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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 15 (Friday): Noam Pikelny (of the Punch Brothers) and Stuart Duncan details
Wow….these two are touted as true masters of their respective instruments but together they are truly masterful. Noam , the banjo player in that high octane band the Punch Brothers and Stuart a member of the grammy award winning Nashville BLuegrass band, has played with everyone famous you can think of and some! And of course he is a member of the National Fiddler Hall of fame This will be a showcase of virtuosity that we will be really lucky to witness. The music is familiar and new at the same time. Bluegrass fans will love the old timey honoring these two swim in, and folks who just love to see amazing musicians playing amazingly, will not be disappointed. I will say it again, we were lucky to get this show, so c’mon out!!!! See them here.

February 16 (Saturday): Shemekia Copeland click for details
Shemekia is like family to us here at SMAC. But don't let that familiar characterization undermine her stardom. Rolling Stone says, "Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar…she can do no wrong”. That is so true!!! Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring—delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute Copeland is a powerhouse, musical and lyrical approach. With her new Alligator Records album, America’s Child, Copeland confidently announces an electrifying new chapter in her constantly evolving story. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, America’s Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise. With guests including John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes, Al Perkins and members of the Time Jumpers, America’s Child bursts with Copeland’s bravado and embraces with her tenderness.

With countless blues awards, Grammys, and the prestigious honors it is clear she is the reigning queen of the blues. We are so happy when she is here. Join the church of Shemekia!!

A FREE Admission Show ...
February 21
( Thursday): The Early Evening Show click for details
Featuring Comedian and Host Mike Miclon
Looking for a laugh-out-loud funny show you can bring the kids to? Maine’s renowned variety entertainer, Mike Miclon, is your host for the“The Early Evening Show,” a spoof of late-night talk shows. This show now in it’s 20th year and has been performed from Maine to Switzerland. The show built its reputation with a 14-year run at the Oddfellow Theater in Buckfield. It’s the longest running live variety show in Maine. The Early Evening Show is still packing in crowds and bringing the house down! With improvisation, sketch comedy, music, lots of special guests and surprises, no two shows are ever alike. The cast brings their warm personality and goofy sense of fun to the stage and sometimes an unsuspecting audience member or two! Fritz Grobe, Mike Miclon, Oren Robinson, and April Reed-Cox all join the cast for this night of laughs and lively entertainment. Don’t miss the show the Bangor Daily News called “a seamless, hilarious production”, The Lewiston Sun Journal called "comedy with a bite", and CBS Sunday Morning called “must-see reality”. A lotta fun for a great price!!

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

* In that spirit of providing, we ask that if possible, you bring a donation in the form of cat or dog food, laundry detergent, bleach or hardwood pellets for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

* Membership Passes or Packages are not applicable.


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.

February 28 ( Thursday): Bob Marley (comedian) 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.

March 1 ( Friday): Rachael and Vilray click for details
Special guest, Taylor Ashton
When two amazing artists collide.: Rachael Price lead singer of Lake Street Dive and Vilray, Brooklyn’s own Renaissance man..composer, singer, writer, guitarist and yes artist too, met at the New England Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2003 and became friends. Their duo grew from a shared reverence for the pop music of the 1930s and 40s and its wide range of emotions. With simple arrangements and only a guitar for accompaniment, they perform original works and revive forgotten gems of the jazz big bands and western swing ensembles. Their sound recalls both the warmth of radio's golden age and the intimacy of parlor concerts in a time before recordings. In 2018 they performed at the Newport Folk Festival and the rest is history. We are happy to be a part of their future historic performances because when you hear these two, it is something simply epic. Check them out on YouTube.

March 2 ( Saturday): Adam Ezra Group click for details
Blowing audiences away would seem their primary job, and they do it well…their shows here have been no exception. 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 Miraz, 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. A quick sell out.

