Greg Greenway, a singer-songwriter and folk-rocker whose songs take on a social conscious, returns as a soloist to Mansfield’s Rose Garden Coffeehouse at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, kicking off its 30th season. Greg, known recently for being one part of the super trio Brother Sun, has relaunched his solo career, and now is taking on some new musical adventures.
I caught up on the phone with Greg recently, since he was one of the Rose Garden’s earliest solo acts, to get a feel for what it will be like to have him return. He was last at the Rose Garden with Brother Sun (with Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks) in 2013, and prior to that all the way back to 2003. That’s near where our online archive begins, but I remember Greg playing at the Rose Garden before then.
What I remember most about Greg’s playing is the power of his message and the strength of his delivery. His songs are memorable. His guitar, piano and ukulele playing are always melodic, percussive and meaningful. Greg brings the audience into the song and keeps you there.
It’s difficult to pin down the music of Heather Pierson. At one moment, she is singing a heartfelt ballad on guitar, the next she could be singing soulfully from behind her piano, and then there’s the occasional banjo. The one thing you can say about Pierson is that you don’t know exactly what to expect. And that will be half the fun when she performs at 8 p.m. this Saturday, March 24, at Mansfield’s Rose Garden Coffeehouse.
Though North will meet South when Susan Cattaneo and Abbye West Pates perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, for a split bill at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, the singer-songwriters are not a world apart. They share an equal passion for good songs and putting on a great show.
Cattaneo, a Boston-based performer who teaches songwriting at the Berklee College of Music, brings mix of Americana, rock, county and folk to the stage. Pates, based in Memphis, has developed as both a rocker and a writer, and is the winner of the Rose Garden’s Performing Songwriter Competition last May. Part of her prize is a gig at the Rose Garden.
The last time Abbie Gardner performed at Mansfield’s Rose Garden Coffeehouse in 2009, she was a twinkling star in the all-female trio Red Molly. The group dazzled the Rose Garden crowd with a mix of folk, bluegrass, country, Americana styles and more. Gardner returns to Mansfield at 8 p.m. Saturday, having just released her second solo CD, “Wishes on a Neon Sign,” described as “a soulful examination of love and heartbreak, pain and strength, and the transformative power of hope.”
The CD is her first, though, since taking a hiatus from Red Molly. It is an exploration of musical styles and collaborations, as well as a celebration of New York City, which she calls home. While Boston sports fans have their attitudes about New York sports teams, most can appreciate the lure of the city. read more…
Rhode Island’s Atwater-Donnelly Trio performs percussive folk and Celtic music, stellar harmonies and songs, with a wide range of instruments. They’ll be returning to Mansfield’s Rose Garden Coffeehouse on Saturday, Nov. 18.
At the core of the group are Aubrey Atwater and her husband Elwood Donnelly. For decades they have performed traditional music in New England. Rounding out the trio is fiddler and cellist Cathy Clasper-Torch, who adds just the right flourishes and harmonies to fill out the group’s sound. read more…
Southern Rail, an award-winning New England bluegrass band known for its tightly woven harmonies, original and traditional songs, and high-energy performances, returns to the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Mass., at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Wherever they go, audiences are enthusiastic about this endearing group, which features at its core the husband and wife team of guitarist Jim Muller and bassist Sharon Horovitch, highly sought-after banjo player and teacher Rich Stillman and songwriter and mandolin player John Tibert. read more…
Two-time Grammy-award-winning songwriter, storyteller, author and humorist Bill Harley will kick off the 29th season of the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Massachusetts, at 8 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 16.
Harley, who lives in Massachusetts, uses story and song and humor to paint a picture of growing up and family life. Known by many for his astute and thoroughly entertaining children’s recordings, Harley’s music crosses generations and his show in Mansfield will be geared toward adults. He is expected to be joined on Saturday by fiddler Rachel Panitch (fiddler) and bass player Marty Ballou.
After reviewing more than two dozen entries sent in from all over the country, the Rose Garden Coffeehouse organizers have chosen three singer-songwriters who will appear at the Mansfield, Mass., venue to perform their songs live on May 20. The three will take the stage just before the featured performance by Cliff Eberhart. The three finalists are:
- Ric Allendorf, Middleboro, Mass.
- Rob Flax, Jamaica Plain (Boston), Mass.
- Abbye West Pates, Memphis, Tenn.
Stephen Ide, the Rose Garden’s artistic director, says the entries were of tremendous quality this year. “It was difficult to narrow our choices down to just three,” he says. “but I think we have picked three outstanding finalists. This is a special year for us, since it’s our 25th competition, and we are really looking forward to hearing was Ric, Rob and Abbye will be bringing to our audience.”
MANSFIELD, Mass. — Cliff Eberhardt is one of those hard-scrabble singer-songwriters who taught himself how to play guitar and developed his own personal style of songwriting that over more than three decades has brought him national acclaim. He will be the featured act during the season finale of the Rose Garden Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017.
It seems fitting that Eberhardt takes center stage the night of the Rose Garden’s 25th annual Performing Songwriter Competition. This year’s contestants, Ric Allendorf, of Middleboro, Mass.; Rob Flax, of Boston, Mass., and Abbye West Pates, of Memphis, will square off by performing two songs each for a panel of three music-industry judges. read more…
Peter Mulvey will perform at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin on Saturday, January 28.
