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Folk Concerts

UPDATED June 16, 2014

Regular Events

  • 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month IRISH MUSIC Fiddler’s Green in Worcester, 4-8 PM
  • Sundays 7-10 PM Emerson Umbrella open mic, Concord, MA w/host Ellen Schmidt

  • Sundays 9 PM at Nick’s in Worcester—Andy Cummings
  • Mondays ACOUSTIC JAM at Kirby’s Irish Pub New Bedford, MA 5:30-7 PM

  • Mondays (usually 2nd Monday of the month) LOMA (Lincoln Open Mic Acoustic) with host Rich Eilbert, at the Lincoln Library on Bedford Road in Lincoln, MA 7-10 PM
  • Mondays FOLKn’A (open mic/song circle) at Webster House in Worcester, 7:30 PM

  • Mondays at Ralph’s Diner on Grove Street in Worcester, THE DIRTY  GERUND POETRY SHOW with musical guests and snack time! Begins shortly after 9 PM.
  • 2nd Monday of each month—BCMFest Session - Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton tunes make for an enjoyable evening, and provide the opportunity to explore the ever-evolving Celtic music traditions in an informal, sociable atmosphere. Bring your instruments and your voices. 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA  7-9 PM. The Session is led by a core of talented area musicians that includes Katie McNally, Armand Aromin, Neil Pearlman, Lindsay Straw and Caroline O Shea.

  • Tuesdays 8 PM Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) open mic with host Mark Stepakoff
  • 3rd Tuesday of every month, Unplugged Open Mic at the Bolton Public Library w/ hosts Dan & Faith Senie

  • 3rd Tuesday of every month – Songwriters’ Forum at Nick’s in Worcester 8 PM
  • Tuesdays 6:30 PM folk open mic at the Acton Jazz Café in Acton, MA with host Ellen Schmidt

  • Tuesday nights – Open mic at Greendale’s Pub on West Boylston St. in Worcester, with host Bill McCarthy… lots of good Blues!
  • Wednesday nights open mic at The Raven on Pleasant Street in Worcester with host Gabriel Navarre

  • 1st Wednesday of each month, open mic at Nick’s in Worcester
  • 1st & 4th Wednesday traditional open mic Harvest Café, Hudson, MA w/host PJ Rogue

  • 2nd Wednesday of the Month Songwriters in the Round at the Harvest Café in Hudson, MA with Dan & Faith Senie

  • 3rd Wed. Rivers Edge Arts Alliance “Broadway at the Rivers Edge” open mic Harvest Café, Hudson
  • Every THURSDAY evening at the GUTHRIE CENTER in Great Barrington, MA – an open mic Hootenanny

  • Thursday nights open mic at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham with host Dan Cloutier
  • 2nd & 4th Friday of every month  7:30 PM – John Henry’s Hammer Coffeehouse Open Mic – First Unitarian Church on Main Street in Worcester, hosted by Lydia Fortune & Phil Nigro

  • Once a month (usually 2nd Saturday) open mic at the Boulder Coffeehouse in Fitchburg, with host Nate Smith
  • First Saturday evening of every month, John Fitzsimmons, Seth Connolly and friends at the Colonial Inn in Concord, MA


  • 6/7 Amy Spillert at Salem Arts Festival in Salem, MA, Derby Square Stage at 12 Noon
  • 6/8 Joe Jencks sings Soulful Sundown Service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, MA  6 PM

  • 6/11 Lord Geoffrey presents “No Bones About It” – Alex Rubin and Catherine (BB) Bowness at Outpost 186, Cambridge, MA  8 PM
  • 6/12 Brother Sun at Stone Mountain Art Center, Brownfield, ME 8 PM

  • 6/13 Brother Sun – Fox Run House Concert, Sudbury, MA 7:30 PM
  • 6/14 Lauren Passarelli, master guitarist, featured at the Boulder Coffeehouse, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Fitchburg, MA 7:30 PM

  • 6/14 Brother Sun – Fox Run House Concert, Sudbury, MA 7:30 PM
  • 6/17-7/3 The 5th Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour for the Arts, featuring Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards with Hoot n’ Holler (Mark Kiliianski & Amy Alvey), Visiting towns along the Bay Circuit Trail – Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich, Boxford, North Andover, Andover, Lowell, Acton, Concord, Lincoln, Wayland, Framingham, Hanson and Duxbury. Funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and sponsored by:

    Bay Circuit Trail Alliance, National Parks Service, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

  • 6/19 Brother Sun at 1794 Meetinghouse, New Salem, MA
  • 6/20 Brother Sun & Boxcar Lillies – the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds, Northampton, MA 8 PM

  • 6/21 Amy Spillert at Marblehead Farmers Market, Marblehead Veterans Middle School, Marblehead, MA 9:30 AM
  • 6/25 Acheray Ensemble at Wednesday Folk Traditions, The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, Hadley, MA 6:30 PM

  • 7/5 Livingston Taylor with Chelsea Berry at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, MA 8 PM
  • 7/5-6 The 19th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival, featuring Chris Smither, Christine Lavin with Don White, John Gorka, Poor Old Shine, Jonathan Edwards, RUNA, Vance Gilbert, Bill Harley, Barbo, Beaucoup Blue, Craig Bickhardt, Benoit Borque, Kate Campbell, Ronny Cox, Joe Crookston, Chrissy Crowley, Cliff Eberhardt, Bob Franke, Gail Finnie, Marina Evans, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Anne Hills, Pete & Maura Kennedy, Mike Laureanno, Zoe Lewis, Grace & the RSO, the Murphy Beds, the New Nedford HarborSea Chantey Chorus, Chris Pahud, Spuyten Duyvil, Devon Sprule, Hayley Reardon, Sacred Harp with the Beans, Art Tebbets, Steve Tilston, and Jeff Warner.

  • 7/11 Livingston Taylor with Chelsea Berry at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA
  • 7/12 Jon Butcher with Chelsea Berry at Club Passim, Cambridge, MA 8 PM

  • 7/12-13 The 28th Annual Green River Festival, Greenfield, MA, featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Puss n' Boots (Featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson & Catherine Popper), Lucius, The Lone Bellow, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The James Hunter 6, The Shinolas Revue: Featuring Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne) Freedy Johnston, and Syd Straw, Lady, Paul Burch and The WPA Ballclub, Poor Old Shine, The Debo Band, And The Kids, Gaslight Tinkers, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Trampled By Turtles, Dave & Phil Alvin & The Guilty Ones, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Ana Tijoux, The Iguanas, Heather Maloney & Darlingside, The Deadly Gentlemen, and Barnstar!
  • 7/25 A Summer Evening with Chelsea Berry at the Cape Ann Marina in Gloucester, MA 8 PM

  • 7/25-27 The 2014 Newport Folk Festival, featuring Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, Nickel Creek, Deer Tick, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Jimmy Clift, Shovels & Rope, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, the Milk Carton Kids, Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Robert Hunter, Puss N Boots, Dawes, The Devil Makes Three, Lucius, Trampled by Turtles, Lake Street Dive, Houndmouth, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Reignwolf, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Gregory Alan Isakov, Noah Gunderson, Shakey Graves, Thad & the Get Down Stay Down, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, the Oh Hellos, Lucero, Phox, Aoife O’Donovan, Valerie June, Death Vessel, Willie Watson, the Lonesome Trio, Tall Tall Trees, Benjamin Booker, Caitlin Rose, Leif Vollebeck, The Deslondes, and more!
  • 7/25-27 The 2014 Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, MA

  • 9/27-28 The 15th Annual Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, Portsmouth, NH

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