Not Just Another Coffeehouse

Not Just Another Coffeehouse has offered a community venue for outstanding music: Celtic, Folk, Bluegrass, Jug Band, Classical Indian, Cabaret, Jazz, French Canadian, Irish, and more since 2012. Each month, on the third Saturday of the month the historic Unitarian Meetinghouse in Sharon, Massachusetts, comes alive with music. And in addition to the music, we serve delicious home-made desserts and free trade beverages.

You can pay at the door (there is always enough room) – $15 or whatever you can afford (no one is ever turned away). Children are free.

3rd Saturday of each month @ 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the church is handicapped accessible.

Upcoming Performances

May 19 2018 Kathleen Guilday, Laurel and Sarah Martin

An All-Ireland harp champion, Kathleen Guilday has appeared at Boston’s Symphony Hall with The Chieftains and entertained President and Mrs. Clinton and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the White House on St. Patrick’s Day 2000. Kathleen teaches at the Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann music school in Boston and can be heard on fiddler Séamus Connolly’s recordings Notes From My Mind and Here and There, on accordion player Joe Burke’s album The Tailor’s Choice, and on Laurel Martin’s CD The Groves. Both Laurel and Kathleen are member of the Childsplay fiddle ensemble and have recorded multiple CDs with the group.

Lyrical, warm and lilting, Laurel Martin’s fiddling is colored by the intricate ornamentation and rhythmic bowing characteristic of the old musicians of Clare, East Galway and Sligo that are her musical influences. Laurel studied the regional fiddle styles of Ireland with Master fiddler Séamus Connolly in the early 1990s under a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and subsequently assumed the role of master teacher when two of her students were awarded Traditional Arts Master Apprentice Grants by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Laurel teaches at the Indian Hill Music School in Littleton, Massachusetts and performs and offers workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Laurel and her mentor Séamus Connolly published the book and CD set Forget Me Not: Fifty Memorable Traditional Irish Tunes. Laurel has released a solo recording, The Groves, and also can be heard on Tony Cuffe’s CD Sae Will We Yet.

Sarah Martin grew up in a house full of music and has been singing since before she could walk. Her pure, soulful voice lends itself to traditional as well as newly composed songs. Trained as a classical violinist and violist, Sarah has gradually moved towards the traditional Irish fiddle music that her mother, Laurel Martin, plays, teaches and shares at home. Sarah also loves composing and playing guitar, and in 2010 she released an album of her own songs, In-Between Lullabies.
Laurel martin website