Unbelievable Artists & Fabulous Food

The Ivy Chord Coffeehouse has presented outstanding concerts to acoustic music fans since 1999!

All concerts take place in the Unitarian Universalist Church sanctuary:

239 Woburn Street, Reading, MA  01867

All concerts start at 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:15 pm

  • Handicap accessible
  • Open seating only, no reserved seats
  • Concerts last 2 – 2.5 hours
  • Delicious homemade treats, tea or coffee, and musician’s merchandise available for purchase during intermission
  • Student & senior discounts
  • Tickets can be bought via PayPal, check, or cash at the door (if available)

For more information about the Ivy Chord Coffeehouse, check out this article in the summer 2017 issue of The Readings: North of Boston Life.


Upcoming Performances

Ellis Paul
February 10, 2018, 8 pm
Tickets $25 general/$23 seniors and students

Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” – The New York Times

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love…, intimate, passionate and enduring.

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John Gorka
April 28, 2018
Tickets $25 general/$23 seniors and students

John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania.  Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany.  In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.  “… With a tangle of songs that emotionally connect us all and leave a tender trace, John Gorka stimulates the cerebrum, keeps our smiles agile and fit and reconnects us with what really matters most in music: honesty. His atmosphere allows for the listener to feel his individualized attention, his lyrical tenderness, his care for the guitar and his true presence.” – Brian DAmbrosio, Huffington Post

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Paying with a Check

So long as it is ten days or more prior to a concert date, feel free to mail a check.  Send an email to reserve your tickets for 10 days, until your check arrives.  Please indicate how many tickets you need, and whether they are general admission or senior/student admission. Checks should be made payable to UUCR and mailed to the following address:

Ivy Chord Tickets
27 Hillcrest Road
Reading, MA 01867
We will acknowledge receipt of your check via email.  If you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we will mail your tickets back to you. Otherwise, look for the Will Call table.

Paying with Cash

If seats are available, you may pay with cash at the door.  Email us to determine if seats are still available.


This concert is supported by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading and a grant from the Reading Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Contact Us

Phone: 781-308-7702 (from 10 am – 8 pm)

Email: ivychord@gmail.com