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Irish Guitarist and Songwriter Patsy O'Brien Returns to Society Hall!

6/16/24, 1:30 AM

Society Hall, the performance space, concert hall and community gathering place at 400 Ross Ave. in Alamosa, is thrilled to welcome back Irish guitarist and singer-songwriter Patsy O'Brien in concert Friday October 7, at 7:30 PM. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Green Spot in Alamosa or at the link below. The concert will also stream live on the Society Hall Facebook page and You-Tube channel.


Patsy entranced the Society Hall crowd when he was here a couple of years ago with his phenomenal guitar wizardry, and has been compared to an Irish Tommy Emmanuel. He has bridged the gap between traditional Celtic/Irish styles of guitar and more modern jazz, rock, and roots/Americana influences. He is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and vocalist. Plus, he's funny and engaging in concert, with that twinkle in his eye that reaches back to the Emerald Isle.

As well as supplying the driving guitar rhythms on Celtic/World Music diva Eileen Ivers' last European tour, and frequently treading the boards and collaborating with many giants of the Celtic/World music scene (Paddy Keenan. Cathie Ryan among them), Patsy's songwriting reflects a strong interest in roots Americana as well as Jazz influences.

With critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt along with numerous live and studio collaborations, it's no surprise that Patsy's songwriting ability and guitar prowess are in demand (he hosts guitar workshops all over the country), and NPR saw fit to feature one of his song arrangements on the prestigious All Songs Considered.


Veteran Irish music critic Paul Dromey declares Patsy "Ireland's best-kept musical secret.", after attending his opening performance for Kinky Friedman some years back.


Hard to believe that with all that behind him, Patsy's star is still rising!


Michael Hearne and South by Southwest With Don Richmond Live at Society Hall!

6/21/24, 1:30 AM

Society Hall is thrilled to welcome back regional favorites Michael Hearne and South by Southwest, featuring Jimmy Stadler, Zeke Severson, Carmen Acciaioli and Don Richmond, Thursday, June 20th at 7:30 PM. Doors will open at 6:30 Tickets for the show are $20 and available at the link below or in person at the Green Spot in Alamosa. The concert will also stream on the Society Hall Facebook page and You-Tube channel.


Michael Hearne, who splits his time between San Marcos, Texas and his long-time home in northern New Mexico, is one of the most beloved and influential singer-songwriter-guitarists playing in the Southwest today. He and his band South By Southwest have been delighting audiences both in their home region of New Mexico, Texas and Colorado as well as around the country, and even internationally, for more than 30 years.


Michael's "whiskey-velvet voice", as friend Eliza Gilkyson terms it, as well as his impressive command of the guitar make him one of the most memorable artists performing in the country and Americana arenas. Add in his compelling and evocative songwriting and you have a combination rarely seen anywhere.


Michael will be featuring songs from his latest album "Better Days", as well as selections from a new album in progress, and of course favorites from his many older releases. “Better Days” features performances by such luminaries as Lloyd Maines, Eliza Gilkyson, Dave Perez (Tejas Brothers), Kelley Mickwee, Ben Jones (Beat Root Revival), and Terri Hendrix. Filled with Hearne's trademark beautiful songwriting, lively rhythms, and compelling messages, "Better Days" is a true masterwork.


Hearne also hosts the 3 day Big Barn Dance Music Festival, held every year the weekend after Labor Day in Taos, New Mexico, which has become one of the premier songwriter-oriented festivals in the country over its 22 years.

Society Hall Is Thrilled to Welcome Legendary Nashville Americana Icon Verlon Thompson!

6/24/24, 1:30 AM

Society Hall is excited to welcome legendary singer-songwriter, guitarist, and accompanist of folk legend Guy Clark, Verlon Thompson, Sunday, June 23rd at 7:30 PM. Doors will open at 6:30. Tickets for the show are $20 and available at the link below or in person at the Green Spot in Alamosa. The concert will also stream on the Society Hall Facebook page and You-Tube channel.


“We've been wanting to get Verlon to Society Hall ever since we opened the doors,” says Don Richmond, local musician, record producer and Society Hall board member. Richmond continues, “Besides being a fantastic guitarist, he's a truly great songwriter and performer, plus he was Guy Clark's right-hand man for decades, and he's got the stories to prove it!”


Songwriters seem to flourish on the fertile Oklahoma plains. Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale and Jimmy Webb. Add Verlon Thompson to that list. Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma).

Along the way Verlon Thompson compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood and many more.

Verlon has co-produced Guy Clark's Grammy nominated cd "Cold Dog Soup" as well as "The Dark", "Workbench Songs" and "Somedays the Song Writes You".


Equally important in his songwriting and live performances, Verlon's guitar work cannot go unnoticed. His guitar can be heard on recordings by Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, and many more, including, and especially Guy Clark. Verlon was honored to contribute to the score of the Tamara Saviano documentary “Without Getting Killed or Caught”, the story of Guy and Susanna Clark and Townes Van Zandt.

In 2019 Verlon hosted his own 13 episode TV show called “Barnegie Hall”. Filmed at his converted barn/home in rural Tennessee, the show aired nationally on PBS and received rave reviews.

More Upcoming Shows & Events

May 25  – Dennis Russell presents a Roundup of Cowboy Poetry

June 5 – Susan Gibson

June 15 - Patsy O'Brien

June 20 – Michael Hearne and South by Southwest

June 23 – Verlon Thompson (with Chris Arellano)

June 28 – Jim Jones

July 5 – The Outlaw Firm (Mike Blakely trio)

July 12 – Terry Klein

July 20 – Lisa Morales

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