Nov Dec 2018 Hurdy Gurdy

Here’s the Hurdy Gurdy for Nov/Dec 2018.  All events will be held at our great new hall at First Parish Duxbury, 842 Tremont St (Rte 3A), Duxbury.  We hope you will renew your membership for next season – the form is in the Hurdy Gurdy.   To view or print the Hurdy Gurdy, open the post and and the Hurdy Gurdy link: Nov Dec 10 24 2018 ALL URLs PDF

Saturday, January 5, 2019 – The Bill Motte Concert

The Bill Motte Concert, Saturday January 5, 2019, 7:00 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, Cantab Lounge, The Red Parrot, and the Blue Moon Coffeehouse. Bill will be joined by Jim Palana, a prolific local songwriter and guitarist who has produced several CDs chronicling his views on life and the people who live it.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 – Amy Black Concert

Amy Black Concert, Saturday February 2, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tix:

As a singer and songwriter, Amy Black is known for her authenticity and versatility. Her live performance, like her songwriting, spans from soft, tender and vulnerable…to fiery, dynamic and powerful.

Amy’s love of many classic forms of American music, including blues, country, soul, jazz, and rock n’ roll led her from Boston…to Nashville…to Muscle Shoals…and, most recently, to Memphis to record with members of the Hi rhythm section (Al Green’s backing band).

While always drawn to singers of soul, blues and gospel, it wasn’t until Amy began exploring her own southern soul roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she knew her next project had to be made in the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world’s most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she wished to make — the sound of Memphis.

“Recording albums in Muscle Shoals and Memphis and then performing this music live for several years was an incredible experience. It brought out another side of me that I didn’t know was there and gave me the chance to put my guitar down and just dance and sing. There’s something very freeing about that,” say Amy.

Amy says, “This year, I’m moving away from revue show format and back to my original music. My set will include songs from all four of my albums, that together represent this exciting musical journey I’ve been on. What a ride it’s been… with more adventures to come.”

Saturday, Feb 9 – All Open Mic Night

Saturday, February 9, 2019
All Open Mic Night

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You can be the star of our All Open Mic!

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 6:30 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!

$9 Members and All Open Mic Performers, $10 Non-members

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – The Cold Chocolate Concert

Cold Chocolate Concert, Saturday March 2, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tix:

Cold Chocolate is a groovy Americana band that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock to create a sound all their own. With tight three-part harmony and skillful musicianship, this trio from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. Since their formation in 2011, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original songs and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 – The Slambovian Circus of Dreams Concert

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams Concert, Saturday April 6, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door: $26 Member, $28 Non-Member
Advance tix:  

Called everything from ‘hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’ to ‘surreal americana’, New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) “is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music.” – Chronogram Magazine. A rootsy psychedelica that MAVERICK MAGAZINE calls “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana”, their melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. The Slambovians charm from the first note with thought provoking lyrics – creating intrigue and attraction for thinking audiences. Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, they pioneered the alt-folk circuit, staying on the fringes of the music industry. Winning support from indie radio and press since their inception, fans fueled their career from the ground up to an international status. Having headlined major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, this band has a devoted cult following. The band is led by songwriter Joziah Longo (vocals/guitar/harmonica) “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic, the entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.” – The Big Issue, Scotland, UK, and joined by Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, etc), and Eric Puente (drums, percussion). They create a captivating vibe that feeds the soul.

INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: Waterboys, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Cracker, Wallflowers, Pink Floyd, The Decemberists, Incredible String Band, Cat Stevens

“The Slambovians’ live shows are a musical slam dunk.” – The Hartford Courant

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Coffeehouse Featuring Mark T Small, Opening with TBD, Open Mic

 Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Coffeehouse Featuring Mark T Small, Opening with TBD, Open Mic, 7:00 PM  

Cost $9 Members, $10 non-Members

 Mark T Small is an internationally recognized musician and entertainer who’s performed throughout the U.S. & Europe. He won Best Acoustic Blues Album in 2014 and his recordings have reached the top 20 on National Music Charts. Mark is an extraordinary accomplished guitarist; his playing has the razor edge and speed developed from years of flat-picking. The combination of his lightning fast bluegrass style with soulful blues are integral to Mark’s style today. He is equally adept at old- time to ragtime to boogie. Mark’s signature singing and foot-stomping Delta Blues with a Chicago blues slant and Honkytonk renditions spells a formidable, electrifying artist!


Opening act is TBD.

Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 6:30 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 4, 2019 – 40th Anniversary Concert Celebrating with Ellis Paul

40th Anniversary Celebrating with Ellis Paul, Saturday May 4, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door:  $23 Member, $25 Non-Member
Advance tix: 

Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to.” – Nora Guthrie He’s become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, played Carnegie hall, and venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris and London. In addition to his 19 albums released on the Rounder and Black Wolf record labels, his music has appeared on dozens of distinguished compilations. A Film/DVD entitled 3000 Miles — part concert film, part documentary, part instructional video — provides a further prospective on both the man and his music. He’s also released a pair of children’s albums, earning him honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation for both. His latest, “The Hero In You” has been turned into a picture book, detailing the lives of great American heroes. “These people did amazing things, but they can also inspire young people today to go out and do something out of the ordinary to become the heroes of their own lives,” explains Paul. Ellis’ literate, evocative and insightful writings are further showcased in a book of poetry and short stories entitled “Notes from the Road,” already in it’s third pressing. Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers — “Hall Pass” (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), “Me, Myself, & Irene” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Shallow Hal” (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul’s music by referring to him as “a national treasure.”

Sep, Oct 2018 Hurdy Gurdy

Here’s the Hurdy Gurdy for Sep, Oct 2018.  We are excited to announce that all our events next season will be held at First Parish Duxbury, 842 Tremont St (Rte 3A), Duxbury.  We hope you will renew your membership for next season – the form is in this Hurdy Gurdy.  Please consider making a special donation to our “Keep the Coffeehouses” fund – info in this Hurdy Gurdy.  To view or print the Hurdy Gurdy, open the post and and the Hurdy Gurdy link.Sep Oct Hurdy Gurdy 2018 NEW LOCATION in color PDF

Saturday, May 5, 2018 – The Kennedys Concert

The Kennedys, Saturday May 5, 2018, 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix:

For over two decades, husband and wife Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed the highways and byways of the US and the UK, as a folk/pop duo and as members of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra. As The Kennedys, they have released over a dozen CDs, are longtime core artists on WUMB, and were named Artists-in-Residence at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Their original music is uplifting, encouraging and empowering, with an always-positive vibe, and their choice of covers is emblematic of their love for the classic songwriting of Buddy Holly, The Beatles and Bob Dylan. They are regulars at the annual New Bedford Festival and have played legendary venues including Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, and Boston Symphony Hall.

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