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Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 3:00pm

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Robinson Treacher / Kate Copeland FREE SHOW AT 3PM

The partnered charity for this concert was Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence - Bergen County New Jersey Chapter
This is the second annual event. Last year 5,225 artists at 350 events in 43 states came together to unite us through music. This year, the Bergen County Brady Chapter - with the assistance of the producers of Ethical Brew - are proud to participate. About the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Brady has committed to the bold goal of cutting the number of U.S. gun deaths in half by 2025. Our innovative strategy centers on the idea of keeping guns out of the wrong hands through three impact-driven campaigns: (1) Applying life-saving Brady background checks to all gun sales; (2) Stopping "Bad Apple" gun dealers, the 5 percent of gun dealers that supply 90 percent of all crime guns; and (3) Leading a new national conversation about the real dangers of guns in the home aimed at changing social norms in order to prevent the homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings that happen literally every day.
Robinson Treacher
Kate Copeland

Robinson Treacher

If entertainment can be defined as an agreeable occupation of the mind, then Robinson Treacher has found a way to encompass this in every aspect of his contribution to music-kind. Whether playing the role as front man to the soul-rock infused Delaware Hudson, as co-collaborator to the Alt-Country based Tensleep, or as a solo singer/songwriter, Treacher seems to drain himself of energy in the ceaseless pursuit of portraying moments of musical passion. This passion is evident in every attempt he makes to involve us, the listeners, in the spiritual orchestrations of emotion that have been meticulously tempered into songs.

Just like the long list of New York City artists before him, Robinson feeds off the honest grit found among the "huddled masses"...coupling the blatantly obvious (to a New Yorker at least) with the deeply personal. Chameleon-like in his approach to his songwriting, he refuses to be pigeonholed into one particular genre. Believing that each song is forged from its own unique terrain, he takes great pains in choosing the vehicle by which passengers might best weatherthe bumps, potholes, and blind curves found between the first note and the last. Admittedly susceptible to the affectations of the senses himself, he asks his audience to participate emotionally as well as physically in a "whole self " conceptual challenge, a 360 degree soul search comprised of the most joyous elation to the bitterest of pains.

With the emergence of a true "world" community of listeners and the dissolving of the old guard record company elitists, Treacher's eclectic songwriting can be allowed to burgeon...flowing freely among the throngs of liberated music enthusiasts...authentic and unabashed in its purity and form.

Kate Copeland

Kate Copeland is an award-winning singer/songwriter composer/arranger based out of New York City. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in addition to putting out her own music. Some recent production credits include Abakis' "I'm One Too" (2014), General Mojo's "How Hollow A Heart" EP (2016), and Mike O'Malley's "Growlers" EP (2016). She released her first solo album, "recollection room," in June 2015, and her follow-up EP "Red and Blue" in May 2016. Most recently ASCAP declared her this year's winner of the prestigious Robert Allen Award.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8:00pm

Craig Bickhardt with special guest Rachael Kilgour

The partnered charity for this concert was Freedom Valley Disability Center
CRAIG BICKHARDT
RACHEL KILGOUR

CRAIG BICKHARDT

Craig Bickhardt's songs have been recorded by over 150 artists worldwide including Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Alison Kraus and Kathy Mattea. His songs appear in three films including Tender Mercies, Switchback and At Close Range, as well as the TV shows Hidden Palms, Wildfire and Huff. He has received nine ASCAP awards and four R.I.A.A. Platinum Album Awards for his songs which include four #1 hits and 15 Billboard charting songs

From the boisterous club scene of Philadelphia to the country-rock milieu of Los Angeles to the picking parlors of Nashville, Craig Bickhardt has immersed himself in the sights and sounds of American music. His music reflects a life lived as a rock band lead singer, a solo troubadour, a dedicated songwriter, a husband and a father. Dreams, heartaches and hard-earned lessons have fed his creativity. There is no other way he could have written the eloquent, often bittersweet songs that have become his trademark.

