Arts Wayland Presents: Four Song Creators

Arts Wayland Presents an evening of painting pictures with works and music with four award winning songwriters from all four corners of Massachusetts.

At the Vokes Theater: 97 Boston Post Rd.  Wayland MA

Saturday, October 1st, 2022.
Doors open at 7:30 pm with music beginning promptly on at 8 pm.

$15 per person
2 for $25

Each songwriter will play five of their songs, and introduce each one with the story behind its inception. Enjoy the comfortable seating at the renowned Beatrice Hereford's Vokes Theater in Wayland, MA. 

There is plenty of free parking. Refreshments and snacks will be available in the lobby. 


Arts Wayland would like to thank Vokes Players for their generous use of the theater, and Song Creating podcast as a supporting sponsor. 

Louise Mosrie Coombe, a self professed 'late bloomer' grew up on a farm in middle TN. Her inspired Americana-folk songs cover current topics as well as past history, and Louise has won several nationally known songwriting contests like Kerrville New Folk, Telluride Troubadour, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist and Rocky Mtn. Folks Fest. 

Compared to Nanci Griffith, Emmy Lou Harris and Alison Krauss, she’s opened shows for America, Joe Ely, Jonatha Brooke, Cliff Eberhardt. And played prestigious venues like The Birchmere, The Bluebird Café, Eddie’s Attic and Club Passim in Boston. 

Boston area singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff is widely admired on the local folk and roots music scene for his trademark mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of songwriters such as Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine, to whom he has often been compared.  He has won numerous songwriting awards and his songs have reached as high as Number 3 on the national folk radio airplay chart. 

Mark has appeared on WCVB/Channel 5's "Chronicle" program and New England Cable News' "Coffeehouse" program, and at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe.  Among the artists he has opened for are Bill Morrissey, Steve Forbert, Christine Lavin, Cheryl Wheeler, and the James Montgomery Band.

Chris LaVancher recently released album “After The Flood” is a collection of songs full of heart from a seasoned and skilled craftsman mining life’s subject matter  – family challenges, work, love and love lost, childhood memories, and finding one’s place in the universe.  Chris’s performance evokes a mini-movie festival in your head, complete with a full soundtrack. 

He writes cinematic, character-driven songs.  His song Nostalgia from his second album, Big Fat Love, received an honorable mention in the 2018 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.  In 2022 and 2014 Chris was selected to play in the Grassy Hill Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist showcase.  Chris grew up in the hills of North Central Pennsylvania where he learned to observe the many wonderful characters that inhabited that little town.

Lisa Bastoni is a 2019 Kerrville New Folk Winner, and is a 2019 & 2020 Boston Music Award nominee (Folk Artist of the Year). Her new album, How We Want to Live (September 2019), chronicles life changes, including songs about the dissolution of her marriage and learning to live a new normal -- but more than anything, it finds the songwriter diving deeper into the life she craves.

She has shared the stage with Lori McKenna, Little Big Town, Arlo Guthrie, Regina Spektor, The Secret Sisters, Teddy Thompson, and many more.

Songs from 'How We Want to Live' have been featured in Billboard Country, Wide Open Country, PopMatters, and The Bluegrass Situation.