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The Word Barn serves as a unique and intimate glorified house concert setting and concert experience unlike any other. With impeccable acoustics, welcoming environment, unique interaction with performers, and a combination of seats, stools, and balcony, it provides a superb community gathering centered around good music.

The Word Barn frequently plays host to Bright & Lyon Productions – a passion project of music fanatics who are dedicated to bringing and sharing the best offerings of the music scene today.

All concerts have limited seating, require tickets (first come, first serve) via links below. Concerts usually sell out – advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

During the unprecedented time of this COVID19 pandemic, The Word Barn has moved outside to offer select open-air, and socially-distanced concerts in the beautiful Word Barn Meadow.

Attendance is limited, but masks are no longer required if vaccinated, and you are welcome to bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket. Protocols are continuously being revised and are circulated to ticket holders in advance of each show to help preserve a safe space to enjoy all things about The Word Barn experience we all have come to love and celebrate. The Word Barn itself is now being used as a rain venue.

When we move back inside The Word Barn – proof of vaxx and mandatory masks required to enter. Negative Covid tests not accepted at this time. No exceptions outside of children under 12 with masks.

Thanks and see you at a show!


Oliver Wood – Thursday, July 8, 2021
5pm & 8pm SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

Once in a lifetime opportunity.  Oh so good!

Oliver Wood is a mainstay of modern-day American roots music. The frontman of the Wood Brothers since 2004, he’s spent the 21st century blurring the boundaries between folk, gospel, country-soul, and Americana, earning an international audience and a Grammy Award-nomination along the way. Always Smilin,’ his debut as a solo artist, continues that tradition while also shining new light on Oliver’s sharp songwriting, savvy guitar chops, and a voice that evokes the swagger of a Saturday evening picking party one moment and the solemnity of a Sunday morning gospel service the next.

Longtime fans don’t need to worry; Oliver remains fully committed to the Wood Brothers. When the Covid-19 pandemic forced the band to clear its touring schedule and spend most of 2020 at home, though, he began gathering together the solo material he’d been writing with other musicians. Gradually, almost surprisingly, an album began taking shape.

Hawktail – Thursday, July 22, 2021
7pm

Hawktail is the instrumental acoustic quartet of fiddler Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, guitarist Jordan Tice, and mandolinist Dominick Leslie. Though at first glance it looks like an acoustic superpicker side-project, their all-original music is cohesive and unique, distinguishing them as an ensemble with a sound built from the ground up. Flush with orchestral sweeps and sparse vigils, with strains of the American South and the North Atlantic, this cosmopolitan sound is not what you’d expect from a string band.

Each member of Hawktail brings a read more…

 

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Sierra Ferrell – Friday, July 23, 2021
4pm –
Just Added!
7pm – SOLD OUT
(Join the waiting list here)

With her spellbinding voice and time-bending sound, Sierra Ferrell makes music that’s as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself. Growing up in West Virginia, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist got her start belting out Shania Twain songs in a local bar at the age of seven, and left home in her early 20s to journey across the country with a troupe of wandering musicians. “I met all these homeless kids who were traveling all over the place and playing amazing old songs, and I wanted to be a part of that,” says Ferrell, who played everywhere from truck stops to alleyways to freight-train boxcars speeding down the railroad tracks. “The music they were making was so honest, so pure. It seemed important to bring that kind of music back, and it’s been with me ever since.”

After years of read more…

Kevin Morby – Wednesday, July 28, 2021
7pm SOLD OUT
(Join the waiting list here)

An Evening with Kevin Morby – live in The Word Barn Meadow.

Kevin Morby rolls into town on July 28 for a stripped-down evening in The Word Barn Meadow. Conjuring sunsets, campfires, and long drives on the open road with a pluck of his guitar and a few choice words, this indie folk-rocker plays mid-field mid-summer.

With a slew of accolades — and Dylan comparisons — Kevin Morby melds lyrical mastery and rootsy production into serene folk-rock that reveals an old head on young shoulders. Morby is dusk-laden; warm with a wistful edge that “consistently captures the bittersweet feeling of a sunset” (Pitchfork). With a voice “uncannily like Bob Dylan…evoking the Band’s warped Americana,” this all-star troubadour beckons us to the field for a not-to-be-missed twilight serenade.

