Mushroom Musicians Calendar

Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Diane Battistello and Lynn Bailey Witty at RISA Songwriters in the Round - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Diane Battistello

Diane, as many of us do, encountered many twists and turns in life and she stopped writing and singing for nearly 25 years.  One day in 2010 a spark from words by Carolyn Myss, “Everyone needs to have harmony in their life”, reignited Diane’s musical flame.    On that day she pulled her guitar out of the closet, put some new strings on it, and got back to music.  Now with gray hair and past the age of 60 she’s stepping up to the stage.

​For the past few years she’s been performing at open mics and opening act slots in coffeehouses from Boston to Providence and now is accepting features at coffeehouses other music events. She is the current Rhode Island Songwriter Assocation (RISA) Board  of  Directors secretary.  You can find out more about Diane’s schedule at: www.dianebattistello.com.

Lynn Bailey Witty

​Lynn caught the attention of entertainment industry veterans while singing on Manhattan stages at the age of nine with her enthusiasm and love for the performing arts. She is a singer songwriter, visual artist, and actor. She studied at Walnut Hill School Of The Performing Arts and continued her training through college and graduate school. Her classical training prepared her to become the versatile contemporary artist she is today. A BMI songwriter and member of RISA Rhode Island songwriter's association, Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA, and Actor’s Equity, her thirty years of credits speak to the breadth and depth of her abilities.

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Chris LaVancher, Kim Moberg, and Kirsten Manville featured at Songwriters in the Round presented by Mushroom Musicians - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Songwriters in the Round featuring Chris LaVancher and Kirsten Manville!

Kirsten Manville

Some People Sing, released September 29, 2017, is the second solo album from Kirsten Manville. With elements of Americana, folk, country, and blues, the singer/songwriter creates songs that feel like they may have come straight from journal entries. Deceptively simple lyrics paint pictures, tell stories, and evoke a range of emotions. From the pain of finding and losing love, and hard times in a down-on-its-luck town, to the small pleasures of line-dried laundry and homemade pie, and the escapism of a romantic night for two, Kirsten’s warm and sultry voice draws the listener in, infusing the songs with feeling and depth.

“Music, and specifically singing and songwriting, have always been the primary way I have tried to make sense of the world and the ups and downs of life,” she says. “And hopefully, listeners can relate to the emotions or stories depicted in my songs, and take comfort in knowing someone else is feeling the same way or has the same questions or wants the same things.  The is what music has always done for me.  Plus, singing is really fun, and it just makes me feel good.”

Kirsten's first solo album Come With Me was a Top 5 pick in the June 2014 issue of Metronome Magazine, and  she was featured on the cover of the magazine in August 2014.  Metronome reviewer Douglas Sloan stated “With naturally gifted vocal command, Manville explores the intricacies of love, life, and the finer things with a sharp eye on details. Her lyrics are heartfelt and genuine and delivered with just the right amount of instinct and emotion."

Kirsten's songs have received radio airplay on a number stations both in the United States and overseas, including WUMB, WICN, WGDR, and KZUM.  Her song “A Simple Life” spent time in the Top 30 charts (peaking at number 11) of The Globe Radio, an Adult Album Alternative format internet radio station, and her song “Play My Guitar” has been in the Top 20 songs on WOSRadio. In July 2013 she was a finalist in the songwriting competition at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival, and in February 2016 she was a winner in the Maine Songwriters Whittlesey Barn Songwriting/Performance Contest. Kirsten has had the honor of opening for well-known folk artists Don White and Joe Jencks.

Chris LaVancher

2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist – Chris LaVancher’s performance evokes a mini-movie festival in your head, complete with a full soundtrack. He writes cinematic, character-driven songs – from a farm girl’s beauty-queen-moment in the 4th of July parade, to the wild cast of characters in a run-down traveling circus, to the gun-toting rube who falls victim to a young con-girl and her boyfriend Elvis.

Chris will release his second full-length album in February 2018 –  “Big Fat Love” is a collection of songs full of heart from a seasoned and skilled craftsman mining life’s subject matter  – home, family, nostalgia, purpose, first kisses and love.

“LaVancher writes songs that tell stories of love among the ruins. His characters may not be from the highest rungs of society, but their feelings come through loud and clear.” Darius Rips – Oliver di Place Music Blog.

“His work speaks of love and loss, of dreams and schemes, all delivered from the heart-felt place of a keen observer of the human condition.” Music in Melrose Coffeehouse.

 

Kim Moberg

Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Alaskan Native Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. Music has always been an integral part of Kim's life, helping her to 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 students who were taking guitar lessons from her mother. A few years later, she purchased a Gibson Epiphone guitar and taught herself to strum and finger pick to her favorite music by the singer/songwriters of the 1970’s, but debilitating stage fright kept her from pursuing her own dream of becoming a professional performer. In 2014, after a hiatus from music to raise her two daughters with her husband, Kim set out to overcome her stage fright at local open mics and fundraisers. 

Kim's debut CD entitled "Above Ground”, celebrates the achievement of her goal to bring her music
out of the basement and “Above Ground".
“Above Ground”, produced by Grammy nominated
producer Jon Evans, was released
worldwide in September 2017. 

 

 

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Banded Starling and The Promise is Hope - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10
“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. A year and a half later they were married and released their debut album Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going. Jessica Phaneuf, MVY Radio, said “I listen to A LOT of music, and this [album] would be at the top of the pile”and Sound of Boston said the set “offers something for romantics and realists alike.” In the years following this release, The Promise is Hope began to earn their place among New England’s finest emerging acts, with a live performance that is often described as beautifully moving, inspired, and connected. They were invited to perform at Club Passim’s 2016 & 2018 Campfire Festival, the 2017 Connecticut Folk Festival, and the 2018 Hungtington Folk Festival; and have shared the stage with renowned folk artists such as Amy Speace, Antje Duvekot, Parsonfield, The Mallet Brothers, and Gaelynn Lea among many others.

Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters whose sound is shaped by tastes of folk, acoustic and pop. Ashley performs subtle yet stunning melodies with a classically-trained, but often folksy voice. Her poetic lyrics explore the deep mysteries within nature and human relationship. Eric’s obvious reverence for the beloved songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s shines through his sweetly deep voice. His prose-like lyrics unravel the joys and struggles of life’s journeys, and take what appears to be freeform and make it flow beautifully into well-crafted pieces. Together, the two artists complement each other in every respect. PopMatters says, “It is folk music, but folk that doesn’t find any quick or easy comparisons. Instead, it might besaid that the L’Esperance’s have found their unique path within the storied tradition.” Red Line Roots says “I am awestruck with the harmonies that Ashley & Eric L’Esperance are able to blend and spin together. Truly beautiful and moving…”

The Promise is Hope’s debut was a joyful record, but in a two-year span following its release the two lost four family members to tragic deaths in quick succession. With hearts reeling from personal tragedy, the couple turned to songwriting to work out their grief and lingering questions. This cathartic process resulted in the duo’s sophomore album, Every Seed Must Die, a stunning collection of tracks that are a testament to the trials of the human spirit. The album is unique for its intimate and restrained production. The delicate nature of the subject matter is explored through rich, heartfelt vocals laid over a soft quilt of finger-picked guitars, piano, cello, and Mellotron. The retro-inspired vibe is soul-soothing; listening to Ashley and Eric’s delicately intertwined voices is an experience any lover of fine harmonies will appreciate. No Depression declares, “The songwriting on this album is exceptional…I come away from many of these [songs] cleansed.”

Every Seed Must Die was created to weather a slate of life’s toughest moments, and that has become a driving force of The Promise Is Hope: to make music that helps others work through stormy seasons and see a way forward. The songs are being met with positive critical reception. Mother Church Pew says “With spare,acoustic instrumentation enhanced by crisp and focused production, the pair’s delicate harmonies are allowed to soar,a testament to their true musical talent;” and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society has called the album“breathtakingly stunning.”
 
Blending the rawness of the human experience with a playfulness and innocence, Banded Starling engages its listeners with their authenticity and capturing music. The duo developed their alternative folk-pop sound after over 10 years of playing together in bands throughout New England. Banded Starling creates introspective and multifaceted music described by Divide and Conquer as "elegantly shaped and well crafted folk" with an alternative twist.
The decade-long friendship between Priscilla Bel and Pete Wason sparked a musical collaboration that is as rich with harmonies as it is with meaning. After playing together in various bands and touring the New England area, the two friends sought out a way to create music that expressed their own creative styles. In May of 2017, the two released a self-recorded EP called Sink In. They entered the doors of Plaid Dog Recording in December of 2017 to record a single called "Isabel" now available for streaming on YouTube.

Priscilla's songwriting is influenced by tastes of folk, electronic, acoustic, alternative, and pop. Her voice carries sweet and unconventional melodies with an underlying power and rawness. Her poetic lyrics plant poignant metaphors reflecting spirituality, the human experience, and human relationships. Pete, principally a drummer, grew up listening to the great rock bands of the 70s and 80s hair bands. He states influences such as Muse, The Police, and Bastille when adding his touches to Banded Starling's sound. Together, they create multifaceted music, at times poignant, at times heart-thumping, and almost always fun. Their hope is that their music energizes, moves, and inspires their listeners to enjoy the full experience of life.

Past Dates

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Aaron Tornberg's Acoustic Open Mic featuring Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards - 2:00PM-5:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

A new acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

Featuring Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards!

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Aaron Tornberg's Acoustic Open Mic featuring Sean Ryder - 2:00PM-5:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

A new acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

Featuring Sean Ryder!

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Danielle Miraglia and The Glory Junkies Duo with Laurence Scudder - 8pm-10pm
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $12 advance, $16 at the door

This will be amazing show!

Tickets at https://thehearingroom.ticketspice.com/danielle-miraglia-and-the-glory-junkies-duo 

Danielle Miraglia (murr-Ä L e a) comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson,an infectious stomp-box rhythm, harmonica and tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips.  
 

2018 New England Music Award Nominee for "Songwriter of the Year" and "Roots Act of the Year."
2015 Boston Music Award Nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the Year
Mountain Stage NewSong Northeast Regional Winner!  
NERFA Formal Showcase Artist!  
Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist!  
RedLine Roots Big Red Favorite Local Female Songwriter!
Honorable Mention - Telluride!
NERFA Tricentric and DJ's Choice!

"Straddling the line where folk/roots meets rock/blues, Miraglia has a voice that can go from a raspy come-hither purr to an Etta James-esque powerhouse belt, although she may be best known for her lead thumb — a heavy, thumping strike on her Gibson that’s backdrop percussion in itself." - Lauren Daley, The Boston Globe

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Kenny Selcer, Sandy Haddon, Alexandru Sabau - Mushroom Musicians Songwriters in the Round - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Kenny Selcer, Sandy Haddon, Alexandru Sabau - Mushroom Musicians Songwriters in the Round

Kenny Selcer

"a sizzling blend of Americana, folk, rock, roots, reggae, and everything in between, that will get your toes tappin', your head noddin' up and down, your mouth singin', your brain thinkin' and maybe even get you dancin' in the aisles!"

Sandy Haddon

 

Alexandru Sabau

'In between the standing trees" LP is out and about… i would love to share it with you my friend♥

Friday, August 31st, 2018

The Lied To's and Folkapotamus RISA Songwriters in the Round - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

 

 

The Lied To's are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014, released their self-titled debut cd at the legendary Club Passim in February 2015, and have been playing together ever since. 

Taking their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, "When Will I Be Loved," The Lied To's (Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler) collaborate to put the challenges of relationships squarely under their musical microscope with a formidable blend of folk, rock and country-tinged music.
 
Susan has been a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the International Songwriting Competition, among others. She also was a Tri-Centric Showcase artist at the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA).  Columnist, Joel Brown, in an article for The Boston Globe noted that Susan has "Some of the wistful knowledge of Dolly Parton at her best."

Doug has had his songs placed on television shows, including CSI , All My Children, The Young and The Restless, Dark Blue, and was an emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  Nick Noble, host of the "The Folk Revival" (WICN, Worcester, MA ) states, "Doug Kwartler brings to the 21st century the passion and perception of the great 20th century folk singers like Woody Guthrie and early Bob Dylan."  Doug is also a respected music producer who owns and runs Hollow Body Recording Studios in Chelmsford, MA.

Susan and Doug's solo websites:

http://www.susanjlevine.com

http://www.dougmusic.com

 

 

Folkapotamus

Folkapotamus is a Boston area based folk duo consisting of Penni Hart and Tony Trites. They have been performing together since 2011. Their emotional lyrics and beautiful melodies draw listeners in. Penni and Tony have performed at various coffeehouses and folk venues in Massachusettssuch as Club Passim and The Burren and throughout New England and the Midwest. They have opened for legendary folk icon Vance Gilbert as well as California’s Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan and New York’s Davey O.

Folkapotamus’s second full album, “Middle of Nowhere,” will be released in September of 2017. It contains six new compositions as well as a classic folk song, a traditional folk song, and a favorite rock song done in their own folky style.The original compositions range from a song titled, “Road to Nowheresville” that has a good-time, sitting-out-on-the-front-porch-playing-music kind of feeling to “River Slope Mine,” a historical song about a mining disaster in Pennsylvania.


Penni was born and reared in Springfield, Illinois. She was first given piano lessons at the age of 5 and continued to study music throughout her life. She is an avid reader, which shows in her songwriting - as most of her songs tell poignant stories, some of them about family and growing up in the Midwest. In her 20s she moved to her adopted home of California and worked at the famous "Freight & Salvage" where she was introduced to all different styles of songwriting. After moving to the Boston area in 2008, she teamed up with Tony to become Folkapotamus.

Tony Trites grew up in the Boston suburbs. His love for music started at age 10 when he was introduced to the saxophone. After taking piano lessons in high school, Tony played keyboards and sax in a number of bands throughout his college years. A reunion with high school band mates led Tony to purchase a bass guitar, which he taught himself to play. Tony’s influences range from jazz to classical, to modern rock and most recently, folk.

Folkapotamus's first studio release, "Whispered Words," was released in August of 2014. It made the Folk DJ Chart in August, and was also included in the Top 600 CDs of 2014. Their debut album was also named as one of the "Top 25 CDs of 2014" by Joltin' Joe from Radio Nowhere on WMSC in Montclair, NJ, and also The Back Porch's Top 30 CDs of 2015, 88.1 WVPE, South Bend/Elkhart, IN. Chicago Folk DJ Rich Warren also named “Whispered Words” as one of his Picks of the Week in January of 2015.

Penni and Tony currently reside in Massachusetts with their two interesting rescue cats Fernando and Oliver and two budgies Tyngo and Coconut.

 

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Aaron Tornberg's Acoustic Open Mic featuring Ergo Canto! - 2:00PM-5:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

A new acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

Featuring Ergo Canto!

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Ralph DeFlorio, Kathleen Healy and Dawn Kenny at Songwriters in the Round - presented by Mushroom Musicians - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Songwriters in the Round featuring Ralph DeFlorio, Kathleen Healy and Dawn Kenney

Ralph DeFlorio

After many years of writing songs, Ralph finally emerged from his undisclosed location off the music grid and recorded his first CD called Daylight Comes Through. It’s sound reflects his influences with Mr. Folk, Ms. Blues, Mr. Bluegrass and Ms. Rock making appearances. The songs address topics of at least fleeting interest to Ralph including matters of the spirit, the environment, life’s transitions and baseball. He has played in bands and solo around New England. One goal is to travel further to perform. Who knows, could New Jersey be on the horizon? Also, he wants to continue writing songs as a way to make sense of the world and, through his recording and performances, report back on what he has learned.

Dawn Kenney

Raised on the traditional country greats, Dawn Kenney has been making music since before she could walk. 
 
Her music resonates with echos of the Grand Old Opry. She brings her love of bluegrass, country, folk and gospel music all woven together to create her own unique genre defying sound.

With a voice that can soar to the rafters one moment and then bathe you in a soft warmth the next, Dawn's performances create intimate connections with her audiences that keep them coming back.

Her voice is expressive and dynamic, conveying the full range of emotion that she delivers in her original songs. With messages that are positive and uplifting, her songs speak of  life; relationships, family, faith and those things common to the human experience that are true to all of us.

Threaded through the fabric of a Dawn Kenney show are superbly crafted original songs, with hints of the the traditional music she loves, written from a contemporary perspective. From energetic hard driving tunes to hauntingly beautiful ballads, Dawn brings a range of music highlighted by upright bass, tasteful banjo, sweet fiddle, mandolin and her own acoustic guitar.

Even at an outdoor festival she is able to create a down home living room atmosphere that leave those there feeling like they have spent an evening with an old friend.

 

Kathleen Healy

Kathleen 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 salt water runs through her veins. She 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.

Kathleen appears regionally in southern New England as a solo performer. She hosts open mic nights at local venues and thoroughly enjoys supporting the live music scene on Cape Cod and collaborating with other local musicians. When she is not performing or hosting, Kathleen can be found back in the studio recording her second studio album, Vagabond. Her CD entitled Spark was released in June of 2014.

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Aaron Tornberg's Acoustic Open Mic featuring Rachel Marie - 2:00PM-5:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

A new acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

Featuring Rachel Marie!

