SHOWS in Bloom

Past Dates


2018 SHOWS!

If you'd like to find out when we're playing, please head here to the website of bandleader Heather Shayne Blakeslee.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Awbury Aboretum
Awbury Arboretum Fall Festival - 2 - 3
Price: FREE

Join us at Awbury Arboretum's Fall Festival! It's time to celebrate the best season of the year. 

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Philadelphia Brewing Company
PBC First Friday Happy Hour - 6-8
Price: FREE

Join us at Philadelphia Brewing Company for a First Friday Happy Hour!

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Headhouse Square
Sweetbriar Rose Under the Stars - TBD - Evening
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Price: FREE

Hello all:  We'll be celebrating the fall equinox with a party under the Shambles at Headhouse Square. Kid friendly, free and easy. The Shambles is the structure that houses the Sunday farmer's market in Society Hill, at the corner of Pine and 2nd.



Friday, August 18th, 2017

Lobby Stage, 4:30 p.m.
1323 Salford Station Road
Schwenksville, PA 19473

Hey-O! We're playing the Folk Fest again. Don't miss us on the Lobby Stage at 4:30, and we'll be playing a Thriller album tribute earlier in the day as well. See you there campers!

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Sweetbriar Rose // Dirty Soap Mash - 3 - 6 pm
96 S. Main Street
New Hope, PA 18938
Price: FREE

Heading to New Hope again for some grand old times at John & Peter's place.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Dirty Soap Extravaganza - 9 p.m.
847 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 922-1035

I'll be singing Motown tunes on Weds night at Ortlieb's with our brothers in arms, Dirty Soap. 

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Dilworth Plaza, Philadelphia City Hall
Culture on Tap Performance at City Hall - 6 to 7 pm
Price: FREE

Come out to Philadelphia's City Hall on July 20 from 6-7 for some great music. We're playing as part of the Arts and Culture Office's Performances in Public Spaces program, and to top it all off, there will be animals there for adoption!

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Campbell Square Park
WaWa Made In America - TBD - Afternoon
Price: FREE

Well be playing an early afternoon set as part of the Wawa made in America festival, sponsored by the Philadelphia Office of Arts and Culture.

Belgrade St & East Allegheny Ave (Port Richmond)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PA 19134

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Southwark Garden Party
311-315 Christian Street
Price: $50

Queen Village Garden Tour and Garden Party
Presented by QVNA Quality of Life Committee

Join us for a Garden Tour and Party in Queen Village. 
Tour will feature private community and home gardens, as well as neighborhood parks. Enjoy activities along the way, like planting demonstrations and crafts for kids. The tour is self-guided and takes approx 1 hour. Last entry at 4pm.

Party will be held in the Southwark Community Garden. Due to the garden's capacity, tickets are limited and for adults only. Light food and drinks will be provided, as well as entertainment.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Tour: 12pm to 5pm
Party: 5pm to 8pm

Ticket Pricing

Tour Only: $30 in advance and $35 at the door 
Party Only: $40
Tour and Party: $50 in advance and $55 at the door


Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Mermaid Inn
Sweetbriar Rose and Sara and the Arrows - 8:30
7673 Winston Rd.
Chestnut Hill, PA 19118
Price: 10

Come enjoy an evening at this iconic Chestnut Hill bar and venue!

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Old Swedes Churchyard
Memorial Dei Picnic - All Day - Sweetbriar in the Sanctuary late afternoon
Christian and Water Streets in Queen Village
Philadelphia, PA
Price: TBD

We can't way to play in the church sanctuary and give you chills through those great acoustics! Great music all day!


Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The Shamrock Pub
Bob Dylan Tribute - 8 PM
1400 S. Second Streee
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: FREE

Playing two songs as part of a great Dylan tribute, along with the a great cast of other performers. Cheap beer, good times.

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Connie's Ric Rac
Femme Freedom Concert - 8 PM
1132 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: TBD

A benefit concert for women and girls in shelters in Philadelphia. More details to come.


Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Shamrock Pub
Trio with MAK Kingston - 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
1400 S. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: FREE

Come upstairs at Pete's and get some good food, craft beer, cocktails and sweet, sweet music. I'll be playing Trio style with crooner Michael Kingston and percussionist Walter Foley.

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The Almost Spring Concert - 8:00 - 11:00
1248 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Price: $6

We'll be playing this show downstairs at Kung Fu Necktie with the Double Wilds. We'll be the ones waving to you from the state at 8:30.



Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Underground Arts
Women's March After Concert - 7:30 - 1:30
1200 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This concert will be the official after-celebration of Philadelphia's Global Women's March. Check out event details on the Facebook page

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Winter Doldrums Festival - All Day
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: $20

Please come out to this annual fundraiser that will raise funds for suicide prevention. 

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Old Swedes Churchyard
Honky Tonk Holly Dei - 7 PM
Christian and Water Streets in Queen Village
Philadelphia, PA
Price: About $10 TBA

Get ready for this annual holiday mash up, this year honoring the one and only Dolly Parton.

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Front Street Cafe
Hurricane Rose for Philly Music Lab - 9 - 12
Price: FREE

A trio show with Hurricane Hoss (fiddler player Sarah Larsen) and percussionist Walter Foley. Really good food and beer/cocktails here so make a night of it!

