Every Studio Suite at the SpringHill Suites Hotel in Peabody includes luxury bedding by Marriott, mini-fridge & microwave. Enjoy free internet access, breakfast buffet, cable TV with HBO, indoor pool and whirlpool. Located North of Boston near Salem & Gloucester.
Marblehead Massachusetts is a picturesque coastal town that is steeped in history. In its early years fishing and the shoe industry were Marblehead's two major sources of income. Today it is mainly a residential community with some minor industry and a few specialty retail stores and is known to be one of the yachting capitals of the world.
The original painting of "The Spirit of ˜76" is housed in Abbot Hall and visitors come from all over the world to see it. Visitors also come to view the scenic harbor and the narrow crooked streets in the Historic district that is lined with antique Colonial and Victorian buildings.
The town of Marblehead offers residents and visitors a series of events during the course of the year that include an arts festival and a tall ships cruise. Also offered are jazz concerts and a Christmas walk.
Toastmasters Leadership Institute is training session club officers attend twice a year. The training allows officers to earn credit that counts towards their clubs Distinguished Club Program, create a great club atmosphere, as well as develop leadership skills and learn best practices for running a Toastmasters club. In addition, officers have the opportunity to network with Toastmasters from our over 180 clubs in District 31.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Snacks and beverages will be provided.
When: Feb 6, 2014 5 PM to Feb 6, 2014 9 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 0.00 Admission Ticket 0.00
ABOUT SUSAN WERNER "One of the most innovative songwriters working today." Chicago Tribune "(Werner is) a songwriter and musician who is in such complete command of her gifts that it's almost scary." All Music Guide "When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner's only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon." No Depression "Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song." The New Yorker "Vulnerability has rarely been so witty or concise in modern song." Boston Herald "Always an impressive songwriter, Werner continues to compose sharp, funny, compassionate lyrics, a gift rare enough to set her apart..." The Washington Post "The classically trained and jazz inspired singer is redefining the genre and winning admirers around the country..." Phildelphia Inquirer "Kicking The Beehive is evidence that Susan Werner has no trouble reinventing herself year after year; and she's damn good at it." Performer Magazine "Werner has quietly risen to the elite of American songwriters." Direct Current "This woman is great. period." Music Row (Nashville) http://www.susanwerner.com/ --------- Jim Trick Covered in blood and screaming are not descriptions typically applied to life coaches or acoustic musicians. This however is exactly how Jim Trick began his career as a performer. The community theater production of The Wizard of Oz was underway. Jim's chubby eight year old thighs were crammed sausagely into a pair of yellow tights and he and the other two "lollipop guild" munchkins were about to take the stage. Heart pounding and palms clammy he stepped into the light. At that precise moment his tiny nose began to bleed so profusely as to evoke gasps from the audience and to launch him into a complete meltdown. Fast forward 32 years and you will find that Jim's thighs are still chubby. He has not worn tights again and virtually never gets nosebleeds. He has however evolved into a magnetic and engaging performer songwriter, speaker and life coach. For the last twenty years Jim has melded his original brand of alt-folk / solo acoustic rock with motivational life lessons taught and sung at retreats all over the country. Jim's concert appearances are intimate and with disarming humor and transparency Jim is able to instantly connect with his audience. As a life coach, Jim works one on one with individuals who are working towards greater freedom and fulfillment in life and business. Jim's fourth and most recent release is entitled Jim Trick Buying the Field was produced by Thomas Eaton (Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul) and features a wonderful array of players including Duke Levine, Maeve and John Curtis (Pousette Dart, Patty Griffin)
When: Mar 28, 2014 8 PM to Mar 28, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 25 USD (Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20 )
Five O'Clock Shadow is an a cappella group from Boston, Massachusetts, that has been in existence since 1991. The band has performed on FOX News, A&E Network, ABC, ESPN and VH-1's "breakthrough" series. They have released 4 cassettes and 5 CDs, winning many Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards. Currently, the members are: David Stackhouse, vocals, vocal percussion, bass. As "Stack", as he is commonly known, does both the beats (vocal drums) and the vocal bass line simultaneously, he is also a "beatbass", a termed he has coined. He is also one of the few users of the specialist neck microphone known as a "thumper", by VOCOMOTION that accentuates only the low frequencies below 125 Hz emitted from within his neck. Paul Pampinella, baritone. He is also a member of jazz a cappella group Vox One and also currently teaches voice at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Dan Lennon, tenor. Oren Malka, tenor. Caleb Whelden, tenor. Gary Gustavsen, tenor. Gary is the newest member and sings as a substitute for others. www.http://focs.com/ ---- Luminescence (from Marblehead High School) opens
When: Feb 14, 2014 8 PM to Feb 14, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 20 USD (Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20 )
The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. The Steel Wheels is an amalgamation of hard work and easy rapport. The band is renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they often cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler's unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker's lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel's grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp's signature mandolin style, and it's no surprise that The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene. Their breakout album, Red Wing, garnered critical praise and enjoyed tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 Chart, where it reached the number 15 slot, and cracked the Euro Americana Chart top 10. Red Wing ranked 70th out of the top 100 Americana albums of 2010 and second out of all independent releases (Americana Music Association). The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with "Nothing You Can't Lose" taking top honors as Best Country Song. The Steel Wheels continue to take the Americana scene by storm with their latest album, Lay Down, Lay Low, which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMA's Top 40 Chart. NPR named "Rain in the Valley" their Song of the Day, marveling that the "heavy hymn  is sparse and dense all at once." Already celebrated as the darlings of Merlefest 2012, the band looks forward to further accolades during a phenomenal festival line-up. As the band thrives, so do their partnerships with local businesses, artisans, and charitable organizations. The values portrayed in their musicdevotion to roots, community, and familyare a way of life for The Steel Wheels, and this is reflected in everything from production process and booking agency to merchandise and touring. For the past three years, they have performed an annual SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one gig to another via bicycle and blog about their adventures. Last year's tour spanned 11 days, 550 miles, and 10 shows. This year's tour included multiple charity rides, such as Lose The Training Wheels, Charity Ride for Kids, and Wheels Up for Cory. The band's merchandise represents a host of grassroots connections to people and businesses. Lucas Roasting Company, located just outside of Harrisonburg, created "Halfway to Heaven" dark roast coffee in honor of their friends The Steel Wheels. Blue Mountain Brewery, located on Afton Mountain in Virginia, hosted the band when they were just getting started and now sells a "Steel Wheels ESB." The Livery's master brewer rode with the band on their second bike tour and, soon after, created their "Steel Wheels Stout." The band's T-shirts are made in downtown Harrisonburg, and a potter who is a childhood friend of Jay's makes their mugs. Each business is local for the band, and each product is intimately woven into their narrative. The Steel Wheels are proof that music remains a viable and sustaining force for connection in our world. "What sets The Steel Wheels from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia apart from many bands is the combination of their stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies. Eric Brubaker on fiddle, Jay Lapp on mandolin, and Brian Dickel on bass weave in and out intricately throughout this record, painting vivid imagery which flows effortlessly, just teasing the lyrics enough to allow them to resonate within you." Country Standard Time -------- Louise Mosrie opens for The Steel Wheels: 2012 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest Top 3 2011 Telluride Festival Troubadour Songwriting Contest Runner-up 2011 Voted "Most Wanted to Return" Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist #1 Song and #1 Album on the Folk DJ charts - January 2010 www.folkradio.org Winner - 2009 Kerrville Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition. Winner - 2010 Wildflower! Festival Performing Songwriter Contest Louise Mosrie's new album "Home" is a return to her Southern roots. Unlike the pop sounds of her first two albums, the songs on "Home" combine Americana, bluegrass and folk genres drawing on the sensual imagery of the Deep South and carve new melodies out of old ideas and stories. Louise creates a world of lush detail and wide-open emotion through her lyrics and vocal delivery. Her British parents (Dad from Gloucestershire and Mom from Cheshire) emigrated to the U.S. in the 60's for work and finally landed in middle Tennessee. As a child, Louise had trouble reconciling the two cultures around her - shunning all things Southern - disliking the accent, the food and the slow sleepy ways of doing things in her small rural town. She couldn't wait to leave the farm behind. Louise began writing pop/folk songs in her early 20s while living in Knoxville, producing two independent albums before moving to Nashville in 2004 to work on her song-craft. There, she made friends and contacts in the Americana and bluegrass side of Nashville, playing rounds and writing with artists like Donna Ulisse & Rick Stanley, Diana Jones and producer Ray Kennedy. Ironically, the melodies and imagery that emerged most strongly in her writing after 2004 came straight from the southern culture she once dismissed. Influenced by artists such as Nanci Griffith, Allison Krauss and Lucinda Williams, her songs tell stories of joy, love, struggle and heartbreak through the vivid characters and scenery of southern life. She now dreams of moving back to the country someday.... Check out: www.louisemosrie.com for preview clips of the new CD and more information.
