Songwriters in the Round

Date(s) - Wed. Nov. 01, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Songwriters in the Round

The day after Halloween needs a name. You know how the day after Christmas is Boxing Day? Where everyone dons gloves and steps into the ring for a few rounds? Anyway, the day after Halloween this year is officially the time to detox from all that candy and come to Songwriters in the Round at the Center for the Arts at the Armory.

Our performers: Jacqui Armbruster sings about identity, love, grief, and vulnerability.  Justine Buckley is a young performer with a classic folk/rock soul. Micah Nicol is a multi-instrumentalist, an old-school bluegrass troubadour and a modern-day song and dance man. And of course your lovable furry neighborhood groover, David Thorne Scott on the keys.

Admission is free, suggested donation $10

Four songwriters, trading songs and swapping stories. And you have a front row seat.

Four 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. Suggested donation is $10.

Part of the ROOTED Armory Café Series. Café menu is available here:
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

Jacqui Armbruster is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Allentown, PA. Jacqui is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at New England Conservatory where they study Contemporary Musical Arts. Jacqui’s current projects include Almost Olive and The Witherbees, both of which feature Jacqui’s songwriting and affinity for arranging. Drawing from a variety of traditions and sewn together with intimate lyrics, Jacqui explores themes like identity, love, grief, and vulnerability through their growing catalog of original music that balances groove and heart. When Jacqui isn’t making music, you can find them baking bread, taking care of their plants, or pulling espresso shots.

Justine Buckley is a 38 year old singer-songwriter originally from Medford Massachusetts. Her music is folk oriented and her songs are built around a lyrical center. Justine believes that a great song simply allows room for the listener to feel, and can mean different things to different people. She is influenced by the music of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Fleetwood Mac.

Micah Nicol grew up with a mandolin in one hand and a banjo in the other playing bluegrass and classic country music with his father.  Micah has had stints as a semi-professional actor, competitive ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom dancer, and was awarded Best Performer and Best Male Soloist a record six times as part of Singsation, a show choir from Wapakoneta, Ohio. He received his Music Production & Engineering degree from Berklee College of Music as a pianist and spends most of his musical life as a guitarist and singer for The Ruta Beggars and Bookmatch. Micah has a deep love for musical theater and content creation and lives parallel lives as a magician, uni-cyclist, and clown.

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 for his adopted home city. 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

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