Pete Nelson featured at coffeehouse

Renowned as an accomplished novelist, playwright and nonfiction writer, Mr. Nelson is “perhaps the best, yet unfortunately least known, songwriter in the U.S.,” according to Maine Public Radio.

Mr. Nelson will perform at the Lyrics Coffeehouse at the Redding Community Center on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Nelson was first “discovered” in 1992 by Christine Lavin and featured on her “Big Times in a Small Town” (Martha’s Vineyard) release. Ms. Lavin joined Mr. Nelson on “Restless Boys Club,” as did Greg Brown, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt, Kristina Olsen, and Cormac McCarthy. Mr.Nelson was again joined on “Days Like Horses” by friends. Singing with him are Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, Susan Werner, Cliff Eberhardt, Peter Mulvey, and Ben Demerath.

Mr. Nelson is currently teaching fiction and nonfiction for the Fairfield University MFA program.

Those attending the program are invited to bring their own bottle of wine, hors d’oeuvres and a laptop — Wi-Fi is available.

Admission is $12 or $10 in advance for each show, half-price for seniors and students. For more information, call 203-938-2551 or go to the town’s webpage,, under Park and Recreation or under Redding.

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