The Loop is a showcase of singer-songwriters from the Boston area and beyond. It is normally held each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Four Performers play 30 minute sets . Formerly held at Arts at the armory in Somerville, the show is now Online until further notice . We encourage performers to present their original music to our listening audience. The monthly shows are run in turn by Linda Marks and Rick Drost, and other volunteers. Mark Abare is massively helpful with tech issues, monitoring, and chats during the event. On show nights we arrive at 6.30, do final sound checks etc. We go live at 7. We do the four sets, and usually say a brief group goodbye to the audience and to each other at the end. I’ll Host. Mark Abare of the Hearing Room, now WWHR - Internet Media fame will cohost , working the tech magic
I use Streamyard for the broadcast so the show appears on “The Loop at the Armory” group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/605186336292335 and on “The Loop at the Armory” YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pvJk8 and be archived in both places.
Happy to host again (and sing) at this ongoing Third Thursday online showcase with four songwriters singing half hour sets. Here's who's playing::
Marci Geller - marcigeller.com - Long Island, NY Deb Seymour - debseymourmusic.com - Seattle WA Mowesby - mowesby.com - Leominster, MA Rick Drost - rickdrostsongs.com - Cambridge, MA
Mark Abare cohosts and helps with the tech;
Details on the performers:
Long Island based Marci Geller describes herself as a Songwriter-Singer, “because the song always comes first”. She’s played on many TV stations and channels, festivals, and listening rooms around the country. Marci recently re-emerged after taking a 1 ½ year hiatus since experiencing the agonizing loss of her parents and father-in-law within eight months. Depression, insomnia and other health challenges ensued. “Thankfully, the music kept coming, so writing and recording gave me a sense of purpose when social anxiety dug its claws into me.”
On March 1, 2023 she went live on social media unannounced, and performed a short set. Within minutes she was flooded with hundreds of well wishes and accolades. “Baby-steps sounds trite. It’s more like scaling a mountain without any gear…and as always, knowing that it is exactly what I was put here for.”
Credentials include being twice named an “Editor’s Choice” as a top songwriter twice by Independent Songwriter Magazine. Has performed on Live! with Regis, Good Day NY and CNN Worldbeat, and music can be heard on ABC Family, MTV, VH-1, PBS, A&E, Discovery Channel, USA Network and others. Toured for two years as the support act and backup vocalist for Blackmore’s Night.
She has shared the stage with luminaries Christine Lavin, James Maddock, Vance Gilbert, (Maddock and Gilbert appear on Open Book). Official Showcase Artist at Sync Summit and Durango Songwriters Expo. Has released seven full-length albums on Sonic Underground, the label she co-founded with Husband/Producer/Engineer Gianni DiMauro. Writes and produces for Kora Music Group/Ocelot Publishing for the Asian market, as well as Sync Agencies PanFurWare LLC and For Goodness Sync.
Hitch-hiking chickens? Tango-dancing Martians? Colonoscopies? Seattle singer-songwriter Deb Seymour sings about them all! Her whimsical, off-beat subjects, clever turns of phrase, and consummate guitar picking will tickle your funny bone and pull the heartstrings, keeping the audience touched by wit and wisdom.
Deb plays locally at festivals, cafes, and wineries in Washington State. She also tours nationally 3-5 months a year, playing Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, California and Utah in 2022 Seymour has four CDs of original work out on the Herkimer Productions label. She also simulcasts her popular livestream, "Brunch W/ Deb" on her Facebook and YouTube channels every Sunday, whether on the road or not. Her fans call themselves "Deb-Heads" and tune in from USA , Canada, UK, Germany, Israel and Australia
Mowesby (the pen name of singer-songwriter Matt Sowersby) creates thoughtful, genuine, contemporary folk songs. He has been playing guitar since he was 9 years old and studied classical guitar in college. Inspired by indie folk, post rock, and prog rock giants like Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, and Pink Floyd, Mowesby’s music transports listeners into a world where syncopated rhythms weave through emotive vocals, creating a sense of intimacy and engagement between the artist and his audience. The way Mowesby holds emotion and intention in his earnest, layered vocals and stripped-down instrumentation will also remind some listeners of connections to contemporary folk artists like José Gonzalez, Novo Amor, and even some early Death Cab for Cutie records. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, Sowersby’s recordings often combine varied sonic textures, incorporating acoustic and electronic elements to create his characteristic layered, dynamic sound.
In January 2020, just before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sowersby released his first album Go Forward, which has been described as a “soul-searching journey” both “atmospheric and poppy” by J.J. Thayer of Divide and Conquer. The album was recorded at home by Sowersby himself and touches on topics like love, depression, our impact on the world, and the process of confronting fear. The tracks comprising Go Forward were written over the course of more than a decade, bringing Sowersby’s teenage self into conversation with his adult self, now navigating his early 30s.
Sowersby currently resides in Leominster, MA, with his wife and two cats, Simon and Garfunkel. Mowesby’s music can be found streaming on Spotify and all major platforms.
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, poetry. His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; Originally from Western New York, Rick travels from Cambridge, MA to sing at coffeehouses, house concerts, small festivals and Folk Alliance Events from New England, to Colorado to the Southeast.