March 7 ( Thursday): Fryeburg Academy Jazz Ensembles click for details
Sometimes the biggest talent is right in yer own backyard...or at least your local high school! You will see a terrific performance by our communities talented youth while raising some great dough for their future trips and expenses. It's a win, win! Under the thoughtful watch of directors Mike Sakash and Mimi Rohlfing, these amazing kids keep racking up numerous awards for their jazz ensembles every year. They are the stars of tomorrow and for this night they will grace our stage like the big acts, and shine just as brightly. Come join them, support them and remember them when they make it big someday!! : >)

March 9 ( Saturday): Sierra Hull click for details
Sierra Hull, the singer, mandolinist and former child prodigy who signed with Rounder at age 13 and distinguished herself by becoming the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Her album 'Weighted Mind,’ was produced by Béla Fleck. and was nominated for a grammy with contributions from Béla, Allison Krauss, Abigail Washburn and Rhiannon Giddens. Though she is best known for her work as a mandolin player, Hull reveals in these songs her abundant gifts as a composer and lyricist. Krauss says of Hull, “I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round.” We couldn't agree more.

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 16 (Saturday): Johnny-A click for details
Just Me...and My Guitars...Celebrating the British Song Book of the 60's
For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters - and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up, he's just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson® guitar. Johnny's style often recalls the likes of Danny Gatton and Jeff Beck encompassing elements of rock, jazz, and blues. He can rock it with the best of them...but this is just a sweet video that shows his talent and versatilty.

March 17 (Sunday): St. Paddy's Dimming of the Day Dinner click for details
Featuring The Carol Noonan Trio and Erica Brown and Josepehine County

A celebration of the greenest of holidays. Come join us for a night of Irish music and a festive Irish feast. Carol Noonan, with her guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry peforming along with that lovely fiddler Erica Brown and her Irish group Josephine County. And don’t worry if you don't like Corned Beef, there will be plenty of other options. But for those of you who do like that “corney” dish, Carol’s version like her Danny Boy, is the best that this blarney neck of the woods has to offer.!!!

Here is a little sample of the evening’s music: Carol doing Danny Boy

Erica and Josephine County and old Trad tune:

Doors open at the dimming of the day at 4:00
Fun starts at 4:30 for apps and a welcome drink and seating begins in the main hall at 5:00.
Please be prompt so we can start the first set once everyone is seated

Your ticket includes: apps, a welcome drink, salad, and dinner and dessert Beverages are not included except for your arrival welcome drink and coffee. Gratuity not included.

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 23 (Saturday): Barn Burner with Tricky Britches click for details
I couldn't pick a more perfect band for the old Quisi barn than Tricky Brithches. Around one mic, they did a fantastic barn burner for us in November and they played such a great set of sh@t ’kickin fiddle dance music and old time country. Along with some beautiful bluegrass. A wicked great night was had by all..and this night will be no exception. And geesh, we are gonna need it in January!!! If you don't know Tricky they are local favs, who do a terrific blend of old time country and bluegrass and high energy Appalachian tunes for dancin’ if the spirit moves you.

Barn Burners are held in our Quisisana (lobby) Barn, Show times is at 7:30 and doors open at 6:00. The bar, light snacks, soups, and dessert will be available.

NOTE: No dinner is served so SMAC memberships don't apply

March 27 (Wednesday): Los Lobos click for details
One of the most acclaimed American bands of the 1980s and '90s, Los Lobos were seasoned musical veterans with nearly 15 years of experience under their belts when they scored their first hit in 1987 with a cover of Richie Valens ' "La Bamba." Though their time as pop stars was short, the group -- who enjoyed calling themselves "just another band from East L.A." -- won over critics and a legion of loyal fans with their bracing mixture of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, and Mexican folk sounds, with the band's sound ranging from gentle acoustic ballads to the outer limits of experimental rock. While often cited as one of the great bands of Latino Rock, Los Lobos' eclectic sound in fact defined them as a vital example of America's cultural melting pot. In 2015, Los Lobos released the bold and eclectic album Gates of Gold; the album's arrival coincided with the publication of Los Lobos: Dream in Blue, a group biography written by veteran Los Angeles music journalist Chris Morris. And as far as SMAC goes, we bleepin' love this band!!

March 29 (Friday): Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (One Show Only!) details
A life full of music. That's the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age 21, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. 2012 marks the 53rd year since Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin, and this fourteen-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label, the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart. "This group of guys meets my approval every night," Ricky says. "Each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show." The all-star lineup of Kentucky Thunder makes this show a bluegrass concert not to miss.

