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Scheduled Performances for 2018:  

September 27 ( Thursday): Birds of Chicago click for details
WOW..before you read about them, just watch this YouTube video and its all you will need to know you need to come see this band.

And if you need more than that: Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. A cross border band was born. Birds of Chicago’s music is an offering of healing, communion and celebration of life in a dark and troubled time. I love this band. The admission is free, but you should make an investment in this band for the long run.

* Ticket admission is free but you have to make a reservation with a credit card to claim your seat.( No shows will be charged 10.00 ) We also ask that if possible you bring a “goods” donation for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

September 28 ( Friday): Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul click for details
Two of my favorite folkies!!! Its been more than a decade since these two artists collaborated on their duo album, “Side of the Road” but they continue to share stages on occasion…and what an occasion for us it will be! Vance and Ellis have been the best of friends since they were both emerging on the Boston folk scene in the late 1980s. Since then, each has become recognized as one of the finest singer/songwriters in the country. While they couldn't be more different in their musical influences, they share a love of great songwriting and the belief in the power of music to affect people's lives. THis show brings together two of contemporary folk music's most unique voices - Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert.You know’em, you love’em..dont miss’em : :>) Love this song

September 29 ( Saturday): Adam Ezra Group click for details
I took this quote from the first paragraph of a No Depression Magazine article. ."The Adam Ezra Group has built its reputation on self-described "sweaty, passionate," and enduring live performances. In fact, the Boston area ensemble's shows have become so notable that its fervent Northeast following has swapped more than 100 live bootleg recordings, which wouldn't be a problem for the band if it wasn't for one thing." That should tell you that seeing them live is where it's at. Adam and his band have been compared to Bruce and the E Street Band, ..like The Boss, he is a thoughtful singer songwriter fronting a rootsy, and sometimes folky rock band. The Group has been touring non-stop and packing venues across the country and shared the stage with Jason Mraz, Rusted Root, Bela Fleck, John Hiatt, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Ziggy Marley, Little Feat and many others, With their new release underway the Adam Ezra Group will continue their national tour and come to us, with a new album Hurricane Wind and a momentum that is catapulting them towards being one of the country's most talked about bands.WE are so happy to have them back.

October 4 (Thursday): Slaid Cleaves click for details
Hailing from Maine originally, this now Austin songwriter might as well have been born in the lone star state. He's got the Austin style songwriting reminiscent of Joe Ely or Townes Van Zandt, but a style and sound all his own. He is simply one of my favorite songwriters, and why he is not a household word is beyond me. Great songs, great voice, great stories and handsome as all get out. If you are a fan from Maine, you will remember his old band the Moxie Men.....many towns and years later he still comes highly SMAC recommended.

October 7 (Sunday): Josh Ritter click for details
with special guest Daniel Rodriguez
A musician and song writer, a singer and an author, Josh Ritter does it all.

With his strong voice, a keen wit, and an evocative way with words, he has built a loyal following as one of the leading lights on the contemporary folk scene. Born in Idaho, Ritter bought his first guitar after hearing the Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash classic "The Girl from the North Country." While attending college in Oberlin, Ohio, Ritter got his first taste of the music of Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch; he instantly fell in love with their songs and dropped his neuroscience major in favor of the pursuit of music. As home to classic folk venues like Club Passim, Boston was the place Ritter chose to follow his dream. Soon signed by Signature Sounds Recordings their reissue "The Golden Age of Radio";gave it exposure on a national level, and the four- and five-star reviews started rolling in. The HBO series Six Feet Under grabbed a track from the album for their end credits and soon his single "Me & Jiggs" was in the Irish Top 40, a headlining tour of the country was sold out, and a tribute band named Cork was playing nothing but Ritter material in numerous Irish pubs. Back home, Ritter's following was growing with sold-out shows in New York City and Boston, while an invitation to the Sundance Film Festival helped begin 2003 on a high note.

Fast forward to today, he is a sought after headlining songwriter and creating new music for new fans all the time His latest album, “Gathering” reviews like:
"Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game two decades into a highlight-strewn career. He’d be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer." - NPR
"Midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty." - Rolling Stone

Don't miss this intimate show.

