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The UnCommon Coffeehouse 2009 - 2010 Calendar

October 23, 2009

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

All of roots music is a stage for daisy mayhem, and this four-piece string band loves nothing more than choreographing a jubilant mix of traditional, original, and contemporary sounds. With Arbo's bewitching alto at the helm, stunning vocal harmonies, a 100% recycled drum set, fiddle, guitar, and bass, daisy mayhem "has a grand knack for pumping new blood into old music" (The Boston Globe). Imagine, for example, a pre-civil war song from the Georgia Sea Islands sung over a New Orleans-style groove. Or, an old Irish fiddle tune with new lyrics, capped with a solo on a South American box drum. A Sondheim tune done jug band style? An original Unitarian funk gospel song? You begin to get the idea. With influences from Doc Watson to Django Reinhardt, from Ghanaian drumming to the funky Meters, and from Fiddlin' John Carson to Bob Dylan, Daisy Mayhem celebrates America's rich musical past and brings it into the present with good humor, impeccable musicianship, powerful songwriting, and a clear love of playing together. Here are four musicians who pick up what's lying around—from tin cans to old songs and wry observations of modern life—and create something new.

"Neo old-timey with cosmopolitan splashes of modern pop and jazz"
— The Boston Globe

"This quartet has a rare gift for fashioning hip, sleek sounds from the solid cloth of vintage American music."
— The Boston Globe

"Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem's sweeping, timeless melodies float above ingenious arrangements."
— The Boston Globe

"As hard to classify as it is to praise highly enough...an intoxicating blend of roots music styles, with deep traditional roots and a healthy futuristicoutlook. Strongly recommended."
— The Rogue Folk Review, Vancouver BC

web site: www.raniarbo.com

Opening for Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem will be Mally Smith.

New to the Boston music scene, Mally has quickly captured the hearts of audiences in coffee houses and other listening rooms. Accompanying herself on guitar, Mally sings both original songs and the best offered by contemporary singer-songwriters like Edie Carey, Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna, Damien Rice, Rose Cousins and others. Like a big soft living room chair, her warm voice, and engaging style of delivery will draw you in to a comfortable place to which you will return again and again.

"Mally Smith is a very sweet performer… She has a gorgeous voice and some great songs and delivers them with captivating style. We're very lucky to have performers like Mally here in our community!"
— Tom Bianchi: The Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA

myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/mallysmith

: 8:00 pm

Tickets:   $18 in advance
                $20 at the door
                $15 seniors and students

September 11, 2009

Don White

If you laugh and cry within the same ten minutes, you either need a vacation or you are sitting in the audience at a Don White show. This working class family man from Lynn, Massachusetts has emerged as the thoughtful songwriter of the decade whose relevance to our lives is evidenced by the powerful reaction he evokes at every concert. Radio audiences, too, are not safe from the Don White experience. Valerie Adams of WNCS Radio, Vermont said, "I've never seen anything like it. Every time I play I Know What Love Is the phones light up like a Christmas tree. Stereo Review Magazine called it "... A candidate for song of the year."

"No artist on the coffeehouse circuit today is better than Don White at combining the heartfelt aesthetics of the singer-songwriter with side-splitting laughs. He mines the same regions for his jokes as he does for his serious songs: his streetwise, sometimes warring, sometimes loving family in Lynn."
- The Boston Globe

"...there is an honesty and self-deprecating wit in his material that is an immediate tonic."
- The Boston Herald

web site: www.donwhite.net

Opening for Don White will be Kim Jennings. Kim did spent several years as a singer / songwriter performing – under her maiden name, Kim Flynn – at open mike nights in coffeehouses near her hometown in the suburbs of Boston. Recetnly re-inspired by the writing talent and collaboration happening in the Greater Boston area folk music community, she is writing new songs and recording her first full-length CD.

web site: www.kimjenningsmusic.com

: 8:00 pm

:   $15 in advance
                $18 at the door
                $13 seniors and students
                $30 families

January 22, 2010

Red Molly

Red Molly consistently brings concert-goers to their feet with stunning three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship and a warm, engaging stage presence. They have earned a devoted and ever-widening fan base, and have begun to tour nationally. Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello have a lot of fun on stage, and it's contagious.

