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. Concerts usually sell out – advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.


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.

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.

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.

Greg Brown appears with special guests Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman.

Barnstar! – Friday, November 8

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

Barnstar! began as the brainchild of Zachariah Hickman (bassist for Josh Ritter, music director for Ray LaMontagne) for a local bluegrass supergroup featuring some of Boston’s best musicians and songwriters.

And, what a supergroup he created featuring Mark Erelli (guitar), Jake Armerding (fiddle),Taylor Armerding (mandolin), Charlie Rose (banjo), and himself, Zachariah Hickman (upright bass), who all forge their own brand of song-based bluegrass, gloriously harmonized and raucously played.

Given each of their own rigorous touring schedules, Barnstar! performances are rare and we’re excited to bring them back to The Word Barn.

Zachariah Hickman’s Power Outage Party! – Thursday, November 21

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

It’s time to step outside of the box and do something different.

Ever wondered what a concert in The Word Barn would be like if the power went out, and everyone had to play fully acoustic? While seated in the middle of the room? Completely in the dark with only lanterns to light the way?

Well, bassist and impresario Zachariah Hickman (Ray LaMontagne, Josh Ritter, Barnstar!) is here to help you find out.

Come join him and his many co-conspirators for a singular event. Music, stories, theatre…all from the edge of your seat.

Special guests will abound.

Come be part of Word Barn lore for years to come.

Flash lights and headlamps encouraged.

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Words & Song; An Evening of Poetry and Music with
Peter Mulvey, Mimi White, & Ali Harville – Sunday, December 8

Bright & Lyon and  The Silo Series have joined forces to create a special evening of poetry and music featuring Peter Mulvey, Mimi White and Ali Harville.

Peter Mulvey is a blue collar songster with an ear for the past, rooted in the present, while keeping an eye on the future. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana.

The author of three collections of poetry, Mimi White has received a New Hampshire State Fellowship in Poetry, and was Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, NH. Her work was selected by Robert Creeley as the recipient of the Philbrick Poetry Award, and The Last Island, which was awarded the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Poetry.

Alison Harville is a poet, tarot card reader, and business project manager whose poems have appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, Tower Journal, The Café Review, and the anthology Under the Legislator of Stars. She is a member of workshop group City Hall Poets.

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Haley Heynderickx w/special guest Tre Burt
Friday, December 13

When NPR gives you the “Must Hear This” and “Favorite New Artist” label, and the NY Times puts you on their “Most Notable New Songs” list, you know you’re doing something right.

This Portland, Ore., singer-songwriter’s debut album I Need to Start a Garden has generated buzz and drawn comparison to Sharon Van Etten and John Fahey.

The dynamic of her live performance offers a formidable combination of guitar and vocal – her voice is sweet as wildflower honey, but also powerful enough to leave you slack-jawed and covered with goosebumps.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Benefit Concert
Featuring John Hughes Radio – Saturday, December 14

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

Two bands, one show, one goal – to raise money and jumpstart the Endowment for BBBSNH

Join us for a night of music to help give a gift that will last forever at BBBSNH.

An 8 piece band with a big horn section, The YellowHouse Blues Band will open the show with a short set of blues standards, combined with hits from Norah Jones, the Grateful Dead and Santana!

The headliner for the evening is Portland, ME based John Hughes Radio! A high-energy, 80s influenced dance rock band, JHR has multiple albums out and will bring the house down with
Heartbreak, Repeat, the title track to their new album. This track, and their most recent album, Hopeless Romantic, can be found on Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1 to 1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Every child needs a mentor – Who was yours?

A heartfelt thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters close friends for their contributions: Susan and Michael Labrie, Zachary and Nancy Slater, AXA Distributors, LLC, Roman Law Group, PLLC, and Morgan Stanley.

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Lula Wiles – Sunday, December 15

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

Lula Wiles — a band consisting of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin, who share in common their backgrounds in both fiddle camps and the elite conservatory setting of Berklee College of Music — is newer to the national stage, but developing rapidly, thanks to their impeccable second album, What Will We Do (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings).

This powerhouse trio offers music that bridges contemporary and traditional in perfect three-part harmony.

Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time and bluegrass, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a harmony-driven sound all their own, and well worth a listen.

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Jeffrey Foucault – Friday, January 10

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.

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Ryan Montbleau – Friday, January 31

As a part of his Winter Solo Tour, Vermont (via Massachusetts) folk singer-songwriter-guitarist, Ryan Montbleau, delivers new music from his newest album, Woodstock Sessions.

Montbleau’s been pouring his heart out in song since the early 2000’s, when he first began performing around his native Massachusetts. He’d go on to collaborate with Martin Sexton, Trombone Shorty, and Galactic among others, and share bills and stages with artists as diverse as Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ani DiFranco, The Wood Brothers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Mavis Staples, but it was Montbleau’s ecstatic headline shows—often more than 200 of them a year—that solidified his reputation as a live powerhouse and an inexorable road warrior. NPR’s Mountain Stage compared his “eloquent, soulful songwriting” to Bill Withers and James Taylor, while Relix hailed his “poetic Americana,” and The Boston Herald raved that “he’s made a career of confident, danceable positivity.”

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Seamus Egan (Solas) – Sunday, March 1

For over twenty years, Philadelphias Seamus Egan blazed a new trail for Irish music in America. At the head of the supergroup Solas, he toured the world and pushed the music in new directions, incorporating complex arrangements, stunning virtuosity, and elements of global and Americana music.

Its hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan who has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. As a multi-instrumentalist, hes put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others.

As a composer, Egan put his stamp on film soundtracks, symphonic collaborations, and, most famously, co-wrote Sarah McLachlans smash hit, I Will Remember You.

Music comes as naturally to Seamus Egan as breath, but his mastery of the tradition is only one facet of his plans to move the music forward.

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The Green Sisters – Saturday, March 28

Sprouting from a small farm in rural Massachusetts, the Green Sisters have had a deep love of music from birth. They’ve been playing venues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire regularly for three years and have garnered quite the following – and for very good reason.
It’s hard not to smile when treated with their tight harmonies and high energy tunes; they bounce their jovial banter around the stage as only siblings can!
 
The four gals get together to play as often as they can. They revel in each other’s company, and jump easily from bluegrass to barbershop to blues to Celtic to originals of all styles.