October 18 ( Thursday): Tia Brazda click for details
Another hidden gem from Canada..but not for long. Tia Brazda's sassy jazz-pop gems and vintage style have established her as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene at home and abroad, paying homage to the golden era while adding a modern twist. Having honed her cutting-edge sound in the clubs of Toronto, she burst onto the scene in 2012, hitting #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart as well as receiving play on BBC Radio 6, CBC Radio, Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto and college radio stations across Canada. This debut brought her to Paris and Amsterdam as well as cities around the UK in support, in addition to performing at major festivals at home across Canada. She is just so great, with great songs and a great band, and now its time the US knew about her……and I'm glad we get to get a crack at her before she fills the big halls. I didn't know which video to pick…so here are my two favorites...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_cLj2FKz6A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ9G76XhkH8


October 19 ( Friday): Eileen Ivers and Universal Roots click for details
Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. Coined the Jimi Hendrix of the violin, fans got to know her as the electric and electrifying fiddle player in Riverdance. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 40 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, 'Fiddlers 3' with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide...WOW! This is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Eileen has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. And don't expect just Irish music. Eileen and her band cover the globe with their renditions of music from many different genres and geography. On a personal note, we have missed her and her colossal band something wicked!!

October 25 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

October 26 ( Friday): Lone Bellow TRIIIO Tour (one show only) click for details
The Lone Bellow is just WOW.. They have a rabid fan base filling big halls all over the country, but we are lucky enough to have them grace our humble barn for one show only! The Lone Bellow burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut in 2013. The Brooklyn-based band quickly became known for their transcendent harmonies, serious musicianship and raucous live performance — a reputation that earned them their rabid fan base. It's been three years since the band's victorious Then Came The Morning was released. Produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, the album was nominated for an Americana Music Award. The band appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Show With David Letterman," "Conan O'Brien," "CBS This Morning," "Later...with Jools Holland," and "The Late Late Show With James Corden" in support of the album. In the years since the release, the band left their beloved adopted home of Brooklyn and moved to Nashville. Now, The Lone Bellow released Walk Into A Storm, in 2017. Produced by legendary music producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and more) and features their lead single "Time's Always Leaving." The trio, featuring Zach Williams (guitar/vocals), Kanene Donehey Pipkin (multi-instrumentalist), and Brian Elmquist (guitar), recorded this album in only seven days. I love this song and video of their hit from that album, "Times Always Leaving".

November 2 ( Friday): The Rough and Tumble click for details
One of those new acts that I stumbled or should I say "tumbled” upon and brought them to SMAC last year..wow were we glad we did! Everyone fell in love with them. In 2015 when 5 year members Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. With their sixteen foot camper and their dog, Puddle, they have been touring nationwide. Yes, you get to meet Puddle!!! She will steal the show!! Don't let their vagabond tendencies fool you-- this americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.

November 3 ( Saturday): Chris Smither click for details
Simply one of those shows that you walk away , blown away after the show. Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for over 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is one of the best to ever hit our stage. With profound songs, dazzling guitar skills and his distinct gravelly voice he casts a spell over the audience one song at a time. Says the Chicago Sun Times - "Chris Smither has traveled countless miles with his careworn blend of folk and acoustic blues. His hallmarks include the fingers of an effortless musician, a voice as craggy and deep as the earth, the soul of a philosopher and master poet, and the foot-tapping percussion of a restless wanderer..." Couldn't have said it better myself. I hope he never retires!!!

November 9 ( Friday): Capitol Steps (One Show Only!) click for details
These folks will have lots of material for election week 2018 after another year with the new regime? They are back, and just in time for more election results! They Put the MOCK in Democracy. Music and political satire by The Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters. This was one of the first acts I booked when we first opened..it's like having good friends visiting when they are here. And don't we all need a good laugh when it comes to politics these days? Only one show, and last years show sold out by summertime! So don't wait!

November 11 ( Sunday): Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys click for details
Big Sandy was only here at SMAC once, as a touring guest with Los Straitjackets. The night ended with him stepping on to the big Floor speaker to sing among the dancing crowd. He is an amazing singer and entertainer, and ever since then I have been trying to get him with his Swing/Rockabilly band The Fly-Rite Boys….and well Finally!! We are sooo excited for this show!

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys is a western swing/country boogie musical band from California. The band is composed of Robert Williams, alias Big Sandy, Ashley Kingman, Ricky McCann and Kevin Stewart. They began as rockabilly revivalists in the late 1980s, and has since been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Twenty Five Years later they have a new album out and in Sandy's own words, it is a labor of love for a career and band well worn: "Twenty-five years, fourteen albums & hundreds of thousands of miles. What a dream it's been! When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never imagined that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band that formed that afternoon.

