Date(s) - Wed. Nov. 02, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
We have a brand-new lineup this Wednesday at the Armory. Songwriters in the Round will feature three performers: Mark Simos, an acclaimed songwriter and pedagogue whose music has been recorded by Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury; Leesa Coyne, Somerville’s finest roots-rock diva and feminist political powerhouse; and as always your friendly neighborhood host David Thorne Scott.
So why don’t you join us this Wednesday at Songwriters in the Round? November 2, 7pm, still only $10.
Songwriters in the Round
Wednesday November 2, 7pm-8:30pm
Arts at the Armory Café
190 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA
Three songwriters, trading songs and swapping stories. And you have a front row seat.
Three songwriters take the stage, seated in a comfortable semi-circle. They take turns playing songs, occasionally joining in with each other on harmony vocals or guitar licks. The format encourages conversation between the writers, which gives the audience an opportunity to hear these creative people talk as if in their own living rooms. Inspired by the “guitar pulls” of the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville.
Hosted by Somerville singer/songwriter David Thorne Scott. Held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Part of the ROOTED Armory Café Series. Café menu is available here: https://artsatthearmory.org/
Beer and wine also available!
You might hear a young up-and-coming pro, an established mid-career performer and mentor, and a cherished elder of the scene — all sharing music. The growing relationships will warm your heart and enrich your soul. Come every week as the lineup shifts and new friends are made.
Our songwriters this week:
Mark Simos, associate professor in songwriting at Berklee College of Music, is a renowned songwriter, composer and tunesmith, teacher and writer. Over four-plus decades, Mark’s songs and “tunes from imaginary countries” have stretched musical boundaries with innovative melodies and harmonies and intricately crafted lyrics, bringing a contemporary sensibility to “neo-traditionalist” forms.
Over one hundred and fifty of Mark’s compositions have been recorded by artists, including Americana supergroup Alison Krauss and Union Station, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, and Laurie Lewis. He’s co-written with artist/writers such as Lisa Aschmann, Australian rock icon Jimmy Barnes, Catie Curtis, and the Infamous Stringdusters’ Andy Hall. He’s featured on many recordings as a fiddler and guitar accompanist, and has recorded an acclaimed song-cycle album, Crazy Faith, and four albums of original and traditional fiddle music.
At Berklee, Mark creates innovative curriculum in 360° songwriting, collaboration and co-writing, guitar techniques for songwriters, and tunewriting, and leads Berklee’s American Old-Time Ensemble. He also continues to perform and teach at workshops, camps, festivals, and retreats worldwide.
Leesa Coyne is a Boston area musician, creative and activist. She has been nominated for Boston Music Awards 2018 and 2019 for the best country artist with her band Lonely Leesa and the Lost Cowboys and as Best Female Vocalist in the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll (circa 2012). On the creative front, she has directed/produced nominated music videos for Magen Tracy and the Missed Connections and Abbie Barrett. She currently runs her own creative shop Coyne Creative. Aside from all this, her passion is activism for women’s rights and economic equality for all. Recently she completed an Emerge boot camp that trains women to run for office; although she has yet to run herself, she has used her design talents to help over 10 women run for office, with the majority of them scoring the seats they were running for! Leesa is known to never really have a proper hairstyle and lives by her motto, “messy buns get shit done”.
David Thorne Scott is a singer and songwriter in jazz and Americana styles. A 20-year resident of Somerville, he organized Songwriters in the Round to foster a creative, dynamic music scene here. He believes that music can bring a community together like nothing else. “At a time of great conflict in our country – when words often fail us – music has the power to bridge divides… David Thorne Scott explores the intersection of Jazz and Americana, city and country, instrumentation and lyrics to create lush compositions and covers that are unifying, and healing, in their beauty.” – Laurie Fanell, Eponymous Review www.davidthornescott.com