The Shops at Springton Pointe
204 South Newtown Street Rd
Newtown Square, PA 19073
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Burlap and Bean is transformed from a cozy cafe into an intimate listening room each weekend.

Listening Room Each Friday and Saturday evening, we are a listening room. Please respect the performers and others in the audience by setting your cell phones on silence mode and keeping conversations to a minimum.

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Table Reservations If you plan to attend a music event with a party of 2 or more, a limited number of tables are available to be reserved. More details can be found here.

Live Broadcast Select performances will be streamed live over the internet. To view, click here.

 
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March 6, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Charlie Phillips performs
the music of George Harrison

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

Join Charlie Phillips as he performs an evening of “Harrisongs”, spanning the breadth of George’s songwriting career from The Beatles to his solo works. To listen to samples, visit www.charliephillips.com

Raised amidst the musical melting pot that was 1970’s Philadelphia, listeners agree that Charlie Phillips’ songs cannot be categorized into genre. His musical influences – rooted primarily in rock, soul, folk, and blues – have been blended and distilled to create his eclectic style and fresh sound. From the blues-rock and reggae flavored “Preacherman” and “Give It Up”, to the Asbury Park blare of “Natural”, to the campfire folksiness of “Donny T” and “Wealth of Friends”, his heartfelt and melody-driven songs leave the listener singing after the song is over.

Charlie’s charisma and spontaneity are evident in his live shows, alluring audiences by dipping deep into his reservoir of original music and cover tunes. Also a yoga teacher at his own yoga studio in suburban Philadelphia, Charlie adds the compelling ingredient of his positive and hopeful “spiritual realism” into his recordings (evident in songs such as “Little Things” and “What It Is”) as well as his live performances.

Songs from Charlie’s CDs “All Roads Lead To Home” and “JustLove!” have received airplay on WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia and other stations across the country and internationally, and his song “Tears For Joy” has climbed to No. 12 on the November 2012 IndieWorld Country Music chart. His third CD, “What It Is” was released in January 2012 and rose to No. 23 on the RootsMusic Chart in November 2012.

-- Opening will be special guest Ben Kessler

 

 

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

March 7, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Robby Hecht and Caroline Spence

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Robby Hecht and Caroline Spence.
A special double feature.

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Robby Hecht crafts melodic and captivating songs that don’t shy away from the complexity of human relationships and delivers them with a smooth tenor that evokes both sorrow and hope. He is a romantic realist who writes with an honesty that captures the truth of a sentiment, building allegorical themes that allow anyone to relate the songs to the experiences of his or her own life. Robby has toured and written relentlessly over the last several years, winning the Great Waters Music Festival Songwriter Competition in 2006, the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition in 2008 and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest in 2010—along the way garnering comparisons to early James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee. Like these celebrated artists, Robby Hecht is a unique voice—one that is stirring, instantly recognizable and truly original. To listen to samples, visit www.robbyhecht.com

Caroline Spence is enamored with words and songs. Though countless singer-songwriters boast the same simple claim, few have been lifted up by their passion the way Caroline has. Her passion led the Virginia native on a pilgrimage to Nashville, where the 25-year-old honed her writing and her coy, dusky soprano across folk, Americana and alt-country genres. That same passion resonates throughout every track on her first full-length solo debut, the magical and meditative Somehow. The band lives and breathes with Spence’s guitar and vocals, masterfully navigating a breadth of genres with a perfect sense of intimacy and style, at times with the rock of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, the twang of Nashville’s Lower Broadway, or the sensitivity of swelling pedal steel and simple percussion. With songs that wrap the truths of life up into personal vignettes of clever wordplay and catchy hooks, it’s no wonder that Caroline has won three national songwriting contests and has had her songs recorded by up-and-coming independent singer songwriters Andrew Combs (“Heavy”) and Annalise Emerick (“A Good One” and “Somewhere In Between”). To listen to samples, visit www.carolinespencemusic.com

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

March 13, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Josh Oliver with Emily Mure

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Josh Oliver.
To listen to samples, visit www.reverbnation.com/josholiver

Josh Oliver has spent most of the last decade as both a sideman and solo artist, playing guitar and singing along with various bands and songwriters all over the United States. He has either toured with or recorded with acts such as The Everybodyfields, Mandolin Orange, The Black Lillies, The Deep Dark Woods, Martha Scanlan, Amy Speace, Jill Andrews, and Sam Quinn.

