We started playing together in November 2005 as a way to help me deal with the loss of my son 1st Lt Derek Hines who was killed in Afghanistan in September 2005. Seventeen years later we are still together and play fundraisers and private party’s in the Newburyport area. We play classic rock, country and many other popular tunes from various genres such as Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynrd to Imagine Dragons and Jason Aldean.
Performers: Steve Hines guitar and lead singer, Bob Dow Drums, Neal Spinney Bass, John Spinney Lead guitar
Performing a unique blend of jazz, folk, rock and blues, Beverly-based, rootsy, rockin & blue, the Bob Kramer Trio delivers high-spirited and enthusiastic performances every time they play. Their lively sets are extensive with songs for any age that range from the blues of the Delta to the classic to the Jazz of the streets to their own tasty originals. Trio members are Cynthia Keefe, Al Foucault and Bob “Colorado Bob” Kramer
The band features: Cynthia Keefe – Vocals, percussion Al Foucault – Vocals, bass Bob “Colorado Bob” Kramer – Vocals, guitars, National Steel guitar, mandolin and harmonica
An acoustic pop duo with strong harmonies across an impressive array of music that crosses many genres from pop, rock, country, & Americana!
Performers: Donna Landry Duffy – guitar & vocals Paul Duffy – guitar, bass, harmonica & vocals
Boston Accents is a three piece fun, danceable classic rock band with with fantastic harmonies. We will be playing all your dance friendly favorite music from all decades. High energy and incredible three part harmonies make for a perfect compliment for any event!
Joe Russell – Guitar Vocals
Scott Richards – Drums Vocals
Jim “Bo” Sellers – Bass Vocals
Chris is a North American songwriter whose catalog of original music has emerged over the last decade. Chris’s songs include ballads of innocence and experience. Chris has performed at Plumfest in 2016, 2017 and 2021, and prior to Event 201, played regularly at open mics across the Merrimack Valley and Seacoast including at The Grog and Thirsty Whale in Newburyport, SKY HI in Amesbury, The Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill, The Back Page in Lowell and The Press Room in Portsmouth. While traveling, Chris has also performed at Piggy’s in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (twice!) and The Wildcat Inn (Jackson, NH).
Heavily influenced by the British Invasion the as well as the progressive/alternative genre of the 1970s to present, Chris O’Donnell puts a soothing acoustic spin on six decades of rock-and-roll music. He features refrains from (most) pop rock, instead preferring to acoustically cover deeper cuts, 1980s synth-based songs and reviving those once loved but forgotten and those that connect with people. His influences include Pink Floyd and Muse and everything rock, alt and prog in between. Having stumbled into playing live music by accident in 2010, COD has played the local circuit of pubs and clubs throughout the North Shore on a regular basis the last seven years and has no intention of stopping.
Colorado Bob is a seasoned performer and multi-instrumentalist whose love for the Delta and Piedmont styles resonates through his energetic playing and his rootsy singing. He performs using a variety of instruments to produce their jazzy folk/blues original sound, including slide guitar, National resonator guitar, mandolin and harmonica.
Currier Square is a Haverhill based singer-songwriter folk-rock trio who have been part of the local music scene for many years. They perform original songs from their three released CD’s in addition to select cover songs. Their songs of love, life, people, and the world around us are delivered via signature vocal harmonies riding atop acoustic, electric and bass guitars.
We have performed together in various band iterations since the 1970’s, but today primarily perform at acoustic venues, and feature mostly original songs from our three released CD’s, “Going Home” (2017), “River Town”(2019), and “Full Circle” (2021). Our genre is primarily folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter with a few covers performed as well.
Performers: Vance Grazio, (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica), Mark Porro, (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Mike LaPierre (bass guitar).
PlumFest founders Cynthia and Kevin are great supporters of our local music scene. The are an acoustic act performing well loved songs from the past, (covering rock to Americana to pop, with a hint of jazz and blues thrown in) along with originals, and some of those are about Plum Island!
Performers: Kevin Kelley, guitar and vocals. Cynthia Keefe, ukulele and vocals.
Dave Herlihy, lead vocalist and principal songwriter for the legendary Boston band O POSITIVE, came up with more than forty songs during the pandemic…and then he got busy with his friends in the studio. Lunch Records will release Dave’s 5 song EP, “Postcards From Kindergarten (Volume 1)” this summer.
