Friday, February 29, 2008




Saturday, March 1, 2008

$12.50 suggested donation at the door + $1 preservation fee, $2.50 discount for members of the JP Tuesday Club and all who make make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. Cash at the door. Doors 7:30pm, concert 8:00pm.

Due to the parlor’s intimate size, reservations to notlobmusic @ gmail dot com are recommended.

Notlob Parlor Concerts presents the best local and touring roots, Americana, newgrass, traditional and contemporary folk and blues artists at the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130. Built in 1760, the venue listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been a historic house museum since 1926. Its beautiful period decor and intimate size make it an ideal setting for acoustic music. Past artists include Bob Franke, The Rowan Brothers, Geoff Bartley, Christine Thompson, Dennis Brennan, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), Kristin Andraessen (Uncle Earl), Mike and Ruthy Ungar Merenda (the Mammals), Pat Wictor, Jud Caswell, Sharon Lewis, Brian Webb and many others. Visit the series’ website at


Rust Belt Vagabond Greg Klyma is a character - a folk troubadour with a rock 'n' roll heart. He's played that character into his well-worn dreadnought acoustic guitar and A-frame mandolin.

Greg has shared the stage with everyone from Todd Snider and Ramblin' Jack Elliott to Jimmy LaFave, Lucy Kaplansky & the Asylum Street Spankers at venues including The Ark, The Beachland Ballroom, The Cactus Cafe and Club Passim.


"As one of the new breed of young New England singer/songwriters, Ryan Fitzsimmons is the real deal. I happened to catch him as an opening act one night and was knocked out by his singing, songwriting, guitar playing, and poise. He has the chops and smarts to go somewhere and I look forward to catching him again soon when someone else is opening for HIM!"
Barnes Newberry, host of Highway 61 Revisited, Folk Radio WUMB Boston MA

While still a relative newcomer to Providence, RI, Ryan Fitzsimmons was nominated for Best Folk Act in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll for 2004. Ryan is simply the kind of musician who impresses immediately. He would go on to win the 2007 "Best Male Vocalist" award in the same poll, while gaining many other accolades along the way.

Originally from Syracuse New York, Ryan first gained attention at age 14 playing lead guitar in an alternative rock band called Anodyne which was nominated for a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY). But after performing in a number of electric bands, Ryan decided to give up the amplifiers to see what he could do with just wood and steel and voice. What he discovered in performing solo with an acoustic guitar was an intimacy and nuance he found instantly inspiring. Bringing to the fold his years of electric guitar playing and using innovative alternate tunings, Ryan Fitzsimmons' acoustic world runs the emotional gambit. The lyrics of Ryan's songs range from gentle, poetic details to the in-your-face realism of a bar fight, and his guitar ranges just as far, from starry night to thunderclap.

Over the last few years, Ryan has quietly been establishing a reputation as one of the most original and promising young songwriters on the scene today. Playing shows from Montana to New England (including venues such as Club Passim, Johnny D's, and the Paradise Lounge in Boston, The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA, and Stone Soup in Pawtucket, RI) Ryan has been engaging audiences with his distinctive songwriting and dynamic performances. Along the way, Ryan has shared the stage with performers Ben Folds, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Greg Brown, and Richie Havens.

Ryan's first CD, Open All Night, is the long-awaited companion to his live show. The album is a statement of Ryan's history, and in it Ryan takes all the diners, gas stations, smoky bars, and side streets that he's come across and extracts the human element, drawing the listener in with the questions and emotions that these places resonate. The album also features collaborations with many of Ryan's friends, including a subtle give-and-take with Peter Mulvey on the song "Write it Down". Delivered with Ryan's inspired guitar playing and dynamic presentation, Open All Night (voted Best Local CD of 2005 in the RI Motif reader's poll) proves what has been exciting audiences at Ryan's live performances for years.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Kristin Andreassen with Laura Cortese & Tristan Clarridge

Kristin Andreassen

(Uncle Earl, Sometymes Why),

Laura Cortese (Halali) &

Tristan Clarridge (Crooked Still)

February 29, 2008


A Portland, Oregon native, Kristin’s journey from high school to her current abode in Boston has twisted across a decade and a continent. She has been an Amtrak sleeping car porter, a student of history (McGill University), a journalist, an economic development project officer on Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia), and she even spent two winters in the Canadian arctic (Arviat) as an Internet tech for a group of Inuit youth and elders making a local history web site.