In 2011 Oliver released his self-produced, instrumentally sparse album "Troubles" which included both original and traditional material, then followed up with a 2014 release, "Part Of Life", which was produced by Andrew Marlin from the North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange.

-- Opening will be special guest Emily Mure

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

March 14, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Michael Braunfeld with Matt Harlan

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Michael Braunfeld - Full Circle CD Release!
To listen to samples, visit www.reverbnation.com/michaelbraunfeld

Michael Braunfeld is, first and foremost, a storyteller. His songs capture the everyday triumphs and struggles of ordinary people. From the child growing up without a parent lost in the war in "Over There" to the down-on-his luck ski bum in "The Local," his characters - though trapped in the particular circumstances of their own lives - appeal to a universal audience.

Michael has been garnering critical acclaim and industry recognition including a prestigious slot on the 2013 Emerging Artists Showcase at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival - where he received honorable mentions in audience voting (one of the only solo performers to do so) - and a coveted Quad Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance that same year. From sold out listening rooms to folk festivals up and down the East Coast, Michael has been delighting old fans and winning over new audiences at every stop.

Whether addressing topical issues or sharing personal stories that often leave his audiences feeling that he has somehow, in some way, invaded their privacy, Michael's performances combine a powerful guitar style with a seemingly endless supply of urgency. And he has a pretty sneaky sense of humor too.

-- Opening will be special guest Matt Harlan

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

March 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

The Henry Girls and Ry Cavanaugh

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with The Henry Girls and Ry Cavanaugh.
A special double feature.

The Henry Girls are from Malin, Ireland on the quirky and insular Inishowen peninsula. They learned their instruments and honed their skills playing at family parties and pub sessions and they are steeped in the musical ethos of their home, but their ears and hearts are filled with music from all over the globe. When asked who her favorite musician was when she was young, Lorna did not hesitate to say "Jimi Hendrix!" As The Henry Girls tour their music around the world, they are in the company of great Irish groups like Clannad, Mary Black, and Dervish but they are just as likely to be compared to Gillian Welch, the Wailin’ Jennys, or Norah Jones. Nominated for an IFTA (an Irish Oscar) for their work on the soundtrack of a Shine of Rainbows To listen to samples, visit www.thehenrygirls.com

Son of a Honky Tonk singer from Stamford, Connecticut (unlikely, but true), Ry Cavanaugh has been a central figure in the Cambridge Folk and Rock (roots, if you like) scene for the last 20 years. He produced a live compilation, "One Night in Cambridge," in 1995 featuring Mary Gauthier, Faith Soloway, and many others. He was a founding member of cult-residency bands Vinal Avenue String Band (with Sean Staples and Kris Delmhorst) and Maybe Baby (with Jennifer Kimball). Also, a reluctant and brief member of the acclaimed Wayfaring Strangers. Currently performs with Session Americana and on his own. His song "Lighthouse Light" has been recorded by Mary Black and Redbird (Kris Delmhorst, Peter Mulvey, Jeff Foucault). To listen to samples, visit www.rycavanaugh.com

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

March 21, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Milton with Cariad Harmon

$20 Cover

An evening with Milton.
To listen to samples, visit www.miltonmusic.com

I’ve spent a good part of my life in the library, a good part of my life in music venues and a good part of my life next to the record player. I grew up like most American suburban kids in the 1980’s, watching MTV and listening to top 40 radio. I also raided my friends’ parents’ record collections for all of the cool old stuff they had. “The Harder They Come” was one of the first albums I loved and it’s still one of my favorites. My songwriting heroes have always been the really smart ones who write great poetry over great tunes: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Hank Williams, Bob Marley. My favorite singers were always the real churchy ones: Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Ralph Stanley, Dolly Parton, Toots Hibbert, The Staples. I also love raspy, intimate rock singers like Rod Stewart and Paul Westerberg.

