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The Women In Music Gathering

The Women In Music Gathering is an artist-alliance of women in music: singer/songwriters and performing musicians, with the primary goals of collaboration and support, extending to both personal and professional aspects of being a woman in music."

Linda Marks

Linda Marks is a lifelong singer/songwriter and arranger whose music integrates elements of jazz with contemporary folk. After studying Music at Yale, Linda entered Boston's music scene, releasing her first album, Dreams and Themes in 1983, playing at Club Passim and appearing on Music America, WERS Coffeehouse and other radio stations. The realities of raising a 22 year old son as a single mom led to an unintentional multi-decade hiatus. Since 2014 Linda has fully embraced her music, appearing at Scullers Jazz Club, and many top area venues, releasing 5 albums, most recently, Moments, in September at Club Passim, with a 2019 album, In Grace, on the way. Linda is the co-founder of the Women In Music Gathering, is active in the Newton Festival of the Arts, and gigs all over town as a duo with guitarist Terry Smith.


Katrin is a Boston-based singer/songwriter who has performed on stages nationally and throughout Europe and has shared the stage with such greats as Chris Isaak, John Sebastian, Boz Scaggs, Huey Lewis, John Mayall and Joan Armatrading.

Mara Bettencourt

Mara Bettencourt is a Singer/Songwriter, Educator and Activist. She was born and raised in an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean: Terceira in the Azores, Portugal. Mara was exposed to a variety of musical styles at a very young age. Her innate musical talent, gradually blossomed, and at the age of 15, she wrote her first songs. Mara has a strong passion for languages and she writes, composes, records and performs original songs in multiple languages. She has worked and collaborated with other artists around the U.S and Portugal. Her music is described as Romantic and Inspirational with an Eclectic feel. The use of metaphors, nature sounds, different languages and spiritual connotations is very characteristic of her style.

Joanne Lurgio

Joanne Lurgio ~ a talented songwriter, combined with her gifted voice and wonderful guitar work, will prompt you to chase your dreams and offer a tale or two about ordinary people who, like her, excel and inspire. Her songs, singing and guitar work honed and polished in the venues of New England, have a distinct Americana feel with New England charm. She moves from country to bluegrass, folk and r&b to gospel, all with a bluesy undertone. A hard-hitting voice that fills the room with original songs that will awaken your soul with visions of life's great moments.

Writing songs of life, love and simply being during our ever changing lives; bound to make you ask, “Is she talking about me?”

Isabel Stover

Isabel Stover is a seasoned vocalist who entertains and inspires listeners by fearlessly deconstructing musical compositions to their emotional core. Her mastery of rhythm, phrasing and spot-on intonation draws the emotive thread between timeless Jazz standards, Latin favorites and Classic Blues; all with original arrangements. Her laid-back style, ability to connect with her audience and unique repertoire provides a refreshingly different experience than the typical Jazz singer’s showcase.

“Isabel Stover is a fantastic talent in the classic tradition of Carmen Mcrea or Sarah Vaughan who puts on a heartfelt, warm and vibrant show packed to the gills with soul.” - Phil Wilcox, Tres Gatos of Boston

Molly Ruggles

Molly Ruggles is a pianist, singer, and composer, based in Boston. She taught songwriting at MIT, conducted pit bands for Opryland, in Nashville, TN, and wrote and produced an original musical, The Mis-Matched Pair.

Lori Zuroff

After starting music later in life, Lori has been singing with various rock, blues, R&B, and jazz bands for over 20 years in the Boston area.  She has performed with both small jazz combos and large rock bands and has been featured at Chick Singer Night at Johnny D's in Somerville, Thelonius Monkfish in Cambridge, and various other clubs from Boston to Worcester and beyond.

Jane Fallon
Singer/songwriter Jane Fallon has won awards from Oklahoma (Woody Guthrie) to Ireland (a Song for Carrick) with her songwriting. When she won the coveted grand prize in the American Songwriter Magazine lyric competition, one fan wrote to tell her “Holy Smokes, Jane. I am a subscriber to American Songwriter and am usually so unimpressed by the selections, but yours is another story. They made my heart glow for some reason. “ Jane’s songs are filled with imagery, detail, and word craft that prompted Nashville songwriting guru Jason Blume to exclaim, “holy crap, there are lines in here I wish I would have written”, and Indie Magazine to dub her “one of the good artists in a sea of soulless clutter.” Boston’s Metronome magazine said, she is the “quintessential folk storyteller. Her poignant prose and beautiful voice engulf the listener with grand tales of vivid imagery and aplomb while combining complex elements of country, folk, and Americana.” With seven CDs of original musc, and two books about songwriting, Jane is “a force to be reckoned with” (Billy Copeland)

CiCi Eberle 

CiCi Eberle is a performing songwriter residing in the Boston area. A guitarist since childhood, after years of focusing on career and family, she rekindled her musical fire. She was quickly drawn into the world of acoustic guitar, songwriting and performing. CiCi's maturing as a songwriting has coincided with big life changes: gender transition, relationship upheaval and relocations. Solo and with Cynova, CiCi has played numerous Pride Events, Freedom-to-Marry Rallies and Transgender Day of Remembrance gatherings. Her songs, delivered with a  clear, powerful and unmistakable voice, use many musical styles and are consistently witty and accessible.  In 2016, with the support of many talented local musicians, she released her first full length CD, Color of Sunlight.

Colette O'Connor's

New England-based Singer-songwriter Colette O'Connor's all original acoustic music is simply good for all ages. This acoustic experience refreshes inner-child eye-twinkles, because they sometimes need re-charging. O'Connor's music weaves soft Jazzy-Blues to Americana Folk. Her rich alto voice commands reassurance that the time-honored tradition of Woman Singer-songwriter remains strong.

Mary  Crowe

Mary  Crowe is a classically trained singer/songwriter, with a background in art songs, musical theater and opera, including performances with the Boston Symphony and the Opera Lab. In 2008, she branched out into jazz , blues and cabaret ,  and in 2010 released her first CD  with her jazz  band "Lincoln Hill Trio" Since then she has released two more, including a  well-reviewed CD of  her original  songs  titled "Rebound"  in 2014.  Mary performs regularly with her band throughout the Boston area in clubs ,( including  appearances at Club Cafe, Acton Jazz Cafe and Ryles ) as well  as arts centers and libraries. , She has been on the voice faculty of Indian Hill Music for 20 years, where she teaches voice, acting workshops  and cabaret classes.

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