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The UnCommon Coffeehouse 2013 - 2014 Calendar

September 6, 2013

Big Red Sun

Big Red Sun performs original music inspired by classic ‘60s rock, R&B, American hymns, folk music and story telling. The band includes Boston area residents Cliff Henricksen, Steve and Tom Greeley, Rob Guadagno and David Mendelsohn.

Their individual credits include regional and international performing, local hit recording — even sharing the stage with the Rolling Stones. Together, their music is at once familiar, yet new and full of surprises.

“I’ll Stop For A  Dollar"’ by Big Red Sun is a highly musical album. Its mix is perfect, needing no improvement in my opinion. Songwriting and musical arrangements are well-crafted and performances are played and recorded to perfection.”
— Cliff Goodwin, Music Director and performing/recording guitarist

Big Red Sun's "songs have strong melodies and catchy hooks, but the best part is the two phenomenal lead singers. Vocals are super-soulful and heartfelt.
— Lance Quinn, producer/guitarist (Jimi Hendrix, Talking Heads, Bon Jov)

web site: www.bigredsunband.com

: 8:00 pm

$12  in advance
              $15  at the door
              $10 seniors (65+) and students (under 21)

Ocober 4, 2013

Archie Fisher

Archie Fisher

Archie Fisher
is Scotland’s foremost troubadour and is known throughout the country as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Travelling Folk” show, which he has been presenting for over 25 years. Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth. Archie was born in Glasgow into a large singing family, which yielded three professional singers—Archie and his sisters Ray and Cilla Fisher. Constant music combined with his father’s appreciation of many musical styles (opera, vaudeville, traditional ballads) proved to be a heavy influence on Archie’s music while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides, was a strong influence on the lyrical quality of his songwriting. Archie first became interested in folk music through the Skiffle era of the late 1950’s under the influences of performers such as Lonnie Donegan and Johnny Duncan. Later, the recording of the Weavers at Carnegie Hall also had a profound effect on his approach to music and his political outlook. During the TV folk boom of the 1960’s and 70’s he appeared regularly with his younger sister Ray in magazine programs and the BBC Hootenanny series.

Opening for Archie Fisher will be The Jon McAuliffe Trio

Jon's love of ethnic folk music, urban and rural blues and the folk revival of the 1960s influenced him to pick up a guitar for the first time and attempt his own songwriting. Specific influences on his writing include Chuck Berry, Percy Mayfield, Hank Williams, Sr., Gordon Lightfoot, Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, Van Morrison, Lennon & McCartney, and a host of folk, blues and R&B musicians too numerous to note. McAuliffe crafts beautiful tales of "life up close." His plaintive vocals and fine acoustic guitar work aim straight for the heart song after song . . .

Archie Fisher myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/archiefisher

Jon McAuliffe website: www.jonmcauliffe.com

: 8:00 pm

:   $18 in advance
                $20 at the door
                $14 seniors and students

November 1, 2013

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces featuring Marie Rocheleau-Demers, Peter Anick, Matt Carlen, Chris Dombrowski, and Glenn Nelson follows in the tradition of groups like Claire Lynch and the Punch Brothers, who use bluegrass instrumentation to play a wide range of music. Their brand of “bluegrass without borders” will take you to Caribbean islands, California gold country, Celtic ceilidhs and the Kentucky hills.

Come celebrate the release of their brand new CD, “Fiddletown.” The CD which has fourteen tunes featuring three-part harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass, starts with their tale of the American Dream (circa 1849), Fiddletown, and ends with a good-ol' banjo tune conjured up on Uncle Tim's Bridge in Cape Cod. In between, they've got some tunes from the Caribbean, some bluegrass gospel, a couple instrumentals, blues and ballads, and lots of harmony.

Jesse HansonOpening for Wide Open Spaces will be Jesse Hanson

Jesse Hanson is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from the Boston area with a real itch for pursuing music. She has just released her debut album "Back to Boston".

Jesse has trained her whole conscious life to be a well-developed violinist, having been a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra for 7 years as well as a multitude of various Boston-based classical ensembles. Additionally, she has been exposed to Celtic and Bluegrass music her whole life and has placed in every regional competition she has competed in, including her most recent acquisition of the New England Country Music Organization's "Bluegrass Instrumentalist of the year 2013" and "Instrumental Duo of the year 2013" with Ashley Jordan. Currently, Jesse Hanson is focused on a solo career and has performed around New England as well as in LA  and much of the East Coast. She funds her solo career by doing studio work and side string work for other artists in the Boston area such as Air Traffic Controller, Ashley Jordan, Sol & Kiel, and Grammy award winning engineer Ducky Carlisle.

web site: www.wideospaces.com
web site: www.jessehanson.me

8:00 pm

$12  in advance
              $15  at the door
              $10  seniors (65+) and students (- 21)

January 10, 2014

Kim Jennings and Dan Cloutier

Kim Jennings Dan Coultier

Kim Jennings - Sitting still has never been easy for acoustic, indie, folksinger-songwriter Kim Jennings. A  singer, piano and guitar player for years, the songwriting bug only bit her in 2007.

