Friday's another of those nights in our band-happy region when you should get a designated driver and visit three strong singer-songwritery shows. Start out with Northern Ireland's marvelous Steafán Hanvey when he performs in New London's Washington Street Coffee House (7 p.m., 13 Washington St., 860-437-0664, $5). From there, catch Matt Gouette solo at Old Lyme's Songbird Cafe (7 p.m., 68 Lyme St., 860-434-1882, free). Finish up at Burke's Tavern in Niantic where the John Fries Band presents new material (8 p.m., 13 Hope St., 860-739-5033 $5).
- RICK KOSTER