Passim Monday Discovery Series
- Alt Folk
Feb 10th: EG Vines & Grace Givertz
Mar 9th: Moonfruits & Aurora D’Amico
Apr 13th: tba
May 11th: Mama’s Broke, Saffron A, & Sara Gougeon
The Discovery Series is a monthly event sponsored by Nine Athens Music to bring new artists into the Passim community. Through the Discovery Series, we provide a platform to connect new artists with a music-loving audience. These artists may be brand new to the club or may have performed at our campfire. festivals, but the Discovery Series features artists in a room filled with our dedicated members.
Having burst onto Nashville’s bustling Americana scene with his debut EP in 2018, E.G. Vines is preparing for the release of his first full-length album as a solo artist. Produced by Jordan Lehning (Kacey Musgraves, Robert Ellis, Rayland Baxter), Family Business is a deep dive into Vines’ broad-ranging roots rock sound paired with lyrics that relate themselves to the human condition. As its title suggests, at its core lies a focus on what makes us, as a collective society, family. With lead single “The Salesman” already in rotation at regional taste-maker Lightning 100, Vines is poised to break out on a national scale.
- Indie Folk
Out November 1st, Year of the Horse is Grace Givertz’s debut studio album. Two years after her first EP The Light, Grace has turned her wit to grit to create her most vulnerable release yet. Working closely with good friend Max Grazier (Grazier Audio), Grace has turned tragedy into a triumphant record. She writes openly about living with chronic illness and how it has affected every aspect of her life.
With a large voice packed into a tiny body, Grace Givertz is a multi-instrumentalist who uses her honest lyrics to bring a refreshing sound to folk. Born and raised in Jupiter, Florida, Grace has been writing songs and performing since she was eleven years old. Grace has performed at many Boston venues including Great Scott, Club Passim, ONCE Ballroom, The Red Room and The Burren, opening for favorites like Lucy Dacus, Neyla Pekarek (The Lumineers), and John Paul White (The Civil Wars), and Erin Rae.
Year of the Horse showcases Grace’s ability to turn lemons in to lemonade. “…The only real option is to smile at how much she packs into a tiny punch of a song,” Nina Corcoran writes in digboston.
Fronted by partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, Ottawa-based Moonfruits are makers of art-folk bilingue. In a forest of banjo, guitar, kalimba and glockenspiel, their voices burrow and soar. Here is a reverie, tender and powerful, beckoning listeners to elevate the stuff of everyday life.
Stingray Rising Star Award, SOCAN Award and Trille Or winners, Moonfruits have toured Canada coast to coast and are making their first forays into the US and EU, moving audiences with a live show that mixes French and English organically, playfully, intentionally. Their début full-length Ste-Quequepart (2017) \saint-kehk-pahr or Saint Somewhere\ is an elaborate small town fiction that explores the faces of gentrification, isolation and community.
What grows in the forest of Moonfruits’ imagination is a songcraft that is elastic and never fails to transport. Moonfruits have toured extensively as a duo and performed accompanied by double bass, drums, keys and chamber instruments. Whether as a larger ensemble or with naught but their log and lamp, changes of scenery inspire Moonfruits, for they are as at home in your living room as they are in a concert hall.
Aurora D’Amico is a singer, songwriter and musician born in Palermo, Italy in 1993. Thanks to a classical music background and a deep passion for Pop and Folk music, Aurora shapes her skills as a songwriter in her hometown attending the Berklee College Online. But it is after a life changing experience at the Bluebird Cafè in Nashville, that Aurora makes the decision to take her songs to the audience.
Quickly she becomes a notable artist in the local music scene, playing her songs on the acoustic guitar in numerous pubs and festivals. In 2015 she travels to England to record her first EP “Barefoot” in her friend’s home studio. The warm sounds and the pure songwriting soon capture the interest of Italian producer Fabio Rizzo, and in 2017 the two work together on her first LP “So Many Things“, published by the independent record label 800A Records.
Aurora’s performance is a spiritual experience, where all sorts of emotions are released like waves of love, anger, happiness, sorrow. This is the power of Aurora’s music, that perfectly combines sophisticated lyrics, memorable melodies and a unique voice that goes beyond the audience expectations every time.
Mama’s Broke is a powerful folk duo that deliver a compelling performance with heart and raw energy. Although highly influenced by their Canadian roots, Lisa and Amy are based out of nowhere and everywhere.
Their two strong voices blend to create haunting harmonies, while they artfully juggle fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin, and incorporate traditional dance and foot percussion into their performance. Their original – and often dark – compositions push the boundaries of tradition and the constraints of genre. Drawing from old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, Celtic, Balkan and doom metal, they create a soundscape that is both familiar and new.
Since forming the band in 2014, Mama’s Broke has been gaining momentum fast ; having already completed two European, and several Canadian and U.S. tours. They have performed in a wide range of venues, from circus shows in New Orleans, to pirate ships in Amsterdam, to concert halls in Ireland, to theatres in Brooklyn. In this way, they stay true to the transient nature of folklore, as they travel the world sharing and collecting song.
2017 brought the release of their debut album, Count the Wicked, which earned them a Canadian Folk Music Award for Ensemble of the Year as well as a nomination for an ECMA Rising Star Award.
Saffron A is a feminist musician based in Brantford, Ontario. She accompanies herself on tenor guitar and octave mandolin. Her music sits where emotion and intellect intersect, tackling themes of sexual violence, trauma, mental health and empowerment with sensitivity and strength. Justin Nordell of the Philadelphia Folksong Society describes her music as “painting deep, dark, verbal portraits with strokes of wit and authenticity that belie her years”. Saffron A embodies the raw honesty of Janis Ian, the phrasing of Courtney Barnett and the emotional range of Mitski.
- Indie Folk
Sara Gougeon writes contemporary folk songs with heart-wrenching lyrics that she gently tucks into sweet, folky melodies. Sara is a seamstress of words, quilting together songs that you find yourself wrapped up in. Using stories and personal experiences, she crafts songs that are honest and relatable. Sara is primarily a solo act: a vocalist who accompanies herself on acoustic guitar.
Sara’s accomplished writing led her to be selected as a finalist for the well-respected John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2018, an international contest established by Yoko Ono in 1997.
Sara originates from Sudbury, Ontario, and has moved several times over to pursue music. At 14 years old she packed her bags for Northern Michigan, where she spent her high school career studying songwriting at Interlochen Arts Academy. Following high school, Sara was accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where she continues her studies in songwriting, music business and music production & engineering.
In the last five years, Sara has written over 300 songs. Working hard for years on the challenge of writing a song a week, she finally exceeded her goal and wrote 82 songs in 2018. Sara expanded this challenge and wrote 100 songs in 2019.
“Home Again”, Sara’s debut EP was released on August 17th, 2018 and was followed by a 10 day tour of Ontario. Sara then released “Invisible Closet” a ‘gay anthem’ for the LGBT community, and a single about respecting personal boundaries on June, 12th, 2019 for pride month.
Sara is in the process of recording her EP “Thank the Pines” which will be released at Club Passim on May,11th, 2020. The “Thank the Pines” EP is a precursor to her upcoming album “The Long Road”.