Somewhere between Cape Breton Island and Hudson Bay, Kristin fell in love with folk music. Both places have strong square dance traditions and she found herself neglecting her day job for late-night dances and kitchen stepdance lessons. This eventually led her to West Virginia to study clogging. From there she "turned pro" and began touring with Maryland’s Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble.

Kristin threw herself into learning how to dance – Karate Kid style. She moved to an old farmhouse which past and present artist residents had named “The Ranch.” There she literally woodshedded on a dozen Footworks dance routines. She cleaned up a broken-down tour bus in the yard and made it her bedroom. And that winter she wrote her first song (“Like the Snow”), set to the accompaniment of a lone snow shovel.

Kristin joined Uncle Earl in December of 2003, and quickly became the "utility g'Earl" in the band -- playing guitar, second fiddle, and harmonica as well as singing and clogging. Kristin is a songwriter with a new album of her own (Kiss Me Hello, produced by Nickel Creek bassist Mark Schatz). Her songs are also featured in her band Sometymes Why, a vibey vocal trio she started with Ruth Ungar and Aoife O'Donovan. She now lives in Boston.


"LAURA CORTESE is an exciting young fiddler-singer. Her music is a captivating, frisky mix of traditional grace and modern sophistication."
- Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

Singer, songwriter and fiddler, Laura Cortese lights up the stage with a radiating smile, dazzling musicianship and uninhibited delight. She deftly strums, plucks and chops her fiddle behind her raw and rootsy voice. Forgoing the guitar and bass of the traditional rock band, Cortese tours nationally with indie rock/folk drummer Neil Cleary (Annie Hayden, The Essex Green, Erin McKeown). On her latest release, even the lost creek (February 2006), she couples the groove and polish of urban music.

Cortese's Irish American grandmother first handed her a fiddle at the age of 4. Eight years later, she discovered folk music in what seems like an unlikely place, the bustling metropolis of her hometown San Francisco. "I found an exceptional community of singers, musicians and dancers at the Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp," she says. "People from age 2 to 80 that just love making music together. It's strange to say, but I think that was the year I decided that music was IT."

In 1999, Cortese moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Over the next few years she played in several bands including fiddle trio Halali formed with two childhood friends. "I had never really sung solo on stage before Halali. I realized songs are an amazing way to connect to an audience." In an apartment across the street from Berklee College, Cortese set out to record her debut album Hush in 2002 (re-released on Jar productions 2004). Hush showcases 12 tracks of pop-inspired arrangement that captures the raw sincerity of traditional Celtic music.

After college, Cortese traveled from coast to coast, from Nashville to Montreal, performing and partying with musicians at the forefront of the burgeoning folk scene. In June 2004, at one such late night party, Cortese found a rare chemistry with Zack Hickman (producer of even the lost creek) and Jesse Harper (guitar and harmony vocals). Cortese remembers, "We sat around singing songs after a show at Boston's Club Passim. We sang everything from jazz standard 'Summer Time' to Otis Redding's 'Sittin on the Dock of the Bay'. The three of us huddled as close as we could." That night hinted at the sound they would generate when Cortese's exquisite vocals met laid back swing, traditionally influenced folk song writing and a kicking rhythm section.

For even the lost creek, Cortese and her band set aside a week to rehearse and record together, cooking, eating and sleeping at the Signature Sounds studios in Pomfret, CT. "Zack and I wanted to capture the synergy that people develop when they live and work together. After recording for five 13 hour days straight, we recorded the final album cut, 'Night Train to Chelsea' in one take. Riding on that high, Zack, Jesse, Mark Thayer (engineer for even the lost creek) and I stayed up playing and singing until the sun came up."


