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Tony Trischka – **Rescheduled**
The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show will be rescheduled for the Fall. New date coming shortly.

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.

$20 Advance | $25 Door | Purchase Tickets

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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Andrew Duhon – Saturday, September 9  8pm
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Andrew Duhon is a songwriter from New Orleans with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful.

Duhon has released 3 recordings, the latest of which, The Moorings, was nominated for a Grammy Award.

He has toured solo for much of his career, and that troubadour element is certainly present, an usher of modern day folklore.  His latest group, The Andrew Duhon Trio brings a new musicality to the tunes with upright bassist, Myles Weeks and drummer ,Maxwell Zemanovic.

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Sean Rowe – Wednesday, September 13  8pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA

Those who saw the just released movie The Accountant (Ben Affleck) would have heard his song To Leave Something Behind.

Sean Rowe’s voice, a room-rattling baritone, demands attention. The stories he tells with it are portraits that feel simple on the surface…they never are. This troubadour sings of roads not taken, regrets and the dreams that shake you awake at 3 in the morning.

A native of rural New York, Rowe devotes his off-hours to wilderness survival, and what he calls “primitive living.” Years ago, he walked out into the wilderness alone and spent the next 24 days constructing shelter and foraging for food to eat. He would come away from the experience with the songs that now comprise his dazzling debut album, Magic.

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SuitcaseEventThe Suitcase 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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WalshEventJoe K. Walsh & Twisted Pine – Friday, October 6  7pm
The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH

Join us as we host acclaimed master of American roots music, mandolinist and songwriter Joe K. Walsh, and the wild and unpredictable bluegrass band, Twisted Pine, as part of a special double bill.

Hailed as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, flatpick guitar hero Scott Nygaard, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Bela Fleck to Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

After a number of award-winning years as mandolinist with bluegrass stars the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between an inventive string band called Mr Sun (featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy and Ethan Jodziewicz) a duo with Grant Gordy, and his own band.

Twisted Pine delivers powerful vocal harmonies, hard-driving rhythms, and virtuosic musicianship. Having been showcased as Berklee’s premier acoustic act, these young musicians have already nabbed top prize at FreshGrass, forced the first ever sudden death tiebreaker at Colorado’s RockyGrass, and nominated for the 2015 IBMA Band Performance Momentum Award.

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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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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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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.

$25 Advance | $30 Door | Purchase Tickets

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