Audrey Ryan is a one-man-band multi-instrumentalist whose music is quirky and genre-bending. She tours regionally, nationally, and internationally supported by Folkwit Records (UK) . She has opened for Suzanne Vega, They Might be Giants, Josh Ritter, Ra Ra Riot, Grace Potter among many others. http://www.audreyryan.org
Trad Kids, A musical for kids, presented by Shannon Heaton!
"The show (about a group of critters who get together for a spinach and strawberry cupcake party) grew out of play with my toddler--we have been inventing characters like Agnes P. Mouse and Lenny Lizard for months. Writing the show also grew out of my impatience for some of the music made for [marketed to] kids. Some of this stuff is obnoxious, cloying, unexamined. Kids are smart and discerning. Fun doesn't need to mean dumb."
Triptych is a vivacious three-part ensemble featuring fiddler Laura Risk, guitarist/percussionist/vocalist Paddy League, and dancer Kieran Jordan. This remarkable trio delivers elegant and soulful renderings of traditional music and step dance, from Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian traditions. triptychtrad.com
Session Americana sit tightly around a small cafe table, ambient mics tuned to catch the whole sound of the voices and instruments. A suit-case drum kit, an old electric bass, a bunch of acoustic instruments, a field organ: This format feels very theatrical and though the musicians face each other, the audience feels drawn into the circle by the warmth, joy and camaraderie that emanate outwards by the all star cast of characters seated around the table.
Scott Alarik presents Revival Revisited w/Meg Hutchinson, Alastair Moock and Jake Armerding
For the past 25 years, Scott Alarik has been arguably the most prolific and influential folk music writer in the country. He covered folk for the Boston Globe, contributed regularly to public radio, including seven years as correspondent for the national news show Here and Now, and wrote for many national magazines, including Sing Out, Billboard, and Performing Songwriter. From 1991-97, he was editor and principal writer for the New England Folk Almanac. In 2003, his first book, Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground, was published.
The first thing that strikes the listener about Caitlin Canty is her voice. It’s not just her pure tone and precise control, but the poetic nuance with which she injects every fraction of a syllable with meaning and feeling. Her stage presence is delightful and her songwriting is well-crafted, insightful, creative and entertaining. caitlincanty.com
What is a story slam ? Based on a poetry slam format and similar to American Idol, a story slam is a contest of words by known and undiscovered talent. massmouth posts a theme on it's website (www.massmouth.ning.com) and story slammers will sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute short story on the evening's theme and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random from a box.
In 2001, Chris joined the renowned Boston music scene and began playing open mics around the city. He released his first album, "Lighthouse," in 2007 and his second album, "Little Red," in 2010. "Lighthouse" became one of the best-selling singer/songwriter albums on iTunes after Chris appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."
“Poetic and soulful” and “A riotously fun time” are just a couple of ways folks have described singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Kara Kulpa. Originally hailing from the midwest, Kulpa uprooted and moved cross-country to Cambridge, MA, in the spring of 2010. In the fall of 2011, she hit the road again in support of her second full-length album, The Water’s Edge. karakulpa.com myspace.com/marklipman