3 November 2017

In the Round with Jim Trick, Freebo, & Alice Howe

On Friday, November 3, the me&thee coffeehouse is offering up something special. Three spectacular songwriters will share our intimate stage and exchange stories and songs with you and with each other. The world of working musicians is a small one: Jim Trick met Freebo and they played together and then Freebo met Alice Howe and they played together. Now all three will tag team each other and play together!

Concert starts at 8:00 pm.

Jim Trick

Jim Trick is a Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter who combines carefully crafted lyrics with acoustic guitar instrumentation featuring percussive, intricate and ethereal ranges to create a powerful music experience. He cites Neil Finn, Bruce Cockburn, John Gorka and Charles Bukowski as influences. An engaging and entertaining performer, Trick connects with audiences through his music, words and real-life perspective.

As a touring member of Banding People Together, Jim travels throughout the U.S. and beyond using music and behavioral science to help companies create collaborative strategies and improve leadership. He is also a frequent speaker at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. A venue promoter had this say about Jim after his show: “Jim has a gift of bringing a room together when he performs. His positive energy and captivating music engages the audience!” Jim has had the pleasure of opening for fellow artists like Ellis Paul, Susan Werner, Vance Gilbert, and Martyn Joseph as well as playing clubs and festivals throughout the Northeast.

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Freebo is a folk-rock blues icon if ever there was one. From world renowned bassist (Bonnie Raitt for ten years, CSN, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Neil Young) to award-winning singer-songwriter, Freebo’s music touches your heart with songs of life, love, dogs, and the human condition. He is well regarded for his high level of musicality coupled with his thoughtful and powerful use of words in song lyrics as well as in prose and narrative.

He has also appeared on classic TV shows like Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, The Tonight Show, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. Freebo performs with a passion that reflects his commitment to the creation of a conscious, socially involved planet, and his music and unique shows reflect those principles of ancient wisdom, new thought, and new science. Janet Goodman of Music News Nashville says of him: “Freebo’s intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless.”

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At once timeless and original, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with crafted poetry. Alice’s musical sensibility lies in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Kate Wolf. As a performer, Alice is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song.

Released March 2017, her EP You’ve Been Away So Long traces the New England native’s years in the Pacific Northwest, featuring five original songs that take listeners on a cross-country journey through the matters of the heart. Alice became a familiar face in the acoustic music scene in Seattle but returned home in 2016 and she was off and running. She has been busy making herself known on the stages at Club Passim, the Burren Backroom, and the me&thee coffeehouse. Alice has opened for the likes of Antje Duvekot, Ellis Paul, and Chris Trapper. Freebo is producing Alice’s next album.

  • Jim Trick’s captivating voice conveys high-impact, spirit-lifting, thought-provoking poetic lyrics.  His melodies match them perfectly.  His engaging personality and stories leave his audience in a positive, peaceful mindset. John Henry’s Hammer Coffeehouse, Worcester, MA
  • His gentle and authentic stage presence combined with awesome songwriting make for a delightful show. No Depression Magazine
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  • Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon.  Folkworks.org
  • Freebo’s intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals are at times reminiscent of vintage Cat Stevens. It’s a voice that can tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless. Music News Nashville
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  • Alice Howe:
  • . . . I could listen to her sing for hours. Her voice is beautiful as a bell, classic in that Joan Baez way, transporting, wistful . . . her vocal mastery and musicality are beyond her young years and her songs stay in my head for days. Antje Duvekot
  • How can a singer-songwriter have a voice like a broken angel’s bell and write songs that could be a week or a hundred years old all at once? Alice Howe, that’s how. I’m proud to know her now, because I think big things are going to happen with this lady.
Vance Gilbert