Join WMFO all day on Saturday, October 26, 2019 for WMFO Live Music Day. The second Live Music Day will be bigger than ever, as we broadcast live acts from 8:00 AM to Midnight. Don’t miss it!
Here’s the line-up (subject to change):
8:00 – 9:00 – Songwriters’ Circle with Samantha Farrell, Corin Ashley, Frank Rowe
9:00 – 10:00 – Songwriters’ Circle with Vikki Porter, Gary Mondello, Jenee Halstead
10:00 – 10:40 – Sweet Wednesday
10:40 – 11:20 – Randy Black
11:20 – 12:00 – If We Go At All
12:00 – 12:40 – Larry Newman
12:40 – 1:20 – State of the Union
1:20 – 2:00 – Sarah Levecque
2:00 – 2:40 – Bird Mancini
2:40 – 3:20 – Carissa Johnson
3:20 – 4:00 – Adam Sherman
4:00 – 4:40 – Katie Dobbins
4:40 – 5:20 – Bad Marriage
5:20 – 6:00 – Cast Irons
6:00 – midnight – To Be Announced!
Samantha Farrell is a Boston-based singer-songwriter with a sonic style that seamlessly moves the needle across genre. Her music is imbued with poetic folk lyricism, jazz-infused vocals and a steady pop sensibility. Following up her critically acclaimed, self-produced release, September Sun, Farrell is re-emerging with a sophisticated electric soundscape cultivated with producer-collaborator, Will Dailey. Her latest single, “Butterfly in 503,” is described by Red Line Roots as “cool water for your parched soul,” and a full release will follow in early 2020.
In 2015, after a spell as the touring bass player for seminal chamber-pop band Cardinal, Corin Ashley set about recording the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2013 album New Lion Terraces. Things were going along just swimmingly at Q Division studios in Boston, with an inspiring collaboration with Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Breeders, Belly) called “Wind Up Boy,” and quick progress on a half dozen additional tunes. Corin took occasional breaks from work on the album, flying to Cardiff, Wales to play bass and sing on Martin Carr’s (ex- Boo Radleys) album The Breaks, playing guitar with Mary Wilson of The Supremes, and performing a few shows opening for a diverse set of artists (Fitz & The Tantrums, Frank Turner, Robyn Hitchcock and, on one storied summer evening, Foreigner and Styx). He ended 2015 by opening a sold-out hometown show for one of his lifelong musical heroes, Dave Davies of The Kinks, who had bounced back to recording and touring after a 2004 stroke.
In January of 2016, Corin himself suffered a stroke of the right parietal lobe that left him in the hospital for an extended stay, unable to move the fingers on his left hand and with a paralyzed vocal cord. A professional, working musician, Corin suddenly found himself contemplating a very dark future. As luck would have it, the neurologist on call at Beth Israel Hospital the night Corin was admitted was Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, a conservatory-trained organist who had made a 20-year study of the ways in which musicians recover from brain injuries. With Dr. Schalug’s guidance, Corin embarked on what would amount to more than nine months of physical therapy, speech therapy and vocal therapy, as he eventually re-learned to play guitar and sing, finally taking the stage again at the end of 2016. His new album Broken Biscuits stands as a flag, firmly planted to guide future explorers who someday may find themselves navigating this difficult terrain.
In 1978, singer and guitar player Frank Rowe formed Classic Ruins with ex-Real Kids guitarist Billy Borgioli. In 1986 the group released its nine-song album Lassie Eats Chickens, following that three years later with Ruins Cafe. After Borgioli left the band, Rowe kept the band active for many years.
Mainer and Berklee School of Music alum Vikki Porter plays both solo and with Gary Mondello.
Jenee Halstead’s evolution from folk singer to ethereal rocker mirrors her journey from the West Coast to the East. As a youngster in Spokane, Washington, Jenee followed the lead of hippie parents and explored music freely.
To build on her personal, almost-secret songwriting, Jenee moved to Boston, where the seeds for many of her influences were planted. While Berklee College of Music was part of the allure, the academic approach turned her off, and away.
