Upcoming Show: The Mammals – 2.8.19

“The Mammals are Ruth Ungar, Mike Merenda, and a cohort of compelling collaborators who form a touring quintet on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, organ, bass, and drums. Identifying as “subversive acoustic traditionalists” or a “party band with a conscience,” The Mammals re-emerged from a hibernation period during-which the band’s founders explored new songwriting terrain. “The Mammals don’t suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.” – Washington Post



RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com and note the number of seats you would like reserved.  Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm.



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Laney Jones is returning to Chestnut House Concerts Labor Day Weekend.  You can join the potluck at 6 PM and then hear Laney Jones and the Spirits play at 7 PM on Saturday, September 2.

Donations at the door – $15/20 per person.  RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com.


Dom Fisher of Wood & Wire

Bassist Dom Fisher is one of the founding members of Wood & Wire from Austin, Texas. Dom is a native of New York and obtained a degree in Jazz Studies (double bass) from Ithaca College.  Dom describes his band as “strongly rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of progressive grass such as modern harmony and song forms”. Wood & Wire will be performing at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, June 17, 2016. There’s a potluck at 6:00 pm and the music will begin at 7:00 pm.



Wood & Wire at Greyfox Bluegrass Festival 2014.  Photo by Tim Lehman

If you would like to attend the Wood & Wire house concert contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or send a text to 717 9409311.  Suggested donation of $15/20 at the door; all money goes to the musicians.



Dave Neigh of the Steel City Rovers – 4/5

Meet DaveNeighDave Neigh, fiddle player with the Steel City Rovers.

When Dave is not playing with the Rovers he can be found playing guitar, bass, Irish tenor banjo, mandolin, tuba and harmonica.  But not all at one time.

Dave also plays with the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band and the blues fiddle group Step On It!.  To see the Steel City Rovers on Thursday night (June 18, 2015), rsvp with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 7179409311.  Potluck at 6; Show at 7.

April in January


Just 6 days until April Verch, Cody Walters & Hayes Griffin perform at Chestnut House Concerts. We may be able to find an extra seat or a comfortable lap for you to sit on if you care to join us.

The potluck is certainly a highlight of House Concerts. Arrive anytime after 6:00 pm and bring food or beverage to share with others. It saves some time in the evening because you don’t need to make dinner, and it’s a great way to meet people & relax.

If we haven’t heard from you, check the ‘About’ page and get in touch!

‘Til the Wheels Come Off

wheel“Sun came up, it was blue and gold. Ever since I put your picture in a frame. I’m gonna love you ’til the wheels come off. Oh yea”. (Tom Waits / Kathleen Brennan)

For music lovers there’s nothing that compares to a live performance. Recordings become the next best thing and most of us have favorite tunes we could listen to over & again because the recording is done so well, it’s just like ‘the real thing’. One of those, for me, is Picture in a Frame by Tom Waits on his Mule Variations album.  Even more than Wait’s husky voice singing the sweet lyrics of this love song, I appreciate the way it was recorded.  There are a few seconds of squeaky piano bench noises before the keys on the upright plunk out the melody while the live microphone picks up Wait’s vocals along with all that’s happening in the room. Greg Cohen adds a simple bass line and there’s a breathy bari-sax instrumental break by Nik Phelps.

Our first house concert this new year is January 15th and there are a few seats still available if you want to join us to experience the April Verch band. May your 2013 be filled with musical experiences, live and recorded – ’til the wheels come off.

3 Greats in 1 Show

If a chance to see the beautiful and talented April Verch – Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and step dancer – is not enough, don’t forget she’s bringing along Cody Walters.

Cody is a master at the upright bass and also plays the claw hammer banjo. Cody has traveled with various bands playing everything from bluegrass to oldtime, jazz to latin. And if Cody & April aren’t enough…what about Hayes Griffin?

Hayes was an active member of Boston’s vibrant acoustic music scene as he added a master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory to his BA in Music Performance from Denison University. Hayes started playing guitar at age 9 and gained recognition in the bluegrass world as a teenager, winning 2 flatpicking competitions in a row. Hayes has been with the April Verch Band since 2012.

All 3 of these influential musicians make up the internationally renowned April Verch Band and will be performing Tuesday evening, January 15, 2013 – 7:00 pm. Check the ‘about’ page for instructions on how to sign up for a seat at the show.


from left, Hayes Griffin on guitar, Cody Walters on bass & banjo, and April Verch