Passim Monday Discovery Series
- Alt Folk
Apr 13th: Teghan Devon
May 11th: Mama’s Broke, Saffron A, & Sara Gougeon
June 8th: Shawna Caspi & Fern Maddie
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.
- Indie Rock
Teghan Devon is a Boston based award-winning singer-songwriter. Her music is a cross-pollination of folk, indie rock, and pop. She has been praised for her “honest and clear vocals . . . an artist who doesn’t need to hide behind flare to make stellar music” (“Five Modern Singer-Songwriters To Help You Face The Day,” EarToTheGroundMusic). In December 2018, Teghan won multiple awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, including Young Artist winner and a Silver Award. Teghan was selected as a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2018 and 2017. In July of 2018 Teghan released her first full-length album “Fingers Crossed”. She will release her new EP “Little Lion”, on April 10th, 2020.
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”.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi performs solo but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. She believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Her performances capture audiences with grace and intimacy, whether the setting is a living room, a festival stage, or the bar car of a passenger train. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels, and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour. Shawna’s fourth album Forest Fire is a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love and gratitude. Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices, to tell the truth above all else.
fern maddie is a banjoist, singer- songwriter, and storyteller exploring the intersections of traditional music, sacred ecology, and ancestral story keeping. Living off-the-grid with the landscapes of Northern Vermont (N’Dakinna), immersed in the study of old folklore and ecological rhythms, fern is inspired to create songs, stories, interactive art pieces, and multimedia performances in honor of the land, the ancestors, and all those dedicated to the rebirthing of regenerative culture.
fern was raised in a family of artists, musicians, and makers, and mentored by her composer-pianist father, Mark. As a teenager, she fell in love with the folk music of Ireland and the British Isles. After playing fiddle for several years, fern picked up the banjo and has been in love ever since, diving deep into the Old-Time tradition as well as experimenting and writing her own songs. After her father’s untimely death, fern felt a deeper call to pursue music and continue living out his passion for songwriting and performance.
Blending this passion for music and folk culture with a deep love for the natural world and an interest in earth-based ceremony, fern crafts one-of-a-kind live experiences merging history, geography, folklore, ritual, ecology, and music.
fern feels it is important to give acknowledgement to the ancestors and lineage-keepers of the banjo: the West African peoples who brought the banjo to America and kept its music alive through the trials of enslavement, as well as their descendants. fern also acknowledges and gives gratitude to the indigenous people of the land she lives on – the Abenaki of the Dawnland.