As it turns out, all she needed was a few nights with the working musicians in Cambridge’s basement Bohemia, Lizard Lounge — and an introduction to Patty Griffin, with whom she startlingly shares a vocal quality and artistic bent. It took just over a year for Jenee to record and release a debut album, “The River Grace,” and, with it, claim an Emerging Artist award at the 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Her latest release, “Edge of the World,” adds to the indefinable soundscape in which her soft and supple voice floats so exquisitely that the Boston Herald felt it “like sorceress music, rings of smoke through the trees and the bells of Rhymney.”
The sailor and the dancer, the young girl stranded along Route 66 at dusk, the refugees who turn into ravens…Sweet Wednesday’s songs spin tales that allow the listener to peek into the human soul in its most intimate and magical moments.
From the moment singer/songwriters Dave Falk and Lisa Housman met, they knew there was a songwriting, performing chemistry at work. Since forming Sweet Wednesday in 2006, the duo has released four albums to critical acclaim, toured extensively as an acoustic duo and with their full band, and been featured on radio and television programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.
In addition to inspiring fans near and far, Sweet Wednesday has been the recipient of several songwriting awards, including First Place in the Great American Song Contest, First Place in the Dallas Songwriting Competition, and Runner-Up in the John Lennon Song Contest.
An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Dave brings his unique style to the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, and fiddle, with a songwriting style full of humor, poetry and insight, while Lisa sings of long-distance friendships, having a hard day working as a clerk in a bakery in New York City, lost love, and those crazy mermaids you might encounter after being out on the ocean for several days.
Randy Black is the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of the Cambridge, MA-based band, the Heathcroppers. They are an original three-piece band that offer a unique brand of rockish, electric, eclectic Americana. Their music is edgy, combining strong hooks, introspective lyrics and an upbeat feel that defies the usual model of a focus on guitar solos. Creating engaging rhythm and harmony, Randy Black’s songwriting constructs a lyrical tableau through which the storytelling unfolds.
Randy Black is a veteran of the Boston music scene and former winner of Boston’s annual Rock and Roll Rumble. The rhythm section of Heathcroppers includes 2 other fixtures of the Boston music scene, Larry Dersch on drums and Matt Gruenberg on bass.
If We Go At All is a post-Punk/Garage/Indie rock band playing shows in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They mix distorted Fender guitars with reverb-soaked vocals. Sometimes it’s loud and sometimes it’s soft. It’s always supposed to sound good.
Larry Newman was born in Boston and literally began his life on the road in the mid-1970s, doing some “roadie” work for several Boston bands. Over the years, he’s played with quite a few bands, including Gary Shane and The Detour, Infidels, Nikki And The Corvettes, Hummingbird Syndicate and The Ashcan Fools, just to name a few.
Johann Sebastian is the producer, singer and songwriter of State of the Union. The music is inspired by the electronic bands movement of the ’80s and ’90s. After being in different bands and not really getting anywhere with those projects, Sebastian started experimenting by himself and started producing his own songs using any equipment he could get his hands on. Early on his sound was heavily influenced by industrial bands and Spanish rock music.
In 2000, he finished the demo of what would become his debut album, Black City Lights. It got picked up by INFACTED-RECORDINGS, a record label in Germany and then in the states with WTII_RECORDS a record label out of Chicago, IL. Releases Black City Lights, Timerunner, Inpendum, BCL V2.004, Evol Love Industry, My Time Away, Mindless and INDUPOP followed.
Sarah Levecque is a songwriter/guitarist who moves easily between the sturdy roots of American music. Influenced in equal parts by early blues, country, folk, and rock music. The 2008 release Crooked With Me is an amalgam of these blues and country styles.
The 2014 CD release, Beautiful Defeat, has the same Americana Roots-based sound as her first release, but is lyrically more complex . These perspectives are from darker places. These songs demand more of the listener’s attention.
Sarah has opened for Eilen Jewell, Tommy Malone of the Subdudes and Carolyn Wonderland. She continues to write and evolve as a musician.
Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini, better known as Bird Mancini, Boston’s acclaimed accordion/guitar rock duo/band features eclectic and at times a bit psychedelic rock with lush vocal arrangements, blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica, and a variety of percussion, bells and whistles. If the occasion warrants, the duo also performs as a full band, adding Joel White on bass and Joe Jaworski on drums to the mix. In recent years, they’ve toured the West Coast and performed for the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Boston, New York City and in Liverpool UK at The Cavern Club. The band was nominated for a 2017 and 2018 New England Music Award in the “Best in State – Massachusetts” category.
Along with critical acclaim and an ASCAP/Boston Music Award nomination, Bird Mancini were twice named among the Top 10 Year’s Best by New England’s Metronome Magazine. They’ve opened for Leon Russell, David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Jonathan Edwards, James Montgomery, The Stompers, The Outlaws, Mighty Sam McClain and the Pousette-Dart Band.
With a debut album “For Now” winning Album of the Year in the Limelight Music Awards, Johnson continues to push ahead, writing enthusiastically honest songs. With influences evident in her music, her and her band’s sound pays tribute to ’70s punk and new wave, yet remains authentically their own. Johnson is known for her straight-forward lyrics, driving, four on the floor melodies, and her band, the Cure-Alls, inimitable live energy. The band’s “heartening anthemic rock” has proven to stand out among their contemporaries. In April of 2017, Johnson and the band won Boston’s legendary annual Rock and Roll Rumble and in December took home the New Act of the Year award at Boston’s 30th Annual Music Awards at the House of Blues. Determined to share her music with the world, Carissa Johnson continues to tour and play shows throughout the U.S. and now Europe, with or without the Cure-Alls, currently in promotion of their latest full-length release, “Talk Talk Talk.”
Vocalist, performer, songwriter Adam Sherman was the voice of A&M recording artists Private Lightning and lead singer of The Souls. He has been nominated for six Boston Music Awards. Songbird and River of Dreams are Adam’s critically acclaimed full-length solo releases. He is currently working on his next album with renowned producer Dave Brophy.
With moving lyrics and mesmerizing melodies, folk-pop artist Katie Dobbins captivates audiences and opens hearts. Whether performing solo or with a band, in front of twenty or one-hundred people, Dobbins brings energy and a personal touch to every show. A storyteller at heart, her catchy words and sense of humor will have you nodding and singing along in no time. Since the release of her debut album, She Is Free, Dobbins has been featured by several renown New England press outlets and radio stations. In August 2018, she was awarded “Best in NH” at The New England Music Awards. She was also nominated for Album of the Year (She Is Free) and Music Video of the Year (Post It Notes).
Boston’s Bad Marriage comes out of the gate swinging their hard rock hammer with both fists, laying down their blistering boogie with heavily swung rhythms. Their repertoire digs deep with influences including AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith. Indulging their collective thirst for tone and over-driven guitars, Bad Marriage pack their material with British blues-infused hard rock riffs and gutsy, soaring melodies. Together with frontman and resident wordsmith Jonny P and his over-the-top, self aggrandizing lyrics, they’ve crafted a collection of egotistical hip-shakers including “Knock 3 More Times,” “Miss Outrageous” and “Electric Emerald Eyes.”
The Cast Irons are a Boston area band who write melodic, compelling & dynamic indie rock tunes forged by diverse influences from Americana to Manchester.
With Eric Downing (guitars., keys, vocals), Brian Fernald (guitars/vocals), Robert French (bass), and Corey Prince (drums), The Cast Irons were commitment to write fresh, grounded, yet intense music that reflected their creative chemistry, artistic strengths, and was steeped in their personal experiences across multiple Boston bands.
Originally formed at a songwriting workshop in 2012, the band solidified its creative epicenter in 2017 and embarked on recording their first collection of songs that resulted in the CD – “The Broken Hearts Club.”
This is their second performance as part of WMFO’s Live Music Day.