The Word Barn serves as a unique and intimate glorified house concert setting and concert experience unlike any other. With impeccable acoustics, welcoming environment, unique interaction with performers, and a combination of seats, stools, and balcony, it provides a superb community gathering centered around good music.
The Word Barn frequently plays host to Bright & Lyon Productions – a passion project of music fanatics who are dedicated to bringing and sharing the best offerings of the music scene today.
All concerts have limited seating, require tickets (first come, first serve) via links below.
Jeffrey Foucault CD Release – Thursday, October 4 8pm
***SOLD OUT*** Jeffrey Foucault returns to The Word Barn celebrating BLOOD BROTHERS, the much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2015 album Salt As Wolves.
In two decades on the road Jeffrey Foucault has become one of the most distinctive voices in American music, refining a sound instantly recognizable for its simplicity and emotional power, a decidedly Midwestern amalgam of blues, country, rock’n’roll, and folk.
He’s built a brick-and-mortar international touring career on multiple studio albums, countless miles, and general critical acclaim, being lauded for “Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker), and described as “Quietly brilliant” (The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Van Dyke Parks to Greil Marcus, to Don Henley, who regularly covers Foucault in his live set.
BLOOD BROTHERS is the sixth collection of original songs in a career remarkable for an unrelenting dedication to craft, and independence from trend.
Rhett Miller – Friday & Saturday, Nov. 9 & 10 8pm
***SOLD OUT*** Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. His most recent album, The Traveler, features the instrumentation of Black Prairie (members of The Decemberists), Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey (members of REM) and is Rhett’s seventh solo effort.
In addition to his music being featured in countless films and television shows, Rhett has appeared in an episode of the NBC hit series 30 Rock and the Old 97’s were prominently featured in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, The Break Up. Primarily known for his songwriting and awe-inspiring live performances, Rhett is also a critically-acclaimed author whose work has appeared in several books and such well-known periodicals as Rolling Stone, McSweeney’s, and The Atlantic.
Rhett’s opening date at The Word Barn represents the launch of his new solo album, The Messenger.
Mary Gauthier – Thursday, Nov. 15 8pm
What do Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, and Mary Gauthier have in common? They are all prior winners of the Americana Music Associations New/Emerging Artist of the Year award.
The Associated Press calls Mary Gauthier one of the best songwriters of her generation. The Wall Street Journal calls her one of Americana musics most admired artists across the U.S. and around the world.
Her songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and recorded by Jimmy Buffet, Blake Shelton, and others.
Eliza Gilkyson w/Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry – Friday, Nov. 16 8pm
***SOLD OUT*** Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles.
Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.
A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.
Eliza performs the Word Barn with her trio featuring Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry.
Peter Mulvey w/Matt the Electrician – Saturday, Dec. 1 8pm
***SOLD OUT*** Peter Mulvey’s last performance at The Word Barn was awe-inspiring and still talked about.
Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour happened this past September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.
Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.
Steve Forbert – Saturday, Dec. 8 8pm
Like many rough-voiced singer-songwriters, Steve Forbert has done time as a potential “next Bob Dylan,” but he’s carved out his own distinct niche in an uncompromising career that spans nearly 30 years.
Originally from Mississippi, Forbert relocated to New York City and scored a hit in the early ’80s with “Romeo’s Tune,” and has been recording and performing steadily ever since.
High Range & The Joshua Incident – Saturday, Jan. 12 8pm
Join us for a double feature with High Range and The Joshua Incident.
High Range is an energetic roots/folk/bluegrass group with a long list of rave reviews from national publications. They highlight original music with a mix of cover songs on guitar, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and drums.
The Joshua Incident – a quartet of vocals, guitar, pedal steel, and upright bass – attributes their roots to the likes of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, but they are blazing their own trail with original songs written by the lead singer, Todd Thurlow. With stylistic flexibility, this band fluidly transitions from Americana to Bluegrass, old-school country to folk.
Caitlyn Canty – Saturday, Feb. 23 8pm
Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a 1930s Recording King guitar and a dusky alto. Her breakout record, Reckless Skyline, produced by Jeffrey Foucault, garnered glowing praise from NPR, The Telegraph, and Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. The lead track, “Get Up” was nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards and was one of NPR’s “Favorite Songs of the Year.”
“A casually devastating voice and unshakable poise” – San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle lauded Canty’s, “casually devastating voice and unshakable poise” and her “easy way with folk, blues and country motifs.” Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, she spent a decade in New York City cutting her teeth on both sides of the microphone – as a performer and as the first employee of a live music startup. Her latest record features an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk.
Rachael Price & Vilray – Saturday, March 2 8pm
Exeter Town Hall Theater, Exeter, NH
Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and Vilray met at the New England Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2003 and became friends. Their duo grew from a shared reverence for the pop music of the 1930s and 40s and its wide range of emotions. With simple arrangements and only a guitar for accompaniment, they perform original works and revive forgotten gems of the jazz big bands and western swing ensembles. Their sound recalls both the warmth of radio’s golden age and the intimacy of parlor concerts in a time before recordings.
Catch the return of this intimate and unique show (please note this show sold out fast last time – lock in your spot early).
Greg Brown – Friday, April 26 8pm
A favorite. And an honor to present him in this intimate space.
Greg Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision.
His songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more. He has recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience.