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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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Portland Cello Project  

Portland Cello Project

April 15, 2019 at 7:00pm

In the fall of 2006 a group of nine cellists got on stage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting. Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once. But slowly that one-off event became a second, and a third, as cellists joined and left and rejoined the group again, to perform in Portland’s most popular clubs. By 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally-recognized performing, recording and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists.

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Peter Mulvey  

Peter Mulvey

April 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

Peter Mulvey has been a singer, songwriter, road-dog, raconteur, and almost-poet since before he can remember. With a career spanning three decades, eighteen albums, and countless live performances, he’s built his life’s work on collaboration, as well as an instinct for the eclectic and vital. And now, on February 15, he’ll release his most vivid album yet: There Is Another World on Righteous Babe Records.

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Nordic Fiddlers Bloc  

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

April 11, 2019 at 7:00pm

A unique and dazzlingly talented international trio, The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc has, in six short years, become something of an international phenomenon. On their own, Olav Luksengård Mjelva (from Norway), Anders Hall (from Sweden), and Kevin Henderson (from Shetland Islands), are master musicians, each recognized as an outstanding exponent of his particular tradition. Teamed up, they’re taking the fiddle world by storm. Says the music magazine LIRA, “the worn concept of ‘tradition and innovation’ has rarely been used as smartly as this.”

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Söndörgő  

Söndörgő

April 10, 2019 at 7:00pm

If your notion of Eastern European folk is limited to fiddle-driven village music and big brass bands, get ready for something entirely different. Sondorgo invites you to discover the delicate beauty and fizzing power of an entirely different Balkan sound. “Come,” they say, “dance the cocek, drink a palinka, and then get dizzy on the extraordinary rhythms of Söndörgő.”

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Lucy Wainwright & Suzzy Roche  

Lucy Wainwright & Suzzy Roche

April 8, 2019 at 7:00pm

Having just released their second collaboration, this storied duo has been called the latest chapter in the first family of folk. Suzzy Roche, founding member of The Roches, spent the 80s and 90s touring with that influential trio. Along the way she published several novels, acted in films, and appeared with legendary New York theatre troupe The Wooster Group. Her daughter Lucy, whose father is Loudon Wainwright III, and whose siblings are Martha and Rufus, has released a series of solo albums that demonstrate her crystal clear voice and talent for insightful, melodic songwriting.

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