Kindred spirits and longtime friends Carolann Solebello and Joe Iadanza are perhaps the yin and yang of performing songwriters. Solebello’s smooth, warm voice and precise rhythm guitar perfectly dovetail Iadanza’s raw, honest vocals and graceful six-string virtuosity. Smart songwriting chops and emotional eloquence possessed by both blur the lines between tough and tender, masculine and feminine, Americana and folk.
CAROLANN SOLEBELLO is a performing songwriter born and bred in New York City. Best known to folk audiences as a founding member of Americana trio Red Molly, she now tours both solo and with modern folk quartet No Fuss and Feathers. Carolann’s smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar style surely nod to rural folk traditions, yet her decidedly urban sense of rhythm and sophisticated vocal phrasing bend those traditional forms into more contemporary shapes. She is a proud member of the Jack Hardy Songwriters’ Exchange and has won numerous songwriting awards. Carolann released her fifth solo album, Shiver, in February 2018. http://www.CarolannSolebello.com
Born of Italian immigrants and union activists, JOE IADANZA understands the passionate struggle of the American dream. Recalling Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Cat Stevens, this Long Island native’s music is rooted in classic folk: honest and raw. Iadanza has been heralded for his deeply personal songwriting, and fluid, percussive guitar playing. He continues to work with artists as a producer and songwriting coach, including with Americana artist, Carolann Solebello on her newest release, Shiver; and on Spuyten Duyvil’s The Social Music Hour, Vol. 1, which was nominated by the folk community for an Album of the Year award. Look for a string of new original singles, Including the just-released “Thunder Road” and “Wrecking Ball.” Joe will be on the road with solo and co-bill shows beginning this fall. http://www.JoeIadanza.com
$12 Suggested Donation
Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States and Canada since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.
“Mark and Raianne gave an outstanding performance tonight to a sold-out house at the Listening Room where they were able to accomplish something few musicians can do – they totally captivated their audience with two sets of flawless original songs and presented their music with strength and sensitivity.”
– Mary Sue Scott, The Listening Room (Wytheville VA)
“It was a privilege hearing these two. Not only was their musicianship flawless and exquisite, the lyrics were clever, full of humanity, kindness and fun.”
– Lisa Shell, audience member
“The best part of their performance is the undeniable chemistry Mark and Raianne have together; they play with a comfort-ability and trust that can only come with years of partnership. They allow enough space in their musical bond to for us to settle in and witness some serious songwriting and playing.”
- Fred Knittel, WXPN (Philadelphia)
Folk elevation artist and singer/songwriter Rich Podgur came home to New England last year and reunited with his roots as well as with local musicians, guitarist Dave Hinckley (Faces on Film) and drummer Gavin McCarthy (Karate), to create The Low In Between. Their debut full-length album, Apart, is just out and it stands distinctly apart from the current breezy jumble of indie-pop as a soulful breath of smoke-filled air.
It’s not so much just an exquisitely-crafted album as it is a stirring soundtrack tailored to your changing moods. All ten songs are haunting, beloved, and familiar before you even hear them through.
It could be the sense of sweet homecoming that inspires Podgur’s passion as his rich vocal sound spins enchanting modern yarns for every urban cowgirl and boy. His thoughtful lyrics are both darkly wry and genuinely uplifting. And as the lyrics speak to you, the guitars are right there next to you. Warm, inviting, and oh-so-hook-y.
Apart was not recorded live in a dim lounge with a rough hewn bar and a vested barkeep slinging whiskey, but it sounds that way. Though the reverberations of 160 year old barn walls at the Soul Shop in Medford, MA, don’t hurt. The recording venue for Apart, Elio DeLuca (co-producer, engineer, organ, wurlitzer, and background vocals) and Patrick Grenham’s renowned Soul Shop served as both canvas and muse.
The Low in Between also plays well with others, adding the contributions of some of the area’s finest in bassists Wayne Whittaker, Lou Ulrich, and Jef Charland, in addition to the vocal talents of Danielle Miraglia and Lydia Harrell, completing a who’s who of Boston-area music lovers and purveyors.
Podgur describes the songs as “full of warmth and honesty.” The album is indeed warm and honest. It is also raw, genuine, tragic, uplifting, and toe-tapping.
Independent release from The Low In Between
Available at Bandcamp
$10 Suggested Donation
The Hearing Room in Lowell, MA is hosting the Boston Modular Spring Concert. This will be a performance event - 6 performers, 25-30 minute sets each, all live electronic music.