Eli Elkus is a traveling musical storyteller, songcraftsman, and folk activist. He began sculpting his craft as a young troubadour fishin’ for songs by the riversides and busking in the streets of New England. It was here that the love of folk music and storytelling found him, connecting with perfect strangers through story and song, weaving merit, meter and melody-making stories that play to each moment, bringing us back to the roots of true folk music – Music for the people, by the people. No frills and no red tape. The sorta thing that just don’t fit in a box. And so it went. The lazy-eyed dreamer and his familiar Bronco the hound wonder wander the US byways bringing folk music to the folks, freewheelin’ in their road sweet home – ‘JeBus’. When they’re not on the road, he and his partner in merriment & songwriting (and pirate journalist storyteller and sacred dancer in her own regard), Lara Wahl, spend their time growin’ gardens and lazy-eyed dreamin’ a slow movin’ dream at their sanctuary in the hills of Western Massachusetts… Just beyond the veil… Get the know about all things singin’, pickin’, & storytelling and sign up for the “Lazy-Eyed Newsletter” by emailing him at [email protected]
Eric Colville is an award-winning folk-rock songwriter with songs placed on network
television including ABC’s “All My Children.” and PBS “Roadtrip Nation.” Eric has previously performed at the 30A Songwriting Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival alongside many well-known songwriters including John Oates (Hall & Oates), Shawn Mullins, Gary Louris (Jayhawks), and The Indigo Girls. His third studio album entitled “Philadelphia” was released in January 2022. He plays all original folk-pop-rock.
Performing around the Seacoast area of NH and Mass, music includes original material and covers with a flair for rockabilly, country swing and folk with a twangy edge and comical hi-jinx!! It’s all about the fun!!
Performers: Kenny Dodge – guitar and vocals Schuyler Pearl – voacals Joe Leweck – drums Jon Briggs – bass
We are a group of musicians who began playing together 5 years or so ago who have consolidated over time to the current group of 6. We play a mix of musical styles encompassing rock, blues, folk, and pop, from a variety of decades (50’s and on) as well as some more contemporary indie rock.
Performers: Jim Evans – electric guitar Joann Frankhouser – keyboard Howard Gaffin – Bass, acoustic guitar, harmonica Rachel Harris – acoustic guitar Don Maurer – electric lead guitar Leigh Walant – acoustic guitar
The Gallerist is a rock band based on the North Shore of Boston with a sound that has been
compared to the likes of Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Neil Young. Originally born there, the
Gallerist was described as Philadelphia’s “best kept secret” (WXPN’s the Key) before building a
solid following and sharing the stage with the likes of Laura Marling and Ron Gallo. Since
establishing themselves in the Boston area in 2018, the three-piece has been making a name for
themselves, playing all around the city, the North Shore and beyond. With two releases to their
name so far, the Gallerist’s current lineup, featuring Mike Collins on guitar and lead vocals, Jim
Chekos on bass and Max Monaco on drums, is set to release their Great Escape extended play
this winter, a record that sees the band exploring new sonic territory and expanding their reach
beyond anything they’ve put to tape thus far.
Gallerist’s current lineup, featuring Mike Collins on guitar and lead vocals, Jim Chekos on bass and Max Monaco on drums
You can find the Gallerist’s music and social links via:
Instagram | Facebook | Spotify | Bandcamp | Video
The North Shore rocker burst onto the scene 25 long years ago after teaming up with guitarist David Champagne and penning the reggae-informed hit Shadow World for the Shane-Champagne Band, a number that topped the WBCN-FM charts for months in 1979. That was back in the days of skinny ties and power-pop, during the brief era of the so-called new wave, a fabled time when an unsigned, local band could still make it on the strength of a few good tunes and a lot of hustle — even without a marketing plan or a Madison Avenue makeover. And now, three decades later, Gary Shane is still rocking! The band is playing just as hard, but better, and demonstrating again the power of its original musical vision.
