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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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Food, Field & Folk w/Session Americana – Sunday, October 1  4pm
Vernon Family Farm, Newfields, NH
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Join us as we celebrate Good Food, Good Music & Good People.

Held on location at Vernon Family Farm, we’ll enjoy a 4-course meal prepared by chefs Zach Squier (Umami) and Joel Souza (Old Vines Wine Bar) in an open-air community table set in the field where the bulk of the food was produced.

Immediately following, we’ll feast on the lively sounds of Session Americana performing a full concert of their timeless music on an adjacent field stage (seating provided).

Prior to dinner, we’ll enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and roots music from the whiskey-soaked, gravely voiced Jake Davis – making this a perfect musical and culinary experience.

April Verch – Sunday, October 15  8pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA

Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She was raised surrounded by living, breathing roots music—her father’s country band rehearsing; the lively music at church and at community dances; the tunes she rocked out to win fiddle competitions.

For over two decades, she has been recording and captivating audiences worldwide, exploring new and nuanced places each step of the way.

While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and far beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds.

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MaryGauthierEventMary Gauthier – Friday, October 20  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.

What do Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, and Mary Gauthier have in common? They are all prior winners of the Americana Music Associations New/Emerging Artist of the Year award.

The Associated Press calls Mary Gauthier one of the best songwriters of her generation. The Wall Street Journal calls her one of Americana musics most admired artists  across the U.S. and around the world.

Her songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and recorded by Jimmy Buffet, Blake Shelton, and others.

Originally from New Orleans and currently a Nashville resident, Gauthier has battled back from hard knocks and bad habits to emerge as one of the most poignant and powerful songwriters of her generation.

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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.

Noam Pikelny – Sunday, October 22  8pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA

Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation.

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Noam is a founding member of the Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which the Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation” and the New Yorker describes as “wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative.” In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Pikelny is a 3-time Grammy Award Nominee and his record, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, was described by the New York Times as “a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion”. The album is widely considered a landmark recording in acoustic music, and was named “Album of the Year” at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.

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Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst – Friday, October 27  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault on a special split-bill, sharing the stage to celebrate the release of The Wild, Kris Delmhorst’s October 2017 album featuring Foucault and members of his band. Though married since 2004, these two acclaimed artists have until now maintained independent touring careers, and The Wild marks their first foray into the studio together, to record Delmhorst’s darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs. Merging her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault’s lean aesthetic, the album navigates the poles of home and away, known and unknown, and reunites her with old bandmates including Billy Conway – the former Morphine drummer who produced her first two albums – and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T). Featuring two distinct sets of music, with the two artists fronting the band in succession and joining each other’s sets, this show offers a rare and intimate performance from two of the country’s foremost songwriters.

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The Great Pumpkin Toss – Saturday, November 4  1-4pm
Vernon Family Farms, Newfields, NH

The second annual Great Pumpkin Toss is BACK!

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon featuring a legit pumpkin trebuchet catapult, pumpkin smashing, live music, spitfire rotisserie all-natural chicken, hayrides, kids crafts and activities, games, and more!

Held on and in partnership with the Vernon Family Farm in Newfields, this event is FREE – but we ask for you to submit your RSVPs so we can properly prepare for all who want to join in the fun.

Bring your expired jack-o-lanterns to smash, your appetite for good food, music and fellowship, and your friends and family.

See you there!

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The Lowest Pair w/The Brother Brothers – Sunday, November 12  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

A blend of old-timey string music and indie folk, The Lowest Pair features the duel banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, draped in Kendl’s high lonesome harmonies and Palmer’s Midwest croon. Their debut release 36¢ was hailed by Paste Magazine as “with their bare-bones instrumentation and country-inspired, heartstring-tugging narratives, The Lowest Pair might be one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today.” Agreed, but not under-the-radar for long.

The Lowest Pair will be joined by The Brother Brothers – who stole the show at their last Word Barn performance with their rich harmonies accompanied by guitar, cello, violin and banjo as only twin brothers can.

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Sierra Hull – Friday, November 10  8pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA

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

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

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

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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