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:

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!

Friday, February 17, 2017 – Coffeehouse featuring Kathleen Healy, with Kim Moberg opening, Open Mic

2495247 Kathleen Healy  Friday, February 17, 2017 – Coffeehouse featuring Kathleen Healy, with Kim Moberg opening, Open Mic, 8:00 pm

Cost $7 Members, $8 Non-members

Kathleen Healy is a hard-working musician & songwriter living on Cape Cod. She draws from her experience of living and raising a family near the beach for many of her songs. Some say saltwater runs through her veins. Kathleen writes from the heart and her honest lyrics and often poignant subject matter lend themselves to the unique quality of her voice.  She admits to being a live music junkie but is currently not seeking treatment for her addiction.

She hosts weekly open mic nights at local venues and thoroughly enjoys supporting the live music scene on Cape Cod and collaborating with other local musicians.  Kathleen has established a monthly singer/songwriter circle which has been visited by many of the Cape’s established and upcoming original artists.  She created the circle as a safe place for musicians to come and share new songs and works in progress and to give and get feedback from their peers.  Many of the regulars to the circle describe the monthly gathering as “New Song Monday” and have told Kathleen it has been a great motivating tool in getting them to write new material.

Kathleen has appeared both as a solo performer and as a member of a folk quartet.  She released her first CD entitled Crossing Lines in 2010 which contains a mix of original & cover tunes and was recorded live at O’Shea’s Olde Inne in West Dennis. Her brand new CD entitled Spark was released in June of 2014.  She also has collaborated with visual artist Moira Swiatkowski to publish her children’s song entitled Clouds as an illustrated book and 12-song CD.

Kim Moberg Music Winter image 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.  At the age of 14, Kim began playing acoustic guitar on a borrowed nylon 6 string, earning lessons by typing lyric and chord sheets for her mother’s guitar students.  A few years later, she purchased a Gibson Epiphone guitar and taught herself to strum and finger pick to her favorite music from the 70’s — James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Carole King, but severe stage fright kept her from pursuing her dream of becoming a performer.

In 2014, after a hiatus from music to raise her 2 daughters, Kim set out to overcome stage fright and can now be heard performing at local concerts, music festivals, fundraisers and open mics on the Cape and South Shore area. She hosts a monthly all- ages Open Mic at the Craigville Coffeehouse, Centerville Library.

Kim draws inspiration from both older and current musical forms of acoustic roots, folk, Americana and country. A 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.

In addition to solo performances in Southeastern New England, Kim performs in the acoustic duo Still Willow with her music partner Ric Allendorf.

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, February 4, 2017 Bill Motte Concert, Ali & Bongos Opening

Bill Motte Bill Motte, Saturday February 4, 2017, 8:00 pm

At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tix:

Well known on the South Shore and Boston coffeehouse scene, singer-songwriter Bill Motte’s songs reflect a life well lived, with his personal experiences and far-ranging travels deeply felt in many of his tunes.  Bill’s CD releases “Thinking of You” (2013) and “Memphis Rain” (2012), recorded at the Record Company in Boston, reveal the depth of his insightful songs.

Hailed by one of his fans during a performance as “the best singer-songwriter on the South Shore”, Bill has shown himself to be a literate and astute observer of human interactions.  The wry commentary in his precisely chosen lyrics and engaging performance leaves listeners really feeling the emotions evoked in the stories he weaves in his songs. Skillfully accompanying himself on guitar, when Bill’s song is sung, you feel as if you’ve known everyone who is part of his tale.  With Bill’s passion for songwriting in a league of its own, there are few artists who can tell life’s stories so vividly. Recent area appearances include The River Club and Cantab Lounge.  Join us at SSFMC for an evening with Bill Motte, full of heartfelt music and laughter.

Ali & Bongos are a female duo from the South Shore. The first time we heard them at our Open Mic, and wanted to book them right away! The duo consists of Ali Howshall on guitar and vocals and her good friend Emily Smith on bongos and percussion. They have been performing together for over 10 years at various venues, including the Jetty in Marshfield, Venus III in Hanson, Re-Tunes in Hanover, and SSFMC. When joined by their bass player and lead guitarist, they are known as Ali and the Biddies. Duo or quartet, they are always a Club favorite. For more information, check them out on facebook at

Friday, January 20, 2017 – Coffeehouse featuring Chris Nauman, with Catherine King opening, Open Mic

cropped photo (2) Chris Nauman hands up  Friday, January 20, 2017 – Coffeehouse featuring Chris Nauman, with Catherine King opening, Open Mic, 8:00 pm