As a singer/songwriter of the old school, you can hear echoes of such sixties folk revival artists such as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Also critical to Craig's art, is his virtuosic guitar work interweaving folk, blues, country and ragtime influences into a unique whole.

As an artist and perfomer, he has recorded for Warner Brothers and Capitol Records, appeared on Austin City Limits and Mountain Stage and has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams Jr., Judy Collins, Stephen Stills and Kathy Mattea. He also took first place in the 2006 International Acoustic Music Awards. Craig has released three CDs on Stone Barn Records.

Here's the buzz on Craig Bickhardt...

"His music is a blend of folk, country and pop, accented by his fluid acoustic guitar and its exquisite craftsmanship and feeling play beautifully against the smart and literary quality of his lyrics."

-- Nick Cristiano, The Philadelphia Inquirer

RACHEL KILGOUR

Rachel Kilgour is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both "brave and humane". The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville Grassyhill New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC's Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. A versatile performer, Kilgour has shard stages with the likes of indie artists Halley Bonar & Jeremy Messersmith as well as folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler and Lucy Kaplansky.

Kilgour's third album, Rabbit in the Road on NewSong Recordings was released in March 2017. It was produced by Catie Curtis, engineered by Crit Harmon in his home studio and mixed by Gar Ragland at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC. The album takes an intimate and often painful look at her failed marriage and loss of family. Kilgour's writing and delivery cut deep with resolute simplicity. Sorrow, rage, resilience and compassion exist side by side within a series of honest and memorable melodies. The collection of work stands tall on a foundation of vulnerability and opens the door to moments of profound connection.

Here's what music insiders are saying about Rachel Kilgour...

"...a heartfelt slice of master-crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others."
-- Chris Payne, Billboard

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00pm

RUPERT WATES TRIO with Special Guest JEREMY AARON

The partnered charity for this concert was Realize Your Beauty, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote positive body image and eating disorder awareness by way of theatre arts.
Rupert Wates
Jeremy Aaron

Rupert Wates

Rupert Wates was born in London and has been a full time songwriter since the 1990s, originally penning material in varying styles and genres for all kinds of artists. Since coming to the U.S. in 2006, his accomplishments include over thirty songwriting awards. His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. His seven solo CDs have been very well reviewed in the online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. Wates' songs have been recorded by other artists in the UK, Canada and the U.S. Rupert Wates averages 120 live shows every year in acoustic venues across America, in Canada and in Europe. He sometimes performs alone, sometimes with his trio or quartet. He prefers smaller listening rooms where the audience is close up and the emphasis is on the music. He was voted an Artist of the Year in both 2013 and 2016 by the international house concert network, Concerts In Your Home. He is the only artist to have been honored with this twice. Despite Wates' British background, and underpinning the universality of his music's appeal, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange has called him "a prime figure in American music". Audiences everywhere respond to Wates' brand of melodic art/folk -- haunting songs that ring true.
Here's the buzz on Rupert Wates...

"Lyrically articulate and literate...he's been comparted to Brecht, Gordon Lightfoot and Brian Protheroe..
-- Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK

"...A smidgen of Django, and a little dose of the English music hall leavened with the panache of an expert Continental quartet. Wates is ... a marvelous lyricist..he writes words that sing."
-- Steve Klingaman on "The Rank Outsider's Ball"

" A songwriter of great emotional depth."
-- Sandi Durell, Times Square Chronicles

"This is one gifted sonofabitch...If you're not hip to this guy yet, you're missing out."
-- Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

