2019 is the 20th 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.


June 29, 2019

Sister Funk Trio

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.

July 6, 2019

Jenica Rayne

Jenica Rayne is a passionate songwriter, accomplished guitarist and seasoned performer. She is a story teller who draws her audience in with lyric driven songs that speak from the heart.
“Jenica’s voice and songs are uniquely her own… her work speaks deeply to our human condition” ~Chris Williamson

Learn more about Jenica Rayne here.

July 13, 2019

Bettenroo

Anne Davey and Lori Jacobs flawlessly blend vocals with skilled acoustic guitar and electric bass instrumentation. They call Rehoboth Beach, Delaware home but play wherever their music takes them. Performing mostly from New England to Florida, they have been featured several times on Freeman Stage (a host to many national acts like Alison Kraus, Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, etc), Milton Theatre, CAMP Rehoboth, WBOC’s Delmarva Life, Camp Out Virginia, various other festivals, podcasts and high profile events. Audiences can’t help but become an integral part of Anne and Lori’s passionate musical delivery. Bettenroo invites you to connect with them through sound and senses as they share their originals from their CD release, Live Out Loud, and covers from influential artists – current through the past five decades. Singing along is encouraged!!

Note of interest: Twenty years ago Lori had convinced Grace, The Highlands Inn’s original owner, to give live music a try. Lori’s original duo back then, Backflipannie, kicked off the beginning of the music series that continues today. Happy 20th Anniversary to The Highlands Inn’s music series!!

Learn more about Bettenroo here.

 

July 27, 2019

Christine Havrilla

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.

August 3, 2019

Violet Willows

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. You may even win some prizes!

 

Learn more about Violet Willows  here.

August 17, 2019

Ruth Hill

“Ruth’s ability to empathize with the characters in her songs is extraordinary. Her songs are amazing!  I love her delivery, her guitar playing and her intensity.”

                                                                             — Catie Curtis

Folksinger/songwriter Ruth Hill is a musical storyteller inspired by the gritty joy of growing up in a large, working-class New England family. Her wandering spirit has taken her from Antarctica to Bhutan to Alaska with warmer stops in between. She writes songs about real people, real events and her reflections on the sweetness and sorrow of the world around her.

Ruth has studied songwriting with many wonderful songwriters including, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Mary Gauthier, Catie Curtis, Kate Cambell, and Grammy award-winning songwriters Don Henry and Gretchen Peters.

Ruth was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Great American Song Contest. She also won first prize at the Maine Songwriter’s Association song contest in 2016. Ruth’s 2nd CD, Reunion Of Broken Parts, was released in the fall of 2017 and was on the Folk DJ charts for Jan, Feb, and Mar of 2018!

You can find out more about Ruth and her music here.

August 31, 2019

Gayle Picard

G.S. Picard bridges the gap between folk and rock, equally at home with a fingerstyle ballad or rhythm driven bootstomper. Her original tunes run the gamut of content and emotion. She has released four CDs and is currently in the studio working on her fifth. She has opened for a variety of artists, including Patty Larkin and Cheryl Wheeler. In addition to her solo work, she also regularly plays the central Massachusetts club circuit with her cover band, Retro Stew, and as a duo with longtime collaborator Ed Morgan in Catch 23. Her energy, wit, and powerful delivery make for an entertaining evening full of great tunes, stories and a surprise or two.

Learn more about Gayle Picard here
and here.

 

September 21, 2019

Colby Sage Duo

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.

September 28, 2019

Jenica Rayne

Jenica Rayne is a passionate songwriter, accomplished guitarist and seasoned performer. She is a story teller who draws her audience in with lyric driven songs that speak from the heart.
“Jenica’s voice and songs are uniquely her own… her work speaks deeply to our human condition” ~Chris Williamson

Learn more about Jenica Rayne here.

October 5, 2019

Karen Grenier

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 12, 2019

Jamie Anderson

Singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant Jamie Anderson has played her songs in hundreds of venues including women’s music festivals, pride events and colleges.

Learn more about Jamie Anderson here.

October 19, 2019

Antara

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.

November 29, 2019

Emily Nyman

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 about Emily Nyman here.

December 7, 2019

Sister Funk Trio

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.

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