Wednesday, March 26, 2008






March 22 through June 28, 2008

Since June, 2007, Notlob has presented nineteen parlor concerts at the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130. Built in 1760, the venue is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been an historic house museum since 1926. Its beautiful period decor and intimate size make it an ideal setting for acoustic music. When the Spring season concludes, no fewer than twenty seven concerts will have been presented in the first year!

Saturday, June 02

Sometymes Why (Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still, Kristin Andraessen of Uncle Earl and Ruthy Merenda of the Mammals)

Saturday, June 09

Mike & Ruthy Merenda (Mammals) w/ Torey Adler

Wednesday, June 20

Sharon Lewis (Pooka) & Rose Polenzani

Friday, July 20, 2007

Danielle Miraglia & Tom Bianchi w/ Brendan Hogan

Saturday, August 11

Dave Carter Tribute - Adam Sweeney, Eric McDonald, Beth DeSombre, Ryan FitzSimmons, Dana Price & Chris Thompson.

Saturday, August 18

Geoff Bartley w/ Eliza Blue

Friday, September 21

Brian Webb

Saturday, October 06

Dennis Brennan w/ Mary Lou Ferrante

Saturday, October 20

Teresa Storch & Lenore

Friday, November 02

The Rowan Brothers w/ Eric McDonald

Saturday, November 10

Kristin Cifelli w/ Carrie Cheron

Saturday, November 17

Mare Wakefield & Dan Gonzalez

Saturday, December 15

Jud Caswell & Pat Wictor

Saturday, December 22

Bob Franke

Saturday, January 19

Jon Shain w/ Robin O'Herin

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Jason Myles Goss & Elana Arian

Friday, February 29, 2008

Kristin Andreassen with Laura Cortese & Tristan Clarridge (and six unannounced world-class sting band guests)

Saturday, March 01

Ryan Fitzsimmons & Greg Klyma

Saturday, March 15

Lissa Schneckenburger Band (Matt Heaton on guitar, and Corey DiMario on double bass)

Excellent acoustic folk and roots continues in the Spring season with a lineup of the best local and national touring musicians.

Saturday, March 22, 2008 ~ THE TORNADO RIDER BAND (Rushad Eggleston & Gabriel Cazes) w/ THE ACCIDENT THAT LED ME TO THE WORLD

“His cello is so vivid, whether swaggering merrily, like a drunken bear, or pumping dark, threatening drones. . . . The importance of what Eggleston is doing can hardly be overstated. He is inventing a new way of hearing and playing cello.”
The Boston Globe

Saturday, April 5, 2008 ~ CHRIS MERENDA (The Mammals) & ADAM SWEENEY

“The Mammals are the finest young bluegrass/old-timey band in the country, the country-branch house band for the new weird America. They perform total energy, off-kilter folk that more resembles the twisted quirk of the Holy Modal Rounders than the clean jeans or alter-ninnies currently clawhammering banjos.” LA Weekly

"Adam Sweeney is a promsing young folksinger... he combines intricate acoustic guitar hooks with powerful lyric storytelling."
--Passim, January 2007

Saturday, April 19, 2008 ~ HUNGRYTOWN

"Hungrytown is American folk music at its zenith....retro yet shiny and new, like a freshly minted copper penny. If you’ve been craving folk music of substance, head off to Hungrytown."

Rachelle Nones - Feminist Review

Saturday, May 3, 2008 ~ TRIPPING LILY – CD release party

Equal parts sassy bluegrassers and moody urban songwriters, jazzy jammers and sighing torch singers, Tripping Lily is nearly a genre unto itself. The folk-pop quartet formed in Nashville, but calls Boston home now, and its sound appeals to neotrad and alt fans alike. Guitars, mandolins, and fiddles prance behind airy, quirky melodies that feel both rootsy and modern. The harmonies lull like lullabies, then jolt as if shot through jumper cables.

BOSTON GLOBE - Scott Alarik - Feb 1, 2007

Saturday, May 17, 2008 ~ ALASTAIR MOOCK

It seems no young musicians want to be labeled “folk” anymore. Everyone's passing through on their way to somewhere else — alt-rock, alt-pop, alt-country. Alastair Moock plays folk music. Old-school, powerful, intimate folk music. You may be surprised to hear what it sounds like.