Sammy Rae & The Friends – Saturday, July 31, 2021
8pm
SOLD OUT
(Join the waiting list here)

Sammy Rae & The Friends live in The Word Barn Meadow for a one-of-a-kind concert experience!

Sammy Rae is a NYC based singer/songwriter, currently in production of her second studio record. Accompanying herself on piano, Sammy has a unique sound that is youthful, rooted in jazz and classic rock, and sprinkled with hints of blues and R&B.

Expect spirited and sassy lyrics, eclectic instrumentation and high energy performances.

Quirky, vulnerable and confident, she’s 2 parts jazz starlet, 2 parts rock belt, and 100% a breed all her own.

In short, Sammy Rae & The Friends are the 8 faces of our community, ‘The Friends’. The members are full-time and uniquely talented in several studies of music. From world to jazz to funk, folk and rock, we’ve got all the bases covered.

An 8-piece band consisting of a rhythm section, a horn section, and background singers + dancers.

Chadwick Stokes – Saturday, August 21, 2021
5pm & 8pm

SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

Chadwick Stokes is an accomplished musician and songwriter who grew up on a small farm outside of Boston. A songwriter since early adolescence, his many projects have woven together music, art, history and activism.

From Dispatch, which he started in his early 20s; to his politically driven band, State Radio; to his nascent solo project, Chadwick Stokes and the Pintos, Chad has committed himself to using music as a vehicle for social and political change.

Along with his wife, Sybil, read more…

Hiss Golden Messenger – Sunday, September 5, 2021
4pm  & 7pm – Sold Out

M.C. Taylor, who performs under the moniker, Hiss Golden Messenger, makes his solo Word Barn debut on the heels of his critically acclaimed 10th studio album, Quietly Blowing It (Merge Records / June 2021). Of the new album, American Songwriter exclaimed, “there’s a reason why Hiss Golden Messenger has emerged as one of the more prominent buzz bands of the last couple of years.”

His 2019 album, Terms of Surrender, was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 63rd Grammy Awards, and brought the indie folk-rocker into the mainstream, amassing millions upon millions of streams, praise from the likes of NPR and Rolling Stone, and ultimately resulted in collaborations with Taylor & Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes, Zach Williams from The Lone Bellow, guitar great Buddy Miller and more. Don’t miss this rare solo appearance!

Friday, September 24, 2021
5pm & 8pm – Sold Out

Join us for a special, rare intimate evening with Darlingside!

If Darlingside’s first album, Birds Say (2015), focused on the past through nostalgia, and their second, Extralife (2018), contemplated uncertain futures, Fish Pond Fish stands firmly in the present, looking at what’s here, now. Dave Senft (bass), Don Mitchell (guitar, banjo), Auyon Mukharji (violin, mandolin), and Harris Paseltiner (cello, guitar) have created a natural history in song—taking us into gardens, almond groves, orchard rows, down to the ocean floor and under stars.

The band has long been praised for their harmonies and intelligent songwriting, described by NPR as “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop,” and their dynamic presence (crowded tightly together onstage) have made them a live-performance favorite. But this album showcases their broader read more…

Damien Jurado – Friday, October 8, 2021 – Sold Out

Join us live in The Word Barn Meadow with Damien Jurado.

On The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Damien Jurado gathers up ten stories of people determined not to be broken by their dire circumstances. “The world is a liar, the stars are a must,” he sings over brushed drums, a circling bassline, and acoustic guitar on “Helena,” which opens his 17th album, the first release from Damien’s own Maraqopa Records. Dire circumstances have long been fixtures of Jurado’s songs, which are filled with ghosts, killers, cruel lovers, and the occasional UFO cult or false messiah. But here, the scenes are earthy, drawn from ordinary but no less immense calamities: hurricanes moving toward town, strained connections, amnesiacs in the front yard. On The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Jurado pulls the read more…

 

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Pokey LaFarge – Sold Out
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 8pm

LaFarge writes and performs original, sometimes traditional music steeped in American blues, country and Western swing from the days when 78s ruled the record player.

