Saturday – November 18 – 7:30 pm

Born and bred in Tennessee, Louise Mosrie writes songs about the South – what she knew and where she grew up. Her album, “Home” (2008) is a mix of bluegrass, country and folk, in which she weaves lush stories and songs about southern life. Once she was introduced as “…William Faulkner with a guitar”. “Home” debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2010 and went on to be one of the most played albums that year for that chart. Songs from “Home” brought her top awards at Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. In 2014, Louise released the 10-song CD, Lay It Down. The production is sonically stripped bare, which presents Mosrie’s voice and acoustic guitar centre stage throughout and delivers the songs exactly in the form they arrived in this world.

Louise’s songs resonate with concern and sensitivity for social and historical events from the South. Set in the Civil War, “Leave Your Gun” reflects upon the futility of war. After the American Civil War encroaches upon her parent’s Tennessee land, the family digs a shallow grave, says a prayer, erects a wooden cross, and buries a dead Union soldier. The Battle Of Blair Mountain recalls the week long, organized armed uprising that involved over 10,000 West Virginia miners. This 1921 strike led to the partial recognition of labour unions by mine owners, and gave rise to the term ‘redneck’ because of the red bandanna worn by the miners. The historically-based “When Cotton Was King” name checks Eli Whitney (b. 1765 d. 1825), inventor of the cotton gin. For the already rich plantation owners, the economic impact of the gin in the American South was that it made them even richer, and sustained their argument for retaining large numbers of slaves.

“Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year.” – Rich Warren, WFMT-FM, Midnight Special, Chicago 

Suggested donation: $10 to $20

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Come enjoy an Evening of Music and Poetry             and support hurricane relief aid to Puerto Rico

      Colleen Kattau and Martin Espada will present poetry and music on

Saturday – October 21 – 7:30 pm


Colleen is a bilingual vocalist, guitarist and composer of songs. Her poetic originals and charismatic stage presence inspire hope and spark imagination and audience participation! After a show audience members frequently tell her “You touched my soul”.

Colleen has shared the stage with legendary performers Pete Seeger (he actually called her once when she was working in her garden- he loved “Singin down” the SOA with her and Jolie Rickman), Holly Near with whom she toured in 2012, and Tom Paxton.

She’s been a selected showcase artist at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Under the name, Dos XX, she and her band won the 2013 Band Contest at Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Ithaca, NY.

Colleen is a featured musician at the gates of Ft. Benning, GA, in the movement to close the SOA. She has performed on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, is a long time arts activist who believes in the transformative power of song and all the arts to create a better world. She recently won the Jon Fromer String-buster songwriting award at the Great Labor Arts Conference in Silver Spring, MD.

“Joe Hill would be proud. Great singer and organizer at the same time,” — Pete Seeger 

Colleen is joined by Dos XX band members Jane Zell, lead guitar and Mike Brandt on bass.

Espada@Bowery Poetry (photo by David González)

About Martin Espada:  Called by Sandra Cisneros “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors,” Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). He has received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection, Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and has been issued in a new edition by Curbstone/Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Colleen and Martin are true warriors for peace and social justice. They have prepared an evening of music and poetry which will both entertain, inspire and give aid to the Puerto Rican hurricane relief efforts. Colleen will donate 25% of her net earnings from the door and both Colleen and Martin will donate all profits from CD and book sales to the relief of those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In addition, collection of extra donations will be made throughout the evening.

For reservations, click on “Reservations” at the top of the page or call 413-336-2589

Suggested donation: $10 to $30

Link to Martin reading:  Martin Espada at rally reading En La Calle San Sebastian





David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.

David’s songs (“Rising in Love”, “Earth”, “Manuel Garcia”, “May the Light of Love”, “I Stand for Love”, “That Kind of Grace”, and many more) have found their way to many venues among them, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and the classic folk song books “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again”. He is the winner of many music awards, such as the 2015 Grace Note (Unity Worldwide Ministries) for Outstanding Contribution to New Thought Music. The former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute has also been a songwriting judge at prestigious festivals, including Kerrville and the South Florida Folk Festival.

David has also taught singing, songwriting, and performance at many workshops, such as SummerSongs and WinterSongs (NY), Common Ground on the Hill (MD), and for many other songwriting groups and associations around the country. David is the founder/director of the Cape Cod Songwriters Retreat and creator/host of Cape Cod’s “Full Moon Open Mic” which, for the past 10 years has provided a forum for musicians to connect and be heard while at the same time collecting donations ($12,000 to date) for local non-profits to help neighbors in need.