When: May 16, 2014 8 PM to May 16, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 18 USD (Fri, 16 May 2014 20 )
My name is Lori McKenna. I am releasing my 6th full-length studio record in April 2013. It is called MASSACHUSETTS. I'm a housewife and a townie. I am a songwriter or song chaser depending on the day. A song can be a tricky thing no matter how simple it is. And most songs have a tendency to haunt me. But I believe that blessings come in disguise and that demons do too. And that, if we work it out right, our demons can be our blessings. The long version of the short story is that I've been writing songs since I was a kid. I grew up in a loving and musical family. I got married when I was 19. We have a bunch of kids. When I was 27 someone talked me into playing at a local open mic. By then we had 3 of our 5 kids and those kids unknowingly gave me just enough confidence to try something so out of character. The problem was Boston has a tremendously nurturing music scene, and I fell hard in love with it and they let me in. So I put out some records. I played shows. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw championed my little songs and I made some more records. I was on Oprah with Faith. I played the Grand Ole Opry. I played stadiums and clubs and church basements. And along the way I had a number of people hold me up and help me out. The short version of the long story is that music has provided me with some of the most important and meaningful relationships in my life. I wanted to make a record with some of those people who have been part of my musical life since it's very beginning. It was time to make a record in the community of musicians that gave me the opportunity to learn who I am as a songwriter. My last three recordings were made in Nashville, Tennessee. I love Nashville deeply and if Stoughton, Massachusetts wasn't embedded in my soul I would most certainly live there. But I can't NOT be here in my home state I need to walk on cobblestone every now and then and sit in traffic and look up at the Prudential Building and think of my father working for Boston Edison for 42 years. I need to unfold a Boston Globe on Sunday morning and rejoice in the announcement of a snow day. I live on Dunkin Donuts coffee and Town Spa pizza. I speak the language. And most importantly I know that some of the best musicians in the world live here. And I have the privilege to play with them. I call my band my beloved band because they have stuck by me for years. They are great people and great players they understand my songwriter heart and bring my songs to life the way my hands wish they could. It was time to make this record here with this band. Producer Mark Erelli weeded through about 70 songs before deciding on the 13 songs we tracked live in a barn in North Reading, Massachusetts Chris Rival's Middleville studio. There is the darkness and there is the light: I am drawn to sad songs. I want to make you feel something. I don't necessarily want you to see it coming. I'd like the feeling to surprise you. I think those moments make us feel alive. Make us feel human. Everybody has a sad song in their lives. We all have reasons to sit at kitchen tables under the buzz of that light above the sink. We all have a patch of floor for pacing. We all hold onto something we should let go of. Everybody has a story and every story should have a song. Salt and Shake explore those darker sides. Salt was written around the title some spur of the moment idea that I should write a song called "Salt" and then the hours and hours it took to actually pull it off. It's more angry than sad and was only tracked because bass player Paul Kochanski campaigned for its survival. Right away it became one of my favorite tracks. Shake came one afternoon on my mini-piano the one I can't really play the chorus seemed to write itself so I left it the way it came out. "Time does not waste itself A dream can not wake itself The truth can not disgrace itself An unwritten prayer can not save a lost soul Arms can not embrace themselves A heart can not break itself And I can not shake myself from you" Susanna, written with Troy Verges at 9am over coffee during a stay at a winery in California last summer, is a prayer for a widower. Asking the long gone wife to help him through his afternoons now that she's gone and begging "Susanna, what's he gonna do without you?" Sometimes the light is found in the in between spaces In Susanna, it's whispered to the sleeping widower. In Shouting (written with Barry Dean) it's the reassurance "It ain't that cold out no baby it ain't that dark". And other times the light shines a little brighter as in Love Can Put It Back Together (written with Mike Viola) "You don't have to feel this way Love can make those feelings change". It was written for our shared hometown of Stoughton, Massachusetts. Specifically for the aging and currently vacant Stoughton Theatre. How Romantic Is That is years old a flat out celebration of math-homework, minivans and high-school love that has aged itself into old love. We've played this song at every show I've done since it was written in 2007. It is the story of my life really. And when the hard times come and I'm not sure I can make the chorus sing true anymore somehow at least for now it does and that is remarkable to me. "You still want me, You still love me, You still lay there every night beside me, Every time you walk away from me you come running back. How romantic is that?" We decidedly kept the track list home spun. Which, I admit, isn't hard to do even with 70 songs to pick from. Mark Erelli's musical approach to recording Massachusetts was based around what best fit the lyrics. The core of each song was played live in the studio anything that doesn't sound perfect is because, well, music really isn't ever completely perfect. To me and to Mark the goal was emotion not perfection. If Massachusetts were a book and the songs were chapters, then together they would tell the story of a life. It's not all my life. But some of it may be yours. Or someone you know. Or someone you bought coffee from, or sat next to on the bus one day. - Lori McKenna (February 2013) ----------- Dietrich Strause "Strause's voice is mellifluous; his sound has traces of a young Paul Simon mixed with that Josh Ritter Midwestern wanderlust." Rich Kassirer, Modern Acoustic "He writes poignantly about romance, innocence and the opposite poles of country vs. city life. a first-rate lyricist" Steve Morse, former music critic at the Boston Globe "The songs are beautiful and moving. His subjects and sincere, stripped-down delivery call up all of the modern legends of song craftJeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams, and Jim Jamesand the sentiments linger for days, the ashtray always nearby." Jeff Wallace, My Secret Boston "Dietrich's intricate, feathery-light guitar playing and smooth, clear vocals bring him aesthetically closer to folk than lit-rock, strictly speaking, but lyrically, his bibliophilic style is reminiscent of poetry-prose artists like The Weakerthans or The Decemberists. 'Smart' music can sometimes run the risk of coming off erudite and snobbish, but Dietrich seems like the boy next door who breathes clean, country air." The New England Deli Magazine
When: Feb 28, 2014 8 PM to Feb 28, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 22 USD (Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20 )
A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. "Smither is an American original a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world."Associated Press. Born in Miami, during World War II, Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans where he first started playing music as a child. The son of a Tulane University professor, he was taught the rudiments of instrumentation by his uncle on his mother's ukulele. "Uncle Howard," Smither says, "showed me that if you knew three chords, you could play a lot of the songs you heard on the radio. And if you knew four chords, you could pretty much rule the world." With that bit of knowledge under his belt, he was hooked. "I'd loved acoustic music specifically the blues ever since I first heard Lightnin' Hopkins' Blues In My Bottle album. I couldn't believe the sound Hopkins got. At first I thought it was two guys playing guitar. My style, to a degree, came out of trying to imitate that sound I heard." In his early twenties, Smither turned his back on his anthropology studies and headed to Boston at the urging of legendary folk singer Eric von Schmidt. It was the mid-'60s and acoustic music thrived in the streets and coffeehouses there. Smither forged lifelong friendships with many musicians, including Bonnie Raitt who went on to record his songs, "Love Me Like A Man" and "I Feel the Same. (Their friendship has endured with Bonnie guest-appearing on Smither's record Train Home and, more recently, she invited him to support one of her dates on her current Slipstream tour.) What quickly evolved from his New Orleans and Cambridge musical experiences/influence is his enduring, singular guitar sound a beat-driven