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Folk Concerts

NEW!!!!   UPDATED!!!!   UPCOMING EVENTS  ***   UPDATED February 4, 2016


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 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

2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month FOLKn’A (open mic) at the Canal Restaurant & Bar on Water Street in Worcester, 7:30 PM, Mac Cole hosting

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

2nd Wednesday of the Month Songwriters in the Round at the Serendipity Café in Maynard, MA with Dan & Faith Senie – 10/14/15 with Hugh O’Doherty and Mike Delaney; 11/11/15 with Sam Bayer and Kirsten Maxwell;

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

3rd Thursday of every month (September through May), Unplugged Open Mic at the Bolton Public Library w/ hosts Dan & Faith Senie

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


UPCOMING one-time events—


2/5 The Rafters and Hummingbird Syndicate at the Amazing Things Arts Center in  Framingham, MA 8 PM

2/5 Garnett Rogers at Club Passim i9n Cambridge, MA   8 PM

2/5 Chelsea Berry at Trinity on the Green, New Haven, CT

2/6 Vox Hunters & Lindsay Straw / Torrin Ryan - a split concert of Irish and British Isles music at the Blackstone River Theater in Cumberland, RI  - 8 PM

2/6 Town Meeting at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA  8 PM

2/7 The Hip Swayers at Serendipity Coffee, Maynard, MA  11 AM

2/8 Sandy Haddon featured at the Roslindale Open Mic, Roslindale Congregational
Church, Roslindale, MA

2/8 The Hip Swayers at Vincent’s Bar, Worcester, MA  8 PM

2/9 The Hip Swayers at the Ship Room, Hotel Vernon, Worcester, MA – part of the annual Canal District’s Mardi Gras Carnival – 7:30 PM

2/12 Solas at the Cabot in Beverly, MA 8 PM

2/13 MIPSO at the Cabot in Beverly, MA 8 cancelled/postponed

2/13 The Wachusett Music Series presents a special Benefit Concert for the Jimmy Fund – a tribute to the late David Greene of Maynard, MA – featuring Ruthann Baler, Marc Bridge, Dan Cloutier, \Seth Connelly, Perry Desmond-Davies, Kim Jennings, LDFA (Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli), Kieran McNally, Cheryl Perreault, Tom Smith, and Bill Thibideau. First Church of Sterling, Meetinghouse Hill Road, Sterling, MA  7-10 PM

2/13 The Hip Swayers at Gulu-Gulu Café, Salem, MA  9 PM

2/16 The Hip Swayers at the Stomping Ground in Putnam, CT 8 PM

2/19 Kat Kennedy at Nightingale’s Acoustic Café in Old Lyme, CT – 7 PM

2/19 Chelsea Berry at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA

2/19 The Lonesome Brothers at Harmony Hall, Palmer Historical and Cultural Center, Palmer, MA 7:30 PM

2/20 Atwater-Donnelly Trio at the Blackstone River Theater in Cumberland, RI 8 PM

2/21 “Because Black Lives Matter” – Tom Smith hosting, with Alastair Moock, Carolyn Waters, Greg Greenway (Brother Sun), Bob Franke, Ruby Rose Fox, On Point, Kate Seeger, Kim Wallach, Kuumba Singers, S-Factor, Charlie Kingt, Martha Leader, Kiana Harper, and Oen Kennedy  – at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA 2-4 PM

2/21 Atwater-Donnelly Duo at Newport Public Library, Newport RI 2-3:15 PM

2/22 Kat Kennedy at Tres Gatos in Jamaica Plain, MA  8 PM

2/25 An Evening with Gaelic Storm at the Cabot in Beverly, MA 8 PM’

2/26 Kat Kennedy at Main Street Grille in East Windsor, CT 7 PM

2/27 Gaelic Storm at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA  8 PM

2/27 Seth Glier at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin, MA

3/4 Dietrich Strause (with Dan Blakeslee opening) at Club Passim in  Cambridge, MA 8 PM

3/4 Heather Pierson Trio at CT Folk Friday in New Haven, CT

3/5 Heather Pierson Trio at Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton, MA

3/5 Joe Jencks solo show at Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield, MA

3/7 Sandy Haddon, Lori Fassman, and Kathryn Kauffman featured at the Main Streets Market and Café with host Ellen Schmidt, 42 Main Street in Concord, MA. Wolfpen might even make an appearance.

3/12 Neptune’s Car at the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse, Byfield Community Arts Center, Byfield, MA  8 PM

3/12 Susan Werner at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin, MA

3/12 Wachusett Music Series presents Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser at First Church of Sterling, Sterling, MA 7 PM

3/12 Spirit Fiddle – benefit concert for Refugee Immigration Ministry – Grafton, MA

3/13 John Gorka at Harmony Hall, Palmer Historical and Cultural Center, Palmer, MA 7:30 PM

3/19 Neptune’s Car at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA  8 PM

3/19 Joe Jencks – Unity House Concert – UU Society of Greater Springfield, Springfield, MA 7:30 PM

3/20 Jonah Tolchin at Atwood’s Taven in Cambridge, MA 9:30 PM

3/25 Vance Gilbert - Music in the Gallery – at the Wamsutta Club in New Bedford, MA 7:30 PM

3/29 Bonnie Raitt at the Orpheum Theater in Boston

4/2 A Gathering of Fiddler’s and Fishermen at Common Fence Music, Portsmouth RI

4/13 Graham Parker Duo featuring Brinsley Schwarz at the Iron Horse, Northampton, MA 7 PM

4/17 Jonah Tolchin at Atwood’s Taven in Cambridge, MA 9:30 PM

4/28 Boz Scaggs at the Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA  8 PM

4/30 Wachusett Music Series presents Cheryl Wheeler at First Church of Sterling, Sterling, MA 7 PM

7/8-10 Green River Festival, - Greenfield Community College – Greenfield, MA

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