Saturday – June 17 – 7:30 pm

Pittsburgh-based agitator Anne Feeney performs music that she says is designed to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Not many women have chosen to walk the path of Woody Guthrie, but Feeney has made a career of it for the past 35 years. She has lived her life on the frontlines – performing at thousands of rallies, picket lines and demonstrations over the years – including the WTO demonstrations in Seattle, Solidarity Day in Washington, DC, and for 1.5 million at the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives.

Feeney’s bottomless songbag draws on Irish, bluegrass, traditional, labor, pop, folk and contemporary material. She’s as likely to sing a traditional song or an obscure gem by one of her many friends in the singer/songwriter circuit as she is one of her own award winning songs. Feeney’s anthem, “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” is featured on Peter, Paul and Mary’s CD, “In These Times,” and also on “Carry It On,” – their 5 CD boxed set. That song was also featured in “Get Up/Stand Up: The History of Pop and Protest,” a documentary featuring the greatest protest songs of all time, which aired nationally on PBS, and worldwide.                      http://annefeeney.com/

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Suggested donation: $10 to $20


Saturday – May 20 – 7:30 pm


with special guests Annie Patterson & Peter Blood

Join Charlie, Annie & Peter for a celebration of his newly released CD. Co-produced by Reggie Harris, with strong vocal support from Annie, “Life & Love, Tears & Laughter” is a 15 song, eclectic mix of classic folk songs, time tested, and new songs reflecting on the testing times we live in.

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist.  He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.  Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for the past 40 years.  Honors include: an “Indie” award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League’s 1998 Peacemaker Award given to Charlie and Odetta; the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award for which he was nominated by Pete Seeger; the 2009 International Labor Communications Association award for Best Labor History Story.

Charlie’s songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. He has recorded a dozen solo albums since 1976, as well as three albums with the touring ensemble Bright Morning Star, and numerous compilation albums with other artists.  From 2001 to 2014 he recorded with his partner, Karen Brandow.  In addition to a full time career of concert touring, King has sung in support of numerous groups working for peace, human rights, environmental sanity and alternatives to violence.

His central vision as an entertainer is to leave audiences with a sense of optimism and possibility about the future.  “I try to cover a broad emotional landscape in my concerts.  The stories I collect and the songs I write take the listener on a journey of humor, heartache and hope.  What I most value in a song is the way it helps us see an old reality in a totally new light.”




Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm

John McCutcheon’s first award-winning song was titled The Ponderosa No-Cream-in-My-Coffee Blues, penned at the greasy spoon of the same name in his Wisconsin hometown. He was all of 15 years old and it won him his high school talent show. “My best friend claims that he still has a cassette of the song,” McCutcheon recently disclosed, “and if we ever have a serious falling out it’s going right up on YouTube.”

Since those early creative days John McCutcheon has gone on to write hundreds of songs and garnered more than his share of accolades. His eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instruments, and even symphonic works are among the broadest in American folk music. His thirty-six albums have earned 6 Grammy nominations. His songwriting has been hailed by critics around the world; his song Christmas in the Trenches is considered a classic and was recently named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs.

“What sets McCutcheon’s songs apart is that he’s actually writing about something!” observed well-known folk music DJ Bob Blackman. Whether it’s a musical snapshot of a day in the life of an Alaskan salmon fisherman, a child’s pondering the loss of her first tooth, remembering a moment that was omitted from our history books, lampooning the latest foibles on the national political scene, or celebrating the joy of old love McCutcheon’s songs are always about something small and, at the same time, something much bigger. “All big things start with little things,” he observed, “the way in which a song is able to open up the universal from the personal is one of the great joys of writing.”

With his deep roots in American traditional music, his approach to writing reflects both a simplicity and a layered complexity that creates songs that are always more than they seem. “He is a master at the difficult craft of the ballad,” touted the Boston Globe. “Storytelling with the richness of fine literature,” added the Washington Post. “One of our country’s best songwriters,” said Pete Seeger.