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Jewish Food Festival - TBD
615 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 627-6747
Price: TBD

Details TBD, but save the date for that day between 10 - 5 pm we'll be playing an hour set.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

w/Baffle the Cat - 9 PM
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: $7

We go on a 9! See you there. 

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Philly Music Lab Fall Fling - 7:30
1253 N. Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Philly Music Lab Happy Hour and Fall Fling... we'll play at 7:30 but check out the whole shebang.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Upstairs at For Pete's Sake
Fall Jam - 8 - 10
900 S Front St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: FREE

Come join a stripped-down Sweetbriar Rose for two acoustic sets. Come drink one, sing one, play one and be one.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Philadelphia Folk Song Society Fundraiser - TBD
315 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Price: TBD

We're headed up to Brooklyn to see old friend and new and play a show in support of the Philadelphia Folk Song Society

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Bainbridge Green
Brainbridge Green Brunch Festival - TBD between 11 - 4
Bainbridge and 4th Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: $35 and Up includes food and drink tix

Bainbridge Green Brunch Festival

Dine with us outdoors as we celebrate Philadelphia’s favorite meal while supporting Bainbridge Green!

October 16, 11am to 4pm

On South Side of Bainbridge Green, between 3rd & 4th Streets Featured Chefs!​ ( * = confirmed) Jason Chiconski from Ela * Chris D’Ambro from Southwark * Scott Schroeder from Hungry Pigeon Chef Jeremy Nolen from Whetstone Famous 4th Street Deli, Royal Izakaya, Kanella, Zahav, Sabrina, Vetri, Veg, Volver, Russet, Talula's Garden, Good King, Serpico, Honey’s Sit and Eat, Sbraga, Vernik Food and Drink

Family Fun! •​Pumpkin ​Painting with Queen Village Art Center and Greensgrow Farms •Mosaic Making with Magic Gardens •Ping Pong •Eagles game on the big screen

Music! Sweetbriar Rose

Drink! Moet Mimosas Stateside Distilling Bloody Marys served by 13th Street Cocktails Ox Coffee Details: • to purchase tickets • $35 ticket = 8 food tickets + 2 drink tickets • $70 Family = 2 adults + kid eat free • $250 VIP ticket = reserved seating with private chef tasting • Rain date: October 23 • Proceeds will go towards improvements to the green, programming, and design plans Bainbridge Green can be Philadelphia’s next great public space; one that supports local businesses, creates community through thoughtful programming, and aims to be environmentally sustainable.

To learn more go to

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Philly Block Arts Carnival
Philly Block Arts Carnival - 1 - 5
Crane Arts
Philadelphia, PA
Price: FREE

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 / 11AM-7PM

For the first time in South Kensington's history, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is hosting an Arts Carnival on North American Street! 

Celebrating the creativity and new neighborly ties fostered by the Philly Block Project, the Carnival will present a day of food trucks, fun and games, rides, music, and art-making.

-Rides like -The Wrecking Ball and The Mind Winder
-A mini-golf course hosted by Keystone Minigolf and Arcade Carnival Games like a Dunk Tank, Hi-Striker, and Ring Toss

Individual and group projects with South Kensington artists, including mural painting, silkscreen, screen printing, and more!

Led by Mistress of Ceremonies Marilyn Rodriguez – Founder, Producer & Host of the ‘Ahora Si!’ Show on La Mega 105.7FM-WEMG – local and international performers will take the stage:

11am: FUEGO NUEVO MESO-AMERICAN – pre-Columbian dance that celebrates ancient Meso-American culture
12pm: HAFEZ KOTAIN & MOFFET DRUMMERS – Arab and Latin rhythms with a renowned percussionist and Moffet Elementary School students
1pm: MAD BEATZ MUSIC – a coalition of Philadelphia public school students and alumni who possess "superhuman rhythmic capabilities" 
2pm: BOMBEROS DE LA CALLE – Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music and dance
3pm: NORTH LAWRENCE MIDNIGHT SINGERS – Classic southern rock with hints of doo-wop and roots
4pm: HEATHER SHAYNE BLAKESLEE & SWEETBRIAR ROSE – A band of “rootsy, thorny, rose-hipped gypsies”
5pm: UDINI LAVOZ – Panamanian hip-hop, pop and reggaeton. 
6pm: ILL FATED NATIVES – bluesy tales of societal freedom and the jazzy paradigm of inner city love

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Murph's Bar
Friday Night Lights at Murph's - 10 - 1
202 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-1847
Price: FREE

We've got the whole night to stretch out, say hello and celebrate the weekend. Come on out and join the evening.

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Dirty Soap Extravaganza - 3-6
96 S. Main Street
New Hope, PA 18938
Price: FREE

Joining the Dirty Soap cavalcade again...

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Tin Angel w/Zap Goes Pop and Bear Cave Tower - 8 PM
20 S 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Price: $10

The Tin Angel is one of the best listening rooms in the city, and we're pleased to headline this show with Zap Goes Pop and Bear Cave Tower. Our set will be around 10, and there are tables available for early comers and people with dinner reservations downstairs. 

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Femme Freedom Fundraiser
Femme Freedom Fundraiser - TBD
Fergie's Pub

Save the date...we play at 3:15 for 30 mins sandwiched in among some very good acts who are collecting donations of feminine care products to stock up our city's women's shelters. It's in conjunction with the Office of Supportive Housing, and organized by the amazing Rosaleen McGill.

