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During the unprecedented time of this COVID19 pandemic, The Word Barn is moving outside to offer select open-air, and socially-distanced concerts in the beautiful Word Barn Meadow.

Attendance is limited, masked required (and necessary to enter The Word Barn to use restrooms), 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.

See you in the meadow!


Jill Andrews –
Friday, July 24
SOLD OUT

Jump on the waiting list here if you’d like to be notified if tickets become available.

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.

From her days fronting lauded Americana group, the everbodyfields, to her successful solo career as a writer and performer, Jill Andrews’ music has taken her far from her East Tennessee home.

She has collaborated and shared the stage with countless celebrated artists including the Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and the Secret Sisters, and her music has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife, Nashville, Wynonna Earp and American Idol.

Lock in your spot and join us for Jill’s stop at The Word Barn Meadow as part of her Open Spaces, Covered Faces tour.

Mark Erelli – Friday, August 28
8pm – SOLD OUT
5pm – JUST ADDED

We’ve had to reschedule Mark Erelli’s album release show several times and are SO excited to finally be able to celebrate it in The Word Barn Meadow.

***Please note any tickets previously purchased for the May (and then October) concert will be honored for this show***

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.

Mark Erelli has toured internationally as a solo artist for the past eighteen years, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages to Fenway Park. He has won music awards ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award to Grand Prize in the International Song Contest.

Mark is no stranger to The Word Barn having played here solo, with Barnstar!, and as part of the now infamous Zachariah Hickman’s Power Outage Party.

Livingston Taylor – Rescheduled (due to rain) to Thursday, September 17

SOLD OUT – Jump on the waiting list here if you’d like to be notified if tickets become available.

Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.

Livingston’s 50th year of making music was celebrated by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, both declaring January 18, 2017 “Livingston Taylor Day”. A documentary film entitled “Livingston Taylor: Life is Good” was released in 2018 at national and international film festivals.

OldHat Stringband & Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones –
Saturday, Sept. 12

SOLD OUT – Jump on the waiting list here if you’d like to be notified if tickets become available.

Come join us in The Word Barn Meadow as we host two impeccable string and bluegrass bands – OldHat Stringband and Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones.

Fusing tight vocal harmonies with a lively string band rhythm section, OldHat’s sound draws from bluegrass, old time, folk, and country traditions.

Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones is a cast of Seacoast NH’s finest pickers. Beyond a hearty voice and an acoustic guitar, Davis’ music is brought to life with smooth banjo picking, driving bass, vivacious electric guitar, and tight rhythm.

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced event.

Dinty Child & The Lucky Ones – Saturday, Sept 19

SOLD OUT – Jump on the waiting list here if you’d like to be notified if tickets become available.

Dinty is a long time friend of the Word Barn, mostly as a member of Session Americana, but also as a multi instrumental participant in Zackariah Hickman’s memorable Power Outage Party.

Any fan of Session Americana knows that Dinty writes some of their most iconic songs and has more fun playing those songs than should be legal. He has even done an impromptu sermon on the gospel of beer from our balcony.

Now, for the first time ever, this linchpin of the Boston roots/folk scene has released an album under his own name and is bringing a crack band featuring Mark Erelli on guitar, and Zachariah Hickman on bass, and Mike Calabrese (Lake Street Dive) on drums to the Word Barn Meadow to play it for you.

Tall Heights – Thursday, October 1

SOLD OUT – Jump on the waiting list here if you’d like to be notified if tickets become available.

“Tall Heights employ a collection of acoustic guitar, cello, and electronic drums, reminiscent of contemporary indie folk giants like Justin Vernon and Fleet Foxes.” -XPN

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced event.

The guys have been working on a new album this summer and wanted to perform the songs live before they head into the studio. Venues are closed so they are touring a small series of backyard shows around New England as a fun alternative. They’ll be playing some of your old favorites as well.

They have carefully selected a handful of outdoor locations that will allow us to be together while maintaining proper social distance, including The Word Barn Meadow!

 

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive a $5 ticket discount every month.

Lula Wiles – Friday, October 2 (Two Shows!)
5pm & 8pm

A powerhouse trip and Word Barn favorite.

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).

Their music 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.

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced and masked event.

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8PM

 

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive a $5 ticket discount every month.

The Suitcase Junket –
Saturday, October 3 (Two Shows!)
5pm & 8pm

SOLD OUT – Jump on the waiting list here if you’d like to be notified if tickets become available.

