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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:

27 Jan 2017 (28 Jan in Nederland) - Mitch Barrett   (click for description)

Remote Sister Shows:

This year Little Tree is partnering with several venues to offer companion shows that are easier for some audience members to get to than my Lafayette backyard. The intent is to provide touring musicians another opportunity to put money in their pockets while they are in Colorado.

Our primary partner in this effort is the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center up in Nederland, which is a lovely little mountain town steeped in rich musical history. In particular Caribou Ranch was an important Nederland recording studio in the 70's and 80's, and it's history is worth a read.

So, if you live up in Nederland or Denver or some other place where a sister show is happening, or you have friends who do, you no longer need to drive an hour to/from Lafayette to catch a Little Tree show. Just see the companion show near you during the same tour!

Or, if you are like me, and you can't get enough of a good thing, go to both shows!

As you know, at Little Tree we love our traditions, so please rest assured, regardless where you see a show, you can always count on rum cake meeting you there!

In addition, for all Nederland Wild Bear Concerts, we have a new tradition: we will all go ride the Carousel of Happiness together before the music starts.

You can read about the meaning of this tradition for our Nederland shows and see the carousel in action by clicking here.

Check out for details and to purchase seats for the Nederland shows. And make sure you get your seats early for those. They are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show!

Mitch Barrett in Lafayette and Nederland

Friday 27 January 2017 in Lafayette

Mitch Barrett is one of the most dynamic performers you'll ever hear live, and he is at his best in small audiences in intimate spaces.

Original songs, evocative lyrics, mutli-instrumentation (including instruments he's built himself by hand), and roll-off-your-chair hysterical storytelling - bring your friends to this one. It's going to be a blast!

Get your seats for the Friday Lafayette show here.

Get your seats for the Saturday Nederland show here.

winner - Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Competition
winner - Kerrville "New Folk" Competition
winner - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition
winner - Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition (only two-time winner!)

"The boy's diggin' for coal and bringing up diamonds" - Darrell Scott

The Little Tree Acoustic House Concert series was born in 2009 as a favor to a new friend, and now he's one of our best. Mitch Barrett needed to pay for a rental car so he could perform at Telluride as one of their ten Troubadour finalists that year, and he ended winning that songwriting competition before what was Little Tree's very first show a week later. An audience of 75 assembled in our backyard, and Mitch unwittingly gave birth to our little series.

Come Friday January 27th to celebrate our beginnings with one of the best performers you'll ever see.

Reserve your seats now!

Mitch will also be performing a concert at the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center in Nederland on January 28th, 2017. Learn more here.

Want to sample Mitch Barrett's music? Click on these video links:

About the artist ~ AppalachianFunkyFolksyRastaBluesman Mitch Barrett is one of Kentucky's most sought-after and talented singer, songwriter and storytellers. Mitch's music draws from his Appalachian heritage and the values it instilled: agrarian work ethic, simple living, the importance of family and celebrating the joys and the struggles of everyday life through music and song.

A keen life observer and riveting performer, Mitch Barrett songs deftly laces thought-provoking subject matter with a satirist's sense of wit and irony. Whether he's leading a workshop, headlining a Performing Arts Center, or playing a large festival, Mitch takes his audience on an engaging journey, channeling the inner voice of a truck-stop waitress, a mountain boy seeking spirituality or a socially and environmentally-charged activist.

Mitch's rendition of Shady Grove was featured on the CD "APPALACHIA: A HISTORY OF MOUNTAINS AND PEOPLE". Academy Award winning actress Sissy Spacek narrates the four-part PBS series.

Mitch has won many of the country's most prestigious songwriting competitions. Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition, Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition (only two-time winner), Kerrville's New Folk Competition, and Telluride Troubadour Competition.

Some of his performances include The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The Copenhagen Blues Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Common Ground on the Hill, The Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival, The Evening Muse, The Grey Eagle, Pine Mt. Dulcimer Festival, Kentucky Home Front Theater, Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival, Kentucky Music Weekend, Rudyard Kipling, Clear Creek Healing Arts & Music Festival, The Dream Acres Festival, Tidewater Friends of Folk Music, The Freight & Salvage, The Folks Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, The Music2Life Competition. Floydfest, The Clinch Mt. Festival, The Bele Chere Festival, The Birchmere, The Writer's Block, The Bean Blossom Festival, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Tidewater Traditional Arts Festival, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kentucky Homefront Theater, The Blue Plate Special, Merlefest, The Little Tennessee River Festival and the Kennedy Center Stage in Washington, D.C.

Mitch has performed with such notables as Arlo Guthrie, Mark Schatz, Si Kahn, Greg Martin, Dirk Powell, Josh Pennington, Less Taylor, Darrell Scott, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Dar Williams, Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Tim O'Brian, Steve Forbert and Dave Mallett.

As a veteran storyteller and folk musician Mitch Barrett leads a collaborative storytelling and songwriting workshop, grounded in the premise that everyone's story is important. Mitch begins by sharing songs written over his 30-year career, and discusses the life events that inspired them. Some are painful, others joyous; but in each he reveals his own vulnerability.

Find this event on Facebook here.  

A New Tradition:

The Carousel of Happiness: As part of our companion concerts in Nederland, a new Little Tree tradition will be to ride the Carousel of Happiness together, audience and artists, before every Nederland 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.

Come join us.

Be one of the lucky people who can say, "I was there when they rode the carousel together for the very first time."

Get seats for the upcoming Nederland show for Kevin So June 11 at
($20 in advance, $25 the day of the show, this saturday)

Bring something for the potluck dinner that starts at 6:30pm.

Then ride the carousel with us as a group before the music starts at 7:30pm

For those coming from Boulder, a group of us will meet at the Boulder Public Library at the mouth of the canyon before carpooling up together as a group. Comment on this thread to participate in the carpool.

The Nederland concerts are hosted in partnership between Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts and the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

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 or call 303-620-6634.

(click an image for a sample of past performances)