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Rhett Miller – Friday & Saturday, Nov. 9 & 10 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

**SOLD OUT*** Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. His most recent album, The Traveler, features the instrumentation of Black Prairie (members of The Decemberists), Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey (members of REM) and is Rhett’s seventh solo effort.

In addition to his music being featured in countless films and television shows, Rhett has appeared in an episode of the NBC hit series 30 Rock and the Old 97’s were prominently featured in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, The Break Up. Primarily known for his songwriting and awe-inspiring live performances, Rhett is also a critically-acclaimed author whose work has appeared in several books and such well-known periodicals as Rolling Stone, McSweeney’s, and The Atlantic.

Rhett’s opening date at The Word Barn represents the launch of his new solo album, The Messenger.

 

Caitlin Canty w/special guests Oshima Brothers – Saturday, Feb. 23 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’re looking for tickets

Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a 1930s Recording King guitar and a dusky alto. Her breakout record, Reckless Skyline, produced by Jeffrey Foucault, garnered glowing praise from NPR, The Telegraph, and Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. The lead track, “Get Up” was nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards and was one of NPR’s “Favorite Songs of the Year.”

“A casually devastating voice and unshakable poise” – San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle lauded Canty’s, “casually devastating voice and unshakable poise” and her “easy way with folk, blues and country motifs.”

Rachael Price & Vilray – Saturday, March 2  8pm
Exeter Town Hall Theater, Exeter, NH
Sponsored by Vino E Vivo

Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and Vilray met at the New England Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2003 and became friends. Their duo grew from a shared reverence for the pop music of the 1930s and 40s and its wide range of emotions. With simple arrangements and only a guitar for accompaniment, they perform original works and revive forgotten gems of the jazz big bands and western swing ensembles. Their sound recalls both the warmth of radio’s golden age and the intimacy of parlor concerts in a time before recordings.

Catch the return of this intimate and unique show (please note this show sold out fast last time – lock in your spot early).

Rachael & Vilray are joined by special guest Taylor Ashton.

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Chris Smither – Saturday, March 30 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’re looking for tickets

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original, and quite simply, one of our favorites – and hosting him in the intimate Word Barn will be nothing short of memorable.

Reviewers and fans from around the world, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times, agree that Chris continues to be a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and intense performer as he draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. And, his brand new album, CALL ME LUCKY does just that.

Check it out. Check out Chris Smither.

Session Americana – Friday, April 5 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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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The Suitcase Junket – Sunday, April 7 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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 – and he’s headed back to The Word Barn to celebrate the release of his brand new recording, Mean Dog.

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Lou Barlow – Thursday, April 11 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Lou Barlow is back, and continuing his “intimate, small space” tour – bringing along acoustic guitars and an extensive back-catalog of songs from Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, and as a solo artist.

Requests will be taken, stories will be told and Lou will be in the best setting to share the emotionally direct, melodic songs he’s known for.

Lou Barlow is selling tickets for this show directly; find them and lock in a spot here.

 

The Wild Reeds – Saturday, April 13 8pm
The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH

The Wild Reeds are a band led by women, and that matters. Not a sister band, not a girl group, but a band fronted by three women, all talented singers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists in their own right: Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe, and Sharon Silva, with drummer Nick Jones and bass player Nick Phakpiseth providing the Los Angeles-based band’s rhythmic foundation.

Like a harmony at its euphoric best, the leads’ powerful — and powerfully distinct — voices merge to form a sound that can only be The Wild Reeds. On their third LP, Cheers, the band comes together to create an ode to the joys and pains of camaraderie.

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An Easter Family Story Hour
Raynes Farm & Barn, 61 Newfields Road, Exeter, NH
Saturday, April 13, 1-3pm

Come join us for a fun-filled family gathering – featuring a story hour with local readers each reading their favorite Easter/Spring stories, baby chicks, local rotisserie chicken sandwiches from neighboring Vernon Family Farm, and a giant Easter Egg Hunt!

All ages welcome – come join in the fun.

This event is in support of the Raynes Farm Conservation Land.

 

$7 per person/ $22 per family.

