John Schindler with opener Tom Smith
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

John Schindler with opener Tom Smith

John Schindler

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

https://johnschindler.reverbnation.com/

Tom Smith

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


Tickets HERE

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Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriters in the Round featuring Terry Kitchen, Tom Smith, and Seth Connelly

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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.

TERRY KITCHEN
www.terrykitchen.com

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
tomsmithmusic.com

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.”

SETH CONNELLY
www.sethconnelly.com

Multi-instrumentalist, guitar wizard and songwriter, Seth Connelly is a legend in New England folk circles with over thirty years of professional experience performing solo, and in several bands, in addition to recording and producing a large number of albums for nationally known artists.

Seth songs are “tender, provocative or humorous, always captivating the audience.” (Belmont Citizen Herald). The buzz grows louder as New England's best-kept secret is shared with others who hear Seth Connelly making great music.

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The Mill Town Rounders
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Mill Town Rounders

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.

Tickets HERE

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Carolann Solebello - Joe Idanza
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Carolann Solebello - Joe Idanza

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

Tickets HERE

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The Low in Between
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Low in Between

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.

Apart
Independent release from The Low In Between
Available at Bandcamp
thelowinbetween.bandcamp.com
@lowinbetween
richpodgurmusic@gmail.com

$10 Suggested Donation


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Boston Modular Synth Spring Concert
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Boston Modular Synth Spring Concert

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
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The Entire Robot (Boston, MA) - Electronic Funk Jazz Whatever by “Cowboy” Ben Alman
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Metal Tiger (Watertown, MA) - Dance-informed experimental hardware bass excursions with an edge forged in the heydays of Florida IDM and Allston noise-rock.
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Bob Familiar (Sudbury, MA) - Bob Familiar is an electronic music composer who uses modular, semi-modular and key-bed synthesizers to create alternative realities.
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Alt-Mode (Amherst, MA) - Alt-Mode (Eric Crawley) plays electronic music with a pulse or whatever.
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CHORD (Methuen MA)- Endless layers of drone emanating from north of Boston

All are welcome, $7 suggested donation to the venue.

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Emerald Rae
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Emerald Rae

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

Tickets HERE

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Keep It Simple Songwriting Contest 6!!
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Keep It Simple Songwriting Contest 6!!

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 thehearingroom@gmail.com. 

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Medieval Blues Guitar - Claude Bourbon    Opening Act TBA
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Medieval Blues Guitar - Claude Bourbon Opening Act TBA

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

$15

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House Thespian Productions Presents: GO PUBLIC! - a preview
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

House Thespian Productions Presents: GO PUBLIC! - a preview

Go Public
Written and directed by Daniel Bazarian

"Just as the tech company she helped start prepares to make an Initial Public Offering, a young accountant in a high-stress position must contend with the emotional and psychological impact of a terrible, unexpected event without dragging the people around her into the fallout."

Cast:
Victoria Tham as Marie
Irena Manukian as Svetlana
Adler Rameau as Marcus
Casey Woods as Bruce
Fionna LaShay Brennan as Marie

Join us for a first run of a brand new play by local playwright Dan Bazarian. Following the show, we will begin a Q&A session and we encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback to help craft this piece into its final product.

This event is free, but donations for The Hearing Room are greatly appreciated!

Light refreshments will be served.

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Young Musicians Showcase II
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Young Musicians Showcase II

Tonight is a night filled with multiple acts.
This event is to showcase young, local talents on our stage. 
Come on down to support up & coming musicians!

$10 Suggested Donation which directly goes to support the acts and continues to provide a venue for all ages.

On the bill, in no particular order: 

Sweet Relief (Waltham)
The Elements (Chelmsford)
Flush (Natick)
Laice (Cambridge)

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm

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