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.

His latest album, Mean Dog, Trampoline is populated by characters in various states of reverie: leaning on jukeboxes, loitering on dance floors, lying on the bottoms of empty swimming pools in the sun. Despite being deeply attuned to the chaos of the world, singer/songwriter/ multi instrumentalist Matt Lorenz imbues those moments with joyful wonder, an endless infatuation with life.

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced event.

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8PM

 

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive a $5 ticket discount every month.

Tom Rush – TWO SHOWS
Sunday, October 11, 4pm & 7pm

Now celebrating over 52 years of touring, Tom Rush has been thrilling audiences here and abroad with hits like No Regrets, Circle Game, Remember Song, Urge for Going, and Merrimack County.

Tom Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, with his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, and Garth Brooks have cited Tom as a major influence.

His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor. Subsequently, his Club 47 concerts brought attention to artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

As vital and engaging as ever, Tom is still doing what audiences love him for: writing and playing …passionately, tenderly…knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times.

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced and masked event.

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7PM

 

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive a $5 ticket discount every month.

Chris Smither – ONE NIGHT ONLY
Friday, October 16, 7pm

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.

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced and masked event.

 

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive a $5 ticket discount every month.

Kris Delmhorst
Wednesday, October 21, 7pm

Come join us in The Word Barn Meadow as we host the impeccable singer/songwriter Kris Delmhorst who is celebrating the release of her brand new album, Long Day in the Milky Way.

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.

This is a limited-capacity, open-air, physically-distanced and masked event.

 

 

*Join the Barn Club and receive a $5 ticket discount every month.


Word Barn Comedy Round XIII – LIVE ONLINE
Friday, June 26, 8pm

After sharing in the laughter, we are bringing our Word Barn Comedy back online LIVE!

We will also open the “doors” at 7:45pm, after seeing how much people loved the chance to connect and socialize before the show.

This event will be a *PAY WHAT YOU CAN* live stream, but you can secure one of the limited spots by making a donation of your choice and being sent the ZOOM link in advance of the show.

Purchase the $0 ticket, and make a donation in the next CheckOut screen. You will be emailed the Zoom info the following day before noon.

A portion of proceeds will be going to the Grassroots Law Project – an effort started by Shaun King to radically transform policing and justice in America. Be well, stay safe, and tune in and laugh with us.

Join us for an evening of laughs and comedy at the Word Barn Comedy featuring headliner Orlando Baxter (Conan) with Laura Severse (Women in Comedy Festival), Tyler Morrow (Nicks Comedy Stop), Kyron Hobdy (Opens for Bob Marley), Cat Alvarado (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival), and hosts Josh and Sara Day (Vermont Comedy Club, ImprovBoston, Married in a Quarantine).


Haley Heynderickx w/special guest Tre Burt
The Word Barn, Friday, December 13, 2019

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

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.

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.

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

***SOLD OUT*** Jump on the waiting list here and we’ll let you know if we’re able to round up any extra tickets – OR book our AirBnB and stay at The Word Barn with free tickets.

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.

Ryan Montbleau –  The Word Barn, Exeter, NH
Friday, Jan. 31 – SOLD OUT
Saturday, Feb. 1 – SOLD OUT

***SOLD OUT*** Jump on the waiting list here and we’ll let you know if we’re able to round up any extra 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.”

Caitlin Canty – Saturday, February 29
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.”

Her latest record features an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk.

Dreamy and daring – Rolling Stone

Seamus Egan Project (Solas) – Sunday, March 1
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.

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.

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.

Session Americana – Friday, March 6
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.

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.

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 Gibson Brothers – Saturday, March 14
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

CANCELLED – The Gibson Brothers are headed to The Word Barn for two shows with their electric band (5pm & 8pm)!

The celebrated bluegrass duo – named back-to-back Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013 – have recorded a dozen records, with their latest release, Mockingbird, being produced by Dan Auerbach.

Mockingbird reached #7 on the Americana chart, and Rolling Stone called their sound “…’68 Elvis meets the Everly Brothers.”

The Green Sisters w/Todd Hearon – Saturday, March 28
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

RESCHEDULED / DATE TBD 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.

