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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, 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 –
SOLD OUT
(Join the waiting list here)

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’rool, 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 Griel Marcus, to Don Henly, who regularly covers Foucault in his live set.

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..”

Lady Lamb
Saturday, May 15, 2021
4pm & 7pm SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

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.

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.

Green Heron w/Todd Hearon
Friday, May 21, 2021, 7pm
SOLD OUT
(Join the waiting list here)

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.

Kites Against Cancer Family Picnic w/The Reconstructed
Saturday, May 22, 2021, 1-3pm

Join us for the perfect afternoon of outdoor fun filled with a local food truck, live music, good fellowship and more – all in support of  The Beyond the Rainbow Fund, helping Exeter Hospital cancer patients-in-need.

Bring a kite, or purchase one here for $10, or just hang back and enjoy the emotionally-charged folk rock sounds of The Reconstructed!

Southern Maine’s The Reconstructed has won critical acclaim, built a devoted fan base and become one of the Seacoast region’s top-drawing original acts with its electrifying live shows.

This event will be held in both The Word Barn Meadow, and across the street on the beautiful Raynes Farm conservation land – the ultimate spot for kite flying fun.

Kat Wright SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 8pm

Kat Wright live in The Word Barn Meadow for a one-of-a-kind concert experience.

Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse”. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting.

There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should.

  • Winner Seven Days (VT) Best funk/R&B artist or group (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Winner Seven Days (VT) Best Vocalist (2016, 2017, 2018)

Between The Dark and Light – The Grateful Dead Photography
of Jay Blakesberg – Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 8:30pm

Please join renowned San Francisco photographer Jay Blakesberg presenting his 90 minute Grateful Dead slideshow/storytelling event about his adventure photographing the Grateful Dead experience over the last 40 years. The story kicks off with Jay’s colorful teenage years growing up in suburban New Jersey in the late 1970s, where he and his friends lived for the thrill of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

He shares how after high school he embarked on a wild psychedelic ride, following the Grateful Dead with the music-loving circus of freaks and misfits known as Deadheads – camera in tow. In the mid-80s he settled in San Francisco and began to build a professional career as an in-demand commercial photographer whose work has read more

 

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

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.

The Midnight Wrens
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 7pm

Out of seacoast New Hampshire’s suburbia, The Midnight Wrens blend threads of Americana, funk, jazz, and folk into soothing, sometimes gravelly, rich original compositions.

Formed in 2017, the band includes singer-songwriter and guitarist, Tom Powley (Percy Hill, The Fearless Ones), singer-songwriter and bass player Joe Kenny (The Kenny Brothers, Jake Davis and the Whiskey Stones), guitarist Bryan Killough (Groovechild, The Hot Club of Portland), drummer Steve Ruhm (Say Zuzu, Groovechild), vocalist Sue Fitzgerald, and musical mercenary keyboardist Duncan Watt. Laced with colorful harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, The Midnight Wrens’ songwriting is eclectic and adventurous as it ventures down familiar roads with occasional diversions into improvisational grooves.

Come enjoy the unforgettable experience of this fun-filled band in the Word Barn Meadow.

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

 

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An Evening with Stephen Kellogg – Friday, June 11, 2021 7:30pmSOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

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.

Roomful of Blues – Friday, June 18, 2021 7pm SOLD OUT
(Join the waiting list here)

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.

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

Mark Erelli – Saturday, June 26, 2021
5:00pm –
JUST ADDED!
8pm
SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

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 read more…

 

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Carsie Blanton w/Dan Blakeslee – Friday, July 2, 2021
7pm – SOLD OUT
(Join the waiting list here)

***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.

With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee joins this concert as special guest!

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

Oliver Wood – Thursday, July 8, 2021
5pm & 8pm

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.

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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 read more…

 

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The Samples w/Ambulate as Tolerated – Sunday, July 11, 2021
7pm
SOLD OUT – Join the waiting list here

For many of us, The Samples helped define our youth with their reggae/ska feel, powerful lyrics and the amazing voice of singer Sean Kelly. For many fans, their songs are anthems to their lives that represent the first time they met their wife or the joys of their times at college.

