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Words & Song; An Evening of Poetry and Music with
Peter Mulvey, Mimi White, & Ali Harville
The Word Barn, Sunday, December 8

Bright & Lyon and The Silo Series have joined forces to create a special evening of poetry and music featuring Peter Mulvey, Mimi White and Ali Harville.

Peter Mulvey is a blue collar songster with an ear for the past, rooted in the present, while keeping an eye on the future. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana.

The author of three collections of poetry, Mimi White has received a New Hampshire State Fellowship in Poetry, and was Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, NH. Her work was selected by Robert Creeley as the recipient of the Philbrick Poetry Award, and The Last Island, which was awarded the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Poetry.

Alison Harville is a poet, tarot card reader, and business project manager whose poems have appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, Tower Journal, The Café Review, and the anthology Under the Legislator of Stars. She is a member of workshop group City Hall Poets.

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Haley Heynderickx w/special guest Tre Burt
The Word Barn, Friday, December 13

When NPR gives you the “Must Hear This” and “Favorite New Artist” label, and the NY Times puts you on their “Most Notable New Songs” list, you know you’re doing something right.

This Portland, Ore., singer-songwriter’s debut album I Need to Start a Garden has generated buzz and drawn comparison to Sharon Van Etten and John Fahey.

The dynamic of her live performance offers a formidable combination of guitar and vocal – her voice is sweet as wildflower honey, but also powerful enough to leave you slack-jawed and covered with goosebumps.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Benefit Concert
Featuring John Hughes Radio – Saturday, December 14
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you’re looking for tickets.

Two bands, one show, one goal – to raise money and jumpstart the Endowment for BBBSNH

Join us for a night of music to help give a gift that will last forever at BBBSNH.

An 8 piece band with a big horn section, The YellowHouse Blues Band will open the show with a short set of blues standards, combined with hits from Norah Jones, the Grateful Dead and Santana!

The headliner for the evening is Portland, ME based John Hughes Radio! A high-energy, 80s influenced dance rock band, JHR has multiple albums out and will bring the house down with Heartbreak, Repeat, the title track to their new album. This track, and their most recent album, Hopeless Romantic, can be found on Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1 to 1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Every child needs a mentor – Who was yours?

A heartfelt thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters close friends for their contributions: Susan and Michael Labrie, Zachary and Nancy Slater, AXA Distributors, LLC, Roman Law Group, PLLC, and Morgan Stanley.

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Lula Wiles – Sunday, December 15
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you’re looking for tickets.

Lula Wiles — a band consisting of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin, who share in common their backgrounds in both fiddle camps and the elite conservatory setting of Berklee College of Music — is newer to the national stage, but developing rapidly, thanks to their impeccable second album, What Will We Do (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings).

This powerhouse trio offers music that bridges contemporary and traditional in perfect three-part harmony.

Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time and bluegrass, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a harmony-driven sound all their own, and well worth a listen.

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Jeffrey Foucault – Friday, January 10
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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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Winter Warmer w/High Range & Old Hat String Band – Sat., January 18
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

We’re heating things up with the return of The Word Barn Winter Warmer featuring two stellar acts, High Range and Old Hat String Band.

With a long list of rave reviews, High Range is an energetic roots/folk/bluegrass group that highlight original music with a mix of cover songs on guitar, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and drums. 

Old Hat fuse tight vocal harmonies with a lively string band rhythm section, and hold a sound that draws from bluegrass, old time, folk, and country traditions.

Join us for a winter’s night of roots-Americana-bluegrass music offered in collaboration with ChickenJam Productions.

Ryan Montbleau – Friday, January 31
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you’re looking for tickets.

As a part of his Winter Solo Tour, Vermont (via Massachusetts) folk singer-songwriter-guitarist, Ryan Montbleau, delivers new music from his newest album, Woodstock Sessions.

