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eileneventEilen Jewell – Thursday, September 7  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH
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Known for her range of musical styles, her sweet voice and her easygoing delivery, singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell heads to The Word Barn.

The Queen of the Minor Key, Eilen’s music encompasses a wide range of musical styles, from folk, country and gospel leanings to electric outings that skirt the edge of ’60s garage rock and Chicago blues.

She and her band tour relentlessly, regularly selling out venues around the world – and this one will be no exception.

Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition…She’s might good.” LA Daily News.

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SuitcaseEventThe Suitcase Junket – Saturday, September 30  8pm

The Word Barn, Exeter, NH
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The Suitcase Junket comes to The Word Barn!!!

Vermont native, Matt Lorenz – the beloved one-man “roots-rock/junk-folk” band known as The Suitcase Junket, that features 1950s amps and a guitar salvaged from a dumpster – plus an old oversized suitcase, a baby shoe (his baby shoe) hitting a gas can, a cooking pot, circular saw blade and a box of bones and silverware for added percussion.

It’s a sound like no other.

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TylerEventTyler Childers w/William Matheny – Sunday, October 22  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you haven’t locked in a space yet.

With a rocky, resonant voice, the Kentucky-based songwriter connects Appalachia to Nashville with his official debut album co-produced by Sturgill Simpson. The rising Americana star is only 26 but already a seasoned traveler on the Southern Americana music circuit thanks to his gift for incorporating authentic images into his songs, blending hard-luck stories with love songs that would make even a cynic swoon.

A favorite of the oxen and of far more delicate creatures in other parts of the country, Childers makes a stop at The Word Barn as part of his official debut album release tour.

Sierra Hull – Friday, November 10  8pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA
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Sierra Hull, the singer, mandolinist and former child prodigy who signed with Rounder at age 13 and distinguished herself by becoming the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, released ‘Weighted Mind,’ her first new album in five years, on January 29, 2016.

15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck produced the recording, which features eleven compelling new compositions written or co-written by Hull, and one traditional tune for which she and Fleck provided a new arrangement. Hull’s ethereal voice and fluid playing take center stage on the recording that was nominated for a 2017 Best Folk Album Grammy Award.

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Anais Mitchell – Saturday, November 25  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

***SOLD OUT*** Jump on the waiting list here for The Word Barn, or join us for her performance on November 24 at the Firehouse in Newburyport, MA here***.

Simply put, Anais sits permanently positioned among the Bright & Lyon favorites – and having the chance to feature her in the Word Barn has us over the moon.
Anais is a fearless artist whose songwriting has drawn in the likes of Greg Brown, Ani DiFranco (who signed her to her record label, Righteous Babe Records), Bon Iver, The Low Anthem, Richard Thompson and more.

Her haunting voice, her incredible writing and her willingness to follow her own lead have made her an inspiration to a new generation of writers already.

Hailing from Vermont and described as the “Queen of Folk” by The Telegraph, Anais Mitchells albums have received Best Of ranking from NPR, the Guardian, Sunday Times, and two BBC Radio Folk Awards – and recently completed her Off-Broadway production of Hadestown, a run that was extended twice.

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Darlingside – Thursday, December 7  7:30pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA

***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you haven’t locked in a space yet.

Darlingside are a Massachusetts-based ensemble whose sound is an eclectic blend of ’60s folk, clever wry wit, classical arrangements, soaring harmonies, and a modern indie-rock sensibility.

Playful vocal permutations swing from four-part unison to CSNY-inspired group harmonies, underpinned by rich, carefully crafted soundscapes.

The band’s wide-open arrangements are marked by the skillful vocal interplay of the four singers, and a penchant for smashing electronic sounds, with traditional acoustic textures – often bowed or plucked strings on a bed of ambient guitar swells and self-oscillating delays – shines through their latest release, Birds Say.

Their final product threads the collective memory of the four songwriters, nodding to the music of their parents’ generation while establishing a sound that is all their own.

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SmitherEventChris Smither – Friday, December 15  8pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA

***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you haven’t locked in a space yet.

With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Chris Smither is a true legend of folk/blues music.

A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.”—Associated Press

Since releasing his first album in 1971, Smither has released 15 others with his most recent album, Still on the Levee.

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Birds of Chicago – Friday, January 19  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012.

And, it’s paid off. Hailed as “this year’s biggest roots surprise” by the L.A. Times, Birds of Chicago features Allison Russell’s clarion voice wrapped around the broken country-soul croon of JT Nero for a harmony blend that is like nothing else in music today. It’s a full tilt revival featuring streamlined poems, deep grooves, sharp hooks and joyful singing straight from the gut.

But don’t just take it from us: “Simply gorgeous. On the verge of breaking big time” – Chicago Tribune, “Near perfect Americana” – No Depression.

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Rachael Price & Vilray – Thursday, January 25  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and Vilray met at the New England Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2003 and became friends. Their duo grew from a shared reverence for the pop music of the 1930s and 40s and its wide range of emotions. With simple arrangements and only a guitar for accompaniment, they perform original works and revive forgotten gems of the jazz big bands and western swing ensembles. Their sound recalls both the warmth of radio’s golden age and the intimacy of parlor concerts in a time before recordings.

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Mark Erelli – Friday, March 23 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Mark Erelli has toured internationally as a solo artist for the past eighteen years, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages to Fenway Park.  He has won music awards ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award to Grand Prize in the International Song Contest.

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.

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Tyler Ramsey – Saturday, April 7 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Tyler Ramsey is a singer-songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina, who is best known Band of Horses’ former lead guitarist for the past decade. Early on, Tyler studied country blues guitarists like Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi John Hurt, and American fingerstyle guitarists in the school of John Fahey and Leo Kottke. This music and these guitarists helped to solidify his own sense of melody and song forms.

During the last year of touring with Band of Horses, that saw him away more than at home, Tyler moved his family from Asheville NC, to a farm in the mountains of western North Carolina. Taking advantage of brief times off the road, he finished his 4th solo album, which was recorded in Louisville KY, and announced his departure from the band after 10 years.

The new songs are lush and full, and realized with help from a list of friends old and new, adding gorgeous vocal harmonies, strings, and guitar counterpoints.

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