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 5 ( Friday): John Popper click for details
John Popper’s Blues Traveller was and still is a formidable force in the blues and rock world. But sometimes by seeing that big band picture you miss the isolated singular talents of John Popper’s voice and harmonica playing. You will see a clearer glimpse of that with this rare show with John and Blues traveller pianist Ben Wilson. A Jam band favorite, Grammy award winning Popper has co-written songs with Trey Anastasio, Warren Haynes, Chris Barron, and Jonny Lang. He also frequently appears as a guest performer with musicians both famous and obscure, from a diverse variety of genres. He has performed with, among others, jam bands Spin Doctors, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, The Allman Brothers Band, bluesmen Eric Clapton and B.B. King; singer-songwriters Jason Mraz and John Mayer; saxophonist Karl Denson; San Francisco’s Culann's Hounds; heavy metal band Metallica; rock trio ZO2 and even with the Hungarian Ambassador to the United States, András Simonyi and then-vice-presidential-candidate Tim Kaine. He is not shy about his politics, or opinion, and that soul sharing is what comes through in his music too. So be prepared to get all of John Popper and some. Happy to have him back,.

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 13 (Saturday): Kathy Mattea .. The Acoustic Living Room Songs & Stories details
featuring guitarist Bill Cooley
Grammy and CMA multiple award winner Kathy Mattea is one of country music's finest female treasures and our favorites. This special intimate show will give you a down home taste of having Kathy right in your living room. If you didn't know it, besides a great performer, she is a really warm, witty and funny gal. It will be so fun to get to know her on this special night. Bill will be a terrific addition as usual too. We welcome Kathy back to the Mountain, and remind her that the snow should be gone by then. (ask her about the night she spent in the bus, on a hill in Brownfield after a snowstorm : >) She is one of us!

A FREE Admission Show
April 18
( Thursday): Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche click for details
In a mother/daughter duo, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche have been celebrating their first album, Fairytale and Myth, and were recently featured on NPRs Mountain Stage. Suzzy Roche of course is a founding member of female folkies, The Roches, the much beloved trio of three sisters. Lucy Wainwright Roche has had a critically acclaimed solo career with her quirky and insightful songwriting, carrying on a family legacy of talented musicians. We have had them both here, but not like this...a very special night of family collaboration. We can't wait!!

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

* In that spirit of providing, we ask that if possible, you bring a donation in the form of cat or dog food, laundry detergent, bleach or hardwood pellets for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

* Membership Passes or Packages are not applicable.

April 20 ( Saturday): The Quebe Sisters 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. 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!

April 27 (Saturday): Session Americana click for details
Folky, rocky, bluesy, Session is possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle, a rock band in a tea cup. 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". The usual cast are Billy Beard (drums), Ry Cavanaugh (guitar), Kimon Kirk (bass), Jim Fitting (harmonica), Dinty Child (multi-instrumentalist), and Jon Bistline, and ya never know who else might sit at the table. This band will push all your musical buttons. Every time they come people are blown away,…come see why.

May 2 ( Thursday): Red Molly click for details
If one word describes Red Molly (pictured above right - photo by Annabel Braithwaite) that word is joyous....an extraordinary female trio with "tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies" that the Boston Globe praised. Red Molly creates music with gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in Red Molly's trademark three-part harmonies, signature dobro licks and inventive arrangements. Red Molly knows about optimism and joy. The band's fans, referred to as "Red Heads", have always responded to the sense that the band is a group of friends, sharing songs in their living room. That's exactly how it felt in 2004 when Laurie MacAllister (guitar, banjo, bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro, guitar) and Carolann Solebello (guitar, bass) sat around a campfire at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, singing and talking about their favorite songwriters. Knowing they had stumbled into something extraordinary, they formed Red Molly and spent the next seven years on the road. They did a terrific show last time, and we are happy to have them back!

May 3
( Friday): Red Molly click for details
This Show Benefits the MSSPA (Maine's Horse Rescue)

If one word describes Red Molly (pictured above right - photo by Annabel Braithwaite) that word is joyous....an extraordinary female trio with "tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies" that the Boston Globe praised. Red Molly creates music with gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in Red Molly's trademark three-part harmonies, signature dobro licks and inventive arrangements. Red Molly knows about optimism and joy. The band's fans, referred to as "Red Heads", have always responded to the sense that the band is a group of friends, sharing songs in their living room. That's exactly how it felt in 2004 when Laurie MacAllister (guitar, banjo, bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro, guitar) and Carolann Solebello (guitar, bass) sat around a campfire at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, singing and talking about their favorite songwriters. Knowing they had stumbled into something extraordinary, they formed Red Molly and spent the next seven years on the road. They did a terrific show last time, and we are happy to have them back!

