Founded in the late 1960’s, John Henry’s Hammer Coffeehouse was recognized as a premiere folk venue featuring local and national performing artists. It began its comeback in 2012 and continues to present quality performers with eclectic appeal.
The crew (clockwise from upper left): Linda Wyatt, Peter Weiskel, Sue and Bob Shaw, Kate Sheehan, and Rick Levine.
History of John Henry’s Hammer
John Henry’s Hammer Coffeehouse was revived in Spring, 2012 through the efforts of Scott Hayman, then Moderator of First Unitarian Church of Worcester and Troy Tyree, Executive Director of Community Radio Station WCUW. The first concert was on March 3, 2012 with a standing room only performance by the world-renowned country blues duo, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines. The Hip Swayers opened for them with their lively Americana music.
In January, 2013, Linda Chatalian Wyatt, a member of First Unitarian Church of Worcester, proposed the creation of an open mic as an offshoot of the JHH Coffeehouse Concert Series. She had been inspired by singer-songwriter, Lydia Fortune. Ms. Fortune sought to host an open mic in an atmosphere that welcomed and nurtured musicians and poets. Linda was soon given the “go-ahead” by First Unitarian Church. The first JHH open mic was held on Friday, April 26, 2013. It has since drawn performers and an audience hailing from all over New England.
JHH is run by a small number of dedicated volunteers. It has its own sound equipment and provides excellent acoustics. JHH is considered one of the best ‘listening rooms” in Central Massachusetts. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
See link to T&G article covering revival.