The Stray Birds – Friday, May 5  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH ***SOLD OUT***

One of our absolute favorites – performing in the intimate setting of The Word Barn!!!

One of the finest young bands on the circuit today, with three-part harmonies that fall somewhere in the sonic spectrum between Gillian Welch and Crooked Still, their songs are at once resonant and emotional, dreamy and sad.

Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster Country, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds play and sing around a single microphone, capturing the energy and sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions.

Come take it in  they will leave you wanting more, and more, and more.

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Dustbowl Revival – Sunday, May 7, 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH  ***SOLD OUT***

Bluegrass. Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members – and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal.

This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and roots in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.

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TheSteelWheelsEventThe Steel Wheels – Friday, July 7  8pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA

The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.

The band is renowned for their raw energy and chemistry onstage, where they often cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn an unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage.

Add an evocative fiddle, grounded upright bass, and a signature mandolin style, and it is no surprise they have been selling out venues from coast to coast.

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loudonEventLoudon Wainwright III – Saturday, July 8  8pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA

From the hilariously novel to the heartbreaking and brutally honest autobiographical, Wainwright brings tears to the eyes of his fans, one way or another. We are very excited to have this Grammy winner grace our stage.

Born in North Carolina in 1946, his career began in the late 1960’s. Using a witty, self-mocking style, Wainwright has recorded albums on eleven different labels and has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards, winning in 2010 for Best Traditional Folk Album. Besides music, Wainwright is probably most well known for his role as the “singing surgeon” on the television show, MASH, as well as roles in popular films, Big Fish and Knocked Up.

$30 Advance | $35 Door | Purchase Tickets

Slaid_yellowEventSlaid Cleaves – Sunday, July 30  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Originally hailing from just across the river in Maine, this now Austin songwriter might as well have been born in the lone star state.

He’s got the Austin style songwriting reminiscent of Joe Ely or Townes Van Zandt, but a style and sound all his own.

He sits permanently and high on top of the Bright & Lyon favorite songwriters list – and will be hitting The Word Barn with a brand new release, Ghost on the Car Radio.

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Tony Trischka – Friday, August 18  7pm
The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH

Tony Trischka, the man who made the banjo bigger, jazzier and more worldly brings his banjo to.

Some musicians open up whole new realms. In the world of the banjo, the music that marked the change came from Tony Trischka. Up out of bluegrass and country and then all over. To roots in Africa. To heights of jazz. Banjo, unbound. Trischka set it free.

Embracing all manner of possibilities, while keeping one foot firmly planted in the traditional bluegrass roots that first inspired him to make music, Tony will be appearing with his band of extraordinary musicians.

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eileneventEilen Jewell – Thursday, September 7  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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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SuitcaseEventSuitcase Junket – Saturday, September 30  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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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MaryGauthierEventMary Gauthier – Friday, October 20  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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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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.

$30 Advance | $35 Door | Purchase Tickets