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. This Bethlehem, PA native has made regular appearances at Musikfest and at the acclaimed folk venue Godfrey Daniels. She has shared stages with Cheryl Wheeler, Antje Duvekot, and the Kennedys.

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Danielle Miraglia, Jenee Halstead and Lisa Bastoni at RISA and Mushroom Musicians SITR - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

 

Danielle Miraglia

Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. Her latest "All My Heroes Are Ghosts," released with her band Danielle M and The Glory Junkies  touches on a lot of what might be on your mind these days – the loss of so many musical heroes on the title track, the chaos of “fake news” on “Monster,” our collective anxieties on “All On Fire,” and more..   The music itself blends influences of some of Miraglia’s own musical heroes - The Rolling Stones, Prince, Janis Joplin along with Danielle's lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst.   Danielle was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year. 

 

Lisa Bastoni

Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell/Lori McKenna), the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston's WUMB. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song "Rabbit Hole" was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie. "Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin" (Maverick-UK).

 

Jenee Halstead

Her latest release, “Edge of the World,” adds to the indefinable soundscape in which her soft and supple voice floats so exquisitely that the Boston Herald felt it “like sorceress music, rings of smoke through the trees and the bells of Rhymney,” while comparing Jenee’s working relationship with new producer Sean McLaughlin to that of Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois for the way it “embedded a tremendous voice in an otherworldly, shadowy soundscape.”

Spot on. With her gift for wonderfully evocative lyrical imagery, delivered with such a compelling voice, it’s easy to foresee that Jenee’s unfettered songwriting will continue to rise — like those swirling rings of smoke — into the expansive sky, and far beyond the edge of the world.

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Acoustic Open Mic with Aaron Tornberg featuring Ben Bunker's Good.Great.Grand.Wonderful - 2:00PM-5:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

 

A new acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

This week features Ben Bunker's Good.Great.Grand.Wonderful. Join us!

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Aaron Tornberg's Acoustic Open Mic featuring Rick Drost - 2:00PM-5:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

A new acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

Rick Drost will be the featured performer. Join us!

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Kirsten Manville featured at Coffee Coffee Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips Appreciated

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Acoustic Open Mic with Alexandru Sabau hosting and featured! - 2:00PM-5:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

A new acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Alexandru Sabau this week, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

Featuring Alexandru Sabau!

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Charlie Farren with Prateek Poddar and Grant Maloy Smith - 7:00pm-10:00pm
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $12 Advanced Tickets or $15 Suggested Donation at the Door

Charlie Farren

Charlie FARREN has long been known for great songs, great singing, and for outstanding live solo acoustic performances. Charlie captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, soaring vocal, and intricate and distinctive, 'Full Band' guitar style that distinguishes him among the country’s elite musical artists. Charlie’s solo performances have the energy and fun of a rock show, while maintaining in intimacy that makes for an entertaining and memorable evening. It has been said of his solo performances that it’s easy to forget that there is not a full band onstage! Charlie continues to be one of America's most original and compelling musical artists. He takes the stage alone, and leaves the stage with a roomful of new believers.

Charlie FARREN emerged onto the national scene in the early '80s as lead singer and guitarist with THE JOE PERRY PROJECT. In that band Charlie established himself as one
of the hottest young singers to emerge from the Boston music scene, writing the hits 'Listen To The Rock' and 'East Coast, West Coast’ and 'I've Got The Rock And Rolls Again'.

In 1986 Charlie, along with Dave Hull (Joe Perry Project) and John Muzzy, formed FARRENHEIT and released a self-titled debut album on Warner Brothers, produced by Keith Olsen. Three singles from that album, 'Fool in Love', 'Bad Habit', and 'Lost in Loveland', as well as video exposure on MTV, established FARRENHEIT as one of the premier new rock acts, and winning them the opening slot for the sold-out BOSTON Third Stage tour in 1987.

 

 

Prateek Poddar

Prateek is a singer-songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts. He first picked up the guitar in middle school, and began writing songs in college influenced both by classic folk artists such as Simon and Garfunkel and contemporary artists such as Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams. After releasing an EP, "Walking in my Sleep," in 2016, Prateek has finally released his debut single "Emma," described as "a little bit lonesome, a little bit blue, but all heart." (Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots), and available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

 

Grant Maloy Smith

Grant Maloy Smith is an American Roots Singer/Songwriter with a country bent. His songs tell heartfelt stories about real people, and are unfailingly optimistic and forward looking. His latest album "Dust Bowl - American Stories" spent 17 weeks on the Billboard charts, including 10 weeks in the TOP 10 of the Americana/Folk Album Sales Chart, and reached as high as #12 on the Country Album Sales Chart, and #2 on the Heatseekers Chart (across all genres). The album continues to earn rave reviews

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Ruth Hill and Dan and Faith - Songwriters in the Round presented by Mushroom Musicians - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
United States
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Ruth Hill and Dan and Faith Live at the Hearing Room! Presented by Mushroom Musicians!

Ruth Hill:

Ruth Hill, songwriter, singer, and storyteller, is the most recent Grand Prize Winner of the Great American Song Contest! Her latest CD, Reunion of Broken Parts, has been at the top of Folk DJ charts for over 3 months.
Ruth has roots that run deep in the hills of New England. She’s inspired by the gritty joy of growing up as one of 10 kids in a working-class New Hampshire family, where she started singing with her older siblings at community events when she was six years old. Her wandering spirit has taken her from Antarctica, to Bhutan, to Alaska, with warmer stops in between. She writes about real people and the sweetness and sorrow of the world around her. Ruth accompanies herself expressively on guitar, and when she opens her heart and sings from a place of depth and compassion you are compelled to lean in closer.
Although Ruth started singing and playing music early in life, it took her until she was nearly a half century old before she finally found her songwriting voice, a few years later, she gave up her career as a river geologist and began performing and writing full time.
“I don’t regret becoming a fulltime musician so late in my life,” Ruth says, “I’ve had a wonderful life full of rich adventures. But, I am thrilled to be here now! My recent successes have shown me that it’s never to late to learn to believe in yourself!”
Ruth is also the winner of the 2015 Maine Songwriter’s Association annual songwriting contest. Her first CD, The River Beneath Me, was released in 2011.

Dan and Faith:

Dan and Faith are a New England-based husband and wife singer-songwriter duo who describe their music as dream-inspired folk. Daniel Senie (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals) and Faith Senie (mandolin, bass, ukulele, dulcimer, vocals) tap into dreams and everyday life in crafting their original songs.

Raised in New York City and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Dan has been singing for as long as he can remember, including the New York All-City Chorus and Concert Choir. These groups performed in Lincoln Center, Herald Square and were often requested for special events.

Faith was raised in upstate New York where she played piano, was an accompanist for school shows and concerts, sang in her school choir, and also took to acting. She and Dan met Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Their most recent CDs, Simple Grace and Seeking are available upon request. A new project is in the works.

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Aaron Tornberg's Acoustic Open Mic featuring Kirsten Manville - 2:00PM-5:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

A new acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

This week will feature Kirsten Manville. Join us!

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Kim Moberg, Colette O'Connor, and Jane Ross Fallon featured at RISA Songwriters in the Round - presented by Mushroom Musicians - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Aaron Tornberg hosts RISA Songwriters in the Round (with Song Prompts) featuring Kim Moberg, Collette O'Connor and Jane Ross Fallon! 

Colette O'Connor

Singer/songwriter Colette O’Connor performs acoustic guitar/vocal originals that encourage thoughtful dialogue about who we are, what we stand for, and sometimes to inspire our inner child to re-emerge- just for fun. Every eye-twinkle can use an occasional re-charge. Most deeply, O’Connor’s artistry in music is a gentle invitation to empower a sense of greater connection to all life.

Raising four children has helped flavor her music with witty philosophical wisdom; mixed with a touch of fun. Overcoming her own serious health issues, with nutrition, while supporting her family, household, and partner with Multiple Myeloma, has gifted her  performances confidence and positivism.
 
Audiences are invited to hear honesty, tinged with gentle humor—like a conversation between Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell, over organic coffee. There is a timeless style here that melds genres, from jazzy-blues to Americana/folk, woven together by guitar, influenced by Atkins, Harrison, Cotton, and Watson.
Working to Heal, Inspire, and Encourage:
 
While O'Connor's performances encourage everyone, behind the scenes Colette is a strong supporter of women in music.  She publishes, online, Women Singer Songwriter Magazine as a supplemental resource for up and coming women/trans musicians. She hosts a similarly centered monthly radio segment "Notes from New England" as a reporter of women's music and stories on "The Wimmin's Show" broadcast on KZUM FM-HD 89.3, Lincoln Nebraska.
 