LaFarge looks like an old folk musician right out of Nashville’s 1950s heyday — almost amusingly out of place in the 21st-century crowd. His voice has a tinge of the classic country warble; lyrics recall the old-timey jazz of the South. Yet while harmonica riffs and lyrics recall the music of the past, guitar riffs and swing rhythms wield a sharp, enjoyable edge that elevates LaFarge’s music from a mere rehash of old hits.

“Embellished music with simple messages marks a triumphant record for one of America’s finest troubadours.” The 20 Best Albums of 2020 – Glide Magazine

 

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Martin Sexton – Saturday, January 8, 2022
5pm & 8pm – RESCHEDULED to March 24

An intimate concert experience unlike any other with Martin Sexton right here in our little barn.

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton is like an ultra-active antenna, adventuring through the static to grab a clear signal. When he dials in on one station, he then quickly shifts to the next one. This everchanging attention span drives his family crazy, but it’s ingrained in Martin, dating back to his childhood when he would tear through television primetime programming.

This ability to hone in on little defining moments suits Martin as a songwriter as evident by his read more…

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Come On Up To The House: A Songwriting Showcase
w/Mark Erelli, Melissa Ferrick, and Vance Gilbert
Friday, January 14, 2022 – RESCHEDULED to March 27

Join us for our brand new series: Come On Up To The House: A Songwriting Showcase as we host Mark Erelli, Melissa Ferrick and Vance Gilbert all on stage together.

This on-going concert series will feature some of the best songwriters on stage together where they will swap songs, share stories, jump in and back each other all in front of you, the audience – providing an intimate exchange and spontaneity that makes for some of the best magic and memorable concert experiences.

Mark Erelli (host) has forged a colorful career by read more…

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive $5 ticket discounts every month.

The Faux Paws & Green Heron
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Get ready for a melting pot of everything from raging fiddle tunes to contagious grooves as we host The Faux Paws and Green Heron for a special co-bill at The Word Barn!

From raging fiddle tunes, to saxophone solos and unrequited love songs, the music of The Faux Paws would be hard to pin down with standard genre descriptions. The trio’s contagious groove, and feel-good melting pot folk music has been honed over ten years of playing together, and is the sound of three close friends (two of which happen to be brothers), who feel a musical kinship that transcends any stylistic limitations. Now, after nearly a decade of music making, the read more…

 

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John Smith w/Paul Nelson – Friday, January 21, 2022

The English Balladeer John Smith heads to The Word Barn!

Born in Essex and raised on the Devon seaside, Smith is known for his intimate songwriting, his honey-on-gravel voice and pioneering guitar playing, he has spent the last fifteen years touring internationally and has amassed over 55 million streams on Spotify. As a session musician he has played guitar with artists as diverse as Joan Baez, David Gray, Joe Henry, Lianne La Havas and Tom Jones.

Not allowing a global pandemic to prohibit collaboration, Smith’s guests on the album recorded remotely and sent their contributions digitally over international borders —Sarah Jarosz, Courtney Hartman, The Milk Carton Kids, and Bill Frisell from the Americas and Smith’s frequent touring partner Lisa Hannigan via a virtual studio session in Dublin.

New Hampshire-based singer songwriter Paul Nelson travels a landscape of blues/roots and popfolk, with heartfelt, rootsy songwriting and a voice that is “menacingly soulful”. Paul’s debut album, Over Under Through (January 2019), has had radio play around the globe on blues/roots, AAA, and folk formats, winning rave reviews across many genres.

 

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Diaspora Radio: Let It Be – Thursday, January 27, 2022

Stu and the Gang take on The Beatles twelfth and final album.

An ongoing series created by Stuart Dias (Soggy Po’ Boys), Diaspora Radio features a mix of music from across time and genres, all recreated and performed by some of the areas best musicians. This performance will feature Let It Be – the final studio album by the Beatles, released on May 8, 1970 – almost a month after the group’s break-up.

Like most of the Beatles previous releases, the album topped charts in both the US and UK, but critical response was generally unfavorable, and Let It Be came to be regarded as one of the most controversial rock albums in read more…

 

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Dori Freeman w/Nora Brown – Saturday, January 29, 2022

Join us for a special album release concert with Dori Freeman, with special guest Nora Brown.

