Songwriters in the Round

Date(s) - Wed. Oct. 18, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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

Starting his devotion to music at just age 2, Kansas City native Dana Cooper has logged millions of miles as a renowned songwriter & storyteller. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories & lyrics. Dana’s mixture of flat-picking, finger picking, and percussive strummng is “Legend Among Other Guitarists.” His harmonica playing equally impressive. As one critic noted, “he sings like an angel and plays like the devil.” Dana’s music does not belong to one genre. His latest CD, “I Can Face The Truth” charted on 5 different radio charts- Americana, Indie Folk, Alt Folk, Alt Country & Roots. Working with such names as Lyle Lovett, Kim Carnes, Tom Kimmel, Pat Alger, Hal Ketchum and Kim Richey, it is no surprise his discography measures at 30 albums and collections. Enjoy a living legend at the top of his game!

Corin Ashley has left his capo clipped to the mic stand at some of the coolest venues in the world. From humble Passim in Harvard Square to the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the 12 Bar in London and CBGBs in NYC, this lifelong performer has played several thousand shows, plying his brand of Beatley pop. Past performances and collaborations include gigs with Al Kooper, Dave Davies of the Kinks, Ian Hunter of Mott The Hopple, the B-52s, The Zombies, The Beach Boys and dozens of other notables. He spent his 40th birthday recording at Abbey Road and will tell you all about it whether you want to hear it or not.

Boston area singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff is widely admired on the New England folk music scene for his mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of artists such as John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III. He has won numerous songwriting awards and his songs have reached as high as number 3 on the national folk radio airplay chart. Mark performs frequently in the Boston area. Among the artists he has opened for are Bill Morrissey, Steve Forbert, Christine Lavin, and Cheryl Wheeler.

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

Songwriters in the Round

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