

Amy teamed up with a guitar player she found on Craigslist to play at a local open mic. “I did an acoustic rendition of a favorite ’80s song “I Ain’t Missing You” by John Waits and that was it. I built a band and did my first real show. I had 50 people come out, then 75 at my second, and 100 at my third. It was a done deal at that point. I knew I was on to something.”

Amy Black’s been playing, touring and writing ever since, and this year, with the release of her second solo album of originals, This Is Home, (Feb 4, 2014) she has fully committed herself to a career in music. “I’ve stepped away from corporate life because doing music feels like the most natural thing. I’m in my element when I’m singing on stage, like it’s exactly where I’m meant to be.

And with This Is Home I feel that I’ve truly found my voice. What’s coming out of me is soulful and it’s pulling from a deeper place. I see that there’s some maturity that’s come as I have more years under my belt. I’d like to believe that I’m like a fine wine that gets better — well, you know the rest!”

Traditional Youth Ballad Singing Contest March 20, 2015 (SIGN UP EXTENDED TO WED. MARCH 18)

Former Contest Winner Jared Reineck
This Year’s Traditional Ballad Singing Contest for Grade 4 through Age 25 with CASH PRIZES will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015.  Sign up by sending in your Contest Form by Friday, March 13th – make sure your ballad meets our Contest Rules.  Download this year’s Poster and Info Sheet/Contest Form:



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

It’s not too early to start thinking about what ballad to sing!   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 this year:

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 781-961-6649.

Friday, January 16, 2015, Coffeehouse Featuring Grace Morrison, Whiskey Boys Opening, Open Mic

1609998_1418509061747415_1836544422295223268_nCoffeehouse Friday January 16, 2015, Grace Morrison with The Whiskey Boys opening & open mic.

Members $7     Non-Members $8

Booking Agents:  Bryon Davis


Grace Morrison began her musical journey studying piano at the tender age of five. At twelve she discovered the group Hansen and said “I can do that!”. She taught herself how to play the guitar, started writing songs, and two years later found herself opening for some of the best folk acts in New England.

Within the next few years, Grace had written over two hundred songs and was performing full time. Just after graduating high school, she went on tour with some legends of rock as her backup band including Chris Slade of AC/DC and The Firm, Greg Douglass of The Steve Miller Band, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, and Jimmy Baine of Dio. Not long after, Grace sang backup for Eddie Money.

Grace’s musical education then went from the school of hard knocks to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she studied jazz voice and piano. It is there where she developed her fascination with history, which began to inform her writing. After college, she began performing at a local Renaissance Faire, which led to the writing of ‘Old Adam’ and ‘I See Spain’ (songs about Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I).

Grammy nominated recording engineer John Mailloux of Bongo Beach Productions says “Grace’s voice is a reflection of herself — pure and true. She is an incredible talent mixing seemingly effortless musicality and original storytelling in the Folk and Americana genres.”

Grace teaches a studio of 70 private music students by day, and by night performs with the RSO, solo, and with her new cover band TGI 90′s. Grace’s vocal styling captivates audiences with her articulate and engaging performances. You do not want to miss this fetching artist!

The Whiskey Boys

The Whiskey Boys

The Whiskey Boys are a Boston based modern Bluegrass and Americana band led by Berklee graduate, David Delaney. They tour the Northeast and have sold out such notable folk venues as the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA and the Firebox in Hartford, CT.  They have opened for national acts such as Lori McKenna, Man Man, and four-time Grammy nominated country artist, Trace Adkins.

The Whiskey Boys performed at the Berklee International Folk Festival in 2009, Joe’s Pub’s 2010 and 2011 Make Music New York Festivals, the 2011 and 2012 New England Americana Festivals, the 2012 Jamaica Plain Music Festival, the 2012 North Branch Bluegrass Festival, the 2013 Bluegrass on the Bogs Festival and the 2013 Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival.

In 2010, they were the featured entertainment at the National Governor’s Association annual conference held at Fenway Park, and in 2011 and 2012, the Whiskey Boys were selected as the premiere country act at the Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival where, in 2012, they were joined by Banjo player Pete Kelly, formerly of Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

March/April 2015 Hurdy Gurdy


 Here’s our new March/April 2015 Hurdy Gurdy.  Open the post, and click on the PDF link:

Mar Apr 2015 PDF

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