25 years after starting his full-fledged music career with The Samples, Sean Kelly continues to delight fans with music that transcends genres, age and shatters the rules of the established music industry. Throughout his career, Sean has been the driving influence of 20 albums and over 1 million records sold.

The Ambulate as Tolerated joins The Samples as special guests.

Anna Tivel & Kaiti Jones – Thursday, July 15, 2021
7pm

Join us live in The Word Barn Meadow for a co-bill featuring two exceptional singer/songwriters – Anna Tivel & Kaiti Jones.

Anna Tivel is a Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter who creates lyric-driven folk/Americana songs.

Her flair for capturing intimate moments and crafting strong, narrative-driven Americana-tinged indie folk songs that invoke names like Anais Mitchell, Laura Veirs, and Gregory Alan Isakov.

Having won both the Kerrville Songwriting read more…

 

 

The Jason Spooner Band – Friday, July 16, 2021
7pm

Presented by Newburyport Brewing Co.

Portland, Maine based songwriter, guitarist and producer Jason Spooner has been a visible and respected presence on the northeastern and national live music circuits for close to two decades.

As the bandleader of The Jason Spooner Band (Dan Boyden- Drums, Stu Mahan- Bass and Dawson Hill- Keyboards), Spooner has expanded his musical horizons significantly over the course of read more…

 

 

Martin Sexton – Saturday, July 17, 2021
5pm –
SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)
8pm
SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

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.

 

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
7pm – SOLD OUT
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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…

 

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Sunny War w/Izzy Heltai – Saturday, July 24, 2021
7pm

It’s no secret that great art comes from the margins. From those who are either pushed to create from inner forces, or who create to show they deserve to be recognized. Los Angeles-based street singer, guitarist, and roots music revolutionary Sunny War has always been an outsider, always felt the drive to define her place in the world through music and songwriting.

Her restless spirit, a byproduct of growing up semi-nomadic with a single mother, led her to Venice Beach, California, where she’s been grinding the pavement for some years now, making a name for her prodigious guitar work and read more…

 

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Amy Helm – Thursday, July 29, 2021
8pm

Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement with her performances and her musical / songwriting craft.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amy Helm’s third album, What the Flood Leaves Behind, is her most autobiographical yet, both in content and creation. Due out June 18th via Renew Records/BMG, these 10 songs represent a gathering of ideas and experiences, friends and collaborators. Yet, the album also marks a landing — a pause for the traveling musician and mother of two young boys who was seeking clarity in her calling and career.

After making multiple albums and performing in far-flung places, Helm returned home to Woodstock’s Levon Helm Studios just before the pandemic to record What the Flood Leaves Behind and reclaim a sense of self.

 

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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.

Dar Williams – Friday, August 6, 2021

Every new album from Dar Williams represents her thoughts and feelings about both her own life and larger forces in the world. But her ninth studio record, Emerald, marks a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture—and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history.

In the past few years, Williams has been involved in a wide range of different efforts and projects: teaching a course titled “Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy” at her alma mater, Wesleyan University; working with children at several summer camps; leading songwriting workshops; getting involved with read more…

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters Fundraiser w/ The YellowHouse Blues Band
Saturday, August 7, 2021

Returning from their last sold out show at The Word Barn that raised more than $10,000, The YellowHouse Blues Band is coming back to raise money for the Mentoring With Music program of BBBSNH, bringing together Bigs and Littles through music.  This is a new program and is in collaboration with Continuum Arts Collective, a non-profit which will provide musical instruments to our matches!

An 8 piece band with a funky horn section, The YellowHouse Blues Band will perform for you a night of music with a set of blues standards, combined with hits from Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, U2 and read more…

 

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Bloom Country: an evening of contemporary and classic country sounds
Sunday, August 8, 2021

On Valentine’s Day 2021, Maine’s Burst & Bloom Records released “Bloom Country, Vol. 1”, a dozen songs from contemporary artists exploring the country and western idiom.