Putting together the new all-acoustic record for Cow Island Music has brought back a flood of memories; we went through our entire catalogue of LP's, picked out some of our favorite original numbers, and gave them fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentation. In many ways , it was our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now, while looking forward towards new musical horizons. Happy 25th Anniversary, Fly-Rite Boys! Here's to 25 more!” Yes, we agree Big Sandy…25 more it is! Come listen or bring your dancin’ shoes! See Him on Late Night With Conan.

November 15 ( Thursday): Shawn Mullins click for details
We just love this guy!! We are always trying to get him back since his show stopper of a performance some years back. Grammy nominated Show Mullins' critical breakthrough came when his song "Lullaby", from the album Soul's Core, became a radio and video hit. Another familiar hit, "All in My Head", was featured on the hit television sitcom "Scrubs”. But since then, he continues to write amazing songs and do amazing shows. THis is one of those shows people thank us for bringing to SMAC after it’s over. Don't miss him!

November 17 ( Saturday): Paula Cole click for details
Simply one of the best female singers I have ever heard. Songs like "Where have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait" put her on the list of chart busters. But the first time I heard her she was singing back up for Peter Gabriel. When he featured her, it was clear by the hush and then roar of the crowd that she was headed for bigger and better things. Of course her star rose quickly and now we are lucky to be able to present her in our humble hall. Just what we need to warm a November evening. The only cool, will be the styling of her emotionally charged voice singing her own songs of life, love and a philosophy that is all her own. Don't miss it.

November 23 (Friday): Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band click for details
Featuring Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda.
The Family that plays together..stay together!
Well, even if they don’t all live under the same roof, this family makes terrific music and has a rip-roarin’ good time while they’re at it. The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band features Jay, Molly, Jay’s daughter Ruth Ungar, and her husband Mike Merenda.

Jay and Molly showcase Cajun, and Celtic fiddle tunes, and favorites from the golden age of country and swing—along with their own songs, fiddle tunes, and orchestral compositions. Jay and Molly have reached a wide audience through their appearances on Great Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, their own public radio specials, and through their work on film soundtracks such as Brother’s Keeper, Legends of the Fall, and a host of Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries. The two torch carriers of American music, have achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay’s Ashokan Farewell, which became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on PBS …..winning a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy.

Mike and Ruthy Finding fame through their folk rock band, the Mammals, this songwriting duo are “musicians’ musicians” who have found fans and friends in the Americana world and beyond. As word of their well-loved records spread, the band quickly found themselves sharing bills with industry luminaries as diverse as The Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival, Ani DiFranco and The B-52s to name a “few” On a personal note I hate to pick favorites, but I think Ruthy’s voice is one of the most moving and beautiful voices of her genre and generation…a heartbreaking alto soulfully backed by Mike’s thoughtful playing, and singing. Great songs, a great family….a great show! They have it all!! Take a moment to watch their video.

November 24 ( Saturday): Stone Mountain Holiday Market and Fair
Our First Holiday event of 2018 :
A
litte, fair, a little festival, and a little market, kind of atmosphere to kick off the holidays.
An all day event with that fair festival, to " kick" off the holidays. Our Halls will be decked out all right! We will have all kinds of booths full of shopping ideas from crafts to repurposed items, to food, to Christmas themed wares.. As always the SMAC girls will be serving up lots holiday cheer and sustenance. Plus LIVE Music and your favorite games will be on in the Rooster Lounge

Here is the schedule of Events:
* Time: 9:30AM to 3:30 PM
* Come for breakfast goodies, a mimosa lunch, shopping, and hear some live music.
* For You Football Fans, Join Jeff in the Rooster Lounge for your favorite Game!
* LIVE Music will be provided by TBD

Want to be a vendor? Click for Vendor Information.
 

November 30 ( Friday): Devonsquare Farewell Concert & Celebration click for details
And a celebration it will be.
We are honored to have this last swan song of a show for this amazing group. On the 30th anniversary of the Atlantic Records release of "Walking On Ice" the Folk-n-Roll band Devonsquare has decided this will be their last year of live performances. This final show with special guest Peter Gallway their longtime producer and performing artist will be the highlight of this final year for the band and fans alike. Tom Dean & Alana MacDonald, the 2 remaining original members of the group, will be joined by the original recording lineup of Teg Glendon (bass guitar) Bob Thompson (electric guitar) Michael McInnis (keyboards) Ron Boufard (drums) plus guitarist Robbie Coffin. There will also be some surprise guests! Don't miss this very special night for the band and all of us who have loved the music of Devonsquare.