A talented multi-instrumentalist, Tristan is the youngest person ever to win the Grand National Fiddle Championships, successfully achieving that title for three years consecutively. Beyond his extensive contest achievements, he is a brilliant acoustic-eclectic musician, spanning many genres of music and instruments with an individual style that is clearly unique and beautifully expressive. Mark O'Connor writes "It would be very difficult to detect Tristan's youth because of his mature phrasing and old time flair. He has a lot going on in that musical mind of his and will step out in life to make wonderful contributions through his music".

An inventive cellist, Tristan is one of the few in the country to adapt rhythmic Celtic and Bluegrass playing to the cello, and has worked closely with Natalie Haas and Rushad Eggleston. Tristan currently tours with Darol Anger's republic of strings, his sister Tashina, and the Bill Evans String Summit. He has toured with Cape Breton Fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster, instructed at Mark O'Connor's String conference in San Diego for the past 4 years, and at Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School.

Tristan joined Crooked still in late 2007.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Jason Myles Goss & Elana Arian



Saturday, February 16, 2008

$12.50 suggested donation at the door + $1 preservation fee, $2.50 discount for members of the JP Tuesday Club, seniors, students and the general public making a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. Cash donation at the door.

Doors 7:30pm. Concert 8:00pm.

Due to the parlor’s intimate size, reservations to notlobmusic @ gmail dot com are recommended.

Notlob Parlor Concerts presents the best local and touring roots, Americana, newgrass, traditional and contemporary folk and blues artists at the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130. Built in 1760, the venue listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been a historic house museum since 1926. Its beautiful period decor and intimate size make it an ideal setting for acoustic music. Past artists include Bob Franke, The Rowan Brothers, Geoff Bartley, Christine Thompson, Dennis Brennan, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), Kristin Andraessen (Uncle Earl), Mike and Ruthy Ungar Merenda (the Mammals), Pat Wictor, Jud Caswell, Sharon Lewis, Brian Webb and many others. Visit the series’ website at

Jason Myles Goss:

"...And before we hit the stage he looked at me and said, "So, there are two ways to perform; there's the wrong way and then there's the way where you play like someone's trying to take it away from you."

Jason Myles Goss sings his songs like someone is trying to take them away from him, and nowhere is this more apparent than in his stunning second album, Another Ghost. Moving between love ballads, dashboard elegies, and wild-eyed pub waltzes, his writing evokes the grace and economy of David Gray and his voice reverberates with the earnest intensity of Ray Lamontagne, moving tastefully between the plaintive and the bold, the sweet and the soulful, the ragged testimonial and the bittersweet lullaby. Plain and simply— Jason is a stand-out. In a sea of guitar strumming twenty-somethings singing about lost girlfriends and late nights, Jason’s songs resonate at a much deeper level, with lyrics more acutely poetic and stories that pull at something underneath the surface.

“For me, a great song always finds a creative way to point to something beyond itself, something subtle that often exists between the lines, but that continues to pull at you long after the song is over.”

Recorded in an old one-room barn in Grafton, MA, Another Ghost is a collection of songs fashioned together from the remnants of small-town anywhere. Born and raised in quiet Massachusetts mill town this is a world that Jason knows all too well, one full of streetlights, wishing wells, backyard brawlers, and busted-up roads. Influenced by early morning highway drives and AM radio stations, this album deals with holding on to those things that are most important, memories that we relive time and time again, which revisit us like ghosts.

“I wanted the album to sound nostalgic and also to touch on the uncertainty of the future. The first words of the entire album, in Twilight Serenade, are ‘So here’s to you…’ with the idea of giving a toast to all those things that have faded away; the next track, Too Young To Lose, is about making a promise to do what you love despite where ever that may lead, and trying to have faith in yourself.”

