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Allysen Callery, a singer-songwriter from Bristol, performs at a house concert in Newport last year. “If I could do mostly house concerts, I would,” she said. “Generally, people are there to listen to music.”

House concerts gaining traction in R.I.

House concerts gaining traction in R.I.

How many times have you been to a local nightclub to hear one of your favorite singers, only to have her drowned out by some drunk Celtics fan yelling at the TV behind the bar? It doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, how’d you like to get that singer into your living room

Nellie Walcoff and songwriter partner Jeff Johnstone pose for the cover of their CD, “Light a Flame,” which was released last year.

East Bay tunesmiths write between jobs, family

Jeff Johnstone and Nellie Walcoff each have their own families and day jobs to keep them busy, so whenever a song idea crops up they must seize the moment. Even if one of them finds inspiration while sitting in a car outside a big-box store. “This happened once when I was in the parking lot