NOTE: Ticket Tab Passes Memberships are not applicable for this show

About the MSSPA: Located in nearby Windham, they do such great work. On a personal note, we had many years with a MSSPA pony and we are happy to help support their relentless work in providing refuge, rehabilitation, and placement for abused and neglected horses in Maine.

May 4 ( Saturday): Le Vent du Nord click for details
Simply joyous is how I would describe an evening with this band. Heavily influenced by Celtic music, these guys are better every time I see them. Le Vent du Nord is one of the premier folk bands coming out of Canada today winning multiple awards and accolades from our friends up north. They have a huge and exciting sound using traditional instruments and foot stomping rhythms.....and they even play the hurdi gurdi!! They put on a whale of a show and you will leave here smiling and wanting more, like we always do.

May 9 ( Thursday): Bob Marley (comedian) 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.

May 11
( Saturday): Jonathan Edwards click for details
Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better. Of course he is known for his big hits, like "Sunshhine" and "Shanty", but his music is as fresh now as when those tunes made him famous. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

May 15
( Wednesday): Pat Metheny click for details
One of the most original guitarists from the '80s onward (he is instantly recognizable), Pat Metheny is a chance-taking player who has gained great popularity but also taken some wild left turns. His records with the Pat Metheny Group are difficult to describe (folk-jazz? mood music?) but manage to be both accessible and original. Incorporating elements of progressive and contemporary jazz, Latin jazz, and jazz fusion, folk…you name it, Metheny easily stretches the boundaries of jazz, making him famous enough that he could perform whatever type of music he wanted without losing his audience. Metheny has three gold albums and 20 Grammy Awards and is the only person to win Grammys in 10 categories. We are so excited and honored to have this show ..a rare solo performance.

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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About Tin Mountain - To promote an appreciation of the environment among children, families, and the community through hands-on programs in the schools, at camp, and in the community and to conserve natural resources by promoting land protection, sustainable forestry/agriculture, and energy efficiency.We are happy to help support this grreat organization.

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.

June 7 (Friday): John Davidson click for details
In his own words! : "Who is John Davidson? Well....it has been quite a journey as this wholesome all-American boy has grown into a crazy old liberal!

?It was John’s performances in the major showrooms of Las Vegas that established him as one of America’s foremost entertainers. But you’ve got to see him live! While he still is”

Many of us have grown up with John Davidson. As a singer/entertainer, Game and talk show host and a frequent gust on the Tonight Show . he’s a broadway star, and a movie star and if that’s not enough an author and comedian. So who is he now? Well we are honored to host him here at SMAC to find out. He has recently earned a reputation as a folk singer and troubadour, telling stories and singing songs in the that tradition. On a personal note,. I love when artists re-invent themselves, and of course moving to NH mighta helped cultivate a more stripped down and simple New England approach to his career and his lifestyle…and we are all about that. Still handsome, still a dreamy voice and putting is heart on his sleeve and a guitar on his shoulder. It’s John Davidson for Pete’s sakes!! Here is a nice piece they did on him in NH Chronicle.

June 15 ( Saturday): Keb'Mo' Solo click for details
Special Guest Jontavious Willis
He was hailed by NPR as the modern ambassador for the blues. Since the release of his self-titled debut in 1994, blues guitarist Keb' Mo' (born Kevin Moore) has been one of the most successful musicians in the genre. Earning multiple grammys and nominations, Guitarist/vocalist Keb' Mo' draws heavily on the old-fashioned country blues style of Robert Johnson, while keeping his sound contemporary with touches of soul and folksy storytelling. A skilled frontman as well as an accomplished sideman, he writes much of his own material and has applied his acoustic, electric, and slide guitar skills to jazz- and rock-oriented bands. We have had him here a number of times now, and from where we stand we every show is better than the last. An intimate show up here on the hill.....don't miss it.

