3rd Friday Folk
Coffeehouse at the Carnegie

Carnegie Community Arts Center
107 North Main Street
Somerset, KY 42501

Coffeehouse Schedule

Supporters & Sponsors


Hosted by:
Joe LaMay & Sherri Reese

Sponsored by:
McNeil Music Center



3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie carries on the tradition of the American folk music venue by providing a listening space for artists and audiences to enjoy each other's company, music, and mutual encouragement.

Folk music has a broad definition, but remains centered in the traditional music brought to our shores by early immigrants - primarily from the British Isles - and filtered through the Appalachians to evolve into today's folk music.

In the 1960's just about every town in North America had a coffeehouse. Usually volunteer-run and held once a month, these were the musical breeding grounds for artists like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Don McLean, John Denver and so many others. Very often, the coffeehouses would be held in schools, church basements, clubs or even in living rooms.

Time moved on and the music scene changed, but the coffeehouses continued to present wonderful concerts. By the late 1980's and into the 90's artists like Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, John Gorka, and Dar Williams cut their musical teeth in these small, hometown music venues.

The 3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie is our way of encouraging the resurgence of this musical tradition. Our mission is to present local, regional, and national touring folk musicians and songwriters, with an emphasis on roots music and its traditions.

Our monthly coffeehouse meets in the basement of the Carnegie Community Arts Center in Somerset, KY, on the third Friday each month. The music goes from 7 to 9 PM.

Donation is $7.00, and reservations are suggested. To reserve a seat - call, email, or text.

Folk musicians interested is a possible booking, please call, email, or text a description of your music style and a website address.


STRAY LOCAL is a young, Americana trio that formed in Wilmington, North Carolina in the summer of 2013. Their eclectic sound reveals the group's wide range of influences and differing musical backgrounds. They got their start playing on the streets of downtown Wilmington and quickly moved up to venues around town and across the southeast. Jamie Rowen and Hannah Lomas attended college together at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying classical music, and began playing music together in the Old Time Ensemble, a class where musicians met to learn tunes of the Appalachian string band tradition. After graduation, the pair wrote their first songs together.

Jamie Rowen is the string master, playing his vintage 1946 Gibson expertly, as well as his uncle's old banjo. Hannah's voice can soar above the driving rhythms of their bluesy originals but can also be sensitive and controlled, drawing you into the more subtle songs. Jamie and Hannah's vocal harmonies are what sets Stray Local's music apart. The two blend seamlessly, while also supporting each other's solos and letting the other shine. Hannah also adds mandolin and keyboard into the mix, rounding out the band's soundscape.

SAMMIE & DAN SUGGITT: Sammie has been singing since 1995. Ever since she first opened her mouth to sing, she hasn't been able to shut up since! Some of her biggest influences are Alison Krauss, The Isaacs, Doris Day, Patty Lovelace, The Chapmans, David Phelps, and so many others.

Dan was born and raised in Cambridge England and found solace in music from an early age. He joined a garage band and began playing the guitar in his own finger picking style. The music changed for him when he met Sammie! He was introduced to the musical stylings of Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Shenandoah, and many other American artists. Thus was born the sound of the Appalachian mountain girl and the English country boy!