Folk

  • $12

    Lula Wiles and Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letters


    If you ask Lula Wiles about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn in November and December 2015 through the band’s collaboration with producer/ guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka.

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  • $12

    John Craigie w/ Joel Thetford


    If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.

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  • $12

    The Jacob Jolliff Band


    Jacob Jolliff is one of the country's premier contemporary mandolinists. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jolliff was an integral member of beloved New England roots band, Joy Kills Sorrow.  He started touring with JKS when he was studying on a full scholarship at The Berklee College of Music. 

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  • $10

    Arc Iris Reimagines Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”


    After releasing two ambitious studio albums and relentlessly touring for the last three years, Providence, RI art-pop power trio Arc Iris is ready to unveil its next project to the world: a complete re-imagination of Joni Mitchell's seminal album Blue. Whereas acoustic guitars and minimal arrangements are some of the hallmarks on Mitchell's original recording, Arc Iris' interpretation of the music is bold and modern. The band mixes the sounds of symphonic analogue synths, heavy drum beats, and sampling, while the iconic songs themselves are never swallowed up by the tide of these inventive arrangements.

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  • $10

    Caroline Spence & Connor Garvey


    Ever since the release of "Blood on the Tracks"  in 1975, Dylan posed the challenge to every songwriter that came after him: Can life's emotional complexities be rendered simply? Can a song be so intensely personal that it somehow manages to reach beyond itself towards something universal?  With this record, Dylan turned the American Songwriter into a definite vocation, a job that’s core responsibility was the nearly impossible task of simply and honestly singing your own story, and somehow mysteriously manage to speak for all of us.

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  • $28

    An Evening with Mary Fahl (Former lead singer of October Project)


    “Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s chamber-pop group OCTOBER PROJECT. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl's awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication.

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  • $15

    Antje Duvekot w/ Lena Rich


    "Toward the Thunder" is Antje Duvekot's fourth studio release. Produced by Antje and Scott Petito and recorded at NRS studios in Woodstock, the new album centers around themes of courage, resilience and striving for something better. It features an impressive cast of folk royalty from Shawn Mullins to Anais Mitchell, Liz Longley to John Gorka, Kris Delmhorst, Martyn Joseph and Richard Shindell.

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  • $12

    Kristin Andreassen (of Uncle Earl)


    Trio featuring Jefferson Hamer (Session Americana,The Murphy Beds) and Shane Leonard (Field Report) Kristin combines award-winning songwriting and percussive dance in performances that have been heralded “inventive” by the New Yorker and “haunting” by NPR’s Folk Alley. Since coming of age with two of America’s most beloved traditional music ensembles (Uncle Earl and the clogging company Footworks) as well as the "folk noir" songwriting trio Sometymes Why (with Aoife O'Donovan and Ruth Ungar), Kristin has turned her deep knowledge of timeless roots music into a knack for creating original songs with a similar kind of staying power.

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  • $20

    Two-Time Grammy winner Laurence Juber


    GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. A music graduate of London’s Goldsmith’s College, he was featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970’s. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.

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  • $10

    The Pines w/ Builder of the House


    Iowa-born/Minneapolis-based folk rock artists the The Pines have created a loyal following for their lush, layered sound and poetic lyrics inspired by the land and folklore of the American Midwest. Bridging the folk, roots and indie worlds with their modern take on American music, frontmen/songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Iowa, while each bringing a distinct voice and sensibility to a sound that Rolling Stone’s David Fricke dubbed “quietly gripping.” The Pines’ sound balance Ramsey’s ethereal, somberly beautiful songs with Huckfelt’s darkly romantic, cinematic tales for a sweeping sound that evokes the vastness and loneliness of the Great Plains.

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  • $20

    David Wilcox


    Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. 

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  • $35

    Byrne and Kelly - The Echoes Tour


    This show is a rental, and tickets are being handled by the renter. You can purchase tickets by clicking here. What began as Celtic Thunder's Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly performing a series of shows together called 'Acoustic By Candlelight' back in 2012 has turned into what is now known as Byrne and Kelly.  Driven by dynamic vocal harmonies, the duo seamlessly dives into combining genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh, Celtic folk sound.

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  • $12

    Dan Mills and Jason Anick Trio


    Dan Mills is a folk singer-songwriter who recently landed in Cambridge, MA. Mills portrayed country-guitar legend Carl Perkins in the Broadway cast of Million Dollar Quarter, and his song "Best I Could" earned him a nomination for Sirius XM Coffeehouse's “Singer/Songwriter" Discovery of 2013.

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  • $10

    The Dupont Brothers and Her Crooked Heart


    Two brothers living on the indie circuit, driving around sharing their stories through songwriting. That’s life for Sam and Zack DuPont. Based out of Burlington, VT the sibling indie-folk-rock duo has kept busy on the road since 2013. Their two records, Heavy as Lead (2015) and A Riddle For You (2016), have taken them all over the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, South and Midwest.

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  • $12

    BJ Barham of American Aquarium


    On November 13, 2015, the singer-songwriter—raised in a small North Carolina town called Reidsville—was in the middle of his fourth European tour with American Aquarium, the rising alt-country act he’d led for nearly a decade. They were in Belgium, less than two hours from Paris, when bad news began to arrive: a series of terrorist attacks, including one in a rock club, had left more than 100 dead. Family members, friends, and the fans American Aquarium had amassed from so many years on the road immediately reached out, making sure the band had been far away.

