After Holly Hanson wrote “Lighthouse Keeper” to help her boys with home-school lessons, she decided they should live in a lighthouse. For an entire week, they were the keepers of an island lighthouse off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. Steve Hayes is the other half of this personable Americana duo, contributing his own well-crafted songs, as well as some damn good guitar work. They offer music in a down-to-earth style that is so good the prestigious Great American Song Contest called their “Fly Fishing the Big Hole” “. . . vivid, focused and engaging,” and added, “It’s a pleasure to hear songs of this caliber.”
Whether they’re playing an intimate house concert or on the main stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, you’ll love Neptune’s Car welcoming presence and song variety. Holly’s light soprano blends perfectly with Steve’s warm tenor. Vibrant lyrics and compelling melodies nestle in inviting arrangements, telling us stories rich in detail, from a miner’s life in “A Blue Sky Turned to Rust,” to “Emily Dickinson,” told with lyrics as beautiful as the poet’s work.
They’ve shared the stage with Bill Staines, Anne Hills, Archie Fisher, and many others. Their songs have charted on the Folk-DJ list – in 2015, The 45th Parallel was number twenty on the CD chart; quite impressive when you realize DJs receive hundreds of CDs a year. Public radio’s popular CarTalk has featured their songs three times.
Open Mic Feature – Wishbone Zoe
WZ is the auditory/visual avant-indie project of auditory/visual artist Saera K, who, based out of Massachusetts, specializes in areas of junkyard rock, crashitybishbash, and the distracted storytelling of important things. Her show has been described as “anti-boring” and has been known to both deeply resonate with and/or bamboozle people of all ages. A girl with a quiet voice, she traverses the world with a rotating show of humans and dancing coyote people, or as a one-lady band that has the capacity to create a presence and sound as full and commanding as any three or four-piece.
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Kala’s unique songwriting has been described as a reinvention of the traditional folk made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez; she is praised for her complex classical undertones and playful dose Broadway theatricality onstage, reminiscent of modern day performers Tori Amos and Regina Spektor. Her affinity for poetry and creative writing is evident through signature lyricism that springs to life with heartfelt and creative storytelling, cultural references, and rich metaphor.
“This is what happens when a truly gifted musician invests a lifetime perfecting her skills but somehow maintains the spontaneity of a young and curious poet. It is rare to find both paths intertwining so comfortably together…” – Don Tassone, The Mediator Stage (Providence RI)
Lisa Martin Hosts
2016 marks the 7th anniversary of our monthly series, Hootenanny/Songwriter Sessions. Hosted by Lisa Martin, the sessions bring audiences the chance to see some of the best local, regional and touring singer-songwriters. Intimate, in-the-round performances full of fun and spontaneity, are a hallmark of the series as well as the audience chosen “theme” that each songwriter has to incorporate into a newly crafted song for each show. A Hootenanny will begin each show and will be open to songwriters of all experience levels. Signups for the hoot will start at 6:30 pm and the show will begin promptly at 7:00 pm, with the hootenanny preceding the featured songwriters.
Green Valley Bluegrass
Veteran vocalist, acoustic guitarist, Bob DiQuattro has teamed up with two talented local musicians to form the core of a new and unique group that goes by the name of Green Valley. Patricia McDonald sings choice harmonies and earnest lead vocals and plays solid rhythm and melodic mandolin breaks. Luthier Rich Young, proprietor of Still River Guitars, plays compelling claw hammer banjo and sweet fingerstyle guitar on his own finely crafted instruments. Patricia and Rich provide a vital compliment to Bob’s strong lead and harmony vocals, foundational rhythm and tasteful lead guitar. Hints of bluegrass married with stronger notes of folk/blues and undercurrents of Appalachian and gospel. In a word, Americana. All that said, what is most descriptive of Green Valley’s music is the contagious joy they feel & emit while performing. Come on out and enjoy!
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.
There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter. He is a walking challenge to the phrase “file under.” Best to just sort him under “Don White.”
Don’s approach to music is a weird, unique blend. If he just played folk music, it would be a handy label. But he has invented his own genre with a mix of humor and powerful songwriting. White’s arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Ma across the country as hitchhiker, through Boston’s comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto the stage with greats like Christine Lavin, Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ritchie Havens, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Tom Rush, and Louden Wainright III. At every point, White has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker.
Sally Rogers performs an evening of traditional, contemporary and original ballads and song, interwoven with stories taken from her life as a performer, a wife and a mother. Throughout her concerts, she accompanies herself on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer, or performs without accompaniment in a voice that needs no further enhancement. Reviewers have described her voice in superlatives ranging from “remarkable” to “mesmerizing.” As one critic summarized, “…it’s really next to impossible to do justice to a voice of that quality.” Much of the material performed by Sally includes compositions of her own, many of which are considered classics of the folk and popular genre.
More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival
stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing. If it were the intention of the creator or creators of this universe to perfectly blend together the night sky with moon and stars, it might have been their intention as well to deliver Claudia Schmidt as their messenger of reminder. To say that Schmidt is simply a performer with a talent to entertain would be a miscarriage of understatement. Schmidt takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.
Open Mic Feature – Peter Lehndorff
Peter Lehndorff writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Some are humorous. Some are serious. They are observations about the things that happen to him and the stuff he sees. There are stories about cars; what he eats; and the places he has lived. In addition to his slice-of-life songs, Peter is now mixing the funny with the serious; the romantic with the eccentric. It reflects his recent experiences. His early disc, Love on the Line received a great deal of airplay on college and public radio. Some of his more recent songs feature old friends like Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry. He has also been collaborating with new friends on sites like SoundCloud. He has also covered songs for the British post-punk band, Bent Cousin.
SloGrass, a Central Mass Bluegrass band, has been entertaining New England audiences for 26 years with its unique brand of acoustic Americana; with lively instrumentals featuring banjo, dobro, mandolin, guitar, and acoustic bass; with vocal selections showcasing rich, 2, 3 & 4 part harmonies. The seeds of SloGrass were sewn in the summer of 1989 when Dave, Mark and Fran started getting together once a week to play fiddle tunes for fun and a musical challenge. In the summer of 1993, Bob officially joined the band as its heartbeat on the standup bass. SloGrass plays a mix of vocal and instrumental songs, drawing on various traditions including Bluegrass, Blues, Jazz, Folk, American Songbook, Americana, World Music and a few originals. While our name implies a connection to Bluegrass music, we love all kinds. Roughly three quarters of our repertoire is other-than Bluegrass.