finger-picking, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin' Hopkins, layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet (always mic'd in performance). Smither's first albums, I'm A Stranger, Too! (1971) and Don't It Drag On (1972) were released on Poppy Records, home of kindred spirit Townes Van Zandt. By the time Smither recorded his third album, Honeysuckle Dog, with Lowell George and Dr. John helping out, United Artists had absorbed Poppy and ultimately dropped much of their roster, including Smither. Smither made his next record in 1985, when the spare It Ain't Easy on Adelphi Records marked his return to the studio. By the early '90s, Smither's steady nationwide touring and regular release of consistently acclaimed albums cemented his reputation as one of the finest acoustic musicians in the country. His 1991 album, Another Way to Find You, was recorded live in front of an in-studio audience with no overdubs or second takes. This would be the first of two albums with Flying Fish Records. His next recording, Happier Blue, was embraced by Triple A radio and received the NAIRD (now AFIM) award as Best Folk Recording of 1993. Up On The Lowdown (1995) marked the first of a trio of albums to be recorded with producer Stephen Bruton at The Hit Shack in Austin and his first of five albums with roots label HighTone Records. Up On the Lowdown rode the crest of the newly formed Americana radio format wave and sparked considerable interest abroad. A tour of Australia with Dave Alvin and extensive solo touring in Europe led to an expanding global interest in Smither. His song, "I Am The Ride," from this album inspired the independent film, The Ride, for which Smither also composed the original score. In early 1997 Smither released Small Revelations. It climbed the Americana and Triple A radio charts and led to concert dates with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, and the hugely successful, original Monsters of Folk' tour with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin and Tom Russell. Small Revelations also generated several film projects for Smither. Emmylou Harris recorded his song, "Slow Surprise," for the The Horse Whisperer soundtrack on MCA. And his recording of "Hold On" was used in the indie feature film Love From Ground Zero. Smither also shares some insight into his guitar style and playing on two different instructional DVDS, available from Homespun Video. His CD, Drive You Home Again (1999), garnered four-stars from Rolling Stone. And with it, Smither continued to tour world-wide. Shortly after, in 2000, Smither released his one-man-tour-de-force, Live As I'll Ever Be. Recorded in-concert at various clubs and concert halls in California, Dublin, Galway, Boston, and Washington DC, it has proven to be a fan favorite, capturing Smither at what he loves to do: performing in front of an audience. Train Home (2003) was Smither's last record for HighTone and his first with producer David Goodrich. Over a six-week period, basic tracks for Train Home were recorded in the relaxed environment of Smither's home near Boston. Working with new session musicians, the record is simultaneously sparse and assured. Lifelong friend and special guest, Bonnie Raitt, provided backing vocals and slide guitar on Smither's cover of Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row." And Smither's "Seems So Real" from the CD earned a Folk Alliance Award as "Song of the Year." In 2005, jazz great Diana Krall covered "Love Me Like A Man," introducing what is now a blues standard to a whole world of jazz fans. Shortly after, Smither's song "Slow Surprise" was included in the independent film, Brother's Shadow. In addition, Smither narrated a two-CD audio book recording of "Will Rogers' Greatest Hits." Continuing to expand his creative horizon, Smither was invited to contribute an essay to Sixty Things To Do When You Turn Sixty, a 2006 collection of essays by American luminaries on reaching that milestone. In 2009, Melville House published Amplified, a book featuring 16 short stories by notable American performing songwriters. Smither's story Leroy Purcell about a touring musician's encounter with a Texas Ranger is the lead story. With the release of his 12th recording Leave The Light On (2006) on his own imprint, Mighty Albert, Smither began a new label relationship with the renowned acoustic and modern folk label, Signature Sounds. For the recording, Smither reunited with producer David Goodrich and session musicians Mike Piehl, Lou Ulrich and Anita Suhanin. As an added treat, Smither invited good friend and Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Tim O'Brien, along with rising American roots stars, Ollabelle, to add their distinctive talents on several tracks. Smither followed this with Time Stands Still (2009), his most stripped down recording in some time, working with just two accompanists after the same trio had played a rare band performance a non-solo setup required in order to play a Netherlands festival. About the recording Smither says, "We're the only three guys on this record, and most of the songs only have three parts going on. We had a freewheeling feeling at that festival gig, and we managed to make a lot of that same feeling happen in this record." And always wanting to treat his fans well, in 2011 Smither put out two fan projects: a collection of live tracks from newly discovered concert recordings from the 1980s-1990s titled Lost and Found and the rollicking EP, What I Learned in School, on which Smither covered six classic rock and roll songs. All this lays the foundation to this most recent recording, Hundred Dollar Valentine, a studio record of all Smither-penned songs a first for him. With longtime producer David "Goody" Goodrich at the helm, this newest collection sports the unmistakable sound Smither has made his trademark: fingerpicked acoustic guitar and evocative sonic textures meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice. Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for more than 40 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about "the big things life, love, loss in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way." And with Hundred Dollar Valentine, he's at it again. ----- Jonah Tolchin onah Tolchin mesmerizes audiences with his impeccable musicianship, deep resonant voice, foot-stomping rhythms, and lyrical original songs. At age fourteen he fell in love with traditional blues and began playing guitar and harmonica. At fifteen he appeared at Tupelo Music Hall in New Hampshire with blues legend Ronnie Earl, and at twenty he played at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival. Tolchin has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and has a deep passion for the road. He can be heard onDaytrotter, and his rendition of "State Trooper" for the recent Springsteen tribute album Long Distance Salvationhas received high praise from producer Scott Pingetonwho called it "one of the biggest surprises, and one of the highlights [of the album]." Reviewer Garland Harwood recently wrote, "there are few folks south of 25 that can nail Americana, blues and folk with impeccable instrumentation and songwriting the way Tolchin can. It's as if he's a 40 year-old lovechild of a Mississippi Delta blues man and Loretta Lynn" Tolchin's March 2012 release "Criminal Man" has been played throughout the US and Europe and made it to both the Roots Radio Americana and Euro Americana Charts. The album combines the sounds of folk, blues, bluegrass, and Americana music in ten original songs (and one cover by Blaze Foley) dedicated to social change. He is joined on this album by Joe Fletcher, musicians from The Low Anthem, Brown Bird, and others. http://www.jonahtolchin.com/
When: Jan 24, 2014 8 PM to Jan 24, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 27 USD (Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20 )
Jazz sensation Grace Kelly and her quintet perform at Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road in Marblehead, on Saturday evening, December 14 at 7:00 PM. Grace, a multi-talented saxophonist, singer, and composer, was voted Best Jazz Act in Boston for 4 consecutive years, followed by Best National Jazz Act in 2012 by the FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll. She received the Berklee College of Music Superior Musicianship Award, and won Jazz Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards in both 2008 and 2010. Grace has performed at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, the Newport Jazz Festival, and many additional venues in North America, Europe and Asia. All tickets include hearty appetizers and cocktails, followed by two sets of music by the Grace Kelly Quintet and an intermission filled with sumptuous desserts, CD signings, and photo opportunities with Grace. Come with your friends; parties of 10 can reserve a table in advance. For concert and ticket information, contact Susan or Josh at 781-631-2763, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Dec 14, 2013 7 PM in Marblehead, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19 )
Join us around the North Shore community this holiday season for an interactive The Nutcracker Story Hour!