The Boston Globe says: "Everything Red Molly sings is delivered with tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies. But what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet parochialism of an old spiritual, or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch tune. They come on less like stars strutting for their minions than pals sharing their favorite songs. In the friendly world of the coffeehouse, that remains a star-making quality."

"These three women are known for their exquisite harmonies and exceptional musicianship. If you love gorgeous voices, energy, and just plain fun, then Red Molly is a must-see."
-Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

"Red Molly's awesome instrumentation, perfectly executed harmonies, and turbo-charged energy had the crowd roaring for more."
-Ray Massucco, Vermont Festivals

"Everything RedMolly sings is delivered with tick-tight
arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies."
-The Boston Globe

web site: www.redmolly.com

Opening for Red Molly will be Andrew Greene.
Andrew Greene of Framingham, MA, developed his passion for music at a very young age, picking up his first guitar at the age of 6, and listening to music of all kinds. Andrew started singing at the age 20. Now writing and performing his own songs, Andrew Greene is an artist in and of himself. With a slow hand, southern swampy blues feel to his guitar, powerful lyrics, delivered by a soulful voice.

myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/andrewcgreene

: 8:00 pm

:   $18 in advance
                $20 at the door
                $15 seniors and students

March 5, 2010

Karen Savoca

Karen Savoca puts her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role. Her supple, soulful alto is “both sex and spirit, growling and whispering the listener into submission”. Savoca is a gifted songwriter, drawing you into her world with humor and compassion, telling her stories with such grace and ease, you feel as though you've been invited to her table for supper. Savoca composes and records on a variety of instruments, but opts for the primal combination of voice and drum in live performance, and the groove is deep and satisfying.

"An addictive blend of hybrid pop with lots of jazz whimsy and slippery funk."
- Dirty Linen

" A rare combination of grit and sensitivity."
-The Georgia Straight ~ Vancouver, BC

" Melodic songs that probe the mysteries of heart and soul. One of the most breathtaking live performances I’ve ever experienced."
- Willamette Weekly ~ Portland, OR

web site: www.karensavoca.com

Dan EminoOpening for Karen Savoca will be Dan Emino
Dan Emino is an aspiring vocalist, musician and producer with range: a range of sounds, interests and experiences, each of which has contributed to his uniquely personal and poignant musical voice and style. Growing up outside Boston, Emino drew inspiration and motivation from his high school band "Left On Red." Since then, he has been writing and performing his own repertoire solo, as well as collaborating with a variety of a capella, choir and jazz groups. Throughout his emerging career, Emino continued to develop and distill his own distinctive sound - one he calls “acoustic soul.” A performer with both the natural gifts and technical skills to create music and draw a crowd, Dan Emino combines the raw talent of a T stop tenor with the polished precision of a producer in all his work.

web site: www.danemino.com

: 8:00 pm

:   $15 in advance
                $18 at the door
                $13 seniors and students

April 23, 2010

Pete and Maura Kennedy

Inspiration is where you find it – and where it finds you. Open to every moment, the much-traveled married duo of Pete and Maura Kennedy have spun their personal experiences, musical influences and philosophical beliefs into nine previous albums of winsome original songs, frequently seasoned with exquisitely-performed cover tunes, that blend acoustic-based folk, rock, country, pop and secular gospel into an inclusively delightful sound that’s all their own.

The Kennedys use their full palette of vocal and instrumental colors to bring their songs to glowing life. Maura’s lead vocals range from comforting to yearning, from girlish to womanly, from exuberant to delicate, sometimes bolstered by her own sweet harmonies and those of Pete and several guests. As usual, multi-instrumentalist Pete provides a vibrant tapestry of chiming, jangling and twanging guitars, as well as mandolin, keyboards, bass and drums, interwoven with Maura’s sturdy acoustic rhythm guitar, harmonica and glockenspiel.

