2020 is the 21st year of our WOMEN’S
HOUSE CONCERT SERIES
The Inn’s intimate setting provides a perfect venue for these talented singer-songwriters. Concerts are Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
The series includes concerts throughout the year.
Please check this page throughout the year for updates. We’ll be adding concerts during the year, and there may be some schedule changes, so check often!
Our house concerts are for inn guests only.
July 25, 2020
Carrie Ashton’s passion for music has been long standing; she began performing at the age of thirteen and never looked back. For almost 20 years Carrie has been performing and perfecting a stage show that is unpretentious and captivating. She is currently performing solo acoustic as well as with her band, and travels throughout New England and the east coast. Carrie has shared the stage with Natalie Merchant, the Go-Go’s, REO Speedwagon, Antigone Rising, Van Zant and Lucinda Williams. She has an innate ability to read the crowd and move them with her unique style and charisma, and her energy on stage is hard to ignore.
Learn more about Carrie Ashton here.
August 22, 2020
Tammy Laforest is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Rhode Island. She has been nominated for several local awards, her band, the Dust Ruffles, winning the Breakthrough Act Award during the Limelight Awards in 2015. She released her solo album called Copper in June of 2014. From alternative pop, to retro rock, to haunting waltzes, don’t miss the pure essence of natural talent, visual and aural beauty in her live performances.
August 29, 2020
With her unique style, poetic lyrics, soothing vocals, and expressive guitar, Emily Nyman’s performance is a real treat. An eclectic mix of tunes, including singer-songwriter, folk, and classic rock, with a sprinkling of blues, country and old standards, Emily’s performance is sure to please audiences of all musical tastes. She connects with her audience in an intimate way, inviting listeners to experience the emotions behind her originals and reminisce to familiar tunes.
Learn more information about Emily Nyman here.
September 5, 2020
Singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant Jamie Anderson has played her unique original songs in hundreds of venues in four countries including forty-seven US states. Her eleven recordings include the 2019 release The Truth Appears.
Jamie started releasing albums in the late eighties, selling thousands of albums at a time before YouTube and iTunes.
Laughter is a big part of Jamie’s live performance. Her offbeat song intros and stories help keep the performance fun, but don’t be surprised when she delves into more serious issues. She’s emceed at many events and she can hula hoop while playing the ukulele. When Jamie isn’t touring, she’s taught music classes at Duke University, arts centers, festivals, and her studio. One of her guitar instructional videos has gone viral, with over 400,000 views. See it here.
Jamie’s memoir, Drive All Night, (which she started at The Highlands Inn) was published in 2014. Her second book, An Army of Lovers: Women’s Music of the Seventies and Eighties, will be out on Bella Books in the fall of 2019. Her extensive writing credits include book chapters, articles and CD reviews in Acoustic Guitar, Curve, SingOut! and more.
Learn more about Jamie Anderson here.
September 19, 2020
Connect with other lesbians in recovery. The weekend includes a mindfulness session Friday night, AA meetings Saturday and Sunday after breakfast, and a wonderful house concert Saturday Night. Antara returns with her friends as Not Nuns and a Bad Habit. She joins Jeanne Chappel and Suzy Harris for fun, familiar songs with guitars and percussion.
September 26, 2020
Michelle Saylors was born just outside of Nashville and grew up with a wide range of musical influences from bluegrass gospel to classic rock. She credits Kim Richey as her most influential artist and writer. Michelle has been actively performing in New England as well as Tennessee for the past 20 years. Her sound has been described as a “sweet and lifting” blend country and folk-pop-country-blues. Her original songs are described as “bright, catchy with beautiful imagery, soothing guitar and great arrangements.…” Newport This Week.
Michelle is joined by Colleen Sheridan who has sang most of her life but just recently began singing with Michelle. Her musical influences range from Motown to Country. She sings and adds light hand percussion. Together they have formed their duo called Colby Sage. They will be performing familiar sing-along covers as well as original music.
Learn more about Colby Sage Duo here.
October 3, 2020
Singer/songwriter Karen Grenier continues to impress and inspire fans old and new with her soulful voice and crafty melodies. With songs that
express common threads that connects us all, Karen’s performances weave together a melodic and lyrical tapestry of celebration, gratitude, love, loss and longing. Currently writing songs for a new CD, Karen’s Highlands Inn performance will feature some brand new material along with many favorites!
Most recently Karen’s music has been featured on the LGBT documentary “Driving Equality Across America” by Massachusetts filmmaker and activist Christopher Mason (www.drivingequality.com) Karen performs regularly throughout Northeast including Provincetown, Asbury Park, Rehoboth Beach, Philadelphia and throughout New England.
Learn more information about Karen Grenier here.
October 10, 2020
The Non-Domestiks return to their favorite home away from home. Rosalba and Katrina are two multi-instrumentalists that bring a unique blend of harmonies, keyboard, guitar, bass, percussion and woodwinds to their live performance of original music and covers. Their music consists of many different influences and styles from simple pop to rock and lite jazz with a little of something for everyone!
Learn more about The Non-Domestiks here.
November 7, 2020
Book Signing and Play Reading!
Carolyn Gage will be reading her short play 52 Pickup in it’s entirety.
“I think it is the best short play I have ever read.”– David Muncaster, Director of the Knutsford Little Theatre International One Act Play Festival, U.K.
AND… she will also be reading excerpts from her brand-new collection of plays, The Island Collection. This is her first new collection of plays in seven years, and it was worth the wait! Lesbian history, lesbian romance, trauma and drama…
“I’ve been a “theatre person” for 26 years, and I have never enjoyed reading plays… until The Island Collection. This is a collection that I could not stop reading… One simply does not see this caliber of female characters represented on stage or in commonly-studied scripts. Full of vulnerability, intelligence in all its forms, and indomitable strength, the women inhabiting these plays will walk away with your soul… A warning, though: do not pick up The Island Collection unless you are ready for your heart to be torn from your chest, poked, prodded, examined, then lovingly massaged and replaced, a whole new organ…“—Emily Stamets, coach for Women+ In Theatre and leader in the arts.
Learn more about Carolyn Gage here.
December 5, 2020
Hot original music delivered with power, energy and sass; that’s what Sister Funk guarantees in every performance. Sister Funk is being recognized for their 10+ yr accomplishments in music and is being inducted into the Women’s Hall Of Fame in Seneca NY.
For more information about The Sister Funk Trio, click here.