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Franklin Coffeehouse to Host Folk Singer Mark Erelli

Feb 17, 2015 09:55AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Mark Erelli has been dubbed “the male counterpart to Neko Case.”

Acclaimed folk singer Mark Erelli travels his own road which will bring him to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, February 28th.  Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” It is a journey that has taken Erelli from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival, stopping briefly along the way to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park. 

In addition to his solo career Mark also performs with  bluegrass band Barnstar! and he has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall. 

This will be a CD release concert for his latest CD, Milltowns, a tribute to Bill Morrissey.  Mark will be joined by Richard Gates, who played bass with Bill, and Jim Henry.

Surly Temple is a trio of excellent musicians from western Massachusetts.   These long-time Valley music luminaries play with the best: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steppenwolf, Stevie Wonder, Fat, Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, The Weepies, Tracy Grammer, Susan Werner, Eliza Gilkyson, and many more.  When they're not on the road putting the sparkle on someone else's star The Surly Temple get together and play music that they love.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $20. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

Watch for more information on upcoming shows, including Jonathan Edwards on March 21! 





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