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, 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

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.

March/April 2018 Hurdy Gurdy

Here is the new March/April 2018 Hurdy Gurdy.  To view or print, open the link.  See you at the Club! Mar Apr 2018 PDF

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

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