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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.

Alisa Amador – Friday, July 9, 2021
7pm SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

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
3pm –
SOLD OUT – Join the waiting list here
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…

 

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The Jason Spooner Band
Friday, July 16, 2021
7pm
SOLD OUT – Join the waiting list here

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
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…

 

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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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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.

Amy Helm – Thursday, July 29, 2021
5pm – Just Added!
8pm – SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

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
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.

Dar Williams – Friday, August 6, 2021
5pm SOLD OUT – Join the waiting list here
8pm

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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Andrew Duhon
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Andrew Duhon is a songwriter from New Orleans whose ability to craft a 3-minute novel has earned him comparisons to John Prine and Jim Croce, while the powerful soul of his voice evokes a youthful Van Morrison.

He has released four recordings, including his 2014 release, “The Moorings,” which was nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Engineered Album.” His latest album, “False River” is described by American Songwriter as “fresh, innovative, and complicated in all the right ways.” His most frequent touring outfit is a trio consisting of upright bass, drums, and three-part harmonies that bring the sonic landscape of his songs to life.

 

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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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Adam Ezra Group – Sunday, August 15, 2021
4pm & 7pm
SOLD OUT

Talk to any Adam Ezra Group fan around the country and they’ll tell you that each performance is a one-of-a-kind, community-driven experience, propelled by the spirit of the people in front of the stage.

For both fans and band members alike, an AEG concert is a rally to live life with intensity and soak in the moments we share with one another.

Not believing in set lists, every AEG show provides a new and unique concert experience that the band records and shares with fans on read more…

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

SOLD OUT (Join the waiting list here)

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!

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…

The Suitcase Junket – Sunday, August 29, 2021
4pm & 7pm

The Suitcase Junket is multi instrumentalist Matthew Lorenz. Solitary on stage and on the road, his mind is crowded with characters, narratives, voices, imagery, sounds as wide and varied as mountain throat singers and roadhouse juke boxes, plus newsreels of the planet’s destruction and salvage. With his 2020 release, The End is New, Lorenzs grand vision for the song overrides the how of it. The End is New is Lorenz’s sixth full length album as The Suitcase Junket, his first for Renew Records/BMG.

The End is New was read more…

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Bella White & OldHat Stringband – Thursday, September 2, 2021

What happens when you combine an amazing new discovery with a Word Barn favorite band? You get a co-bill with Bella White and OldHat Stringband concert. Don’t miss this one folks.

A truly original new voice in songwriting, Bella White creates an undeniable magic by mining the rare duality at the heart of her artistry. Although she hails from the Canadian city of Calgary, the 20-year-old singer/multi-instrumentalist grew up on the classic country and old-time music she first discovered thanks to her father, a Virginia native who played in bluegrass bands all throughout her childhood. On her debut album Just Like Leaving, White balances her old-soul musicality with read more…

 

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Hiss Golden Messenger – Sunday, September 5, 2021
4pm (low ticket alert)
7pm (low ticket alert)

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!

$1 from each ticket sold will help support Bull City Schools/Durham Public Schools

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Dead Gowns & Izzy Heltai – Friday, September 10, 2021

Due to a personal health issue (not related to Covid-19), Dead Gowns are unable to perform this Friday, September 10 at Word Barn – and the wonderful singer/songwriter Kaiti Jones has agreed to jump in and perform this co-bill with Izzy Heltai.
Kaiti Jones writes songs to make sense of the world, as potent storytellers do. Her songs are a garden that she tends to, rooted in existential angst or failed romances that grow into retrospective anecdotes, sometimes evolving over months or even years.
Kaiti’s upcoming album read more…

 

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Heather Maloney – Thursday, 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
5pm (just added) & 8pm (sold out)

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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Soggy Po’ Boys – Saturday, September 18, 2021 4pm

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.

 

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Friday, September 24, 2021
5pm & 8pm

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…

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Pete Bernhard & The Huntress and Holder of Hands (solo)
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Pete Bernhard is the singer and main songwriter for the band The Devil Makes Three and has been touring the US, Canada and Europe for nearly 18 years. He hails from a small community in southern Vermont with a family rife with musicians. His father was a singer and songwriter, his brother attended Berklee School of Music, and his aunt was a local folk musician. Immersed in music at a young age, he was drawn to older, traditional finger picking blues and folk music.

In 2001, Pete headed to Washington State, where he formed a duo with a childhood friend Cooper McBean and began touring the west coast. When they broke down in read more

 

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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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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

In a first for Mick Flannery, he and Irish newcomer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Susan O’Neill have come together on a collaboration album In the Game.

Mick Flannery is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed songwriters and singers. The award-winning, double-platinum selling artist has released six studio albums, three of which reaching No. 1 status. His last offering in 2019 received high praise as his finest to date: ‘Mick Flannery has a voice for the ages, a complete Master of his craft’ cited by Clash Magazine, whilst The Sunday Times said he “conjures up exquisite story-telling’. In the Game, the new collaboration album out later in 2021 does not break this spell, as Flannery continues to deliver stories never heard before. This time with a story-telling partner, by way of the unparalleled voice of Susan O’Neill.

Having wowed huge festival stages over the past few years, Flannery has read more…

 

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
4pm & 7pm

Come enjoy a rare, intimate evening with Melissa Ferrick in The Word Barn Meadow.

Melissa Ferrick is a Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University in the Music Industry Department at the College of Arts Media and Design. They’ve released seventeen albums over the last twenty-five years and has won numerous awards for songwriting, production, and performance. From 2013 – 2019, Melissa was an Associate Professor of Songwriting at Berklee College of Music. They hold an Ed.M from Harvard University.

