Rebecca Padula

Rebecca Padula


Soulful contemporary folk with a blues streak


You'll find Rebecca at the end of the bar, mixing up a dark folk-rock espresso with a shot of bluegrass and a hint of jazz.
Her smoldering alto and guitar combine with growling basslines and simmering percussion to create an intimate and varied show that often includes works by other Vermont songwriters.
She has performed throughout New England solo and with her newly formed, Rebecca Padula Band, at coffeehouses, bars, events, festivals, and weddings.
Rebecca holds a double degree in music and journalism from St. Michaels College. She has penned more than 40 original songs and released 2 independent albums: Time, speed & distance (2003) and Waterfront (1997) and has written news stories and features for a number of New England publications. She is an activist for independent media and media literacy, working on the front lines of free speech at her day job in public access television and is producer/director of The Instant Coffeehouse, a monthly access TV program that showcases singer-songwriters.
She has opened for Patty Larkin, Sally Taylor, Vance Gilbert, Rachel Bissex, Rod McDonald, Gregory Douglass, and Jim’s Big Ego. She was a founding member of the Burlington, VT songwriter’s Co-Operative (1999), a finalist in the Solar Fest songwriter’s competition (2000), alternate (2004) and finalist in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project’s road songs contest (2004). Winner of the 2007 Vermont Peace Songs contest. Her concert documentary tribute to folksong collector Margaret MacArthur, Margaret's Waltz, was named the Best Documentary Event by the Northeast Alliance of Community Media in 2007.

Mitch Barron, of Hinesburg, Vermont, is a multi-instrumentalist known throughout Vermont and the northeast for his fretless electric and upright bass playing. Mitch has been playing bass for more than 25 years, ranging from jazz and blues to bluegrass, contemporary folk, and traditional Irish, French Canadian, & Appalachian Old Time music. Mitch plays with his own bands (Bread & Bones, the Hibernators, the Rebecca Padula Band, the Don Sheldon Trio), is an in-demand session player, and is a frequent recording musician.
His bass and vocals can be heard on albums with: Dana Robinson, Rik Palieri, Richard Ruane, Atlantic Crossing, Karen McFeeters, The Hibernators, Rebecca Padula, Nick Bennett, Don Sheldon, Wild Branch Bluegrass Band, and Matt Witten



Written By: Rebecca Padula

Lyrics available at

At Bedtime

Written By: Rebecca Padula

A book
the longest one
on the shelf
is finally done
finally done
You always ask
for just one more
just one more
just one more

A nod
and your head
falls to the bed
as your breath slows down
breath slows down
You always breathe
so slow and deep
slow and deep
slow and deep

A world
far away
is where you'll go
safe and warm,
safe and warm
Always at peace
when you sleep
when you sleep
sleep, sleep...


“Time, Speed & Distance” (2003)
“Waterfront” (1997).

Set List

Can do up to a 3 hour performance. A range of originals, plus tunes by other contemporary Vermont writers, traditional tunes and a smattering of covers from Aimee Mann's "Save Me" to Leadbelly's Blood Red River Blues.