Birds of Chicago w/Rachel Sumner – Sunday, March 29
The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH

RESCHEDULED / DATE TBD Following their incendiary set at Third Man Records, NPR Music named Birds of Chicago one of the Best of Americanafest 2018. The band continues to ride a swell of good mojo that they’ve enjoyed in the Americana world since their inception, with live shows that alternate between moments of hushed attention and wild, rock and soul abandon.

Their brand of rock and roll poetry can be a little hard to categorize, for people that insist on categorizing… their voices are undoubtedly the centerpiece – Nero’s fractured country soul croon is wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones for a harmony blend that is like nothing else in music today.

Fired by the band it’s a full tilt revival – streamlined poems, deep grooves, sharp hooks and joyful singing straight from the gut.

Special guest Rachel Sumner (formerly of Twisted Pine) will open.

Word Barn Comedy – Friday, April 3
LIVE ONLINE!

We all could use some great laughter right now, and since we are ordered to stay at home, we’re taking our Word Barn Comedy online LIVE!

Grab a spot and be sent the ZOOM link in advance of the show.

A portion of proceeds will be going to the Exeter Hospital United in Wellness Fund, and to the Concord Hospital to help with their work battling this virus. Be well, stay safe, and tune in and laugh with us.

Join us for an evening of laughs and comedy at the Word Barn Comedy featuring Sergio ChiconRob Greene (Rhode Island Comedy Connection, Opened for Dave Attell), Sara Day (ImprovBoston, Don’t Tell Comedy), Colby Bradshaw (Opened for Jay Mohr, Empire Comedy Club), and host- Josh Day (Stone Church Comedy Series, The Improv, Vermont Comedy Club).

Learn more here.

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The Story of the Song – Saturday, April 4
2nd Annual Exeter LitFest, The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

RESCHEDULED / DATE TBD As part of the 2nd Annual Exeter LitFest, we’re proud to present The Story of the Song.

Come enjoy an evening of powerful songwriters who, on stage together, will talk about the songwriting process, and what’s behind the song – before playing it.

Songwriters include Dean Harlem, Todd Hearon, Craig Werth, Chad Verbeck, and Andrea Szirbik Croft.

Tickets are limited. This event sold out last year – advance tickets are highlight recommended.

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Kris Delmhorst – Friday, April 10
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

RESCHEDULED / DATE TBD Kris Delmhorst is a top-notch American songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist.

She has released six full length records on the respected indie label Signature Sounds, as well as a panoply of EPs, side projects, and collaborations.

A wide-ranging, eclectic artist, her recordings have included intimate acoustic sets, rock band renderings, home-recording landscapes collaged from found and unexpected sounds, and works of classic poetry refigured and set to music – not to mention an all-acoustic collection of covers of songs by new-wave masters The Cars.

Her latest album, THE WILD, was co-produced with her husband, songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, and features a band drawn from players they share long history with as bandmates and friends. It merges her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault’s lean aesthetic to deliver a darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs.

Glenn Miller Orchestra – Tuesday, April 21
Exeter Town Hall Theatre, Exeter, NH

RESCHEDULED / DATE TBD Proudly sponsored by RiverWoods Exeter

Join us for an evening with the most popular and sought-after big band in the word 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!

Horse Feathers w/Guy Capecelatro III – Wednesday, April 22
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

RESCHEDULED / DATE TBD Horse Feathers feels like a secret you don’t really want to share.  Over twelve years and five albums, a passionate fan base has experienced this band as a precious commodity that they want to keep close to their hearts.

One reason for this can be found in lead singer Justin Ringle’s distinctive voice, at once vulnerable and piercing, and in the quality of the music: gorgeous, lush string arrangements surrounding stark, visceral lyrics whose bite makes a piquant juxtaposition to the surrounding beauty.

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Eliza Gilkyson – Thursday, April 30
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Eliza Gilkyson at The Word Barn in celebration of her brand new release.

A twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2014) singer-songwriter, Eliza has announced her new release, 2020, due out in April on the Red House/Compass label. The record is a collection of politically charged anthems designed to motivate, reflect and inspire…

“This might be the album that America needs to hear now more than any other…meditative, moving, uplifting – and deeply unifying. Hold it close. Let it enter your heart. It’s that good.” – UK Americana

Eliza Gilkyson’s songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.  A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.

Anna Tivel & Maya de Vitry (The Stray Birds) – Sunday, May 10
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

RESCHEDULED / DATE TBD Two powerhouse songwriters performing their own sets as part of this double-bill concert, and undoubtably sharing harmonies throughout the show.