Saturday, December 7 Coldwell Banker in Marblehead, 11:15am and 1:15pm. Participate in this special story hour including holiday crafts, warm apple cider and special raffle prizes. Have your picture taken with a ballerina and then watch BBS students march in the annual Marblehead Christmas Walk Parade beginning at 11:45am.
Monday, December 9 Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill Street, Swampscott, 10:30-11:30AM
Friday, December 13 Wit and Whimsy, 60 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead, 10:00-11:00AM
Follow Clara's enchanted journey from her godfather’s gift of a nutcracker, through the battle of the mice & the toy soldiers, to the magical Land of Sweets with her charming prince. Clara is captivated by the wondrous performances by all manner of magical sweets from graceful Marzipan, colorful Gumdrops and entrancing Arabian dancers, to the classic Sugar Plum Fairy duet. You and your family will love sharing the joy of this special production of the North Shore's own NUTCRACKER.
All tickets will be BEST SEAT AVAILABLE and will be placed in an envelope for you to pick up at WILL CALL the day of the show. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
When: Dec 22, 2013 2 PM to Dec 22, 2013 4 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 20.00 Admission Level 1 22.09
Gypsy Swinging Serenading Firebreathing Circus Freaks! Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It's theatrical and humorous. It's musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired. http://caravanofthieves.com/ Bones of J. R. Jones: http://thebonesofjrjones.bandcamp.com/
When: Feb 7, 2014 8 PM to Feb 7, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 14 USD (Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20 )
The Nields What does a folk-rock sister duo write about after twenty years in the music business; a career which produced fifteen CDs, three books, a DVD, a thriving children's music educational empire, four children and two husbands (one apiece)? The full catastrophe of course. Taken from the line from Zorba the Greek: "I'm a man, so I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe," the Nields sisters have created a powerful, passionate, thoughtful, humorous work that explores the crazy ride that is this insane twenty-first century idea that in a post-feminist world it might somehow be possible for a woman to raise her children, maintain her relationship and career and contribution to her community while tending to her artistic soul at the same time. If it is possible, the Nields come damn close with The Full Catastrophe, their sixteenth album in two full decades of work. Since the heyday of their legendary band The Nields they have strictly reduced their touring to make time to see their kids' piano recitals, soccer games and school pageants while still maintaining a strong presence in the folk world, branching out to writing books and teaching workshops. But coming close in fact, success itself, they insist is beside the point. The point is to surrender to the mess. Lots of women could and should win gold medals for the Great Juggling Act, but what Nerissa and Katryna are more interested in is being present to the bare experience of life, to get out of the whirlwind created by Facebook, iPhones, to-do lists and day planners to notice what a miracle it is to watch life go by. As Nerissa writes in the second track on the CD, "I don't need the good life; I just need life... If you'll see me that way/with my feet covered in clay/I'll meet you back at the fruit tree." The CD itself is a product of immense patience. Always in the past, the Nields have made their CDs in a period of weeks, hunkered together while eating, breathing, sleeping the album. They'd emerge, ravenous for performing, their fingers and voices trained to the tunes. This time was different. They started recording this CD in December 2009. The oldest song was written in April 2006 ("I Choose This Era," by Nerissa for the baby still a few weeks away from being born), and there are others written in the Bush era (most notably "Good Times Are Here," for Nerissa & Katryna's father during Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency). "We had exactly three hours, one day per week in which to work, and that was during a good week. Most weeks someone's child was sick, or Nerissa insisted on going to a yoga class to deal with her wrist tendonitis, or Dave was exhausted from too much fun teaching teens to rock & roll," says Katryna. "Often we had gigs, and on those days we rested our voices for the evening's performance." Kids had birthday parties and play dates and, these days, their own performances. Husbands demanded attention. And then songs needed re-recording because after playing them out for a while, they had grown beyond and away from the basic tracks. So Nerissa wrote more songs. They discarded older ones. They got some help from their friends (Dar Williams, Ben Demerath, Tracy Grammer, Jazer Giles, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers). And finally, over two years later, one late winter day, Katryna sang her last vocal, Dave made his last edit and Nerissa was convinced that all the songs that were fit to print were on the disc. This CD is an offering to everyone who struggles to balance a home life with or without kids or partner with an artistic life, which is to say a work life, for all who labor honorably may choose to do so artistically. The older we get, the more precious both seem to us. Nerissa says, "I could certainly live without friends or family, but I am not sure I would want to. I could let my work go, say goodbye to the muse and my Les Paul, but that would be saying goodbye to joy. We might be happier simplifying our lives, but as Katryna said when we first began this project with the title track, happiness might be overrated. Our cups overfloweth. We choose those cups, and we surrender to the reality that this means many many spills need to be cleaned up." Here's to the mess. That's no small thing. http://www.nields.com/ ------------ Dan Navarro As a songwriter for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated "We Belong") , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb' Mo', Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more... As a recording and touring artist with longtime partner, Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro and since Eric's retirement in 2009, as a solo singer-songwriter increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit... As a singer and voice actor in major motion pictures, television series, commercials and recordings, including the smash hit The Lorax, plus Rock of Ages, Happy Feet (1 & 2), Rio (Oscar-nominated "Real In Rio"), Ice Age (2 & 3), Robots, The Mexican, The Emperor's New Groove, Envy; television series Prison Break, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for Shakey's Pizza, McDonald's, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and hundreds of others... As an activist in Washington on intellectual property, performer and songwriter issues, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition... As a volunteer on the elected and appointed boards of such vaunted musician and performer organizations as SAG-AFTRA, Folk Alliance, The California Songwriters Association and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease, which tragically took Eric Lowen's life in 2012... In 2009, after 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited "Live at McCabe's", backed by his pals from Austin-based Stonehoney. His next album, "Shed My Skin", is slated for release in early 2014. He is the father of a 17-year-old son and a known abuser of acoustic guitars.
When: Mar 7, 2014 8 PM to Mar 7, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 18 USD (Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20 )
THE STORY SO FAR "They're a mighty eight-piece powerhouse...Lead vocals are handled with guts and power by Beth Kaufman, who has a clear, gospel-tinged voice...Miller's songwriting is fantastic, too, channeling straight honky-tonk country one minute and drug-addled mystical blues the next...All the playing is hot." - Stephen D. Winick, Folklorist, Music Critic, Editor, The Huffington Post 4/5/2013 "Raucous Roots...a tantalizing taste of the changes afoot at Caramoor" - Phillip Lutz, The New York Times 3/29/2013 Hailing from the Hudson Valley, Spuyten Duyvil's (pronounced: "Spite + n Dive + l") soaring vocals, traditional jug band energy, slide guitar, incendiary fiddle and Chicago-style blues harp propel the listener on a barn-burning romp through the last 100 years of American Roots music. Recent stops on the journey that began on a front porch with a Bouzouki and copy of Rise Up Singing include the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mad. Sq. Park, The Turning Point, Caffe Lena, Rockwood Music Hall Stage II, and Musikfest. Listening to this joyous seven piece band for the first time is like throwing a cherry bomb into a lake. It wakes you up. Their 2011 release, "New Amsterdam" was a DJ favorite receiving enthusiastic airplay on over 165 stations in 5 countries and a "Top American Roots Album 2011" nomination from The Alternate Root TV. The band highly anticipated follow up, "Temptation" is schedule for release in October of 2013. http://www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com/ --------- Greg Klyma is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, bringing to every stage a catalog of material that assumes his audiences are both smart and able to laugh. His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter. It's the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition. 15 years into a career that has yielded seven albums, dozens of national tours, and the acclaim of folk's most prestigious reviewers, Greg's eager fans paid for his new album. Completing the online fundraising well ahead of schedule, Klyma delivers an emotionally charged blend of fan favorites from recent tours, and plenty of never-before-heard material on his eighth album, Another Man's Treasure. Long known as a passionate and largely positive populist, Klyma's new album showcases an impressively matured songwriting talent. Travelling the perilous landscape of love, Another Man's Treasure admits sadness, anger, regret and profound tenderness. Going beyond the Woody Guthrie/Mark Twain sass of recent years, Klyma shows himself navigating intimacy as a thoroughly modern man. But this blue-collar boy knows when to swallow the heartbreak, and so the album rallies with an equal measure of punky sing-alongs and bootstrap lifters. Solo tracks feature Klyma's adroit guitar and banjo picking, while the band numbers rollick with great energy and a chorus of harmonies, thus welcoming the listener to Klyma's universe: long drives alone full of solitary contemplation, landing somewhere in America to shake the rafters and remind everyone of the love and dedication that keeps us going.
