Upcoming Shows

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, September 13

    Roy Book Binder with special guest Michael Tarbox

    Roy Book Binder

    We are honored to welcome back the singular SINGER-SONGWRITER-STORYTELLING-BLUESMAN….. Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 45 years! He gave up his Greenwich Village “pad” in the early 70′s and lived in his “Tour Bus” for the next 15 years criss crossing the US and appearing at festivals throughout Canada & Europe.

    Roy Book Binder, travelled with the legendary Rev. Gary Davis in the late 60′s….. The Book, recorded his first solo acoustic Blues album in the 70′s, which was the first to receive 5 stars in DOWNBEAT magazine! In the late 80′s ‘The Book’ was part of Bonnie Raitt’s East Coast Tour, which included an appearance on The Grand Old Opry which led to almost 30 appearances on NASHVILLE NOW’s, Ralph Emory Show! In the 90′s he often appeared with JORMA KAUKONEN (who recorded 2 of Roy’s songs)

    Last Aug. 19th, THE GOOD BOOK, Roy’s latest release of all original songs, reached #3 on AirPlayDirect’s Americana charts! #1 was Guy Clark & #2 was the late Townes Van Zandt. Folkdj.org had Roy in the top 3 artists for July.

    About Michael Tarbox

    Michael Tarbox grew up in a mill town west of Boston. He moved to Cambridge in 1976 and received a degree in English from The University of Massachusetts at Boston. Tarbox has lived in France, Spain and Morocco.

    Michael is best known for his work with THE TARBOX RAMBLERS. The Ramblers’ albums, on the Rounder label, explore and revisit American traditional sounds – Appalachian music, backwater blues and gospel – with a rough-hewn, direct approach.

    Performing primarily as a solo artist since 2011, Tarbox has released two albums of original music that include dusty folk songs and full on rock. Live, he plays electric and acoustic guitars in several tunings. In addition to solo dates, he plays in a drum/guitar duo and with a quartet featuring viola, violin and synthesizer. His songs have been featured on the TV shows Sons of Anarchy and The Supernatural.

    The Tarbox Ramblers have opened for Robert Plant, and backed Plant and Alison Krauss.

    Come on out for a guaranteed fun evening of classic and original blues.

    Buy tickets for Roy Book Binder with Michael Tarbox!

Sunday, September 21, 3pm

Hiroya Tsukamoto (Japan) and Lilit Mardiyan (Armenia)

Two extraordinary guitarists performing solo original and classical works.



Saturday, September 27

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

Rosie Newton and Richie Stearns

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards


Rosie Newton and Richie Stearns


A fantastic acoustic double bill. Laura Cortese and her band (Mariel Vandersteel and Valerie Thompson) paired with, from Ithaca, the dynamic fiddle of Rosie Newton and Richie Stearns (of The Horse Flies) on clawhammer banjo.

    Sunday, October 12, 4pm
    Blanca and Chuchi, guitar, violin and vocal music from Northern Spain

    Blanca and Chuchi

    Friday, October 17

    An Evening with April Verch

    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. 

        Buy Tickets for April Verch!

        Saturday, November 15

        An Evening with The Gnomes

    • The Gnomes

      Come November, Lily Pads gets gnomed! THE GNOMES play what can best be called global folk-fusion music – Celtic, Scandinavian, Russian, Eastern European, Caribbean, klezmer, and no shortage of originals. Members Phil Edmonds, Peter Breen, Matt Niebels, Mike Fischman and Cathy Clasper Torch, 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.

      Please check back for additional listings.

3 Responses to Upcoming Shows

  1. Easy to use website, all the info I need (when tickets go on sale). I have given tickets to the shows as birthday gifts. Me and my family/friends love the performances, the setting, great snacks at intermission, the acoustics, and not to mention time we get to spend together.

  2. Karen Stein says:

    Suggestion: Lloyd Kaplan and the Aristocats—- local group of 4 playing jazz standards. Age range about 80 years old. Lots of fun to listen to, and folks were dancing in the isles. Not exactly folk music, I guess, but fun to hear. They would probably do 1 set, and then you could have some other group or artist for the other half of the program.

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