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Welcome Music on Malphrus - an affordable, intimate, family-friendly, and smoke-free listening room where people can enjoy live performances featuring musicians who tour both nationally and internationally.

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An acoustic listening event featuring live performances through the fall and winter 2022-23 season. We host musicians who tour both nationally and internationally. 

​Tickets are $25 (unless otherwise noted) and available in advance here or for cash at the door.  

Performances are held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry at 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton, South Carolina.  Doors open at 6:15p.m. Performances begin at 7:00p.m.

Lara Herscovitch
Saturday, December 3, 2022

Lara Herscovitch is a singer-songwriter-poet-performer gem, leading with authenticity, integrity, humor, and heart. As The Boston Globe describes, she brings "a luminous voice and a buoyant stage presence...big-hearted lyrics embrace the sum of life..." Former Connecticut State Troubadour, Sound Waves Magazine caller her work "expertly written prose....songwriting at its best...good for your ears AND your soul." 

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Kirsten Maxwell
Saturday, January 7, 2023

Kirsten Maxwell is New York native, turned nomadic singer/songwriter. She got her start in the children’s chorus at the famed Amato Opera, where her parents met and performed. Often compared to artists like Eva Cassidy and Joni Mitchell, Maxwell is known for her vocal agility. Her vast repertoire, which includes everything from folk classics to jazz standards, is only a compliment to her award winning original songs. In her still budding career, Maxwell has released an album and an EP, embarked on six self made tours around the US, and opened for Melissa Etheridge, Tanya Tucker, The Bacon Brothers, and Robert Klein.

She was last seen touring with legendary singer/songwriter Judy Collins.

“Kirsten Maxwell is an amazing writer and powerful, evocative singer whose performances are a sheer joy. She shines in her own lyrical compositions and in her singular choices of other artists, especially those of Joni Mitchell. Hearing Kirsten sing is uplifting-her future as a performer will be an inspiration in an already marvelous present.“

                                                       — Judy Collins, “Singer, Songwriter and fan” 

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Crys Matthews
Saturday, January 21, 2023

“A passionate and powerful blend of infectious Americana melodies and folky instrumentation, Matthews delivers her honest songwriting through a beautifully raw and unfiltered lens. Oozing soul, her voice bleeds with emotion and gratitude, while simple piano melodies and upbeat percussion fill you with appreciation and love for the people around us who fight for change.”
— Ear Milk

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Matt Nakoa
February 10, 2023

Matt Nakoa is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. A modern troubadour, he makes his home on the highways and concert stages of America, and appears regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. The Boston Globe says of Nakoa, “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.”

Born on a small goat farm in New York State, Nakoa trained to be a concert pianist before accepting a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music as a vocalist. He developed his dramatic songwriting style with his college alt-rock band, The Fens, and after the band dissolved, he landed in NYC. It was in Manhattanʼs all-night piano bars that Nakoa developed an uncanny ability to command the attention of any audience. His first solo albums, released in 2012 and 2014, garnered multiple songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festivalʼs New Folk Competition.

Nakoaʼs newest album, Casting Shadows, is a spellbinding blend of pop, soul, and classical influences that tells a story of childhood dreams crashing headlong into grownup reality. The Ark of Music magazine proclaims, “What we have here is a truly encouraging sign of what pop could once again become …”

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Heather Pierson Duo
March 4, 2023

 Heather Pierson is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, songleader, and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and folk.  Best known for her ease at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, her songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, playfulness, and a desire to share from the heart.  In over twenty years on her own record label, Vessel Recordings, she has released fourteen albums and several singles of original music.

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The Rough and Tumble
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Formerly from Nashville, The Rough & Tumble now find themselves living full time on the road, in a 16ft camper with an 85 lb puppy named Puddle. If you ask Mallory Graham or Scott Tyler how their lives ended up this way they’ll likely respond, “with careful planning, spreadsheets and shoddy cell phone service.”

On their new album, We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know (February 2018), the Americana duo retrace their mileage back to their footsteps and explore the struggle between going home and being home already when there's no other home and everywhere is home.  The R&T know how the tread wears down on the tires when you play 140 shows in year cross-country. They’re willing to stop, should the music run out of them and the road end, but until then, they are likely cross-referencing a spreadsheet to play your town.

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Joe Jencks
Friday, April 21, 2023

Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist, known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. Jencks’ most recent CD – Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers was the #1 CD on the Folk DJ Chart, also garnering recognition for #1 Song and #1 Artist. Additionally the recording has been at the top of the XM Radio Americana Chart for six weeks and counting! Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever relevant, Lady of The Harbor, Jencks has become a fan favorite throughout North America. He is the co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun.
Jencks has been touring internationally for nearly two decades, is an award winning songwriter, and has released 15 CDs in that time. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. 

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Abby Posner
Saturday, April 29, 2023

Abby Posner – Saturday, 4/29/23
Abby Posner has been a working musician in Los Angeles for the past 16 years.  She is best known for her ability to play nearly any instrument that she can get her hands on, twisting genres, and pushing the boundaries of folk, roots, and pop music making her "Genre Fluid." If you have seen Abby perform live, you know she can play a mean lead-blues guitar solo, or throw down a complex Earl Scruggs banjo riff. You also may have spotted her playing drums, mandolin, or bass while using her looping pedal. In addition to her versatility, she puts passion and soul into everything she plays.

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Scott Cook
Friday, May 12, 2023

In 2007, Albertan songwriter Scott Cook quit his job teaching kindergarten in Taiwan and moved into a minivan. He’s made his living as a troubadour ever since, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere, averaging 150 shows and a dozen summer festivals a year, and releasing seven albums of plainspoken, keenly observant verse along the way. His latest collection Tangle of Souls comes packaged in a cloth-bound, 240-page hardcover book of road stories and ruminations, equal parts introspection and insurrection. The album spent two weeks at #1 on Alberta's province-wide community radio network CKUA, and earned Scott his third Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, for English Songwriter of the Year. Its second single "Say Can You See" was the second most-played song of 2020 on Folk Alliance International's folk radio charts, and took top honours for the folk category in both the 2020 UK Songwriting Competition and the 2020 Great American Song Contest. In 2022 he's touring the album all over North America, believing more than ever that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

Rod MacDonald
Saturday, June 10, 2023

Rod MacDonald rose to prominence in NYC’s Greenwich Village in the 1980s, where he headlined Village clubs and co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. A recording and touring artist since 1983, he has performed in The Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Florida, Kerrville, South Florida, Port Fairy (Australia), Trowbridge (UK), Friuli (Italy) Folk festivals. With 11 cds and 100 performances annually throughout North America and Europe, he continues to dazzle audiences with his passionate singing and thought-provoking writing. His songs have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Jonathan Edwards, Dave Van Ronk, Happy Traum, David Rowe, Four Bitchin’ Babes, Garnet Rogers, Joe Jencks, and many other singers. His latest cd, Later That Night, reached #3 nationally on the Roots Music Folk charts in February 2015, with the song “Raven” at #1. 

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The Details
Be sure to reserve your ticket by clicking one of the links above!

Tickets $25 at the door (unless otherwise noted) – General Admission
Doors open 6:15p.m.
Show at 7:00p.m.

At The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, 843-837-3330;