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“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” - The New York Times
Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen all come to mind. Yet few songwriters can relate their own life to the life experienced by others who find that common bond — the exhilaration of the open road, the celebration of heroes, the coming of age, the hope for redemption, the sharing of love, intimate, passionate and enduring — the way that Ellis Paul does.
Smart. Literate. Poetic. Singular. Storyteller. Folksinger. Yes, but Ellis Paul is far more. How much more? An incredible 30-year career. 15 Boston Music Awards. 20 albums. Newport Folk Festival. Carnegie Hall. Hundreds of venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris, and London. Dozens of compilations, commercials, documentaries, TV shows, and blockbuster movie soundtracks. He is one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation — for many, the face of contemporary folk music — and probably no artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries than Ellis Paul. Come to this first concert of our 35th Anniversary Season and find out why.
Opening Act: Jon Svetkey & Heather Quay
Second Friday favorites Heather Quay and Jon Svetkey — now using the folk friendly name “The Yellow Room” — have been singing and strumming together for over twenty years. Their original songs combine elements of classic pop, folk and country music while showcasing their love of two-part harmony and fun.
Heather has been on the stage for many years. As one half of Quay & O’Conor, she performed at colleges and clubs throughout the Northeast, including Columbia University, CBGBs and Club Passim, and released an album of original music. Jon, and his band, The Loomers, have performed at venues such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Hatch Shell in Boston, Club Passim, Caffe Lena, and Fenway Park. He co-headlined writers-in-the-round nights with folks like Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Dar Williams, and Peirce Pettis. 30 years ago, Jon co-founded the seminal songwriter collective End Construction. -- along with Ellis Paul, Brian Doser and Jim Infantino. Jon has released 10 albums of his music and his songs have appeared on CBS, Cinemax, The CW, MTV, NBC, and PBS.
Everett Pendleton w/opening act Soren Hallet
“I love music. I love playing guitar. I love singing. If you're not crazy about the song I'm playing right now, wait a couple of minutes!” - Everett
Everett Pendleton is what you call “a musician's musician.” Not only does he play guitar with great chops and exquisite taste, he is also one of the most amazing singers you will ever hear. Plus, he has a 1000-watt smile that lights up the room.
Everett brings a genuine love for music to all that he does. Born and raised in Chicago, Everett comes from a musical family. His dad, Penny Pendleton, Everett's father, was a very accomplished and respected jazz bassist on the Chicago scene.
Over the years, Everett has become an incredibly in-demand musician. Since 1993 he’s been playing with Jon Svetkey, and has been the lead guitarist in The Loomers. He’s traveled to China and Brazil, taught at the Bass Workshop in New Hampshire, and he currently plays (bass guitar!) with Gary Backstrom. To paraphrase the great cartoon legend Freakazoid, "HE'S GOT LEGS BABY! HE'S EVERYWHERE!"
Oh yeah, did we mention he's also a fine songwriter in his own right? Come and find out how amazing Everett is.
OPENING ACT: Soren Hallet
Soren was the winner of Belmont Idol 2018. Currently a senior at Belmont High, this is Soren’s debut appearance at our coffeehouse. It’s also his professional debut!
Jim Infantino w/opening act Lindsay Foote
Jim Infantino is a distinctive singer/songwriter whose songs are alternately funny and serious. He began his career the early 90s, leaving his native New York for Boston, busking in the T and joining the collective End Construction Productions with Jon Svetkey, Brian Doser, and Ellis Paul. Following their release of the CD "Resume Speed," Jim did two solo CDs, founded his band, Jim's Big Ego, and toured for years, playing nationally notable venues from Nashville to Northampton to San Francisco.
He has opened for Patty Larkin, David Bromberg, James Taylor, David Wilcox, and Dar Williams and his songs have been covered by James Naughton, David Wilcox, and Ellis Paul. Jim's Big Ego has released seven albums since the early 90s. Google "the greatest band in the history of recorded music" and you will find Jim's Big Ego.
OPENING ACT: Lindsay Foote
Originally from Winchester, MA, Lindsay currently splits her time between Toronto and Boston. She has already released two EPs and a full album, and is currently working on a fourth release with the support of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and Factor Canada.
Jonny Kringle & The Wondaland Band 7th Annual Holiday Concert
Drummer Tom Maher has been delivering toys to Children’s Hospital for almost 15 years. In 2012 he had a mission: play rock and roll holiday songs for the children he was delivering the toys to. So he called his old friend Jon Svetkey and asked if he could put a band together. Jon made a few calls and a yearly tradition was born.
The band — which includes Tom and Jon, Everett Pendleton on bass, Heather Quay on vocals, Rob Laurens on keyboards, and First Church Belmont favorites Jim Wooster on guitar and Jeff Isen on percussion, trombone, harmonica and more! — will be performing a collection of fun, upbeat holiday rock and roll songs that everyone can sing along to. The crazy fun part? Immediately following the FCB performance they will pack everything up and drive over to Children’s Hospital to do it all again at 4pm!
So bring your family, bring a new and unwrapped toy or two, sing along, dance and enjoy this very special Second Friday Coffeehouse holiday concert.
Special Event: Wintery Songs In Eleventy Part Harmony
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Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony is a loose collaboration of Boston-based musicians organized by veteran singer/songwriter Jennifer Kimball, who celebrate the holiday season with their delightful annual program of sacred, secular and wintery pop music rearranged, re-harmonized and often just plain turned on its head. Wielding fiddles, cellos, ukes, guitars and glockenspiels, this ensemble re-envisions the sounds of the season. From Sinatra to Tchaikovsky, Isaac Watts to Ana Egge, this beautifully eclectic mix of sacred and secular music inspires a reinvention of the holiday experience; one where minor keys are as familiar as major, the church has transformed into a club where all are welcome and the season’s darkness is as deep as it’s festive lights are welcoming.
