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: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613159

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, November 3, 2018 – The Peter Parcek Trio’s ‘Bob Dylan Blues Tribute’ Concert

The Peter Parcek Trio’s ‘Bob Dylan Blues Tribute’, Saturday November 3, 2018, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3504934

Peter will be joined with his band, the Peter Parcek Trio and special guests Danielle Miraglia, Brendon Hogan, Satoru Nakagawa, Jonathan LaMaster and Joel Latulippe and more to be announced.  The Peter Parcek Trio consists of Peter, Marco Giovino (who has previously performed with Robert Plant) and Joe Klompus (also with Letters to Cleo).

Peter Parcek‘s live shows & recordings are powered by his daring, incendiary, and soulful electric guitar and a singing style that, like his original songs, fuses the vitality of today with echoes of the Delta, mountains and prairies where the greatest American music was born.  The heart of Peter’s playing, singing & writing is rooted in the Blues, both ancient & modern.

Parcek possesses an unparalleled ability to blend influences that embrace roots, folk, country, rockabilly, surf, jazz and gypsy music into his own distinctly original hybrid.  And overall his fluid, expressive playing simply leaves jaws dropped to the ground.

Parcek‘s musical story, however, begins on the stages of ’60s London, where his early bands were contemporaries of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and groups featuring Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Peter Green.  The young guitarist watched and learned well, finding a path that’s led him through an evolution all his own. It’s taken him through smoky dives where he’s played for a dozen patrons and onto huge stages where he’s played for 100,000. And over the years Parcek’s opened for a smorgasbord of prestigious artists including the Grateful Dead, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, the Holmes Brothers, Koko Taylor, Robben Ford, Son Seals, Johnny Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Roomful of Blues and many, many more.

Today Parcek is possessed of the artistry and originality to become a legend in his own right.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Lisa Bastoni, Opening with Chuck Vermette, Open Mic… NEW LOCATION at FIRST PARISH DUXBURY

 Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Lisa Bastoni, Opening with Chuck Vermette, Open Mic, 7:00 PM  

Cost $9 Members, $10 non-Members

Following a 10-year break from music, a career change and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with a new CD-‘The Wishing Hour’ (2017). It debuted as the #1 most played album on WUMB. Bastoni busked in Cambridge in her early days and recommends new songwriters to also try it! Lisa has showcased at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA), Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song “Rabbit Hole” was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. Lisa Bastoni is “Americana of the highest order…along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin” (Maverick-UK).

Chuck Vermette’s music simply can’t be categorized within the narrow confines of commercial genres (and he bristles when asked to do so). Chuck combines 60s Folk Rock and Dylanesque lyrics with intricate melodies and arrangements born from his formal training in voice, guitar and orchestration. Add a touch of social commentary and self-deprecating humor, and you have a musical experience that’s both entertaining and evocative.

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, October 13, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Promise is Hope, Opening with Rachel Marie, Open Mic… NEW LOCATION at FIRST PARISH DUXBURY

 Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Promise is Hope, Opening with Rachel Marie, Open Mic, 7:00 PM  

Cost $9 Members, $10 non-Members

 Promise is Hope: “A match made in heaven” may be fanciful, but the blended musicality of Ashley and Eric L’Esperance comes close to validating this old saying. The pair first felt the electricity of their undeniable chemistry at an impromptu song swap and a year and a half later they were married and released their debut album Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going. Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters whose sound is shaped by tastes of folk, acoustic and pop. The duo’s sophomore album, Every Seed Must Die, is a stunning collection of tracks that are a testament to the trials of the human spirit. After an album release show at the historic Club Passim on June 10th, the L’Esperances will be performing select shows around New England and the mid-Atlantic in promotion of the new record.

 

Rachel Marie is a cunning wordsmith, and precociously sophisticated. Clear and mature vocal production colors songs that are relevant, relatable, and far-reaching. The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. An endearingly quirky stage presence as honest as her songs keeps audiences charmed.

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, October 6, 2018 – The Wolff Sisters & The Last Cavalry Concert – NEW LOCATION at FIRST PARISH DUXBURY

The Wolff Sisters & The Last Cavalry Concert, Saturday October 6, 2018, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3386729

Gritty and raw folk-rock outfit The Wolff Sisters & The Last Cavalry first broke into the Boston music scene as an acoustic trio. With haunting harmonies and songs reminiscent of washed up wanderers on New England’s salty coasts, Rebecca, Rachael, and Kat stole Boston’s heart as The Wolff Sisters (yes, they’re really sisters). Born to a poet and a musician, they grew up on the heavy realism of Dylan and Springsteen blended with the loose and loud Rolling Stones. Drawing inspiration from blues giants like Howlin’ Wolf and modern storytellers Dawes, The Wolff Sisters don’t fit into one genre of music. With Rebecca on acoustic guitar, Rachael on electric guitar, Kat on keys, and all three on vocals, the sisters spent years honing their sound together in an old victorian house just outside Boston.

In 2015, the trio amplified their performance with the addition of The Last Cavalry. With Joe Soldati on bass and Will Rodriguez on drums, the band seeks to bring that loose blues, roots, and rock n’ roll sound back into the forefront of the music scene.

Their second album ‘Cahoon Hollow’, was recorded at Dirt Floor Studios in Chester, CT and produced by Eric Michael Lichter.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Dennis and Dennis, Opening with Michael Shea, Open Mic… NEW LOCATION at FIRST PARISH DUXBURY

 Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Dennis and Dennis, Opening with Michael Shea, Open Mic, 7:00 PM  

Cost $9 Members, $10 non-Members

Dennis and Dennis the amazing father and son musicians have been playing music together all of Dennis Jr’s life. Their guitar picking skills and playing abilities are exceptional. Their performance is often infused with a playful back and forth banter between the two. Their music and songwriting is adored by all. Their shared love for music instills a very unique, special bond between the two as father and son. They have shared the same stage as Richie Havens, Jonathan Edwards, Livingston Taylor, and Melanie. Dennis Sr.’s motto is: “Let the joy of music in your soul, bluegrass, country, and rock n’ roll”. Don’t miss this fun night out! Hope to see you there!

 

 

 Michael Shea has lived and performed in Minneapolis, MN., Providence, R.I., and Stockbridge, MA, and his current hometown, Plymouth. He claims as prominent influences Billie Holiday, Van Morrison, Laura Nyro, Ray Charles, Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. He has been a featured songwriter at The Blackthorne Tavern, Somethin’s Brewin’ Cafe, the Horizons Folk Group Concert, and the Falmouth Arts Alive Festival, and has performed on the main stage at The Spire.

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 5, 2018 – The Kennedys Concert

The Kennedys, Saturday May 5, 2018, 8:00 pm
At the door: $20 Member, $22 Non-Member
Advance tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3066084

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.

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:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3059299

“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      www.christrapper.com

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 haffnerk@hotmail.com or 781-878-1683 or Lynn Feingold at 781-608-7218.

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