When questioned about his musical heroes as younger artist, Mark Erelli would dutifully rattle off names like Jackson Browne and John Hiattthe sort of emotionally literate lyricist and soulful vocalist to which he was oft-compared. But Erelli would always throw the interviewer a curveball by also listing musicians like David Lindley and Ry Cooder, two sidemen closely associated with Browne and Hiatt's best albums. "As a teenager I sat in front of my stereo for hours, in hopes of learning to write songs like that," remembers Erelli, "but I also tried to learn the guitar solos on those records note for note." Thousands of musical miles later, Mark Erelli now travels his own road that both embodies and challenges our expectations of a singer/songwriter. Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as "the male counterpart to Neko Case." It is a journey that has taken Erelli from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival, stopping briefly along the way to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park. http://markerelli.com/index.php?page=home Erelli still indulges that teenage fascination with the guitar solos, though it has evolved into a career as an in-demand multi-instrumentalist sideman. These days, fans are just as likely to find Erelli backing up Lori McKenna at the Grand Ole Opry, or Josh Ritter at London's Royal Albert Hall, as they are to see a solo acoustic performance at venerable listening rooms like Harvard Square's Club Passim. Some might see chasing both a timeless lyric and an exquisite lap steel guitar solo as mutually exclusive endeavors, but not Erelli. "Every time I accompany a great songwriter, I have the best seat in the house," Erelli explains. "I see how these amazing artists connect with their songs and their audiences from a unique vantage point. For me, every sideman gig is a Master Class, and it makes me a better musician and songwriter." The last year alone has seen Erelli fronting the bluegrass band Barnstar!, backing up Grammy Award-winning songwriters like Paula Cole, or branching into the producer role for Lori McKenna's next record, in between performing solo shows everywhere from New England to Nebraska. For casual listeners that prefer artists who churn out variations on the same theme year after year, Mark Erelli presents a bit of a dilemma. "I don't know anyone who likes just one type of music," counters Erelli. "There are so many people that would jump at the chance to play music for a living. I'm lucky enough to actually get to do it, and I intend to follow it wherever it leads me." It's just that kind of attitude that may someday find a teenager listening intently to one of Mark Erelli's songs blaring out of stereo, trying to figure out how he did it all, and did it all so well. -------- The Hayley Reardon Trio is: Hayley Reardon: Guitar and Vocals Grant Smith: Percussion Eden Rayz: Cello "When you listen to 15-year-old folk singer Hayley Reardon, it's hard to identify what's more impressive: the fact that she's already considered a seasoned folk artist or that she's a national spokesperson for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. In any event, both are laudable facts that dovetail nicely on her debut album Where The Artists Go. Growing up in the fertile and storied folk scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it's obvious that she's been picking up and applying all of the best tips her elders have to offer. While she has a voice and playing ability that suggest someone much older, she writes about issues that are important to younger people, and recognizes her opportunity to make a difference with her music. The title track offers a nice summary of Reardon's mature philosophy. 'The song is about breaking rules and being passionate, bold, and original,' said Reardon 'It's about being proud of all of those things and letting them shine through.' Where The Artists Go is out October 23 on Kingswood Records." -UTNE READER
When: May 9, 2014 8 PM to May 9, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 20 USD (Fri, 09 May 2014 20 )
Chelsea Berry: "A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright, Chelsea Berry is the real thing." -Livingston Taylor Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with incredible edge, power, and finesse. Her presence has been described by listeners as "compelling she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame." Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home on Boston's North Shore. Chelsea has begun to attract the attention of radio stations, magazines, and venues all over the Northeast.. her music, rooted in the genres of folk and rock, has recently taken a turn for alternative rock. The importance of the lyric is still emphasized, but her music (with the help of her truly fantastic band) now chugs along with grooves and beats reminiscent of tracks by Alanis Morrissette, Sheryl Crow, and Florence and the Machine. While Chelsea frequently supports artists such as Chris Isaak, Livingston Taylor, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, and Marshall Crenshaw, she has begun to develop such a strong following of her own in the Northeast that the shows she headlines have begun selling out regularly. Following the success of her last solo release, LIVE in the Moment, Chelsea toured solo to promote the album and then returned to the studio where she recorded her first full-length, full-band album which is scheduled to be released on February 5, 2013. http://chelseaberry.com/news/ --------- T Max: Besides being the editor/publisher of the Noise (New England's longest running music magazine), T Max founded Boston Rock Opera (Jesus Christ Superstar; Preservation Act II; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; S.F. Sorrow), was the musical director of Project Eno, created and performer of the one-man folk-rock opera Why Do We Go to War?, and published Boston Rock 'n' Roll Trading Cards. Singer, songwriter, storyteller, T MAX, has recently released Thinkin' Up A Dream on Dove Records. He weaves his songs into the tales he tells about where he has livedBrooklyn NY, Hollywood CA, Martha's Vineyard MA, Jamaica Plain MA, and Gloucester MA. Previous releases include On British TV (eclectic textured folk rock), Shake (an environmental tale with a score written, produced, and played completely by T Max), and Why Do We Go to War?, a folk rock opera that T Max has performed as a one-man show. To extend the fun off the stage T Max offers membership in his Air Conditioner Clubeveryone says it's so much cooler than a fan club. www.gimmesound.com/tmax --------- Willie Alexander: Willie "Loco" Alexander is an American singer and keyboard player based in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He played with the Lost, the Bagatelle and the Grass Menagerie before becoming a member of The Velvet Underground in late 1971, joining fellow Grass Menagerie alumni Doug Yule and Walter Powers and replacing Sterling Morrison, who had gone off to pursue an academic career. With the Velvet Underground, Alexander toured England, Scotland and the Netherlands in support of then-current album Loaded. After completing the tour on November 21, 1971, in Groningen, the band planned to start recording a new album, but band manager Steve Sesnick sent all of the band but Yule home, presumably to retain maximum control of the product (the resulting album was Squeeze, released in 1973) and effectively ending Alexander's time with the band. After leaving the Velvet Underground, he enjoyed a checkered career, both solo and with his Boom Boom Band, that lasts to this day. In-between, Alexander teamed up with Powers to tour France in 1982 for French punk record label New Rose Records, in 1987 opening for Dramarama and in 2006 for a tour with the legendary Boom Boom band. In addition to his storied music career, in 1994, Willie narrated a local film entitled Middle Street made by fellow Gloucester native, independent filmmaker Henry Ferrini. Willie has also contributed many songs to the soundtracks for Henry's other films. http://www.williealexander.com/ ------ Andy Pratt: Andy Pratt is an American rock music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In the 1970s, he made a number of experimental records that were appreciated by small audiences, and scored a commercial hit with "Avenging Annie." After words of praise from Rolling Stone magazine ("By reviving the dream of rock as an art and then re-inventing it, Pratt has forever changed the face of rock"), he tried a more commercial approach. Having converted to Christianity and settled in the Netherlands in 1987, he continued to make records and perform at big Christian pop music festivals. Pratt returned to Boston after an absence of 13 years in 2004. The continually-prolific Pratt has been trying to make a comeback with a new band as well as solo appearances at regional festivals (such as South By Southwest in 2006). Despite his reputation as a one-hit wonder of the 1970s, Pratt has released twenty studio albums as of mid-2006. The great-grandson of oil magnate Charles Pratt, who founded Pratt Institute, Andy was the son of Edwin H. Baker Pratt, headmaster of exclusive Cambridge, Massachusetts day school Browne & Nichols School (now Buckingham Browne & Nichols), which he attended as well. Later, attending boarding school, he tried to make life more bearable by joining various school bands. Inspired by The Ventures, he played guitar or bass guitar in Bogus Chimes, Zinias, and Vagabonds. Pratt attended Harvard College and was awarded an B.A. inEnglish Literature in 1968 (he missed attending Harvard with Gram