Folk

  • $15

    CANCELLED: John Davidson


    Due to a change in schedule, John Davidson has had to cancel this show. All tickets will be refunded. 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.

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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

    Hannah Daman & the Martelle Sisters w/ The Western Den + Honeysuckle


    Hannah Daman first found her musical footing in Glasgow, Scotland writing and playing songs about her childhood in rural New England. She wound her way back to the states on a three month North American house show tour in 2014 and ended up rooting in Portland ME because the food was better.

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  • $10

    State Theatre and OLS Present: David Myles at Port City Music Hall


    This show will be at Port City Music Hall, and tickets can be purchased at their box office or online here. David Myles has always been attracted to another time. The Nova Scotian singer/songwriter felt the pull of history even as a kid, playing an orphan in an Oliver Twist musical and winning a lip-sync contest to “Heartbreak Hotel” as a seven-year-old. “Between those two experiences, I kind of was hooked,” he said. “That’s where I got the entertainment bug.”

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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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  • $12

    OLS & State Theatre Present: Henry Jamison + Gracie and Rachel w/ Tall Horse


    If you take a look through his family tree, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Henry Jamison was born to write songs. Of course there's his father, the classical composer, and his mother, the English professor, who both inspired and encouraged him directly, but if you continue tracing Jamison's lineage back even further, some interesting names start to turn up. Go back to the 1800's, for example, and you'll find "Battle Cry of Freedom" author George Frederick Root, the most popular songwriter of the Civil War era. Travel even further back in time, to 14th century England to be exact, and you'll find the poet John Gower, known to be a friend to both Chuacer and Richard II.

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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

    CANCELLED: 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

    Patty Larkin


    Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter).

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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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  • $12

    Leyla McCalla


    Named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine, Leyla McCalla’s debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, made a profound impression upon all who heard it. The record, which set some of Hughes’ poems to Leyla’s music, and also included original compositions and Haitian folk songs, received rapturous reviews for its haunting mixture of music and message.

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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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