Ten Thousand Roses, the fourth studio album from singer-songwriter Dori Freeman, showcases an artist who has cemented an inimitable signature sound while simultaneously establishing her as capable of a wide variety of styles. Freeman is about as “bonafide” as an Appalachian artist can be: she was raised among a family of musicians in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Yet here she shows how multifaceted she is as an artist and how eclectic she is as a person, defying and expanding notions of what it means to be someone from the region, a young woman in the music industry, and as an Americana artist.

Her soaring read more…

 

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Come On Up To The House: A Songwriting Showcase w/Mark Erelli, Antje Duvekot, and Eleanor Buckland – Thursday, February 10, 2022

Join us for our brand new series: Come On Up To The House: A Songwriting Showcase as we feature Mark Erelli (host), Antje Duvekot, and Eleanor Buckland all on stage together for a special, intimate show.

This on-going concert series features some of the best songwriters on stage together where they will swap songs, share stories, jump in and back each other all in front of you, the audience – providing an intimate exchange and spontaneity that makes for some of the best magic and memorable concert experiences.

Mark Erelli (host) has forged a colorful career by read more…

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive $5 ticket discounts every month.

Session Americana – Friday, February 18, 2022

Session Americana is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of some of the best musicians out of the Boston craft a musical experience unlike any other.

On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheelin’ modern hootenanny.

The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show is an experience unlike any other, packed solid with impeccable talent that will leave you wanting more.

 

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SUSTO – Sunday, February 20, 2022 – RESCHEDULED to June 9

Mobility has always helped define America. Don’t settle for where you start. Find a new town, new coast, or new state of mind — then make it yours. “We export this idea of getting in your car and going somewhere, trying to find something new, bouncing around,” says Justin Osborne. “We live in some strange, crazy times. There is a sense of darkness. But I’m crisscrossing the country, and people are good and fun. There is a lot of beauty everywhere. I think not forgetting that is important.”

Osborne is home in Charleston, South Carolina, reflecting on the personal journey and cultural climate that have led to Ever Since I Lost My Mind, the third record and read more…

 

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Dylan LeBlanc – Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Dylan LeBlanc knows second chances don’t come around often.

But, neither do voices like his.

Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself.

In between the moments of clarity and a few familiar falls, he also wrote a new album, Cautionary Tale: a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity.

 

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Clem Snide – Thursday, February 24, 2022

The last ten years have been a rollercoaster of deep despair and amazing opportunities that somehow present themselves at the last possible second,” says Eef Barzelay. “During that time, the band bottomed out, I lost my house, and I had to declare bankruptcy. The only way to survive was to try to transcend myself, to find some kind of deeper, spiritual relationship with life. Once I committed to that, all these little miracles started happening.”

‘Forever Just Beyond,’ Barzelay’s stunning album under the Clem Snide moniker, may just be the most miraculous of them all. Produced by Scott Avett, the record is a work of exquisite beauty and profound questioning, a reckoning with faith and reality that rushes headlong into the unknown and the unknowable. The songs here grapple with read more…

 

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The Ballroom Thieves
Saturday,
February 26, 2022

Come join us for a special, intimate concert with The Ballroom Thieves (duo show) in The Word Barn!

Darker times make for bolder and, sometimes, brighter art.

The Ballroom Thieves – Calin “Callie” Peters (vocals, cello), Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), and Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals) – mine immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories on their 2018 EP, Paper Crown (Nettwerk Records). Under the cover of vintage jazz-style, the five songs reflect feelings of rootlessness from four nomadic years, bouts of depression, and the ever-looming read more…

 

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David Wax Museum (Trio) – Sunday, February 27, 2022

This is a rescheduled show from 2020 – all originally purchased tickets will be honored. Additional tickets available for purchase.

It’s been nearly a dozen years since David Wax and Suz Slezak played their first show together, kicking off a partnership that’s led to seven records, multiple Top 20 chart placements, performances alongside contemporaries like The Avett Brothers and heroes like Los Lobos, and — most importantly — a family of four.

As that family has grown, so has the band’s sound. Filled with husband-and-wife vocal harmonies, Mexican stringed instruments, melodic hooks, and blasts of brass, David Wax Museum’s albums fly the worldly flag for a brand of Americana that reaches far beyond American borders.