For his 17th album ‘Are You Listening?’ (Righteous Babe Records / March 23), Mulvey traveled to New Orleans to record with producer and friend Ani DiFranco and her band. read more…
In the heart of winter, the bitter cold cries out for a warm complement. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield offers a respite on a cold winter’s night, featuring Duos Night, an intimate evening with Genna & Jesse and New England’s Neptune’s Car. read more…
Legendary singer-songwriter Bill Staines will return to the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield on Saturday. I don’t say that lightly. Bill Staines, the folksinger with a warm, inviting baritone voice and songs known far and wide, like “All God’s Critters” and “Roseville Fair,” comes back to an intimate stage that is perfect for his style of music. You don’t want to miss this.
Staines has performed across America for more than four decades, from small coffeehouses like the Rose Garden, to living rooms, to huge concert venues. The Rose Garden show begins at 8 p.m., but doors open at 7:30, and it’s recommended you get there early for a good seat.
Opening for Staines will be Kirsten Maxwell, a New York performing songwriter whose voice will remind you of Joan Baez or Judy Collins. She’s that good. read more…
Jim Trick was born to be on stage. The Marbelhead artist has a special knack for singing songs and telling stories that connect to people’s hearts in a big way. He makes every audience member forget their worries and brings them into an extraordinary place of caring, healing, and warmth. It’s been a pleasure and a thrill to watch Jim mature as an artist, playing to new audiences and winning them over with his music, his words, and his smile.
Texas transplant Monica Rizzio makes her way from the Cape to Mansfield’s Rose Garden Coffeehouse on Saturday, bringing with her an intimate set of songs and contemporary folk that reflect a captivating sound and a new direction she’s found in her life. Opening for Rizzio will be Marblehead performing songwriter Jim Trick.
Rizzio, former frontwoman for the folk quartet Tripping Lily, took a new direction in her life after leaving the group. It has allowed her to explore songwriting in a new way. I asked Rizzio a few questions about her and her music as she makes her way to Mansfield on Saturday. read more…
Strap on your listening caps and enjoy the southern hospitality of one the country finest guitar players. South Carolina native Jack Williams comes to Mansfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 17, to kick off the 28th season of the Rose Garden Coffeehouse. Opening for Williams will be Quincy, Massachusetts performer Chris Pahud. The show is at 8 p.m. (Tickets)
If you’ve never heard Jack Williams play the guitar, you’ve been missing one of the most unique guitar legends in the United States. He is a high-energy performer, whose 54 years of entertaining has seen him labeled as everything from a folk revivalist to a performer of rock, country or R&B, to so-called “beatnik trumpeter,” and an interpreter of songs from the 30s, 40s and 50s. read more…
BURDEN BEARER: Bluegrass Gospel and A Cappella Favorites
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson is well known for high standards in every aspect of his musical career. “Burden Bearer” is the latest example of the exquisite precision in vocals, harmony and musicianship of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The album is reminiscent of a traditional “call to a camp meeting.” It is a special music event of bluegrass gospel and a cappella music celebrating the musical legacy of faith, hope, struggle and victory of the spirit. Old time renderings live alongside newly forged Gospel songs that pay tribute to the aged, but timeless gospel convention music tradition.
Take a trip down hard-traveled Kentucky backroads into the heart of Bluegrass country with the powerful new release from NewTown, Harlan Road. Songs of hard times, love lost but not forgotten, and weary blue tales of forlorn souls appear here but the fresh writing and clever choice of material puts NewTown on a new level.
Folk singers and humorists Don White and Christine Lavin help the Rose Garden Coffeehouse conclude its 27th season on Saturday, May 21. Like every recent finale at the longtime Mansfield venue, the show will be preceded by the annual Performing Songwriter Contest, featuring singer-songwriters from Connecticut, Rhode Island and one who is a native of Massachusetts. The show starts at 8 p.m.
“When Christine Lavin and Don White make us laugh, there is always a warm shimmer of community beneath the silliness,” says renowned folk music writer and author Scott Alarik. “Of all the gifts great entertainers can bring to the stage, I think this is perhaps the rarest and most valuable. Many can dazzle us; but only the very, very best can befriend us, and remind us that, in the end, we are all wary acrobats in the great human circus. And really, when have we ever needed laughs like that more?”
Folk icon Jim Kweskin will appear at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 14th, at 8 p.m. Stunning vocalist Samoa Wilson will be joining Kweskin. She has appeared and recorded several albums with him. Kweskin was the founder of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, the legendary group that started in Boston in the 1960s and played Club 47. With Fritz Richmond, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, Bob Siggins and Bruno Wolfe the jugband successfully modernized the sounds of pre–World War II rural music. read more…
Award-winning performers Rolly Brown and Magpie return to the Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield, Mass., for a split bill of contemporary and traditional folk, sterling instrumentals and powerful vocals and harmonies on Saturday, April 16. Doors open at 7:30 for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $16 in advance at www.rosegardenfolk.com or $18 at the door. read more…
When Vance Gilbert returns to the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19 (Tickets), it will be familiar turf. The prolific Boston-area singer-songwriter was one of the first performers to play at the venue more than 25 years ago. Since then he has gone on to record a dozen albums and performed thousands of shows all over the world.
Gilbert burst onto the singer-songwriter scene in the early ’90’s when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs around Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking them dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. read more…