The Woodshed Podcast Live from The Hearing Room

The Woodshed Podcast Live from The Hearing Room

The Woodshed is an intimate discussion and live performance with local New England area singer/songwriters who have played at The Hearing Room in Lowell, Massachusetts. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, of Mushroom Musicians, the conversation focuses on a wide range of life histories to bring new meaning to local music. Listen in on the third Monday of each month at 7:00PM for the LIVE podcast! The recorded version will be available immediately after the podcast.


June 28, 2021 101 min
Ronnee has been performing in clubs and coffeehouses throughout the southern New England area, playing "ClassicRock" covers and originals, including those from her self-produced CD,“Spirit of the Heart”. Ronnee's upbeat “acoustic-rock” style and choice of material never fail to draw her audiences' praise and applause.
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Dear Friend,
I'd like to share a story with you...

...about a girl. The youngest of six children, “the baby”, she spent summers barefoot and picking raspberries. During the winter she listened to the crackling fireplace while warming cold fingers after hours in the snow. She learned delight and appreciation.

This girl was spritely and filled with joy. She was loving and always wanted to please those around her. She trusted quickly...
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Tonight! Catherine Swan is on the podcast at 7pm. Listen in!

I am originally from Dublin Ireland, currently living in Lowell Ma with my childhood sweetheart "Swanney" who I reconnected with after 30 years and married just 4 years ago. It wasn't until I moved to the US that I started playing out at open mics initially and eventually playing in pubs and gigging all over Lowell and surrounding towns with my band "Oskers...
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February 16, 2021 97 min
Chris Steele is a Massachusetts-based songwriter, singer, and rock musician. Depending on the day, Chris might be solo with an acoustic guitar in Edmonton, Alberta, jamming out with friends at a pizza joint in Newton, livestreaming online, or putting down new rock tracks in the studio.

My music comes from a love of classic rock, influenced by 90’s grunge and post-grunge, and then filtered through the mind of a poet who travels too m...
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Doug Farrell is a Songwriter from Southern New Hampshire who's been described as John Prine meets John Gorka. he’s been featured on NHPR’s Folk Show ,winner of several New England Songwiting contests. He has a CD out called Spirit Man, and also 2 CDs with Decatur Creek .
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A brief Biography of Jay Singing Spirit Cunningham written by Jay:
I started playing guitar at 15 years of age and I am self taught not until later on in life did I start performing at various coffee houses and pubs both at open mics and gigging out and also busking for tips I have been with my classic rock band the CRS Project for 20 years or so and actually started playing with some of these musicians 48years ago as a garage band ...
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Pam Steinfeld

A Massachusetts-based musician, Pam has over 20 songwriting awards to her credit (6 awarded by the Billboard Magazine Song Contest). She writes upbeat, rhythmic tunes as well as soulful ballads.
Pam’s debut CD, "Open Hands," features eleven originals and a cover version of John Gorka's song "Love Is Our Cross To Bear." Co-produced by Pam and WAMA "Producer...
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Jason Campbell was born in Billerica, MA and has spent his life in New England. He has a degree in Illustration and is self-employed as a Typographic Designer. He also paints, draws pencil portraits and publishes web cartoons. He has been a blues enthusiast for decades, some of his favorite artists are Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Charlie Musselwhite and Guy Davis. When not listening to other blues artists he plays harmonica and...
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Lori Fassman moved to the Boston area from Connecticut in the late 1980s, armed with a math degree, and immediately became enchanted with the local folk music scene. She joined and later became a core volunteer for the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (, helping to organize their concert series, singing parties and annual Fall Getaway Weekend. Lori has sung with numerous local performing groups including The Simones (n...
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“Tamara Hey’s soaring voice has charmed and captivated audiences throughout her native New York for over a decade. She writes meticulously detailed, magically crystallized three-minute pop songs which, just like her vocals, are disarmingly deep. She’s also one of the great wits in music: an edgy sense of humor spices Hey’s narratives and character studies, even in the gloomiest moments. And her punchlines have O. Henry irony and Am...
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Cantor Vera Broekhuysen has served as cantor at Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill, Massachusetts, since June of 2016 and is delighted to begin serving the Temple as its spiritual leader in July of 2018.
As an educator, Cantor Broekhuysen brings guitar and drum into the classroom to infuse Hebrew language learning with music. Cantor Broekhuysen is also passionate about the beauty and vocal connectivity of early music and folksong and brin...
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Danno Sullivan - Ukulele teacher, musician, actor, writer and all around performer.
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My work as a writer tends to be mostly essay driven. My first full length book is a memoir titled "This is why you know me."
I'm a professional stand-up comedian of five years. I also cohost the radio program, Poptarts in my VCR every Tuesday on 91.5 WUML. It can also be streamed on In addition, I co-host a Podcast, "One-hour Parking" based out of northern Massachusetts.
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Haverhill raised musician, writing under BEDS the solo project and Motel Art, with inspirations from movie scores like Eternal Sunshine and bands Minus the Bear and the Front Bottoms. Ben works in the mental health field. When not working or performing, Ben runs a diy music/artist collaboration Let’s Get Weird as well as the podcast One Hour Parking with cohost Maxwell Shultz. The podcast interviews local artists/musicians.
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Annie Patterson & Peter Blood developed and edited Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook, published by Sing Out Publications in 1988 and their sequel second songbook Rise Again published by Hal Leonard in 2015. They have led hundreds of singalong concerts and workshops across North America, New Zealand and the UK.

Patterson is an accomplished folk performer, recording artist and jazz vocalist. She was the art director of ...
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Rob Siegel is well-known in Boston folk music circles as an innovative songwriter who draws from his idyllic yet stressed- out middle-class suburban existence and produces memorable, intelligent, well-crafted songs.
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A vocal powerhouse, a dynamic songwriter and an empowering force who bares her heart for the world to see.

Known for her entrancing high energy performances and emotionally charged power vocals, vulnerable and passionate in her songwriting and stage presence; Liz openly discusses mental health, female empowerment and many other sensitive topics that so desperately need to be explored.

Highlights have included winning Roots...
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Alexandru Sabau is a Indie Folk Singer-Songwriter from Haverhill, Mass. His debut full length 'In between the Standing Trees' was recorded at BB3 Studios in Newton,NH. and self-released in 2014. He has been on several Road Trip tours, playing in cafes, bars and sidewalks to anyone who would listen, though at times, it was just the crickets. Currently he writes and performs with a local Punk Band called The Grubs, and pe...
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Performing a unique blend of jazz, folk, rock and blues, Beverly-based, rootsy, rockin & blue, Bob Kramer delivers high-spirited and enthusiastic performances every time he performs. His lively sets are packed with songs for any age and range from the Blues of the Delta to the classic Jazz of the streets to his own tasty originals.

Bob is a seasoned performer and multi-instrumentalist whose love for the Delta and Piedmont style...
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May Ave. was a long-term project that began on a Boston commuter boat in 2003. Bill Barton (A.R. West Studios/Billy and the Goats) listened to Gillespie discuss music, subsequently challenging him to write a bunch of songs that he offered to record in exchange for beer. This beer-inspired offer could do little else than garner a country-influenced record. Gillespie went to work writing songs and Barton began to artfully (well, sort...
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