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.

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

Special Album Release Concert!

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. Blending old-time, bluegrass, jazz, and country, these handsome gentlemen generate a sweet, salty, and soulful Americana sound. In addition to toe-tapping originals and traditional numbers, the Whiskey Stones cover fan favorites with a string band twist.

Special Guests Green Heron.

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

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

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).

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Chris Smither – Saturday, March 30 8pm

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.

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

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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