“Unafraid to mix philosophy, spirituality, love and artistry with a folk-rock back beat is what makes this duo a positive force on all things human."
– Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

“Maura’s sweet, reedy voice is versatile enough to tackle a wide range of styles, from the folk-rock of the title track to the gentle romanticism of ‘No Mornings,’ and Pete is a formidable multi-instrumentalist, playing assorted guitars, sitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, keyboards and drums with equal aplomb.”
– Sarah McQuaid, Evening Herald, Dublin, Ireland

“Traveling throughout the country and releasing album after album of exquisite folk rock purity, [The Kennedys] have built a solid following of fans who admire them as much for their steadfast optimism and ideals as for their close-knit harmonies and well-burnished melodies.
– South Florida’s Entertainment News & Views

web site: www.kennedysmusic.com

Levi Schmidt
Opening for the Kennedys will be Levi Schmidt

Born and raised in Northwest New Jersey, Levi has always been a child of rhythm. He began his musical career as a drummer, playing with local bands throughout his childhood. Levi picked up the guitar during his high school years and slowly made the transition from drummer to songwriter. Levi sharpened his singing skills as a member of MIT Resonance a cappella group, and fell in love with rhythm all over again as a member of Rambax MIT Senegalese Drum Ensemble. He studied music theory, receiving a minor in MITs inspiring music program. In early 2009, Levi fell back into songwriting and began indulging in Boston's live music scene. Levi's first CD, entitled "Like Water" is scheduled for release in April 2010.

web site: www.levischmidtmusic.com
myspace page: www.myspace.com/levischmidtmusic

: 8:00 pm

Tickets:   $18 in advance
                $20 at the door
                $15 seniors and students

May 14, 2010
- This is the Final Show of Our Spring Schedule!

Danny SchmidtDanny Schmidt

Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt is a writer's writer, with a lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter. Upon winning the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award in 2007, Sing Out Magazine tagged Schmidt "the best new songwriter we've heard in 15 years." Just one man sitting alone on stage with his acoustic guitar and his poetry, in the timeless troubadour tradition, his musical influences draw from deeply-rooted Appalachian mountain gospel to haunted English balladry, from syncopated Piedmont country blues to vagabond 60’s protest folk-stumpery. But it all boils down to just great songwriting, in a singular style all his own. Not to be missed.

"There are some albums that jump right out of the speakers at you and grab you by the throat. Intensely intelligent, this is sensitive songwriting at its finest. In his use of parable and allegory, there are inevitable comparisons with Cohen and Dylan, but these are songs of such quality and beauty that they more than hold their own in this exalted company." - - 5 stars out of 5, Maverick Magazine UK

“The best of the new poet songwriters, Danny Schmidt is incomparable, and a can't-miss performer. Danny’s guitar playing is exceptional, every melody could be appreciated even if there were no words. But Danny is much better known (and very widely) for his poignant lyrics. His poetry is complex but accessible. It draws you deeply in, creating wonder but resolving in the end with a moral, or with the listener feeling as if that they had just heard the truth."
- Tom Yeager, Songbird Sanctuary

"Danny is unanimously regarded as incredible, if not unbelievable, if not just plain beautiful -- an astounding guitar player, a monumental blues man, and a true poet (if the wind can be called a poet)."
- Songwriter Paul Curreri

"Everything about the man is gentle, except his capacity for insight, which is crushing.”
- Songwriter Jeffrey Foucault

website: www.dannyschmidt.comDave Rowe

Opening for Danny Schmidt wil be Dave Rowe

Dave Rowe has a strong heritage to draw on, having grown up immersed in music. His father was Tom Rowe, Schooner Fare's bass player, whose driving rhythms laid the foundation for that group's robust sound. Tom's abiding joy in the music infected his son. At 12, Dave took up the tuba(!) and got formal training on piano before having his dad teach him the electric bass. By 15, he was making money making music as the bass player with the Makem Brothers, Tommy Makem's sons. At 19, he picked up a guitar for the first time, then moved on to learning banjo and mandolin. Dave was a member of Rowe by Rowe, which later became Turkey Hollow. Later he formed the Dave Rowe Trio with Kevin O'Reilly and
Eric McDonald.

website: www.daverowetrio.com

:   $15 in advance
                $18 at the door
                $13 seniors and students

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