More than just about anything in life, I love a tune that you can’t wait to hear again, a story that takes you somewhere and a singer that you can feel in your heart. I’ve written and recorded a lot of songs, I’ve played on TV and on radio stations around the country and I wrote the score for an HBO movie. Just like when I was a kid, I’m still filling notebooks with rhymes every day and freaking out about great writing and great songs. You can hear echoes of a lot of my old records in my stuff, whether it’s blues or country or Nick Lowe or Jimmy Cliff or any number of things. I love keeping the roots alive in my music and I love the intimate experience of a song.

-- Opening will be special guest Cariad Harmon

 

 

$20 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

March 27, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

SHEL with Jesse Thomas

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with SHEL.
To listen to samples, visit www.shelmusic.com

Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza, collectively known as SHEL, are four classically trained musicians who happen to be sisters. Emerging from the artist colony of Fort Collins on the Eastern slope of Colorado, SHEL is sophisticated and youthful, emotional and lighthearted, classic and eccentric.

Four sisters, raised in an atmosphere of creative freedom and diligent study, have honed their musical skills surgically sharp and blended their personalities and visions into a unified whole. They are a vocal group with outstanding instrumental capabilities and an instrumental group with a thrilling vocal attack. From their fetching, unpredictable songs to their whimsical, hand-made top hats, SHEL makes a profound impression, something they are doing to growing crowds and critical acclaim.

Raised and home-schooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother, they dove into music young. Hannah was first to take classical lessons on piano. Then it was Sarah on violin, Liza on harp and Eva on mandolin. Liza switched to the drums upon discovery of her passion for polyrhythm. Then in the early 2000s, they started working up and performing songs with their father.

-- Opening will be special guest Jesse Thomas

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

March 28, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Ethan Pierce and Silveeo

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with Ethan Pierce and Silveeo.
A special double feature.

Ethan's musical efforts have been varied throughout the years, crossing different bands and genre's before heading out on his own. All of that led to his 2012 Debut EP "To Paint a Picture" Since that time Ethan has been a frequent live performer in Suburban Philadelphia cafe's and listening rooms. Growth has been a theme in Ethan's life and music over the past few years, continuously honing of his craft has led to a sound and style all his own. Drawing inspiration from the past and present there are elements of classic soul in his voice, a dark folk styling on the guitar and live performances that leave you wanting more. One thing is for sure Ethan's live show will yield consistent results, though the songs may not sound the same each night, you can rest assured the passion with which he performs will always be there. A full length record may be on the horizon for Pierce, but in the mean time go hear his newest tracks the way they we're written, alone with a guitar and his voice. To listen to samples, visit www.facebook.com/epiercemusic

Multi-instrumentalist, Silveeo, has been creating Home Recordings, composing original music and performing around the Philadelphia Area for near a decade. His songwriting is inspired by experience and are best described as reflections of ecology and imagination. Silveeo has collaborated with a number of Philadelphia acts including Indie Rocker's The Subtractive, Dream Pop Group Tutlie, and Folk Troop A Fistful of Sugar. Silveeo will be working with Producers Asher Brooks and August Navarro on his Debut LP this year. To listen to samples, visit www.silveeo.bandcamp.com

 

 

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 2, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Seth Glier with Joy Ike

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Seth Glier.
To find out more, visit www.sethglier.com

Despite his relatively young age, MPress recording artist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. He’s shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Edwin McCain, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams, and has quickly become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar.

On his fourth album for MPress Records, If I Could Change One Thing (April 2015), Glier embraces a genuine modern-pop direction, marking a bold departure from his previous, more acoustic recordings and the beginning of an exciting relationship with Los Angeles-based producer/songwriter Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, Dashboard Confessional). “Bill's energy, drive, and experience gave me a safe place to get creative and tap into a deeper part of my inner voice that has yet to be heard on any of my previous albums.” The album includes a gorgeous duet with American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox, as well as musical appearances by Pat Matera (Katy Perry) and Daniel Rhine (Sara Bareilles). Featuring collaborations with renowned songwriter Trent Dabbs (“Girls Chase Boys” / Ingrid Michaelson), hitmaker Steve Seskin (Tim McGraw, Peter Paul and Mary, Peter Frampton), and Alex Wong (Delta Rae, Vienna Teng), If I Could Change One Thing merges genres seamlessly, with universal songs about falling in and out of love and social action that capture a songwriter and performer at the peak of his young abilities.