Parsons, who had dropped out in 1963 after one semester). Soon afterward, he released his debut album, Records Are Like Life (1969), recorded just after his graduation from Harvard and re-released in 1971 on Polydor. It was not a success. Pratt worked on his music with Boston-area bands Butter (a pun on Cream) and The Chosen Few, with whom he toured Europe. Neither the groups nor his first album were a success outside the Boston area. His family wealth enabled him to build AEngus Studios, where he broadened his knowledge of recording techniques and multi-tracking arrangements in the spirit of Brian Wilson and Phil Spector. Rise In 1973, he signed with Columbia Records on the basis of a demo of Avenging Annie. This song (based on Woody Guthrie's Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd) took 500 studio hours to record, and Pratt's vocals on it range from basso profundo to a maniacal falsetto. The label released Andy Pratt in 1973, which achieved modest commercial success on the strength of its hit single. Roger Daltrey recorded a raunchier version on his solo album One of the Boys. Pratt's version was used on the soundtrack to the film Velvet Goldmine in 1998. After an American tour to promote the album, he was dropped by Columbia. In 1975, his father died and Pratt returned to the musical scene with Atlantic Records. Bee Gees producer Arif Mardin was recruited for a more commercial approach on Resolution. The result is a somewhat bombastic but more accessible record, a far cry from the eerie atmosphere of its predecessors. In 1977, after a final concert for 7000 people in Boston's City Hall Plaza, Pratt was forced to leave the music industry due to a lack of support. European sojourn In 1979, Pratt converted to Christianity and moved to Europe in 1987. Startled by the punk rock wave ("I hate ugly music"), Pratt produced the religious pop album Motives, after which he settled in the Netherlands and Belgium. In 1988 he married a journalist and became active as a social and pastoral worker. In 2004, he was divorced from his second wife and returned to the Boston area. However, he continued his recording activities and performed at festivals and in churches. A solo concert at the former Hippie temple Paradiso in Amsterdam was appreciated by a mere handful of remaining fans, but an undaunted Pratt sang as if he were playing a crowded stadium. Not Just for Dancing (recorded with Stephen Hague) and Fun in the First World were later re-released on a single CD, as was the collection Heaven & Earth from this period. Return to Boston The re-patriated Pratt started a new band in Boston with Sal Baglio (former frontman of '80s Boston band The Stompers) and John Troy, formerly of Pousette-Dart Band; the former joined him (along with Mark Doyle, Tommy Hambridge and Gary Link) on Live at the Village Underground. Pratt was sporadically seen busking at underground train stations. A reunion with his guitar pal Doyle resulted in Cover Me (2002) and I'm All Right the year following, on which Pratt also plays saxophone. The material covered ranges from Gene Pitney's Town Without Pity and The Beach Boys' Don't Worry Baby to The Message by Grandmaster Flash. viral marketing http://viralso.com http://www.andyprattnow.com/
When: Dec 13, 2013 8 PM to Dec 13, 2013 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 18 USD (Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20 )
"'New Siberia' is a special album to me because the songs are wiser," says songwriter Antje Duvekot. "They have an age to them that should resonate with anyone who's struggled through a difficult period and come out better.There's something really sweet in being able to look back on a journey like that, from a darker, younger self to a better, older place." That might not seem like a startling statement from most songwriters. But Duvekot is not most songwriters. For years, her songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism, and street-smart romanticism. Fans will certainly find all of that in 'New Siberia.' But coursing up from beneath the dark, like flowers pushing through stone, is a mature sense of hope, growth, renewal, and love. She sees past the ghosts of a receding past to forge new trails of self-exploration, judging her journey not only by what's facing her, but by how far she's already traveled. Blending uncommonly beautiful vocals with one of the sharpest poetic sensibilities in her field, Duve- kot has a remarkable ability to make us believe she is whispering secrets in our ear, and we know that she believes every word she sings."New Siberia" is her third studio album -- and a masterpiece of the modern folk genre. She assembled it herself with a fresh confidence enhanced by the fan loy- alty displayed on Kickstar ter.com. Again produced by folk legend Richard Shindell, the cinematic en- semble sound showcases Duvekot's bold, sure-footed path through emotional terrain most artists dare not even enter. "Musically, I think I am in the strongest place I've ever been," says Duvekot. "This album is even more personal than the last one, which was pretty personal,'' she adds, alluding to "The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer,'' voted top album of 2009 by lauded folk station WUMB 91.9 FM in Boston.The new record seeps further into the heart. She says "it includes a song about my mother that took me 20 years to write ('Phoenix'), a song about my dreams of making music becoming shattered ('The Life of a Princess'), and a song about not fitting into high school ('Glamorous Girls').'' The theme is a triumph over a difficult past. After being separated from her brother and father at age 13, Antje found herself uprooted from her native Heidelberg, Germany, to Delaware, where her home further fractured, as she struggled to assimilate, lacking English language skills or the familiar cultural sign posts from her youth. But she is more optimistic today, having found love and become an esteemed headliner in the U.S. and overseas as more people discover the power of her intimate music. "What a blessing to have worked with someone as talented as Antje,'' says Shindell, her pro- ducer. "With a voice like hers and songs as good as these, a producer just tries to get out of the way, do no harm, and let the artist speak for herself.'' Shindell played acoustic guitar and gathered a top-notch band to record at NRS Studios near Wood- stock. Band members include drummer Ben Wittman (Paul Simon, Paula Cole, Jonatha Brooke and Rosanne Cash), electric guitarist Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega, Jewel, Chris Botti), and bassist Lincoln Schleifer (Levon helm, Rosanne Cash, Greg Trooper). Folk star John Gorka contributed backup vocals and guest cameos came from mandolinist Mark Erelli and world-class cellist Jane Scarpantoni. The title "New Siberia'' is a metaphor for where Antje is headed. Having sprung from a cold, inhospi- table place, she has moved on but also retained the past that shaped her. "The pain is built-in, but a lot of these songs are life-affirming. I have managed to save myself while staying honest about where I came from,'' she says. A stunning video captures the essence of the title track. Director Asia Kepka tookAntje to a beach in Rockport,MA and created a fantasy sequence.Antje has never looked more mysterious, nor more determined. The most haunting track is "Phoenix,'' in which Antje cathartically addresses her mother: "I rose up like a phoenix, rose up from your ash/ You just turned your back and I'll never understand.'' But there are also welcome moments of comic relief, as on "The Perfect Date'' (about an awkward first date that still suggests true love in the making) and the satirical "Glamorous Girls.'' There's also an imagi- native interpretation of Amelia Earhart's little-known co-pilot, Fred Noonan, and his possible feelings for her ("the Ballad of Fred Noonan"). No one writes quite like Antje, who was influenced lyrically by the very greats -- Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, who are Mt. Rushmore-like figures to her. "Antje is the rare artist who can write about the social and the personal in the same breath,'' says folk icon Ellis Paul. "Her voice has a sound of innocence and naivete which makes razor-sharp insights into the human condi- tion.'' Adds producer Neil Dorfsman, who has worked with Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting: "She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated mel- ody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade.'' And as Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh says, "Antje is the whole package.'' Antje's path has taken many twists and turns, from Germany to the University of Delaware, then to a short stint in NewYork City andVermont,followed by her current residence in Boston.She is of- ten also on the road, stopping at the prestigious Newport Folk and Philadelphia Folk Festivals, the classic radio show "Mountain Stage'' and overseas at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark. She has won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the best new folk award at the Kerrville Festival as well as the Boston Music award for "outstanding folk artist". Her first album, "Big Dream Boulevard,'' was produced by Seamus Egan of Irish-American super- group Solas. Her second, "The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer,'' was produced by Shindell. And now there's "New Siberia.'' As she says, "I've grown and come to a stronger period in my life. I can look back with more optimism than before. I've really come far. I think you can only look back when you're in a stronger place.''