With the help of friends Zack Hickman (Josh Ritter, Tarbox Ramblers, Jake Armerding) on upright bass, accordion, lap steel, and harmonica; Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Erin Mckeown) on piano and Hammond organ; and Jack Shanahan (Jack & Present Co.) on drums, Another Ghost was self -released in April, 2005 to a sold-out crowd at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. The album received critical acclaim and earned Jason spots at legendary music clubs up and down the East coast such as Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), the Tin Angel (Philadelphia), the Living Room (NYC), the Stone Church (Newmarket, NH) and Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ). Jason has opened for Lori Mckenna, Ellis Paul, Peter Mulvey, Martha Wainwright, Vance Gilbert, and Jess Klein. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

".....good, genuine, grassroots music"
- Rebel Spirit Music ( -

"This one-man-show reminded everyone packed into the small venue what live acoustic performances are all about and why the up-and-coming deserve to be heard. "
- Kristie Langone, Dissolver Magazine -

" . . .a stellar act . . ."
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" . . .Goss is a thinking person's songwriter. He puts out these thoughts in a voice that's fragile one moment and like a wounded bird falling from the sky the next. . ."
- Valley Advocate (Western, MA) -

" A diamond in the rough. . . his talent and appeal are undeniable. If you aren’t convinced of this yet, just wait until you catch him live or one of his fans catches up with you."
- Pat Keating, Insite Magazine (Boston, MA) -

" . . .a voice raw as whiskey and soothing as honey . . ."
- Metrowest Daily News, Boston MA -

" . . .Goss sings, with silky voice, gentle pining songs of love and loss. A direct expression of the music grown from 80s and 90s songwriter roots, this is the contemporary singer/songwriter reemerged. . ."
- Club Passim, Cambridge, MA -

"Jason is a strong guitar player, he has a great voice and great songs."
- Ellis Paul (Rounder Records recording artist) -

" . . .truth be told, the music is disarmingly sweet. . ."
- Bentley Vanguard (campus paper) -

" . . .Goss’ musical performance was enticing; his combination of storytelling and singing lured in listeners and brought them to his own level, as if they were living the songs themselves. . ."
- The Ithacan, Ithaca NY -

"One of the Brightest on the Folk Circuit Today "
- The Stone Church, Newmarket NH -

"Goss' songs are vocally and lyrically driven. He has the uncanny ability to take a cliché and spin it into original poetry"
- The Oberlin Review, Oberlin, OH -

Elana Arian:

Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Elana Arian has done it again. After three years of extensive touring to promote her debut release Foreword, Elana returned to the studio...with a vengeance. She brought with her an impressive cast of musical collaborators: producer Tim Bright (Lisa Loeb, Toshi Reagon), drummer Dan Rieser (Norah Jones), keyboardist John Deley (Dido, the Weepies), and bassist Joe Quigley (Lisa Loeb). The result is How to Stand in the Rain - a stunning new chapter in her burgeoning career as a performing and recording artist.

Elana was raised on equal parts Mozart, Mingus, and Mitchell - influences that guided her to study conducting and violin, jazz guitar, and songwriting in college. On How to Stand in the Rain Elana seamlessly blends the discipline of classical, the freedom of jazz, and the candor of folk music into her own unique style as a singer/songwriter.

A 2007 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a 2007 Great Waters Folk Festival Finalist, and a 2007 Regional Finalist for the Mountain Stage New Song Competition, Elana is making waves on the national level. She continues to pack houses at legendary music clubs up and down the East Coast, including the Living Room (NYC), the Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), the World Café Live (Philadelphia), the Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), and the Iron Horse (Northampton, MA). Elana has opened for Catie Curtis, Erin McKeown, Girlyman, David Wilcox, and she tours regularly with Edie Carey.

Website & artist information:,

Venue & directions: 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.

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 lot located behind Blanchard’s liquors, one block 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.

Volunteers: This is a 100% volunteer-run effort. All interested in participating can read the volunteer policy at

Future concerts:






$ adv

$ door




Ryan Fitzsimmons

& Greg Klyma

(Contemporary Folk/Rock)






Lissa Schneckenburger Band