Shawna Caspi – Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi 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. 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.
Tickets $10 at piedbeautyfarmstore.com and at the door.
Fourth Continental Congress – Saturday, June 1, 2019
(Featuring The Huntinghams, Andreas Transø, & The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers )
Folk Revolutionaries Scott and Marissa Cunningham reinstituted the Continental Congress in the Barn last April after a 243-year hiatus. This June they are gathering new musical delegates for another round of folk music fun.
For this Fourth Continental Congress,
Scott and Marissa will be joined by Maddie Hunt and will play under the sobriquet, “The Huntinghams”
Irish-Celtic folk singer Andreas Transø will make the trip all the way from Stoughton. His song “Forward, Wisconsin” should be the new state anthem.
The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers “are a refreshing brand-new take on old-time country. Their music recalls classic hillbilly music, while bringing a distinctly modern and lively touch to the Americana genre.”
As with the last Congress, you can plan on three separate sets followed by a gigantic song circle. If you have an instrument (and know how to play it) you are welcome to bring it along and join in.
Picnic from 6:00 – BYOPicnic and BYOB
(Barn) Doors at 7:00
Music Starts at 7:30 — Please BYOChair if you can. We’ll have extras if you can’t.
Campfire to follow
Directions to Pied Beauty Farm (1390 Washington Road, Stoughton, WI 53589)
Tickets $10 online, $15 at the door.
Mike Mangione and The Kin in the Barn
Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm.
Mike Mangione and The Kin come to us from Milwaukee. They make gorgeous “orchestral folk music” that layers lyrics of hope, love, and homecoming over string and guitar arrangements that are by turns classical, percussive, bluesy, and gospel-infused. The band is called The Kin because it is truly a family affair: Mike’s brother Tom plays electric guitar and the duo Sista Strings (Monique and Chauntee Ross) supply the cello and violin. For our show, we are looking forward to the full six-piece band. It is going to be a special night. As always, this show will be BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). We’ll have a have a few extras in case you forget though.
Please email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
Oh, and when I say their songs are about love, it’s not love of the bubblegum pop sort. Here’s just a taste from the song “Three Days” off the new album But I’ve Seen the Stars:
Three more days and I’m coming home
leave the candle by the door
Three more days, will you be there too?
please be gentle, I’ll be true to you
three more days
I had no feeling I had no name
I had a story to arrange
the birds sang missionary prose
but good intention can impose
so I headed on my own
to seek the origin alone
I headed on alone.
Check out videos of the band on their website and then come to the barn for the show on May 24! We look forward to seeing you there.
3rd Continental Congress
(the first since 1781)
A night of music with
Scott Cunningham and his Far-flung Friends
In the Barn at Pied Beauty Farm
Friday, April 27, 2018
Barn Doors 7:00, music 7:30 pm.
$5, and BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)
“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for friends to remember the musical bonds which have connected them with one another, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to reunion. . .”
Scott has played with all sorts of different people over the course of his musical travels. For one night only (and in celebration of his birthday!), we will gather as many of Scott’s accomplices in art, fellow musical travelers, and co-conspirators in sound for a show in the barn. We are looking forward to a handful of short alt-country and folk sets followed by a big, free-flowing jam. It’ll be kind of like Will the Circle Be Unbroken but without Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson.
If you are somewhere on the North or South American continent, or even if you are across an ocean, make plans to join the festivities!
Bradford Loomis in the Barn
Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Had he lived one hundred and fifty years ago, Bradford Loomis may have been riding rail cars out west or sailing down the Mississippi on a paddle boat. Or maybe he would have claimed his stake in the flat lands of the Midwest. Perhaps he would have plied his hand on a ranch in Texas.
Born in the Northwest in more modern times, Bradford has lived to tell a different, but no less exciting, tale. Through years of choir, band and orchestra he discovered a powerful kinship to the songs and stories of those bygone eras as they helped show him a meaningful way to tell his story.
Bradford Loomis marries grit and melody to dig to the roots of American folklore and speak of the raw reality of the human condition with passion. His stories span several lifetimes of relatable emotions; bitterness & loss, deep longing & regret, enduring hope & love, elation & joy.
James Gordon in the Barn
Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
We are hosting Canadian folk singer James Gordon for a concert on Friday, April 21 at 7:30pm. Tickets at the (barn) door are $15. This is a BYOB and a BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) show.