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Saturday, September 6 - 8pm
CAROLINE COTTER / CARRIE FERGUSON / HEATHER PIERSON
Winner of the 2012 Maine Songwriters Association Songwriting Contest, Caroline Cotter is already recognized as a rising star in the Portland, ME music scene. Since being selected for a prestigious
“Quad-centric” showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2012, she has begun to make waves in the larger folk scene as well. With playfulness and wit, Caroline brings audiences on a journey around the world and into the depths of the human heart. She has just released her new album, Il est jaune, with singer/songwriter Putnam Smith as producer.
Based in Northampton, MA, singer-songwriter Carrie Ferguson creates soaring folk-pop with haunting melodies and smart, gorgeous lyrics. Carrie’s sophomore album, The List Of Whales, was just released in January 2014. Her songs have been featured on WUMB in Boston, WRSI The River in Northampton, and other New England stations. Carrie was chosen for the 2013 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase, and has opened for Antje Duvekot, Cheryl Wheeler, Meg Hutchinson, Charles Neville, and Livingston Taylor.
Hailing from the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire, Heather Pierson is a pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter and veteran performer and winner of the 2012 New England Songwriting Contest. From New Orleans jazz to poignant folk narratives and Delta-style blues to soul-stirring instrumentals and chants, Heather’s live performances move seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity. Her seventh CD, The Hard Work of Living, was released in October 2013 and features her Americana/folk/roots songwriting, including her award-winning single “A Hard Man To Please”. Heather appeared at The Press Room in December with her jazz quartet, presenting the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
These three women have joined forces to present a memorable evening of heartfelt and award-winning original music.
Saturday, September 13 - 8pm
DENNIS CARAHER / DAVE DERSHAM
Dennis Caraher is an award-winning songwriter who grew up on a farm in Iowa and now lives Northampton, Ma
His songs have been heard on NPR and his poetry has been featured by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac”.
Many of his songs are informed by the quiet beauty of America’s disappearing heartland. His songs are depressing, moving and funny, all at once.
Donnie Moorhouse of The Springfield Republican says that his songs belong alongside Bruce Springsteen’s work on “Devils and Dust”. “
Caraher’s record ‘Radio Boy’ ranks as one of the best I’ve received in 16 years of radio production”, Eddie Russell, Outlaws for Peace radio show.
Friday, September 19 - 8pm
ALL THE FRIENDS/ MIDDLE MOUNTAIN
All The Friends:
Four piece Indie/Chamber Pop band from Northampton, MA.
Music: allthefriends.bandcamp.com or click Music tab
Middle Mountain: https://middlemountain.bandcamp.com/album/by-way-of-2
Saturday, Sept 27 - 8pm
DIANE CLUCK / KEN'S LAST EVER
Diane Cluck has been performing her intuitive folk music throughout the US and abroad since the early 2000s. NPR describes her vocal style as "an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell...unaffected yet unusual". Her self-taught guitar style, influenced by years of playing classical piano, has been hailed by NYC's Village Voice as “brilliant” and “idiosyncratic.”
Earlier in 2014 Diane released "Boneset", her seventh album of original material through Massachusetts-based Important Records. Dark to light to dark, the album overends as a kind of mobius strip, its songs seeded with birds, death, boldness and heart.
On her solo tour of the northeast US & Canada this September, Diane accompanies herself on various instruments including guitar, piano, zither, and toy accordian. She focuses on singing as an exploratory, ecstatic experience, leaving space in which listeners may wander, ponder or simply be.
Diane's website: dianecluck.info
Ken's Last Ever has been creating ever-changing live improvised sound collage experiments for the past 20 years, weaving mesmerizing new soundscapes from found and collected materials right in the present moment, performed from stages, radio stations, tree houses, cement bunkers, construction sites, experimental dance spaces, living rooms, and elsewhere.
Audio archives: lastever.org
Feedback: "Just wonderful stuff. Full of serendipity, questions, collisions, mixes and stirs."
"I like it all, love the calls, the breaking down of pop rock riffs into ambient loops, the abstracted movie quotes. I also love hearing the threads disappear and come back through out different shows."
"I've thought of them as a soundtrack to the craziest EPCOT ride ever."
"your ways of creating leaves room for the listener's mind and also places it in an environment that is sensory and inspiring in an unfamiliar way. It is very much like a dynamic statue garden or otherwise impossible gallery exhibition."
"Weird and strange and interesting as ever. Love the synchronicities that pop up now and then."
"feels like swimming in sound; surfing in soundscapes; an ode to life now. listening i feel rooted in the world echoing inside and the other way around. with your show, sound doesn't save my soul, sound is my soul."
Saturday, Oct 4 - 8pm
AN EVENING WITH RAY MASON
20 albums, over 6,000 gigs and 48 years in the music business must count for something! Come and celebrate with me. Everyone is invited.
Ray will perform his "A Man And His Silvertone" album in it's entirety plus requests, old favorites and new tunes too.
What's different about this gig and the hundreds of others I play on a regular basis? Absolutely nothing! (But that's the point). I'm still just an old guy pounding the **** out of a 1965 Silvertone electric while singing songs about furniture and broken hearts.
“Jaggery audiences go silent and still like people appreciating raw, scary, beautiful wildlife.” That observation was made by web magazine,Cambridge Day, in reaction to the Boston-based five-piece, who work the dark edge of a genre-defying musical style (darkwave jazz? ethereal avant-rock? chamber art-pop?)
Moving from haunting lullabies to intricately-woven mixed-meter rants to catharsis-inducing mini-epics, the band borrows pages out of the books of both Kate Bush and Alice Coltrane, suggesting a classical, organic, avant-jazz-oriented Cocteau Twins or a “white witch” counter to the haunting Diamanda Galas.
Jaggery found its footing in New York, writing and performing under different monikers until 2004 when the band began to take its current shape: singer/songstress/pianist Singer Mali is flanked by a rotating lineup of musicians and instrumentation, including Daniel Schubmehl’sWest African and jazz approach to the drum kit, Tony Leva’s often prepared upright bass, Rachel Jayson’s avant-classical viola, andPetaluma Vale’s glistening Celtic harp and backing vocals.
As always, food, drink and love available at the Lady Killigrew
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