No Good Sister
Hotsy Totsy 
Barbara Gettes
Cicada Jade
Sweetbriar Rose
Dena Epstein as Dena Miranda and the Mellowton4s
Lily Albright McAndrew
Katherine Rondeau
Carolyn Thorn's Musical Page of Music
Sarah Biemuller
Emily Bowlan
Hannah Trav
Emily Ana Zeitlyn of the Arc Divers
Elise Thomson-Hohl



Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Upstairs at For Pete's Sake
Duo Acoustic Show - 8 - 10 PM
Front and Christian
Price: FREE - BYO Everything

Come on out for another low-key acoustic show Upstairs at For Pete's Sake!

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

All Right for Fighting - 7 PM
1248 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Price: $6

Saturday night upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie...don't miss it. 

**Saturday 5/7 at Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs**

Emmett Drueding

Miles Orion Butler

Rooster (NYC / Toronto)

Sweetbriar Rose

Dawn Hiatt

**7:00pm_____21+____$6 Cover**
**TIX--> **



Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Upstairs at For Pete's Sake
Back to Roots - 8 to 10
Corner of Christian and Front
Philadelphia, PA
Price: FREE - BYO Everything

Me and my guitar and an occasional friend will be playing in the upstairs cocktail bar at For Pete's Sake. Very casual, a lovely spot, there's food, great drinks and YOU.


Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Eris Temple Arts
The Gold Show with The Traveling Octopi Marching Band - 8PM
602 S. 52nd Street
Price: $5


And no, that doesn't stand for "Bring Your Own Bowie." EJ will be serving up a Bowie tribute set. There will be Flex X. There will be spoken word shenanigans. There will be the Traveling Octopii Marching Band. There will be blood. Well, maybe not blood. But music, lots of music. 

Best gold outfit wins a prize!

Facebook Event

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Bourbon & Branch
w/Upstate Rubdown and Adam Monaco - 7 PM
705 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: $7 in advance, $10 at the door

Before you head back to the first week of work for the year, let us sing to you one more time. Vacation isn't over! We're welcoming hometown favorite Adam Monaco and the lovely folks from Upstate Rubdown in from out of town.

08:00pm - Adam Monaco 
09:00pm - Sweetbriar Rose
10:00pm - Upstate Rubdown

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Old Swedes Churchyard
Honkey Tonk Holi-Dei - 7 PM
Christian and Water Streets in Queen Village
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $20 includes food and a drink ticket, proceeds to benefit Alzheimer's Disease

Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio, Wallace Brothers, Carolyn Thorn, Owl & Wolf and many others...ooh la la. We're playing a short set, and you'll get to hear Glen Campbell songs from everyone on the bill. Always good spirits at Old Swedes. Come one, come all. We'll play a little later in the evening, but don't miss a single act! 

Door open at 7 pm, and cost of the show is $20, which includes food and a drink ticket. All proceeds to benefit Alzheimer's disease.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Bourbon & Branch
Sweetbriar Rose with Wild North - Doors at 7, we play at 10
705 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: $5 - $10

One of our favorite venues in Philadelphia...

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Upsalarium Fest
Upsalarium Fest - 5 PM - 2 AM
105 East Upsal Street
Mount Airy, PA 19119
Price: FREE - BYO Everything

Please join us on June 27th as we cele brate Summer with music and art...At the first Upsalarium Fest! All are welcome...bring your friends. its Freee as well. B.Y.O.B :}
8} Sunset Recorder

Were gonna turn our house into a pop up gallery for this event as well. Artiest can drop off works beforehand on the 20th. if u cant get here till the 27th will make it work:}
No works larger then 24X36 any medium - sculptures -photos-videos even- we do have a projector as well.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Sundrop Music Festival - The Fire
Sundrop Music Festival
4th & Girard
Philadelphia, PA

We're playing day two of the Sundrop Music festival...sometime after 2pm, head to the Fire!  Music all day.



Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

8 PM
Doc Watson's Public House150 N Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA 19341
Price: TBD

Our first time out at in Exton...come for dinner, stay for music.


Friday, April 24th, 2015

Connie's Ric Rac
Radiohead Tribute! - Door at 7:30
1132 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

All the details on all the bands celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Radiohead album The Bends are on the Facebook

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Bob and Barbara's
Country Night with the Wallace Brothers.
1509 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Whiskey.  Beer.  Music.  Dancing.  That about sums it up, folks.

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Bourbon & Branch
Spring Equinox Shout Out - 8 PM
705 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: $8 in Advance/$10 at Door

We're delighted that this show will fall on the Spring Equinox!  With fellow Americana acts Blackhorse Motel and Dan & The Wildfire.


Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Winter Doldrums Fest - Noon to Midnight
3025 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-1400
Price: TBD

Over 20 Philadelphia Bands will be raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Greater Philadelphia Chapter at World Cafe Live.  Join us in supporting this great cause.  Already announced:

Tin Bird Bird Choir
Lovers League
Mason Porter
Sweetbriar Rose
No Good Sister 
Paige Allbritton

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Connie's Ric Rac
Holiday Fistival for Philabundance - 2 PM
1132 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

A Fistful of Sugar has organized a benefit for Philabundance, which we're very happy to be a part of.  Come on down the Italian Market and show your support for this wonderful charity that works to provide food security for Philadelphians.  Dreamy line up as follows:


Cheap Dinosaurs
Tin Bird Choir
A Fistful of Sugar 
Sweetbriar Rose
Cask & Co.
The Late Saints 
Burning Bridget Cleary
Beaucoup Blue
Jason Ager
Brian Fitzy
The E.J.Simpson music Band
Mel Alston
The Wayside Shakeup
Andrew Napoli

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Melodies Cafe
The Wittchen Initiative & Sweetbriar Rose Wish You a Merry Solstice - 8 PM
Ardmore, PA

A wonderful Winter Solstice show with our friends from the Wittchen Initiative.  Joy to the world.

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Old Swedes Churchyard
Honkey Tonk Holly-Day - 6 PM
Christian and Water Streets in Queen Village
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $20 includes food and beer

Way more fun than the Company Holiday Party!  Sexton Sideshow and the Philadelphia Folksong Society are teaming up to present a fantastic event hosted by Sweetbriar Rose and featuring A Fistful of Sugar, Black Horse Motel, No Good Sister, Hannah Taylor, Morgan Pinkstone, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, the Hummingbyrds, Emmett Dreuding and Carolyn Thorn!  

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Adam Brodsky, Blind Staggers, TC Cole Riot - 8:30
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: Probably $5-$7

Yes. Yes.  Just yes.

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Berks County House Concert
House Concert with the Wallace Brothers and others - All night. Just wait til the sun goes down!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Fundraiser - 6 - 8 PM
Price: Fundraiser...check out the website!

We're really happy to be able to play another show in Queen Village, this time for a fundraiser for re-imagined public green space at 4th and Brainbridge....Bainbridge Green will happen if we can help raise enough money from the community, and we hope you'll come out.  Dining, dancing, food trucks, local beer.   Sound good?  We think so!

Friday, October 17th, 2014

4th Street Cafe
Falling Into Fall - 7 - 9 pm
3508 East Main Street
Morgantown, PA 19543
Price: Bring on the Tip Jar - What are We Worth?

Our friends from Tin Bird Choir are helping to start a new cafe, community space and creativity hub in Morgantown...please come out for a nice long Sweetbriar Rose set with lots of new songs and celebrate the lovely PA Fall....

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Cosmic Cafe on Boathouse Row
BBQ and Bands BYOB - 6 PM
1 Boathouse Row Outdoor Patio
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $5 Suggested Band Donation, $10 BBQ plates!

If you haven't had Peg's delicious food yet, head down to Boathouse Row to watch the river roll by while you enjoy Sweetbriar Rose at 6 and Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings at 7PM.  A magical evening....

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Pop Up Greenway Celebration
Spring Street Greenway Launch Party - TBA
Spring Garden Between 9th and 10th
Philadelphia, PA
Price: FREE!

Philadelphia is getting a little greener.  Don't miss the launch party for the Spring Street Greenway.  Rain date is September 21st.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

An Evening with Sweetbriar Rose
An Evening with Sweetbriar Rose - 7 - 9 pm
Mario Lanza Park
Price: FREE

Don't miss this great family-friendly show sponsored by the Queen Village Neighborhood Association.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

House Concert
Maggie Pierce and EJ reunion show! - 6PM
Price: Donations Please!

A beautiful site with beautiful musicians....yes, we do house concerts!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Old Swedes Churchyard
Barn Raising for For Pete's Sake Pub - 7 PM
Christian and Water Streets in Queen Village
Philadelphia, PA

The roof fell in.  Let's make it better for everyone, shall we?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Bourbon & Branch
Pop Up with Zap Goes Pop! - 10 PM
705 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $5

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Night Market People's Emergency Center Stage
Night Market People's Emergency Center Stage! 39th & Market - 8 PM
Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Price: FREE!

Don't miss one of Philadelphia's favorite pastimes...combining food trucks, local beer, and music:  Night Market is coming.  You should come hungry.  We play at 8, but it starts at 6, and other stages will include the West Philly Orchestra.  We're playing a set at 39th and Market, People's Emergency Center Stage.

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Musikfest in Bethlehem! - 3-5 on the Mainstreet Stage
25 W. Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 332-1300

Don't miss other acts during this great festival like the Avett Brothers and Sheryl Crow...

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Bob and Barbara's
Country Night with the Wallace Brothers
1509 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Price: FREE

City Wide Specials.  Kitty Wells.  Two-Stepping with Lucky.  You get the idea...join the Facebook event here.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Lancaster Avenue Arts 2nd Fridays
Lancaster Avenue Arts 2nd Fridays - 6:00 - 7:30
3849 Lancaster Ave., Hawthorne Hall
Price: FREE!

Join us for a beautiful Friday evening strolling Lancaster Avenue between 34th and 45th Streets.  All tips to support the People's Emergency Center...come support.

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

with A Man About a Horse - 8 PM
847 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: FREE

Join us at Ortlieb's for this pop up show with A Man About a Horse....

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Old Swedes Churchyard
Memorial Dei Picnic and Music Fest! - 12 Noon
Christian and Water Streets in Queen Village
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $10

More details to come….