As an advocate for Musicians On Call and a national spokesperson for ChildFund International who has helped over 200 children find sponsors, Seth has become increasingly comfortable expressing his social beliefs, both onstage and off. He participated in the 2012 ROCK THE VOTE Road Trip, and took home Best Social Action Song for his track “The Next Right Thing” at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards, his second IMA win. For his 2013 Things I Should Let You Know Release tour, he teamed up with Autism Speaks and raised over $5,000 for the not-for-profit organization. The last two years have also garnered Seth musical placements on television (Lifetime and Bravo), as well as coveted slots on the Cayamo Cruise, at the Penang Jazz Festival in Malaysia, and as a performer for former House Speaker Eric Cantor.

-- Opening will be special guest Joy Ike

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 9, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Ari Hest with MaryLeigh Roohan

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

An evening with Ari Hest.
To listen to samples, visit www.arihest.com

Over his 15 year career, Ari Hest has released eight albums, three EPs, and "52" in 2008, an innovative project whereby he wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday for a full year. Hest is also half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, and half of the Brazilian music inspired pop duo Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland.

Hest's music has been featured in media, most notably The Lincoln Lawyer with his 2011 song "Now" as well as TV shows Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. Recently, Ari's song "The Landlord" appeared in an episode of NPR's "All Things Considered". In 2008, he also scored a film called Dreamriders which won several independent film awards. Throughout his career, he has toured worldwide to support his records, most recently in Germany as well as several European countries, and built the kind of loyal fan base any musician would envy.

While his newest album, 2014's Shouts and Whispers, is an excellent indication of what Hest is capable of, his live show leaves even more of an impression.

-- Opening will be special guest MaryLeigh Roohan

 

 

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 10, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Amy Speace with Kate Klim

$15 Cover

An evening with Amy Speace.
To listen to samples, visit www.amyspeace.com

Speace is one of the most heralded singers and songwriters of her generation, working for the past 10 years under the radar of the mainstream music industry. She began her creative life in NYC in theater, mostly in Shakespeare, mostly in fringe and experimental companies. A lifelong musician, it was a chance meeting with legend Judy Collins that changed the direction of her life when Collins invited her to join her on tour and subsequently recorded her song "The Weight of the World", calling it "one of the best political folk songs I've ever heard". That song was named as the #4 Folk Song Of The Decade by DJ John Platt of NYC's WFUV.

In 2006, Speace signed to Collins' Wildflower Records and released her debut Songs For Bright Street , which received widespread critical acclaim and included a duet with The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and guest appearances by Soozie Tyrell of the E-Street Band. In 2009, her sophomore follow up, The Killer In Me, which was recorded with legendary producer/engineer Mitch Easter in North Carolina was considered by many critics in the line of great break-up records, and earned her comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash. NPR said that Amy "expertly chronicled heartbreak" on this song cycle inspired by her divorce and mostly written while she was living in a small cabin in the Catskills. Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople fame was featured in two duets, as was her longtime touring band The Tearjerks.

In late 2009, Speace moved to East Nashville and began work on a series of songs chronicling that migration. She released 2011's Land Like A Bird with Thirty Tigers. In 2013, her next and first truly independent project, How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat and it's companion EP Same Old Storm brought her the best press of her career. An ambitious narrative that wove Speace's songs loosely around the characters ad poetry of Shakespeare, Stormy Boat was featured in an NPR "All Things Considered" piece and received raves from The New York Times, Mojo Magazine, American Songwriter and others. She has shared the stage with Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins, Ian Hunter, Alejandro Escovedo. Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Sid Selvidge and many others. She will release, That Kind Of Girl in March 2015.

-- Opening will be special guest Kate Klim

 

 

$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 11, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Ryanhood and Sarah Blacker

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Ryanhood and Sarah Blacker.
A special double feature.

