Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his eponymous debut was released on Signature Sounds in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, including the Kerrville New Folk contest and the International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis (“People Look Around”) bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize. For the past 17 years, he has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying GRAMMY-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Somewhere between the classic country tradition of Johnny Cash, and the modern breed of singer-songwriters like Josh Ritter, lies Greg Hall & The Barnhouse Band. Their latest release, Mountain Glow, shows off the bands ability to write upbeat country tunes as well as thoughtful folk tunes. The Barnhouse Band was formed in the recording sessions for what was then going to be a solo album of band leader Greg Hall. As other musicians started to add pieces to the record it started to become clear that this music was meant for a full band. Since the release of Mountain Glow, Greg has been traveling around New England as either a solo or duo act.
Patterned after Django’s famous Quintette du Hot Club de France, Minor Swing has been bringing jazz manouche or ‘Gypsy Jazz’ to the New England area for over five years, making ‘hot-clubs’ at venues for both seasoned and new djangophiles. Their all-string music creates a very danceable, toe-tapping ambience. Originating in Providence, RI, Minor Swing is a quartet consisting of gypsy guitars, violin, and contrabass, with just the right blend of romantic energy and gypsy panache.
The Hot Flashes are an exciting and eclectic group fronted by three female vocalists who have made a name for themselves on the New England music scene showcasing their tight vocal harmonies and jazzy acoustic stylings. The Flashes are Amy Gallatin, who with her expressive soulful singing has made a name for herself both in North America and overseas, award-winning singer-songwriter/guitarist Gail Wade, and multi-instrumentalist Peggy Harvey, founding member of the legendary bluegrass group Traver Hollow.
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. Considered a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’, his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.
After the death of Pete Seeger in 2014, a small group of his admirers joined together to celebrate his life with a sing-along concert at the Hampton Grange. The event was a huge success and gave birth to SING:The Quiet Corner Song Swap. There is no charge and lyrics are available for most songs. They frequently use the folk “hymnal”, Rise Up Singing and its sequel, Rise Again for song lyrics. Participants are encouraged to lead their favorite songs or suggest them to the song leaders of the evening. Bring your voices, your instruments and your ears. This is specifically a night for singing, so please, no fiddle tunes or songs without a place to join in.
Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. Fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt — receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists. “Eberhardt is as welcome as iced tea in August.” – People. 7:00 pm Show Time
The Rusty String Band presents a foot tapping blend of traditional bluegrass, modern folk and engaging original music. The group really connects with the audience. The members of The Rusty String Band are from Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut. Art plays a driving bass and is also well known in the area for his tasteful classical guitar. Ed has played in numerous local bands and is a multi-instrumentalist – playing mandolin, banjo and harmonica. Bob plays guitar and composes the bands original songs.