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    The Jammin’ Divas bring harmony to the New Moon Coffeehouse

    Author Patricia Goodwin will read from her new thriller, “Dreamwater,”  in Marblehead from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
    Author Patricia Goodwin will read from her new thriller, “Dreamwater,” in Marblehead from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

    OTHER COUNTRY SONGS: The Jammin’ Divas perform traditional and contemporary folk music from several continents, Saturday at the New Moon Coffeehouse in Haverhill.

    With members from Ireland, Australia, the United States, and Israel, the group blends renditions of folk music with elements of improvisation from each of their cultures.

    The Divas include vocalists Aoife Clancy, Becky Chace, and Kath Buckell — who perform three-part harmonies — and Hadar Noiberg on flute and Craig Akin on bass.


    Through song and stories, the group shows how countries culturally influence and enrich one another.

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    Clancy, of Ireland, is the daughter of Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers. She was a member of Cherish the Ladies, an Irish-American group, when it was nominated for a Grammy Award. She tours extensively, has been featured as a soloist with many orchestras, and has made seven recordings.

    Chace, a singer-songwriter from Rhode Island, threads together the sounds of several genres including folk rock, blues, and countrified roots music. She has been chosen best female vocalist five times by readers of the Providence Phoenix.

    Buckell has toured in her native Australia and Israel, and is now a rising folk-rock artist in the United States. She also celebrates her roots through a project, Faces Do Not Change, which is preserving traditional Australian poetry put to her original music.

    Growing up in Israel, Noiberg was surrounded by various musical styles — Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Yemenite, and Moroccan. Since moving to the United States, she has been a leading flutist on the Cuban and jazz scenes in New York.


    Akin, who plays upright and electric bass, developed his music playing and recording jazz and blues in Kansas City. He’s also performed with pop and independent songwriters. Akin moved to New York in 2007, where he continues to advance his music.

    Guitarist David Dodson opens the show.

    The coffeehouse is located in the Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St., Haverhill. Admission is $20; $10 for those age 18 and younger.

    For reserved tickets, call 978-459-5134 or visit

    Tickets are available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m.


    AUTHOR’S CORNER: Patricia Goodwin of Marblehead reads from and signs copies of her new thriller, “Dreamwater,” at The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore in Marblehead from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The book features an 11-year-old villain/hero who travels from the Caribbean to Marblehead in 1692 to try to rescue his mother and the girl he loves from being hanged as witches. It goes back and forth to 1995 and modern characters trying to recover their lives after the murder of a young woman. . . . Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport is hosting two authors next weekend. Ann Leary discusses her novel “The Good House” at 7 p.m. Friday. The book is set in the fictitious town of Wendover, north of Boston. It is narrated by the often-inebriated Hildy Good, a local real-estate agent and descendant of a woman persecuted for supposed witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Marci Nault discusses her debut novel, “The Lake House,” at 7 p.m. Saturday. It is the story of two women, each searching for a place to call home, who become unlikely friends as they take the difficult journey from heartbreak to healing.

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: After retiring from their busy careers, Linda Lea Bertrand and Barbara Dowd, both of Marblehead, and Isabelle K. Brown of Gloucester met in a painting class four years ago. They formed a bond and have since encouraged one another to excel in their individual artistic styles. “Second Wind,” at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem through Nov. 21, is a result of their collaboration. Bertrand, a retired nurse practitioner, paints oils of local seascapes and landscapes. Dowd, a retired pediatrician and mother of six, was inspired by her grandchildren to write and illustrate a children’s book with watercolors. She has studied drawing, pastel, and most recently oil and explores floral, nautical, and landscape themes in her paintings. Brown, a former newspaper reporter and executive assistant, is the mother of three and grandmother of three. She started painting in watercolors more than 10 years ago and recently progressed to oil. Her pieces portray Cape Ann and Monhegan Island, Maine. . . . “Art from the Artists of the Loading Dock Gallery,” featuring the work of member artists, is at the newly renovated gallery in Lowell, through Oct. 27. The show features new paintings, ceramic works, photography, textiles, and digital art.

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