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Tom Smith, Joanne Lurgio, Kirsten Manville at Somerville Armory Cafe Saturday Nov. 4

November 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents a concert on Saturday November 4 with Dedham folk singer/songwriter Tom Smith, Providence singer/songwriter Joanne Lurgio, and Wakefield singer/songwriter Kirsten Manville. The concert will feature a solo set by each artist, followed by a round robin song swap. The show begins at 7:30 pm with an open mic, and admission is $10. The Armory Cafe is at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville. For more information call 617-718-2191 or visit artsatthearmory.org or www.facebook.com/SomervilleSongwriterSessions. Email SomervilleSongwriterSessions@gmail.com to reserve an open mic slot. Performer details below.

Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents contemporary folk singer/songwriters in concert, on the first Saturday of each month. Upcoming concerts include David Massengill, Rob Lytle and Terry Kitchen (12/2). The Armory Cafe features live music in an intimate setting, a menu featuring sandwiches, soups, desserts and coffees, and plenty of free parking. Our 11/4 performers:

Tom Smith’s songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever. In the words of noted singer/songwriter Barbara Kessler, “Tom Smith will make you laugh and cry (maybe even in the same song) – a very captivating songwriter and performer.” Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over thirty-five years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old. Tom’s monthly folk music blog, “The Kitchen Musician” can be viewed at TomSmithMusic.com.

Joanne Lurgio is a talented songwriter, gifted singer and wonderful guitar player whose music will prompt you to chase your dreams as she offers her tales about ordinary people who, like her, excel and inspire. Her music, honed and polished in the coffeehouses of New England, has an Americana feel with a distinct New England charm. She moves from country to bluegrass, folk and r&b to gospel, all with a bluesy undertone. Her hard-hitting voice fills the room with original songs that will awaken your soul with visions of life’s great moments. Writing songs of life, love and simply being during our ever changing lives; she makes the listener ask, “Is she talking about me?”

“Joanne’s songs are impeccable, concise and can be anticipated like the dessert you look forward to at the end of a big meal. Her vocals are consistently smooth as satin.”-John Apice, No Depression

More on Joanne at www.joannelurgio.com.

An accessible singer/songwriter with straightforward lyrics and a refreshing lack of pretense, Kirsten Manville creates music that is honest and heartfelt, whether she’s telling a story, delving into an emotion, or capturing a moment in time. With a relaxed stage presence and ready smile, Kirsten invites her audience to share her love of music and songwriting while her warm and sultry voice takes the listener through an emotional journey through love, loss, jealousy, anger, betrayal, excitement, and joy – universal feelings we all experience at one time or another. Her first solo album Come With Me was a Top 5 pick in the June 2014 issue of Metronome Magazine, and her songs have received radio airplay on stations in the U.S. and overseas, including WUMB, WICN, WGDR, and KZUM. Her song “A Simple Life” reached # 11 on The Globe Radio, an Adult Album Alternative format internet radio station, and her song Play My Guitar was in the Top 20 on Women of Substance Radio. In July 2013 she was a finalist in the songwriting competition at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival, and in February 2016 she was a finalist in the Maine Songwriters Whittlesey Barn Songwriting/Performance Contest. Kirsten has had the honor of opening for well-known folk artists Don White and Joe Jencks. She is currently at work on her second solo album, scheduled for release in the fall of 2017. More on Kirsten at www.kirstenmanville.com.


November 4, 2017
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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