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Marblehead’s me&thee warms up for winter season

Jill Sobule kicks off the season at me&thee coffeehouse on Feb. 1. (Brian Popowitz)

MARBLEHEAD — The me&thee coffeehouse has offered the best in national and international acoustic music since 1970 and its winter season continues that tradition.

Jill Sobule, an endearingly quirky singer-songwriter, kicks off the season Feb. 1. Sobule has just released “Nostalgia Kills,” her first album in nearly a decade. Come hear the original “I Kissed a Girl” as a reminder of Sobule’s brilliance years before Katy Perry sang a song with the same title. Andrew Delaney, from Dallas, will open.

Next up on Feb. 8 is Cold Chocolate. This genre-bending Americana band fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound. Cold Chocolate features Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backing by some of the roots music scene’s best players from Boston. Dynamic fiddler/songwriter Emerald Rae opens the show.

James Keelaghan is called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by music critics and fans alike. He’ll be sharing his passionate story-songs at the me&thee on Feb. 15. Joining him as the opener is Sophie Buskin.

A special tribute show to female musicians of all kinds is slated for Feb. 22. Four of New England’s premier singer-songwriters will be playing songs by women who have influenced their own work. Danielle Miraglia, Lisa Bastoni, Jenee Halstead, and Samantha Farrell will be combining forces for a show called “Breaking Barriers: A Tribute to Women Who Paved the Way.”

March 1 marks the return of two musicians who have played the me&thee many times over the years: Don White, a Lynn resident, and Christine Lavin. They have toured North America in a show called “The Funny Side of the Street” for 8½  years. Both are pursuing solo endeavors these days and this is one of only two co-bills planned for 2019.

Boston-area singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot returns on March 8. She has played at the me&thee since 2006, way before she rose to become a nationally touring artist. Ariana Gillis from Toronto makes her me&thee debut as the opener.

The legendary David Mallett comes to the me&thee on March 15. Mallett is one of America’s true original troubadours. His career has spanned four decades and his most memorable song, “The Garden Song,” is a staple that is sung around campfires and classrooms alike. Local favorite, Marina Evans, opens the show.

Tickets for all shows are available online. Tickets are also available in Marblehead at both the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore and Arnould Gallery and at the door. Student tickets are always $10. The me&thee is at the Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St.

For information, call 781-631-8987.

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