Jeremy Aaron

Jeremy Aaron is a NYC singer, storyteller, bluesman, guitarist, violinist and poet. Warm and real, his music evokes nights around the campfire between old friends.
Jeremy was raised in Nyack, NY where he studied classical violin with Alicia Edelberg, Associate Concertmaster for the NYC Opera. He grew up attending Jay Ungar's "Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp" where he was taught his first fiddle tunes by Jay Ungar, David Kaynor and John Krumm. Jeremy began writing songs as a teenager and after earning an undergraduate degree at Oberlin College, he began pursuing music and songwriting full time. As a songwriter, Jeremy has appeared at the Huntington Folk Festival, GAGA Arts Festival, Oberlin Folk Festival, NYC Friends of Clearwater Festival, The Living Room NYC, Caffe Lena, Jalopy Theater and School of Music, Rockwood Music Hall and many others. As an ensemble musician, he has played such impressive venues as ASTA National Orchestra Festival, Riverspace Arts, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and has opened for the American Brass Quintet at First Reformed Church of Nyack, NY. In addition to performing his own songs, Jeremy is the fiddler and guitarist in the popular Americana folk band, Spuyten Duyvil.
Here's what folks are saying about Jeremy Aaron...

"A major new folk talent has arrived"
-- Kevin Hugger (mp3hugger Blog)

"Makes me nostalgic for a childhood I never had"
-- Nick Walker (Musolist.com)

"His songs are intelligent, the arrangements subtly inventive, stylistically spanning genres -- folk/jazz/theater - demanding and holding your attention at every turn"
-- Christine Lavin

"the earthy, traditional folk sound of Jeremy Aaron is contemplative, poetic, evocative of campfires"
-- Jamendo.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00pm

VANCE GILBERT with Special Guest Kirsten Maxwell

Earth Day Show

The partnered charity for this concert was 350.org
Vance Gilbert
Kirsten Maxwell

Vance Gilbert

Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung, and consummately played all at once? Can it? That'd be Vance Gilbert!

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert's stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he's the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert's approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert's compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children's album. How rounded is that?
Vance in the press...

"...the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god..."
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Gilbert took the stage, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, a whimsical sense of humor, and an astonishingly smooth, pure tenor voice. But that proved to be more than enough."
- Chicago Tribune

"His catchy, pop friendly melodies support keenly crafted, hard-hitting lyrics. His guitar is supple, his milk-warm tenor honest and gently acrobatic. He is that rare performer for whom people lean forward in their seats as eagerly between songs as they do during them."
The Boston Globe

Kirsten Maxwell

Based on Long Island, Kirsten Maxwell has made great strides since diving head first into her career. She is often compared to Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell, for her soaring vocals and retro-folk style. Kirsten gives everything to her live performances and has been described as "making love to the audience". Although self-taught on guitar, she plays with such delicacy and taste that the guitar seems to be extension of her body. Her delivery creates a level of intimacy that welcomes new audiences in like old friends. With a quick wit and commanding stage presence, Kirsten gives the impression of being more accomplished than her 24 years.

In April 2015, she independently released her debut album, Crimson. It has been met with great success and fans await her highly anticipated EP, to be released this Spring.
"... Kirsten Maxwell's clear soprano rings out in a way that would make Judy Collins and Joan Baez approve. She backs that up with skillful guitar playing and a growing collection of well-crafted songs. It's exciting to imagine what the future holds for her. "

- John Platt, "Sunday Supper" WFUV

"It was love at first listen! Not just Kirsten's gorgeous voice but her well crafted songs about the intricacies of love and relationships Crimson is a must listen."

- Joltin Joe, Radio Nowhere On WMSC

"Her exceptional vocal range, lilting melodies and heartfelt performance is the perfect match for her songs. 'Crimson' will take you on a journey through familiar moments in life and have you nodding your head in agreement. The best part is that this is only the beginning."

