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Welcome to the mandomaniacal, trans-genre world of
Jimmy Ryan. 

"Jimmy Ryan is one of those names woven into the fabric of Americana music. He's not atop the marquee, mind you, a la Lucinda Williams or Buddy Miller, but his contributions are considerable. He's perhaps best-known as one of the principals in alt-country precursors the Blood Oranges, but his cheat sheet also includes the more bluegrass-based Beacon Hill Billies, the rural-rocking Wooden Leg, and [...] an extended stint with Boston folkie Catie Curtis. Ryan may well be residing in your record collection in less obvious places, too -- his oft-unconventional mandolin playing has colored songs by such varied artists as Morphine, Warren Zevon, Dumptruck, Boiled In Lead, Gerald Collier and Mary Gauthier."

--No Depression Magazine


Wall of Grass is an interactive folk-music collective from Boston that hosts extraordinary music events to raise funds to support local community service organizations.

This interactive folk concert which features some 25 local musicians, is being held in honor of our dear friend and longtime “Grasser” Stu Kimball. Stu is a 15-year veteran of Bob Dylan’s band and founding member of the Boston dance-rock band Face to Face - and he is now living with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The funds raised from this performance will benefit the cutting-edge research into this disease being conducted by Stu’s team of physicians at Mass General’s Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) Unit. For more info on their great work, you can check out

Wall of Grass has been dubbed as “Phil Spector meets Bill Monroe”, a “folkestra”, and a “folk-flash-mob”. The group plays in a big circle, often 20+ strong, in a style of music now lovingly known as “cluster-folk.” At their concerts, the group distributes songbooks and encourages concert attendees to sing, dance and clap along. So much fun - and all the proceeds go for a great cause! Joining Stu for this special event will be this amazing cast of wonderful musicians: * Sal Baglio * Susan Cattaneo * Mark Cutler * Catharine David * Jerome Deupree * Joe Donnelly * Allen Estes * Brad Hallen * Peter Hoffman * Michelle Kimball * Kelly Knapp * Larry Luddecke * Dave Mattacks * Sandy Martin * Chuck McDermott * Bryan Murphy * Chris Pahud * Linda Picceri * Jimmy Ryan * Laurie Sargent * Denis Semprebon * Ramona Silver * Michelle Tanguay * Jamie Walker * Laurie Young *

· To contribute directly to this important fundraiser: · Stu Kimball’s website:· · Wall of Grass FB page:

Doors at 7, Music starts at 8 Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door with all proceeds going to Alzheimer's research.

This event is being hosted by SHK Music at Boston Harbor Distillery - a wonderfully unique and intimate setting to take in great music with its 1850's architecture, great acoustics, comfortable seating and fantastic selection of made-on-the-premises liquors and liqueurs. There's plenty of free parking. More info at

$25 Adv/$30 DOS

Doors are at 7pm. Showtime is 8pm.


July 3, 2024 marks the 25th anniversary of Morphine front man Mark Sandman's death, felled by a heart attack in the middle of Morphine's set at the Nel Nome Del Rock festival in Palestrina, Italy on July 3, 1999. To honor the anniversary, a special night of Sandman’s music will be presented at The Cut on July 5th by Orchestra Morphine. Entitled “Mark Sandman Memorial Concert: Gone 25 Years But Not Forgotten”, the concert will feature Sandman’s music performed by friends and bandmates, including original Morphine members Dana Colley and Jerome Deupree. Formed in 1999 in the wake of Sandman’s passing, Orchestra Morphine also includes members of Hypnosonics: Russ Gershon and Tom Halter (Either/Orchestra) and Mike Rivard (Club d’Elf). Special guests including Laurie Sargent, Jimmy Ryan and Christian McNeill will interpet songs from the Morphine and Hypnosonics songbooks.

Sandman was an inspired songwriter, conceptualist and multi-instrumentalist, a fearless, distinctive creative presence on the Cambridge, Boston, national and international music scenes. He rose to national fame in the late 80’s as a member of BMG recording artists Treat Her Right. In the early 90's he formed Morphine with saxophonist Colley and drummers Deupree and the late Billy Conway, which became an internationally touring cult band, earning the praise of club kids, critics and rock stars.

Never constrained by one band format, Sandman created numerous project bands and collaborations. He formed his “secret band”, Hypnosonics, in 1984 and the group remained active until his untimely death. A free-wheeling, minimalist funk band, the band never released any recordings while Sandman was alive. Finally in 2021, the label Modern Harmonic released two LP's of previously unreleased Hypnosonics sessions : Someone Stole My Shoes and Drums Were Beating. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Sandman’s passing, the label is releasing a two-disc (and single vinyl) set of more unissued Hypnosonics material: Middle East Rent Control Benefit 1994 / Knitting Factory NYC 1997. This very special event will also serve as the Release Party for the new Hypnosonics releases.