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Folk Show In Studio with Gene Shay - 8:30 PM
88.5 FM
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: Free on the Radio

Hello All...tune in to 88.5 WXPN or stream on the radio to hear us Sunday May 11th on the Folk Show with folk icon Gene Shay.  The show is from 8-11 and we'll be on sometime after 8:30 playing some songs from Cultivar.

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Yard's Brewing Company
PFS Showcase with Roosevelt Dime
901 Delaware Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Check out details on the PFS website!

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

New Jersey Folk Festival - 12 pm Start - Set Time TBA
New Brunswick, NJ

Details to come….

Friday, April 4th, 2014

First Friday Folkdown - 7 PM
203 Bridge St
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Price: TBD

What do you get when the spring flowers are blooming and you've got Tin Bird Choir, Sweetbriar Rose, and a Fistful of Sugar all in the same joint?  First Friday at Steel City.  What a balm to the snowy winter this will be.  Get your tickets in advance!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Melodies Cafe
Harmonies at Melodies - 8 PM
Ardmore, PA
Price: TBD

More details to come, but save the date!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Fishtown Circus February Freakout - 9 pm
3rd and Girard
Philadelphia, PA

Shane Leddy is up to it again, bringing some great bands to 3G.  Black Mariah will be joining us.  Woot.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

89.5 WPKN FM
Radio Interview and Cultivar Tracks - 8 PM
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Price: Stream it live!

Jim Motaveli, one of the nice DJ's up at WKPN in CT is a Sweetbriar Rose fan and Heather will be doing a live interview in-between some tracks from Cultivar!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

A Very Fire Christmas - 8pm
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: $5

I know we said we were finished gigging for the year, but we can't turn down a good holiday party.  Here we come Santa Baby….

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

A Bit of the Arts Festival - Set from 1:00 - 2:00 but music before and after!
84 S Lansdowne Ave
Landsdowne, PA 19050
(610) 284-1493

Come get your craft on in the historic Arts & Crafts mansion, filled with artisans and musicians for the weekend!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Bob and Barbara's
The Wallace Brothers Present Country Night! - 9:30
1509 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

We're going to get our country on, and dig some of the Estelles set list for this one, including some Kitty Wells and some Carter Family.  Gonna be a barn burner.  And what's that?  Is that Wes Mattheu and the New Way Down on the bill?  And the Wallace Brothers?  And Barely Tigers?   Whoa Nelly!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Sweetbriar Rose Folks Up Greenbuild - 9:00
1718 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Price: TBD

Here for Greenbuild?  Want to check out a local Philly music venue and get some great local music from a fellow Green Building Council chapter leader?  Well....

We hope you'll join us for this show with Sweetbriar Rose.

Oh, too much fun....


Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Philly Sings Philly - 9PM Sharp
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Sweetbriar Rose sings Ween, Jim Croce, The American Dream, and Billie Holiday.  Oh. Snap.


Philip D'Agostino
Reverend TJ McGlinchy
Jesse Lundy Band
Cask & Co.
The Wallace Brothers Band
Christopher Davis-Shannon
Red Skiles and the Country Ramblers
Sweet Briar Rose
Brian Flanagan Band

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Sweetbriar Rose Album Release Party for Cultivar! - 7:00
Christian and Water Streets in Queen Village
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $10 (Younguns Free)

Cultivar is now in circulation at shows, CD Baby and iiTunes, and select stores, and we're throwing a party to celebrate!  Please BYOB.  Thanks to Jaclyn Marie, The Sun Flights, and the Dirty Soap Blues Band for joining us and making it a fantastic evening.  There will be other surprises.  Oh yes.


7:00 Doors - $10 and BYOB
7:30 - 7:50:  Jaclyn Marie
8:00 - 8:30:  Sweetbriar Rose Set One
8:45 - 9:00:  Dirty Soap Blues Band
9:05 - 9:30:  The Sun Flights
9:45 - 10:30  Sweetbriar Rose Set Two
11 - Closing up shop and moving to an after party....woot.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

CD Release Teaser - 8PM
105 Grape Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Price: 5

We'll be warming up for the CD Release...come on down for a drink at the Grape Room.

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Connie's Ric Rac
Lover's League Record Release (Dani Mari and Rev TJ McGlinchey) - 9 PM Sharp
1132 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: $5


Don't be late...we're kicking off the whole darn thing.  
9pm-10pm- Sweetbriar Rose
10pm-10:45pm- The Bigness
11pm-12pm- Lovers League
12pm-1pm- North Lawrence Midnight Singers


Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Hodge Podge
Folk Noir Night - 8PM
121 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Welcome to Narnia folks.  Push through the smallish but lovingly curated books and records to hidden music venue beyond.  A night of folk noir americana.  We'll be playing with Eli August & The Abandoned Buildings and Cello Mike.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Erotic Literary Salon - Spoken Word and Drums Duo Feature - 8PM
1315 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Price: 10

The monthly Erotic Literary Salon will be featuring a duo spoken word and drums performance by Sweetbriar Rose members Heather Shayne Blakeslee and Walter Foley.  

