All shows begin at 7:30pm, doors at 7, unless otherwise specified.
Tickets available locally at Sweet Cakes, the Alternative Food Co-op, and Looney Tunes II in Wakefield, and online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Saturday, April 5
Aoife O’Donovan with special guest Dietrich Strause
We are tremendously pleased to bring a very special voice in American music to our stage. Aoife O’Donovan is best known as the lead singer of Crooked Still, as a member of the folk noir trio Sometymes Why, and as the vocalist on the Grammy winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names across roots, classical, bluegrass, and jazz and led to collaborations across a wide variety of genres with everyone from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas. Aoife (pronounced “ee-fuh”) steps to the fore with her debut solo album, Fossils, produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Tift Merritt), an album that earned rave reviews everywhere from the New York Times and USA Today to American Songwriter and Rolling Stone, which called it a “must-listen.”
It isn’t just critics who are enamored with Aoife. Steve Earle had some glowing praise for O’Donovan recently when the CBC asked him to pick his favorite modern roots artists, saying, “She’s like hearing Joni Mitchell when she was 20. She’s really, really good. Good songs, great singer.”
On the heels of a highly successful tour in the UK, Europe and Ireland, and a spectacular performance at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook in New York City, Aoife returns to the road. With interest now high on both sides of the Atlantic, Aoife’s live show is not to be missed.
Boston-based touring songwriter and performer Dietrich Strause, released his third full length album in October 2013.
The new album, Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart, stands tall, supported by a backbone of melodies and lyrics diligently crafted by Strause. The songs are a comfortable and careful mix of journeys, clever literary references, and striking imagery. Since moving to Boston in 2008, Dietrich has been touring the East Coast, the West, and Ireland, honing his craft as a songwriter and performer. Along with Aoife O’Donovan, Dietrich has also been fortunate to share the stage and the road with The David Wax Museum, and Ben Sollee, among many others.
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Saturday, April 12
Step into any coffeehouse like Eddie’s Attic in Decatur or Club Passim in Boston to main stages as far away as Seattle and Winnipeg, and you will hear the work the Dewdrops have undertaken over the past few years to achieve the raw simplicity of their art. Using a handful of acoustic instruments and two voices, Laura and Kagey strive for clarity over effects and ornamentation. It’s what you have left when you strip everything back down to zero. It rocks, it reels, and then it consoles you when you come back down. The sparseness and beauty of the Dewdrops’ playing is matched by the integrity of their songwriting. Their latest album is Silver Lining, but their previous releases, These Old Roots and If the Sun Will Shine, show a songwriting duo that emerged with their craft ready for the world. We happily welcome Laura and Kagey back to the Lily Pads stage, along with….
Sharing the bill is one of our favorite artists, who honored us with a stellar CD release show for his album Criminal Man, in 2012. JonahTolchin’s songs are direct, tough. Born of deep feeling, of struggles and trials, he delivers them with elegant simplicity and a clarity that speaks to his deep foundation in — and affinity for — classic folk and blues forms. But Tolchin is no museum piece or revivalist. “I’m drawn to the older stuff,” he explains, “because the belief and passion behind the singing is something I can feel in my heart and my bones.” An acknowledgment of his unique talent: Jonah was asked to perform at the Newport Folk Festival in 2012.
Producer Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice) and Tolchin recorded Clover Lane, Tolchin’s first full-band record, quickly and spontaneously in Nashville, with Mike Anderson engineering and an impressive cast that includes Chris Scruggs, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), John McCauley (Deer Tick), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson), and more. Welcome back to Lily Pads, Jonah!
Saturday, May 3, 7:30pm
A Pete Seeger’s Birthday Celebration
It’s another celebration and remembrance of the folk music giant, Pete Seeger, on his actual birthday! Our friend Joyce Katzberg, joined by Jan Luby, Sandy Pliskin ,Marcia Taylor and Jimmy Warren, perform songs from Pete’s voluminous catalogue, with singalongs throughout. They are all Rhode Island based musicians from the People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle.
This will be special. Come join in the fun. The bulk of the proceeds will go to Pete Seeger’s Clearwater organization. IMPORTANT: Thank you for making this a fragrance-free event!
Saturday, May 10
The return of the phenomenal Brazilian/roots dance band, Matuto!
One of the most exciting live bands around returns to Lily Pads!
Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana—from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams—Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, roosty, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, nostalgia, and true peace.
What wide-ranging Americana and jazz guitarist Clay Ross and accordionist Rob Curto, one of the movers behind New York’s Forró For All (when not touring with folks like Lila Downs and David Krakauer) began as a curious exploration of their shared musical loves, Matuto (a Northeastern Brazilian slang term for “bumpkin”) has blossomed into a platform for expressing broad truths, while bringing an audience to their feet to dance and celebrate.Buy Tickets for Matuto
Sunday, July 17
Suzzy Roche and
Lucy Wainwright Roche
Friday, October 14
An Evening with April Verch
April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Her ninth album, Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist—one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions—with grace and grit to spare.
The April Verch Band-rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin–is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing-and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns-at once.
Tickets on sale May 1 through BrownPaperTickets.com
Saturday, November 15
An Evening with The Gnomes
Come November, Lily Pads gets gnomed! THE GNOMES play what can best be called world folk fusion music – Scandinavian, Russian, Eastern European, Caribbean, klezmer, and no shortage of originals. Members Phil Edmonds, Peter Breen, Ron Schmitt, Mike Fischman and Cathy Clasper Torche, play everything from Irish whistle and button accordion to fiddle, keyboard, and er-hu; guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, and banjo to bass and percussion. And of course they sing!
Come on out for an evening that will take you around the world and leave you smiling.
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