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Illiterate Light – Thursday, April 18 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Experimental indie rock – on par with a young Dr. Dog.
Formed in the summer of 2015, Illiterate Light transcend expectations of typical rock music through their limitations as a duo.
Jeff Gorman elevates his gritty guitar melodies and honest lyricism by stomping out thunderous synth bass with his feet as Jake Cochran layers lush vocal harmony and explodes with body convulsing energy around his minimalist standing drum kit.
Their incessant writing, commanding live performance, and near constant touring promise a bright future as they finish their debut album with Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon, Chris Stapleton) and Adrian Olsen (Foxygen, Natalie Prass). Their recent EP, “Sweet Beast”, is the first taste of what’s to come from Illiterate Light.

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Tristan Omand – Friday, April 19 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Emerging among the trees and red brick mill-towns of New Hampshire, Tristan Omand writes songs that are brimming with stories of offbeat characters, road-worn personal experience, and just a bit of subtle humor to even things out.

With a lyrical approach similar to John Prine and a galloping flat-picked acoustic sound all his own, Tristan is cutting a clear path towards some kind of truth that is only found through song.

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Anna Tivel & Dietrich Strause – Saturday, April 20 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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 Contest (past winners include Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, John Gorka) and the Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour Contest, Anna Tivel has also been named to NPR’s Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing, and NPR’s Best Songs of 2017 list.

Holding a voice that shivers with intimacy, Tivel has the “ability to write arresting but sparse songs, anchored by vivid storytelling lyrics that showcase her uncanny ability to paint landscapes with words” (NPR).

Dietrich Strause‘s songs are a mix of timeless melody, literate lyricism, and a “virtuosic command of imagery” (WBUR). In less than one year, Strause released two albums – How Cruel That Hunger Binds and Dietrich Strause & The Blue Ribbons – proving himself to be one of the most prolific and eclectic writers and performers in New England.

His blend of midcentury modern pop and atomic-age folk, backed by an all-star band, has drawn comparisons to M. Ward and a young Paul Simon, and has garnered invitations to support folk luminaries such as Anais Mitchell and Sarah Jarosz, to indie pop acts like Great Lake Swimmers and Lake Street Dive.

Greg Brown – Friday, April 26 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’re looking for tickets, or catch our show with Greg Brown Thursday, April 25, just down the road at Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts.

A favorite. And an honor to present him in this intimate space.

Greg Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision.

His songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more. He has recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

Tyler Ramsey – Sunday, April 28 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Praised by NPR, Sterogum, WNYC, and the Huffington Post, Tyler Ramsey is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home playing guitar, piano, keyboards, bass and percussion – but is best known as a talented fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter.

In addition to having released three acclaimed solo albums, Ramsey is perhaps most immediately recognizable, until his recent departure, as the guitarist and a co-writer in Band Of Horses, having played with them since 2007, prior to the release of their breakthrough album, “Cease To Begin.”

His fourth solo album, which was recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, during tour downtime, is set for release Spring 2019. The new songs are lush and full, and realized with help from a list of friends old and new, adding gorgeous vocal harmonies, strings, and guitar counterpoints.

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Rose Cousins – Friday, May 10 8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Rose Cousins is an award-winning songwriter/singer from Canada. Her JUNO Award winning album “We Have Made A Spark” was named to NPR’s Top 10 Americana & Folk Albums list, won 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and nominated for a Polaris Music Prize.

She isn’t afraid of feelings. Her music explores the shadowy corners of a heart: sadness, pain and desire for love in all its simplicity and complication.

A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With additional roots in Boston, she values her many musical communities and is constantly fueled by collaboration.

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Darlingside – Saturday, May 18 8pm
Exeter Town Hall Theatre, Exeter, NH
Sponsored by Vino E Vivo

We’re excited to present Darlingside as the grand finale concert of the Exeter Arts & Music Festival this Spring.

Hope arrives in the form of Darlingside’s signature superpower harmonies, drawing frequent comparisons to late-60’s era groups like Crosby, Stills & Nash; Simon & Garfunkel; and The Byrds. And yet, their penchant for science fiction and speculative futurism counteracts any urge to pigeonhole their aesthetic as “retro”. The four close friends construct every piece of their music collaboratively, pooling musical and lyrical ideas so that each song bears the imprint of four different writing voices. NPR Music dubs the result “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop”, and calls Extralife “perfectly crafted”.

Darlingside perform all of their music around a single vocal microphone, inviting audiences into a lush, intimate world where four voices are truly one.

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