NOTE: Passes are not applicable for this show.

June 21 ( Friday): Lula Wiles and Susie Burke & David Surette click for details
To Benefit Mountain Top Music Center

One of New England’s favorite duos, Susie Burke and David Surette, and Berklee-bred trio, Lula Wiles, are together for one great show to Benefit the Mountain Top Music Center Burke & Surette are the parental unit of Isa Burke, one of the Lula Wiles. Lula, gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited live show that resonates like a whiskey-slap to the heart. Their self-titled first album is Lula Wiles’s first creative statement, an exploration of their sound. Deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft, their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies. Susie Burke and David Surette have made a name for themselves as one of the finest acts on the New England folk scene. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a steady following for their own blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Burke’s vocal style is at once stunning and heartfelt, and is matched by Surette’s fluid fretwork. Both are well-respected within the folk music community, as is demonstrated by the fact that they have appeared as backing musicians on numerous recordings. Many of these have come out of the New Hampshire Seacoast area, where Susie and David are based, and which has a well-deserved reputation as a haven for folk and acoustic music. Expect a terrific musical treat with some collaboration between the two acts…it will be a night to remember.

SMAC passes not applicable for this Benefit

About Mountain Top Music Center
Mountain Top Music Center is a community music school located in Conway, New Hampshire. Our mission is to enrich lives and build community by providing inspiring music education and by offering performance and listening opportunities throughout the area. We use music to build community through group study and performance, shared listening, and mutually respectful, inter-generational, multi-cultural musical communication. More than 350 people participate in our lessons, classes, workshops, and community ensembles each year. We offer progressive, coordinated music education to students of all ages. For children we provide developmentally appropriate instruction aimed at nurturing the means for music expression. We offer adults a way to begin or extend their musical skills and expertise.

June 28 ( Friday): Gaelic Storm click for details
And a storm they are!! I always say they are the hardest workin' Irish band I know...just great! Remember the music that was playing during the steerage party in Titanic? That was Gaelic Storm, who on their self-titled debut album way back when, presented an engaging mix of traditional music, dance music, and songs, all performed with energy and enthusiasm. Well, that was many albums ago, and they are now one of the most popular Celtic acts around. Their stage show is high energy and at time even rockin'- Irish style! They are a terrific bunch of folks who we are happy to have back. Don’t miss it!

July 5 (Friday): 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 January 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. And chek out her website for the latest: http://www.paulacole.com

July 12 ( Friday): The Fretless click for details
Wow..these guys are so good. You may recognize fiddler Ben Plotnick from Oliver the Crow that thrilled our audiences in August. Here with The Fretless ….a super Canadian folk music group, winning the Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2017. This Canadian fiddle foursome playing an essential part in the emerging movement mainstreaming traditional irish folk music.The group consists of violinists Trent Freeman, Karrnnel Sawitsky and Ben Plotnick, and cellist Eric Wright. Watch this video then come check out this power group of outstanding musicians.

July 18
( Thursday): Bob Marley (comedian) 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.

July 20 (Saturday): John Gorka click for details
Since his 1987 Red House release, I Know, introduced renowned artist John Gorka to the public, the Minnesota-via-New Jersey guitarist and songwriter’s wit and honesty has made him one of the most respected, beloved songwriters currently carrying on the folk tradition. Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His song "Where No Monuments Stand" is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

On a personal note... He is just wicked funny and I am always sad when his show is over. Come see one of the most honest and endearing performers I know. Here is a song of his that I love. It’s sad and beautiful. But that’s John…makes you feel when you should.

August 3(Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE Anniversary Show click for details
Our Annual Support SMAC Show and Auction.
Featuring Concert Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys with Special guest singer songwriter CHRIS SMITHER

If you love us, this is a way to show it!!! Its no secret that SMAC needs a little help now and then. Its not easy to bring music up here all year long. Some shows will sell and some some won't, so you need a safety net for that. Consequently we do a few shows a year that provide that safety net. Not to mention all the improvements we can make with your support. We did so much last year with your help!

