Claudia Schmidt, Jim Infantino, Geoff Bartley & Cosy Sheridan

September 28, 2017 8PM
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$20 / 18

Claudia Schmidt

If it were the intention of the creator or creators of this universe to perfectly blend together the night sky with moon and stars, it might have been their intention as well to deliver Claudia Schmidt as their messenger of reminder.
To say that Schmidt is simply a performer with a talent to entertain would be a miscarriage of understatement. Schmidt takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.
From lying on sandy beaches under an endless barrage of northern lights, to the expected anguish and frustration of spinning tires on cars stuck deep in snow, from the age-old struggle of change between adolescence and adulthood to the observation of sheer idiocy, she leaves it to the imagination of her audience to conjure their own images of her storytelling and song. No interpretation of a Claudia Schmidt song or story is wrong-she invites audiences to tie their associations to her style.

Schmidt weaves her way through her concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present, bring people to expect a relationship between themselves and memories driven deep with the passage of time. The concert is an endless display of self-realization through humor and longing, leaving audience members yearning to become an integral part of her world.

Having performed on stages across the country, Schmidt has developed the ability to remain fresh. She enjoys her talent to entertain as much as the audience enjoys being entertained.


Jim Infantino


Geoff Bartley

I play guitar, sing and write songs.  The Pandora Geoff Bartley station says that artists similar to me include Greg Brown, Bruce Cockburn, Ellis Paul, Eric Bibb, John Gorka and Steve Goodman.  Songs I have written have been recorded by other artists in New England, Nashville and Ireland.  My primary influences are early Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk and Lightnin’ Hopkins.  My 2009 CD “Put the Big Stone Down” went to No. 1 on the international FolkDJ Radio chart in January 2011.  My 2012 CD “Mercy for the Dispossessed” went to No. 1 on that chart in July 2012.  Promotion of both CDs was handled by Kari Estrin Management & Consulting in Nashville.  In the 1980's, I won four guitars at the National Fingerpicking Championships hosted by the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.  In addition to shows I do alone and with other musicians in varying formats, I play guitar and sing harmony for noted folksinger and songwriter, Tom Paxton (1937 - ?), who, like me, is a product of The Great Folk Scare of the 1960s.  In 1962, Tom had Bob Dylan for a roommate for a few weeks.  Venues Tom and I have played together include the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the Bottom Line in Manhattan and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Tom and I co-wrote the title song of Tom’s most recent CD, “Redemption Road”. The progressive bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters recorded my song “A Letter from Prison” on their 2007 debut CD "Fork in the Road" on Sugar Hill Records.  In July 2015, my song “Sunny Side of Town” won First Prize in the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Contest in Hebron, CT. The progressive bluegrass band Mile Twelve subsequently recorded that song on their debut CD.  I play guitar and sing lead in a bluegrass band called The Wabash Cannibals.  Noted folk music writer and historian Scott Alarik's 2011 novel "Revival" is based on my career.  Songs and instrumentals I’ve written are used on Animal Planet, The National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Science Channel and other cables stations around the world, in advertising and in private and commercial films.  I present acoustic music every Monday and Tuesday night at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA, since 1991.  Both nights have been voted Best of Boston repeatedly.  The folk press has called me the prophet and spiritual godfather of the Boston folk scene.  I take this with a grain of salt.


Cosy Sheridan

Songwriter and guitarist Cosy Sheridan has been called one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters.  Her CD,Pretty Bird, was listed in Sing Out Magazine’s Great CDs of 2014. Her concerts are full of energy and emotionality, and her songs are carefully crafted. 

She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival songwriting contests. The Boston Globe wrote “She is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters.”

She has been on the road ever since, playing clubs, concert halls and coffeehouses across the country.  “You can't make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you're doing, and do it well,” wrote The Chicago Examiner.

Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, she plays a percussive bluesy guitar style  - often in open tunings and occasionally with 2 or more capos on the guitar neck . Her concerts are a wide-ranging exploration of love songs for adults, practical philosophy and break-out moments such as her song Multiply Pierced. She has written about the stock market crash of 2008, the history of Hannibal, and fall-out from uranium mining in the  American southwest.  She has re-written greek myths: Persephone runs away with Hades the biker.  And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women.

For the past 20 years she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country. She is the director  of Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.


Please note that the seating chart has recently been updated, so be sure you are purchasing the seats you want.  If you do not purchase all seats at your table, other patrons may be seated with you.  Your ticket reserves you a place at the table you select but not a specific location at that table.  There is no food or beverage minimum.  All tickets are non-refundable.

$20 / 18
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