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The UnCommon Coffeehouse 2012 - 2013 Calendar

Friday, September 21, 2012

James KeelaghanJames Keelaghan

Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, curiosity intent and intensity.

His masterful story telling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno (Canada's Grammy) - and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia. Possessed of an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique story line, Keelaghan forges his pieces with brilliant craftsmanship and monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices on both the Canadian and international singer-songwriter scenes. His journey has attracted fans of literate and layered songwriting to join him on his artistic expeditions, some of which weave their way through marvelously etched historical stories with underlying universal themes, others of which mine the depths of the soul and the emotional trails of human relations. His songbook has enlightened, enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world.

" Arguably, Keelaghan sings with one of the most glorious male voices in the folk community. It is not only a treat to the ear, but it's a voice that fully illuminates the songs it transmits. "
— Sing Out

"Canada’s finest singer songwriter.”
— Dave Marsh / Playboy

website: www.keelaghan.com

Jason Miles GossOpening for James Kelaghan will be Jason Myles Goss.

A native of Hopedale, MA, Jason Myles Goss has been recording since 2003 when he released his first album Long Way Down and was selected as a finalist in the first ever Newport Folk Festival Songwriters' Contest. He was twenty one and the youngest finalist by over ten years.

Since then, he has spent his time touring across the country and releasing subsequent albums on his own dime before settling down long enough to make Radio Dial, his fourth independent record and first self-produced effort.

"Goss is a thinking person's songwriter. He puts out these thoughts in a voice that's fragile one moment and like a wounded bird falling from the sky the next."
— Valley Advocate (Western, MA)

website: www.jasonmylesgoss.com

8:00 pm

$15 in advance
              $17 at the door
              $12 seniors (65+) and students (under 18)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection

Erica Brown BandErica developed an interest in music at an early age. At the age of seven, she was competing in fiddle contests with kids twice her age. At age nine, she was traveling throughout New England, Canada, and even Louisiana with the Maine French Fiddlers. Erica also performed as a special guest with Mac McHale And The Old-Time Radio Gang for five years. Currently, she has her own bluegrass band, Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection, which performs all over New England. Erica is also a member of The Stowaways, Darlin’ Corey and The Record Family Band. Her talent for combining the precision of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle makes for a fun-filled performance every time she plays. Performance highlights include opening for Grammy award winning country music superstar Dwight Yoakam, as well as Grammy award winning bluegrass performer Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

"For the music of her heritage and her age, there is no one better."
— Don Roy

"One of the best fiddlers in Maine. . . the kind of musician that gives musicians a good name."
— Darol Anger

“It does my heart good to see the fiddling tradition being carried on so well, and by such a polite, sweet young lady."
—Fred Carpenter, Fiddler and owner of The Violin Shop, Nashville, TN

website: www.ericabrownonline.com/

: 8:00 pm

: $12 in advance
              $15 at the door
              $10 seniors (65+) and students (under 18)

Saturday, December 8, 2012
**Please note this show is on a Saturday night**

Rust Never Sleeps

RUST NEVER SLEEPS is a unique, live rock show that celebrates the music, and musical career of Neil Young. Based in the Greater Boston area, Rust Never Sleeps pays "tribute" to Neil Young and his music the best way they know how . . . with integrity.

While some groups in the tribute-band genre are content with a note for note replication of the original recordings, a Rust Never Sleeps show is infused with the passion and truth that comes from musicians using their own unique, creative energy to present these great songs.

website: www.rustneversleeps.net

: 8:00 pm

: $12 in advance
              $15 at the door
              $10 seniors (65+) and students (under 18)

January 11, 2013

Tracy GrammerTracy Grammer

Tracy Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic acoustic" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. The duo released three internationally celebrated albums featuring Carter's award-winning Americana songcraft, and toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and band members. Sadly, Carter died of a heart attack in 2002 while touring with Grammer. He was 49. Determined to honor the journey the duo had begun, Grammer has kept to the road and continues to tour nationally, releasing solo recordings as well as Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer material.

“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual. Her voice is distinctive, as is her mastery over the instruments she plays.”
Joan Baez

“Tracy Grammer has that elusive quality of being able to speak directly to another person's heart - instantly bypassing all of the usual infrastructure - the moment she starts singing. She's great.“
Richard Shindell

“Sumptuous sonics... hauntingly arresting music.“
Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Tracy has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard in my life. There's also a sadness and sorrow and pain and depth of knowledge to Tracy's playing. I really think there's nobody like her in the world.”
Dave Carter, quoted in Dirty Linen, 2002

website: www.tracygrammer.com

Barbara KesslerOpening for Tracy Grammer will be Barbara Kessler

Barbara Kessler is a lyricist of uncommon economy and grace.
— Dirty Linen.

Kessler’s words and music are tough enough to hold their own in the pumped-up soundscape. [She] makes her listener connect with sharply etched images in these smartly realized songs.
— The Washington Post

Her soulful voice merges with her guitar to form the most achingly beautiful acoustic music around.
— The Worcester Phoenix, MA.

: 8:00 pm

: $19 in advance
              $22 at the door
              $14 seniors (65+) and students (under 18)

February 8, 2013

Please Note: This concert on Friday, February 8, 2013 has been cancelled due to the snow storm.
Check back for an updated calendar including a rescheulded show featuring Dave Gunning.