O'Connor's second album "I Think I Am" was named top among the 15 of 2016 by NPR station WICN FM 90.5, Worcester, by Nick Noble, host of the popular Thursday night, "The Folk Revival", and nominated for Best CD 2017 Award at Worcester Music Awards, by Pulse Magazine.

Jane Ross Fallon

Jane (Ross) Fallon is a American performer whose smooth, rich voice and well-written songs get noticed. With vocals that have been called “angelic” and “mesmerizing” by Boston's Metronome magazine, her original songs “combine humor, intelligence, and deep musicality with an artfulness that is unusual.” (Wildy's World Music blog).

She has 6 CD’s and two books to her credit. Her newest release, Tangled in a Tree, charted at #4 on the Acoustic Roots Chart and debuted at #8 on Airplay Direct; it was nominated by Limelight Magazine as “Album of the Year” . The Noise in Boston said the album was “the type of music that requires you to leave your cynicism at home . . . pretty, intelligent, expressive.” Her writing came to the notice of well-known Nashville songwriting coach Jason Blume, who commented on both the quality of her songwriting and the beauty of her voice.

Jane recently won the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition in Oklahoma. She also won the Southern Florida Songwriting Competition, the Connecticut Environmental Songwriting Competion, and the New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, just won first place in the Acoustic Guitar Mazazine Lyric Contest.

“Powerful, inspirational, uplifting, delightful and impressive . . . One of the good artists in a sea of soulless clutter.” Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music Magazine.

Kim Moberg

Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Alaskan Native Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. Music has always been an integral part of Kim's life, helping her to 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 students who were taking guitar lessons from her mother. A few years later, she purchased a Gibson Epiphone guitar and taught herself to strum and finger pick to her favorite music by the singer/songwriters of the 1970’s, but debilitating stage fright kept her from pursuing her own dream of becoming a professional performer. In 2014, after a hiatus from music to raise her two daughters with her husband, Kim set out to overcome her stage fright at local open mics and fundraisers. 

Kim's debut CD entitled "Above Ground”, celebrates the achievement of her goal to bring her music out of the basement and “Above Ground"“Above Ground”, produced by Grammy nominated producer Jon Evans, was released worldwide in September 2017. 

Kim’s recent recognitions include: finalist at the Spire Center for Performing Arts Singer/Songwriter Open Mic Challenge; selection by WOMR’s Bob Weiser to perform at the Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) and placing 2nd at the Linden Tree Coffeehouse Winter Potpourri (American Idol Folk), which earned her a co-bill booking with legendary folk artist Bill Staines. 

Kim draws inspiration from both traditional and contemporary musical forms of acoustic, folk, and country genres. She strives to sing stories that evoke contemplation and emotion. A self taught 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.

 

 

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Acoustic Open Mic with Aaron Tornberg featuring Ben Bunker's Good.Great.Grand.Wonderful - 2:00PM-5:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

A new acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

This week will feature Ben Bunker's Good.Great.Grand.Wonderful

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Jon MacAuliffe, April Grant and Amanda McCarthy - Songwriters in the Round - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Come to The Hearing Room to hear three great songwriters presented by Mushroom Musicians!  Jon McAuliffe, April Grant and Amanda McCarthy

 

Amanda McCarthy

Amanda McCarthy is a storyteller compelled to speak the truth. She doesn’t fit in a box and she doesn’t like rules. Blending many influences, her music is undeniably pop, but brings along an alternative rock twist, a dash of Nashville, and the heart of an old soul. She has independently released three EP's - most notably, the acoustic versions of her original songs “Elephant in the Room” and “Bad News” made it to the nomination ballot for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in the category of Best American Roots Performance. She will be releasing new music in 2018 as she plans the release of her debut full-length album.

 

Jon McAuliffe

Jon McAuliffe is an award winning songwriter whose style includes a blend of gospel, folk/rock, classic R&B, and the occasional dip into pop.
 
Jon’s early career includes 2 albums with Warner Brothers Reprise Records label, a staff songwriting position with United Artists Music, several duos, and a number of opening slots for Emmylou Harris, Tim Hardin, The Beach Boys, Charlie Daniels, George Carlin, Patti LaBelle, The J. Geils Band and more.
 
In the 1990s, Jon pulled back from performance and writing to raise a family and to study American music history. As the nest emptied Jon became eager to perform again. Blending a love for what he calls “Folk & Roll” with his gospel roots, Jon’s current music has a certain spiritual tone to it with lyrics that underscore social responsibility and accountability. Presently, Jon plays in the New England area and is often accompanied by his wife, Patti McAuliffe, on vocals and percussion.

April Grant

April Grant is famed for ballads, sea music, and a broad repertoire of poems and folktales. A mainstay of singing circles in the Boston area, she has appeared at the Mystic Sea Music Festival, the Portsmouth Maritime Festival, the late, great NOMAD festival, and the New England Folk Festival. She has told her stories and sung her songs everywhere from the Fire & Water Cafe (Northampton, MA) to the Glenfarg Folk Club (Scotland) and The Story Space (Central Square, Cambridge).

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Crowes Pasture, Ric Allendorf and Rachel Marie Songwriters in the Round - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10 suggested donation

Come hear Ric Allendorf, Crowes Pasture, and Rachel Marie at RISA and Mushroom Musicians presents Songwriters in the Round.

 

Rachel Marie

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. This Bethlehem, PA native has made regular appearances at Musikfest and at the acclaimed folk venue Godfrey Daniels where she has shared the stage with Antje Duvekot and the Kennedys. 

 

Ric Allendorf

Award-winning Massachusetts songwriter, artist/art educator, and sourdough breadsmith; Ric was hooked by the Boston acoustic music resurgence of the 80’s, as well as Canadian, Celtic & British ngerstyle players. He spent his college years in echoing stairwells throughout Boston, honing his guitar skills (phrasing, tunings, and frailing) long before emerging as a songwriter. 

 

Crowes Pasture

Crowes Pasture is the Boston-based acoustic duo of
Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin. The duo brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions, including such artists as Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Ian & Sylvia and the Civil Wars.

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Beth Desombre, Jennifer Evans and Joanne Lurgio - Songwriters in the Round Presented by Mushroom Musicians - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
United States
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Join us for some Great music with Beth DeSombre, Jennifer Evans and Joanne Lurgio presented at the Hearing Room by Mushroom Musicians!

 

Joanne Lurgio

A talented songwriter, combined with her gifted voice and wonderful guitar work, will prompt you to chase your dreams and offer a tale or two about ordinary people who, like her, excel and inspire.

Ready to soar with her latest recording, 3rd full length CD,  Rise from the Storm, released March, 2015
"Joanne is that rare artist that never fails to deliver a great song lyrically, melodically and that voice..that killer voice never fails her"
                          Jack Gauthier producer/engineer 

Named Motif Magazine's 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year, Joanne’s recording, Nothing Remains the Same, named Album of the Year 2010 Motif Music Awards was recorded and produced by Mike Dunbar in the heart of music country, Nashville, TN who states, "Her songs, singing and guitar work, honed and polished in the venues of New England, have brought her to be voted "Best Singer and Songwriter of 2007 & 2011 by Motif Magazine. Joanne has a distinct Americana feel with New England charm. She moves from country to bluegrass, folk and r&b to gospel, all with a bluesy undertone."

Jennifer Evans

A new independent artist, Jennifer Evans is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist with a rich voice. She performs the honed, socially relevant compositions of her songwriter brother, Griff Evans, as well as material by other contemporary songwriters.

“The Last Cheap Hotel,” her recent album, is a lovely and haunting mirror of contemporary culture. While Jennifer sings about being “Rootless,” these songs, all written by Griff Evans, are anything but. They are rooted in a grand tradition of storytelling that is too often marginalized in pop culture. Tales of love, anger, joy and frustration are told through a variety of authentic voices.

Oscar Brand, New York City’s legendary radio host and musician, featured “The Last Cheap Hotel,” on his tribute show to his dear friend Pete Seeger. David Hintz of Folkworld described her CD as “a pure folk album” and writes that “Jennifer Evans is American with roots in Wales and her style balances these styles perfectly... So dig in folk fans, this is the real deal”.

Beth DeSombre

Beth DeSombre (pronunciation: de-SOM-bree) writes songs that are "smart and uplifting . . . focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life" (Sing Out! Magazine), exploring issues from the personal to the political. Her music touches both mind and heart, with insights wrapped in melody and harmony that stay with you after the echoes of the last chorus have faded away. 