- Artie Martello, Mostly Folk Podcast, Halcottsville, NY

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8:00pm

Bluebirds of Paradise featuring Ari Hest & Chrissi Poland

The partnered charity for this concert was Planned Parenthood
Bluebirds of Paradise is comprised of singer/songwriters Ari Hest and Chrissi Poland. Each a commercially successful performer on their own, (Ari is 2017 Grammy Nominee with Judy Collins), together they create a scintillating duo, an infusion of jazz and indie-folk steeped in Brazilian/world overtones. Their first EP, "In A Night" was produced by the legendary Will Lee and was released to critical acclaim in 2015.
Ari Hest
Chrissi Poland

Ari Hest

Currently a 2017 Grammy nominee for "Best Folk Album" with the legendary Judy Collins for their work on "Silver Skies Blue", Ari Hest, has been earning accolades as a singer/songwriter since he began his career over fifteen years ago. As a young musician, he was influenced by the music of The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, and the Dave Matthews Band. During his career, he has been privileged to share the stage with "a slew of incredible musicians", record eight solo albums and three EPs,as well as put out his song-of-the-week project, "52" (2008). Additionally, he has been in three bands that have recorded CDs, and recently has been performing as part of the duo "Bluebirds of Paradise" with singer/songwriter Chrissi Poland. This creative collaboration, an infusion of jazz and indie-folk steeped in Brazilian/world overtones, was further cemented when the couple officially tied the knot in 2015.

Ari's music is sometimes heard on television or film scores such as The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives and One Tree Hill, to name a few. Ari is on the road a lot, with over 100 tour dates each year. He feels extremely fortunate to be able to sing and play music for a living -- "it's good for my soul and I love knowing that what I create has a real impact on people."

Chrissi Poland

Enchanting vocalist and songwriter Chrissi Poland weaves together the sounds of soul, jazz and pop, creating her unique and captivating tone, compelling people to wonder how "that voice comes from that little body." Her songwriting embodies a lyrical depth and melodic richness that draws audiences of all kinds in with ease.
Born and raised in southern Massachusetts, Chrissi started out playing bars and clubs in and around Boston, then soon after moved to New York City and began playing shows in the West Village underground scene. She quickly made a name for herself in New York, and within a few years began touring the world with her own work as well as with other artists.
As a multi-instrumentalist and in-demand vocalist, Chrissi has worked and performed with an array of artists, jazz greats, and icons including Nile Rodgers, Sting, Bette Midler, Macy Gray, Moby, Scissor Sisters, The Edge, Will Lee, Dave Weckl, Kylie Minogue, Elvis Costello, Pat Benatar, Tower of Power, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Clint Black and legendary Stax "Soul Man" Sam Moore (formerly of Sam & Dave). Her most recent EP, Reckless Ones, received acclaim for its versatility and performances.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8:00pm

The End of America with Special Guest Jaymie Gerard

The partnered charity for this concert was Doctors Without Borders
The End of America
Jaymie Gerard

The End of America

The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana. The Philadelphia-based outfit masters a style that resonates with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes.

All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005. They went on to form a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and captures the raw honesty of their performances. TEOA recently wrapped the recording of their debut LP, a follow-up to their previous EPs, Shakey and Steep Bay.

The End of America has performed at SXSW, Savannah Stopover and the Baltimore Folk Fest. They have shared the stage with Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform for his Song Reader sheet music release show. The trio's appearance at the show aired live on KCRW and received praise from Spin, Filter and The Hollywood Reporter.

Here's what folks are saying about The End of America:

"They sound great and they seem to be loving doing it."
David Crosby via Twitter

"These three cats blend their voices as effortlessly
as Crosby, Stills and Nash."
Ripple Effect

"The End of America literally stopped traffic at our summer outdoor show and blew away the crowd opening for Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams. Their superb harmonies and captivating stage presence left the audience on its feet asking for more. Go see End of America!"
Gail Prusslin, Outpost in the Burbs

"[TEOA exhibits] soulful Low Anthem harmony & strum."
Spin Magazine

Jaymie Gerard

To describe this NJ-native as prolific would be an understatement. With over 600 original songs in genres across the board (folk, acoustic, pop, rock, dance, children's music, political, Americana...), it is easy to find music in Jaymie Gerard's catalog that moves you. As a songwriter, she has been influenced by the likes of John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne and Aimee Mann, yet she maintains her own voice, her own sound, and her own image.

