Singer Songwriter Clare Byrne Performs at Old Lyme’s Nightingale Café Saturday, Sept. 28

On Saturday, September 28, Clare Byrne will be performing with fellow friends and musicians Amy Larimer and Nick Leichter in a full two-hour set as part of Nightingale Cafe’s singer songwriter series. The series began six years ago with the hard work of Dave Gregorie, according to Gail Stevens, founder of the Nightingale Cafe and the nonprofit MusicNow Foundation in Old Lyme. “It’s hard for performers to just do all original music at most gigs,” Stevens said. “This is a venue and a program where we really feature original lyrics and advocate for it. It’s been really amazing.”  MusicNow is

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Aztec Two-step 2.0, Jonathan Edwards, Pousette-Dart Band Headline Annual Fundraiser for Equine Retirement in Salem on Saturday

SALEM — Spadi, a 22-year-old horse, munched hay Thursday morning while workers rolled out a big white tent that will house the eleventh annual Mitchell Farm Music Festival this Saturday.  “He’s our 99th horse to come through the front gate in the 15 years we’ve been here,” said Dee Doolittle, founder of Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, a nonprofit that provides a good home for aging horses, and offers education on equine welfare.  The event — featuring Aztec Two-step 2.0, Jonathan Edwards and the Pousette-Dart Band — is a fundraiser with a goal of raising $14,400 to partly fund an endowment

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Twenty Years a Dancer, Byrne Releases an Album

After more than 20 years as a dancer, Clare Byrne is making the leap into music. Her first full album – Celestials – will be released on Saturday, June 15 just nine years after she first picked up a guitar. “It felt like an awkward coming out when I would tell other dancers I think I want to be a musician,” Byrne said.

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