December 1 ( Saturday): Devonsquare Farewell Concert & Celebration click for details
And a celebration it will be.
We are honored to have this last swan song of a show for this amazing group. On the 30th anniversary of the Atlantic Records release of "Walking On Ice" the Folk-n-Roll band Devonsquare has decided this will be their last year of live performances. This final show with special guest Peter Gallway their longtime producer and performing artist will be the highlight of this final year for the band and fans alike. Tom Dean & Alana MacDonald, the 2 remaining original members of the group, will be joined by the original recording lineup of Teg Glendon (bass guitar) Bob Thompson (electric guitar) Michael McInnis (keyboards) Ron Boufard (drums) plus guitarist Robbie Coffin. There will also be some surprise guests! Don't miss this very special night for the band and all of us who have loved the music of Devonsquare.

December 2 ( Sunday): Stone Mountain Finest Knd Artisan Craft Fair
Looking for that special gift?
This is the fair to go to. We will have two barns of talented crafters who will be proudly presenting those talents for all of your holiday needs. As always the SMAC girls will be serving up lots holiday cheer and sustenance. Come for breakfast goodies, a mimosa, and or lunch and shop for that unique gift.

Here is the schedule of Events:
* Time: 9:30 to 3:30
*Come for breakfast goodies, a mimosa lunch, shopping, and hear some live music by TBD

Want to be a vendor? Click for Vendor Information.

December 7 ( Friday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click to Order Tickets
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH
with Special Guest Max Dyer on cello


*Please note....This show is e held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. SMAC passes or Gift Certificates are not applicable for this off site show.

Dana the composer and pianist, and Carol the singer songwriter together form a really beautiful and fun Christmas show that they play annually at this special place on Crystal Lake in the quaint village of Eaton NH...just over the border from the Stone Mountain Arts Center. This is a wee church, so seating is limited...a quick sell out. Advance tickets only.

*Speaking of tickets....again, you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. But again, the show is at the Little White Church. Seating is general admission (pew seating) only.

*There will be a coffee and cookies for an after show reception in the Liittle White Church downstairs gathering area. The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH.

*SMAC Memberships do not apply for this off site show.

December 8 (Saturday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click to Order Tickets
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH
with Special Guest Max Dyer on cello


*Please note....This show is e held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. SMAC passes or Gift Certificates are not applicable for this off site show.

Dana the composer and pianist, and Carol the singer songwriter together form a really beautiful and fun Christmas show that they play annually at this special place on Crystal Lake in the quaint village of Eaton NH...just over the border from the Stone Mountain Arts Center. This is a wee church, so seating is limited...a quick sell out. Advance tickets only.

*Speaking of tickets....again, you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. But again, the show is at the Little White Church. Seating is general admission (pew seating) only.

*There will be a coffee and cookies for an after show reception in the Liittle White Church downstairs gathering area. The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH.

*SMAC Memberships do not apply for this off site show.

December 14 ( Friday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry with very special guest Guitar God Bill Kirchen

Great holiday music, beautiful halls all decked out, and lots of holiday fun all come together in one great night that has become a Maine treasured tradition.

About our Special Guest Bill Kirchen

Bill Kirchen is like SMAC's favorite Uncle. You hard core Commander Cody fans will know him as the the guy who made Hot Rod Lincoln famous. Kirchen is reported to be one of the musicians that pioneered the Americana radio format and is a founding father of the "twang core movement" which includes Dave Alvin, Wilco and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Kirchen's signature sound has been dubbed "dieselbilly" and incorporates elements of country music, blues, rockabilly, Western swing and boogie-woogie, laced with themes of American truck driving music. These days his songwriting could not be more vital. And I should put a youtube here with one of his more recent songs from his so latest and greatest.. But geez, I gotta remind you of who this amazing tall drink of water is. So here he is, earnin' his paycheck above and beyond.

December 15 ( Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details

Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry with very special guest Guitar God Bill Kirchen


Great holiday music, beautiful halls all decked out, and lots of holiday fun all come together in one great night that has become a Maine treasured tradition.