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The Kuf Knotz Boombox Collective - 8:30 PM - Confirming Details Soon!
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: FREE

Join us upstairs at World Cafe Live for the Kuf Knotz Boombox Collective!  We'll do a short set with others TBA.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Opening for the Scud Mountain Boys - 8 PM
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Price: $15

I have worn out my copy of Pine Box.  Twice.  These guys are heroes of mine, and probably not a small party of why I play the music that I play.  They're traveling down from Massachusetts and have graciously allowed me to join the bill that night.  I really hope that you can come out for this one, because it will be a fantastic show!  Check them out:

Sweet, sweet, music.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Paxinosa Porch
House Concert @ the Paxinosa Porch! - 7:30
Pierce & Paxinosa
Easton, PA
Price: Free - Invite Only

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Old Swedes Churchyard - Ladies Night at the Labor of Love Fest with Dani Marie and Chelsea Sue Allen
Ladies Night at the Labor of Love Fest - 7PM
Christian and Water Streets in Queen Village
Philadelphia, PA

The Sexton Sideshow has struck again with another great music festival in Queen Village, Philadelphia.  Music all weekend, with a bevy of female-fronted bands kicking things off on Friday evening to begin the Labor Day Weekend festivities.  Doors at 7, Show at 8.  Can't wait to play with Dani Marie and Chelsea Sue Allen!

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Brandywine Fok Festival
Brandywine Folk Festival - 1:30 PM
Anson B. Nixon Par, 201 N. Walnut Rd.
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Price: $25/Day Presale, $65 Event Pass.

Tickets are on sale now for this great Festival in Kennett Square!  We're happy to be playing alongside friends from Tin Bird Choir, The Great Unknown, and the Sun Flights among 30 acts during the weekend.  Lots of family friendly activities, vendors, and good summer love.  Date and time listed is for our performance, but it's all weekend so think about making a weekend of it!  KOA campsite available and a nearby hotel has block of rooms.

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Lizzie Borden Played her Axe: Woman Take the Lead in Murder Ballads - 3 PM
1323 Salford Station Road
Schwenksville, PA 19473
Price: Free with admission to the Folk

Sweetbriar Rose will be leading a workshop and in-the-round performance on women in murder ballads at the Philly Folk Fest this year in their brand new Cultural Tent.  Joining us will be fellow Philadelphian Dani Marie and Burning Bridget Cleary, a celtic band whose very namesake met an early demise.

Join us for this part performance, part history and songwriting lesson and part discussion about why it means something different for some songs for a woman to be the interpreter of a murder ballad.

We're excited to be part of this venerable festival this year, and in such good songwriting company.

See you at the fest!

Heather & Sweetbriar Rose 

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Murph's Bar - Fishtown Circus Show
Fishtown Circus! - Most Sunday Nights - 8 - 12
202 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-1847
Price: FREE

While we loathe the phrase "Sundays are Fundays" we would encourage you to come out Sunday nights to various venues as various members from Sweetbriar Rose, the Dirty Soap Blues Band, REMER, and others entertain you with member-swapping delights and the occasional special guest, which this week is The Working Effective.  We're at Murph's this week! 

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The Paper Mill
Coloratura! - 7PM
2825 Ormes Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Price: FREE

BYOB, food, art, music.  With the Dirty Soap Blues Band, Sunset Recorder, Truant Minds, REMER, Walter Foley (don't miss the solo drum set with wrenches and saws!!).  Oh, yes, oh yes please.

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Bob's Happy Hour
Kensington Cavalcade with Sweetbriar Rose & Gang - 7-10
2301 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Price: FREE

It's a dive.  You'll be okay.

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Good Samaritan
Good Samaritan Fair Day - 1 PM
212 W. Lancaster Ave.
Paoli, PA
Price: FREE

Good Samaritan Fair Day  is crafts, collectibles, furniture, art, food, children's games, fun which benefits the Missions and Outreach program of the church! More fun and music on Friday the 6th as well.  The Wee Hours will be opening at 1 and Sweetbriar Rose will play at 2.

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Sweetbriar Rose & Friends - 8:30 - 11:30
509 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Price: FREE

Come one come all to this Sweetbriar Sideshow of traveling musicians!  Special guests, new numbers, odd configurations and surprises await.  This place has awesome whiskey and they put lobster in the mac and cheese so we're not sure what you're waiting for!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Old Swedes Churchyard
Memorial Dei Picnic and Music Fest! - 11:00 - 6:00 - Set at 12 noon
Christian and Water Streets in Queen Village
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $5-$20 (Food Included...bring a

This is an all day picnic, and we'll play at 12 to start things off.  Don't miss Swedeland, the Sun Flights, and others!

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Sundrop Music Festival - 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Set at 3PM
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: FREE

It's spring.  Get sprung.  We're playing with lots of bands including the Wallace Brothers, so come check it out!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

DVGBC Annual Green Building Celebration - 6:30
3025 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-1400
Price: $125 (It's a fundraiser!)

Come on out and hear a preview of the record while you're supporting a great cause:  sustainable communities.  For the last six years I've worked for the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and am happy to be celebrating this year with some music.   If you like what you're hearing, register today!

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Sweetbriar Rose, Singin' at the Fire - Doors @ 9, Show at 10
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Price: Likely 5-10 Clams

We're hard at work on a new record, so come have a preview of what's to come this spring. 