Join us for this joyous folk band that performs American roots music infused with Mexican instrumentation and rhythms.

 

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Seamus Egan (Solas) – Thursday, March 3, 2022

For over twenty years, Philadelphias Seamus Egan blazed a new trail for Irish music in America. At the head of the supergroup Solas, he toured the world and pushed the music in new directions, incorporating complex arrangements, stunning virtuosity, and elements of global and Americana music.

Its hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan who has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. As a multi-instrumentalist, hes put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others.

As a composer, Egan put his stamp on film soundtracks, symphonic collaborations, and, most famously, co-wrote Sarah McLachlans smash hit, I Will Remember You.

Music comes as naturally to Seamus Egan as breath, but his mastery of the tradition is only one facet of his plans to move the music forward.

 

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The Mallett Brothers – Friday, March 4, 2022
6pm & 9pm

The Mallett Brothers Band is an independent rock and roll / Americana / country band from Maine. Their busy tour schedule since forming in 2009 has helped them to build a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that’s influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds.

Texas Hill Country Explore Magazine calls them “New England’s wildly eclectic crew of genre rebels.” Bill Copeland Music News says read more…

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Haley Heynderickx w/Kaiti Jones
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Come join us for a special, intimate concert with Haley Heynderickx in The Word Barn!

It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through these waves of uncertainty and upheaval, is out now via Mama Bird Recording Co.

For the empathetic singer/songwriter, the reasons for seeking such read more…

 

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Mark Erelli & Mary Bragg
Thursday, March 17, 2022

This is a rescheduled concert from November – all original tickets will be honored for this new date.

Nashville’s ‘Americana Queen’ Mary Bragg pairs up with Word Barn favorite for what will be an amazing night!

Mark Erelli has forged a colorful career by making the art of “being everywhere all the time” seem effortless. It’s hard to think of another artist who seems equally at home serving as a sideman for GRAMMY-winning artists like Paula Cole, Marc Cohn, and Josh Ritter, or producing albums for Lori McKenna, as he does writing and producing his own material, like 2019’s “By Degrees,” on which he was joined by a host of voices including Rosanne Cash and Sheryl Crow. That song was nominated for “Song Of The Year” at the 2019 Americana Music Awards, and served to read more…

 

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Martin Sexton – Thursday, March 23, 2022
6pm & 9pm

An intimate concert experience unlike any other with Martin Sexton right here in our little barn.

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton is like an ultra-active antenna, adventuring through the static to grab a clear signal. When he dials in on one station, he then quickly shifts to the next one. This everchanging attention span drives his family crazy, but it’s ingrained in Martin, dating back to his childhood when he would tear through television primetime programming.

This ability to hone in on little defining moments suits Martin as a songwriter as evident by his read more…

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Sam Weber w/The Ladles – Friday, March 25, 2022

Canadian-born artist Sam Weber spans an eclectic range of roots, americana, improvisational music and jazz influences. He has released three LPs of his own material, collaborated with Grammy winners, and contributed guitar to the 2021 Juno-winning Bahamas album, Sad Hunk.

Supporting his latest release Get Free, Sam is going forth with the same intention and mantra as when he began: “Music is an emotional conduit between people and allows us the opportunity to share moments of truth and unity. In an age where the ritual of music-making can be a solitary exercise, I want to live my life to remind everyone that playing music as a communal and spontaneous practice can be healing and powerful.”

The Ladles have three part female harmony perfected – but their sound is more than that… They are an amalgamation of their respective histories and influences. With sophisticated arrangements, they create a dreamy otherworldly atmosphere that draws audiences in and demands attention. They quiet noisy bars and liven up staid concert halls. The Ladles are Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, and Lucia Pontoniere. 

 

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The Ammonium Maze Ensemble – Friday, March 26, 2022

After the NH-based jam band Percy Hill went on hiatus in early 2021, Percy Hill singer-songwriter/drummer Aaron Katz, original singer-songwriter/guitarist Tom Powley (The Midnight Wrens), and Jon Hawes (Mike Love) re-connected and aspired to keep the band’s music alive.

The Ammonium Maze Ensemble has one goal – to honor and celebrate the entire Percy Hill music catalog with high energy live shows.