Her 2016 CD, I Was Here, was produced by Sean Staples, and includes guest appearances by Tracy Grammer, Vance Gilbert, Laura Cortese, and other music luminaries. Her second CD, At Home in This Town, reached #22 on the folk charts. She has played primarily in New England, with brief forays further afield. Her songs have been honored in national and international songwriting contests. An award-winning writer in many formats, she's just completed her eight book, soon to be published by Oxford University Press.

 

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Banded Starling, Terry Kitchen, and Daniel Martinelli - Songwriters in the Roundg - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10 suggested donation

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Nick Noble featured at Coffee Coffee Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

 

Music has been part of Nick's life since he was an adorable choirboy in New York City almost fifty years ago. For the past eleven years, he has hosted the weekly FOLK REVIVAL program on Worcester Public Radio (WICN), celebrating the great folk music of the past while passionately supporting local musicians today. In 2015 Nick won the Pulse Magazine Worcester Music Award as best DJ in Central Massachusetts (he has, to date, been nominated 7 times). On October 12, 2017, he celebrated his 500th show with a four-hour-plus live broadcast before a studio audience featuring two dozen local New England artists.

An educator for 35 years (he taught history to students in grades 6-12 for 28 years and is currently working in the Communications Office at his alma mater, St. Mark's School in Massachusetts), Nick is the author of seven books-- all on historical subjects-- including "NUMBER #1"  a journey through folk music history (Outskirts Press 2009). Nick also enjoys performing, both as a solo artist and with his ‘faux band”—Wolfpen—at a variety of venues, as well as working at various folk festivals in the summer and fall. He particularly loves to lead audiences in singing, making them honorary members of Wolfpen.

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

The Lied To's with Hoonah (Sarah Smith) - 3:00PM-5:15PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

 

The Lied To's are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014, released their self-titled debut cd at the legendary Club Passim in February 2015, and have been playing together ever since. 

Taking their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, "When Will I Be Loved," The Lied To's (Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler) collaborate to put the challenges of relationships squarely under their musical microscope with a formidable blend of folk, rock and country-tinged music.
 
Susan has been a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the International Songwriting Competition, among others. She also was a Tri-Centric Showcase artist at the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA).  Columnist, Joel Brown, in an article for The Boston Globe noted that Susan has "Some of the wistful knowledge of Dolly Parton at her best."

Doug has had his songs placed on television shows, including CSI , All My Children, The Young and The Restless, Dark Blue, and was an emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  Nick Noble, host of the "The Folk Revival" (WICN, Worcester, MA ) states, "Doug Kwartler brings to the 21st century the passion and perception of the great 20th century folk singers like Woody Guthrie and early Bob Dylan."  Doug is also a respected music producer who owns and runs Hollow Body Recording Studios in Chelmsford, MA.

Susan and Doug's solo websites:

http://www.susanjlevine.com

http://www.dougmusic.com

 

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

April Grant Featured at Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

 

April Grant is famed for ballads, sea music, and a broad repertoire of poems and folktales. A mainstay of singing circles in the Boston area, she has appeared at the Mystic Sea Music Festival, the Portsmouth Maritime Festival, the late, great NOMAD festival, and the New England Folk Festival. She has told her stories and sung her songs everywhere from the Fire & Water Cafe (Northampton, MA) to the Glenfarg Folk Club (Scotland) and The Story Space (Central Square, Cambridge).

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Benjamin Bunker and His Band of Merry Pranksters - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Benjamin Bunker and friends live! Be there!

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Michael Gutierrez May featured at Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come join us for Open Mic featuring Michael Gutierrez May. Play some music while you are here!

 

Michael Gutierrez-May

I am a singer-songwriter who has been focusing on songwriting and collaborations at the moment along with occasional live performances. I have been involved in folk and acoustic music for the past 30 years as a coffeehouse manager, concert organizer and now as a songwriter and occasional performer.

I first became involved in folk and acoustic music in the early 1980's. I have been writing songs since I was 16 years old. I was formerly the manager of Peacock Coffeehouse in Jamaica Plain, Mass. which had an illustrious two and a half year run from February, 1986 to June, 1988. Shortly after the coffeehouse closed, I produced a demo tape of ten songs I had written, performed at some open mike showcases and promptly crawled back into my shell, not ready to do more than just that with my music. Some 25 years later, I created a demo CD of a musical, Tenderness and Joy recorded at Bristol Studios in Boston in 2009. Not much happened with this, but it was fun.

I  now have three albums. My first EP/Album, Fifty Miles Away was completed in May, 2011 featuring five studio recordings with contributions from musician friends near and far away. My second album, Carrots, Geese and The Dead Leprechaun was completed in July, 2012 as a compilation of live recordings. These are some of the humorous songs I have written and it is available as a digital download album. The third album, Firefly In a Jar of Emotion is now available.

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Woody Carpinella, Susan Cattaneo and Mark Stepakoff Songwriters in the Round presented by Mushroom Musicians - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
United States
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

 

 

Come hear Woody Carpinella, Susan Cattaneo and Mark Stepakoff at The Hearing Room playing original compositions. Presented by Mushroom Musicians.

 

Woody Carpinella

Woody Carpinella is a fine guitarist and vocalist who will make you swoon with a pretty tune, cry with the blues, savor a jazz melody, and tap your feet to a rock classic.

After playing all over the country during the 70’s and 80’s, Woody settled down to raise a family. Returning to the music scene, he’s been playing local clubs including Johnny D’s and Ryles and collaborating with a who’s who of local performers.

He has quickly become an in demand performer and supporting musician for many other performers.  Rumor has it he has invited several artists who will be making guest appearances accompanying him during his set.

 

Mark Stepakoff

Boston area singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff is widely admired on the local folk and roots music scene for his trademark mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of songwriters such as Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine, to whom he has often been compared.  He has won numerous songwriting awards and his songs have reached as high as Number 3 on the national folk radio airplay chart. 

 

Susan Cattaneo

Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country. Call it New England Americana with a twang.

Susan’s latest album, Haunted Heart was released in January 2014 to national acclaim. It was voted one of Alternate Root’s Top 100 Albums of the Year, and won Album of the Year at the Limelight Music Awards.

In 2016, Susan was an Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Festival and performed as a finalist at the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and at the Wildflower Festival Songwriters contest. Over the past two years, she has also been a finalist or winner at some of the country’s most prestigious songwriting and music contests: Kerrville’s New Folk Contest, the International Acoustic Music Awards, the Independent Music Awards, the 5 Unsigned Only Song Contest, the USA Songwriting Competition, the Mountain Stage New Song Contest, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.

In addition to being a solo performing artist, Susan has been teaching songwriting at the Berklee College of Music for over 10 years, and has also recently joined the Western Mass trio The Boxcar Lilies.

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Coffee Coffee
Dan and Faith featured at Coffee Coffee Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
NH 03079
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Dan and Faith Live at Coffee Coffee!

Dan was raised in New York City and the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. He’s been singing as long as he can remember. Though he took piano and french horn as a child, those never really held attraction. The singing tradition of Camp Taconic, where Dan spent many summers, exposed him to the music of the folk scene of the 1960s and 1970s, as camp counselors brought those songs with them.

On moving back to New York, Dan became a member of the Manhattan Borough-wide chorus, and later the New York All City Chorus and Concert Choir. It was at All City where he worked under the direction of John Motley.

Faith was raised in Cooperstown, NY. She played piano from an early age and played as accompanist for school shows and concerts, and sang in the school choir. She took to acting in school and in college.

The two met at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute while students. Professional life led them away from music for over 20 years. A song writing workshop series with Maura and Pete Kennedy brought them back to their musical roots. To play the songs they write, Dan picked up guitar, and later harmonica and banjo; Faith picked up mandolin, later added bass guitar, mandola and dulcimer to her talents.

 

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Dan Senie, Faith Senie, and David Hardwick featured - Aaron Tornberg, RISA Songwriters in the Round presented by Mushroom Musicians - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Woody Carpinella Featured at Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

 

Woody Carpinella is a fine guitarist and vocalist who will make you swoon with a pretty tune, cry with the blues, savor a jazz melody, and tap your feet to a rock classic.

After playing all over the country during the 70’s and 80’s, Woody settled down to raise a family. Returning to the music scene, he’s been playing local clubs including Johnny D’s and Ryles and collaborating with a who’s who of local performers.

He has quickly become an in demand performer and supporting musician for many other performers.  Rumor has it he has invited several artists who will be making guest appearances accompanying him during his set.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Michael Gutierrez May, Chuck Williams and Dan Tappan presented by Mushroom Musicians - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

Come hear three amazing songwriters at the Hearing Room. $5 Suggested donation and great camaraderie. Join us!

 

Michael Gutierrez-May

I am a singer-songwriter who has been focusing on songwriting and collaborations at the moment along with occasional live performances. I have been involved in folk and acoustic music for the past 30 years as a coffeehouse manager, concert organizer and now as a songwriter and occasional performer.