Melissa is the named plaintiff of the class action lawsuit, Ferrick v. Spotify for willful read more…

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

An intimate evening with Sam Amidon in The Word Barn Meadow.

The Following Mountain, Sam Amidon’s sixth album overall and his third for Nonesuch Records, is his first album of original songs. A deeply personal synthesis of folk-based song form and experimental improvisation, it “feels like a liberation” (Uncut) and “provides constant, jolting surprises” (The Guardian). But in his decade-long career as a recording and touring musician, the singer and multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, fiddle) has always managed to create work that’s utterly original, even when, as on previous discs, he was digging through the sounds and read more…

 

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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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Ryley Walker
Saturday, October 16, 2021

Ryley Walker currently resides in New York City. But his latest LP is a Chicago record in spirit. The masterful Course In Fable, the songwriter’s fifth solo effort, draws from the deep well of that city’s fertile 1990s scene, when bands like Tortoise, The Sea and Cake and Gastr del Sol were reshaping the underground, mixing and matching indie rock, jazz, prog and beyond.

Walker spent his formative years in Chicago, absorbing those heady sounds and finding ways to make them his own. Even though he emerged at first in folk- rock troubadour mode, it makes sense that he’s arrived at this point; each LP has grown more intricate and assured, his influences distilling into read more…

 

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Chris Smither
Friday, October 22, 2021

Chris Smither returns to The Word Barn in celebration of his 18th album More From The Levee.

Fans from around the world continue to fill concert venue after concert venue eager for the galvanizing ride of a Chris Smither concert. Reviewers including the Associated Press, NPR, MOJO, and The New York Times agree that Chris remains a significant songwriter and an electrifying guitarist as he draws deeply from folk and blues, modern poets and philosophers. More From The Levee continues to showcase Chris Smithers extraordinary effect; that strength compounds strength, leaving the listener feeling touched by grace, or an almost otherworldly wisdom.

 

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Will Dailey
Saturday, October 23, 2021

Will Dailey has built a dynamic DIY career as an acclaimed independent songwriter, recording artist, performer and artist advocate. Often described as a venn diagram of multiple genres with a rich vintage vibe channeled through his authentic and energetic performances, it inspired famed rock journalist Dan Aquilante to call him “the real deal”.

Through his now label he as appeared on the top 20 on the national Billboard Heat Seeker chart twice and he’s won 8 Boston Music Awards including Album of the Year, Artist of the year and songwriter of the year 3 times.

He has shared the stage and studio with Eddie Vedder, Willie Nelson, Roger read more…

 

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Jeffrey Foucault
Friday, November 5, 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’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.

 

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Mark Erelli & Mary Bragg
Thursday, November 11, 2021

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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Eleanor Buckland
Friday, November 12, 2021

Join us for Eleanor Buckland’s album release show at The Word Barn!

Since 2014, Eleanor Buckland has been one-third of Lula Wiles, the Boston-based folk-rock trio that has become an acoustic music scene favorite with their three critically hailed albums. For much of this time, however, Buckland was also working on another musical project – her own album. You Don’t Have To Know (due on October 29) spotlights a different side of Buckland’s musical interests as it sets her deeply personal songs against inventive indie rock arrangements.

Buckland didn’t know she was headed to making a solo album when she started writing the songs found on You Don’t Have To Know. Initially, she was thrilled simply having the freedom to get creative and write for read more…

 

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The Small Glories
Saturday, November 13, 2021

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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Pokey LaFarge
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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Laney Jones & Mary-Elaine Jenkins
Friday, November 19, 2021

A co-bill with some of the best up-and-coming talent on the scene today.

Mary-Elaine Jenkins is a Brooklyn-based songwriter, singer, and guitarist. She has been named among “5 Up-And-Coming Women Musicians You Should Know About” (Bust Magazine), described as “standing righteously above other young pretenders” (Glide Magazine), and her voice has been called “a mix of cloves, sage, ash, thorns, and honey” (The Deli NYC). Her full-length debut, “Hold Still”, was read more…

 

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Zachariah Hickman’s Power Outage Party
Saturday, November 20, 2021

Imagine you are cozy at home and the power goes out, and you happened to have had invited more than a dozen of the finest musicians over for the night – so you gather together in your living room for a fully acoustic night of music, stories, theatre and more. All completely in the dark with only lanterns to light the way.

Led by bassist and impresario Zachariah Hickman (Ray LaMontagne, Josh Ritter, Barnstar!), this is a one-of-a-kind experience and one-night only.

Come join him and his many co-conspirators for a singular event. Special guests will abound.

Come be part of Word Barn lore for years to come.

Flash lights and headlamps encouraged.

 

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Kris Delmhorst
Friday, December 3, 2021

Come join us in The Word Barn Meadow as we host the impeccable singer/songwriter Kris Delmhorst!

Called “bold and brilliant” by the Boston Globe and “transcendent” by the LA Times, Delmhorst is a veteran of the indie Americana world, with vivid songwriting, soulful delivery, and adventurous arrangements that stretch the limits of genre. She’s been compared to artists as various as Anaïs Mitchell, Lucinda Williams, and Juana Molina – though she cites Rickie Lee Jones, in all her fearless joy and complexity, as an artistic north star.

 

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Chris Pureka w/Anna Tivel
Thursday, December 9, 2021

It’s rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement.

Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her music has straddled the folk, americana and indie rock genres over the course of her 20 year career, and over that time, her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of life in song has struck a chord with those listeners who crave authenticity and 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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