The Folk Collective: Fresh Music To the Spotlight

featuring Anju & Gabriella Simpkins

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Doors 7PM | Show 8PM

The Folk Collective: Fresh Music To the Spotlight

  • The Folk Collective

The creative process, including songwriting and record production, can sometimes be lonely and isolating. Through community and collaboration, artists and musicians can reconnect to a wellspring of aspirations and inspiration.

Folk Collective luminaries Anju and Gabriella Simpkins joined forces in the fall of 2022 to support each other in releasing new music. Booking a Passim album release event together was one way to hold each other accountable for moving their projects forward.

We’re thrilled to announce that Anju and Gabriella will perform songs from their upcoming albums and share their unique journeys as New England-based folk artists working on original full-length projects.

This concert will inspire aspiring artists, creatives, and music fans who are looking forward to hearing new music on the Passim stage.

Let us gather, pack the house, and celebrate Anju and Gabriella releasing their music to the world and sharing it with us first!

“What I’m most excited about with The Folk Collective is building collaborative community, growing relationships, and deepening into the Folk music scene in Boston and New England” – Anju

We Are Passim!  To learn more about The Folk Collective, visit passim.org/folkcollective.

Patrons and staff must wear masks at Passim unless actively eating or drinking. Artists may remove masks when performing and will maintain a 6-ft distance from the audience.


  • Singer/Songwriter

Anju: Anju is a singer, songwriter, producer, and performer shaped by the people and places in Minnesota and Massachusetts. Their music conjures imaginary lovers, scents of citrus, and visions of hairy brown skin under the sun. Anju was highlighted by NPR’s All Songs Considered as an outstanding Tiny Desk Contest entrant. They are currently teaching piano, violin, and guitar to young musicians and working on their debut full-length album.

The Folk Collective: Fresh Music To the Spotlight Visit Artist's Website

Gabriella Simpkins

  • Indie Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Gabriella Simpkins is an award-winning singer-songwriter, composer, and musician hailing from Cape Cod, MA. Informed by her experiences across genres and performance settings, her music exists at the intersections of folk, classical, jazz, and indie rock. While simultaneously independently managing her career, Simpkins currently attends Salem State University in the BA Music program and focuses specifically on classical composition. She regularly performs her singer-songwriter material in and around Boston and hopes to establish herself as a freelance composer in the coming years.

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