I first became involved in folk and acoustic music in the early 1980's. I have been writing songs since I was 16 years old. I was formerly the manager of Peacock Coffeehouse in Jamaica Plain, Mass. which had an illustrious two and a half year run from February, 1986 to June, 1988. Shortly after the coffeehouse closed, I produced a demo tape of ten songs I had written, performed at some open mike showcases and promptly crawled back into my shell, not ready to do more than just that with my music. Some 25 years later, I created a demo CD of a musical, Tenderness and Joy recorded at Bristol Studios in Boston in 2009. Not much happened with this, but it was fun.

I  now have three albums. My first EP/Album, Fifty Miles Away was completed in May, 2011 featuring five studio recordings with contributions from musician friends near and far away. My second album, Carrots, Geese and The Dead Leprechaun was completed in July, 2012 as a compilation of live recordings. These are some of the humorous songs I have written and it is available as a digital download album. The third album, Firefly In a Jar of Emotion is now available.

 

Dan Tappan

After nearly 30 years as a software engineer, Dan Tappan tired of working for corporations and decided to find other outlets for his creativity. With a lifelong love of folk music, he decided to get serious about playing and started participating in the local open mike scene. Eventually Dan discovered that crafting lyrics and melodies tickled the same creative brain as designing software and he began writing his own songs.

Dan writes vivid, lyrical songs steeped from snippets of life, seasoned with dashes of humor, a dusting of philosophy, and an occasional pinch of pathos. 

Dan’s songs are generally not autobiographical. However, he has been known to write about himself in the third person, and sometimes wonders how many people actually read all the way through web site bios.

 

Chuck Williams

Chuck Williams has been appearing throughout New England and in recent years has gone coast to coast with his music. Raised in Toledo, Ohio, Chuck has lived most of his adult life in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, moving to the Buzzards Bay shoreline in 2002.  His writing has been gaining notice throughout song circles and he has earned several awards for his finely tuned craft. He can take you on a journey that makes you think, smile and at times want to cry. He has been traveling to coffeehouses, performing arts centers and festivals sowing seeds of his songs along the way.

Chuck's lyrics and melodies are a musical journey reflecting emotions of everyday life brought to you through the stories within his songs. If you feel his style is rooted in the American folk-rock tradition, you would be on the right path that leads to this musician’s memorable songs. 

Rhode Islands Motif Music Awards has nominated Chuck as Singer/Songwriter of the Year ('07, '08, '09, ‘11), for Album Of the Year ('07, '08 and ‘10) and Best Folk Act (’07, ‘12).

Chuck has had the pleasure of opening for national touring artists such as Cheryl Wheeler, Kelly Joe Phelps, Rod McDonald, Steve Forbert, Pegi Young & the Survivors, Jimmy LeFave, Beau Coup Blue, Claude Bourbon and Michael Troy.

Chuck is the President of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association. He is also a member of Folk Alliance, NERFA and ASCAP

Williams employs a voice that resembles Neil Young's with the edges rounded-off. There seems to be a proud and strong tradition of folk music speaking truth to power within his tunes.  Don DiMuccio, Motif Magazine

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Coffee Coffee
Mark Stepakoff featured at Coffee Coffee Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
NH 03079
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips Appreciated

Mark Stepakoff live at Coffee Coffee Open Mic!

Boston area singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff is widely admired on the local folk and roots music scene for his trademark mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of songwriters such as Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine, to whom he has often been compared.  He has won numerous songwriting awards and his songs have reached as high as Number 3 on the national folk radio airplay chart.  

Mark performs frequently in the Boston area. He has headlined on a number of occasions at Cambridge's legendary Club Passim, and has also headlined or been featured at (among many other venues) Johnny D's, the Burren, Tupelo Music Hall, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, and the Center for Arts in Natick, where he hosts the bi-weekly folk open mike.  Mark has also appeared on WCVB/Channel 5's "Chronicle" program and New England Cable News' "Coffeehouse" program.  Among the artists he has opened for are Bill Morrissey, Steve Forbert, Buskin & Batteau, Christine Lavin, Cheryl Wheeler, Don White, Kevin So, Geoff Bartley, Claudia Schmidt, Susie Burke & David Surrette, and the James Montgomery Band.

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Ric Page and Robin Bornstein Live! - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
United States
Price: $6 Suggested Donation

 

Ric Page's music can be found at https://m.soundcloud.com/user-392197618

Robin says this about her performances and work with Ric:

I've always loved performing, whether it was acting in theater,  standup comedy,  emceeing music festivals or singing.  I love it all!  However,  it took a while to get over my stage fright with singing,  but with the support of my friends,  I've become quite confident.  I've always written.. I wrote poetry in my younger days,  in fact, the first song I wrote was originally  a poem. Then a short story,  monologues for auditions and now songs.  It's very therapeutic! Ric has been a driving force in my musical journey ever since I met him at an open mic a few years ago.  I'm very grateful for him and all my musical friends!

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

John Ferullo featured at Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come Join us for Open Mic Featuring John Ferullo!  Play a few songs while you are here!

 

I have been playing my own songs  and other's  folk and acoustic music in coffee houses, restaurants, festivals, bars and anywhere else for about ten years. I also run an open stages in the area where I get to meet many wonderful musicians.  My music is influenced by Woody Guthrie, Bill Morrissey, Steve Goodman, Greg Brown, John Hurt and others. 
I play solo and sometimes in a duo called "Two Cat Folk" with the talented Betsi Mandrioli. I have a solo CD and one in process and also a CD with my duo Two Cat Folk. 

I started playing guitar when I was about 14 years old.  My neighborhood friends were mostly into rock and roll and heavy metal so I thought I wanted to play that. That was until I heard Steve Goodman's first album. I knew then that  I wanted to learn songs that had content and melody like the songs Steve played.  From Steve Goodman I found John Prine and Tom Rush. Then life took over. I finished college, started a family and a career.  Sometime in the early 80's I went to a Tom Rush showcase  at a local theater. Part way through the show this guy gets up there who looked like a kid in his father's oversized coat.  He sang a song about a hobo camp in Barstow. He was a fairly young guy with the voice of a much older, more grizzled, man.  Bill Morrissey deserves to be counted amongst the best of American literature. The stories and characters in his songs made me want to write songs so I started learning how.   

I started attending open mikes in the 90's and started one of my own in 2001. Since I have done several open mike features and shows as a solo and in my duo. 
My music has been described as “about important things with his stories about seemingly small things”. I like to write stories about regular people.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Dan Cloutier featured at Coffee Coffee Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips Appreciated

Dan Cloutier Live at Coffee Coffee Open Mic! 

On January 21, 2017, Dan released his long awaited album “The Battle of Greenland.”  He is thrilled with this music, and the concert will be at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA.

On October 15, 2011, Dan Cloutier released his third CD: “Blind Willie’s Lighthouse.”  This collection of songs is a thematic journey dealing with the gospel blues legend Blind Willie Johnson and Dan’s native New England. It is also his strongest effort to date.

Worcester Magazine published a rave review of Blind Willie’s Lighthouse, saying, “Dan Cloutier’s latest CD is a beacon in the storm.  It is an inspiring collection of original songs by Cloutier, chronicling his love of New England, depicted by stormy seas, crashing waves and seagoing captains, along with tales of love and faith. Cloutier’s gift for storytelling is apparent in the richness of his tales.”

Dan could not be prouder of how this group of songs turned out. There are fast paced folk anthems, sweet tremolo electric jams, and quiet story songs.  We know people will fall in love with “Blind Willie’s Lighthouse.”

Dan is also making a name for himself as an important live act by selling out rooms in the greater Boston area including the famed Club Passimand The Amazing Things Arts Center. He has also had the honor of opening for such legends as John Hiatt, Richie Havens, Ellis Paul, and John Gorka.

Supporting local music is another of Dan’s passions.  He is a co-founder, along with singer-songwriter Kim Jennings, of Worcester’s Birch Beer Records, and Facebook’s “I Support Local Music in Massachusetts” with over 10,000 fans.  As the INsite Boston Magazine stated, “On and off stage one can be proud to be a fan of Dan and look forward to another great year from this rising star.”

 

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Lindsay Newton Dodd, Grant Maloy Smith, Peg Espinola at Mushroom Musicians Presents - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
United States
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

Three great songwriters play their favorite compositions - Songwriters in the Round.  Lindsay Newton Dodd, Grant Maloy Smith, Peg Espinola

Join us at The Hearing Room for a great night of music! Presented by Mushroom Musicians.

