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.

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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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eileneventEilen 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.



SuitcaseEventThe 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.

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MaryGauthierEventMary Gauthier
Friday, October 20  8pm
***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you haven’t locked in a space yet.

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. andaround the world.

Her songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and recorded by Jimmy Buffet, Blake Shelton, and others.

Originally from New Orleans and currently a Nashville resident, Gauthier has battled back from hard knocks and bad habits to emerge as one of the most poignant and powerful songwriters of her generation.

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TylerEventTyler Childers w/William Matheny
Sunday, October 22  8pm
***SOLD OUT*** We generally have good luck rounding up tickets, so jump on the waiting list here if you haven’t locked in a space yet.

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.

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Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst
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.

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The Lowest Pair w/The Brother Brothers
Sunday, November 12  8pm

A blend of old-timey string music and indie folk, The Lowest Pair features the duel banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, draped in Kendl’s high lonesome harmonies and Palmer’s Midwest croon. Their debut release 36¢ was hailed by Paste Magazine as “with their bare-bones instrumentation and country-inspired, heartstring-tugging narratives, The Lowest Pair might be one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today.” Agreed, but not under-the-radar for long.

The Lowest Pair will be joined by The Brother Brothers – who stole the show at their last Word Barn performance with their rich harmonies accompanied by guitar, cello, violin and banjo as only twin brothers can.

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Anais Mitchell – Saturday, November 25  8pm

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.

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