December 9, 2017: Cosy Sheridan with Charlie Koch, Esther Friedman opening 8:00 p.m. $20

National award winning songwriter Cosy Sheridan returns to the Linden Tree Coffeehouse in Wakefield on Saturday, December 9th. She will be accompanied on bass and harmonies by Charlie Koch. Esther Friedman will open.

Cosy Sheridan first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won the New Folk songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival; The Boston Globe wrote, “She is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters.” She has been on the road ever since, playing clubs, concert halls and coffeehouses from Seattle to Berkeley and across and across I-80 to Omaha, Chicago and then to Boston where she now makes her home. On her new CD, Sometimes I Feel Too Much, she writes of these years on the road in her song “Woody Guthrie Watch Over Me.”

A Cosy Sheridan concert is a wide-ranging exploration: love songs for adults – and practical philosophy for a complicated world. She has written about the stock market crash of 2008 and fall-out from uranium mining in the American southwest. She has re-written greek myths: Persephone runs away with Hades the biker. And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women.

Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, Sheridan’s concerts are full of energy and emotionality. Her songs are carefully crafted – and often shorter than the average folk song. “Cosy writes intelligent and clever lyrics with stickable melodies,” wrote Sing Out Magazine. She plays a percussive bluesy guitar style – often in open tunings and occasionally with 2 or more capos on the guitar.

For the past 20 years she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country. In 2008 she co-founded the Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah. Throughout her 25 year career, Cosy has continued to win fans and also rave reviews. www.cosysheridan.com.

Esther Friedman is a Boston-based acoustic singer-songwriter will perform an opening set. She began writing songs in the mid-nineties after moving to Boston and finding inspiration in the buskers who play street corners and T-stops. One of her songs was included on the Billboard Magazine award winning CD, Respond, a benefit project to raise funds for a local domestic violence shelter.