We're hopping on a great bill at the Fire on Friday. You know the drill...doors at 9, we play at 10, good folks before and after include Thomas Wynn and The Believers, Kalob Griffin Band, and Chris Mcfarland. Tell 'em you're there to see us and we might have money to buy you a beer.

Join the Facebook Event so we know your'e coming! 

Heather & Sweetbriar Rose

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Actual not Factual Birthday Show - 7pm
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Price: ?

Friends.  Family.  Fans.

In honor of my 29th birthday, I hope that you'll join me and my band, Sweetbriar Rose, as well as friends from Muffinman is a Band, at Milkboy in Philadelphia.  Other acts coming into town from NYC will be joining us as well.

While my actual birthday is November 25th, and while my actual age will, from this point on, remain a secret to everyone but my mother, you can still wish me actual birthday wishes and listen to some actual music played by actual people interacting in an actual room that you can actually like without being connected to an electronic device that connects you to a virtual world.   Let's do this thing.


Sunday, October 7th, 2012

October Fest at the Fire
Octoberfest! - 2 PM
4th & Girard
Philadelphia, PA

Don't miss us kicking off the Sunday festivities of the Fire's October fest!  Details abound on my Facebook page.

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Trinity Memorial Church
GRID Alive! - Doors at 6, Show at 7
22nd and Spruce Sts.
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $5

Grid Alive

You've read the magazine, 
now see the show!


Join Alex Mulcahy, Grid publisher, and Nic Esposito, urban farmer and novelist, as they bring some of the people featured in the August issue to the stage. Expect a fun, talk show-like affair, with live music and local beer and wine.

Liz Robinson, Executive Director for the Energy Coordinating Agency
Amy Laura Cahn
, Attorney with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
Scott Kelly & Jenn Rezeli
, Founders of Re:Vision Architecture

Musical Guest
Heather Shayne Blakeslee & Sweetbriar Rose

Hosted By
Alex MulcahyGrid Publisher
Nic EspositoUrban Farmer and Novelist

Local beer and cheese provided by Rolling Barrel Events

Tickets $5

Co-sponsored with Sustainable 19103 and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Sept 20  |  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (doors open at 6:00pm)

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Memorial Dei Picnic
12 - 6
Philadelphia, PA
Come on out to Old Swedes Church in Queen Village, my little neighborhood in Philadelphia, for some seriously good music and food...Kennett will be providing sides but bring something yourself for this pot luck, bring a blanket, a chair, frisbee, etc. and hang out to celebrate spring with us. Don't miss it. For real.

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Dawson Street Pub
10 PM
Manyunk, PA
$5 Cover will be more than worth the small dent in your wallet. Dawson has great craft beers, and I'll be doing Sweetbriar Rose as a trio that night...don't miss it!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Basil Bandwagon Fest
Flemington, NJ
Fun stuff in NJ! Come early to see other bands! It's an all-day earth fest. More details here:

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The Fire
The Articulate Landscape - Philly Fringe Show - Sept 3, 3 pm; Sept 10, 3 pm and 6:30 pm
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215 983-6028
Price: $12

Seating is Limited to 40 people per show; advanced tickets are recommended and on sale via web, or you can contact the Festival Box Office at (215) 413-1318



The normally raucous black box performance stage at indie-music stomping ground The Fire on 4th & Girard will be relatively quiet this September 3 and 10th as roots/Americana musician Heather Shayne Blakeslee leads a cast of local musicians and Philly-folks-about town in readings from a novel-in-progress called “The Articulate Landscape.”

While the focus will be on a staged reading of the stories, not everyone will be laying down their instruments. In addition to the amped up “selected shorts” style-reading with an eclectic cast --- expect guest readers as diverse as Tom Kehoe, founder of Yards Brewing Company and Freddie Berman, drummer for Bluenote artist Amos Lee--- Blakeslee's band Sweetbriar Rose will be providing a complementary soundtrack to the exploratory stories, featuring tight harmonies and a focus on acoustic instruments. New York illustrator Diksha Watwani will illuminate the text with earthy illustrations.

A Reception and additional musical performances to follow final show on September 10th.  



Nominally about a woman who is considering becoming a bookThe Articulate Landscape explores themes of transition and metamorphoses, the tension among theistic, polytheistic, and animistic world views, and the effect of the collective unconsciousness on our personal narrative and myth-making. The absurdist assumptions of its premise give way to both comedic and erotic scenes touched with magical realism, and a deliberately permeable sense of what’s waking and what’s dreaming.

Show writer, director, and performer Heather Shayne Blakeslee, a former student of both literature and philosophy who is also currently entrenched within the sustainability scene in Philadelphia, is interested in examining how stories come to be, and how we create our own myths, not least about ourselves. “Are we cheating on ourselves when we don’t listen to our instincts, our dreams, our ancestors, our urges?” she asks. “To what and to whom do we need to listen in order to form a sense of ourselves that we can then express to others in a meaningful way?” The piece, set in Philadelphia, takes back the scarlet letter and claims it for “Articulation.” “More than anything,” Blakeslee says, “this is a love story about stories.”


Very Special Guest Readers in the show are Tom Kehoe, founder and owner of Yards Brewing Company; his wife, writer and Judge Linda Carpenter; actor and producer Gabriel VazquezAllison Polans, the songwriter and voice behind the Philadelphia band Papertrees; civil rights investigator Konstantina TatsisFreddie Berman, drummer for recording artist and Philly local Amos Lee; and folk impressario EJ Simpson.