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  • $15

    John Davidson


    YES! This is the guy who hosted THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, THAT’S INCREDIBLE, and guest hosted THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON more than any other singer. He’s celebrating a 50 year career! But you gotta see his live show. John comes out and talks to the audience like he's a stand up comic establishing a relationship with his crowd even before he picks up his guitar and starts to play. Everyone is won over before the second song. He walks around the stage singing and playing instead of just sitting down in a chair and just strumming along with the words. And like a true folkie he is always commenting on society.

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  • $18

    Steady On: Celebrating Lilith Fair at 20 feat. Ronda Dale, Sharon Goldman, Lara Herscovitch, and Lisa Redfern


    It's hard to believe it's been two decades since the groundbreaking Lilith Fair festival, helmed by Sarah McLachlan and featuring such top performers as Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Fiona Apple, Emmylou Harris, Paula Cole, Joan Osborne and Sheryl Crow. A talented quartet of female singer-songwriters carry the torch sparked by the groundbreaking 1997-1999 tour, joining forces on tunes penned by Lilith Fair luminaries, as well as presenting original songs inspired by those artists — bringing the spirit of Lilith Fair into the present and the future.

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  • $15

    OLS & NECA Present: Dave Carroll


    Dave Carroll is an award winning singer-songwriter, professional speaker, author and social media innovator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He began his music career with his brother Don in the band Sons of Maxwell and has been enjoying success as a solo artist since 2008. He released his debut solo album Perfect Blue in 2008 and a second solo album in 2012 called Raincoat in Vegas.

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  • $12

    duquette CD Release Show


    Rob Duquette has made his career since the mid-1990s as a well respected and in-demand sideman, most notably as a member of Jonathan Edwards'  touring band. He has also regularly played with other notables like Jack Sonni (Dire Straits) and the legendary composer David Amram over the last 15 years.  He gained national attention as part of the jazz-folk-pop group "Cactus Highway" in the early 2000s, who the Boston Herald called "a duo of true sophistication," and the Village Voice called, "amazing".

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  • $15

    The Stray Birds


    All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Seven years, three original records, and some six hundred performances later, the band is best known today for its songwriting, its tight and forthcoming vocal harmony blend and its commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio. They've been seen from LA to London, sung songs from Dallas to Denmark, and played tunes from New York to New Orleans. Their 2016 Yep Roc Records release Magic Fire was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Campbell and earned much praise, including being named by NPR as one of Folk Alley's Top Ten Records of 2016. With time, their sound has evolved to a palate broader than what it first was on the street corners and in the markets, but this much remains true: The Stray Birds is a band of musicians as subtle and nuanced as they are energetic, a band of writers as blatant and bold as they are coy, and perhaps most importantly, a band of people as friendly and compassionate as they are talented. It's safe to imagine that most who hear their music come back for another listen, time and again. The Stray Birds 7pm doors – 8pm doors | $15 adv. – $20 day of <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EFjO51wtSlI?ecver=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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  • $15

    OLS & State Theatre Presents: Hiss Golden Messenger


    The writing of the songs that became Heart Like a Levee started in a hotel room in Washington, DC , in January of 2015 during a powerful storm that dark- ened the East Coast. At that time I was feeling—more acutely than I had ever felt before—wrenched apart by my responsibilities to my family and to my music. Forgetting, momentarily, that for me, each exists only with the other. How could I forget?

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  • $10

    Caroline Cotter & Michael Howard and Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes


    You hear it over and over, “Don’t quit your day job!” but that’s just what Caroline Cotter did at the start of 2015 when she released her national debut album, Dreaming as I Do. Receiving national recognition, the album reached #5 on the Folk DJ charts in February, with the second most played song of the month, Bella Blue.

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  • $12

    Sarah Potenza w/ Anna Lombard


    After years of touring with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza was chosen over 50,000 candidates to appear on The Voice. Judge Pharrell Williams’ reaction to Potenza’s on-air audition gives you a pretty good idea of the level of talent of this incredible singer. Williams’ immediately exclaimed, “You’re giving this generation something they've never seen before". Potenza left the show as a top 20 finalist then headed to Nashville, where she quickly integrated into the local music scene, becoming a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. She continues to earn raves for her big voice, which seamlessly blends roots, rock and soul.

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  • $17

    Eilen Jewell


    Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell’s music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers (also on Signature Sounds), which includes that well-oiled band at its core. Her latest, Sundown Over Ghost Town, is a masterful culmination of Jewell’s work to date.

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  • $18

    Ari Hest


    Over his 15 year career, Ari Hest has released eight albums, three EPs, and "52" in 2008, an innovative project whereby he wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday for a full year. Hest is also half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, and half of the Brazilian music inspired pop duo Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland.

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  • $20

    OLS & NECA Present: Vishtèn


    We regret to inform you that Vishtèn will be unable to make the rescheduled date. All tickets will be refunded. For over a decade, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the- moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Canada’s east coast has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world.

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  • $35

    Jonathan Edwards


    Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

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  • $25

    Slaid Cleaves


    Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes Records. Travels around. Tries to be good. Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”

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  • $18

    Griffin House


    This show was rescheduled from 3/15/17. All tickets to the original show will be honored. It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey. An album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth, offers listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with another’s story.

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