About our Special Guest Bill Kirchen

Bill Kirchen is like SMAC's favorite Uncle. You hard core Commander Cody fans will know him as the the guy who made Hot Rod Lincoln famous. Kirchen is reported to be one of the musicians that pioneered the Americana radio format and is a founding father of the "twang core movement" which includes Dave Alvin, Wilco and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Kirchen's signature sound has been dubbed "dieselbilly" and incorporates elements of country music, blues, rockabilly, Western swing and boogie-woogie, laced with themes of American truck driving music. These days his songwriting could not be more vital. And I should put a youtube here with one of his more recent songs from his so latest and greatest.. But geez, I gotta remind you of who this amazing tall drink of water is. So here he is, earnin' his paycheck above and beyond.

NOTE: This is a benefit show. Passes not applicable.

December 21 (Friday): Lori McKenna for SMAC!!! click for details
This Night’s Concert Supports SMAC's Improvemnt Fund and Winter Readying!
Thanks Lori!!!!!!


Before the new year, we had to get her here and she is so" humble and kind” to do this show to support us! …Wow..does her star just keep rising!! She became one of only five solo women to win the CMA award for "Song of the Year" and the first woman to win two years in a row. In 2017, she became the first woman in the 52 year history of the ACM Awards to win "Songwriter of the Year". In 2017 she again won Best Country Song at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for "Humble and Kind" performed by Tim McGraw (a great way to describer her by the way !) Lori performed with him in arenas last summer, but for this night she will come to our humble hall once again just for us! ... the sweetest singer songwriter you are ever gonna meet! She is critically acclaimed for her work as a song writer, and heavy hitters like country star Faith Hill have recorded a pile of her songs. Faith is great, but no one sings Lori's songs like Lori. ... come see why we love her and support SMAC at the same time! Thanks again Lori!!!

NOTE: Sorry, no tabs for this fundraiser.

TWO SHOWS for NEW YEAR'S EVE ... Join us for an Early Show or Countdown to NYE

December 31
(Monday): Ghost of Paul Revere - Early Show click for details
Lobby opens at 4:00 - Dinner seating begins at 5:00
Showtime - 7:00 pm

Wow!! How lucky are we!? These guys could go anywhere on NYE, but SMAC is honored to have them to help here to ring in the new year. The Boston Globe said the Ghost is like "Mumford & Sons meet the Avett Brothers with a twist of bluegrass. Old Crow Medicine Show with three-part harmonies. The Band for millennials... The Maine-grown, foot-stompin' holler-folk quartet create the type of music for which festivals are made" Very well said, and we will add that our staff saw these guys in a little bar a few years ago when they were just starting out. My crew was at a left a big arena show that was less than exciting...so they left. Lucky for the SMAC kids, The Ghost of Paul Revere was playing right across the street. Needless to say, their night was salvaged when they got to hear these guys. And we have been booking them ever since, They quickly rose to star power, but we are happy they will still come back to our humble barn on the hill. A local to national success story and always a quick sell out..don't miss'em! Oh, and you could meet a nicer group of guys! An early new years show that will have you home for the countdown.

December 31 (Monday): Ghost of Paul Revere - Countdown Show click for details
Parking Lot and Lobby Opens at 9:00 - Seating begins at 9:30
Showtime - 9:45 pm
This is a non dinner show. Ticket Tabs are not applicable to this show.
(To Avoid traffic jams, please dont come early, as we have to empty the parking lots and halls for the first show)


Wow!! How lucky are we!? These guys could go anywhere on NYE, but SMAC is honored to have them to help here to ring in the new year. The Boston Globe said the Ghost is like "Mumford & Sons meet the Avett Brothers with a twist of bluegrass. Old Crow Medicine Show with three-part harmonies. The Band for millennials... The Maine-grown, foot-stompin' holler-folk quartet create the type of music for which festivals are made" Very well said, and we will add that our staff saw these guys in a little bar a few years ago when they were just starting out. My crew was at a left a big arena show that was less than exciting...so they left. Lucky for the SMAC kids, The Ghost of Paul Revere was playing right across the street. Needless to say, their night was salvaged when they got to hear these guys. And we have been booking them ever since, They quickly rose to star power, but we are happy they will still come back to our humble barn on the hill. A local to national success story and always a quick sell out..don't miss'em! Oh, and you could meet a nicer group of guys! They will count down the new year with you.
   
