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.


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.

High Range & The Joshua Incident – Saturday, Jan. 12 7pm

**SOLD OUT*** 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.

Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones – Friday, Jan. 18 8pm

**SOLD OUT*** With his roots in Seacoast, NH, Jake shares his food for thought with a whiskey soaked, gravely voice, acoustic guitar, and a few harmonicas.  At a budding age, Jake’s songs tell the tales of an old soul, who has survived the trials and troubles of labor, love, and loss; An old soul who has been molded by long nights, mild neurosis, ruckus-raising hootenannies, women, temptation, and American music.

Jake Davis & the Whiskey Stones is a cast of Seacoast NH’s finest pickers.  Beyond a hearty voice and an acoustic guitar, Davis’ music is brought to life with smooth banjo picking, driving upright bass, vivacious electric guitar, and tight rhythm.

Special Guests Green Heron.

Caitlin Canty w/special guests Oshima Brothers – Saturday, Feb. 23 8pm

***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you’re looking for tickets

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.

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Rachael Price & Vilray – Saturday, March 2  8pm
Exeter Town Hall Theater, Exeter, NH
Sponsored by Vino E Vivo

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).

Rachael & Vilray are joined by special guest Taylor Ashton.

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Chris Smither – Saturday, March 30 8pm

***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you’re looking for tickets

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original, and quite simply, one of our favorites – and hosting him in our intimate space will be nothing short of memorable.

Reviewers and fans from around the world, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times, agree that Chris continues to be a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and intense performer as he draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. And, his brand new album, CALL ME LUCKY does just that.

Check it out. Check out Chris Smither.

Session Americana – Friday, April 5 8pm

Session Americana is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of some of the best musicians out of the Boston craft a musical experience unlike any other.

On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheelin’ modern hootenanny.

The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show is an experience unlike any other, packed solid with impeccable talent that will leave you wanting more.

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The Suitcase Junket – Sunday, April 7 8pm

Vermont native, Matt Lorenz – the beloved one-man “roots-rock/junk-folk” band known as The Suitcase Junket, that features 1950s amps and a guitar salvaged from a dumpster – plus an old oversized suitcase, a baby shoe (his baby shoe) hitting a gas can, a cooking pot, circular saw blade and a box of bones and silverware for added percussion.

It’s a sound like no other.

And, he’s headed back to The Word Barn to celebrate the release of his brand new recording, Mean Dog.

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Tristan Omand – Friday, April 19 8pm

Emerging among the trees and red brick mill-towns of New Hampshire, Tristan Omand writes songs that are brimming with stories of offbeat characters, road-worn personal experience, and just a bit of subtle humor to even things out.

With a lyrical approach similar to John Prine and a galloping flat-picked acoustic sound all his own, Tristan is cutting a clear path towards some kind of truth that is only found through song.

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Greg Brown – Friday, April 26 8pm

***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you’re looking for tickets, or catch our show with Greg Brown Thursday, April 25, just down the road at Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts.

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.

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Tyler Ramsey – Sunday, April 28 8pm

Praised by NPR, Sterogum, WNYC, and the Huffington Post, Tyler Ramsey is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home playing guitar, piano, keyboards, bass and percussion – but is best known as a talented fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter.

In addition to having released three acclaimed solo albums, Ramsey is perhaps most immediately recognizable, until his recent departure, as the guitarist and a co-writer in Band Of Horses, having played with them since 2007, prior to the release of their breakthrough album, “Cease To Begin.”

His fourth solo album, which was recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, during tour downtime, is set for release Spring 2019. The new songs are lush and full, and realized with help from a list of friends old and new, adding gorgeous vocal harmonies, strings, and guitar counterpoints.

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Rose Cousins – Friday, May 10 8pm

Rose Cousins is an award-winning songwriter/singer from Canada. Her JUNO Award winning album “We Have Made A Spark” was named to NPR’s Top 10 Americana & Folk Albums list, won 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and nominated for a Polaris Music Prize.

She isn’t afraid of feelings. Her music explores the shadowy corners of a heart: sadness, pain and desire for love in all its simplicity and complication.

A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With additional roots in Boston, she values her many musical communities and is constantly fueled by collaboration.

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Darlingside – Saturday, May 18 8pm
Exeter Town Hall Theater, Exeter, NH
Sponsored by Vino E Vivo

We’re excited to present Darlingside as the grand finale concert of the Exeter Arts & Music Festival this Spring.

Hope arrives in the form of Darlingside’s signature superpower harmonies, drawing frequent comparisons to late-60’s era groups like Crosby, Stills & Nash; Simon & Garfunkel; and The Byrds. And yet, their penchant for science fiction and speculative futurism counteracts any urge to pigeonhole their aesthetic as “retro”. The four close friends construct every piece of their music collaboratively, pooling musical and lyrical ideas so that each song bears the imprint of four different writing voices. NPR Music dubs the result “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop”, and calls Extralife “perfectly crafted”.

Darlingside perform all of their music around a single vocal microphone, inviting audiences into a lush, intimate world where four voices are truly one.

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