The music will be amazing.... Adding Blues-folk icon Chris Smither.long been revered for both his guitar prowess and his way with a lyric, inspiring artists from Bonnie Raitt and John Mayall to Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall.. Our “Boys” including guitar Gods, Duke Levine and Kevin Barry are just not to be missed. It will be a special night, and lots of special items will be auctioned off too and a live auction hosted by "Nigel Hoggsbottem", aka Mike Miclon. Items like season passes, autographed items, tickets, cool items donated by local businesses...and more...so bring your checkbook and support SMAC. We are here for you and we support many great causes all year long too...we hope that love comes around to us as well. We hope to see all our regulars!!

Tabs? Please note: Because of the fund raising nature of this show, the use of Membership Passes is discouraged but are certainly applicable. You guys already support us a lot, so we will leave it up to you to use your tab for this one or not :> )

August 10 ( Saturday): The Weight Band click for details
(features members of The Band, Levon Helm Band, and Rick Danko Group)
We all miss Robbie, Rick, Levon, Richard, Garth …"The Band” But Jim Weider, Michael Bram , Brian Mitchell, Albert Rogers , Matt Zeiner as "The Weight Band “ has been keeping that spirit and music alive that defined an era since originating in 2013 in none other than Levon Helm’s own Woodstock barn. In the beginning, Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, alongside Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs. Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, Weider, Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Brian Mitchell and Marty Grebb to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers, Michael Bram and Matt Zeiner to make up their current lineup, featuring songs from The Band's treasured catalog as well as new original tracks that complement The Band’s timeless legacy. ” Billboard Magazine proclaims “Weider… keeps the upstate spirit of The Band alive”

After years of touring, The Weight Band has released a new album of original material, packaged for today’s vibrant Americana base and capturing The Band’s rich musical tradition. Released in February 2018, World Gone Mad is an Americana/Roots Rock masterpiece of the Woodstock sound. Relix Magazine says, “Newly released 11-track album World Gone Mad, the ensemble have firmly established themselves as an entity unto their own.” We are happy to have them for the first time to Stone Mountain, performing some familiar songs as well as some new ones from this heavy hitting group of musicians and keepers of a musical history we all dearly loved. We’ve been trying to get them here for awhile…..they are worth the “Weight” (sorry couldn't resist). Check them out on the ole YouTube.

August 16 ( Friday): Cheryl Wheeler and Kenny White click for details
These two together ater priceless!!!

Cheryl Wheeler Critic Scott Alarik said it best: " It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic" And we love both those Cheryls! She is not afraid to speak her mind about politics, religion any any other issues in the national debate! She is always a delight... even more so when her pal Kenny is with her.....

Kenny White is a relative newcomer to the world of the touring singer-songwriter Kenny began his career in the 1970s touring extensively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor. He then became a fixture in the NY studio scene throughout the 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. Commercials enabled him to work with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Neville and even the London Symphony Orchestra. He produced Shawn Colvin's Grammy-nominated song, "I Don't Know Why" and performed on Marc Cohn's platinum debut record. He began traveling with and opening shows for many of his friends and colleagues including Cheryl Wheeler, Jonathan Edwards, and Richard Shindell. Kenny often travels with Judy Collins as her opening act throughout North America and Europe and is signed to her label. Kenny is a classic piano man, and if you have not heard him, you have to!!

August 30 ( Friday): Knots and Crosses click for details
Carol Noonan, Alan Williams, and Ric k Harris
Folk Rockers Knots and Crosses was a core trio of myself Carol Noonan, Alan Williams and Rick Harris. With a rhythm section of Ben Wittman and Greg Porter. Popular in the early 1990s, a cult favorite of the nineties folk-rock-pop explosion. ..... a typical but fresh sound for the time. They were known for their catchy songs, strong harmonies, and guitar driven melodies. Their hit, "Creatures of Habit "got a frenzy of airplay and won them a huge New England fan base and a record company signing.

Courted by many major labels they did an early demo with Capitol Records and then a similar courting with Island Records who they eventually signed with. Before signing, the band's was one of the first and original DIY stories. Their two albums, "Creatures of Habit" and "Curve of the Earth", sold over 20,000 copies, impressive for a bad with no distribution, that were self-produced, self-promoted, and again self-distributed…AND NO INTERNET!!!

