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23 Dedham Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

Homegrown Coffeehouse

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Chris Pahud, Tom Pirozzoli & Seth Connelly

April 27, 2024

General: $20
Students and Seniors: $15
Online Broadcast: $20
Chris Pahud, Tom Pirozzoli and Seth Connelly
For more than thirty years Tom’s simple path has been a life rich in music, art and travel, yielding a career filled with nine studio albums, numerous songwriting credits, and collaborations with other artists such as Willy Porter, Joyce Andersen and David Wilcox. Tom’s sophisticated guitar work forms the rich backdrop for his warm tenor that delivers melodies and lyrics exploring the full range of the human and global experience. Tom was named a winner in MUSICIAN magazine’s Best Unsigned Band Contest, resulting in a national Warner Bros. Records release. His subsequent album “Travels” (Great Northern Arts) spent 13 weeks in the AAA Charts top 40 albums. Several of his original recordings also reside in the Smithsonian Folkways Collection via Fast Folk Musical Magazine.

Chris grew up in Needham Massachusetts in a family of classical musicians. By Junior year he was playing out regularly in a folk quartet named, “The Town Dump”, drawing heavily from the songs of Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, The Youngbloods and Ian and Sylvia. In January 1985, Chris and the band “No Show Show Band” played their first gig at Homegrown Coffeehouse. Since the 1990’s, he has been playing in coffeehouses and festivals around the Boston area. Chris’s strength in performance lies in his fluid bass/baritone voice and he is drawn to narrative folk songs in the traditions of Fred Neil, Tom Russell, David Olney, Stan and Garnet Rogers. Chris has written some original songs and collaborated with Quincy poet, Bill Thibodeau as well. Accompanying Chris on various string instruments will be the incomparable multi-instrumentalist, Seth Connelly!

Chris Pahud sings with all his heart, and his heart is huge. His voice and songs come from such a beautiful place, I smile every time I hear him sing… and witness him doing what comes so natural to him… his gifts make this world a better place.” Mary Gauthier

Catie Curtis

May 11, 2024

General: $30
Students and Seniors: $27
Online Broadcast: $30

Catie Curtis
Catie Curtis first played Homegrown in November 1990, when she opened for Brooks Williams. The audience reaction to her set guaranteed that she would return to our stage as the headliner in December 1991. Our audience loved her from the start, and she performed here almost every season for the next 7 years.
Catie seeks the everyday details that let you see your own life in her songs. So many people have told her that her songs are like companions, soundtracks for their lives. In her 90’s gay-rights classic, “Radical”, she sang, “I’m not being radical when I kiss you/And I don’t love you to make a point.” Her open expression of her lesbian identity helped others through their own difficult journey to openness.
For many years, Catie toured full-time in the US and Europe, releasing 14 recordings and selling over 250,000 CDs (not to mention streaming and downloads). She has recorded for major and for independent labels, collaborating with some of the finest musicians and producers in the country. Before the pandemic, she continued to play shows for a legion of fans who shared stories with her at the merch table night after night. Her songs have been featured in films and tv shows, and she performed several times at the White House during the Obama administration.
In 2017, Catie left the road and began training to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is now in private practice as an LMFT with an office in Newton, MA. She seeks a balance between her work as a therapist and an artist. “I still need and want to create music. Writing is still how I make sense of my life and the world around me. I still love getting out to play shows and connect with people.” Her many fans would say that it’s a sentiment that is important to them, too.
 

The Homegrown Coffeehouse is located at the First Parish church on the corner of Dedham and Great Plain Avenues. There is free parking nearby and wheelchair access.

 

About the Homegrown Coffeehouse

The Homegrown Coffeehouse is located at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Great Plain and Dedham Avenues in Needham Center. There is free parking available and wheelchair access.

We announce new acts via the Homegrown Coffeehouse email newsletter.

Directions to the Homegrown Coffeehouse at First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist:

From the North: Take Route 128 (I-95) south to exit 19C (Highland Avenue Needham). Take Highland Avenue to Great Plain Avenue in Needham Center. Cross over Great Plain Ave. onto Dedham Ave., the church will be on your right. Parking is available on Lincoln St., the first right after the church. Enter on Lincoln Street.

From the South: Take Route 128 (I-95) north to exit 17 (Route 135). Take Route 135 to Lincoln Street (see map). Parking is off Lincoln Street.

From Boston and Cambridge: Take Route 9 west to Route 128 South. Follow directions above “from the North.”

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