Scheduled Performances for 2019:  
January 18 (Friday): Susan Werner click for details
The long awaited return of Susan, and we could be happier! Iowa born Susan Werner Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” A singer/songwriter by trade, but far from any category you might need to place her in. Susan is so many voices...from studying opera to diving into the folk scene.She is always creating and re-inventing herself while remaining true to who she is...a farm gal from rural America who tells their tales so eloquently. She is a consummate musician, mastering not just her voice, but piano and guitar as well. With multiple album releases and touring how she found the time to write a musical is another Susan Werner mystery....writing the music and lyrics for a musical based on the film "Bull Durham", which premiered in Atlanta in 2014. One of the best stage performers we have ever had grace our stage. A Critics choice and we could not agree more. Welcome back to SMAC Susan..its been too long.

January 25
(Friday): Roomful of Blues click for details
Though this band is the pride of New England they are known as one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. In 2010, singer Phil Pemberton took over the vocal duties, bringing his sweet and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with newer members, bassist John Turner, trumpeter Carl Gerhard, drummer Chris Anzalone, and keyboardist Rusty Scott, and longtime members baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley, tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille , Roomful keeps on rockin’ and will rock out barn on a winter’s eve. Bring your dancin' shoes for the dance gallery or come to listen. Shake off the winter blues with Roomful of BLues! Check them out….and see how much fun you could have!

February 2
(Saturday): The Gibson Brothers click for details
Oh, I love these these bluegrass greats!!! You name a bluegrass award and they have won it : Songwriter of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year....and some of these multiple times! These brothers of bluegrass, write really amazing songs, have beautiful voices and are just the real deal. In a climate of new grass and a glut on new string bands, these brothers hold true to the old time bluegrass and country. They were featured on Prairie Home Companion last year and of course many of you have seen them here at Christmas....they always bring the house down. They have a sound that is so sincere. Its like they grew up in a country band decades ago, when the divisions of country music were not so defined. But they are every bit of here for today's’ stages. They have a killer band, and are a personal favorite of mine....Come highly SMAC recommended.

February 8
(Friday): We Banjo 3 (encore visit!) click for details
Okay, anyone who didn't see this show last time was COMPLETELY OUTTA LUCK.!!!! To say it was a highlight of our year is an understatement. Don't let the name fool ya….these handsome Irish boys are not all about the banjo!

We love them!! “It’s as if the Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and the Chieftains all got together for a battle of the bands but decided to pool their resources instead. The future of World Music has arrived.” – Elmore Magazine

One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years is the multi-awarded winning We Banjo 3. With a 7 time all Ireland banjo champ, a 4 time banjo champ, and another member who is an all Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group.

WB3 has performed for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest for several years in a row. Now the band is rapidly gaining favor in the Bluegrass and Americana world as evidenced by their invites to Merlefest, ROMP Fest, Sisters Folk Fest, Old Settlers Fest, Four Corners Fest and others. They are Rising Stars!! Be part of their early journey!

February 14 (Thursday): Dar Williams for Valentine's Day click for details
It's always too long between visits with Dar. She is the cream of the singer songwriter's crop. Rolling Stone wrote of her, "Seasons change, but Williams remains both ambitious and pleasingly plain-spoken... And importantly, she seems more at ease than ever." At the core of Williams' work is a belief in the innate ability of people to make a better world, the product of countless observations in her travels and conversations with her fans. She writes about it, sings about it and will make you feel good about it. Adding to her resume these days, she has been on the lecture circuit, speaking about anything from music to politics and most importantly, the towns we live in. Drawing from her most recent book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time, she will always have something brilliant to say and to sing. She is a delight on stage and we are delighted to have her back! Always reflective, a perfect and special night out for this yea’r’s Valentines!

February 22 (Friday): Juanito Pascual click for details
SMAC is happy to present this very special Flamenco guitarist and composer. NPR's Here and Now says, "One of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years.” The Boston Globe says, "A flamenco Phenom, a rising star of the Spanish guitar.” He is coming here with his exciting trio and we are thrilled to have this unique show here.