The Boston Globe wrote that "the gifts these three musicians blended in Knots and Crosses seemed to be the springboard toward international fame." And when were signed to Island Records it seemed that prediction was right; but it proved to be a classic example of a record deal gone bad. After getting dropped by the major label and a year of frustration waiting, they were left with the task of putting out another album on our own. After a frustrating year, a marriage and a group split up, and they played their last show in mid-May 1994 to a bittersweet crowd.

Five years later a compilation of our two albums was released by the label Signature Sounds. "THERE WAS A TIME" is a collection of cuts from both albums, along with two new songs the band penned for the sessions. Remastered, a few new mixes, this music still stands on its own, and today the band still has lot of fans still asking for a reunion. On a personal; note I still get emails from people who remember our rock band days fondly, and have worn out their old cassettes. On any given night we might have encored with a version of Gimme Shelter or White Room. I miss those days a lot, and I hope to be able to relive some of those rock and roll notes. Like me, some of our fans had a hard time letting go but we didn't want to do a reunion unless we got all the original members. So for Knots and Knots Fans, were are back, a little older, a little wiser, but a lot grateful for this opportunity to relive “There Was a Time”.

NOTE: SMAC Memberships are available for this Friday show only.

August 31 (Saturday): Knots and Crosses click for details
Carol Noonan, Alan Williams, and Ric k Harris
Folk Rockers Knots and Crosses was a core trio of myself Carol Noonan, Alan Williams and Rick Harris. With a rhythm section of Ben Wittman and Greg Porter. Popular in the early 1990s, a cult favorite of the nineties folk-rock-pop explosion. ..... a typical but fresh sound for the time. They were known for their catchy songs, strong harmonies, and guitar driven melodies. Their hit, "Creatures of Habit "got a frenzy of airplay and won them a huge New England fan base and a record company signing.

Courted by many major labels they did an early demo with Capitol Records and then a similar courting with Island Records who they eventually signed with. Before signing, the band's was one of the first and original DIY stories. Their two albums, "Creatures of Habit" and "Curve of the Earth", sold over 20,000 copies, impressive for a bad with no distribution, that were self-produced, self-promoted, and again self-distributed…AND NO INTERNET!!!

The Boston Globe wrote that "the gifts these three musicians blended in Knots and Crosses seemed to be the springboard toward international fame." And when were signed to Island Records it seemed that prediction was right; but it proved to be a classic example of a record deal gone bad. After getting dropped by the major label and a year of frustration waiting, they were left with the task of putting out another album on our own. After a frustrating year, a marriage and a group split up, and they played their last show in mid-May 1994 to a bittersweet crowd.

Five years later a compilation of our two albums was released by the label Signature Sounds. "THERE WAS A TIME" is a collection of cuts from both albums, along with two new songs the band penned for the sessions. Remastered, a few new mixes, this music still stands on its own, and today the band still has lot of fans still asking for a reunion. On a personal; note I still get emails from people who remember our rock band days fondly, and have worn out their old cassettes. On any given night we might have encored with a version of Gimme Shelter or White Room. I miss those days a lot, and I hope to be able to relive some of those rock and roll notes. Like me, some of our fans had a hard time letting go but we didn't want to do a reunion unless we got all the original members. So for Knots and Knots Fans, were are back, a little older, a little wiser, but a lot grateful for this opportunity to relive “There Was a Time”.

NOTE: SMAC Memberships are NOT available for this Saturday show.

FREE ADMISSION SHOW ...
September 19
(Thursday): Oliver the Crow click for details
Just Listen to this.

Ya know, we get a lotta folks sending us music to be considered for a performance here at SMAC. I wish I could get to them all, but its really hard to get the time to thoughtfully listen. And it's a challenge to bring acts here that might be unknown to our neck of the woods. But once in a while something makes me open an email or a YouTube. It was snowing, I had. cup of tea, and I clicked on this band’s youtube....so glad I did. They were here last year and we hope to pack the house for them this year. They are a little Civil Wars a little Gillian and David, a little Natalie and Alasdair, a little Jay and Molly, but a lot unique and terrific. What is so cool about them is how they so simply and beautifully, use their cello and fiddle only..no other instruments but their soulful voices. Here are two YouTubes you should check out : I just love this first old tune, and this is what hooked me in. Kaitlyn sings on her own here, but listen to the second YouTube too, so you can hear them together.

