Previous events

Oct13

FAR-West online - cancelled

Signed up for FAR-West - This year it's online - details TBD Sorry- I hear it's been cancelled this year

Oct4

Songwriter Showcase at Union Brewhouse - Weymouth

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Union Brewhouse - Weymouth, 550 Washington St, Weymouth, MA

Carlin Tripp again hosts 3 rounds of three songwriters at this inviting venue in Weymouth Always good tunes , good food, good company. Old friends and new friends. Love to be returning

Featuring:
Dann Russo
Houston Bernard
Deb Aufiero
Rick Drost
Robert G hunter
Chris Collier
Brian Montanaro
Dana Martinson
John Fiander

The Loop is a showcase of singer-songwriters in the Boston area. It is held each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Four Performers play 30 minute sets . Formerly held at Arts at the armory in Somerville, the show is now online until further notice . We encourage performers to present their original music to our listening audience. The monthly shows are run in turn by Linda Marks and Rick Drost, and other volunteers

The September show is on the fourth Thursday. sept 22

show will appear on the Loop at the armory group page:
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/605186336292335 and be carried on the Loop at the armory YouTube channel
  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pvJk8sAPpjQxys0nb9bHQ

The Players will be:

John Schindler - Boothbay Harbor, ME - johnschindler.reverbnation.com
Ronnee Stolzberg - Warwick, RI - ronneesongs.com
Roberta Lamb - East Providence, RI - robertalamb.com
Rick Drost - Cambridge, MA - rickdrostsongs.com

 Details on the performers:
John Schindler:
Originally from Saint Louis Missouri, John was influenced early on by that town's rhythm and blues and his Oklahoma mother’s singing. This funky start was drastically tempered by a nine-year stint in a Catholic seminary where silence and Gregorian chant were his daily bread. After leaving the brotherhood, and armed only with his vow of poverty, John moved to New England and pursued the path of an itinerant musician, playing in sundry bands and bad barrooms. It was during this time, he realized, that his audience could not understand Latin. Winner of both the 2003 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the 2006 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest, John has also been a finalist in many other song contests. His CD Memory Train was CD of the Week on Chicago’s WFMT’s Midnight Special. His new CD is Two-Step Man. John lives in Boothbay Harbor ME with his wife, Jane and fat cat, Iko. “John's the best singer songwriter I've run into in the last 10 years or so"~ Bob Franke "John Schindler is full of wonderful, insightful songs that will find their way into the repertoire of other folksingers. John's songs really connect!" ~ Dick Pleasants, WUMB “Wise, witty and dark." ~ Charlie Hunter of FLYING UNDER RADAR “New Hampshire's John Schindler knows how to translate life into wise, oddly witty songs and his new Memory Train album collects many of the calm little gems he's been writing in recent years" ~ Dan Gewertz, Boston Herald “A true original.” ~ WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival “We could use some more John Schindler in the world!” Chris Darling, WMPG, Portland

Contact John at (603) 562-6788 or star.broom@gmail.com John’s website: http://www.reverbnation.com/johnschindler

Roberta Lamb:
Roberta’s songs range from catchy with a groove to impassioned ballads that touch close to the bone. No matter the song, she brings it straight to the heart with her clear, strong voice and her magnetic stage presence. Her fans describe her music as sophisticated, engaging, sometimes humorous, sometimes bittersweet - and always beautifully performed.

A singer-songwriter with unique influences, Roberta Lamb draws on her classical vocal training, her love of blues and pop, and her appreciation for a timeless tune to entertain at a variety of venues. Audiences will be drawn into Roberta’s songs, delivered with her expressive voice and her easygoing way of engaging audiences with humor, honesty, and passion. She boldly tackles topical subjects that touch the hearts and sometimes funny bones of those lucky enough to be in the house when she lights up the stage.

She has performed at a range of venues from The Burren in Somerville, MA, The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA, to Providence’s AS220, Nick-a-Nee’s, the Rhode Island Folk Festival, NERFA Guerilla Showcases as well as at many popular spots such as Concord MA’s Main Street Café, the Common Ground in Arlington, MA the Fresh Ground Coffee House in Gardner, MA. She can be heard at local farmers markets such as the Weaver Library in East Providence and the Pawtucket Village Farmers Market.

