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The UnCommon Coffeehouse 2014 - 2015 Calendar

September 5, 2014

Woody Pines

Woody Pines

Woody Pines
No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA. Alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage thru the secret world of old 78′s and to write new chapters in the Anthology of American Music. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woodie Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang.

There’s a rambler at the heart of Woody Pines, a rounder nestled into the heart of his music. It’s the kind of rambler that motored Robert Johnson’s car, the vagabond spirit that pushed Kerouac on frenetic road trips across the US, the aimless soul that rode trains with Woody Guthrie. This trickster character is the very core of American roots music, and Woody Pines knows it well. His songs are filled with these characters: wandering broken hearts, swaggering pimps, crusty hobos, but he himself has lived these stories. Woody’s journey has taken him from street corners and smoky bars to folk festivals and the Grand Ole Opry, but he started with Bob Dylan.

“Rock solid sexy old time vaudeville hill-billy groove.”
Sxip Shirey of the Luminescent Orchestrii, NYC

“A rollicking, engaging amalgam of old-time blues and jug band sensibilities. “….Walking Down the Road has overtones of early Dylan in its guitar finger-picking and wistful drawl.”
Jim Gilchrist,  The Scotsman  March 2010

 “Woody Pines brings that low-key street corner style of performance to his stage show, but with all the polish and seasoned professionalism of a tour-bus-and-green-room rock stardom.  Crackerjack musicianship goes a long way toward a band’s greatness, but showmanship seals the deal. Pines, on stage, is an old soul and natural performer, storied and steeped in the best of American music.”
Ali Marshall, Mtn Xpress

Woody Pines website: www.woodypines.com

Show Time:
8:00 pm

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

November 7, 2014

Cold Chocolate

Cold Chocolate

Cold Chocolate is creating an exciting and unique new sound in the world of Americana: fusing bluegrass and roots with a dash of funk.  With original tunes and technical prowess, this four-piece band from Boston is rocking audiences with guitar, banjo, upright bass, drums, and four-part harmony. Featuring Ethan Robbins, Kirsten Lamb, James McIver, and Ariel Bernstein.

"Cold Chocolate plays a style of bluegrass that is so ridiculously good . . . Singer and guitarist, Ethan Robbins has a depth and soul to his voice that blends certain aspects of soul and blues music into their traditionally instrumented sound, creating a unique quality that makes their music far more than a couple pickers playing Bill Monroe tunes.  This is something special.  High energy, excellent harmonies, and, of course, killer picking from the group makes Cold Chocolate an experience that you won't want to miss out on."
—Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots

"Cold Chocolate has got a unique personality, a sophisticated sound, unheard till now . . . these virtuosos have created a very original sound."
—Mike "The Frenchy" Penard, Radio ISA, Grenoble, France

Cold Chocolate web site: www.coldchocolatemusic.com

Opening for Cold Choclate will be Always in Season
Always in Season emerged from the Boston bluegrass scene as a five-piece acoustic band, drawing from the folk, blues, and Celtic traditions as well. A not entirely traditional string band, Always in Season brings together a unique blend of instruments: mandolin (Mark Zudeck). banjo (Rich Delvecchio), guitar Simone Poliandri), upright bass (Gwendolyn Holbrow), and most unusually for roots music, harp (Lois Francello).

Jamming and busking around Boston and Metrowest, Always in Season has built a crowd-pleasing repertoire, honed their chops and polished their close harmonies. Over the past summer they were invited to serve as “house band” for the weekly Framingham farmer’s market. Always in Season brings audiences a contemporary take on American roots music, from toe-tapping bluegrass standards to lilting waltzes to heart-breaking songs of love gone wrong, flavored with high spirits, driving rhythm, and a generous dollop of moonshine.Cold Chocolate

Show Time:
8:00 pm

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

December 5, 2014

John Fannon

John Fannon

John Fannon is the former Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, and Co Producer of The 70s, 80s AOR Classic Rock Band New England, most famous for the 1979 Worldwide Top 40 and Classic AOR Hit "Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya."  In support of their record, New England embarked on a North American summer tour with Kiss, followed by tours with Journey, Styx, Cheap Trick, and others. During those years John worked with many superstars in music, including the late Producer/Engineer Mike Stone of Queen, Asia and Journey fame, Todd Rundgren and Paul Stanley.

John has recently released his first solo album “Saved All The Pieces.” Written, Performed, Produced and Engineered by John at his Recording Studio, The Explorer Suite just outside of Boston Mass. Hit records. Successful jingles. An Emmy award. And the ever-present guitar… John has now come full circle, with his long overdue, long awaited solo career, a new record, and upcoming solo performances. John Fannon Solo Project is here!

