The Starlight Honeys are back with their blend of old-time and new folk tunes and three-part harmonies that will blow your socks off! They have a very distinct sound that will make you very happy you came to this particular concert. Two generations of musicians makes it extra special for me. I love to see the younger singer/songwriters supported at an early age and it certainly paid off with Samantha Tracy. The group was together when she was still in high school winning awards for her performance skills even then.

Katie O’Connell has been singing since she was two years old. An old musical soul, she has carted her penny whistles, Irish flute, and djembe from the Pubs of Ireland to New England. Roger Sorlien plays a variety of instruments including guitar, Mandolin and Mandola. Now what is the difference between a Mandolin and a Mandola? Can someone tell me? This trio is a labor of love for him. As well as being a consummate musician he is also a marketing machine, which makes my life a whole lot easier! Thank you Roger.

Last year Samantha made her solo performance debut in The Back Room. It meant a lot to me that they chose our venue for such a milestone in a young musicians life. It reminded me of why The Back Room was created and what the influences were for me.

Club Passim in Harvard Square, Cambridge was my inspirational starting point. In 1958 another young singer/songwriter played her first performance there. At the time it was called Club 47, and changed its name in the 60’s. The name of that young woman was Joan Baez.  Bob Dylan played Club 47 for free just to say he had played there. Bonnie Raitt chose to attend college in Cambridge to be near that particular club. In the sixties there was a real scene going on with small live music venues packed every night, and young singer/songwriters honing their craft in front of a live audience before picking up record contracts and becoming rich and famous. I know we can’t exactly compare The Back Room to the heyday of Club Passim, although I don’t hesitate to compare Sam and actually several singer/songwriters who play our venue, to some of the famous ones. For every one who becomes a household name there are hundreds of equally talented musicians who never win the lottery of fame and fortune. It doesn’t make them less good.

A youngster called Bruce Springsteen was rejected by Club 47,  I guess they thought he was just not good enough. So if he is still around, I want to reach out to him and tell him, there is always a place for him at The Back Room :) 



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    Linda Carmichael

    Born under the shadows of the great shipyards of Clydeside in Glasgow, into a working class family (her papa was a riveter on the Queen Mary) she became an actress in her twenties, working in TV, radio, film and theater. She is well travelled and in her thirties, while juggling motherhood with her acting career she moved, as a single parent to the U.S. where she met and married her husband David, over twenty years ago. Together with David's multi talented son, Noah they created The Mill trio of businesses.

    Linda is dedicated to keeping live performance going, particularly the time honored traditions in music before the era where radio stations only play artists guaranteed to make millions of sales.

    Community is very important to Linda and she enjoys the fact that a very strong and vital community has grown from the idea that is, THE BACK ROOM. 


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