Passim Monday Discovery Series
- Alt Folk
Mar 9th: Moonfruits & Aurora D’Amico
Apr 13th: Jared Janzen & Teghan Devon
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.
- Indie Folk
Fronted by partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, Ottawa-based Moonfruits are makers of art-folk bilingue. In a forest of guitar, banjo, kalimba and glockenspiel, their voices burrow and soar. Here is a raucous reverie, tender and powerful, beckoning listeners to elevate the stuff of everyday life.
The duo’s first full-length album, Ste-Quequepart (2017) is an elaborate small town fiction that explores the faces of gentrification, isolation and community.
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 (Palermo, IT). She studies Composition at the Music Conservatory and won a scholarship at the Berklee College Online.
After a life changing performance at the world-famous Bluebird Cafè in Nashville TN, Aurora finally decided to bring her songs to the audience. Quickly she became a notable artist in the local music scene, winning contests for Best Act and Best Original Song. In 2015 Aurora traveled to England to record her first EP & “Barefoot” in her friend’s home studio. The warm sounds and the pure voice soon captured the interest of Italian producer Fabio Rizzo, and the two worked together on her first LP “So Many Things”, published by 800A Records in February 2018.
The album received positive reviews from local newspapers and National press such as Italian marieclaire, and Aurora took part in many radio shows and TV shows, reaching a much wider audience. The power of Aurora’s music lies in the combination of sophisticated lyrics, memorable melodies and a unique and energetic voice. She has now become a Fender and G7th The Capo Company endorser, and has collaborated with the US Embassy House in Rome and Washington D.C.
Jared Janzen is a performer, teacher, songwriter, and studio musician from Fort Collins, Colorado. His main style emphasis is contemporary finger style guitar with singing, blending traditional genres such as folk, r&b, and rock into one.
Influences include Andy Mckee, Michael Hedges, James Taylor, Ray LaMontagne and much more. He plays in Blue Taboo, and also collaborates with several artists in the Fort Collins and Boston, MA areas. In spring of 2015, he released a solo EP titled “Truth”, and in spring of 2017, he released a single, “Magnets”. His latest single is “Crystal Stones”, released spring of 2019. Jared is currently working on a full length album. His band, Blue Taboo, also recently released their second album, “Oceans Rust/Morning Fog”. Jared has performed at many venues throughout his musical career, has been teaching private guitar and vocal lessons for 6 years, teaches workshops on fingerstyle guitar, and has 7 years of studio experience. Jared is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, and will be graduating this May, 2020.
- 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”.