May 10
Bill Staines

Singer and Songwriter

On stage, Staines is an intimate, compelling performer, out of the folk scene of the 60’s, encouraging his audience to sing with him on his chorus songs. He will mix in traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads. His humorous tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people provide an entertaining blend of story and song.

Bill Staines has twenty-six recordings to his credit and has written over three hundred songs, many of which have been recorded by the likes of Peter, Paul, and Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough, and Jerry Jeff Walker. His music is sung at campfires and music gatherings, in homes and churches, all around the country. Songs like “All God’s Critters,”  “The Roseville Fair,”  “Child of Mine,” and “River,” have become folk music classics. Composer David Amram once described Bill as “a modern day Stephen Foster. His music will be around a hundred years from now.”

"There is no better writer of instantly memorable singalong choruses in this genre of music!" - 
Boston Globe 

His gentle lilting voice, spacious melodies and common-chord lyrics give his songs a homespun grace that often belies his mastery of the folk form. He is such a pure pleasure too, people forget to notice how damn good at the job of singer-songwriter he really is." - New England Folk Almanac 

Tickets $15  
Reserved Seating

JUNE 14     $15 Reserved Seating


Wild Maple isn’t afraid to take on the complicated rhythms of Jethro Tull’s “Mother Goose,” but mainly play a nice assortment of old folk, Celtic, and some known and barely-known covers. The band displays their ability to wow us with an absolutely beautiful song called “Rough & Rocky.” “Falling” is from one of Gary’s old bands and Trish’s low melodies on the fiddle sound like a cello. She can also pluck out a bouncing melody, as in their freshened up version of the Beatles “I Will.” Gary seems to be somewhat encyclopedic when it comes to music and I lean that “Tequila Blues “ with it’s  mid-song  vocal conversation was written by Chip Taylor, who also wrote the ’60s classic “Wild Thing.” Trish lets loose a bit in “Cook Pot” before the friendly duo sends us on our way with Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound.” Add to your list of good talented people.  (T Max)

"The emotions are raw, the lyrics confessional, and the arrangements are rich, though never overdone. It's an ambitious work worth every bit of the time I spent with it: truly adult music in the best sense of the word. The country-pop template is gone, and in its stead are arrangements that remind me of Joni Mitchell at her most essential. Julie never gets lost in that great woman's shadow, though: she travels this territory simultaneously with the assurance of a professional and the delight of a child. It's a tremendously satisfying work."

Bob Franke

nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter 

SEPT 13 8 p.m.  reserved seating
Tickets: $15


Charlie was born in 1947, and was raised in Brockton, MA.  He cites as musical influences the folk music revival of the 1960’s, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War era.  Folk legend Peggy Seeger says, “If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I’d be less worried,” and Tom Paxton adds, “Luckily, we have him!”

October  18
Atwater & Donnelly
 with Kevin Doyle
$15 Reserved Seating
Award-winning, internationally acclaimed performers, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present captivating programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance.  Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous harmonies and play an astonishing array of instruments including guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, limberjacks, and other surprises including a thrilling interpretation of freestyle Appalachian clog dancing.  Married since 1989, Aubrey and Elwood have performed widely in the United States and abroad and their twelve recordings receive international airplay.  Joining Aubrey and Elwood is Kevin Doyle, a delightful, compelling performer of old style traditional Irish step dance and American tap dance as well as percussion and vocals. A lifelong dancer, Kevin was a U.S. Champion Irish step dancer in his early competitive years, and has been entertaining audiences ever since with his traditional style of "close to the ground" rhythms and intricate foot work.  Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence, Aubrey, Elwood, and Kevin explain song origins to give more relevance to the material.
November 15, 2014
     Southern Rail celebrates more than 30 years of their Bluegrass music performances on Saturday November 15, with their first ever appearance at the One World Coffee House in Essex.
       Their musical arsenal is formidable and their songwriting is absolutely fantastic. There is an exuberance in their performances that seems to emanate from their meticulous attention to composition and their sheer joy in picking. They will thrill you with their exquisite vocal harmonies and impeccable musicianship, and this show is a must see for all bluegrass fans.

$15   Reserved seating
December 6, 2014
Àine Minogue
As traditional Irish music and dance continue to enjoy phenomenal success both here and in Ireland, Áine Minogue is an artist who has long explored its themes and who captures its very essence. Her voice reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology and poetry with a voice undeniably her own and a diverse group of instruments that add to the traditional flavor of her work.

$15     Reserved seating.