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.
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.
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.
David Ramirez – Wednesday, June 13 8pm
Come be part of a live Word Barn album with David Ramirez.
As part of his bootleg tour, this prolific Austin-based Americana singer/songwriter will be recording this concert, and providing all ticket holders with a download.
Ramirez has earned a large and growing following for his soulful, introspective songs and passionate performances. He writes melodic, brooding songs of love and life, delivering them with perfect pitch and regret. While Ramirez describes himself more as a storyteller than a musician, he has toured with the likes of Shakey Graves, Joe Pug, Noah Gundersen, Gregory Alan Isakov and others.
Soulful, stirring, heartbreaking. David makes you hang on the turn of every phrase.” -The Civil Wars
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.
Andrew Duhon CD Release – Saturday, June 23 8pm
Following his Grammy-nominated release, New Orleans native Andrew Duhon heads to The Word Barn to celebrate his brand new release, False River. One track from it has already been named Rolling Stone’s “10 Best Americana Songs of the Week”.
This incredible songwriter has an undeniable voice that is both weighted and soulful. He’ll perform as a duo, but has toured solo most of his career, and that troubadour element is certainly present, an usher of modern day folklore.
Join us for what will be an impeccable evening.
Mick Flannery – Friday, July 20 8pm
Mick Flannery is widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters to come out of Ireland in recent years.
An award winning- double platinum selling artist, Mick became the first Irish musician to ever win awards at the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, aged 19. His critically acclaimed live performances have seen him sell out shows in Ireland’s Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House.
Mick first picked up a guitar at age of 14 under the musical influence of his mother’s family in their old farmhouse in Blarney, Co. Cork where he grew up listening to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Jim Croce. Mick wrote songs throughout his teens, while training as a stonemason, which culminated in him signing to a major label at just 21 and releasing his first album “Evening Train”.
Mick’s most recent albums were written in Berlin, a move Mick himself refers to as “self-imposed exile”.
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.
Mary Gauthier – Thursday, November 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.