Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents a concert with singer/songwriter/guitarists Geoff Bartley, Steven Pelland and Terry Kitchen on Saturday March 4. The concert will feature a solo set by each artist, followed by a round robin song swap. The show begins at 7:30 pm with a short open mic, and admission is $10. The Armory Cafe is at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville. For more information call 617-718-2191 or visit artsatthearmory.org or www.facebook.com/SomervilleSongwriterSessions. Email email@example.com to reserve an open mic slot. 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.
Geoff Bartley is an inspired singer/songwriter, a world-class fingerstyle guitarist and a godfather of the Cambridge folk scene. Since recording his debut album I Am the Heart in 1988, he has released a string of critically acclaimed CDs including Blues Beneath the Surface, One Kind Word, and his latest, Uncle Wiggly’s Bicycle Ride, a collection of guitar instrumentals. His two previous CDs both reached #1 on the national Folk-DJ chart. He is a four-time finalist at the National Fingerpicking Championships in Winfield, Kansas, and his song “Sunny Side of Town” won First Prize in the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Contest. Aside from performing solo, he plays guitar and sings harmony for legendary folksinger Tom Paxton. Geoff also founded the long-running Cambridge Songos songwriting collective, and he recently celebrated his twenty-fifth anniversary of hosting the Cantab Lounge’s Folk and Bluegrass open mics. More at www.geoffbartley.com.
Concord singer/songwriter Steven Pelland started his musical journey at an early age by studying accordion and organ. His father, a professional guitarist and vocalist, influenced Steven to study electric bass and voice and at nineteen Steven graduated from the Modern School of Music and began freelancing as a bassist in Boston’s jazz scene. He switched to guitar and began writing songs, and for the past two decades he has performed across the country, developing a distinct intimate sound reminiscent of Jackson Browne and James Taylor. He is celebrating the release of his new CD These Days with a tour throughout the Northeast. His lyrics move and intrigue the listener and his consummate guitar skills guide the audience to an engaging musical experience. More at www.stevenpellandmusic.com
Called “one of New England’s best songwriters” by The Boston Globe, Boston folksinger Terry Kitchen creates songs that are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. His latest CD The Post-American Century reached #19 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart, and his songs have won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and been runner-up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His song “Seeds,” written the day after the 2016 Presidential election, was recently runner-up on the 2017 Family Folk Chorale song contest. His 2013 novel Next Big Thing, set in the Boston music scene, was called “a great debut novel” by the San Francisco Book Review. More on Terry at www.terrykitchen.com