Get lost in these videos and then reserve your tickets!
solo   |   with the trio    |    And you'll recognize this one

February 23 (Saturday): Ward Hayden & The Outliers click for details
(formerly Girls, Guns and Glory)
If Chris Isaac, Buddy Holly and Buck Owens started a band, it might sound like these guys! The twangy country rock and roll sounds of this fun band, is fronted by SMAC favorite and crooner Ward Hayden (we love him!) A smooth, authentic honky tonk/early rock & roll vibe with some country-folk thrown in there too...it is hard to peg these guys....but that's a good thing! An eclectic blend of musical styles that's reminiscent of Johnny Cash one minute, CCR the next, the all-male quintet mixes catchy melodies with cowboy vocals and creative percussion, hurling grit (sometimes grits) and heart into every tune. Don't miss this whole lotta fun winter’s night.

March 15 (Friday): Kat Edmonson click for details
I saw this gal on CBS Saturday morning (“Saturday Sessions” is a great program that showcases rising stars…..highly recommend it). She is known most as a jazz singer, but she calls her music vintage pop. Whatever you call it, it is completely pure. She has shared stages with the likes of Lyle Lovett, Asleep at the Wheel, and Chris Isaac with appearances on Prairie Home Companion and E Town. When I heard her, there was something about her that reminded me of hearing Joni Mitchell when I was a kid.. She doesn't sound like her, or the music isn't the similar, but the command of her craft and her band reminds me of Joni. A terrific song writer with the sounds of a jazz singer, but the feel of an old folk singer.

Speaking of jazz, check out this video shows one of many sides of her. But this is the sweet song that stopped me in my tracks when I heard it:

And these are just samples of her live…take some time and get lost in some of her videos on YouTube. Like her songs, they are like mini vintage movies harkening back to a time when ceramic dogs and typewriters were the norm. (for some of us,it still is :>) There are so many great videos of her….too many to pick, so again, spend a few minutes and discover this amazing talent. Seems like everyone in the critical world knows about her…..now its your turn. Comes Very Very Highly SMAC Recommended

March 22 (Friday): Dom Flemons (formerly of Carolina Chocolate Drops) details
In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops who have won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014.

His latest project, his first solo album titled “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” the Smithsonian Folkways label. This recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Dom is known as “The American Songster” ..a story teller at heart and his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones. Happy to have him return to the SMAC stage!

March 30 (Saturday): Acoustic Festival with Low Lily and Mile Twelve click for details
Low Lily A Little Folk, a liitte bluegrass and little old timey with a pop twist? Yes you get it all with this Vermont band. Beautiful harmonies and incredible musicianship, they were dubbed Falcon Ridge Folks Festivale “# 1 Most Wanted, Band!"

Mile Twelve Tom Obrien says,…. “ Mile Twelve, a group of five accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind. Serious players who have serious fun, Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade.” Couldnt agree more,. These talented folks are yet another fine group coming out of the hot bed that is the music school string band scene thriving in Boston right now. Two great bands one great price. We can't wait for this night!!!

April 6
(Saturday): Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas click for details
This Celtic duo is a musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas .We cannot get enough of this master Scottish fiddler and his beautuful cellist sidekick. They sell out everytime....the show is fun, beautiful and Alasdair is a presence who just makes you feel great. A toe tapping night of fiddle music and Scottish s

April 9 (Tuesday): Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn click for details
Béla has been here many time and with my collaborations, but none is like the harmony between these two two musical virtuosos who just happened to be husband and wife. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is connection like no other. Their astounding chemistry as collaborators, as the two seamlessly stitch together singular banjo sounds in service to the stories that their songs tell. Demonstrating seemingly unlimited rhythmic, tonal and melodic capabilities, Fleck and Washburn confirm the banjo's versatility as the perfect backdrop to the rich lyrical component that Fleck and Washburn offer, 'Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the banjo's being able to show all its colors, which are actually quite beautiful.’ And it really is..we are so honored to have them back. A quick sell out!

April 12 ( Friday): An Evening with Tom Rush Accompanied by Matt Nakoa details
Since Tom Rush's 1962 debut as an unknown folk-blues musician on the Boston/Cambridge music scene, he has established himself as a consummate performer and singer-songwriter. A few years back, a sold out celebration of his five-decade career anniversary at Boston Symphony Hall proves his fan loyalty and endurance. When you think of the importance of the folk scene in the 60's you should think of Tom. These days he is just as vital and entertaining. We welcome him back with a big hug!