Go to John’s website

Suggested donation: $20-$30


Double trouble: Infinitely creative musicians, REGGIE HARRIS and PAT WICTOR will share the stage with musical interplay and improvisation on:

Saturday – March 11 – 7:30 pm

reggie-harris-copyA songwriter of great depth and passion, Reggie Harris writes from a personal sense of mission that merges a world view full of wisdom with a singularly hopeful stance that life, though often challenging, is filled with possibility and hope. His songs reveal thoughts about life and love and some of the deep aspects of the human experience, and cover topics ranging from his own personal journey to world issues and history. His performances showcase a fluid vocalist, arranger, and guitarist whose open spirit and wide smile create an atmosphere that rewards the ears, opens the heart, and consistently earns trust and joyful admiration from audiences of all ages and backgrounds.                         http://reggieharrismusic.com/

Pat Wictor first burst on the folk and acoustic scene as an innovative slide guitarist knowpat-wictor-copyn for fresh and memorable interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs. He has since made his mark as a singer-songwriter penning lean and poetic songs that incorporate – and subvert – rural blues and gospel traditions. For the past five years he’s been touring nationally as one third of Brother Sun, the powerful harmonizing trio with Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway, garnering critical acclaim, a #1 CD on the Folk DJ charts, and a continent-spanning tour schedule. With flowing red hair and zen-like calm, Pat embraces his audience with the sincerity of his music and the clarity of his voice, inviting them in with foot-stomping blues .                    http://patwictor.com




SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 18 – 7:30 pm

Local artist, JOHN SHELDON, will present a new show based on his trip to Standing Rock with focus on the value of life-giving water.

Water is Life, Water is Light

“My recent trip to Standing Rock was life changing. A week after the election, I found myself in the midst of a prayer for the water. I had already been making music about water for a long time, and the experience in North Dakota brought a realization that the music was my form of prayer, a communication with the spirit of water, our oldest ancestor. I started assembling the songs and pieces into a musical journey of water, from somewhere out in space, across eons of time, to our world, through the creation of plants, and into our biology and consciousness.” — John Sheldon


John Sheldon is in his 50th year of writing songs, and composing music. Performing credits include a stint as the 17 year old lead guitarist for VAN MORRISON, songwriter for JAMES TAYLOR, and work with his own bands. John has written hundreds of songs and instrumentals, and released 15 CDs of his own music. In the past few years, he has also been busy in theater, including composing music for and performing in “Milosevic at the Hague”, “Ambush on T Street”, “What She Knows”, “Blind Dreamers” ,”Skyscraper” and his own musical monologue, “THE RED GUITAR”, which he took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it sold out its entire run, earning 4 and 5 star reviews. John also composed the music for last season’s MAJESTIC THEATER productions of “Educating Rita”, and “Harvey”, designed and composed a soundscape for Pauline Productions “An Iliad”, and just this last spring, premiered his new solo musical monologue, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.

Praise for the “Red Guitar”, from his sold out run at Edinburgh Fringe, summer 2016:                                 

FIVE STARS… “Brilliantly observed, beautifully told…I’d go again” — EDINBURGH HERALD                    

“Witty and genuinely moving..John Sheldon’s guitar playing is brilliant.” —  BROADWAY BABY

Suggested donation: $10 to $20

Listen to John’s musical collaboration with Jimmy Jones Photography on the Wolf: http://jimmyjonesphotography.com/p47158853/slideshow#h4e891cf0

Sara Thomsen



Saturday – November 19 – 7:30 pm

Dubbed in her local press as “one of Northern Minnesota’s best kept secrets,” Sara Thomsen is a weaver of song and community singing. With a voice rich as the best mid-west soil, Sara’s songs carry you inward and outward—in, to the particulars of your own life, and out—into the shared humanity of us all. Her performance style is easygoing and full of humor and depth, capturing the audience’s engagement. Sara’s music gently enfolds and unfolds the listener.

At concerts, conferences, classrooms, workshops, retreats, jails, places of prayer, and lines of protest, to be with Sara is to want to sing. Increasing wonder and awareness, deepening spiritual connection, and widening social engagement through song is at the heart of her work. Sara’s ability to get people singing magically transforms gatherings into communities empowered with possibility.

Sara is the founder and artistic director of the “Echoes of Peace Choir,” a non-audition community choir in Duluth, Minnesota, with a repertoire of world music and a membership of 70+ voices. Thomsen later founded the Echoes of Peace non-profit to expand and develop the work of examining critical social issues using music and the arts to build and bridge informed, engaged, and caring communities. She is also the artistic director of “Three Altos,” comprised of Rabbi Amy Bernstein, Thomsen, and professor Paula Pedersen. The trio has released two CDs: Camaradas and One Voice.

Sara is a staunch supporter of struggles for human dignity and ecological sustainability. Slowing down enough to see and hear the vibrant wonder of the commonplace is her work and play.  All this can be felt in her music. Whether it is a song welcoming a newborn, protesting a policy, depicting night falling or describing a loved one, her music is alive and pulsing.

For more information,  call 413-548-9394

Recommended donation: $10 to $20