Contact: www.robertalamb.com roberta@robertalamb.com 781.405.4340

Ronnee Stolzberg:
Self-taught at age sixteen, singer/songwriter Ronnee Stolzberg sat at the back of her high school guitar class, picking out chords to the current pop tunes while the rest of her classmates were still learning how to tune the instrument. Under the guidance of some close friends, she soon found herself writing original songs and performing onstage within the first year of picking up the guitar. Growing up with a transistor radio as her constant companion, Ronnee began learning to play the music she knew best. Songs by artists such as America, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Harry Chapin and The Eagles quickly began to fill out her repertoire, and by her early college years her performances on campus drew the attention of students and other local musicians who enjoyed her easy-going style and voice. As a member of the university's music club she participated in the recording and production of the school's annual album release, fascinated with the experience of working in a professional recording studio for the first time.
After college, Ronnee began performing the local folk clubs and coffeehouses, first at Open Mike events and later as the featured artist. Her original compositions, "Without A Dime" and "Mama Don't Sing No More", won her a place as the sole musical performer at a local art gallery's exhibit opening entitled "Homes and Homelessness". During this time, Ronnee also pursued a day-time career working for major music-industry manufacturers, including Guild Guitars, Celestion Speakers, and Kaman Music Corporation (makers of Ovation and Takamine acoustic guitars). Her experience working for acoustic guitar manufacturers has given her insight and a first-hand understanding of the instrument from the expert craftsmen who build them.
Having spent several years living in nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut, Ronnee returned to her native Rhode Island to emerge once again on the local music scene. She has continued performing in clubs and coffeehouses throughout the southern New England area for more than 20 years, playing "Classic Rock" covers and originals, including those from her self-produced CD, “Spirit of the Heart”. Ronnee's upbeat “acoustic-rock” style and choice of material continue to draw her audiences' praise and applause. Contact Ronnee at ronneesongs.com

Rick Drost
Rick writes and sings songs with depth and heart- songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry. His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; Originally from Western New York, Rick travels from Cambridge, MA to sing at coffeehouses, house concerts, small festivals and Folk Alliance Events from New England, to Colorado to the Southeast. His 2017 album “Turning the World” still gets occasional radio airplay See www.rickdrostsongs.com for tunes, videos, etc.

Sep15

Wilcox Weekend

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kanuga - Hendersonville NC

The annual gathering of the Wilcox Tribe in the Retreat Center Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC has been reset to September 15-18. Looking forward to reconnecting in person with wilcox enthusiasts from all over the country.

Aug7

Song school in Lyons CO - decided not to go

Signed up for Song School in Colorado. Hoping I can make the trip this year! Sadly, not feeling up to the trip this year Have a blast, those who can go.

Loop At the Armory - July Online Show

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online

The Loop is a showcase of singer-songwriters in the Boston area. It is held each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Four Performers play 30 minute sets . Formerly held at Arts at the armory in Somerville, the show is now online until further notice . We encourage performers to present their original music to our listening audience.

show will appear on the Loop at the armory group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/605186336292335

and be carried on the Loop at the armory YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pvJk8sAPpjQxys0nb9bHQ

The lineup will be: Kirby Heard - High Point, NC - kirbyheard.com
Anne Sandstrom -Burlington, MA - annesandstrom.bandcamp.com
Michael R J Roth - Lynn Haven, FL - easyheroes.com
Rick Drost - Cambridge, MA - rickdrostsongs.com

Details about the players: Anne Sandstrom

Anne Sandstrom writes songs that are personal, topical, and poetic. Her use of about a half dozen different guitar tunings adds harmonic interest to her swooping melodies. Having performed for audiences across the U.S., Israel, England, and Scotland, Anne is excited to bring her music to The Loop.

Kirby Heard

Since the November 2019 release of her first solo project, Mama’s Biscuits, Kirby Heard has become known for songs that take listeners on journeys through yesteryear and memories of home. Often introspective, inquisitive, and witty, these are songs with an authentic voice and perspective. Chris Spector (Midwest Record) called it ‘delightful, meaty songwriting that could only come from the heart and does a great job of opening your ears.’

Kirby has collected her writing from the past few years into a brand new recording that will be released soon. These songs, like the ones from her first album, call down-home grass roots stories that this generation needs to hear and our generation needs to remember. Come along as Kirby shares how her path has taught her to infuse her music with insight, love and loss, and new promise.

Michael R J Roth

Lyric-driven folk-Americana, a "Jedi songwriter" and "cool dark troubadour...not unlike Townes Van Zandt" with songs known for intriguing imagery and "deep, profound truth."  Lyric winner of the The Great American Song Contest (three-times), NSAI/CMT, the Dallas Songwriters Association, the Austin Songwriters Group, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and the Unisong International Song Contest. Lori McKenna called him "Brilliant." 