Friday, June 20, 2008 ~ FLYNN w/ IAN BRITT

"One of Boston's best upcoming singer/songwriter, rockers"
Steve Morse, Boston Globe

“…Idiosyncrasy that sets him aside from more conventional song-writers.…his talent for arrangement, alongside the quirky touches that he throws into the mix give his songs a unique charm and edge over less musically inspired singer songwriters.”

Rob Chimes - Sandman. Issue 137

Saturday, June 28, 2008 ~ MIKE & RUTHY MERENDA with very special guest LYN HARDY

A concert to mark Notlob’s First Anniversary! Mike and Ruthy were to have been the very first artists to be presented, but got upstaged by Ruthy’s other band, Sometymes Why, who agreed to play a “pre-inaugural” concert the preceding week. They return with Ruth’s mother, Lyn, and new baby, William Penn (William will be with a nanny in the mansion’s kitchen green room).

"Ungar is the daughter of Jay Ungar and Lyn Hardy,...
"Ungar is the daughter of Jay Ungar and Lyn Hardy, two musicians who have kept American folk traditions stoked. Ungar spent her childhood amidst all manner of string instruments . . . She met songwriter Michael Merenda in the late 90's and, after hearing him perform an original tune, asked him to play it again, whereupon she promptly sang a part in perfect harmony. Thus began a professional and romantic relationship... Ungar is a sensational singer... Merenda is one of the best songwriters of his generation - literate, political, melodic, alternately angry and satirical and sensual."
- Michael Simmons, High Times

Guitarist, singer, and composer Lyn Hardy was born in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1947. She has been performing since the summer of 1965. She was a one-time member of 3/4 Ton Pickups,
who, with a name like that, was, of course, a country band. She wrote some of the music the band used. Other tunes belonged to traditional country greats like Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. Hardy's work, ranging from folk music to rock and blues, has also been influenced by a widely assorted genre of artists like George Jones, Frank Sinatra, Bonnie Raitt, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Jay Ungar, and Diana Ross. After 3/4 Ton Pickups ended, Hardy formed an all-girl eclectic band called the Rude Girls. The band recorded two albums, Rude Awakening and Mixed Messages, both under the Flying Fish Records label. The debut album won the group a Best Independent Label String Band Record award. One of the songs Hardy wrote for the band, "Ballad of Francine Hughes," was picked to appear on a folk song album in a collection being completed by the Smithsonian Institution. Hardy has released a number of folk tunes, working with her ex-husband, Jay Ungar, on the albums Songs, Ballads, and Fiddle Tunes and Catskill Mr. Goose Chase, both for Philo Records. They also combined talents for the albums A Place to Be and Putnam String Country Band. During her career, Hardy has appeared on many other albums, working with artists like David Bromberg, Russ Barenberg, Linda Ronstadt, Molly Mason, Bonnie Raitt, and Evan Stover. ~ Charlotte Dillon, All Music Guide

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Reservations: As seating is limited to 40, reservations are recommended. Email Reservations expire 15 minutes before concert time, when unclaimed seats will be released to walk-ins.

Venue & accessibility: Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, the large yellow house at the intersection of Centre and South Streets, across the street from the Civil War monument. Handicap accessible; please call 617-524-3158 for more information. Please do not call the venue for any other reason. Directions:

Parking: The Loring-Greenough House lot holds 12 cars, gates are closed when full. Parking is also available on the street and in the public lotS located behind Blanchard’s liquors, one block away and the Mellon bank, two blocks away.

MBTA: Take #39 bus from either Back Bay Station or Forest Hills Station to the Monument stop, directly in front of the Loring-Greenough House, at the intersections of Centre and South Streets.

Dining: There are several fine restaurants on Centre Street within 2-3 blocks, with on street parking and a large public parking lot behind Blanchard’s. At Centre Street Café - (669A Centre Street, 617-524-9217), show proof of your reservation and get 10% off. More information at

Coffee, tea, water and pastries are available for a donation.

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