Songwriters in the Round

Songwriters in the Round

Date/Time
Date(s) - Wed. May. 17, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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suggested donation $10

Songwriters in the Round at the Center for Arts at the Armory is a gift for the community.” That’s what someone told us last week.

Gifts are funny things. They short-circuit the usual transactional nature of many of our relationships in this modern world. You go to Market Basket, you give them money, they give you food. You click on your favorite on-line retailer, you send them your credit card info and they send you a mounting kit for your TV. You open your phone and give those advertisers your eyeballs for a few microseconds, and it shows you pictures and videos by your friends and by famous people you admire. But a gift is not that. A gift is supported not by a web of money or cryptocurrency or debt. A gift is a gesture that happens within the bounds of trust. You don’t have to trust Amazon to send you the doodad you ordered because you paid them and they owe you. But when you help a neighbor shovel his sidewalk, you are supported by a web of relationships that is much bigger than just the two of you. Your neighbor might “pay you back” by offering you cookies or a beer. But he might just as easily “pay you back” with a conversation that rattles around in your head for weeks, changing the way you see the world. Or he might not pay you back at all — he might “pay it forward” to someone else and you might never know. Or maybe by offering him this gift, someday you yourself might be emboldened to ask a friend for help when you need it. Gifts are funny things. They, more than any other transaction, truly make the human world go ‘round.

Come see us at the Armory Café on Wednesday, May 17, and receive beautiful musical gifts bestowed upon you while you, in turn, offer the gift of a few bucks and your attention. Sarah Brindell is a funky singer and keyboardist that will get you smiling and grooving. Thaddeus Hogarth plays virtuosic guitar, singing searing R&B and funk. Emily Haviland is a fiddler with a powerful voice and a fresh jazz/folk style. And Sophia Jane is a storytelling performer in the tradition of Shawn Colvin who is also a professional music therapist.

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

Thaddeus Hogarth continues his musical evolution as an award-winning singer/songwriter who plays guitar and harmonica, balancing it with his career as guitar faculty at Berklee College of Music. Born in England and raised in St. Kitts, West Indies, his musical influences range from the 70’s soulful styles of Bill Withers and Sly Stone to the hypnotic grooves and sociopolitical commentary of the early reggae movement in the West Indies. The feel is raw and organic. He has written several educational books which form the basis of his online guitar class which has over 500,000 enrollees. Thaddeus is a Bose artist. “… Take a healthy dose of Sly and The Family Stone, add a liberal pinch of Stevie Wonder, put on your dancing shoes and boogie to the music of Thaddeus Hogarth …“– –Bruce Gelerman, NPR. https://thaddeushogarth.com

Sarah Brindell is a songwriter, arranger, producer, vocalist, keyboardist, and full-time Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. Raised in San Francisco, CA, by a family of professional musicians, composers and published writers, her original music blends rich harmonies, stunning vocals, and infectious grooves into a melodious sonic palette of neo-soul, jazz, samba, and reggae. With touring credits around the world, she has shared the stage and recorded with many renowned artists including Norah Jones, Carole King, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and Raul Midon. Her original songs can be heard on many television shows including MTV’s Made. She was a panelist in the Song of the Year contest as part of VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation, as well as the Billboard World Song Contest. A Summa Cum Laude graduate from Boston University, she holds a Masters degree in Music Education, and teaches courses on the Berklee campus and Berklee Online in songwriting, harmony, ear training, arranging, improvisation and stage performance. https://www.sarahbrindell.com/

Sophia Jane is a singer-songwriter from Boston MA and graduate from Berklee College of Music. In her day to day life she works as a board-certified Music Therapist and enjoys performing and sharing her original music gigging around the Boston area. With influences from Brandi Carlile to Shawn Colvin, Sophia enjoys the art of storytelling through her version of folk infused pop music. In 2018, Sophia released her first EP entitled, Living For Now on all streaming services. In early November of 2021 she released a demo track of her song ‘Seattle’ to be followed by new music coming this year! https://www.sophiajanemusic.com/

Emily Haviland has been a part of the Greater Boston music scene for nearly a decade. As a graduate of Berklee College of Music with concentrations in fiddle performance and music therapy, she studied everything from music and how it can alter the brain, all the way to American Roots and its rocky history. In recent years, Emily has become known for her fiddling and background-vocal support of local folk acts like Kaiti Jones. But with her latest solo project, her powerhouse voice and interesting melodies will come as a pleasant surprise to listeners. She’s shared the stage with some of the great contemporaries like Darol Anger, the late Emy Phelps, Bruce Molsky, Aoife O’Donovan, Margo Price, Twisted Pine, Kaiti Jones, and has been showcased on records released by Alisa Amador, Kaiti Jones, and others. Emily’s duo project debut EP was released in October of 2021 titled “Space & Time”. Throughout the latter half of the pandemic, Emily started to refocus her performance efforts back into songwriting, something that she had put a pause on for some time. Emily is currently in the mixing process of her debut LP “Not Who You Think”, produced by Twisted Pine’s Chris Sartori, which is set to be released later in 2023. This will showcase her new repertoire which is a mixture of compositions with roots in jazz and folk-americana. Emily continues to push boundaries in both her performing style and songwriting, and is not an act that you’ll want to miss.
https://linktr.ee/emilyhavi

Songwriters in the Round

Songwriters in the Round

Date/Time
Date(s) - Wed. May. 17, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Categories


1st & 3rd Wednesdays at ROOTED Cafe at 7 PM

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.

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.

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. Donations welcome.

Part of the ROOTED Armory Café Series. Café menu is available here. Beer and wine also available!

The mission of Arts at the Armory is to provide an inclusive and accessible venue for arts, cultural and community events, exhibitions, markets, classes and more.