A seasoned performer, Jaymie has been sharing her original songs with the public for over 16 years. On stage, she grabs hold of the hearts and minds of her audience; her honesty and accessibility allow listeners to connect and engage naturally.

Jaymie draws inspiration from the world around her -- books, short stories, friends, family, and strangers she meets in her travels and day to day. More recently, her music has taken a distinctive turn towards folk, as she enjoys the storytelling aspect of the genre.

Now partnered with her husband, Geb Zurburg, also a talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jaymie's music has reached a new level of intimacy. Their latest release, Acoustic Sessions (EP), features a handful of thought-provoking, emotional songs including a duet with Geb entitled, "Loved Enough."

Her 2010 releases (Ain't Life Sweet EP & Black-Eyed Susans EP) were an exploration of production, pushing the limits of "pop music" by infusing it with meaningful content. Both EPs have been receiving a good deal of streaming airplay.

Jamie has performed at numerous venues in the tri-state area, as well as music festivals in NJ (Black Potatoe Music Fest, Wave Gathering Emergence Festival, NJ Folk Festival) and NH (Keene Music Festival).

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 8:00pm

Beppe Gambetta with Diane Perry

The partnered charity for this concert was Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition
Beppe Gambetta
Diane Perry

Beppe Gambetta

From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with American roots music. as well as the music of his native country, Beppe Gambetta has traveled the world and even crossed the "Iron Curtain" to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar. In a world dominated by the trends of the market, Beppe's inspired music stands out - modestly avoiding relying solely on his high level of technical excellence to connect with his audience on an intimate, emotional level - all the while revealing the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in tradition.

While Beppe still lives in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least three times each year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows "All Things Considered" and "E-Town". Beppe has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In his career he has performed with some great heroes of the folk scene like David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson, Norman Blake an with the band, Men Of Steel: an international guitar summit (Dan Crary, Tony McManus and Don Ross) of different guitar schools with complex musical interactions.

With America in his heart and his roots in the sun and the olive trees of the Mediterranean Sea, he naturally and seamlessly bridges the shores of the two continents creating a musical "koine" (fusion) where American root music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel string guitars and vintage harp guitars create a unique dialogue defying any rigid classification.
Here's what the critics are saying about Beppe Gambetta...

...spinning a thick weave that sometimes calls to mind what a duet by Doc Watson and Leo Kottke might sound like."
-- Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

"Beppe Gambetta is an artist. He inhabits a vantage point and possesses a world view that sets him apart from the crowded phalanx of merely great pickers. But just as importanly, he has the skills with a flatpick to articulate and bring to us the thoughts and feelings of his soul."
-- Kevin Stevenson, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine

"This was such exciting, varied, satisfying and just downright musical music that I wanted more, particularly of Gambetta in florid Italianate style..."
-- Brian Miller, BBC Radio Scotland

"Get him on a stage and his fingers speak a language all their own. After all, he's not known as the "Italian King of the flatpick guitar" for nothing."
-- Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times

Diane Perry

Classically trained at Julliard, Diane Perry's violin playing combines the tone of the concert-hall virtuoso with the growl of the blues and the weighty swing feel of the big bands. An alumnus of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, as well as symphony orchestras across the eastern seaboard, Ms. Perry has performed with Travelin' Light, John Stubblefield, The DMP Big Band, Quartette Indigo, Jeff Tyzik, Tom Harrell, David Amram and many other jazz notables.

She grew up listening to jazz standards as much as she did classical music and over time developed her craft as a jazz vocalist as well, influenced by the greats like Sinatra and Fitzgerald. Performing the American Popular Songbook she fell in love with as a teen, and in the vein of Diane Krall's moody and intimate interpretations, she delights audiences with new perspectives on old standards.
Here's what industry insiders are saying about Diane Perry...