Solo Acoustic Guitar – Originals/Blues/Classics – experienced solo, duo (and side man) story teller/humorist Original music available on all usual spots on resonator and standard guitar. (CD compilations from Bongo Boy records)
Henry McIntyre is a singer/songwriter from Haverhill, MA. The self proclaimed long lost emo Beatle, McIntyre plays a blend of indie folk and Beatlesque pop, mixing catchy melodic choruses with confessional lyrics. His sound draws to mind artists such as Elliott Smith, the Cure, and the Las. Beginning his career at the age of 9, McIntyre played lead guitar in the rock band, Black Diamonds. In the band’s 8 year existence, they released two EPs and played venues such as House of Blues Boston and the Hard Rock Cafe. The band even earned the Guiness World Record for the World’s Youngest Professional Rock Band. As a solo artist, McIntyre has played Boston mainstays such as The Middle East Upstairs and The Jungle as well as playing as far as Nashville, Denver, and Los Angeles. His latest single, Frank, is due for release in May 2022. The meditative single was produced by Boston music scene veterans Dan Nicklin and Nate Leavitt at Henley Row, with mixing done by Pat Dicenso.
I am a solo artist, singer, guitarist and songwriter and I perform covers and some originals when asked. My music is folk style in the same vein as Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Ernie Halter. My brand of music is intended to help to bring people together and connect through a message of inclusion.
I play guitar and sing, expect a mix of songs from last century, Reggae classics, Americana and Dead tunes. Jim Larkin is a musician and Boston Music Award Nominee 3X over performing regularly throughout New England with Jesse Dee, Spotted Tiger, Danielle M and the Glory Junkies, Ryan Fitzsimmons as well as solo performances. He has shared the stage with Rev. Al Green, The J. Geils Band, Los Lobos, Martin Sexton, Maceo Parker, Etta James, as well as dozens of Boston artists onstage and in the studio since 2002.
Performers: Jim Larkin – Guitars + Vocals (can perform solo as well) Ryan Fitzsimmons – Guitar + Vocals
I am a solo guitar player and singer that has performed in the Metro Boston area for the past 15 years. I perform rock covers from the 1960s to the present with an emphasis on 80s and 90s rock. At my shows, I use a loop pedal and vocal harmonizer to expand my sound. I also have released 2 albums of original rock songs. My song selection includes popular tunes as well as forgotten favorites. There is something for everyone to enjoy in each set. This is my fifth year playing at Plumfest!
I play guitar and sing originals and Classic Rock Covers. I performed PlumFest in 2019 through Kevin Kelley. I was in the Band SteelFingers in the 1990s and released a CD 1998 produced by Copeland Davis and he played keyboards on it. I perform other open mics locally.
Hailing from New England, Kim Snyder is an indie-rock singer/songwriter that fuses an eclectic range of influences into a sound defined by intricate guitar arrangements, vocal experimentation, and a healthy heap of jazz infusion. She delivers powerful live performances, marked by a dynamic spectrum of style, emotion, and feel. Kim can be found performing regularly around Boston’s North Shore as well as across New England and the Mid Atlantic (Philly area). In addition to her 2015 and 2016 EP releases, Kim is set to release a series of singles in 2020. The first track ‘In the Habit’ will hit Spring 2020. Kim Snyder’s live performance career started in 1999 and has taken her from iconic fixtures like New York’s CBGB, Boston’s Lizard Lounge and Philly’s Grape Room, to the intimate listening rooms of The Grog, Evolvement Radio, Newburyport Brewing Co. and Riverwalk Brewery in Newburyport, MA. She has also had the privilege of playing Main Stage at a number of regional festivals, such as the Yankee Homecoming (Newburyport, MA) PlumFest (Newbury, MA) Keene Music Festival (Keene, NH) and MusicFest (South Acworth, NH). Kim is also an accomplished visual artist actively producing and selling work.
I play old folk/country music. I also play modern day good-time music. I basically play anything that brings a smile to people’s faces. That’s my goal, anyways! I grew up in Newburyport and am excited to be a part of this festival! Peace everyone!
Liz has been playing violin since childhood. She is classically trained
and played in the Parkway Concert Orchestra and the Boston University
All-University Orchestra as well as playing weddings and performing in
local churches. Recently, Liz has been branching out and enjoys playing
contemporary music and jamming with other local musicians!
Boston’s MUCK & THE MIRES were once described as a mix of the 1964 Beatles and The Ramones by legendary Runaways producer Kim Fowley (Fowley went on to produce several of the bands’ records). The group achieved worldwide recognition after they were crowned #1 US Garage Rock Band by LITTLE STEVEN Van Zandt in his battle of the bands on MTV. They have performed coast-to-coast in the USA, UK, EU, South America, Canada, Japan. And they have shared bills with many of their heroes including The Sonics, The New York Dolls, Ray Davies (The Kinks), The Flamin’ Groovies, The Stooges, and even a Beatle – Pete Best! When they are not on the road, you can hear Muck and the Mires being broadcast and streamed everywhere including in SIRIUS XM’s Underground Garage’s where their hit “I’m Your Man” was voted the first “COOLEST SONG IN THE WORLD” of 2021.
