Songwriters in the Round

Date(s) - Wed. Nov. 15, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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

Daylight savings time, am I right? The nice thing about these long evenings is the coziness factor. Just the right environment for strolling over to the Rooted Cafe at the Center for the Arts at the Armory to have a beverage (warm or cold), a bite to eat (a snack or a meal) and hear some exciting new performers at Songwriters in the Round.

Joseph DeNatale is an entertainer, songwriter, and producer who is a king collaborator behind the scenes. Justine Buckleysings of timeless struggles and triumphs with crystalline lyrical imagery. Sandi Hammond is a musician, teacher, therapist and activist who founded the first transgender choir east of the Mississippi. And you know your friend David Thorne Scott, always improvising something a bit different for ya.

Songwriters in the Round
Wednesday November 15, 7pm-8:30pm
Arts at the Armory Café

suggested donation $10

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

Songwriters in the Round November 15th

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

Sandi Hammond has taught voice, piano, and songwriting for over 20 years, and is the Music Director at First Parish in Plymouth, MA. She has a BA in music from Earlham College, where she was a recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship in choral conducting. Sandi has released two solo CD’s and an ensemble CD with the jazz group ESP Vocal Trio, produced by Mark Shilansky. In 2014 she founded the second all-transgender choir, which was featured in Oprah Magazine, on NPR, and in the New York Times. She is currently enrolled in a Masters Program at Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Music Therapy, to be completed in 2025.  Her current internship for this program is at the Mass. Eye. and Ear Infirmary where she provides music therapy on inpatient surgical floors for both adults and children. Her clinical areas of interest include pre- operative anxiety, post-operative anxiety and pain reduction, treating aphasia in stroke patients, and combining music and mindfulness to facilitate recovery from trauma, anxiety and depression.

Joseph De Natale is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Massachusetts. Over the last few years, he has recorded, produced and mixed hundreds of songs in collaboration with other artists and songwriters from all over the world. His voice has been featured in advertisements for major corporations and in major motion pictures. He’s also released two albums of original music and performed at hundreds of shows and events all over the United States.

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.

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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