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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse Kicks of 27th Season with Garnet Rogers

Aug 24, 2016 04:26PM ● By Pamela Johnson

Canadian singer Garnet Rogers

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse begins its 27th season on Saturday, Sept. 10, with famed Canadian singer Garnet Rogers ( Garnet has established himself as “one of the major  talents of our time”. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer,” Rogers is a man with a powerful physical presence and a voice to match. With his “smooth dark baritone” his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Rogers is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere.
Toronto-based singer Shawna Caspi ( will open the show. She sings of love, travel, home, and heart, distilling each experience into a series of vibrant snapshots, coloured with humour and grace and arranged with care and craft. Her latest release, Apartments for Lovers, is a solo guitar and voice album that showcases her rich voice and remarkable fingerstyle guitar technique. 

Rogers suggests that you bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to the Franklin Food Pantry.

The coffeehouse always brings excellent performers to Franklin and this year is no exception. The schedule is full of well-known artists such as Tom Rush, Ellis Paul, and Livingston Taylor, but also includes many up and coming talents. Each and every show is exceptional and you’re invited to enjoy any and all of them.
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse Schedule 2016
9/10   Garnet Rogers
9/24   Tom Rush
10/15  Jim Henry & Abbie Gardner (Red Molly)
11/5   Matt Nakoa, Rachael Kilgour, & Kirsten Maxwell
11/19  Kennedys
12/3    Ellis Paul
12/10  Celtic Christmas featuring Robbie O’Connell and Rose Clancy

Coming in 2017:
1/7      Don White & Christine Lavin
1/28    Peter Mulvey
2/11   Joe Crookston
3/4     RUNA
3/18   The Boxcar Lilies
4/1     Brother Sun
4/22   Livingston Taylor
5/6     Catie Curtis
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. 

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