Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents a concert with Somerville singer/songwriter Jim Infantino, Hopkinton singer/songwriter Barbara Kessler and Boston singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen on Saturday October 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.
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.
Jim Infantino has been writing and singing his own brand of off kilter folk music in the New York / New England area since the early 80s when he was a underage performer heading into Dave Van Ronk’s open mic on Macdougal Street. His songs have been described as satirical, witty, sardonic, urbane, funny, heartbreaking, catchy, philosophical and razor sharp. He writes from a shifting perspective of human beings confronted by a rapidly changing whir of technology, work, love, death, money, facts and belief. Sometimes political, sometimes personal, sometimes abstract, his songs weave in the hint of humor when you expect sadness and tragedy when you expect levity. Since 1996 he has been performing mostly with his band: Jim’s Big Ego, who describe themselves as “the greatest band in the history of recorded music” and compare themselves to “the great wall of China, Antarctica, and other things you can see from space.” With the band he has released 7 full-length CDs adding to his previous 2 solo releases. He currently lives in Boston, practicing meditation between pots of coffee. His own blog on sitting can be found at jiminfantino.com, and the band site is bigego.com.
Barbara Kessler Barbara entered the professional music scene several years after graduating from Cornell University, entering some of her first songs in Rounder Record’s songwriting contest at Great Woods in Massachusetts – and winning1st runner-up. She caught the eye of judge Christine Lavin who invited her to attend the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter’s Retreat. A song recorded at the event, “The Date,” landed on Rounder/Philo’s CD Big Times In A Small Town. The song received national airplay and led to the recording of her first CD, Stranger To This Land. Soon, Barbara was touring the country playing at coffeehouses and colleges. National acclaim for Stranger To This Land resulted in several high profile awards in 1995: Boston Music Award for Outstanding Debut Acoustic Album, National Academy of Songwriters Female Acoustic Artist of the Year and Kerrville New Folk Winner. “After taking a decade-long hiatus from record-making and touring to focus on her family, she’s back with What You Keep, 10 gems wrapped in her exquisite voice and shining with the joy that comes from aging, acceptance and boatloads of gratitude.” – Performing Songwriter
More on Barbara at http://www.barbarakessler.com
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 folk 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 brand new CD is The Post-American Century. More on Terry at http://www.terrykitchen.com
“One of New England’s finest songwriters”-The Boston Globe