The oldest of eight children in an Irish Catholic family in the Boston suburbs, Kim grew up listening to the music of Clancy Brothers, Jim Croce, and James Taylor.  “I didn’t know it back then, but traditional Irish music and the 1970s singer-songwriters got deep into my heart, and now influence me in ways I never realized,” says Kim of her musical influences.

Kim co-founded Birch Beer Records with musical compadre Dan Cloutier, released her debut CD “My Own True North” in 2009, was named to Metronome Magazine’s Top 20 Hit List for 2010, and was voted Best Female Vocalist in the 2010 Worcester Music Awards.

Dan Cloutier is a rising force on the local New England singer songwriter, folk, and indie scene selling out rooms in the greater Boston area.

In 2011, Dan released his third CD called “Blind Willie’s Lighthouse.”This collection of songs is a thematic journey dealing with the gospel blues legend Blind Willie Johnson and Dan’s native New England.

Dan has also turned into a leading voice in the region for supporting local music. He is a co-founder of Worcester’s Birch Beer Records, and Facebook’s “I Support Local Music in Massachusetts” with over 10,000 fans with his good friend and fellow singer-songwriter Kim Jennings. Birch Beer Records was recently covered in the Worcester Business Journal, as “the founders have deftly combined their passion for music with a keen business sense and a good feel for the future of the recording industry.”

“This guitar-strumming storyteller is aiming to steal your heart with his lyrical honesty.”
—Pulse Magazine

"Cloutier’s lyrics are poignant, touching and to-the-point.  He’s a workingman’s musician who chronicles life’s twists and turns in a remarkably candid and positive way." 
—Metronome Magazine

Kim Jennings' web site: www.kimjenningsmusic.com
Dan Cloutier's web site: www.dancloutiermusic.com

Show Time: 8:00 pm

$12  in advance
              $15  at the door
              $10  seniors (65+) and students (- 21)

April 4, 2014

Cosy Sheridan with Kent Allyn

Cosy Sheridan Keny Allyn

Cosy Sheridan - Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.”  She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically acclaimed CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records.

Since then she’s released nine more CDs, taught songwriting at workshops and camps across the country and written a one-woman-show entitled The Pomegranate Seed – An Exploration of Appetite, Body-Image and Myth.  She is one of the most respected touring musicians on the folk circuit, appearing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Jerry Lewis Telethon and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: modern renditions of mythology (meet Hades the Biker), children’s stories woven into tales of modern adulthood, blues and gospel guitar and love songs for adults.  Her alter ego, Chlamydia, often appears with songs such as Botox Tango or Multiply Pierced.  The Cornell Folksong Society wrote:  “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture; Persephone with Botox.”

In 2011 when she released her tenth CD, The Horse King, The Chicago Examiner wrote: "You can't make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you're doing, and do it well. Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here."

Kent Allyn - Kent Allyn has long list of recording and performing credits including work with Ben Baldwin and the Big Note, David Surette and Susie Burke, Brooks Williams, and The Night Heron Consort, among others.

Kent teaches at the Music School as well as the Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine.

Cosy Sheridan's web site: www.cosysheridan.com

Opening for Cosy Sheridan and Kent Allyn
will be Tom Smith.

"Tom is a well traveled singer/songwriter veteran who brings a rich and deep portfolio of well crafted songs delivered in fine, tastefully understated fashion and with a dry wit guaranteed to put a smile on any face"
Boulder Coffeehouse.

“Tom Smith’s music is by turns playful and poignant, and always grounded in the American folk tradition. Tom’s mastery as a singer, his instrumental skill, and his apparently effortless presentation style, are hallmarks of a man who knows and loves his music. We are fortunate to have him in our midst.”
Lorraine Lee Hammond, musician, songwriter, professor of ethno-musicology

Tom Smith web site: www.tomsmithmusic.com

Show Time: 8:00 pm

: $14 in advance
              $17  at the door
              $11.50  seniors (65+) and students (- 21)

May 2, 2014

Grace and the RSO

Grace and the RSO

Grace and the RSO (Really Small Orchestra) are Boston’s Americana indie-folk quintet.  The band consists of Grace Morrison (lead vocals, guitar, accordion), Benjamin Moniz (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Max Judelson (vocals, bass), Marta Rymer (violin, vocals), and Nate Tucker (cajón, percussion). All five musicians began classical music training at a young age. The band may be more rooted in the traditional sense with their instrumentation and songs’ subject matter, but they have plenty of modern flair that breathes new life into their Renaissance inspired music.

Grammy nominated producer John Mailloux says, “The band members are talented, young musicians who compliment each other musically, as well as provide creative arrangements that perfectly support the songs. Grace and the RSO are a rare ensemble of musicians and creativity. Seek them out and enjoy their music.”

John Gwynn of The New Bedford Standard Times recently blogged: “People cringe when talking about “pop” music but Grace and the RSO’s comfort in their own sound allows them to take more chances with their Celtic folk styling’s and make it something catchy and interesting. Morrison and the RSO’s confidence in their song and style put the band in a great spot to further expound on their budding sound.”

Grace and the RSO website: www.graceandtherso.com

Opening for Grace and the RSO will be the World Beet Percussion Ensemble.

Show Time: 8:00 pm

$12  in advance
                $15  at the door
                $10  seniors (65+) and students (- 21)

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