"John’s acoustic strums and guitar solos are smooth, tasteful and perfectly placed… most notable for this writer, the fantastic solos during “Running Easy,” the aforementioned “Just Run” (co-written with New England band mate Jimmy Waldo) and the closing “So Here I Am.” Other tracks such as “Hearts Are Breaking,” ‘Go On Your Way,” “Give Me Love” and the wonderful title track are acoustic and sweet, laced with tasteful piano lines, rich vocals, atmospheric guitar solos and heart-felt lyrics that bring It all together."
Review of "Saved All The Pieces" by CD Review

"Fannon actually sounds like Robert Plant meets Peter Gabriel by way of Sutherland Brothers and Quiver on “Just Run.” It’s powerful stuff. The first two tracks are the immediate and hold your attention like few pop albums on the current marketplace, each selection as impressive as the one before."
— Joe Viglione from TMR Zoo

John Fannon web site: www.johnfannon.com

Opening for John Fannon will be Steve Rollins and Friends.
The Boston Globe once reviewed Steve Rollins as writing sincere, magical carpet ride music landing in the soft-rock pasture. Now he’s back with a new CD called Life Is Both. You can listen to his music everywhere online including iTunes, Google, and Spotify.

Steve Rollins web site: www.soundclick.com/steverollins

John Fannon

Show Time:
8:00 pm

$17  in advance
              $20  at the door
              $15 seniors (65+) and students (under 21)

January 9, 2015

Geoff Bartley & Howie Tarnower

Geoff Bartley and Howie Tarnower

Geoff Bartley and Howie Tarnower perform pre-WWII country blues and Delta blues, primitive jazz, traditional folk music, southern mountain string band music, and orignal songs written by Bartley.

Geoff Bartley
is a world-class guitarist, a brilliant songwriter, and the prophet and spiritual godfather of the Boston folk scene. Geoff has won four Nationa lFingerpicking Championships in Winfield, Kansas and his last two CDs went to Number 1 on folk radio. In addition, many of his songs have been recorded by other artists. His song "A Letter from Prison" about Nelson Mandela was recorded by the progressive bluegrass band, The Infamous Stringdusters, and used in the independent 2008 Lionsgate film "The Lucky Ones." Bartley's songs have been featured on The History Channel, Animal Planet, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NOVA and Nature, as well as in commercial films and documentaries.

Howie Tarnower is a multi-instrumentalist and well known veteran of the Bluegrass and Folk world. He has recorded and toured extensively with many bands including: The Fiction Brothers, Country Cooking and Special Consensus. Tarnower has performed with many of Bluegrass' finest musical talents including: Tony Trischka, Peter Wernick, Matt Glaser, Don Stover, Chris Jones, Hazel Dickens, and Rose Maddox. He has played on many recordings, soundtrack s and broadcasts from "A Prairie Home Companion" to "Car Talk."

Howie has taught at many area schools and arts programs including Winchester and Belmont Community Music Schools, All Newton Music School, Cambridge Public School, Middlesex School and The Park School. He continues to perform with many local artists as well as his own bands Boston City Limits and The Blue Suede Boppers.

Geoff Bartley web site: www.geoffbartley.com
Howie Tarnower website: www.betsymcnair.com/howietarnower

Opening for Geoff Bartley and Howie Tarnower will be Deborah Silverstein and and Eric Wells

Deborah Silverstein has been a fixture on the Boston area acoustic music scene since the mid 70s when she was one of the founding members of the New Harmony Sisterhood Band. She went on to perform with the bluegrass band, Fire on the Mountain, before breaking onto the nationalscene with her solo album, "Around the Next Bend" on the FlyingFish / Rounder label. In recent years she has performed with the 4-woman acapella group, Taproot, which recorded two CDs which included many of Deborah's original songs. Her song, "Draglines," about strip mining in her hometown in western Pennsylvania, became an environmental anthem. It was recorded by among others, Peggy Seeger and Dolores Keene, a mainstay of the Irish folk scene. Most recently Deborah has been performing on the local acoustic circuit withher new singing partner, Eric Wells, who also contributes stunning guitar and harmony accompaniment to her muisc.

Watch a video of Deborah Silverstein and Eric Wells performing Around the Next Bend

Show Time:
8:00 pm

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

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Big Red Sun

Big Red Sun

Big Red Sun: The UnCommon Coffeehouse presents Big Red Sun, with the Mighty Winds Horn Ensemble and the Saints and Sinners Choir, in a reprise of the acclaimed winter performance that was hindered by snow.

The band includes Boston area residents Cliff Henricksen, Steve and Tom Greeley, Rob Guadagno and David Mendelsohn. Big Red Sun performs original music inspired by classic ‘60s rock, R&B, American hymns, folk music and story telling. In this very special event they will be joined by a four piece horn ensemble, the Mighty Winds, and the First Parish UU gospel inspired choir, the Saints and Sinners.

Big Red SunShow Time: 6:30 pm

$9 in advance
                $12  at the door
                $9 seniors (65+) and students (- 21)

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