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John Gorka  

John Gorka

May 19, 2019 at 7:00pm

Originally from New Jersey, John Gorka got his start at a small neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. He has since gone on to world renown as a singer and songwriter. Gorka’s rich, multi-faceted songs, full of depth, beauty and emotion, have been a hit with critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Holland and Germany. Billboard praises his “modern folk with a touch of soul,” while the Associated Press has declared his “wry, slice-of-life observations reminiscent of Lyle Lovett and John Prine.”

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Fjord! Folk! Fiddle! featuring Martin Bagge  

Fjord! Folk! Fiddle! featuring Martin Bagge

May 18, 2019 at 8:00pm

Legion Arts and the Russian Guitar Festival team up for an evening of musical wizardry and theatrical humor featuring Martin Bagge, one of Sweden's leading singer-songwriters. Winner of the Swedish Visa Prize and former president of the Swedish Song Academy, Bagge is known for his performances inspired by historical figures like Wivallius and Lucidor, and especially by beloved Swedish poet C.M. Bellman, whose 18th-century psalms and songs he has reconstructed.

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Rebecca Loebe Band  

Rebecca Loebe Band

May 17, 2019 at 8:00pm

She calls herself a singer-songwriter, but as soon as Rebecca Loebe leans into the first notes of Give Up Your Ghosts, her new release from Blue Corn Music, that definition starts to seem inadequate. Loebe is not just another talent. She’s a sophisticated, mature writer with a relevant point of view and an assured, nuanced voice that’s elegant and earthy, powerful and delicate, with a range and depth she hints at more than flashes. When the moment’s right, she’ll glide up a scale like Norah Jones, or drop right into a crag in Fiona Apple’s sidewalk. But timing and delivery alone don’t make an artist. There’s got to be substance as well, and Loebe fearlessly probes the rawest corners of her psyche to find it. “I’m writing a lot of empowerment jams these days,” she say, “because it's what I need. I've written albums full of what I needed to say, but this album is full of songs I need to hear.”

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Sam Baker  

Sam Baker

May 15, 2019 at 7:00pm

Texas songwriter Sam Baker is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, yet always fully wrought. Words placed like plants, or objects in a Zen Garden. Similarly, his website is stark: white, black, sepia, and shades of gray. The frugality reflects a long journey. In 1986, Baker was on a train in Peru, en route to Machu Picchu, when a terrorist bomb exploded in the luggage rack above him. His seatmates were killed. His body was torn apart. Turning inward, it took years for him to relearn the use of his body and brain. Years to heal. Years to reconnect. The road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in art, poetry, and music.

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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage  

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

May 11, 2019 at 8:00pm

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with mountain dulcimer and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sounds classically timeless, yet at the same time unique. It’s folk music, at the deepest level, while also transcending the constraints of that genre. While the two musicians fleetingly evoke memories of Gram & Emmylou, Gillian & David, and Shirley Collins & Davey Graham, their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Atlantic -- Hannah grew up in a family of English folk singers, and trained as an anthropologist in the US; Ben’s a member of acclaimed British folk group The Willows – has produced a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

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The Steel Wheels  

The Steel Wheels

May 9, 2019 at 7:00pm

Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet, their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here. They recorded the album in rural Maine, where producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter) owns a recording studio inside a renovated farmhouse from the 18th century. All four band members ― Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (upright bass) and Jay Lapp (mandolin) ― hunkered down for a week and a half to create Wild As We Came Here.

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Jeffrey Foucault  

Jeffrey Foucault

May 8, 2019 at 7:00pm

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 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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Mile Twelve  

Mile Twelve

May 3, 2019 at 8:00pm

Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Boston’s Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. It’s a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant. Which makes sense, as the band comprises five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass: David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Evan Murphy (guitar, lead vocals), and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals).

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Alastair Moock w/ Frances Luke Accord  

Alastair Moock w/ Frances Luke Accord

May 1, 2019 at 7:00pm

Ranging from early Nashville and country blues, to Western swing and a touch of gospel, the songs display the kind of intimate, storyteller approach at which Moock excels. Nominated for a Grammy, and by the Boston Music Awards for Singer-Songwriter of the Year, The Boston Globe has called Alastair Moock “one of the town’s best and most adventurous songwriters,” while The Washington Post declares “every song is a gem.” Opening the show is Frances Luke Accord, an inventive and much-admired acoustic duo, originally out of South Bend, that’s been called “the very definition of lean-in music.”

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Mason Jennings  

Mason Jennings

April 28, 2019 at 7:00pm

Minnesota’s Mason Jennings has released a dozen albums since his self-titled debut in 1997, and his music brings to mind artists like Leonard Cohen and John Lennon. His songs are poignant and playful, serious and light. All Music called his release, Always Been, “a deftly sophisticated album whose straightforward simplicity belies darker emotional truths.” His 2016 album, Wild Dark Metal, was called “one of the most exciting, powerful records of his nearly two-decade career.” In the words of the website The Current, “it's his raw vulnerability that makes his songwriting incredibly brave.” Here’s how Mason puts it: “Staying open to the feeling of awe, the feeling of being moved by things — that’s the most important part of songwriting for me.” He goes back to a place of innocence in his songs, and the result is striking in its sweetness and its occasional bite.

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Ellis Paul  

Ellis Paul

April 27, 2019 at 8:00pm

It’s been 25 years since Ellis Paul, who grew up surrounded by the potato fields of Aroostook County, Maine, first began touring the world to sing his songs. He’s also known as an astute observer, and a philosopher who shares the life lessons he’s learned. More than anything else, though, Paul is a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside, expressing the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. The sharing of love, intimate, passionate and enduring.

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David Huckfelt w/ Michael Rossetto  

David Huckfelt w/ Michael Rossetto

April 20, 2019 at 8:00pm

In the fall of 2017, David Huckfelt left behind the familiar: the comfort of his home in Minneapolis; the camaraderie of his critically acclaimed band, The Pines; the luxuries of heat, hot water, and electricity, and relocated to Isle Royale, America’s most remote and least visited national park. Situated in mighty Lake Superior, six hours by boat off the Michigan coast, Isle Royale is the largest island in the world’s largest freshwater lake, an isolated stretch of wilderness seemingly forgotten by the 20th century. There, as an artist in Residence with the National Park Service, Huckfelt spent ten hours a day writing in solitude, channeling the mysterious and lonesome island’s spirits into his stunning debut solo album, Stranger Angels, released February 22.

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