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Cambridge, MA’s Club Passim Announces Its Impressive Upcoming Season

Highlights of the club’s spring/early summer line-up include something for everyone:


club passim St. ps dayBob Bradshaw and Flynn on March 17: Two of Ireland’s best imports join together for a special St. Patrick’s Day concert/party. In addition to performing their own songs, Bradshaw and Flynn will be debuting songs from their current songwriting collaboration. They will be accompanied by all-star players Ian Kennedy (guitar/fiddle), Jordan Alegant (stand-up/electric bass), and Seth Botos (drums/percussion).

Bradshaw will be using the occasion as his Boston CD Release Party for his new album, Home.  The singer-songwriter, who hails from Cork, Ireland, has spent the past 25 years honing his craft throughout Europe and the US, has been called a “cross between Ray Davies, Ryan Adams, and Randy Newman,” and his take on Americana evokes the soul-searching of musical influences ranging from John Hiatt to Steve Earle.  This new collection of 12 original songs, featuring guest musicians Duke Levine, Annie Lynch, Dan Gurney, Maeve Gilchrist, and Scoop McGuire, captures the listener with “…its far-ranging, sometimes anguished, occasionally hopeful and always engaging songs.” (Tom Franks, Folkwords UK, 2012)

Flynn has enjoyed a similarly eclectic musical journey.  Originally from County Wicklow, Ireland, Flynn has enjoyed a vibrant career in a wide range of musical endeavors, as a musician, songwriter, composer, and producer.  The founder of Boston’s legendary Cliffs of Dooneen, with whom he had a top-ten hit and toured with Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, Flynn has released 4 critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums.  His first, On Your Way, won the Boston Music Award for “Outstanding Debut Album of the Year.” His latest releases, infused with an honest, emotionally powerful view of life, reflect Flynn’s American journey.   He has shared the stage with the Allman Brothers, Ellis Paul, and Simple Minds, among many other artists, and brings energy and passion to his live performances. Flynn has also composed and performed his music for a number of films (including the Farrelly brothers’ Stuck on You with Cher), on the stage, and for television.

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Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Tommy Ramone on March 29





Iguana Music Fund Artists Showcase on April 22: Passim will host a special evening, showcasing artists that received 2012 grants from their Iguana Music Fund. The Iguana Music Fund was established in 2008 after a generous donor decided that he wanted to help artists

Iguana passim pursue their musical goals. Artists often have the talent and ideas to create incredible music, but they do not always have the financial capacity to do so. To help musicians overcome financial limitations, the Iguana Music Fund awards annual grants worth between $500 and $2,000 to artists with a residential or tour-based affiliation to New England. These funds are used for specific career-building and community service projects.

James McCartney ~ photo courtesy of

James McCartney ~ photo courtesy of


James McCartney (son of Paul) on May 20






Additional Upcoming Shows at Club Passim include:

Sunday, March 3 at 8PM: Mary Gauthier

Saturday, March 9 at 8PM: Willie Nile

Saturday, March 16 at 3:30PM: Passim School of Music Ensemble Showcase

Sunday, March 17, 4:30PM: Five O’Clock Shadow

Friday, March 29 at 7PM: Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) + Tommy Ramone

Thursday April 4, at 7 PM and Friday April 5, 7PM & 9:30PM: Lori McKenna CD Release

Saturday, April 6 at 8PM: Freedy Johnston

Wednesday, April 10 at 7PM & 10PM: Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer ~ Child Ballads

Monday, April 15 at 8PM: Tylan (of Girlyman) CD Release

Tuesday, April 16 at 8PM: Willy Porter

Wednesday, April 17 at 7PM & 10PM: Liz Longley CD Release, Jesse Terry opens

Friday, April 19 at 8PM: Kim Richey Trio CD Release, Darden Smith opens

Saturday, April 20 at 8PM: Cliff Eberhardt

Monday, April 22 at 7PM: Iguana Music Fund Night (Free)

Wednesday, April 24 at 7PM & 9:30PM: Griffin House

Friday, April 27 at 7PM & 10PM: Laura Cortese CD Release


More About Passim

The mission of Passim is to provide truly exceptional and interactive live musical experiences for both performers and audiences, to nurture artists at all stages of their career, and to build a vibrant music community. They do so through a legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach programs. As a nonprofit since 1994, Passim carries on the heritage of its predecessors ~ the historic Club 47 (1958-1968) and for-profit Passim (1969-1994). They cultivate a diverse mix of musical traditions, where the emphasis is on the relationship between performers and audience and teachers and students. Located in Harvard Square, Passim serves Cambridge and the broader region by featuring local, national and international artists. Their ultimate goal is to help the performance arts flourish and thereby enrich the lives of members of the community.

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 Special thanks to Adam Klein of Callanan & Klein Communications

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