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.
April 20th 2019 Kathleen Guilday and 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 has adjudicated preliminary All-Ireland competitions at the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Regional Fleadhanna
Ceoil. Kathleen 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 served on the faculty of the Boston College Irish Studies program as an instructor of Irish fiddle from 1994 until 2007 and currently teaches at the Indian Hill Music School in Littleton, Massachusetts. Laurel performs and offers workshops throughout the United States and abroad and, with her mentor Séamus Connolly, published the book and CD set Forget Me Not: Fifty Memorable Traditional Irish Tunes. Laurel has released two solo recordings, The Groves and Larks & Thrushes.
Sarah Martin grew up in a house full of music. At a young age she began distracting her loved ones by humming to herself constantly, and she has never stopped. 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 singing, composing and playing guitar, and in 2010 she released an album of her own songs, In-Between Lullabies.
Laurel martin website
May 18th 2019 Big River Depot
Big River Depo is a band that was organized to perform the music of Johnny Cash but has branched out into other Folk, Folk Rock and Country and Western Genre in Johnny’s spirit. It features Robert Greer on electric guitar and vocals, Peter Greer on acoustic guitar banjo and vocals and Steve Tapper on bass. If you loved Johnny Cash you will love this band, who will play some his lesser known songs and also tell little known stories about the artist. Johnny Cash fans will love the bass line on this iconic Johnny Cash favorite Folsom prison blues or Home of the Blues.