When: May 2, 2014 8 PM to May 2, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 20 USD (Fri, 02 May 2014 20 )
Bill Staines: Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat. For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer", Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer. Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic." Bill's music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land. Many of Bill's songs have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals, and scouting campfire songbooks; he is one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the classic song collection, Rise up Singing. Composer David Amram recently described Bill as "a modern day Stephen Fosterhis songs will be around 100 years from now." Over the decades, you have heard Bill singing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, HBO's award winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio's Mountain Stage. Additionally, his music has been used in a number of films including Off and Running, with Cyndi Lauper, and The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles' debut as a writer- director. In 1975, Bill won National Yodeling Championship in Kerrville Texas. Another important recognition was given to him in 2007. Presented by the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association, The Jerry Christen Award recognized Bill's contribution to New England folk music. Currently, Bill has recorded 26 albums; The Happy Wanderer and One More River were winners of the prestigious Parents' Choice Award, taking a gold medal and silver medal respectively. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, The Highwaymen, Mason Williams, Grandpa Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough and others. As well as recordings, over 100 of Bill's songs have been published in three songbooks: If I Were a Word, Then I'd Be a Song, Movin' It Down the Line, and Music to Me, the latter published by Hal Leonard Corporation. His song, All God's Critters, has been recently released as a Simon and Schuster children's book with illustrations by Caldecott honor-winning artist, Kadir Nelson. "Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I've always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs." With these thoughts, Bill continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old. Sally Rogers: Sally Rogers performs an evening of traditional, contemporary and original ballads and song, interwoven with stories taken from her life as a performer, a wife and a mother. Throughout her concerts, she accompanies herself on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer, or performs without accompaniment in a voice that needs no further enhancement. Reviewers have described her voice in superlatives ranging from "remarkable" to "mesmerizing." As one critic summarized, "it's really next to impossible to do justice to a voice of that quality." Much of the material performed by Sally includes compositions of her own, many of which are considered classics of the folk and popular genre. Rogers began her career as a full-time touring musician in 1979, after encouragement from Stan Rogers, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter. That was followed by an invitation from Garrison Keillor to appear on A Prairie Home Companion. She appeared more than a dozen times on that show, which launched her performing career. Her travels have since taken her to Europe, China, Hungary and Poland, England and Scotland and across the United States. Sally has released thirteen albums, not including several collaborative projects with other artists. Her first album, The Unclaimed Pint, has stood the test of time and continues to be a big seller. Her second album, In the Circle of the Sun, received the Best Folk Album of 1982 award from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD). Her 1987 album, Closing the Distance, recorded with fellow singer/songwriter Claudia Schmidt, was voted by many public radio stations throughout the country as among the ten most popular albums of the year. Sally reached a new audience with her first children's recording, Peace by Peace, in the spring of 1988. As one of the first albums to introduce children to the concept of peace on a day to day basis, Peace by Peace received wide critical and popular acclaim. Sally's second children's album, Piggyback Planet: Songs for a Whole Earth (Round River Records), featuring environmental songs for children, received the 1990 Parents' Choice Gold Award for Audio Recording. Sally's latest recording, What Can One Little Person Do? (Round River Records), offers empowerment to young people, teaching them that each and every one of them is important as an individual. That recording won the 1993 NAIRD Award for Best Children's Recording and yet another Parents' Choice Gold Award. Soon afterwards, Sally released a compilation of traditional and original lullabies for toddlers and infants called At Quiet O'Clock (Round River Records). This recording too has received its share of awards including the NAIRD Award for Best Children's Recording of 1994. In 1994 Rogers released a children's video produced by Academy Award-winning cinematographer George Pickow. Her children's picture book, Earthsong, was published by EP Dutton of New York (the people who brought us Winnie the Pooh). Sally's long-awaited recording for adult audiences, We'll Pass Them On (Red House Records) is her most recent solo endeavor. On this recording, Sally performs half original material and half traditional ballads and songs. Her latest album with Claudia Schmidt, Evidence of Happiness will be released in May 2012. Although much of Rogers' time is spent teaching music in the public schools and being an artist-in-residence these days, she continues to perform in concerts as opportunities arise. Her gorgeous singing voice, boundless energy and good humor are welcomed from coast to coast.
The next-generation of women singer-songwriters pay homage to one of pop music's legendary women singer-songwriters, performing classic songs from Carole King's early days as a Brill Building songwriter to the music from her classic '70s solo albums such as Tapestry and Wrap Around Joy. The lineup includes Brittany Ann, Natalie Acciani, Allie Faris, Kat Quinn, Anna Dagmar, and Meg Braun. In addition to delving deep into the Carole King songbook, each performer will perform one of their own Carole King-inspired originals.
When: Mar 21, 2014 8 PM to Mar 21, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 20 USD (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20 )
David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as "one of Canada's most revered folk poets and singers" (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked. A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released ten albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer. Francey also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as taking home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award. "David's straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day." Shelter Valley Folk Festival David Francey was born in Ayrshire, Scotland where he got his first taste of the working life as a paperboy. At age 10 he was devouring the newspapers he delivered, establishing a life-long interest in politics and world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop of his songs. He was twelve when his family immigrated to Toronto. He says he can trace his love of the land, the history, and the people of his adopted country to weekend family drives exploring southern Ontario. Music played a large part in these family outings. They sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside. Dad and sister Muriel sang melody, while mother and David sang harmonies. His attachment to Canada grew with travel. He hitched across the country three times, then thumbed his way to the Yukon. This attachment surfaces in his songs of rail lines, farms, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. He grew to understand the people while working in Toronto train yards, the Yukon bush, and as a carpenter in the Eastern Townships. These experiences colour his first CD, Torn Screen Door, with songs like Hard Steel Mill, Gypsy Boys, and Working Poor and his second, Far End of Summer, with Highway, Flowers of Saskatchewan and February Morning Drive. In concert David is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations combined with his openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following. David lives with his wife, artist Beth Girdler and in the quiet but charming Lanark Highlands in southern Ontario. They are visited often by their son Colin, daugetrs Amy and Julia and grandson Tristan. Latest CD So Say We All Laker Music is pleased to announce the April 30th, 2013 International release of David Francey's new album So Say We All. This will be the 10th album for three-time Juno Award winner. Fourteen years ago at the age of 45, Francey began an astonishing journey from manual labourer to award-winning folk troubadour renowned for writing with heart-wrenching honesty about the struggles of the poor and working class. His new album reflects his own journey through a period of struggle. "The lesson learned," he says, "was to celebrate every day spent on this side of the soil and to keep marching no matter what comes our way." That spirit of perseverance bursts from each song on the album, from the opening track "Rain" about the failure and rebirth of love to the bittersweet hymn "So Say We All." Capturing the dark times ("Pandora's Box," "Ordinary Man") as well as life's shining moments ("Satellite," "Blue Skies"), the album is a perfect acoustic showcase of what makes Francey's songwriting so special. Poetic and fearless, Francey draws from his own experiences, delving into his recent depression ("Harm") and singing about his colorful experiences on the road ("Cheap Motel"). Now ten albums into his recording career, Francey has demonstrated the kind of consistency as a songwriter that makes even other songwriters shake their head in disbelief. On So Say We All, he shares yet another collection of so-good-they-could-be-traditional numbers marked by the perfectly-stated poetry and stick-in-your-head melodies of the enduring folk song, best exemplified by songs like "Blue Yonder" and "Long Long Road." These remarkable songs are brought to life by Francey's first-rate touring band guitarist Mark Westberg, guitarist/banjo-picker Chris Coole and celebrated Maritime multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen. Capturing their raw energy and musicianship, producer Ken Friesen recorded the band live at Signal Path Studio in Almonte, Ontario. Keeping it all close to home, Francey also brought in his son Colin to play drums and invited fellow Ontario artist Tannis Slimmon to sing harmonies. Beautifully spare and full of instant classics, So Say We All is sure to be a favorite with folk fans of every generation. In support of his new album, David Francey will be touring Canada and United States throughout 2013 and 2014. For his full schedule, please visit www.davidfrancey.com