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Don’t miss this wonderful holiday concert!
FCB Youth Group Night featuring Rowan Wolf!
The first half of our night will be an open mic featuring performances from members of the First Church Youth Group, Youth Group alumni, and Belmont High students. Sign up that night. Sing a song and show your support of social action.
The second half will feature a performance from an amazing band led by First Church Youth Group alumnus ROWAN WOLF! The last time he played here, he brought a spectacular 8-piece band that brought down the house. We needed several hundred thousand dollars worth of roof repair -- not a small thing in January. Anyway, we're not entirely sure what kind of band Rowan will be bringing with him this time but you can bet that you will need a new pair of socks (and, well, shoes/boots too) by the end of the night because yours will have been blown straight off. Dig that.
Love Song Open Mic Night w/featured act Kim Moberg
Featured act: Kim Moberg
We are super excited to announce our third annual OPEN MIC NIGHT! And since it's on Valentine's Day, we're proposing an evening of chocolate & roses to go along with love songs from all of the performers.
So bring your instrument, your song, your poem, your story and come perform for an appreciative, supportive audience. At the halfway point, we will be treated to a set of fantastic music by up and coming songwriter Kim Moberg!
Kim’s passionate and heartfelt vocals mesmerize listeners while her songs tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, healing and social consciousness. She recently won the Performing Songwriter Competition at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse. Her debut CD, “Above Ground,” produced by Grammy-nominated producer Jon Evans, will be available at the show.
So come on down and let the world hear your song! Sign up and play! (Performers free!)
1st Annual FCB All-Stars Night!
Bayard is a life-long singer, guitar player, and choral performer, although never professionally. He has a super-power: he can quickly write silly songs to celebrate family events. However, for this open-mic night, he will be performing a short set of not-quite-as-silly original songs.
Gerri Strickler & Roger Miller
Roger and Gerri started their singing friendship 8 years ago as members of the FCB's Nova Choir. With Roger on guitar, sometimes mandolin, and Gerri on autoharp, they perform together within the wider church community and around town. Tonight, FCB friends, Jim Sugarman and Bayard Klimasmith, will join them for a few songs!
Pamela and Darrell enjoy performing songs with close harmonies that convey the range of emotions of the human experience. They started performing a the coffeehouse with their son, Avery, in 1996.
Second Friday Coffeehouse co-founder Jim Hall has been singing for over sixty years, and has performed classical, pop, musicals, and barbershop. His set will include songs by the “masters” of the 50s and 60s Folk Revival.
Danielle Miraglia & Lisa Bastoni Co-Bill!
Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips.
Danielle’s music blends influences of some of her own musical heroes - The Rolling Stones, Prince, Janis Joplin along with her lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst.
Danielle has toured and played major venues across the United States and beyond, and has shared the stage with luminaries like Buddy Guy, Joan Osborne, Bettye Lavette, John Hammond and Robert Cray.
Danielle M and The Glory Junkies are nominated for a 2018 Boston Music Award for "Blues Artist of the Year" and Danielle was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.
"Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin.” — Maverick-UK
Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell/Lori McKenna), the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston's WUMB.
In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song "Rabbit Hole" was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie.
Don White with The Loomers
“Mark Twain meets Woody Guthrie… Woody Guthrie meets George Carlin…” - Ed Stivendor
There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter. He is a walking challenge to the phrase “file under.” Best to just sort him under “Don White.”
“If William Blake saw the universe in a grain of sand, Don White sees it in a squeaking door or Marshmallow Fluff.” - Bill Harley
For more than twenty years, he has been bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page.
“No artist on the circuit today is better than Don White at combining the heartfelt aesthetics of the singer-songwriter with side-splitting laughs.” - Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe
In addition to being Don’s longtime backing band, The Loomers have performed at venues such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fenway Park, The House of Blues, and Club Passim. Their songs are infused with the classic sounds of driving rock, heartland folk, rock & soul, and retro-1980s pop –– filled with the joys, hopes, sorrows and wonder of growing older. They've released five albums and their songs have been played on CBS, Cinemax, MTV, NBC, & PBS.
Special Event: Session Americana
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"It's right there in the name for this ultra-gifted, rotating collective of singers and multi-instrumentalists. And sprawl is a good word when it comes to the Boston-based group's raucous live shows, which were initially built around the community concept of traditional Irish seisiúns. The group, whose members have played with a variety of acts including Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter and the J. Geils Band, expertly blends vintage American roots music styles — from country to jazz to rock — in a rowdy but deft fashion."
– Rolling Stone
Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag".
Antje Duvekot w/opening act Liv Greene
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"Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice. She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community.” – The Boston Globe
Antje has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the prestigious, Kerrville (TX) "Best New Folk Award" and in one of the nation's top music markets, she won the Boston Music Award for "Outstanding Folk Act", three of the top prizes in the singer songwriter world.
Antje has extensive touring experience, criss-crossing the US and Europe many times. She is a compelling live performer and has been invited to play some of the top festivals including The Newport Folk Festival as well as the Mountain Stage, Philadelphia and Kerrville Festivals. Internationally, she's headlined the The Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark.
We are thrilled to have her close out our 35th season!
Liv Greene is a singer-songwriter based in Boston. She was a 2015 YoungArts finalist in Voice, and is an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she won the program’s Artist of the Year. She is currently studying Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.