Grant Maloy Smith

Grant Maloy Smith is an American Roots Singer/Songwriter with a country bent. His songs tell heartfelt stories about real people, and are unfailingly optimistic and forward looking. His 2017 album "Dust Bowl - American Stories" is earning rave reviews, including one from NO DEPRESSION, the bible of American Roots music:

"A heartland masterpiece .... lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie ... Sent chils down my spine ... Grant is flawless ... Bound to become a classic ... Grant's ability to capture the heartland in his music is amazing ... A reminder of the darker period of Bob Dylan, and it’s that good, that memorable ... Grant Maloy Smith at his cleverest..."
~John Apice, No Depression Magazine

 

Lindsay Newton Dodd

Lindsay’s music is a blend of dreamy folk/pop with infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Her songs echo inspiration from Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, and Emmylou Harris while establishing a unique sound all her own.

 

Peg Espinola

 Peg was playing guitar and singing folksongs at age fifteen (with fellow teenagers Peggy and Mike Seeger) but didn't start to write her own songs until her 60's.  Four years later, one of her songs placed third in the Boston Folk Festival songwriting contest (2007). Since then she has recorded four CDs, including the latest, "The Truth About Eighty." Her albums mix the personal with the topical, and reflect a wide variety of musical influences. Local open mic host Ellen Schmidt calls Peg's songs "honest, humorous, wistful, wise and hopeful." Christine Lavin says, "Peg is the real deal!"  Billy Jonas adds, "Great melodies!" Peg has appeared live on WICN and WMWM as well as on cable TV in Sudbury and Hopkinton.

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Ric Page and Robin Bornstein Live at Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Ric Page's music can be found at https://m.soundcloud.com/user-392197618

Robin says this about her performances and work with Ric:

I've always loved performing, whether it was acting in theater,  standup comedy,  emceeing music festivals or singing.  I love it all!  However,  it took a while to get over my stage fright with singing,  but with the support of my friends,  I've become quite confident.  I've always written.. I wrote poetry in my younger days,  in fact, the first song I wrote was originally  a poem. Then a short story,  monologues for auditions and now songs.  It's very therapeutic! Ric has been a driving force in my musical journey ever since I met him at an open mic a few years ago.  I'm very grateful for him and all my musical friends!

 

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Entangled Strings Live! - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $6 Suggested Donation

Entangled Strings'  lineup features Sharon Pangaro, Liz Kantz, David Greenwood, Steve MacDonald, Butch Brodeur, and Nick Pangaro. Together they emphasize tight harmonies and melodic wanderings on a variety of stringed instruments while playing folk, country and Americana songs. Each player is a veteran of the local acoustic music scene, having played in prior string bands and community events. Their songs reflect the times and trials of everyday people navigating the paths and choices of life on earth. 

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Bill M featured at Coffee Coffee Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Bill M. (imjustabill.com) is a regular host and performer at Coffee Coffee in Salem, New Hampshire. As a musician and solo artist, he performs selections from a diverse repertoire of songs spanning the entire 20th century, whether on the ukulele, mandolin, bass guitar, or harmonica. Bill is also a lover of music theory, boasts a 4-plus octave vocal range, and recently started singing for the classic rock tribute Everstrong (formerly Pitch Black) of Winthrop, MA. 

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Sisterwolf at Sunday Brunch! - 10:30AM-12:30PM
326 S Broadway
NH 03079
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips Appreciated

 

SisterWolf is the marriage of two groups of Boston area folk singers. Worcester DJ Nick Noble created a group named Wolfpen which consists of everyone he's ever sung with. His friends Sandy Haddon, Kathryn Kaufman and Lori Fassman formed a trio they called Sisters in Song. Sisters in Song invited Nick to join them for an outdoor concert in Concord in the summer of 2016, and SisterWolf was born. Sandy is a stellar songwriter and guitarist; Kathryn ornaments Sandy's original songs and covers with well-crafted harmonica accompaniment, and Lori Fassman does fabulous lead and harmony vocals while playing fiddle, dulcimer and other instruments with ease. Nick Noble’s booming bass voice completes their sound. This year Rebecca Tredeau and Peter Long are scheduled to join the group bringing soaring vocals and percussion.

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Mushroom Musicians Presents - Tom Smith, John McDaid and Amy Kucharik - Songwriters in the Round - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $6 Suggested Donation

Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round with Tom Smith, John McDaid, and Amy Kucharik.

Tom Smith 

Tom Smith’s songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever. 

In the words of noted WUMB-FM Boston radio DJ, Dave Palmeter – “Contrary to what a lot of people think, folk music is still a living tradition. It’s a living tradition that feeds on new songs that speak of people’s wants, people’s needs, people’s struggles and people’s triumphs. Tom Smith is more out of the tradition of say Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton than Jackson Browne or Connor Oberst. 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.”

Barbara Kessler writes, “Tom Smith will make you laugh and cry (maybe even in the same song) – a very captivating songwriter and performer.”

Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960’s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over thirty-five years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old.

In Tom’s popular monthly blog The Kitchen Musician, going strong since 2007, Tom uses his music to reflect on modern life.

John McDaid

"A mischeivious guitarist and vocalist with a gift for the inimitable phrase."
— The New York Times 

Okay, so the Times review was talking about the audiotapes included in my hypertext novel, published in 1993 by Eastgate Systems. I've been playing acoustic guitar for 40 years, and have written more than 100 songs — some of which I still perform :). Back in the 1980s in NYC, I had the opportunity to play a Sunday Songwriter feature at the legendary Folk City, and opened for Hugh Blumenfeld at the Speakeasy. In the years since, while holding down a full-time corporate job, I've played a bit at a few sf cons, and with co-conspirator Bill Bly, have recorded (and performed at academic conferences) what might be best called "media theory filk." In January, 2016, I retired early and began getting back to doing creative work...

Amy Kucharik

Amy Kucharik is a ukulele-slinging singer-songwriter based in Somerville, MA. The 2015 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk winner explores the full range of her instrument's capabilities as a tool to convey a complex array of subjects and moods: Whether humorous, topical or intense, she steers listeners away from the ukulele's perception as a merely twee novelty instrument. At the same time, Amy wants her audience to have a good time, and her performances are infused with Vaudevillian charm and an infectious, danceable swing. Her music draws from a range of influences including blues, ragtime jazz, folk, pop and country... as well as aesthetics garnered from film and literature. Amy's catchy, sexy, sometimes haunting songs recount tales of reluctant love, heartbreak, revenge, and grit.

Originally from Southern IL, Amy is the daughter of a trombonist and a pianist/choir director. She grew up playing classical piano and studied french horn from the 6th grade through college, playing frequently in regional honor bands. At Southern Illinois University, Amy studied art and creative writing, ultimately earning her MFA in poetry, meanwhile playing horn in the University Wind Ensemble. However, it was after moving to Boston and through a swing dancing friend that Amy first became interested in the ukulele, the instrument that ignited her songwriting. In 2011, Amy began singing and touring with local artist Greg Klyma, and soon thereafter performing her own shows.

Amy's band, Friends (With Benefits), features a revolving assortment of talented musicians who perform regularly in New England. Their 2013 EP, "Dance Crush Blues," was created as a tribute to their mutual love of the swing and blues dance community. The band was selected to perform at Montreal Bagel & Blues 2014 dance exchange and Boston's Sweet Molasses Blues exchange in 2013 and 2015.

Amy's full-length debut album, "Cunning Folk," was released in 2014. It contains 10 of Amy's originals arranged for a diversely instrumented band featuring luscious vocal harmonies and swirling New Orleans brass.  "Cunning Folk" was nominated for Red Line Roots Album of the Year in 2014.

In 2015, Amy was a winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville Newfolk competition, an honor given to six songwriters selected from a pool of 800 applicants. She toured central Texas with the other five winners, and has been collaborating with several of the Newfolk finalists on future musical endeavors. Amy has also shared bills with Denver, CO-based YouTube ukulele sensation Danielle Ate the Sandwich, as well as Samantha Farrell and Boston Music Award Folk Artist of the Year 2014 Dan Blakeslee. Her song, "Creepy Dead Bug," co-written with Klyma, was covered by Trout Fishing in America (who NPR call "the Lennon and McCartney of kid's music") on their 2013 release, "Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers." Amy also performs as a vocalist with the Dan Fox Foxtet swing band, and her own vintage blues band, Tiger Moan.

Amy has taught beginning and intermediate ukulele classes at CCAE as well as various workshop sessions, and is available for private lessons.

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Banded Starling featured at Coffee Coffee Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come join us for Coffee Coffee Open Mic featuring Banded Starling! Play a few songs while you are here!

