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Beth Desombre, Jennifer Evans and Joanne Lurgio - Mushroom Musicians Presents - Songwriters in the Round



Aaron Tornberg has been playing for over 30 years in various venues. His most recent musical excursions brought him to the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, where he placed first in the new songwriting competition, winning for his song "Boston Common Harbor."  He hosts several open mics, a song sharing session at the hearing room, and provides artist management and support through his company Mushroom Musicians. 

Tonights Act(s):

Joanne Lurgio

A talented songwriter, combined with her gifted voice and wonderful guitar work, will prompt you to chase your dreams and offer a tale or two about ordinary people who, like her, excel and inspire.

Ready to soar with her latest recording, 3rd full length CD,  Rise from the Storm, released March, 2015
"Joanne is that rare artist that never fails to deliver a great song lyrically, melodically and that voice..that killer voice never fails her"
                          Jack Gauthier producer/engineer

Named Motif Magazine's 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year, Joanne’s recording, Nothing Remains the Same, named Album of the Year 2010 Motif Music Awards was recorded and produced by Mike Dunbar in the heart of music country, Nashville, TN who states, "Her songs, singing and guitar work, honed and polished in the venues of New England, have brought her to be voted "Best Singer and Songwriter of 2007 & 2011 by Motif Magazine. Joanne has a distinct Americana feel with New England charm. She moves from country to bluegrass, folk and r&b to gospel, all with a bluesy undertone."

Jennifer Evans

A new independent artist, Jennifer Evans is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist with a rich voice. She performs the honed, socially relevant compositions of her songwriter brother, Griff Evans, as well as material by other contemporary songwriters.

“The Last Cheap Hotel,” her recent album, is a lovely and haunting mirror of contemporary culture. While Jennifer sings about being “Rootless,” these songs, all written by Griff Evans, are anything but. They are rooted in a grand tradition of storytelling that is too often marginalized in pop culture. Tales of love, anger, joy and frustration are told through a variety of authentic voices.

Oscar Brand, New York City’s legendary radio host and musician, featured “The Last Cheap Hotel,” on his tribute show to his dear friend Pete Seeger. David Hintz of Folkworld described her CD as “a pure folk album” and writes that “Jennifer Evans is American with roots in Wales and her style balances these styles perfectly... So dig in folk fans, this is the real deal”.

Beth DeSombre

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.

Earlier Event: May 3
Sing & Jam
Later Event: May 5
In Concert: Joel Cage