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

Attendance is limited, masked required (and necessary to enter The Word Barn to use restrooms), 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.

See you in the meadow!


Jeffrey Foucault
Saturday, May 8, 2021
7pm
In two decades on the road Jeffrey Foucault has become one of the most distinctive voices in American music, refining a sound instantly recognizable for its simplicity and emotional power, a decidedly Midwestern amalgam of blues, country, rock’n’roll, and folk.
He’s built a brick-and-mortar international touring career on multiple studio albums, countless miles, and general critical acclaim, being lauded for “Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker), and described as “Quietly brilliant” (The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Van Dyke Parks to Greil Marcus, to Don Henley, who regularly covers Foucault in his live set.

 

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The Mallett Brothers Band – Friday, May 14, 2021

4pm SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)
7pm SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

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 “Combining their authentic roots rock sound with a reflective lyrical style that perceives stories on the level of epic myth, it’s like William Faulkner has been resurrected with an electric guitar in hand..”

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced and masked event.

 

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Lady Lamb
Saturday, May 15, 2021
4pm & 7pm

We’re thrilled to welcome Lady Lamb back to The Word Barn Meadow for an exceptional and one-of-a-kind concert experience.

Lady Lamb is the stage name used by Aly Spaltro, a singer, songwriter and producer whose music is a beguiling and imaginative fusion of folk, pop, and indie rock.

To many, Spaltro is an enigma. Her songs are at once intimate and unbridled- both deeply personal and existentially contemplative. Spaltro is a fearless performer who can command a pitch-black stage with nothing more than her voice.

It was in Spaltro’s home state of Maine that she first found her voice among thousands of films in the independent rental store where she worked the closing shift. After hours, Spaltro would create songs completely uninhibited by musical conventions, learning to play and sing as she hit record. A handful of these songs were carefully curated and fully arranged for her debut studio album, Ripely Pine (Ba Da Bing! Records).

After much anticipation, her 3rd full-length LP, Even in the Tremor, was released on Ba Da Bing Records in April 2019. Spaltro is currently writing her 4th album in southern Maine.

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced and masked event.

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Green Heron w/Todd Hearon
Friday, May 21, 2021, 7pm

Green Heron is launching a brand new album, and we’re hosting its release – and you are invited to the party!

Green Heron was named “Best of New Hampshire” bluegrass band of 2020 and featuring a lively mix of old timey fiddle and banjo tunes that are sure to delight and recharge our live music batteries.

Their music stretches across the entire folk landscape. Old-time, folk, bluegrass, country, Irish and blues music are all represented as the band brings the back porch to the stage. Featuring Betsy Heron on fiddle, banjo and vocals, and Scott Heron on guitar, banjo and vocals, the duo has been sharing stages together since 2016. With two albums to their name, the two songwriters weave the contemporary with the traditional and deliver high energy live performances.

Todd Hearon is both an award winning songwriter and poet, with an incredible voice to match.

 

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Tall Heights
Thursday, June 3, 2021, 8pm – LOW AVAIL.
Friday, June 4, 2021, 8pm – SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

From playing on the streets of Boston to now performing in venues across the globe, the duo of Paul Wright and Tim Harrington, together known as TALL HEIGHTS, have built a career from the ground up, diligently as a relentless touring act.

It’s been a journey of consistent evolution for the longtime best friends – everything from instrumentation to production to the size of their band has changed throughout the years, hand-in-hand with an ever-growing audience of listeners. Yet with all of this change, there remains a distinct DNA that courses through the entirety of Tall Heights’ music.

The potency of their sound cannot be credited to harmony alone, but rather a unique union of two distinct voices that makes the music inarguably their own.

Today, this twosome continues on their biggest winning streak yet; with 130 million streams under their belt and touring alongside the likes of Ben Folds, CAKE, Judah & the Lion and Colony House, they ­­­­now gear up for their sophomore album Pretty Colors For Your Actions.

 

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Lucy Kaplansky – Saturday, June 5, 2021
***This concert has been rescheduled. Stay tuned for a new date***

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.”

An Evening with Stephen Kellogg – Friday, June 11, 2021 7:30pm

Stephen Kellogg claims that when he was growing up, his musical interests were divided between his father’s record collection, devoted to ’70s singer/songwriters like Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, and his sister’s rock & roll discs, dominated by hair metal acts like Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe.

In a curious way, Kellogg’s music represents a meeting point between these two styles, with songs that delve deep into the personal, but make room for a sense of fun, while the music, which is intelligent and intimate, is also full of passion and electricity.

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced and masked event.

 

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Roomful of Blues – Friday, June 18, 2021 7pm

This world-renowned, horn-powered, house-rocking blues band has been delighting audiences for over 50 years. Blues Music Magazine calls them “the best little big band in the blues.”