Banded Starling

The decade-long friendship between Priscilla Bel and Pete Wason sparked a musical collaboration that is as rich with harmonies as it is with meaning. After playing together in various bands and touring the New England area, the two friends sought out a way to create music that expressed their own creative styles. In May of 2017, the two released a self-recorded EP called Sink In. They entered the doors of Plaid Dog Recording in December of 2017 to record a single called "Isabel." set to be released in Mid-January.

Priscilla's songwriting is influenced by tastes of folk, electronic, acoustic, alternative, and pop. Her voice carries sweet and unconventional melodies with an underlying power and rawness. Her poetic lyrics plant poignant metaphors reflecting spirituality, the human experience, and human relationsips. Pete, principally a drummer, grew up listening to the great rock bands of the 70s and 80s hair bands. He states influences such as Muse, The Police, and Bastille when adding his touches to Banded Starling's sound. Together, they create multifaceted music, at times poignant, at times heart-thumping, and almost always fun. Their hope is that their music energizes, moves, and inspires their listeners to enjoy the full experience of life.

 

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Woody Carpinella Featured at Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Woody Carpinella played in bands during the 70's and 80's all over the country playing all kinds of R&B. Also with local bands playing R&B, R&R, Blues, Jazz,,originals and country. After raising a family, I'm back at it more or less solo.

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $6 Suggested Donation

Sweet Wednesday and Allison Rose live at the Hearing Room - Songwriters in the Round!

Sweet Wednesday

www.sweetwednesday.com   info@sweetwednesday.com

617-834-3161 

Dave Falk and Lisa Housman, recipients of multiple songwriting awards, perform original songs about adventures, standing up for what you believe in, and those crazy mermaids you're bound to encounter after being out on the ocean for too long.

With beauty, humor, and passion, Lisa and Dave get audiences laughing, dancing, and singing along to their unique story-songs.

The pair share lead vocal duties and harmonies, with Lisa on guitar, and Dave lending his own brilliant style to the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, and violin.

Sweet Wednesday has been featured on over 100 radio stations and television shows, and toured nationally and internationally.

Check them out at:

http://www.sweetwednesday.com

Allison Rose

allisongmusic.com
argiuliano@gmail.com

401-954-2600

Allison is a Rhode Island native singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is turning heads in her local music scene with heartfelt lyrics, her pure voice, and a solid serving of humor and sass.

A classically-trained pianist and vocalist, Allison grew up on piano lessons and choir rehearsals, eventually choosing music as her college minor.

Lately she's been popping up at open mics and venues such as Providence RI's Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, Pomfret CT's Vanilla Bean Cafe, and Tiverton RI's Sandywood's Center for The Arts. She was one of four finalists in the Rhode Island Songwriter Association's 2015 Performing Songwriter Competition, a top 10 finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival’s 2016 Songwriter Competition, and a top 3 Finalist in the Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s 30th Anniversary Songwriting Contest (2016). She released her debut CD, “Hope,” in November 2016.

Allison gives back to her community as a volunteer and board member of a RI-based nonprofit organization, RISING, which serves young adult and beginning songwriters and musicians by providing music education, mentorship, and performance opportunities. She is involved in the CREATORS expressive arts program with PeaceLove studios—a wonderful organization that seeks to help people create peace of mind through expressive arts and storytelling, as well as to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Allison is a mommy to two beautiful children and by day has a fulfilling career as a mental health counselor. Aside from music, Allison is a photographer, and enjoys the ocean, a comfy bed, and dropping a good F-bomb.

 

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Coffee Coffee
Caelin Graber and Mark Abare featured at Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
NH 03079
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come hear Caelin, founder of The Hearing Room perform her eclectic mix of originals and covers on guitar and fiddle, with Mark Abare, bluegrass banjo expert and all around musical guy. Play a few of your own songs before the feature!

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

David Haverty's Rock N Roll Extravaganza - 7:00pm-10:00pm
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $10 suggested donation

 Join us for Mushroom Musicians Presents Kevin Haverty and Friends.  Be there! $10 Suggested Donation. An amazing deal for an amazing evening of entertainment! Support your local artists!

 

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Beth Desombre Featured at Open Mic - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come join us at Coffee Coffee for Open Mic featuring Beth Desombre! Come play a few tunes before the feature!

Beth DeSombre (pronunciation: de-SOM-bree) writes songs that are "smart and uplifting . . . focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life" (Sing Out! Magazine), exploring issues from the personal to the political. Her music touches both mind and heart, with insights wrapped in melody and harmony that stay with you after the echoes of the last chorus have faded away. 



Her 2016 CD, I Was Here, was produced by Sean Staples, and includes guest appearances by Tracy Grammer, Vance Gilbert, Laura Cortese, and other music luminaries. Her second CD, At Home in This Town, reached #22 on the folk charts. She has played primarily in New England, with brief forays further afield. Her songs have been honored in national and international songwriting contests. An award-winning writer in many formats, she's just completed her eight book, soon to be published by Oxford University Press.

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Allison Rose Sunday Brunch Concert - 10:30AM-12:30PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come enjoy Sunday Brunch with singer-songwriter Allison Rose!

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Open Mic Featuring Hana Kahn - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come to Coffee Coffee Open Mic Featuring Hana Kahn. Play some Music while you are here!

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Ric Page Sunday Brunch - 10:30AM-12:30PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come Join us at Coffee Coffee for Sunday Brunch with Ric Page!

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Open Mic Featuring Sandy Haddon - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come to Coffee Coffee Open Mic featuring Sandy Haddon. Play a few songs while you are here!

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Sweet Wednesday Sunday Brunch Concert - 10:30AM-12:30PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free

Come have some delicious Sunday Brunch to the Sweet Sounds of Sweet Wednesday!

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Open Mic Featuring Jeff Clark - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come Start the New Year with Coffee Coffee Open Mic Featuring Jeff Clark! Play a few songs while you are here!

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Ergo Canto with Tom Hanlon and Leslie Bryant - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

Ergo Canto ("Therefore We Sing") is a popular musical duo combining vocals by Paul Beck and Leslie Bryant with Paul's melodic guitar styling and Leslie's multi-instrumental talents on flute, fiddle, and harmonica.  Paul and Leslie's original songs are engaging and thought provoking, and their covers run the gamut from blues to traditional folk. Their third CD, "Thunder," is available on cdbaby and iTunes.  They can be reached through their website at ergocanto.org or on Facebook at fb.com/ErgoCanto.

Tom Hanlon's seamless songwriting and intricate guitar-work have delighted audiences

for years! In 2012, Leslie teamed up with Tom and has added an
extra dimension with her harmonies & instrumental support be it on flute,
harmonica or fiddle. The title track from their new CD, This Train, was a finalist
in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards. 
Tom and Leslie are currently No 1 on the Reverbnation Charts for Boston.
For more information on Tom & Leslie please check out their website at

 

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Ric Page, Sandy Haddon and John Ferullo - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
United States
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

Join us for Mushroom Musicians Presents - Songwriters in the Round! This month’s performers are John Ferullo, Sandy Haddon

Ric Page. Be there! $5 Suggested Donation. An amazing deal for an amazing evening of entertainment! Support your local artists!

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Open Mic Featuring Lindsay Newton Dodd - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Come join us at Coffee Coffee Open Mic Featuring Lindsay Newton Dodd. Play a few songs too!

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

Open Mic Featuring John Murphy and Dave - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Join us at Coffee Coffee Open Mic featuring John Murphy and Dave Mercier. Play a few songs while you are here!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Open Mic Featuring Amanda McCarthy - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Amanda McCarthy Featured at Coffee Coffee Open Mic. Join us and play a few songs as well!

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Open Mic Featuring Sweet Wednesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 S Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
United States
16034582253
Price: Free - Tips Appreciated

Sweet Wednesday is Lisa Housman and Dave Falk, a fantastic duo performing original songs. Join us and play a song or two during open mic as well.

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Open Mic featuring Ric Page - 6:00PM-9:00PM
326 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
Price: Free - Tips appreciated

Ric Page is Featured at Coffee Coffee Open Mic.

Friday, December 1st, 2017

A Duality of Duos - Dan and Faith Senie, Nick and Sharon Pangaro - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

Dan and Faith Senie, Nick and Sharon Pangaro Live!

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Diane Battistello, Caelin Graber and Aaron Tornberg - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

Diane Battistello, Caelin Graber and Aaron Tornberg - Songwriters in the Round!

Friday, October 6th, 2017

BEDS with Kate West and Hoonah - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

Hear some great originals from local singer/songwriters!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Bill M and Santino - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

Hear some amazing Led Zeppelin covers and other things!

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Mushroom Musicians Presents: Darlene Bosell at The Hearing Room - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

Darlene Bosell Live at the Hearing Room!

Aaron's Music