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Unless noted below, doors open for all weekend shows @ 6:30PM & music begins @ 7:30PM

October | November | December | 2020

Online reservations for all concerts are performed by an email sent to Paul Barker.

If you click the link and find the email window does not appear, please send an email to Paul
and indicate the show that you are reserving tickets for and the quantity of tickets you would like to reserve.
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- November -
Wednesday, Nov 6th

A Special House Concert consisting of the winners of the KERRVILLE NEW FOLK SONGWRITING COMPETITION which is held during the Annual Kerrville Folk Festival
Min. suggested donation of $20

The Winners include:
Daniel Neihoff (Paducah KY) - danielneihoff.com
D. B. Reilly (New York City, NY) - dbrielly.com
Lisa Bastoni (Northampton, MA) - lisabastoni.com
Aaron Smith (Harrison, AR) - aaronsmithsongs.com
Liv Greene (Washington, DC) - facebook.com/livgreenemusic
Click on the above links to hear a sample of their music.

Unfortunately, Scott Mulvahill (Nashville, TN) will be unable
to participate due to previous commitments
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kerrvillefolkfestival.org

Out of a possible 800 entries, thirty-two writer-performers are invited to share their original songs. In addition to cash and merchandise prizes, each of the 32 finalists are awarded a scholarship to the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference held each September in Austin, TX.

From the thirty-two finalists, six of the New Folk Award Winners are selected and return to the Festival on the second Sunday to perform 20 minutes of their original songs. The six New Folk Winners receive a $250 Award from the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation plus up to $400 additional prize money. Established in 1972, these annual concerts are one of the high points of the Festival and for songwriters from across the world.

The artists performing for this house concert consist of five of the six winners of the KERRVILLE NEW FOLK SONGWRITING COMPETITION which is held during the Annual Kerrville Folk Festival from May 23 - June 9, 2019. Unfortunately, Scott Mulvahill (Nashville, TN) will be unable to participate in the tour due to previous commitments

If you would like to attend this show, please email at
"Paul 'at' BarkerHouseConcerts.com"
Please indicate the artist name & date, your name, phone number
and number of seats you would like to reserve.

 

Saturday, Nov 23rd

Jenny Reynolds and Barbara Nesbitt Song Swap
Min. suggested donation of $20

barbaranesbitt.com
Soundcloud link to latest release, Right as Rain:
soundcloud.com/barbaraclare/sets/right-as-rain/s-rZiD6

Youtube video of Barbara;s song, Why Can’t I
youtube.com/watch?v=B-x58DoDQVc

Barbara Nesbitt
Americana/Folk Singer-Songwriter out of Austin, TX, is gearing up to make her 5th album titled, Someday, Maybe Sooner. Her voice and songwriting have placed her in the top 5 Best Female Singer and in the top 3 Best Songwriter categories in the Austin Music Awards and her last release, Right As Rain, is in rotation on SiriusXM Radio. She co-founded the breakout band, The Whiskey Sisters, to much buzz and acclaim, has recently sung background vocals for Willie Nelson and Bob Weir and will be an Official Showcasing Artist at SXSW 2019. With a voice that is at once plaintive and strong, warm and clear, her songs take you on a journey reflective of her life which will make you laugh, cry, think and feel.

Jenny Reynolds
Jenny Reynolds lives her life following her mission statement of “Work hard, be nice, keep moving.” A native New Englander, she has worked with Boston based artists Duke Levine, Kevin Barry and Catie Curtis. Since moving to Austin in 2003, Reynolds has played the Old Settlers Music Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Cactus Cafe, and Threadgill’s World Headquarters, and has worked with Grammy Nominee Ruthie Foster, and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan. She was an Official Showcase Artist at SXSW 2008 and 2018, and was named “Best New Local Act” in the Austin Chronicle’s 2005 Critics Poll. Her music has been on major network television and independent film, including ABC’s “All My Children” and CBS’s “The District”. She is also the founder and producer of Austin's “Williams Nite: A Tribute to the Music of Hank and Lucinda Williams”, a “kinda annual” show that will happen for the ninth time in fall 2019. Proceeds benefit the SIMS Foundation. Working with Mark Hallman and Andre Moran at Congress House Studio, Reynolds's new recording “Any Kind of Angel” will be finished by the end of July 2019. It is her fourth release. Jaimee Harris (harmonies), BettySoo, (harmonies and accordion) Warren Hood (fiddle) Oliver Steck (cornet) and Scrappy Jud Newcomb (guitar) are on the recording. A fall release is planned.

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- December -

 

Tuesday, Dec 31st
Albert & Gage New Year’s Eve Concert

Min. suggested donation of $35
Doors open @ 7:00PM | Music begins @ 8:00PM


albertandgage.com

Please do not send your checks until you get a confirmation email
from me, letting you know that there still is space.
Checks then payable to “Albert & Gage", NOT to me.

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Check Out the Great Shows Scheduled for 2020!

- February 2020 -

 

Friday, Feb 14, 2020

Susan Werner
susanwerner.com
Min. suggested donation of $20

“One of the most innovative songwriters working today.”
— Chicago Tribune

“(Werner is) a songwriter and musician who is in such complete command of her gifts that it’s almost scary.”
— All Music Guide

“When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon.”
— No Depression

“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song.”
— The New Yorker

“Vulnerability has rarely been so witty or concise in modern song.”
— Boston Herald

“Always an impressive songwriter, Werner continues to compose sharp, funny, compassionate lyrics, a gift rare enough to set her apart…”

— The Washington Post

“The classically trained and jazz inspired singer is redefining the genre and winning admirers around the country…”
— Phildelphia Inquirer

“Kicking The Beehive is evidence that Susan Werner has no trouble reinventing herself year after year; and she’s damn good at it.”
— Performer Magazine

“Werner has quietly risen to the elite of American songwriters.”
— Direct Current

“This woman is great. period.”
— Music Row (Nashville)

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- March 2020 -

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
heatherpierson.com
Min. suggested donation of $20

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and poignant folk. She is best known for her virtuosity at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, and her songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, and a desire to share from the heart. In twenty years on her own record label, Vessel Recordings, she has released eleven CDs of original music, and a new full-length recording, Lines and Spaces, is currently in the works and planned for a late 2019 release.