April 20 ( Saturday): Quebe Sisters Band click for details
When these gals were in their teens I used to say they were "Music's best kept secret....If Bob Wills married one of the Anders sisters, and they had thee girls this would be the result" I had literally been trying to get them since we opened., Now they all grown up and touring the country with that Quebe Sisters’ mix of beautiful three part harmonies with equally beautiful three part fiddle playing, in that classic western swing style. Though they are still young for this old time music scene, they play like they lived it and are backed by a great core of players to keep that vintage country and swing beat going strong. I believe it is one of the best shows we will present here. I think Marty says it best: "It's an honor to live on the same planet as the Quebe Sisters Band. They represent everything that I love about pure American music and I'm probably their biggest fan." Ahem, sorry Marty, we maybe challenging that title!!! Take a minute to watch this video of their performance on Marty's show in 2015.

April 26 (Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
Wooohoooo..she's back again.....our favorite funny girl. An NPR darling, heard on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Paula has been making us laugh almost every year since we have opened. From her comedy specials, to her live shows, she is hysterical, witty, and her improv with the crowd is the highlight of the evening. A quick sell out every time, so get your ticket early!

May 17 (Friday): Ruth Moody Band (of the Wailin' Jennys) click for details.
Singer songwriter Ruth Moody is one of the three lovely sirens of the Wailin' Jennys. But for this show she will showcase what we already know about her....beautiful singing and great songs...but just more of it! And with a great band, they have been making news sharing stages and recording with the likes of Mark Knopfler and Bruce Hornsby. A star that just keeps rising...

May 18 ( Saturday): Jarlath Henderson click for details
The youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Folk Award, back in 2003, multi-instrumentalist and singer Jarlath Henderson has since won further acclaim in his firebrand partnership with Ross Ainslie. A master at playing the uilleann pipes or the guitar or the flute, or singing and arranging songs or producing and recording albums or featuring on the soundtrack of the Disney/Pixar’s hit film Brave or winning awards such as the prestigious BBC Young Folk Award – the first Irish person to do so.His hotly-anticipated solo debut, Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, launched at Celtic Connections 2016, comprises bold yet sensitive arrangements of traditional song. Oh, and did we say he is also a DOCTOR!!!!??? Don't know him? I didn't either...…but this video sold me. Can't wait for this one!!!

May 25 (Saturday): Judy Collins click for details
This Show Supports Tin Mountain Conservation
We are honored once again to present this beautiful icon of folk music to our humble hall on the hill. Judy's songs are historic and her rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" on her classic 1967 album, Wildflowers. "Both Sides Now" has since been entered into the Grammy’s Hall of Fame. Winning "Song of the Year" at the 1975 Grammy's Awards show was Judy's version of "Send in the Clowns," a song that no one has been able to touch since. An Evening with Judy Collins...how special. Oh, and p. s... she tells the best stories!!!!
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May 30 ( Thursday): Matt Nakoa - FREE Admission Show click for details
YOU HAVE SEEN HIM WITH TOM RUSH..NOW SEE HiM SOLO!
Singer song writer and pianist MATT NAKOA grew up on a small goat farm in Smyrna, NY and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Matt won scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spaulding among others. After college, Matt toured with his band, The Fens, and eventually landed in New York City’s vibrant piano bar scene. Matt quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines outside the door each Saturday night. Matt’s first solo album, Light In The Dark (2012), is an eclectic pop opus. In contrast, A Dozen Other Loves (2014), explores a simple acoustic palette. This intimate collection has earned many songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. Additionally, Matt’s piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured by Disney. Matt now tours internationally, recently performing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush.

* Ticket admission is free but you have to make a reservation with a credit card to claim your seat.( No shows will be charged 10.00 )

We also ask that if possible you bring a “goods” donation for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

October 11 (Friday): Peter Mulvey and Catie Curtis click for details
Well, this is just as nice a pie kinda gig as you’re ever gonna get!!!

Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston,Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties. Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.

Catie Curtis - Catie Curtis's list of accomplishments spans 14 albums, songs featured on TV shows “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Dawson’s Creek”, and “Felicity”; and movies like “Finding Graceland” and “A Slipping Down Life”. For over 25 years, she has been a perennially popular headliner, appearing at Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, performing arts centers, concert halls, folk clubs, music festivals and the White House! She was even dubbed a “folk rock goddess” by The New Yorker. After a long and full touring career, and now with so many innovative ways to reach an audience,she has decided to retire from touring and embark on some new creative adventures. But that said, how lucky are we, that she will make an exception and get back in her car, guitar in tow, for their special night. Thanks Catie!!!
   
 
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