Dave GunningDave Gunning

There are stories that wash over you like a tide, and then there are stories that grab you by the heart. Dave Gunning has made a point of finding the latter and wrapping them up in song since he broke upon the East Coast music scene in Canada back in 1997. The Pictou County, Nova Scotia born and bred singer-songwriter and working class hero has built up from humble beginnings to a point where his name is regularly included in conversation with artists such as David Francey, James Keelaghan, Ron Hynes, Stan Rogers, Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot. Writing from a sonic menu that includes flavors of Irish, Scottish, French Acadian, folk and country musical styles, Dave Gunning transcends genre with songs that fill your senses and touch your soul.

“Dave Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process as Lightfoot, Coburn and Stan Rogers before him.”
Greg Quill, The Toronto Star

“It is that sense of intimacy through his writing, and his performances that makes Gunning an absolutely intriguing performer to watch and listen to”.
The Newfoundland Herald

“Dave is one of Canada’s finest songwriter’s: the way his eye sees things upon the land, the way his ear hears the voices of his people, his respect for those who have gone before, and his love of life in the land he loves, is beautifully portrayed in gentle verse and rhyme. He is not a man you meet everyday, he cares, and it shows in his music, both poetic and pointed”.
CFCY, the Eric MacEwen Show

website: www.davegunning.com

Jon McAuliffeOpening for Dave Gunning will be Jon

"McAuliffe crafts beautiful tales of "life up close."  His plaintiff vocals and fine acoustic guitar work aim straight for the heart song after song . . . In This Present Form (is) a meticulously crafted album filled with promise & joy.  Well done."

"Soulful country tinged folk rock - our favorite kind of folk rock!  Jon McAuliffe brings it!  If his lyrics don't touch you, get a refund for that lobotomy."
Jayson Tanner / Wrecking Ball Radio

website: www.jonmcauliffe.com

: 8:00 pm

: $14 in advance
              $17 at the door
              $11 seniors (65+) and students (under 18)

April 5, 2013

Catie CurtisCatie Curtis

Curtis' style is rootsy and folky but with the rhythmic undercurrent of pop/rock music. Curtis is known for her compelling melodies, relaxed grooves, and subject matter ranging from philosophical to political, romantic to maternal (Curtis and her partner adopted two children who are now 3 and 5 years old.) She performed on the Lilith Fair Tour, and tours now full-time in the US and Europe to a fanbase that has been built over years of returning to the folk clubs and theaters that are the foundation of the acoustic music scene.

Her songs have appeared on TV shows from Grey's Anatomy to Alias, and in many films including the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie "Our Lips Are Sealed."

"With a clear, deceptively gentle voice, she can turn on a dime and thrill the listener with unforeseen power and emotion. Intricate acoustic picking sometimes slants its way into jazz territory, recalling Joan Armatrading, and her staunchly feminist messages further the comparison. But Curtis is very much an original, and a refreshing departure from the stale formula offered by many of today's singer- songwriters."
— Rolling Stone

"Catie Curtis displayed a gift for making simple kindness seem edgy and chic, her gorgeous falsetto leaps embellishing the simplicity of her vocals."
— Boston Globe

"Curtis's songs are beautifully and deceptively well crafted, her production tastefully understated, and her singing so heartbreakingly pure, pained, and devoid of artifice as to suggest she knows not only your secrets, but your soul."
— Alanna Nash, Amazon.com

web site: www.catiecurtis.com

Caroline DoctorowOpening for Catie Curtis will be Caroline Doctorow
Caroline Doctorow is a singer/songwriter from Bridgehampton New York. Caroline grew up in a literary family. Her father is renowned author E.L. Doctorow. Her mother, also a writer, is from North Carolina. Caroline quickly became enamored of the folk stars that she met through her parents, such as Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Mimi Fariña. On her latest recording, Another Country, Caroline showcases her velveteen voice while singing the extraordinary songs of 1960’s folk icons Mimi and Richard Fariña. Electric sitar, dulcimer, banjo, mandolin and swampy-sounding guitars provide a lush and driving backdrop for Doctorow’s silky voice as it wraps around Fariña’s dark lyrics.

"There is a fine line between treating the songs with the respect they deserve and treating them as holy artefacts to be revered rather than interpreted. It’s a line that singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow treads with the skill of a beam-balancing gymnast..."
Dez Ji Wordpress

Time: 8:00 pm

: $22 in advance
              $25 at the door
              $17 seniors (65+) and students (under 18)

May 10, 2013

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.

"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

"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

web site: www.raniarbo.com

Neptune's Car
Opening for Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem is Neptune's Car
Mix together a singer-songwriter from Massachusetts (Holly Hanson) with a guitarist-songwriter from New Hampshire (Steve Hayes), blend in a dollop of Contemporary Folk with a dash of Alt-Country, a shared passion for lighthouses and historical biography songs, and you’ll have the nautically named duo Neptune’s Car. (Neptune’s Car was a clipper ship with a female captain — a true adventure of heroism on the high seas in the 1800s.)

"From the opening track, ‘Flashing in the Dark’ an acoustic love song to the upbeat ‘One More Glass of Wine’ to the quirky ‘Truck Song’ . . . (Neptune's Car's new album has) rich textures and contrasting tones . . . a real find and highly recommended."
— Peter Morgan, Fish Records

web site: www.neptunescar.com

8:00 pm

$17 in advance
              $20 at the door
              $12 seniors (65+) and students (under 18)

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