Tivel is touring behind her release The Question, which NPR called “one of the most ambitious folk albums of 2019” and WUMB just selected as #2 on their Best Albums of 2019 list. To no surprise, she was the winner at this year’s Kerrville Songwriting Contest.

Earlier this year, Maya de Vitry released her debut solo album Adaptations. Rolling Stone Country lauded the effort by saying, “de Vitry’s songwriting balances her intensely personal, microscopic style of storytelling with a straightforward, accessible delivery.” As a member of The Stray Birds, Maya de Vitry and her impeccable talent is anything but a stranger to The Word Barn.

Mark Erelli – Friday, May 15
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

RESCHEDULED / DATE TBD Mark Erelli hits The Word Barn in celebration of his brand new release, Blindsided.

Mark Erelli has toured internationally as a solo artist for the past eighteen years, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages to Fenway Park. He has won music awards ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award to Grand Prize in the International Song Contest.

In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying Grammy-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Mark is no stranger to The Word Barn having played here solo, with Barnstar!, and as part of the now infamous Zachariah Hickman’s Power Outage Party.

Slaid Cleaves – Saturday, May 16
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

For over 20 years, Slaid Cleaves, has spun stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart.

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 in support of his most recent release, Ghost on the Car Radio.

The Duke Robillard Band – Friday, May 22
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

What do Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues, and the Canadian band The Rockin’ Highliners all have in common?

Answer: Duke Robillard

Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C.Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard “Best Blues Guitarist” four years out of five (2000,2001,2003,2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007 and again this year of 2008.

BB King himself has called Duke “One of the great players,” The Houston Post called him “one of God’s guitarists. And the New York Times says “Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality.

Carsie Blanton – Thursday, May 28
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH
Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and Randy Newman, her songs encompass a wide range of genres, from sultry pop to punk-tinged Americana.

Whether alone with her electric guitar or fronting her four-piece “handsome band,” Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for.

“”Buck Up” is shaping up to be one of my favorite albums of the year.” – Ken Tucker, NPR’s Fresh Air on Buck Up

Special thanks to Trevor & Gabriella Hughes for underwriting support of this show.

Rhett Miller – Sunday, May 31
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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.

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Lucy Kaplansky – Friday, June 5
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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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John Gorka – Thursday, August 13
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

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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David Wax Museum (Duo) – Sunday, August 23
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

RESCHEDULED / DATE TBD – 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.

Livingston Taylor – Thursday, September 10
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.

Livingston’s 50th year of making music was celebrated by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, both declaring January 18, 2017 “Livingston Taylor Day”. A documentary film entitled “Livingston Taylor: Life is Good” was released in 2018 at national and international film festivals.

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Dinty Child & The Lucky Ones – Saturday, September 19
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

Dinty is a long time friend of the Word Barn, mostly as a member of Session Americana, but also as a multi instrumental participant in Zack Hickman’s memorable Power Outage Party.

Any fan of Session Americana knows that Dinty writes some of their most iconic songs and has more fun playing those songs than should be legal. He has even done an impromptu sermon on the gospel of beer from our balcony.

Now, for the first time ever, this linchpin of the Boston roots/folk scene has released an album under his own name and is bringing a crack band featuring Isa Burke of Lula Wiles to the Word Barn to play it for you.

Ana Egge – Friday, October 23
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

What’s most immediately striking about Ana Egge’s latest, Is It the Kiss, is its rich sonic coherence. Ana’s at the center, but the term singer/songwriter doesn’t cover it. This is much more than words and tunes — the whole is informed by her deeply-rooted musical intelligence. It’s only because she defies category that she usually winds up in the folk bin, but from the beginning she’s been inspired by the raunchy warmth and laid-back intensity of singers such as Etta James and Ann Peebles, while emulating the strangely sturdy crystalline quality, real and true, of Dolly Parton.

As a guitarist, early on, Ana dug into the picking patterns and driving right hand of Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, and Elizabeth Cotten, while also absorbing the swinging, behind-the-beat phrasing of Django Reinhardt.

Steve Earle has said, “’Ana Egge plays on a guitar she built with her own two hands and sings like she’s telling us her deepest, darkest secrets.” If soul is bearing up with gentle grace in the face of harsh realities, if soul can be possessed by a blond-haired, white-skinned, six-foot tall lesbian of Norweigian extraction — Ana’s got it.

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