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.


February 29, 2020

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.

March 7, 2020

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.

March 14, 2020

Ukulele Play Along with Emily Nyman

Discover the ease and joy of making music among friends. The journey begins with a single note.
On the evening of March 14th, Emily Nyman will lead a “Ukulele Play Along”.  This instructional jam session is free to all guests of the Inn, and includes all level instruction and easy to play, super fun songs.

Bring your own Uke if you have one, or borrow one of ours.
You may also bring other instruments (percussion, guitar etc.) if you want.
Or, just sit back and take it all in.
All levels of ability are welcome!

Treat yourself to the joy of music and good company.

There will be the opportunity to schedule a private music lesson with Emily ($25 per ½ hour; uke, guitar, or piano).

Emily and her wife Lynn have performed at the Inn for over 20 years. Emily is a music instructor at the Community College of Vermont.

March 21, 2020

Lynn Deeves

Maine singer-songwriter and Highlands Inn regular, Lynn Deeves honed her musical/performance chops as a “chick-singah” on the New England top-40, rock circuit in the 1980’s-1990’s. She has since released 4 independent CD’s and shared stages with Cheryl Wheeler, Janis Ian, Ferron, Chris Williamson, Tret Fure, Catie Curtis, Suede, disappear fear and many others.

Learn more about Lynn Deeves here.

March 28, 2020

Karen Grenier: Recovery Weekend

Connect with other lesbians in recovery.
Friday night: mindfulness practice
Saturday night: house concert with 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 about Karen Grenier’s music here.
Learn more about our recovery weekend here.

April 4, 2020

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.

April 25, 2020

Carolyn Gage

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.

May 16, 2020

Elizabeth Lorrey

Elizabeth Lorrey crafts a dark blend of edgy, intense acoustic rock: intelligent, provocative lyrics, fused to a commanding guitar style.

“She stopped me in my tracks with one of the most pure and warm voices I have ever heard…”  ~Jennifer Russo, Pulse Magazine

Engaging and often funny onstage, she delivers her darkly compelling songs in a way that immediately connects with the audience, converting casual listeners into loyal new fans with every performance.

Lorrey performs regularly throughout New England, in venues large and small, from Portland, ME, to Providence, RI, with occasional forays to North Carolina, Michigan, and the Southwestern U.S. She has shared the stage with Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Suzanne Vega, Catie Curtis, and many more.

Learn more about Elizabeth Lorrey here.

May 23, 2020

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.

May 30, 2020

LA Wood

LA WOOD, 2013 WINNER MALIBU MUSIC AWARDS BEST FEMALE POP ARTIST learned the basics of music on piano in second grade and shortly thereafter, the 4 string guitar from a flea market, to the rhythms and tunings of 6 and 12 String guitar. Influenced primarily by Joni Mitchell and Leo Kottke, she also became an accomplished Latin Percussionist after a brief collaboration with Brazil 66 in NYC. She studied Vocal Jazz at UMASS Amherst and music at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where she began her professional music career.

She has been a studio musician for Indie and award winning Folk records and has accompanied and collaborated with numerous musicians across the USA and in Europe. In Boston, she won an Acoustic Underground Artist award for her Latin inspired trio. After recording her self-produced acclaimed CD retitled “I AM YOUR LOVER”, she was hired as a regular Beach Bar Entertainer at The Pier House Resort and the Blue Heaven Restaurant in Key West, Florida a starting place for Jimmy Buffet. There she learned Harmonica and wrote and arranged over 200 cover songs.

She coined her sound “Conch Rock” and soon earned recognition as a popular tourist attraction that caught the eye of Malibu Music Festival and Awards Producers in Malibu, California where she won the award for Best Pop Female Artist. She loves all forms of Roots Rock, Jazz, Reggae and Classic Pop Artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Annie Lennox, Van Morrison, the Beach Boys, the Indigo Girls and Reggae Masters Bob Marley, and Jimmy Cliff.

Learn more about LA Wood here.

June 20, 2020

Antara: "Not Nuns and a Bad Habit"

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.

Learn more about Antara here, and the nuns here.

June 27, 2020

3GirlZband

3girlZband is a trio of musicians who were destined to create music together. Combined, the Girlz have been playing for a lifetime and craft their tunes with combinations of electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, drums and percussion. 3girlZband original and cover tunes range from classic rock to acoustic ballads and often linger for a time at genres in between. They feature many combinations of instruments and vocals that bring a unique sound no matter the song.

Join them at the Highlands Inn where dancing is always a highlight of the evening!

Learn more about 3girlZband here!

July 4, 2020

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 11, 2020

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.

July 18, 2020

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.

 

August 8, 2020

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 22, 2020

Tammy Laforest

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.

Learn more about Tammy Laforest here, and visit her Facebook page here.

September 5, 2020

Jamie Anderson

“… a barrel of laughs and a whole bunch of talent.” – Amanda Putz, CBC Radio
“As a writer, Jamie takes the archetypical forms of folk music and story telling and turns them on their heads! A fresh (in every sense) and original artist.” — Catie Curtis

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 12, 2020

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.

September 26, 2020

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.

October 3, 2020

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.

December 5, 2020

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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