Latest CD, "The Ruins of Our Age": https://michaelrjroth.hearnow.com/

Rick Drost Rick Drost writes and sings songs with depth and heart, songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry. His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; recent influences include Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox, who occasionally covers Drost's song "Turning the World"  in live performances. Drost's latest  CD "Turning the World", produced by Jon Shain (Durham, NC), charted on the Folk DJ list in its first month, and continues to get airplay from Europe across America to New Zealand.  Originally from Western New York, Rick travels from Cambridge, MA to sing at coffeehouses, house concerts,  small festivals and Folk Alliance Events from New England, to Colorado to the Southeast. www.rickdrostsongs.com

Jun28

J Psaros and Carlin Tripp showcases at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth have been enjoyable Hoping that summer weather by then will allow the proceedings to take place in the comfortable outdoor courtyard Performers Jon Betti
Lisa Belsky
Rick Drost
Brian Montanaro
Crit Harmon
Seth Jacobson
John Doney
Lisa Sheldon
Miss Julia Violet

Jun20

Dar Williams Retreat - Chester CT

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Dar's "Writing a Song the Matters" retreat last year in Stony Point NY was the hit of the year for me, and I've been able to keep up with these people at online workshops and song circles. This year's retreat is in June in Chester CT. Details TBD

Jun16

Loop at the Armory - Online Songwriter Showcase

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Online - Loop at the Armory FB page and Youtube channel

The Loop is a showcase of singer-songwriters in the Boston area. It is held each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Four Performers play a 30 minutes - the show is now ONLINE until further notice . The Loop is a great stepping stone from Open Mics for those looking for more performance time and interested in developing their stage skills. The Loop is a good venue for developing/practicing your solo skills as a singer/songwriter. We encourage performers to present their original music to our listening audience.

Show will appear on the Loop at the armory group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/605186336292335

and be carried on the Loop at the Armory YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pvJk8sAPpjQxys0nb9bHQ

The lineup will be:

Stan Davis - Wayne ME - standavismusic.com
Carole Wise - Brunswick ME- carolewisemusic.com
GraciousMe - DC area- graciousmemusic.com
Rick Drost - Cambridge, MA - rickdrostsongs.com

Details about the players: [TBA}

Jun5

Open Mic America Slot - online

Dave Williams curates this Sunday online open mic - with songwriter interviews. I'll sing a 10 minute set and get interviewed among the other songwriters This has been a great event whenever i have done it.

Jun3

One Broadway Collaborative is Aaron Tornberg's new community performance center in Lawrence . Happy to be returning for a Songwriters in the round with West Coast friend Deb Seymour and Ithaca friend Sue Radner Horowitz. Both these women have great new albums. See them while they're around Boston.

The show will also be carried ONLINE. buy a ticket at onebroadway.org and you will get a link to see the show on youtube.

May27

Yale '70 50th reunion

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Davenport College Common Room, , New Haven, CT

I'll be playing with Norm Zamcheck *The REAL Stormin Norman) and Mat Kastner, both class of 70, in the Davenport College Common Room 4-5.30 as part of the yale '70 50th reunion (which is being held two years late over this weekend) Lots of interesting seminars and events as usual. It will be good to see old friends and singing buddies.

May12

SERFA

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Black Mountain Retreat, Black Mountain NC

SERFA is In-Person This year. This has been a go-to event for me for the last few years, especially when it is near Asheville. I have registered; hoping to be able to make the trip and catch up with NC friends. The new "Get off My Lawn" group of songwriters has a showcase room Thursday Night and Saturday Night. I'm sure to be there.

Showcase Slots

11.45 PM Friday Mike Holliday - Joe Virga Room 12.40 AM Saturday (sun am) - hosting and singing in Get Off My Lawn Room 1.30 AM Staurday *sun am) - in David Hakan's Gypsy Wagon room

Apr17

Stormin Norman Zamcheck at Lilypad Inman

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Lilypad Inman, 1353 Cambridge St , Cambridge MA

College friend and sometime bandmate Norm Zamcheck - aka Stormin Norman - returns to town with "Selections from a Lifetime of Songwriting" . Come hear old and new selections of heartfelt and rollicking piano and songwriting.. Norm has asked me to play a couple of songs. Other local guests will perform as well.

Apr14

I have a slot in the second round at Drifter's Tale. Jay Psaros organizes and curates these songwriter rounds. Drifters Tale is a comfortable new bistro in Inman Square.

Hosted by the estimable Molly O'Leary! Songwriters sing in rounds of 3, singing about 4 songs apiece in each 1 hour round.

PB&J PRESENTS: Songwriters in the Round LIVE at Drifters Tale! Featuring: Grace O'Shea Abby Rose Dayes Rick Drost Jayden Westland Jared Torchetti Brian Montanaro Dann Russo With Special Guest Cassie Soares Hosted by Molly O'Leary