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Boston-Based Singer Songwriters to Watch! Featuring: Lindsay Foote, Rick Drost w/ host John O’Leary

$10 Cover @ the Door / Start 8pm / Doors 7:45pm

Lindsay Foote, Rick Drost and host John O’Leary will perform their most popular songs (and tell a few tales). First in a serious of singer/songwriter showcases.

Lindsay Foote


Lindsay Foote may be THE best singer-songwriter you’ve never heard, with a voice that can melt what’s left of the Arctic Sea ice.  If you have heard Lindsay—perhaps from her popular YouTube video, “Resting Place”—you know you need to see her live. Soon. After years of honing her craft in Toronto, and releasing two EPs and a full album, she’s now creating a buzz on the Boston folk/roots scene.

Her newest release, Going Gone, has been featured on CBC Metro Morning, CBC Big City Small World, and CJRU Double Booked. RAW RAMP Magazine calls these songs “the most celestial & moving folk songs you can imagine.”

Lindsay was a finalist in both the Songwriter Serenade Competition in Austin and the Canadian Songwriting Competition. Since the release of Going Gone, she has completed several tours through Texas, the East Coast, Ontario, and the Canadian Maritimes. She has performed at the Tay Creek Folk Festival in New Brunswick and the Campfire Festival at Passim in Cambridge. In March 2019, Lindsay was honored to be part of the Banff Singer-songwriter Residency in Alberta and looks forward to performing in October at the Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival in Texas.

Rick Drost


Rick Drost writes and sings songs with depth and heart, songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, and poetry. His songs treat life from  varied angles—jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation!  Rick grew up playing classical piano in a musical family outside Buffalo, NY, and discovered a love of poetry (especially Gerard Manley Hopkins) in high school. Early influences were Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, who inspired him with her lyrics and alternate tunings.  More recent influences include Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox, who calls Drost's song "Turning the World" simply “the greatest song ever written!” 

Rick’s CD of the same name, released in 2017, charted on the Folk DJ list in its first month, and continues to get airplay from Europe across America to New Zealand. To keep pace Rick has traveled to coffeehouses, house concerts, mall festivals, and Folk Alliance Events from New England to Colorado to the Southeast. According to No Depression (the pre-eminent journal of roots music) Rick’s musical approach invites comparisons to “Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, and John Sebastian.”

John O’Leary


John O’Leary, has played in a dozen folk, rock, or honky-tonk bands over the course of his career, fronting many of them as a singer/songwriter/pianist.  He has opened shows for over two dozen Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acts—including Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, The Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters—and appeared on NBCs Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack. He has performed in top venues on both coasts, from The Hollywood Bowl and Troubadour in LA to the Bitter End in New York. 

 In the late 70s and 80s his unusual campaign for Governor of Connecticut and then for US President paved the way for a new breed of political candidate—one unencumbered by facts or knowledge—to aspire to higher office.  He reluctantly accepts full responsibility for the current state of national affairs.

These days John performs primarily as a singer-songwriter on the local folk scene.  On warm weekends he sometimes claims a residency in the Boston Public Garden, playing bottle-neck slide guitar—with or without the bottle—for music lovers of all ages and species.

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