Featuring (in no particular order):
Vera (Connecticut) - Solo electronic project coming from a background of 80's synth pop and modern day electronic music
The Entire Robot (Boston, MA) - Electronic Funk Jazz Whatever by “Cowboy” Ben Alman
Metal Tiger (Watertown, MA) - Dance-informed experimental hardware bass excursions with an edge forged in the heydays of Florida IDM and Allston noise-rock.
Bob Familiar (Sudbury, MA) - Bob Familiar is an electronic music composer who uses modular, semi-modular and key-bed synthesizers to create alternative realities.
Alt-Mode (Amherst, MA) - Alt-Mode (Eric Crawley) plays electronic music with a pulse or whatever.
CHORD (Methuen MA)- Endless layers of drone emanating from north of Boston
All are welcome, $7 suggested donation to the venue.
Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae brings the duo of strings and song to a new plateau with mesmerizing dexterity. Hailing from the historic fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished folk traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with inventive fiddle effects. A degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston gave her the freedom to cast a wide creative net, while her grit and intensity was earned during her twenty-year career as a powerhouse fiddler and dancer. Rae embarked on her first journey into songwriting and multi-instrumentalism with If Only I Could Fly [May 2013], featuring her prowess on fiddle, vocals, guitar and the crwth [an ancient Welsh fiddle, pronounced “krooth”], and took to the road from the Canadian Maritimes to Shanghai. Single and video Blackbird [April 2017], a droning, groove-heavy version of the traditional Scottish Ballad, showcases her signature ornamented vocals and robust fiddling accompanied by a laid back djembe.
Zeroing in on the synergy of voice and fiddle, the self-produced self-titled album Emerald Rae [May 2018] offers a rare scope of vision and reveals her depth as an artist. Rae’s extraordinary chops transform the fiddle into anything from bagpipes to flamenco or electric guitar, slap bass or ukulele. Her direct and intimate voice, alternately high and honeyed then gutsy and soulful, encompasses both wind and sea, animal and etheric. Though intended as a minimalist introspective album, Rae pulls of an impressive level of variety. Her take on a sea shanty, “Deep Salt Sea” kicks off the record with edgy soundscapes, “When the Silvery Moon Comes Out to Play” drives with angsty power chords, “Inkwell” paints an intimate portrait of an awkward bookworm, and “Worlds Away” shouts from the rooftops about income inequality with foot percussion and a wailing old-timey fiddle. This collection of homespun vignettes will take you on a journey and leave you spellbound.
$15 Suggested Donation
Bring one song, with lyrics and lyric sheet (for comparison purposes this contest does not include instrumentals, sorry!) and be ready to play it. There is no theme this time, any song will do. There are three judges who will pick one winner.
Entry is $10
We will need at least eight songwriters to participate and will cap the number of contestants at twelve so get on the list now, email preferred firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medieval & Spanish blues
Guitar & Songs
Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.
Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.
It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic’s to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings.
Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more. Holding audience attention under a musical spell.
It's not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if you are fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.
Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….
Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.
Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb!
“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA
"Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45", Bob, Tucson, AZ
“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”
“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC, UK
"...His fingerpicking is exquisite and if I closed my eyes I could clearly hear two guitars playing. Just when I recongnised a theme he moved on with a mesmerising cascade of notes which kept on flowing. He added a driving bass, for a version of “She knows how to stretch it”. By the time he sang the first verse he had ‘stretched it’ from Spain to the Caucuses, and from the concert hall to the bar room. His forte is obviously his wonderful guitar work, but he does occasionally burst into song and what you then get is something between Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens, combined with a French accent! C’est magnifique.” Dave Baily
Claude's official website : www.claudebourbon.org
Mill Town Rounders formed as a joint project between friends Don Shulsinger (banjo) and Joy Walsh (vocals), who’d been playing music together on stages and in living rooms for several years. Like Don and Joy, the band's other members--Joy's husband Dave (harmonica), John Harper (guitar), Josh Olivier-Mason (vocals, ukulele), and Michael Carotenuto (bass)--share a passion for folk, rock and traditional bluegrass. The band's name refers to its spiritual home in Maynard, Massachusetts, the old mill town where four of the band members currently reside.
MTR is all about having fun and the band's repertoire ranges from time honored bluegrass standards to classic rock and roll to down home country. The members of MTR love playing together and the combination of thoughtful arrangements, tight harmonies, and spirited instrumentals generates an energy that envelops the audience.
