Acoustic Cafe 2014-2015 Season

October 18Lui_banjo

Lui Collins

Folk singer/songwriter Lui Collins has been performing, writing and recording for over 40 years, earning international acclaim for her music.   Her music ranges from original and traditional folk songs to bossa nova in the original Brazilian Portuguese.   She’s made 16 recordings of her own and has sung and played guitar or banjo on others’ projects as well.  She’s shared the stage with such folk-world notables as Tom Rush, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Van Ronk, Stan Rogers, John Gorka, and Anais Mitchell, and has recorded with Johnny Cunningham, David Darling, and Rani Arbo, among others.

Lui has been hailed by the Boston Herald as a “folksinger for our times” and by the Boston Globe as “one of New England’s first and brightest stars.” She was voted third most popular performer at the Champlain Valley Festival in 1992, along with Pete Seeger and French Canadian band La Bottine Souriante.  Renowned guitarist Dave van Ronk called her “one of the best guitarist-arrangers I have heard in years.” And Canadian folk icon Stan Rogers quipped, “Lui sings my songs better than I do.”

Besides her concerts, Collins is involved in teaching and early elementary music curriculum development. In 2003 she founded “Lui Collins’ Upside-Up Music” for families with young children.


November 15Sylvan Roots

Sylvan Roots (with special guest Cheryl Sager)

Formed in 2008, Sylvan Roots plays a variety of music including familiar covers ranging from the likes of Alison Krauss, the Grateful Dead, John Denver, and many others. Mixed in are traditional American roots and folk music and original vocal and instrumental selections to add spice.  It is this eclectic repertoire that has established our name and slogan: Sylvan Roots… roots music and more.



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Neptune’s Car

Neptune’s Car (Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes) is a nationally touring, acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire who play original, Contemporary Folk music. The duo has become known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and exceptional guitar picking.




February 21

Hot Mustard

Hot Mustard may well be a bluegrass first – a quartet featuring two banjos and two married couples! When singer/banjo picker BillJubett teamed up with singer/guitarist April Hobart (now April Jubett), a truly classic-sounding duet was born. Add banjo picker/singer Bruce Stockwell, a 40-year bluegrass veteran and Merle Fest banjo contest winner, along with his wife, bassist Kelly Stockwell, and you’ve got some hot and spicy bluegrass chemistry!



March 21

Traditional Brew

Traditional Brew are a merry band of acoustic musicians playing a blend of of spirited tunes and songs drawn from a variety of traditional genres. From celtic to old timey, the blues , cajun and french canadian …all are fair game ! . Enjoy reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, waltzes , ballads and songs from here there and just about everywhere!




April 18

Off the Cuff

Off The Cuff has been delighting audiences across southern New Hampshire and surrounding areas for over a decade. Incorporating elements of jazz, swing, blues, bluegrass, rock, folk and world music styles, Off The Cuff infuses its own special blend of vocal and instrumental harmony into every song to reinvent it as something new and personal. Once this is done, the song is “Cuffed” – given that Off The Cuff touch.

Audiences love this music! Whether an original tune or an old standard, a pop tune or a nugget by some little known songwriter, the music touches a familiar chord in everyone, whether they grew up dancing to the big bands or to rock bands. It is music that each generation has managed to share; a part of the American musical soul. The music is upbeat, energetic and fun, and The Cuffers have a great time playing and interacting with the audience.

In October, 2008 Off The Cuff released its first CD, “Cuffed… At Last!” Recorded live at the Caleidh House in Westmoreland, NH, the CD contains 14 songs covering a broad range of styles that highlight the diversity and variety of an Off The Cuff performance.