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

* In that spirit of providing, we ask that if possible, you bring a donation in the form of cat or dog food, laundry detergent, bleach or hardwood pellets for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

* Membership Passes or Packages are not applicable.

October 3 ( Thursday): Iris DeMent click for details
Oh Iris…she is just one of my top ten. Born the youngest of 14 children in Arkansas and raised in southern California that early life is what makes Iris, Iris, but that stark pairing of piano and voice forms the heart and soul of Iris' music. Not really folk, not really country, but somewhere in between that is completely unique. Her voice is unlike any other, and she is a rare an moving performer. Beginning with her 1992 debut, 'Infamous Angel,' which was hailed as "an essential album of the 1990's" by Rolling Stone, DeMent released a series of stellar records that established her as "one of the finest singer-songwriters in America" according to The Guardian. The music earned her multiple Grammy nominations, as well as the respect of peers like John Prine, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris, who all invited her to collaborate. Merle Haggard dubbed her "the best singer I've ever heard" and asked her to join his touring band, and David Byrne and Natalie Merchant famously covered her "Let The Mystery Be" as a duet on MTV Unplugged. DeMent returned in 2012 with her most recent album, 'Sing The Delta,' which prompted NPR to call her "one of the great voices in contemporary popular music" and The Boston Globe to hail the collection as "a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power." Recently her song Let the Mystery Be was the opening song HBO”s “Leftovers” and she's creating some of the most poignant music of her career, but I can’t help but revisit this clip with EmmyLou…...oh and check out a long haired Jerry Douglas on dobro! Come see a special show from a very special artist .

October 6 ( Sunday): The Jeremiahs click for details
The Chicago Irish news says, “This is the most creative and important group we have heard in Irish music in years, they are special” That is how I felt when i heard them...The Jeremiahs combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of Urban Folk music. Since founding in 2013 the trio have trail blazed across Ireland and Europe playing some of the top venues and Festivals. Joe Gibney on Vocals and whistle , James Ryan on Guitar and Bouzouki, and Jean Christophe Morel on Fiddle and Mandola, all award winning musicians. We are really excited to bring this group to SMAC for the first time.

Here are a couple of samples, one mellow and one a little more toe tappin' ...
a beautufl ballad OR a cool Irish jam

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!!!

November 2 (Saturday): John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band click for details
J2B2 is an all-star bluegrass super group featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Keith Sewell on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before. The band’s undeniable live shows have received stellar reviews and have the bluegrass world buzzing. The four combine forces to form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals (a fresh twist combining bluegrass with elements of West Coast folk rock) and seasoned showmanship. This is the “high lonesome sound” of American roots music at its finest. Take a minute to watch this video.

November 29 ( Friday): Adam Ezra Group click for details
Blowing audiences away would seem their primary job, and they do it well…their shows here have been no exception. 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 Miraz, 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. A quick sell out.

November 30 ( Saturday): Adam Ezra Group click for details
Blowing audiences away would seem their primary job, and they do it well…their shows here have been no exception. 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 Miraz, 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. A quick sell out.

December 6 (Friday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click for details
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH with Special Guest Max Dyer on cello and Kevin Barry on guitar

Please note....This show is held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. 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 cookies and coffee after the show in the lower level of the church.

The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH.
SMAC Memberships do not apply for this off site show.

December 7 (Saturday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click for details
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH with Special Guest Max Dyer on cello and Kevin Barry on guitar

Please note....This show is held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. 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 cookies and coffee after the show in the lower level of the church.

The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH.
SMAC Memberships do not apply for this off site show.

December 20 (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

There is simply no better place to celebrate the holidays than at Stone Mountain Arts Center! With the lights all strung and garlands galore, Stone Mountain LIVE at Christmas is the whole "Experience"....it takes all the best aspects of this special place on the hill and packs it into one fun festive night! Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys...featuring guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry.

December 21 (Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details
This show supports our Winter Break and Improvement Projects.

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


There is simply no better place to celebrate the holidays than at Stone Mountain Arts Center! With the lights all strung and garlands galore, Stone Mountain LIVE at Christmas is the whole "Experience"....it takes all the best aspects of this special place on the hill and packs it into one fun festive night! Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys...featuring guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry.

NOTE: Sorry, no SMAC passes applicable for this show.
   
 
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