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.
The Stray Birds – SOLD OUT
Friday, May 5, 8pm
One of The Word Barn’s absolute favorites – and who were the first to perform this venue!
One of the finest young bands on the circuit today, with three-part harmonies that fall somewhere in the sonic spectrum between Gillian Welch and Crooked Still, their songs are at once resonant and emotional, dreamy and sad.
Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster Country, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds play and sing around a single microphone, capturing the energy and sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions.
Come take it in – they will leave you wanting more, and more, and more.
Sold Out – Join the waiting list
Dustbowl Revival – SOLD OUT
Sunday, May 7, 8pm
Bluegrass. Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members – and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal.
This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and roots in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.
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Eilen Jewell – SOLD OUT
Thursday, September 7 8pm
Known for her range of musical styles, her sweet voice and her easygoing delivery, singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell heads to The Word Barn.
The Queen of the Minor Key, Eilen’s music encompasses a wide range of musical styles, from folk, country and gospel leanings to electric outings that skirt the edge of ’60s garage rock and Chicago blues.
She and her band tour relentlessly, regularly selling out venues around the world – and this one will be no exception.
The Suitcase Junket – SOLD OUT
Saturday, September 30 8pm
The Suitcase Junket comes to The Word Barn!!!
Vermont native, Matt Lorenz – the beloved one-man “roots-rock/junk-folk” band known as The Suitcase Junket, 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.
This throat-singing, slide guitar playing artist produces a sound like no other.
Tyler Childers w/William Matheny – SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 22 8pm
With a rocky, resonant voice, the Kentucky-based songwriter connects Appalachia to Nashville with his official debut album co-produced by Sturgill Simpson. The rising Americana star’s is only 26 but already a seasoned traveler on the Southern Americana music circuit thanks to his gift for incorporating authentic images into his songs, blending hard-luck stories with love songs that would make even a cynic swoon.
Along with this rich and earthy voice, Tyler Childers makes a stop at The Word Barn as part of his official debut album release tour.
Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst – SOLD OUT
Friday, October 27 8pm
Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault on a special split-bill, sharing the stage to celebrate the release of The Wild, Kris Delmhorst’s October 2017 album featuring Foucault and members of his band. Though married since 2004, these two acclaimed artists have until now maintained independent touring careers, and The Wild marks their first foray into the studio together, to record Delmhorst’s darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs. Merging her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault’s lean aesthetic, the album navigates the poles of home and away, known and unknown, and reunites her with old bandmates including Billy Conway – the former Morphine drummer who produced her first two albums – and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T). Featuring two distinct sets of music, with the two artists fronting the band in succession and joining each other’s sets, this show offers a rare and intimate performance from two of the country’s foremost songwriters.
Anais Mitchell – Saturday, November 25 8pm – SOLD OUT
Simply put, Anais sits permanently positioned among the Bright & Lyon favorites – and having the chance to feature her in the Word Barn has us over the moon.
Anais is a fearless artist whose songwriting has drawn in the likes of Greg Brown, Ani DiFranco (who signed her to her record label, Righteous Babe Records), Bon Iver, The Low Anthem, Richard Thompson and more.
Her haunting voice, her incredible writing and her willingness to follow her own lead have made her an inspiration to a new generation of writers already.
Hailing from Vermont and described as the “Queen of Folk” by The Telegraph, Anais Mitchells albums have received Best Of ranking from NPR, the Guardian, Sunday Times, and two BBC Radio Folk Awards – and recently completed her Off-Broadway production of Hadestown, a run that was extended twice.
Birds of Chicago – Friday, January 19 8pm
Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012.
And, it’s paid off. Hailed as “this year’s biggest roots surprise” by the L.A. Times, Birds of Chicago features Allison Russell’s clarion voice wrapped around the broken country-soul croon of JT Nero for a harmony blend that is like nothing else in music today. It’s a full tilt revival featuring streamlined poems, deep grooves, sharp hooks and joyful singing straight from the gut.
But don’t just take it from us: “Simply gorgeous. On the verge of breaking big time” – Chicago Tribune, “Near perfect Americana” – No Depression.
Rachael Price & Vilray – Thursday, January 25 8pm
***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you’re looking for tickets.
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.
Mark Erelli – Friday, March 23 8pm
Mark Erelli has toured internationally as a solo artist for the past eighteen years, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages to Fenway Park. He has won music awards ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award to Grand Prize in the International Song Contest.
In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying Grammy-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Tyler Ramsey – Friday, April 7 8pm
Tyler Ramsey is a singer-songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina, who is best known Band of Horses’ former lead guitarist for the past decade. Early on, Tyler studied country blues guitarists like Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi John Hurt, and American fingerstyle guitarists in the school of John Fahey and Leo Kottke. This music and these guitarists helped to solidify his own sense of melody and song forms.
During the last year of touring with Band of Horses, that saw him away more than at home, Tyler moved his family from Asheville NC, to a farm in the mountains of western North Carolina. Taking advantage of brief times off the road, he finished his 4th solo album, which was recorded in Louisville KY, and announced his departure from the band after 10 years.
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.