The songs included are both modern and traditional, performed by artists from all over the country.

For one night only, The Word Barn Meadow is bringing nine of the artists to Exeter to perform short sets, including read more…

 

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Brooke Annibale – Saturday, August 14, 2021

Singer-songwriter/guitarist Brooke Annibale shines by way of her magnetic voice and expressive songwriting capabilities, with influence from her family’s musical history. Originally from Pittsburgh, her family’s creative roots run deep—her grandfather founded a guitar shop and live sound production company, which continues to operate today.

Brooke’s songs have been featured on Sirius XM radio in addition to being placed in multiple TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Hart of Dixie, Vampire Diaries and more. On the road, Brooke has shared stages with Mt. Joy, Iron & Wine, Josh Ritter, Lucius, Margaret Glaspy, Chadwick Stokes, Great Lake Swimmers, Jesca Hoop, and others.

Brooke’s new song “Home Again” was recorded in Pittsburgh and mixed by Peter Katis (Sharon Van Etten, Death Cab For Cutie, The National). It’s a new sonic development for Brooke who continues to work on new material in her home studio in Rhode Island.

 

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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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Todd Hearon w/The Kenny Brothers – Friday, August 20, 2021

Special album release party!

Exeter’s own Todd Hearon is an award-winning poet and songwriter, born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The hymns and folk songs of his youth continue to influence his music, along with more edgy, contemporary Americana and Country-Rock sounds. ​
After a long hiatus–comprising three collections of poems, a novella, numerous essays and plays–he’s back with an album and a host of new songs, ready to offer audiences a boot-stompin’, rollicking good time.
The Kenny Brothers join the party as special guests!

 

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Heather Maloney – Friday, September 16, 2021

On Heather’s newest record Soil In The Sky, her “ability to channel emotion is radical” (PopMatters). Her 4th full-length album released on the celebrated indie label Signature Sounds, “SITS” is stacked with special guests who help her deliver an immense range of sound and sentiment in 12 songs; there’s a duet with Dawes front-man Taylor Goldsmith on the Walt Whitman-inspired love song “We Were Together”, an appearance by Rachael Price on the album’s opening track “Enigma”, and Jay Ungar lends his legendary fiddle to “Oklahoma Lullaby”, a song inspired by Ken Burns’ documentary The Dustbowl. (Ungar composed Ashokan Farewell in Burns’ The Civil War). The all-star band includes read more…

 

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Barnstar! – Friday, September 17, 2021

Barnstar! began as the brainchild of Zachariah Hickman (bassist for Josh Ritter, music director for Ray Lamontagne) for a local bluegrass supergroup featuring some of Boston’s best musicians and songwriters.

And, what a supergroup he created featuring Mark Erelli (guitar), Jake Armerding (fiddle),Taylor Armerding (mandolin), Charlie Rose (banjo), and himself, Zachariah Hickman (upright bass), who all forge their own brand of song-based bluegrass, gloriously harmonized and raucously played.

Given each of their own rigorous touring schedules, Barnstar! performances are rare and we’re excited to bring them back to The Word Barn.

 

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The Green Sisters – Sunday, September 26, 2021

Hide your sons, the sisters are coming!!

Get ready for tight harmonies and high energy tunes as the Green Sisters head to the Meadow!

Sprouting from a small farm in rural Massachusetts, the four Green Sisters were raised with music accompanying their chores. Their sound spans a wide range of bluegrass, barbershop, blues, country, and lots of original songs which fit right into the mix. They’ve been playing venues in New England regularly for the last several years and have garnered quite the following; it’s hard not to smile when treated with their tight harmonies and high energy tunes. Their live show is where they really shine, bouncing their jovial banter around the stage as only siblings can.

The sisters’ second studio album, Blink of an Eye, was released in late 2020.

 

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Session Americana – Thursday, October 7, 2021

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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Damien Jurado – Friday, October 8, 2021

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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David Wax Museum (Duo) – Sunday, February 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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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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