Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe celebrates its third anniversary with a concert featuring founding members Bethel Steele, Jan Luby, Beth DeSombre and Terry
Kitchen plus newest member Kim Jennings on Saturday January 3. The concert will feature a solo set by each artist, followed by a round robin song swap. The show begins at 8 pm and there is a suggested donation of $10. The Armory Cafe is at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville. For more information call 617-718-2191 or visit artsatthearmory.org or http://www.facebook.com/SomervilleSongwriterSessions. Performer details below.
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents contemporary folk singer/songwriters in concert on the first Saturday of each month. The Armory Cafe features live music in an intimate setting, a menu featuring sandwiches, soups, desserts and coffees, and plenty of free parking.
Bethel Steele is an Americana-inspired singer-songwriter who calls Boston, Massachusetts home. Bethel’s smoky alto and playing style – which ranges from driving rhythm guitar to delicate finger-picking – evokes a wide range of emotions. Broken Record, is the latest project, a stripped-down 5-song EP that captures the energy and intimacy of a live performance and showcases Bethel’s raw emotive vocals and driving guitar playing style. Of Love and Whiskey, Bethel’s 2012 full-length release, was described as “deep and inspired” by Italian reviewer Remo Ricaldone. John Apice, a reviewer for NoDepression.com says this about Bethel’s writing: “Steele knows how to tell a great story, adorn it in bright musical colors and deliver confidently [with a] deep, beautiful cognac flavored voice surrounded by a wealth of original material. Bethel is confident and sings with authority… Bethel has pencil sharpened and sees what many other artists seem to miss.” Currently, Bethel is working on a new project that will be released in 2015. More on bethel at bethelsteele.com
Jan Luby is known for her engaging, often riveting stage-presence as well as her voice full of passion, range and power. Her songs are evocative, lyrical and infectious personal stories. Her approach to songwriting ranges from socially relevant to irreverent, heartbreaking to humorous. Born on the road to Vaudeville parents, her strength is in connecting with her audience. Aside from being one of the hosts for Somerville Songwriter Sessions, she is one of the hosts at the long running Rhode Island Songwriters Association’s Songwriters in the Round at Providences’ AS220. She was named Best Female Vocalist of 2011 by Motif Magazine, and was a finalist in Boston’s Acoustic Music Underground Competition.
“Jan Luby was born for the stage. She is as comfortable there as any performer I have ever seen. The audience is somehow engaged by her before she sings or speaks a single word. And when she does step into her performance everyone knows that they are in the presence of a natural talent refined to perfection by years of experience. It’s remarkable to witness.”-Don White
More at http://www.janluby.com
Beth DeSombre sings new songs that spring from old traditions, telling the stories of people and places along life’s crooked highways. Sing Out! Magazine describes her songs as “smart and uplifting . . . focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life.” Christine Lavin calls her songwriting “wonderful,” and the folk-pop duo The Kennedys laud her “catchy melodies and insightful lyrics.” Beth’s second CD, At Home In This Town, was released in January 2011, and debuted at #22 on the Folk-DJ charts; she’s gearing up to record her next CD. More on Beth at http://www.bethdesombre.com.
Award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter and novelist Terry Kitchen’s songs are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. He has released ten CDs of original music since the 1990s, and his songs have won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and been runner-up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His novel Next Big Thing, called “a great debut novel” by the San Francisco Book Review, is set in the 1980s Boston music scene, when Kitchen’s own group Loose Ties was engaged in a nightly battle for existence and glory. More on Terry at http://www.terrykitchen.com
“One of New England’s finest songwriters”-The Boston Globe
“Terry Kitchen picks up where Elvis Costello and Tom Waits merge and leave off.”-Vance Gilbert
Kim Jennings is a Worcester-based folk songstress with an indie edge. Her latest album Here Now was nominated for Best CD in the 2014 Worcester Music Awards. More at http://www.kimjenningsmusic.com.