Performers: Muck – Rhythm Guitar, Pedro Mire – Lead Guitar Jessie Best – Drums, John Quincy Mire – Bass
Solo singer/songwriter with Americana/rock and roll/country influences. I’ve released two full-length albums, two EPS, and a few singles. Blue Skies and Broken Arrows was nominated Album of the Year, solo category, at the Limelight Magazine Music Awards.
Hi everyone! I am so excited to be playing at Plum Fest again this year. My name is Ella and I am 18 years old. Writing songs is one of my favorite things to do. I love getting able to perform them and tell stories through music. I play the piano and guitar. Some of my musical inspirations include Sabrina Carpenter, Taylor Swift, Gracie Abrams and Phoebe Bridgers! Looking forward to getting to see everyone again!
This edgy, genre-fluid Alt-folk/americana trio regales the listener with a collection of rootsy, gutsy, honest songs that transcend boundaries, taking the listener on a gritty journey through our collective human experience. Their debut EP, “Finding Home,” was nominated for 2019 Album of the Year by New England Music Awards.
Performers: Charlie Rockwood- Guitar Lynne Taylor- Piano Kristine Malpica- Cajon
Similar Jones has been wowing audiences for years with a combined sound that’s bigger than their 7 voices. With a heavy focus on blues and rock, influenced by elements of soul, funk, and jazz, this high-energy vocal band uses a powerful rhythm section and bright background vocals to build the foundation for a wide variety of original songs and creative covers that truly capture the Similar Jones sound: one marked by tight harmonies, intricate rhythms, innovative arrangements, and — most importantly — a rock-solid groove.
Performers, all vocals: Nate Piper, Rob Opdycke, Reena Freedman, Dave Cushing, Mike Stevens, Eric Chung, Jeremy Sacco
Sorry Charlie is a collection of veteran musician songwriters from Newburyport playing original rock. They bring a blend of Americana, folk, pop, and punk influences. Sorry Charlie’s mission is to be a high-energy live ensemble, and collective songwriting team.
Patrick Chamberlin: Vocal and Guitar
Fritz Ericson: Guitar and Vocal
Sean Hennessy: Bass and Vocal
Charlie Rockwood Farr: Drums and Vocal
Excited to be back at Plum Fest! I am a local performer and have played Plum Fest for several years. I perform acoustic covers of a variety of artists from Tom Petty, The Eagles, The Lumineers, Ray Lamontagne, and many more!
“The 7CS brand of rock ‘n roll is timeless. One could reference Kiss or Aerosmith… Nada Surf or the Screaming Trees… or The Strokes. Their sound has enough breadth to at one moment evoke The Kinks and in the next borrow from The New York Dolls. This style of rock will never go out of style. I recommend that you check them out.”
For over 40 years The Jonee Earthquake band has been a staple of the New England music scene. With songs that traverse multiple genres of Surf, punk, rockabilly and even some pedal steel driven honky tonk. Jonee’s energetically fun performance is always appreciated and enjoyed by all ages. Think, Field of Dreams, if he plays it they will come.
Contemporary and classic Rock / Folk rock. Probably mostly influenced by old and new folk music and flavoring it with some contemporary influences. Lots of talent spanning many years. The band is an extended family band so there are many players including guitar, keyboards, banjo maybe mandolin, Bass, violin, and who knows what else!
Performers: Erin, Dylan, Dan, Evan, Paige, Emily and father time
All-female indie-folk trio hailing from Plum Island and Midcoast Maine. Songs of the sea, three part harmony, and lots of fun! We play a mix of traditional sea shanties, folk covers, and original songs.
Performers: Anna Jones – Guitar and Vocals Allie Willenbrink – Keyboard and Vocals Kristin Belk – Auto-harp and Vocals
Ex-Rockers from the Boston music scene, Mike and Jan Sheehy settled in Bellows Falls, VT where the humble seeds of The Milkhouse Heaters were planted. Weaving tall tales and sad stories of the sometimes comical and tragic human condition, their music has been described as being like Emmy Lou Harris and Gram Parsons meets Chrissie Hynde and Joey Ramone. With powerful dual vocals, driving acoustic guitar and thumping bass, as well as harmonica and the occasional kazoo, The Milkhouse Heaters have a unique sound all their own which they describe as Americana Folk Punk. Mike and Jan have shared stages with Billy Bragg, Fred Eaglesmith, and The Black Crowes, and have been featured on compilation CD’s with G. Love and Jack Johnson, as well as Burning Spear, and others. They have licensed music to ABC and ESPN.