High-school rivals turned award-winning, nationally-touring acoustic duo, Ryanhood learned to connect with audiences early. On the streets of Boston, Ryan Green and Cameron Hood first started the foot-stomping, story-telling, and flashy guitar-playing that they've since become known for, while busking with their acoustic guitars. One part comedic exchange and one part music ensemble, Ryanhood has built a reputation around the country as one of the most entertaining and engaging acoustic duos today. Their airtight vocal harmonies, along with Ryan’s rapidly precise guitar riffs and Cameron’s soulfully rich lead vocals, create all of the feel-good breakdowns and radio-ready hooks that fans have loved about Ryanhood for years. To listen to samples, visit www.ryanhood.com

Boston-based 2013 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker, was also a nominee for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for 2013′s single, ‘Shiver,’ in the New England Music Awards, 2014. She is a prolific singer/songwriter currently in the studio recording her 3rd full-length album, (Blacker has penned 2 full-lengths and 2 EPs in just 4 years) her previous currently receiving airtime on local NPR station, WUMB, and Emerson’s WERS as well as many other AAA and college stations worldwide. To listen to samples, visit www.sarahblacker.com

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 17, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Hannah Aldridge with Robinson Treacher

$15 Cover

An evening with Hannah Aldridge.
To listen to samples, visit www.hannah-aldridge.com

HANNAH ALDRIDGE is steeped in the music both of Nashville and Muscle Shoals, the two cities where she was raised as her father -- a Muscle Shoals legend as well as a much-honored Nashville songwriter, musician and producer – plied his craft. Her musical youth was spent being trained to be a classical pianist. She didn’t begin writing songs until, as a 21-year-old sound-engineering student at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN she took a songwriting class as an elective.

There is stark contradiction between the “real” and loving Hannah and the hard-loved, almost-fictitious character she becomes when writing songs trekking through life’s darkly carnal sides. The real Hannah, a striking 5-foot-11 blonde, smiles frequently, affably when discussing her music and her life. The mention of her son, sparks a generous gleam in her deep green eyes. “My character is someone who will kill somebody, get high. This person is an outlaw and is also somebody that understands the difference between good and bad. My character is someone who says ‘this is not right, but I’m doing it anyway.’…I would never ride a motorcycle, but you know she would," says Hannah, putting a fingertip on the cheek of the hard blonde in the cover photo.

The girl on the album cover, in her mind and in her lyrics, does all of the above and much more as she drags the soft-spoken “real Hannah” out of her out of her everyday existence and into the musty magnolia darkness where characters question the darker side of life. “People expect girls to be more refined. But I’ve been to rehab, got sober, been married, divorced, had a kid when I wasn’t married, went to college all the way as a single mom.” In the end, the album is where the “dark” Hannah and the sweetly profound young mother mingle. “This album is about learning to be a grownup, learning to face the world alone. It’s about being brave enough to look people in the eye and just say ‘This is who I am -- imperfections and all.’” And that’s just what she does. And the listener is the beneficiary.

-- Opening will be special guest Robinson Treacher

 

 

$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 18, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Jess Klein and Rod Picott

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

An evening with Jess Klein and Rod Picott.
A special double feature.

Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Klein-who possesses what Mojo magazine calls "one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to" and a knack for writing songs that the Cape Cod Times has described as "fully realized, finely observed and deeply felt"-has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that's seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft. To listen to samples, visit www.jessklein.com

The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you'll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eagelsmith have recorded Rod Picott songs. A former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self released CDs over the last 13 years and a well earned reputation as a engaging, emotion fueled performer. Hang Your Hopes On Crooked Nail, produced by RS Field [Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carll] is a collection of carefully crafted songs of rugged truth and beauty. Recorded at Joe Pisapia's [KD Lang, Guster] Middletree Studios in East Nashville the CD highlights Picott's particular gift for exploring complex themes in common language. The eleven songs on Hang Your Hopes On a Crooked Nail offer an unblinking albeit wry gaze into our common heart and a clenched fist of defiance against the trials that tear at our humanity. To listen to samples, visit www.rodpicott.com

 

 

$12 Adv / $15 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 22, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Jennifer Knapp

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

An evening with Jennifer Knapp.
To listen to samples, visit www.jenniferknapp.com

Jennifer Knapp’s beautifully intimate new album Set Me Free puts her uncommon honesty front and center, solidifying her return to a music career set on her own terms. Set Me Free, coming October 14 on Righteous Babe Records, is Knapp’s second mainstream folk rock release after she left her Grammy-nominated Contemporary Christian Music career behind, returning seven years later with the refreshingly straightforward Letting Go in 2010. While her transition away from Christian music and public coming out as a lesbian have made her a lightning rod for controversy, Set Me Free is an album full not of anger but of love, with intimate arrangements providing the backdrop for stories of romance, friendship, and faith. Coinciding with the release of her candid memoir Facing the Music: My Story on Howard Books/Simon and Schuster, this refreshing new album once again demonstrates Jennifer’s uncompromising willingness to be open in the spotlight.