On record and on stage, Roomful of Blues—led by master guitarist Chris Vachon for the past 22 years—continues to deliver its bone-shaking mix of original songs and carefully chosen covers ranging from jump, swing and proto rock ‘n’ roll to funky, contemporary blues.

Their impeccable musicianship and larger-than-life vocals have earned Roomful of Blues five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. Twice, the prestigious DownBeat International Critics’ Poll has selected them as Best Blues Band.

 

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Soggy Po’ Boys – Saturday, June 19, 2021 7pm
4pm – Just Added!
7pm –
SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the magic of live music and fellowship in The Word Barn Meadow in true open-air summer style.

The Soggy Po’ Boys are a New England-based septet that offers an unforgettable experience of traditional New Orleans music.

Part of the beauty of New Orleans music is that it’s celebrated and appreciated wherever it goes, from the street to the theater. The Po’ Boys are doing their part to spread the greatest music on earth around their home in New England and when touring, throughout the rest of the country.

Come enjoy the unforgettable experience of this brass fueled swinging jazz band in the Word Barn Meadow.

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced and masked event.

 

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Mark Erelli – Saturday, June 26, 2021
8pm

Mark Erelli is headed back to the Meadow with his full band!

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 reintroduce Erelli to a wider audience.

And just in time, because his 2020 album Blindsided combines the exuberance of Erelli’s signature sound with the wisdom that comes with over 20 years of songwriting, capturing an artist at a point in his career where he is clearly digging deep and swinging for the fences.

 

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Carsie Blanton – Friday, July 2, 2021
7pm

***All tickets for this originally scheduled 2020 concert will be honored on this new date***

Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and Randy Newman, her songs encompass a wide range of genres, from sultry pop to punk-tinged Americana.
Whether alone with her electric guitar or fronting her four-piece “handsome band,” Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for.
“”Buck Up” is shaping up to be one of my favorite albums of the year.” – Ken Tucker, NPR’s Fresh Air on Buck Up

Special thanks to Trevor & Gabriella Hughes for underwriting support of this show.

 

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Alisa Amador – Friday, July 9, 2021
7pm

Alisa Amador’s music is a synthesis of the many styles she’s voraciously absorbed: rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin music she grew up with.

With a sound described by Vance Gilbert as, “Shawn Colvin meets Joni Mitchell has lunch with Amy Winehouse meets Suzanne Vega and Diana Krall,” and NPR calls, “a pitch-perfect rendition of my wildest dreams,” her soulful singing, poetically incisive lyrics, and syncopated rhythms, are likely to make you cry, laugh and dance all within one set.

 

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Elijah Wolf w/Quiet Canyons – Saturday, July 10, 2021
7pm

Given the state of the world these days, it’s hard to imagine a more fitting—and necessary—moment for Wolf’s stunning new collection, ‘Brighter Lighting,’ to land. Recorded with acclaimed producer Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Andrew Combs) and an all-star band including Wilco guitarist Nels ClinePhotay and Josh Jaeger (Fleet Foxes, Angel Olsen), the album marks the start of an adventurous new chapter for Wolf, who moves beyond the spare and isolated bedroom folk of his earlier work here in favor of a more collaborative, immersive sound.

The record’s arrangements are lush and textured, fueled by vintage synthesizers and psychedelic guitars that come together in swirling Technicolor landscapes, and the writing is bold and ambitious to match, hinting at everything from Fleetwood Mac to Kurt Vile as it reckons with doubt and hope, anxiety and comfort, loneliness and connection.

There is nostalgia and longing in the music, to be sure, but ultimately ‘Brighter Lighting’ is a meditation on growing up and being present, on gaining perspective by sitting still in a world that, for all its painful flaws and shortcomings, remains a place of infinite possibility and wonder.

 

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Martin Sexton – Saturday, July 17, 2021
5pm & 8pm

Martin Sexton is headed back to the Meadow!

“The real thing, people.” -Billboard

In 2020 American singer-songwriter Martin Sexton extends touring in support of his ninth studio release Mixtape of the Open Road. The Wall Street Journal and CMT premiered tracks from the album that since garnered much critical acclaim. “Outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul-marinated voice.” -Rollingstone

Syracuse native Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early 90’s. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists.

His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex and in numerous films, though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more.

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8pm

 

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Sammy Rae & The Friends – Saturday, July 31, 2021
8pm

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.

 

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John Gorka – Thursday, August 19, 2021

This concert was rescheduled from 2020 – all original ticket purchases will be honored for this new date.

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania.

Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura OConnell.

John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN.

 

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David Wax Museum (Duo) – Sunday, August 27, 2022

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

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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