Heather finally burst upon the national scene in 2015 with her acoustic trio, teaming up with two musicians that she met in the early days of 2010 when her life was starting over. The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio features Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on, as Heather often puts it from stage, "everything else" - guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, cornet. Davy Sturtevant is a sideman extraordinaire and an accomplished singer/songwriter of his own, wielding both an arsenal of stringed and brass instruments and a gorgeous tenor voice. With wit and flair, Davy performs in a way that moves listeners to tap their toes, nod their heads, and raise knowing eyebrows. Shawn Nadeau is a self-taught phenom who brings an unassuming rock-solid foundation and a keen awareness to every moment of every song, informed by over two decades of wildly varying musical performances, from punk rock to reggae to jazz. In their able hands, these three veteran musicians have catapulted Heather's live performances of her deep well of original music with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. The trio’s debut EP, Still She Will Fly, was released in May 2015, and its title track was the #2 single on the Folk radio charts for the year in 2015, and three other songs were also in the Top 100 singles on Folk radio in 2015. The trio’s full-length debut, Singin’, was released in June 2017, and debuted at #1 on the Folk radio charts.

Heather's twelfth CD release, Lines and Spaces, will be released on November 1, 2019, and it promises to be her most ambitious and most personal release to date. It will feature the familiar and impeccable sounds of the acoustic trio, joined by some incredible performances by Craig Bryan on drums, Mike Sakash on clarinet and tenor sax, George Wiese on trombone, as well as a full choir of Norway Community Sing friends on back-up vocals.

Throughout her colorful career, her eclectic skill set continues to propel her onto concert hall stages and into barrooms, coffeehouses, resort hotels, living rooms, and churches. Her nearly non-stop performance schedule (with over 200 shows a year) speaks of her tireless work ethic and endless devotion to her crafts. Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her life’s work, she says, is to share her love of music and her gratitude for life with others – one song, one heart, and one mind at a time.

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- 2020 -

 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Suzanne Buirgy
suzannebuirgy.com
Min. suggested donation of $20

Suzanne Buirgy

BORN in Southern California; Started WRITING songs at 12; An ORPHAN at 15 LIVING on her own in the Hollywood Hills; at 16 Joined The Young ACTORS' Company MUSICAL THEATER on Theater Row in Hollywood; The PIRATES OF PENZANCE NY Shakespeare Festival's 1st National Tour Lead SINGER for the all-girl band The Riveters; Evolved into a SOLO performing songwriter; Co-produced her first CD, A SMALL WORD; Got a DAY JOB in the MOVIES and numerous screen credits as a DPM in VFX; WON the KERRVILLE New Folk competition in 1999; Co-produced her second CD, THE VIEW FROM HERE; TOURED all over the country OPENED for Janis Ian, Dar Williams, and others; Started working for Dreamworks Animation in 2005; Felt COMPELLED to write a musical and so she has; What next? More to come...

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- October 2020 -
Friday, Oct 23, 2020

Steve Seskin
steveseskin.com/news
Min. suggested donation of $20

Steve Seskin is a successful songwriter who has written seven number one songs, including Grammy-nominated “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” recorded by Tim McGraw, and “Don’t Laugh at Me,” winner of NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year in 1999 as recorded by Mark Wills. His other #1 hits are “No Doubt About It” and “For a Change,” both recorded by Neal McCoy, “No Man’s Land” and “If You’ve Got Love,” both recorded by John Michael Montgomery, and “Daddy’s Money,” recorded by Ricochet.

Other chart toppers include “I Think About You,” recorded by Collin Raye, and “All I Need To Know,” recorded by Kenny Chesney. The video for Raye’s “I Think About You” single was named the Academy of Country Music’s Video of the Year in 1997, and the song and video were also given an award by the Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence.

In 2014, Steve was nominated to the NSAI Hall of Fame. Recent recordings of his songs include “Pictures,” by John Michael Montgomery, “We Shook Hands,” by Tebey, and “I’ll Always Be There For You,” by Brian McComas, “This Too Shall Pass,” by Sinclair and “Standing Still”, “Proof”, “Lift You Up” and “Electricity” by Seth Glier.

While Steve is best known for writing hits, he is also a successful performer and recording artist. His 20th album, Some Sunsets, released in 2014, is filled with inspiring, hopeful songs, and features Steve and the talented Julia Sinclair. “Don’t Laugh at Me” was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and became the impetus for the Operation Respect/Don’t Laugh at Me project, a curriculum designed to teach tolerance in schools. This program has already been implemented in more than 20,000 schools across the country. Steve now enjoys performing at school assemblies in support of this program. The song is now available as a children’s book, Don’t Laugh At Me, which was featured on PBS’s Reading Rainbow in September 2002.

Steve is also an active keynote speaker and songwriting teacher for the West Coast Songwriters Association, the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Swannanoa Gathering, and the Song School at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and several NETN events. He has also been the director of the Kerrville Songwriter’s School since 2012.

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