Audience

Concerts and Events

2022-2023 Concert Season

If you have questions about events, send email to concerts@fssgb.org or call Lynn at (781) 227-7500.


Upcoming FSSGB Events:


Please read our (evolving) statement about our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. All upcoming events may potentially be cancelled or moved to an online (live-streaming) format, so please keep a close eye on the website and email for late-breaking details.

Please try to support your favorite artists, who will be losing much or all of their income for the forseeble future. Buy their CDs, support them on Patreon.com (if they have accounts there), attend livestreamed concerts and make online donations if a mechanism is in place to do so.


Windborne

Windborne

wheelchair-accessible
Saturday, September 17, 7pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
First Parish of Watertown
35 Church Street, Watertown
$20.00 general admission
All children 17 and under free
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
(See map and calculate directions on MapQuest)
For public transportation, check the MBTA web site.
This venue is handicap accessible

Windborne’s captivating show draws on the singers' deep roots in traditions of vocal harmony, while the absolute uniqueness of their artistic approach brings old songs into the present. Known for the innovation of their arrangements, their harmonies are bold and anything but predictable.

With a 20-year background studying polyphonic music around the world, Lauren Breunig, Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Lynn Rowan, and Will Rowan share a vibrant energy onstage with a blending of voices that can only come from decades of friendship alongside dedicated practice. The ensemble shifts effortlessly between drastically different styles of music, drawing their audience along on a journey that spans continents and centuries, illuminating and expanding on the profound power and variation of the human voice. The singers educate as they entertain, sharing stories about their songs and explaining the context and characteristics of the styles in which they sing.

BBC Traveling Folk describes Windborne as “subverting expectations and redefining the genre… just absolutely phenomenal!” Audiences and critics lavish praise upon the singers not only for their technical mastery, but for the passion, engagement, and connection with each other and the audience that imbues each performance with a rare power.

But there’s another, crucial dimension to Windborne that guides and roots their artistry. They are adherents to folk music’s longtime alliance with social activism, labor and civil rights, and other movements that champion the oppressed, the poor, and the disenfranchised. Their latest project, Of Hard Times & Harmony, explores themes of social consciousness, singing in four languages and showcasing the depth of emotion their voices can evoke, as well as moments of true hilarity and wit

The group is committed to bringing vocal traditions to a younger audience and over the past year has found surprisingly viral success on TikTok for such unlikely genres as Corsican polyphony or early 20th century labor anthems.

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Martha Burns

Martha Burns House Concert

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 7pm
Location TBA
General admission: $20
$5 for students
Reservations required: email HouseConcerts@fssgb.org for
reservations and directions.

Martha Burns sings old-time American folk songs the old-time way. Heart songs, cowboy songs, tragic ballads and comic ditties – songs from the mountains and songs from the range. Songs from the earliest period of recorded country music and songs never sung in a studio. Her haunting voice is perfectly suited to her old-time repertoire. An accomplished guitarist, Martha's accompaniments bring out the pith in a song. She has been singing and playing American folk music since Hoover was in the White House - well, almost - and has performed throughout North America and abroad.

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