Set Me Free focuses on how we interact with one another, how we affect others and how other people, places or life events affect us, shaping us into who we are and how we hope to be heard and understood. “Much of this record centers around intimate conversations between two people,” explains Knapp. “Some songs are between lovers, others friends and some who are going separate ways. Each song is a moment of some pivotal point of declaration or need for understanding from one person or one idea to another.”

 

 

$15 Adv / $18 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 23, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Builder of the House and Buffalo Stack

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with Builder of the House and Buffalo Stack.
A special double feature.

Builder of the House is the Portland, ME based Indie Folk outfit comprised of Robert Cimitile and Elliot Heeschen. The group’s first EP I am a Tidal Wave is rooted in folk and bluegrass, yet each song is augmented by its own unique element, such as ethereal glockenspiel, haunting vocal effects, or barbershop quartet. The group’s eclectic sound, which varies from sparse acoustic guitar to full orchestral arrangements, has at its core Rob Cimitile’s strong songwriting. Their upcoming EP has an expanded full band sound born out of collaborations with other artists in the Portland music scene who appear on the record. Builder of the House has been featured on Reverb Nation, Sound Cloud, and the CD Baby DIY Musician blog. Their sound has been described as “a cross between Elliott Smith and Ray Davies”. The music consists of “great memorable tunes with super smart lyrics” sung with a “voice that is both instantly warm and appealing.” To listen to samples, visit www.reverbnation.com/builderofthehouse

After thirteen years as a successful NYC pro musician, Andy Stack was ready for a change. He and his new wifeTania Elizabeth (of the Avett Brothers and The Duhks) rented out a house in Hudson, NY on a whim and quickly fell in love with the rich culture and talent-filled community. One night at Levon Helm’s Barn they heard Lee Falco, Brandon Morrison and Connor Kennedy tearing it up, and the 5 became fast friends. Over the course of 8 months they’ve created a band and an album that elevates every person in the band with its’ synergy of experience and youthful energy. To listen to samples, visit www.buffalostack.com

 

 

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 24, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Mouth of Babes with Joe Stevens

$15 Cover

An evening with Mouth of Babes.
To listen to samples, visit www.mouthsofbabesmusic.com

Only fate could have orchestrated the union of Girlyman and Coyote Grace. The two bands ended up spending a whole year touring together in 2011 and inevitably, all seven band members ended up onstage together each night. The musical chemistry was electric. Each show closed with a roof-raising version of MaMuse's "Hallelujah" that quickly became legendary among the bands' fans.

Ingrid and Ty became fast friends and ended each tour with a bittersweet goodbye, giddily awaiting their next adventures together. Slowly they were discovering their perfect complement not just onstage, but off as well. Fast forward to 2013, when both Girlyman and Coyote Grace became indefinitely parked, for various reasons. So Ty did the obvious next thing—she moved to California and knocked on Ingrid’s door. First came love, then came music—and finally, Mouths of Babes was born.

The new material from Mouths of Babes finds Ty’s heartfelt songs being lifted up by Ingrid’s infectious irreverence, while Ingrid’s songs dig for a deep taproot of universality a la Ty’s literate leanings. In September 2014 the duo recorded their debut EP, Faith & Fumes, at Empty Sea Studios under the direction of producer Michael T. Connolly. Faith & Fumes was released to much fan acclaim in December 2014, and EP release tours are being planned through the end of 2015.

-- Opening will be special guest Joe Stevens

 

 

$15 Cover

Doors Open at 7:30pm

April 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

Bill Staines
with Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards

$10 Adv / $12 At the Door

An evening with Bill Staines.
To listen to samples, visit www.www.acousticmusic.com/staines

For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer", Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic." Bill's music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.

Many of Bill's songs have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals, and scouting campfire songbooks; he is one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the classic song collection, Rise up Singing. Composer David Amram recently described Bill as "a modern day Stephen Foster…his songs will be around 100 years from now."

-- Opening will be special guest Mark Mandeville/Raianne Richards

 

 

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