Cost $7 Members, $8 Non-members

Chris Nauman is an award winning singer/songwriter who pumps passion into his performance with his dynamic guitar work and expressive vocals.  He commands the stage with a keen sense of honesty and freshness. Drawing inspiration from Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, Colin Meloy and many others, Nauman channels his mid Western sensibilities into a spirited blend of Americana/folk rock.   Sometimes caressing, sometimes kinetic, his music is always sure to please.  Visit:

1550775 (2) Catherine King Catherine King is an independent singer-songwriter who has performed in many venues and at events from New England to Canada.  Catherine just released her first studio album, Come Back to Me, recorded at Brick Hill Studios in Orleans, MA with Grammy nominated producer, Jon Evans. The album consists of six original songs that are a combination of pop, country, and folk.

A member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI),  New England to Nashville (NETN), and Songtown USA, Catherine has begun co-writing with other songwriters to sharpen her skills and broaden her approach to songwriting.  Some of those co-writes may appear on her next album.  Catherine is also a published author, having penned her first novel in 2014. Beautiful Toronto is a contemporary romance based on her song of the same name.  She has also written a nonfiction book called “20 Questions for Songwriters, Vol. I” in which she interviewed several popular songwriters about their experiences and writing processes.  Vol. II is due to be published sometime in 2016.”

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, December 3, 2016 Mark Erelli Concert

SSFMC 2016 Mark Erelli photo Mark Erelli, Saturday December 3, 2016, 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix:

Mark Erelli…embodies many of the best qualities of the folk-populist lineage that began with Woody Guthrie, and is carried today by Bruce Springsteen and others. His songs are unwaveringly and powerfully sincere, carrying the force of his experiences and passions, and applying them to emotions that are universal to us all. His voice, a beautiful combination of wine and whiskey, is as intimately conversational as a fireside chat.” –Sing Out Magazine

Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his eponymous debut was released on Signature Sounds in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Kerrville New Folk contest and the International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis (“People Look Around”) bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize. For the past 17 years, he has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying Grammy-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to London’s Royal Albert Hall.

In addition to producing two records for McKenna, Erelli’s own diverse discography includes collections of western swing, lullabies, bluegrass (with his band Barnstar!) and songs of stirring social conscience, as well as several highly-acclaimed collaborations (2009’s Darwin Song Project and 2010’s Seven Curses, a collection of murder ballads recorded with Jeffrey Foucault). His tenth and newest solo album, For A Song, has already been likened to “the best of Paul Simon or Jackson Browne’s work…stories that are immediately relatable and reflective of the small moments in our lives.” (No Depression) “I love what he does – the songs, the voice, the playing, the tradition he keeps and the forward motion too.”  – Darrell Scott

Saturday, November 5, 2016 John Gorka Concert

john-gorka-2016-hr John Gorka, Saturday November 5, 2016, 8:00 pm

At the door: $23 Member, $25 Non-Member
Advance tix:

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania, Godfrey Daniels, in the late 1970’s. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.

His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft, as his rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe. In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse, which received high praise from critics and fans alike, and landed on the Billboard Folk Charts as one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993). John Gorka’s inimitable musical performance is only surpassed by his rare and delightful sense of humor on stage.

Nov Dec Hurdy Gurdy 2016

Here is our ncapture-hg-nov-dec-2016ewest Hurdy Gurdy. It includes info for our November and December shows, and it lists all the other shows we have booked so far for our 2016-2017 season. Good news – we’ve added our usual All Open Mic Night in March.  Don’t forget, it’s time to support the Club by renewing your membership for our 2016-2017 season. To view/print, open the post, and click on the link for the PDF. See you at the Club!   nov-dec-2016-pdf

Friday, October 21, 2016 – Coffeehouse featuring Kevin Mason, with Rose Martin opening, Open Mic

Kevin Mason PIC  Friday, October 21, 2016 – Coffeehouse featuring Kevin Mason, with Rose Martin opening, Open Mic, 8:00 pm

Cost $7 Members, $8 Non-members

Kevin Mason – Simple guitar work fleshed out by a unique, powerful voice describes Kevin Mason.  Self-taught on guitar, Kevin says songwriting comes to him naturally – it’s a labor of love his muse compels him to do.   Kevin says songwriting is like putting a puzzle together or solving a mystery.   Kevin will share his song-craft with you as our featured artist.

Rosemary Marin IMG_4771 (2) Rose Martin – Cape Cod singer songwriter Rose Martin performs a versatile mix of originals and covers on acoustic guitar and rich vocals with a soulful bluesy style. Her early influences include Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt to name a few. Rose enjoys performing at local venues, open mics, songwriters circles and enjoys collaborating with other local musicians.

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.

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