Welcome to 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.
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.
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 …”https://mattnakoa.com/
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.
The Rough & Tumble, a folk/Americana duo made up of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, will have you in stitches one minute and falling apart at the seams the next. After living in a 16ft camper with two big dogs and one tiny hamster for the last 8 years, playing upwards of 150 shows a year, the duo now spends part of their time as residents of New Hampshire. Playing upwards of 150 shows a year, they are equally at home in festival settings, listening rooms and house concerts, their engaging performances and affecting songwriting winning them The Listening Room Network’s Artist of the Year in 2019, official showcases at SERFA and NERFA and the Independent Music Awards Americana Song of the Year for their song “The Hardest Part.” In 2021, they released We're Only Family If You Say So, an album about what it means to be family, and what it means to lose it. With singles debuting on American Songwriter, The Bluegrass Situation and Grateful Web referring to the album as "a must listen," it has been embraced by fans for its stark honesty, unique storytelling and well-crafted melodies. Their new album, Only This Far, comes out in May 2023. http://www.theroughandtumble.com/
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. http://www.joejencks.com/
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.
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 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. http://www.rodmacdonald.net/
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