Drawing from 50s and 60s pop, American Songbook standards, and much more, this newly formed duo channels and fuses these influences through two voices, a guitar, mandolin, and violin to bring you a mixture of original songs and dusted off covers from the past.
This duo consists of Brad Bensko on Vocals and Guitar, and Kathleen Parks (of Boston based Bluegrass band, Twisted Pine) on Vocals, Violin, and Mandolin. While busy with performing and writing, they are also in the process of recording their first LP of original material, out March 16th. Join them to hear selections from the upcoming album and fresh cuts from their favorite time periods!
Tysk, Tysk, Task will perform live at the Hearing Room this Saturday, March 2, 2019. Join us!
TYSK TYSK TASK
Kyle and Samantha went to a Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at Government Center in 2006. They were a few people apart, front row for the free show. They didn't meet that day, but Kyle photographed Samantha. A few weeks later, she transferred into Kyle's high school in Worcester County. They became fast friends, especially when he burned her a White Stripes CD, a band she'd never heard before. They had a great duo in high school and through college called Schminke's Advice that never got off the ground, due to a lack of funds and really, focus. They friendship in more than a decade has never dwindled, but in the summer of 2018, Samantha and Kyle decided to join forces again, this time knowing they were stronger and better on their instruments than ever before. They are now Dorchester's newest indie rock duo, and they play both acoustic and plugged-in shows, with original songs and covers. Samantha sings and plays guitar, ukulele and piano. Kyle plays guitar, bass and drums, often simultaneously.
Three great songwriters in-the-round in this funky and intimate venue! You can't get much closer to the music than this. Doors at 7:30 pm and the music starts at 8:00 pm. $10 suggested donation.
Called "one of New England's best songwriters" by The Boston Globe, award-winning folksinger Terry Kitchenwrites songs that are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. Though best known as a songwriter, Terry is also a compelling interpreter and live performer, and Rubies in the Dust, his latest release, is a choice collection of favorite covers and live tracks. His music has been heard across the U.S and Canada, with his song "Enjoy It While It Lasts" reaching #8 on the national Folk-DJ chart. Kitchen's songs have won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and been runner-up in the John Lennon Song Contest, and have appeared in numerous films. He has been performing on folk stages since the 1990s, releasing ten CDs, and he was the leader of the groundbreaking '80s band Loose Ties, whose experiences he recounts in his novel Next Big Thing, called "a great debut novel" by The San Francisco Book Review.
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.”
MARK BISHOP EVANS
This California transplant captures listeners with his rich baritone and surprising range. Mark Bishop Evans is a prolific songwriter of folk, rock, ballads and Americana. He is a gifted storyteller whose lyrics and melodies resonate with the soul. He shares messages that audiences find profoundly moving.
Our very own director, Jason Campbell will be featured tonight at Mushroom Musicians Monday. Join us!
Originally from Saint Louis Missouri, John was influenced early on by that town's rhythm and blues and his Oklahoma mother’s singing. This funky start was drastically tempered by a nine-year stint in a Catholic seminary where silence and Gregorian chant were his daily bread. After leaving the brotherhood, and armed only with his vow of poverty, John moved to New England and pursued the path of an itinerant musician, playing in sundry bands and bad barrooms. It was during this time, he realized, that his audience could not understand Latin.
Winner of both the 2003 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the 2006 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest, John has also been a finalist in many other song contests.
His CD Memory Train was CD of the Week on Chicago’s WFMT’s Midnight Special. His new CD is Two-Step Man.
John lives in Boothbay Harbor, ME with his wife, Jane and fat cat, Iko.
“John's the best singer songwriter I've run into in the last 10 years or so"~ Bob Franke
"John Schindler is full of wonderful, insightful songs that will find their way into the repertoire of other folksingers. John's songs really connect!" ~ Dick Pleasants, WUMB
“Wise, witty and dark." ~ Charlie Hunter of FLYING UNDER RADAR
“New Hampshire's John Schindler knows how to translate life into wise, oddly witty songs and his new Memory Train album collects many of the calm little gems he's been writing in recent years" ~ Dan Gewertz, Boston Herald
“A true original.” ~ WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival
“We could use some more John Schindler in the world!” Chris Darling, WMPG, Portland
Opening for John is Tom Smith. His 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.
$10 Suggested Donation