coffeehouse off the square
Old Ship Parish House, Fellowship Hall
107 Main Street
Hingham, MA 02043
• All events are at 8 PM on the third Saturday of the month except for the Christmas Concert at 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 15.
• All except the Christmas Concert begin with an open microphone. Come and let us hear you.
• Admission is $12 except for $15 in September, December, March and April and benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
The coffeehouse is always in need of volunteers, be it with stage setup and takedown, kitchen help, postering and publicity, or on the music committee. We very much need your help. Please get in touch with us at: 781-749-1767 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The handicapped-accessible Parish Hall, 107 Main Street, Hingham Square, is just up from the Loring Hall Theater, on the MBTA’s 220 bus from Quincy Center, and a scenic long walk from the West Hingham commuter rail station.
For more information, call (781) 749-1767. Visit:www.bostoncoffeehouses.org/OldShip/OldShip.html
Contact person: Eric Eldering Cornetta
SCHEDULE FOR 2013 - 2014
September 14 $15
Vance Gilbert - This high-energy, but playful singer-songwriter is a delight with his melodic songs, inventive lyrics and good humor. He started as a jazz singer and
then switched to the folk idiom, but kept the spirit of his jazz roots. One observer says “his performances often feature extended guitar and vocal techniques and his
compositions often employ sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots.” At the same time some of the songs on his 11 CDs (most recently “Old White Men,” 2011) reflect the Afro-American experience from his unique perspective. Most of all, Vance is great fun to hear and this will be a strong and memorable beginning to the season.
October 19 $12
Bow Thayer - This Roots-oriented performer was a big hit last time. We are glad to welcome this Vermont-based son of Hingham back to where it all began with the
80s Hingham super group “Metamorphosis.” He has been the driving force in many
acclaimed bands, recently leading his band Perfect Trainwreck to an “album of the
year,” and has 13 CDs to his name. Bo plays all things string including the guitar,
mandolin, ukulele and banjo. He also composes, and one reviewer noted that Bo “is
among the state’s finest songwriters. . . with every song deserving to be an instant
classic.” Come to hear his songs and possibly dance the night away.
November 16 $12
Southern Rail - After many memorable Christmas concerts and one memorable
Bluegrass concert, we are glad to have Southern Rail again for another lively evening of Bluegrass. This vibrant, engaging, Boston-based, Appalachian-rooted Bluegrass and Gospel group has been a favorite over the years. Their music is high-energy exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irreverent humor, and sparkling banjo and mandolin solo work. If you have not heard them, come and see why these Boston First Night favorites continue to stir us with their musicianship, spirit, energy and good will. Sharon on bass, Jim on mandolin and their colleagues are always a pleasure to hear.
December 15 (Sunday at 4:00 PM) $15
Catie Curtis’ Christmas Concert - For something new we are having Catie Curtiss do her Christmas show foreshadowed in her most recent CD “A Catie Curtis Christmas.” Raised in Saco, Maine Catie was playing drums in a local theater by
the age of 15. After completing a degree in history at Brown University she joined the Boston folk rock circuit and released a cassette “Dandelion” in 1989. In 2005 she and Mark Erelli won the International Songwriting Competition’s Grand Prize for “People Look Around” following Hurricane Katrina, and her songs have been heard on shows such as Dawson’s Creek and Chicago Hope. Most important, according to one observer,“her instantly recognizable voice and insightful and often humorous lyrics” have led to increasing renown and two performances at the Obama White House. Now we can hear her in Hingham. Don’t miss the opportunity!
January 18 $12
Jen Chapin - Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk soul - story songs that search for
community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city.
Critics have hailed her work as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful..
worth-savoring” (People) and, “addictive” (Boston Globe). JazzTimes has called her
“a first-rate storyteller” while Relix regards her as “one of the freshest voices singing
today." Jen has been featured on ”Late Nite with Conan O’Brien", NPR’s Mountain
Stage and WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Jen has performed on stage with
Bruce Springsteen, and opened for Bruce Hornsby, Smokey Robinson, and the
February 15 $12
Geoff Bartley - Geoff Bartley’s rich voice, rollicking guitar, and soulful harmonica
have been delivering classic blues and imaginative original songs to audiences for over 30 years. As the Boston Globe’s Scott Alarik says, he “is a world-class guitarist, a resonantly emotional singer, and a brilliant songwriter with gift for provocative personal imagery set to lovely musical landscapes."
March 15 $15
Martin Butler and Katie Mc’D’s Irish Cross County Band - After their memorable performance two years ago, we are delighted to again present Katie McD’s group with bodhran player Martin Butler and fiddler/guitarist Dan Keller. Galway born and raised, Katie is an accomplished singer-songwriter–guitarist with her song “Lines” featured in the documentary film “Crossing Arizona.” The band features the popular Bodhran player-singer Martin Butler who has been heard at Hingham’s Snug, and in concert with the Celtic group Cunla Dear. One reviewer has said that “the ever witty Bodhran player Martin Butler will quench your winter blues while the lilting vocals
of Katie McDonnell will while away the evening as you stomp out the beat.”
April 19 $15
Bill Staines - The legendary Bill Staines returns. With slices of Americana delivered in his rich, supple baritone and low-key humor, Bill, author of the perpetual favorite,”Roseville Fair” is always a hit. He has recorded 22 albums, and many songs have been recorded by other major performers such as Peter Paul and Mary and Makem and Clancy. Most important, though, are his live performances. His excellent playing and memorable singing are combined with a disarmingly gentle manner. He arrives, says “Hi, I’m Bill” and gives yet another far-ranging, excellent performance, according to his listeners. These reflect the ease of his feelings about the prairie people of the midwest, adventurers in the Yukon, over-the-road truckers, and everyday workers. Every appearance at our Coffeehouse has been memorable, and we look forward to another great show this spring.
May 17 $12
Honey Dew Drops - This Virginia–based roots duet of Laura Wortman (banjo) and Kagey Parish (guitar) blends new Americana and traditional folk music sung with a
sparse Appalachian clarity that is accessible to listeners everywhere. One observer noted that their disc “ ‘Silver Lining’ perfectly captures the spirit of the Blue Ridge foothills, feeling like a collection of tunes delivered late at night on someone’s front porch.” They have had two #1 albums on Folk Radio and been on Prairie Home Companion. Now it is our turn to hear the Dew Drops in New England for a mellow end to the season.