Aaron and Tom have recruited a cast of veteran musicians to bring this vision to life: Bass player Jon Hawes, guitarist Dave Brunyak, vocalist Sarah Blacker, keyboardist Chris Sink, and drummer Scott Kinnison. The Ammonium Maze Ensemble plans to consistently augment shows by enlisting new musicians performing on a variety of instruments.

 

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Come On Up To The House: A Songwriting Showcase
w/Mark Erelli, Melissa Ferrick, and Vance Gilbert
Sunday, March 27, 2022

Join us for our brand new series: Come On Up To The House: A Songwriting Showcase as we host Mark Erelli, Melissa Ferrick and Vance Gilbert all on stage together.

This on-going concert series will feature some of the best songwriters on stage together where they will swap songs, share stories, jump in and back each other all in front of you, the audience – providing an intimate exchange and spontaneity that makes for some of the best magic and memorable concert experiences.

Mark Erelli (host) has forged a colorful career by read more…

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive $5 ticket discounts every month.

Rachel Baiman & Taylor Ashton
Thursday, March 31, 2022

With her 2017 debut Shame, Americana songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Baiman emerged as a fearless voice of the American female experience.

“Shame” was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love”, called a “Rootsy Wake-up Call” by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s “Noisey” as “flipping off authority one song at a time.” On her new full-length album Cycles, Baiman has found a grittier musical medium for her signature unabashed and defiant songwriting, employing a majority-female team including read more…

 

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Maya de Vitry w/Alexa Rose – Saturday, May 21, 2022

Pennsylvania-raised and Tennessee-based, Maya first appeared on the folk scene in 2012 as a founding member of The Stray Birds. When the hard-touring band dissolved in 2018, Maya began to steadily release powerful music under her own name—Adaptations in 2019, followed by 2020’s How to Break a Fall—writing boldly about borders, bodies, abuse, power, and love, with great imagination and empathy.

The title of Maya de Vitry’s 3rd solo album, lifted from a line in the lead single “Not a Trick of the Eye”, is a reference to “ultraviolet” light—a frequency which, while visible to creatures like butterflies and bees, lies beyond any human sense. It’s a reminder of a simple human limitation and an inspiring concept for an artist who feels most at home in the woods or the garden, observing the non-human living world and then emerging with vibrant and vital songs on the human condition—songs that, as No Depression says, “open windows that give us insights into the ambiguities of our lives.”

Special guest Nashville singer/songwriter Alexa Rose.

 

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Lucy Kaplansky – Saturday, June 4, 2022

She started out singing in Chicago folk music clubs as a teenager. Then, barely out of high school, Lucy Kaplansky took off for New York City.

There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers—Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, The Roches, and others. With a beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone’s favorite singing partner, but most often she found herself singing as a duo with Shawn Colvin. People envisioned big things for them; in fact, The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her.”

Her brand new album, “Everyday Street,” which will be released in September, is a dramatic departure for Lucy: it’s stripped down, just Lucy on guitar, mandolin and piano along with long-time accompanist and multi-instrumentalist Duke Levine, recorded live in a Boston studio over four days. The result is a stunning, intimate performance, reminiscent of Lucy’s powerful live shows. The new songs, written with Richard Litvin, are gorgeous, evocative and powerful. There are also three stunning covers that Lucy has been performing live, along with a re-imagined version of the title song from her first album “The Tide.”

 

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SUSTO – Thursday, June 9, 2022

Mobility has always helped define America. Don’t settle for where you start. Find a new town, new coast, or new state of mind — then make it yours. “We export this idea of getting in your car and going somewhere, trying to find something new, bouncing around,” says Justin Osborne. “We live in some strange, crazy times. There is a sense of darkness. But I’m crisscrossing the country, and people are good and fun. There is a lot of beauty everywhere. I think not forgetting that is important.”

Osborne is home in Charleston, South Carolina, reflecting on the personal journey and cultural climate that have led to Ever Since I Lost My Mind, the third record and read more…

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive $5 ticket discounts every month.

The Small Glories
Saturday, November 12, 2022

Folk Alliance International Artist of the Year and JUNO Award Nominees, The Small Glories are headed to The Word Barn!

Canadian Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tour-de-force partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories could almost make you believe in fate.

With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have read more…

 

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