The Nonplussed is your annual PlumFest “Party On The Basin-front” band. Don’t miss this group’s omni-dimensional blending of sounds as they traverse across decades of classic and deep covers mixed with our own multinational hits. Fans of classic rock, pop, indie, folk, and fun – swing by to catch this friendly act as the waves roll by in the background.
Charlie Sea, Paul Eno, Kiril Too Real, Skinny Mike, and Ned Needlebender perform rotationally across acoustic, electric, and lap steel guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin, and drums
Playing all of your favorites such as the Beatles, Stones, Tom Petty, Pretenders, Steve Earle, Cheap Trick, Eddie Cochran, Cash, Clash, and the Lemonheads all with a garage rock twist.
Performers: Craig Douglas on the drums, Ed Cameron on rhythm vocals and guitar, Eric Gootkind on lead guitar and back up vocals, Peter Larsen on bass guitar and back up vocals, Sunny Douglas on vocals and bass guitar and a mean cowbell.
The Rolling Who is a Boston-based cover band that draws a lot of its material from the 1960s British Invasions as well as pop and rock hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Influences include Oasis, David Bowie, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Who, The Jam and the Beach Boys (to name a few).
Band members are: Jerry Powers – lead vocals and bass John Doucet – lead guitar Ted Doyle – rhythm guitar Michelle Kimball – lead and backing vocals, percussion Chris Coyle – drums
The SpaceHeaters are an eclectic group of musicians who have the distinction of being friends even longer than they have been bandmates. Known for their diverse and far ranging musical interests, the Heaters blend Classic, R&B, Soul, Funk and Folk Rock sensibilities to create a musical tapestry that is both highly listenable and decidedly danceable.
A cool mix of the best covers you won’t hear from the others, from 70s to 00s. Covering the road-not-typically-taken vibes of Collective Soul, Del Amitri, Radiohead, Oasis, Cake, Counting Crows, and Stones, U2, Chris Isaac. Add a pinch of country, a slice of funk, and stir vigorously.
Performers: John Lannon, Drums Afshin Moshrefi, Bass Bob McRaven, lead guitar Rich Morse, 12 String guitar Tom Tolley, vocals Ed Morse, keyboard
Acoustic based roots rock/bluegrass/folk/original act. We all grew up on listening to rock n roll and blues and even AM radio and then FM and what later be called classic rock. We draw from all that and more! We even play Irish music upon request.
Performers: Glen Ahearn- acoustic 6 string guitar Joe Geary- banjo, mandolin and harps John DiTomaso- ukulele, melodica, foot stomp Tony Gallo- bass We all sing lead and harmony, call and response/shout !!!!
Twice Lucky is a five-piece classic rock and blues band from Rowley MA who play covers from a variety of artists that include among others, Muddy Waters, J. Giles, Tom Petty, Treat Her Right and Rusty Zinn.
Unnamed Colors is carving a new niche in rock with their “prog meets jazz/piano pop” sound. This dynamic group of four lifelong musicians hails from Plum Island, MA, and for over five years they have engaged audiences around the region with expressive, fiery songwriting that is full of surprises, and a powerful sound all their own.
Unnamed Colors features fiery progressive songwriting, engaging performances, and a powerful sound all their own. This unexpected group of four lifelong musicians hails from Plum Island, Massachusetts. In their debut album, Be Where I Am, they explore themes of humanity and connection, teasing the lines between light and dark, sweet and bitter, feathers and lead.
Performers: Sierra Partlan – vocals & piano Andrew Aghababian – guitar Jay Partlan – drums Michael Martel – bass
“Unnamed Colors are a breath of fresh air on the current Boston music scene” – Brian Owens, Metronome Magazine
“A swirling, easy-on-the-ears mixture of art-rock songwriting” Newburyport Magazine – spring 2020 edition
Welterweight is a folk band, but not really. It’s a rock band, but only a smidge. An originals band, but not all the time. A satisfying cover band, maybe, sometimes. Thoughtful, catchy originals and re-interpretations of good songs gone by.