Illustrator Diksha (Dimmy) Watwani is a Mumbai, India native who has called New York City her home for the last eight years. She’s crafted campaigns for international companies and indie artists alike and specializes in illustration and motion graphics. She is a spiritual, fierce, radically independent woman, a fact that is both belied by her exceedingly small frame and nearly inaudible voice and bemoaned by a family who would rather she be married in Mumbai. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and an honorary Blakeslee sister. 

Writer, Director, and Performer Heather Shayne Blakeslee is a polymath Philadelphian who leads lives as a performing songwriter and leader of the band Sweetbriar Rose, as a restaurateur along with husband Johnny Della Polla, who most recently opened the farm-to-table Kennett Restaurant on 2nd and Christian in their Queen Village neighborhood, and as Deputy Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, a local nonprofit that focuses on creating sustainable communities through green building practices and public policies. She's most recently turned to fiction writing as an evolution of her narrative-based songwriting, and her Philly Fringe Festival performance of The Articulate Landscape is in part an excerpt of a novel-in-progress coupled with songs and projected illustrations.

Critics nailed the mood of Blakeslee's first record album, Bones, by comparing it to “the smell of Autumn,” (Splendid E-zine) and called the characters of her tightly woven narratives, “strangers rapping softly on the window.” (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA). Demorama called Blakeslee’s debut “striking in its non-intrusiveness...the songs are subtle, intelligent, and observant narratives that bring together issues, personal dramas, and character studies to form a tapestry of mood woven by Blakeslee’s mature, downright seductive voice. Recorders, observers, and commentators on real American life are needed, and Blakeslee shows plenty of potential to become an important contributor. ” Blakeslee returned to her native PA after six years of writing and performing in New York City, touring throughout the East Coast, and working for national literary organization Poets & Writers. She has been playing and working in Philadelphia for seven years. Blakeslee is currently recording a third album and will be playing next with Sweetbriar Rose on June 12th at the WXPN-supported Maysie's Farm Fest. More on Blakeslee at

Sweetbriar Rose, musical accompaniment, is a band of rootsy, thorny, rose-hipped gypsies who you’re equally likely to glimpse running in full sun, barefoot on a field of bluegrass, or brooding in three-part harmony over a murder ballad in a shady grove. The five-petaled flowers of Sweetbriar include guitar, ukulele, mandolin, keyboard, and bass, which group in formations of three to five. You may recognize the petals from a similar specimen, as Sweetbriar is a cultivar of The Estelles---songwriter Heather Shayne Blakeslee, a local environmental advocate, fronts the band. Blakeslee is joined by a bevy of talented players, including long-time collaborator and piano pedagogue Joy Thiessen, folk impressario EJ Simpson, and, when she can steal him from Wes, Shane Leddy, a talented abstract painter and bass player most often seen with Wes Mattheu and the New Way Down. Native to Philadelphia, the hardy Sweetbriar thrives in urban dive bars, apple orchards, Pennsylvania farmlands, urbane surburban coffee shops, backyard gardens, and the occasional living room, with a distribution that would likely stretch from Maine and down to Virginia when conditions are hospitable.

Sweetbriar rose hips, the fall fruit, are excellent company and nourishment to birds, and members have been seen coexisting with songsters such as Hoots & Hellmouth, The New Way Down, Hezekiah Jones, Sisters 3, Tin Bird Choir, The Great Unknown, The Pros from Dover, Wissahickon Chicken Shack, Cowmuddy, Sweethart Parade, Psalmships, and other Philadelphia natives. Sweetbriar has been influenced by these as well as non-native species including Neko Case, Sam Phillips, and Gillian Welch.


The 15th Annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe will take place September 2-17, 2011. Tickets prices range from free to $55, and can be purchased online at or by calling 215.413.1318. The Festival Guide will be available the first week of August, and can be either downloaded as a PDF or picked up in hard copy at any Festival venue as well as at key “Hot Spots” (to be announced online in July) throughout the city.

 The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe were originally founded in 1997 as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Today, the Live Arts Festival is a curated festival of the world's most cutting-edge, high-quality performing arts groups who are invited by the Festival's Producing Artistic Director. The Live Arts Festival is often the only opportunity the region’s audiences will have to see these works without traveling internationally. In 2011, 16 Live Arts shows will be presented.

The Philly Fringe is an unfiltered festival, where a platform is provided for new and established artists to present their work free of a selection process. For some it’s a once-a-year, or once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a show; for professional companies, it can be an opportunity to try something new. The Philly Fringe seeks create a cityscape filled with theater, dance, music, and everything in between for audiences to enjoy; encourage artists to give expression to and develop their talents and artistic visions in total artistic freedom without any curatorial barriers in bringing that work to an audience; to help artists become successful independent producers; and ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community. In 2011, over 200 Philly Fringe shows will be self-produced by thousands of artists from throughout the region.

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Halloween Pumpkin Fest
412 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123
There will be bird masks.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Dirty Soap Extravaganza - 3-6
96 S. Main Street
New Hope, PA 18938
Price: FREE - BYO Everything

Playing again in New Hope at John & Peters as part of the Dirty Soap Cavalcade....

We give you shows if you show us yours.