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.
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.
Birds of Chicago – Friday, January 19 8pm – SOLD OUT
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
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.
Peter Mulvey – Friday, March 2 8pm – SOLD OUT
Peter Mulvey is an American folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums.
Starting his musical career in Milwaukee while at Marquette University, he honed his performing skills while traveling in Dublin, Ireland. He later spent several years in Boston, where he frequently performed in the city’s subway system.
He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style.
The Dustbowl Revival – Saturday & Sunday, March 17/18 8pm – SOLD OUT
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.
Mark Erelli – Friday, March 23 8pm – SOLD OUT
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 w/The DuPont Brothers – Saturday, April 7 8pm
***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you’re looking for tickets.
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.
The Mammals w/Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno – Sunday, April 22 8pm
The Mammals are back!!!
Mike + Ruthy, touring American folk act and founders of The Mammals are bringing back the band that energized crowds in the early 2000’s and gave them their start. The Mammals were known for their rabble-rousing musical statements which sometimes caused a stir with politically divided audiences from Louisiana to Michigan.
This time around, their goals remain two-fold: raise positive social awareness & have a good party!
Sean Rowe – Friday, May 4 8pm
Sean Rowe’s voice, a room-rattling baritone, demands attention. The stories he tells with it are portraits that feel simple on the surface…they never are. This troubadour sings of roads not taken, regrets and the dreams that shake you awake at 3 in the morning.
A native of rural New York, Rowe devotes his off-hours to wilderness survival, and what he calls “primitive living.” Years ago, he walked out into the wilderness alone and spent the next 24 days constructing shelter and foraging for food to eat. He would come away from the experience with the songs that now comprise his dazzling debut album, Magic.
This acclaimed singer-songwriter heads back to The Word Barn in celebration of his fifth release, New Lore.
Slaid Cleaves – Thursday, May 10 8pm
Originally hailing from just across the river in Maine, this now Austin songwriter might as well have been born in the lone star state.
He’s got the Austin style songwriting reminiscent of Joe Ely or Townes Van Zandt, but a style and sound all his own.
Slaid Cleaves sits permanently and high on top of the Bright & Lyon favorite songwriters list – and will be hitting The Word Barn in support of his brand new release, Ghost on the Car Radio.
See you there!
Session Americana – Friday, June 1 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.
The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag”.
It’s an experience unlike any other, packed solid with impeccable talent that will leave you wanting more.
TWO SHOWS – Barnstar! Friday & Saturday, Sept. 28 & 29 8pm
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 offer two nights in the well-suited Word Barn.