2021 is the 22nd year of our WOMEN’S
HOUSE CONCERT SERIES
The Inn’s intimate setting provides a perfect venue for these talented singer-songwriters.
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!
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently not able to provide indoor music. We will continue to evaluate the safety of indoor music.
We are excited to announce that our outdoor music series will resume on May 29, 2021.
Our house concerts are for inn guests only.
May 22, 2021
Come hear Carolyn Gage read her latest play with actress Linda Starkweather.
“Gage is expert at extracting fascinating lesbian history from oblivion. Here she brings a unrepentantly non-conforming–gender and otherwise–woman scientist to brilliant life and ties the genetics of corn to feminism, homophobia, patriarchy, and the mysteries of the universe. Gripping from beginning to end.”–Tina Gianoulis
The entire play is set in a cornfield. The play is about gender-non-conforming, neurodivergent geneticist Barbara McClintock and her companion/partner Harriet Creighton, and McClintock’s revolutionary quest to understand diversity in nature and to reframe “deviance” as an expression of natural variance.
The cornfield—the land—is the constant. We see the two women driven from the fields of Cornell by discrimination and the Great Depression. We see McClintock returning from an aborted fellowship in Berlin in 1934, shattered by the horrors of rising Nazism and the co-opting of genetics for fascist theories of eugenics and propagation of a “master race.” Harriet joins the Women’s Army Corps in World War II, leaving Barbara in the cornfield of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where monastic isolation is the price for her patch of corn.
In the 1950’s, her cornfield is literally and figuratively invaded by Jim Watson, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and proponent of the Central Dogma that was supposed to have cracked the code for understanding life. In this era of homophobic witch hunts and nuclear weaponry, McClintock’s work is considered obscure and obsolete. Finally, in her eighties, Barbara is working in her cornfield when Harriet comes to tell her that she has been awarded a Nobel prize for the work that was despised and ridiculed for decades. The major movements of the world have buffeted and washed over this woman who stood her ground—literally—for sixty years, planting her beloved corn year after year, entering its cellular world via the microscope, and teaching us that life is infinitely more adaptive, more complex, and more to be revered than our dogmatic and arrogant theories would allow.
This is a play about the physical land that women and minorities are and are not allowed to occupy, and the theories that justify displacement. It’s also about the metaphysics of “place,” the bodies we occupy, the cellular realities, and our relationship to nature—the final arbiter of whose land it will ultimately be.
You don’t want to miss this very special event! [Photo of McClintock and Creighton]
May 29, 2021
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.
July 10, 2021
Violet Willows is a Connecticut based duo featuring Brianne Chasanoff (piano, lead vocals), and Mary Gardner (percussion, guitar, bass, vocals). Brianne and Mary’s musical talents blend and harmonize seamlessly, speaking to the listener intimately through their sensitivity and depth of emotional expression. Past performances include Infinity Hall (Norfolk, CT), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artists Showcase), Merryall Center for the Arts (New Milford, CT), Voices Cafe (Westport, CT), The Mews (Provincetown, MA), and Tin Pan Alley (Provincetown, MA). Although their sound is unique, they have been compared to Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, and Indigo Girls. Violet Willows will take you on a journey and make you laugh, cry, sing-along, and reminisce.
Learn more about Violet Willows here.
July 17, 2021
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.
August 7, 2021
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 14, 2021
September 11, 2021
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.
September 18, 2021
Whether busy conjuring variations of rhythm folk poetry in song lyrics or exploring the percussive-like dynamics of her trademark guitar riffs, independent folk songstress Antara continues to establish herself as a ‘new’ folk artist who is expanding the forefront of women’s music and the independent folk movement.
Learn more about Antara here.
September 25, 2021
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.
November 13, 2021
Philadelphia native Christine Havrilla brings her “well-built, catchy, smart tunes” (Upstage Magazine) to audiences all over the U.S.! Christine utilizes the soft gritty texture of her vocals to express warmth and honesty listeners quickly embrace as well as her aggressive, raw, trash-style guitar playing. Mike “Jacobs” McKenna of Steel Notes Magazine states, “This CD (Vol. 2- The Sunset Sessions) just defies description. It is hot, tight, precise and just plain kicks ass!”
Named “One of the Top Ten Indie Artists” by The Advocate Magazine, The Washington Post writes, “(Havrilla’s) songs are intelligent and moving, the arrangements are incisive and colorful, and, best of all, Havrilla consistently comes across as a confident and seasoned performer.” Christine was nominated for About.com’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards, awarded the 2010 Garden State Film Festival’s “Best Contemporary Country Song” for “Blinders”, and is called “…raw, simple, wonderful!” by Curve Magazine. Michaela Majoun at 88.5 WXPN applauds her “terrific, big sound”, while Philadelphia Magazine states, “She rocks!”
Learn more about Christine Havrilla here.