The Linden Tree Coffeehouse continues its 37th season with Maine’s Jud Caswell. The live concert will be broadcast on youtube and Facebook with a limited audience at our Covid alternative site. Jud has been the winner of several prestigious songwriting awards such as the Dave Carter Memorial Song Contest in Oregon, the Ploweshares in Pennsylvania, and Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk in Texas. Jud, this New England Notable performer, is more than a great singer and guitar player. His songs are stories with beautiful images and interesting characters he brings to life.
Rich Warren in Sing Out Magazine described Jud Caswell as highly original and wise beyond his years! Maine’s Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival. You’ve got your banjo picking, your Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments, and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. He’s often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, but his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock. His sixth CD reflects his years full of music, a celebration of life, love, family, friends, and all that is wonderful about midcoast Maine. His song, Blackberry Time, got him a lot of folk radio airplay and several singer-songwriting awards from Florida, Oregon, Texas, and locally in Massachusetts. Jud’s songs take you into his stories with clear images and characters while accompanying himself on his beautiful six-string guitar.
The title song from his sixth CD, “The Great Divide” was the #2 song on the Folk Alliance International Charts for October, 2021! This song was inspired by his grandparents – a Maine couple who celebrated 70 anniversaries together. It starts off with his old family anecdote: “Nana was a registered Republican, Pappy was a Democrat for life…” There was never a time I didn’t know that about them. And there was never a time that I saw any strife caused by it. A relationship like that seems almost inconceivable today. That makes me sad. And it makes me worried. It makes me want to find a way to reach out a hand – even when I feel it being slapped away. I take great pride in the fact that this song has been loved and shared by Democrats and Republicans alike. I hope my grandparents would be proud as well.” www.JudCaswell.com
Please donate to our Linden Tree performers. With few in-person gigs, performers still need to pay rent and other living expenses. Our suggested donation is $20. Please donate whatever you are able. There will be a link to PayPal or checks may be mailed to Linden Tree Coffeehouse, 8 Dexter Lane, Wakefield, MA 01880. Thank you.
The Linden Tree Coffeehouse operates, in part, with thanks to partial support from Wakefield’s Art Council of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ivy Chord Coffeehouse in Reading.
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