Mushroom Musicians Calendar

Upcoming Dates

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.

Entangled Strings Live at The Hearing Room 

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, 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.”

 

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 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
.

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 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 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: $6 Suggested Donation

Dan Senie, Faith Senie, and David Hardwick featured at Aaron Tornberg and others at the new Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) event: Songwriters in the Round (with Song Prompts). Songwriters are invited to perform in groups of 2 or 3 with at least one song prompted by the audience from the previous month. "Who I Am" is this month's prompt.

Dan and Faith

Dan and Faith 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.

David Hardwick

David Hardwick is a veteran singer/songwriter from Fort Worth, Texas who has logged hundreds of performances in New England since relocating in the late Eighties. His repertoire and influences include folk, classic rock, classic western, and standards from the past couple of centuries. He welcomes people to sing along with old favorites, and really enjoys performing with highly accomplished harmonica player Wayne Benham. 

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, April 6th, 2018

Crowes Pasture, Molly Pinto Madigan, 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 Crowes Pasture, Molly Pinto Madigan, and Mark Stepakoff at The Hearing Room playing original compositions. Presented by Mushroom Musicians.

Molly Pinto Madigan

Hailed for her angelic voice and haunting compositions, Molly Pinto Madigan won first place in WUMB's Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and was named "Artist of the Year" at Salem State University, her alma mater.  Since her debut as the lead singer for the teen bluegrass band Jaded Mandolin, Madigan has submerged herself in the dark, luscious world of ballads, drawn to their magic, and her original songs echo with the whisperings of the American and European traditional music.

Crowe's 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.

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. 

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Benjamin Bunker and His Band of Merry Pranksters - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $5 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.

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 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.

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: $5 Suggested Donation

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

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Jon MacAuliffe, April Grant and Amanda McCarthy - Songwriters in the Round - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
United States
Price: $5 Suggested Donation

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

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Kim Moberg 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: $6 Suggested Donation

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

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: $5 Suggested Donation

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

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

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Woody Carpinella at Songwriters in the Round - presented by Mushroom Musicians - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $6 Suggested Donation

Songwriters in the Round featuring Woody Carpinella

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: $6 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.

 

 

Past Dates

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!

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

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 at Coffee Coffee Open Mic!

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

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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!

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