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.
Haley Heynderickx – Saturday, June 16 8pm
When NPR gives you the “Must Hear This” 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.
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.
Jeffrey Foucault CD Release – Thursday, October 4 8pm
Jeffrey Foucault returns to The Word Barn celebrating BLOOD BROTHERS, the much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2015 album Salt As Wolves.
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.
BLOOD BROTHERS is the sixth collection of original songs in a career remarkable for an unrelenting dedication to craft, and independence from trend.
Mary Gauthier – Thursday, Nov. 15 8pm
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. and around 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.
Eliza Gilkyson w/Tracy Grammer & Joe Henry – Friday, Nov. 16 8pm
Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles.
Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.
A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.
Eliza performs the Word Barn with her trio featuring Tracy Grammer and Joe Henry.