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Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts

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Little Tree Acoustic is a private house concert series in Lafayette, CO dedicated to creating an intimate listening space for professional singer-songwriter performers. If you want to experience music the way it should be experienced, join our friends-of-the-series email list so you can learn about and be invited to upcoming shows.

Little Tree has enjoyed a phenomenal lineup of shows that have included inspiring songwriting, animated story telling, expert musicianship, and moving poetry. Click on the images below for a sample of past performances.


Upcoming Shows:

10 June 2017 Jack Williams   (click for description)
14 July 2017 Connor Garvey   (description soon)
25 August 2017 Barbara Nesbitt   (description soon)
23 or 24 September 2017 (TBD) Tom Prasada-Rao   (description soon)
21 October 2017 Bettman and Halpin   (description soon)
17 November 2017 Ben Balmer and Josh Flowers   (description soon)


Jack Williams in Lafayette



Saturday 10 June 2017 in Lafayette

Jack Williams is "an old-school troubadour with a gift not only for song (as an arranger and composer), but stellar fretwork and gorgeous guitar tone." - Acoustic Guitar

It's great to kick off the 2017 Little Tree season with Jack Williams. Jack has an eclectic and deep repertoire, with a great many stories collected over a storied career. He's a great story teller, too. This is a show everyone will appreciate, so if your folks are in town or live here in Colorado, I'd encourage you to bring them with you.

You can reserve your seats here.

The quotes speak for themselves ...

"Jack is one of the most talented and accomplished performers on the folk circuit today" - All Music Guide

"Jack Williams is one of the most eclectic singer songwriters going. You can hear both the white and black musical traditions in his writing. You can hear country, you can hear blues, you can hear jazz. He's a poet who knows how to write simply. And he's a remarkable, magical performer, with graceful good humor, and a hot guitar style." - Phil Shapiro, host, WVBR's "Bound for Glory"

"Perhaps even more exciting than seeing Bob Dylan, though, was the reaction that Jack Williams got. ..He practically blew the top off the tent! Man, oh man, can that guy play guitar! He completely overshadowed more well-known performers - They were wonderful, but Jack Williams was playing in an entirely different league. I was astounded by how good he is." - Mark Cashman, upon hearing Jack for the first time at the Newport Folk Festival.

"Jack is the best guitar-player I've ever heard." - Peter Yarrow

"Jack Williams is very much his own man; ... an experienced storyteller, an excellent musician, a masterful guitarist...." - Al Moir - music writer for 'Country Music People' - UK

Reserve your seats here.

You can sample Jack Williams's music here:









About the artist ~ Jack Williams, a South Carolina-born artist, is celebrated by the contemporary U.S. folk community as a singer/songwriter of national stature and an uncommonly unique guitarist whom "Sing Out! Magazine" describes as "one of the strongest guitarists in contemporary folk". He continues to tour the U.S. constantly, as he has for the past 50 years, out of the sheer love of music and performing. Williams has added extremely successful tours of England, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, France and Austria to his list of recent performances at festivals, house concerts and major folk venues. A featured performer on the Philadelphia and Kerrville main stages, Jack has also appeared on the Newport, (New Bedford) Summerfest and Boston Folk Festival stages. In addition to his successful solo career, Jack's credits include guitar work with legendary singer/songwriters Mickey Newbury, Harry Nilsson, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, and Steve Gillette, among others. He currently has a DVD (High Cotton) and seven CDs of original songs on Wind River / Folk Era Records: "Bound for Glory - Live", "Laughing in the Face of the Blues" "WALKIN' DREAMS", "LIVE & In Good Company", "Eternity & Main", "Across the Winterline", and "Dreams of the Song Dog". His CD "Don't Let Go" is a collection of cover songs reflecting the major influences on his musical development.

Williams' music is born at the meeting ground of the traditional and the contemporary - original Southern-American songwriting and performance at its best, drawing deeply from the eclectic well of our musical heritage. Jack's fusion of guitar, voice and songs - which are loaded with delightful influences from his career in jazz, classical, rock, blues, country and folk - should not be missed.

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A New Tradition:



The Carousel of Happiness: As part of our companion concerts in Nederland in 2016, a new Little Tree tradition emerged, and it was to ride the Carousel of Happiness together, audience and artists, before every Nederland sister show.

The Carousel is a living testament to the power of music to help us maintain balance in the face of life's challenges, even extreme ones. It is the creation of a Vietnam wartime marine, Scott Harrison, who clung to a tiny music box to keep his wits about him during the insanity of war. When playing his music box he said he momentarily escaped the horrors of war by imagining the peaceful image of a carousel in a mountain meadow. Working through the aftermath of the impact the war had on him, Harrison found an abandoned carousel, brought it to Nederland, and then spent the next 26 years hand carving wooden animals to bring it back to life. The result is a beautiful testament to the power of music to carry us through our struggles in life.

It was a beautiful tradition, and if you find yourself up in Nederland, make sure to spend the dollar needed to ride the carousel. Scott Harrison made quite a tribute, and it's absolutely unique.

About the concerts ~ If you've not been to a show like this before, you may be asking, "What the heck is a house concert?" It's pretty simple. We book a performer, clear out the living room furniture (in the winter - the shows are outside in the summer), set up a stage area/sound system and chairs, and invite an audience for an evening of live music. Very similar to a coffee house setting, only in the intimate environment of someone's actual home. I first learned about house concerts back in 2009 when I hosted a Kentucky friend, Mitch Barrett, who toured through Colorado after winning the 2009 Telluride Troubadour songwriting competition. One show and I was hooked, and I've been hosting phenomenal artists in my home for over seven years now! It is a truly wonderful way to experience excellent artists and their music. I'm very excited to bring this type of experience and these musicians to our little part of Colorado.

Donations ~ All donations go to the artists. We suggest $20 and up, on a sliding scale, meaning you are welcome to pay more if you value and can afford a little more to support live music. In a rough patch and can't afford $20 right now? That's OK. Pay what you can. Times are good for you, and you can afford to donate a little more? Please do what you can to keep live music alive and thriving.

When ~ Doors open at 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm.

Format ~ There are typically two sets of music, with beverages and homemade desserts shared at intermission. You are welcome and encouraged to bring something to share. There is time before and after the show and during the break to meet the artists and purchase CDs, books, or whatever else they have for you.

Rumcake ~ We always have it. It's a tradition, even though we are not exactly sure why. Most of the time that's just how traditions are.

Reservations ~ Advanced reservations are required. Email info@LittleTreeAcoustic.com or call 303-620-6634.

(click an image for a sample of past performances)