When: Mar 14, 2014 8 PM to Mar 14, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 20 USD (Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20 )
Seth Glier Singer-songwriter and Grammy nominee Seth Glier knows the challenges of emerging into adulthood all too well. Over the course of just a few short years, Glier has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows as well as major folk festivals, all culminating in a nod from the Grammys this year for the work he did on his sophomore record, THE NEXT RIGHT THING. Having spent the majority of his teens and early twenties on the road, the now 24-year-old Massachusetts native describes his new album THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW as "a reckoning with adulthood." THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW offers one young man's perspective through expertly crafted stories entwined with exceptional musicianship and rife with incredible lyrical detail. Glier's songs aim straight for the gut and cast light on the challenges of adult life, through the lens of the everyday person. For his third album on MPress Records, Glier opened himself for the first time to the opportunity of working with co-writers. As he explains: "I co-wrote a tune with Livingston Taylor, and a few with Ellis Paul and Marshall Altman. I'm very protective of my words, so co-writing seemed scary, but in the end I trusted these writers and we found a common vision." Glier, who has received two Independent Music Awards for his previous works, self-produced this LP, THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW with longtime collaborator Ryan Hommel and brought on Grammy Nominee John Shyloski (Johnny Winter, Stephen Kellogg) to mix and master. Since the release of 2011's THE NEXT RIGHT THING, Glier has shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Toad The Wet Sprocket and Edwin McCain. A troubadour in every sense of the word, he plays over 250+ shows a year, and when it came time to pen this record he decided to do it from the road. Bits and pieces of songs were strewn across state lines, sung into mattresses, recorded in one fan's kitchen in Cleveland and on another's rooftop in San Francisco. As Glier asserts, "I wanted 'Things I Should Let You Know' to be a transformative experience for the listeners and I knew it couldn't be if I wasn't being transformed along the way." The title THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW might suggest something secretive, or that the young songsmith has something to hide. However, as Glier is quick to clarify, in fact the opposite is true. "This record is about confession, it's about baring all your skeletons in the light of day, making some much needed room in your closet, and living wide open." The album's opener and title track is a stark confession accompanied by layered vocals and a hushed and haunting musical arrangement. One of the last songs composed for the album, it marks a brash departure from formula and sets the listener up for an expansive ride full of cinematic twists and turns. From the driving, story-telling pop of "Man I Used To Be" to the uplifting, New Orleans-influenced "New World I See", Glier's impressive range as a vocalist, pianist and guitarist stirs the listener to reflection, the same way writing it did for Seth. As a national spokesperson for the Autism Speaks, an advocate for Musicians On Call, and with a ROCK THE VOTE Road Trip 2012 stop under his belt, Glier has become increasingly comfortable expressing his social beliefs, both onstage and off. Not surprisingly, when pressed for what song he is most proud of on the album, Glier chooses the Woody Guthrie-inspired "Plastic Soldiers" "because it's definitely the most political song on the record." In his signature narrative style, Glier sings from the point of view of a father and soldier, coming to terms with his choices in life and refusing to lead his son down the same path. On the chilling and intimate "Too Hard To Hold The Moon", Glier gets incredibly personal, dropping the character shield and revealing that the track "is about my Mom and Dadabout my Mom standing by my father as he learns to live in sobriety." Everything comes full circle with the album's powerful closer, "I Am Only As Loved As I Am Open". Amidst a swirling drone of harmonium, pump organ and bowing strings, Seth Glier ascends into adulthood by delivering his most mature collection of songs yet - revering acceptance and reveling in self-discovery. THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW is available nationwide. For an updated tour schedule and Seth's complete discography, visit www.sethglier.com. Go to Official Bio Short Bio Despite his relatively young age, Massachusetts based singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. Averaging over 250+ live performances annually Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major folk festivals. He's shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams and has quickly become known for his passionate live sets. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike with USA Today stating that his "exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel." The incredible acclaim on his sophomore record, The Next Right Thing, led to the single "Lauralee" hitting #1 on Clear Channel's NEW! Discover & Uncover program as well as a Grammy nomination, a first for both himself and his New York based label, MPress Records. As a national spokesperson for the Autism Speaks, an advocate or Musicians On Call, and with a ROCK THE VOTE Road Trip 2012 stop under his belt, Seth has become increasingly comfortable expressing his social beliefs, both onstage and off. In 2012 he took home Best Social Action Song for his track "The Next Right Thing" at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards, his second IMA win. For his 2013 "Things I Should Let You Know" CD Release tour, he teamed up with Autism Speaks and raised over $5,000 for the not-for-profit organization. His third album on MPress Records, Things I Should Let You Know is steeped in all the most gorgeous aspects of Americana, folk, blues, pop and soul with each of the 13 tracks it encompasses telling its own story, weaving tales of love, pain and epic self-realization from a young man coming into his own, all wrapped in sweeping melodies and striking vocals. Things I Should Let You Know landed him his first Daytrotter session along with incredible reviews; M Music & Musicians praised his "his polished tenor vocals and natural affinity for creating shimmering, seductive melodies", while Blurt Magazine exclaimed: "Glier's greatest gift is for providing nuance, which is yet another reason why 'Things I Should Let You Know' is nothing less than a genuine revelation." ------------- Kayla Ringelheim A singer-songwriter native of the Boston area who now calls Providence home, Kayla Ringelheim is a young woman with impressive piano chops, ancient tales to tell, and a voice of honey to tell them with. She grew up surrounded by the vibrant musical culture of Harvard Square's fabled Club Passim, where she played her first open mic at age 13. With the immense power of connection and expression in music being instilled in her at a young age, Kayla conjures memories of Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega with a modern edge of pop and jazz. Kayla currently leads a full life. With passions that venture outside the realm of music, she recently graduated from Brown University with a degree in Human Biology and works full-time at a local food non-profit, where she is more likely to be seen with fresh produce and farmers than musical instruments. Nevertheless, Kayla has always valued music and her other passions equally, with each constantly thriving off of the other. Her most recent CD release, Wandering Feet, is a remarkable display of Kayla's artful impulse to capture life's meanderings in song. About Kayla's new album, released November 2012, acclaimed songwriter and performer Vance Gilbert says: "Each of these songs is a snapshot - perfect short stories, sung by a guileless, wounded angel. She's wise and surprised, thankful and injured, warm and resolved, all at the same time. Kayla does in four songs what some of us singer songwriters only feign in a full career. You'll say, 'Man, where's she been all this time'. Never mind. She has arrived." Kayla has been a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and was voted "Audience Choice" at the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Competition in 2008. With two other recordings, "Tides" (2005 LP) and "Play" (2008 EP), Kayla's upcoming release is her most striking yet.
When: Feb 21, 2014 8 PM to Feb 21, 2014 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 18 USD (Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20 )
Minister & President Jim Antal preaches at Old North First Church of Christ in Marblehead. Location / Address First Church of Christ in Marblehead, Inc., Marblehead35 Washington Street Marblehead, MA 01945-3565
When: Feb 9, 2014 12 AM in Marblehead, Massachusetts (Sun, 09 Feb 2014 00 )
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