Montbleau’s been pouring his heart out in song since the early 2000’s, when he first began performing around his native Massachusetts. He’d go on to collaborate with Martin Sexton, Trombone Shorty, and Galactic among others, and share bills and stages with artists as diverse as Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ani DiFranco, The Wood Brothers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Mavis Staples, but it was Montbleau’s ecstatic headline shows—often more than 200 of them a year—that solidified his reputation as a live powerhouse and an inexorable road warrior. NPR’s Mountain Stage compared his “eloquent, soulful songwriting” to Bill Withers and James Taylor, while Relix hailed his “poetic Americana,” and The Boston Herald raved that “he’s made a career of confident, danceable positivity.”

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Taylor Ashton – Friday, February 28
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Taylor’s songs are inspired by the primeval crookedness of traditional old-time music, the humor and heartbreak of Randy Newman, the cosmic emotionality of mid-career Joni Mitchell, and the sage vulnerability of Bill Withers. Somehow, he finds a way to make this all work on the clawhammer banjo.

Having spent most of his teens and 20s as frontman of Vancouver-based five-piece Fish & Bird, his most recent finds him swapping songs with Grammy-nominated songwriter and guitarist Courtney Hartman, on the pair’s 2018 duo album Been On Your Side that Rolling Stone described “packs a punch in today’s mainstream”.

Taylor is excited to release and tour his debut solo recording coming out on Signature Sounds.

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Seamus Egan (Solas) – Sunday, March 1
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

For over twenty years, Philadelphia’s Seamus Egan blazed a new trail for Irish music in America. At the head of the supergroup Solas, he toured the world and pushed the music in new directions, incorporating complex arrangements, stunning virtuosity, and elements of global and Americana music.

Its hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan who has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. As a multi-instrumentalist, hes put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others.

As a composer, Egan put his stamp on film soundtracks, symphonic collaborations, and, most famously, co-wrote Sarah McLachlan’s smash hit, I Will Remember You.

Music comes as naturally to Seamus Egan as breath, but his mastery of the tradition is only one facet of his plans to move the music forward.

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Pieta Brown – Thursday, March 5
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

The daughter of two preacher’s kids, Pieta Brown’s early upbringing in Iowa was in a rural outpost with no furnace, running water, or TV.  There, she was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, Greg Brown, the now beloved Midwestern folk singer.  Later, while living with her mother in Birmingham, Alabama during her formative years, Pieta drew on and expanded these influences and began writing poems and composing instrumental songs on piano.

Continually revealing new layers as both a songwriter and performer, Pieta is being recognized as one of modern Americana’s true gems.  In just the last 4 years Pieta has released two critically acclaimed albums, with much attention being paid not only to her distinct sound and style, but also the power of her singing and songwriting.

Pieta has toured North America with Mark Knopfler, and toured various regions of the U.S., Australia and Canada with John PrineAmos LeeBrandi CarlisleJJ CaleAni DifrancoMavis Staples, and Calexico among others.

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Session Americana – Friday, March 6
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

A Word Barn favorite and always a good time.

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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Tim O’Brien & Jan Fabricius – Friday, March 13
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Grammy Award winner and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien hits the Word Barn with Jan Fabricius in support of his new recording.
Born in West Virginia, O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize, who last year marked 40 years as a band.
Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song Walk The Way The Wind Blows in 1986, and soon more artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has collaborated with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell, as well as with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin.
“A master of American folk music, Irish music, Scottish music – it doesn’t matter; a fine songwriter and one of my favorite singers.” –Mark Knopfler

The Green Sisters – Saturday, March 28
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Sprouting from a small farm in rural Massachusetts, the Green Sisters have had a deep love of music from birth. They’ve been playing venues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire regularly for three years and have garnered quite the following – and for very good reason.
It’s hard not to smile when treated with their tight harmonies and high energy tunes; they bounce their jovial banter around the stage as only siblings can!
 
The four gals get together to play as often as they can. They revel in each other’s company, and jump easily from bluegrass to barbershop to blues to Celtic to originals of all styles.

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Glenn Miller Orchestra – Tuesday, April 21
Exeter Town Hall Theatre, Exeter, NH
Proudly sponsored by RiverWoods Exeter.

Join us for an evening with the most popular and sought-after big band in the world today!
With its unique jazz sound loved by almost anybody that cares for dance music, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the great bands of all time.
Come celebrate the big band and swing dance music sounds of the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra!