MARBLEHEAD — Saturday Night in Marblehead, coffeehouse at the Church of St. Andrew, presents Jon and Patti McAuliffe Nov 17, at 8 p.m. The suggested donation is $15, payable at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Acoustic singer-songwriter Jon McAuliffe began performing and writing in 1965. One of his earliest compositions was lauded by a Canadian artist named Joan Anderson, now known as Joni Mitchell. He has been writing ever since. A former staff songwriter for United Artists in New York, Jon was also lead singer and chief songwriter for the country rock band Thirty Days Out, who recorded for Warner Bros./Reprise.
Jon has worked with, opened for, and/or performed with a number of stylistically diverse artists, including Emmylou Harris, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Doug MacLeod, The Cars, Robin Batteau, Andy Pratt, The Pousette-Dart Band, Robin Lane, and George Pratt (former lead guitarist for Patty Larkin).
Patti has been performing with Jon since 2010, adding harmonies, percussion, and harmonica to his vocals and guitar. They have released two CDs with Jon’s original material, In This Present Form (2011) and Old School Moderne (2016). Jon has recorded other albums as well: one in 2007, featuring original songs recorded and produced in the 1980s with George Pratt, and—before that—two albums with Thirty Days Out.
Jon half-jokingly describes his and Patti’s style as “Folk & Roll”: a “combination of acoustic stylings of contemporary singer/songwriter folk, rhythm and blues, topical song, and gospel, along with touches of blues, country, and even a little pop here and there.”
The Church of St. Andrew (www.standrewsmhd.org) is at 135 Lafayette St. (Route 114), near the Salem Line. The church is handicapped accessible.