"Diane Perry is a true musician's musician and singer's singer and the jazz artists who have stood the test of time all fit this same definition. She doesn't copy anyone and doesn't need to. She tells her own story in a compelling style that makes you want to go back and hear more. She plays violin and sings with a soulfulness and brilliance that captivates audiences as much as her performances thrill the musicians who play with her and come especially to hear her. She is the real deal!"
-- David Amram, legendary jazz musician, composer, author and conductor

"This only happened once in my thirty years of producing concerts: halfway through her first song, I was already on the phone with our booking agent saying, "we've got to have her." The performer was Diane Perry. Her exquisite vocals were at once emotionally penetrating and technically exhilarating. I was overwhelmed when I heard the same passion and elegant proficiency from her instrument as I had from her voice."'
-- Marc Shaffer, Board member and former president of The Folk Project

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00pm

Spuyten Duyvil with special guest Jory Nash

The partnered charity for this concert was Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence - Bergen County New Jersey Chapter
Spuyten Duyvil
Jory Nash

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil's (pronounced "SPITE-en-DIE-vul") brand of original and traditional American roots music blends olde-time blues, bluegrass and folk rock with a pinch of punk rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Led by songwriting couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six-piece powerhouse band brings barn-burning energy to venues throughout the East Coast and Midwest.

A festival favorite, the band who hail from Yonkers, NY, has played shows at CitiField, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and Clearwater Festival. This year, they have expanded their horizons with gigs ranging from the South Florida Folk Festival to Israel, where they headlined at the Jacob's Ladder Festival.

They recently released their third full-length CD, "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1", to critical acclaim and their 2013 CD, "Temptation", made it to the #7 spot on the Folk DJ chart in its first full month out, with the cut "I'll Fly Away", grabbing the #2 song spot. Their 2011 release "New Amsterdam" landed on a dozen DJ Top Ten lists and received a nomination for the Alternate Root TV's "2011 Top American Roots Album."
Here's the buzz on Spuyten Duyvil...

"Raucous roots..."
-- Phillip Lutz, The New York Times

"The band's arrangements, energy, and attitude always amaze me... big sound, big drama, big groove..."
-- Stephan Winnick, The Huffington Post

"Yonker, NY-based Spuyten Duyvil are the real deal when it comes to roots revivalist American Music.."
-- William Hurley, The Alternate Root TV

"To me they are the hottest new band in folk music ... and one of the best"
-- Legendary DJ, Gene Shay, WXPN

"Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil show for the first time is like throwing a cherry bomb into a lake -- it wakes you up."
-- Rich Warren, WFMT

Jory Nash

Jory Nash is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded eight critically acclaimed albums, the most recent being his Spring 2015 release, "The Many Hats of Jory Nash". In 2013, his album "Little Pilgrim" was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) for Best Producer. His 2009 album "New Blue Day", was named Penguin Egg Magazine Critic's Choice of the Year. Jory Nash also received a CFMA nomination for "New Blue Day". Jory Nash songs have been used in the feature length movie, Moon Point and the upcoming feature length documentary, 30 Ghosts and have been recorded byJuno-nominated jazz singer Lori Cullen

Jory plays acoustic guitar, piano and banjo and his warm, unique voice urges you to listen to his thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies. Jory Nash is regularly heard on numerous CBC Radio programs, SiriusXM, BBC, Galaxie, and college/NPR stations across North America. He tours regularly across Canada and the U.S. playing folk festivals, house concerts and folk clubs.

Jory Nash has a hat collection that numbers in the hundreds and he is also a long-suffering fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Here's what folks are saying about Jory Nash...


"When Jory Nash is on stage, you just want to listen and be with him in his music! A real treat to have Jory play Blue Skies Music Festival."
-- Julia Phillips, Artistic Director. Blue Skies Music Festival

"Whether solo or with his band, Jory puts on a terrific show. He's smart and funny and always puts out 100% -- our audience loved him"
-- Al Rankin, Rankin Productions, Live Wire Music Series

"Jory not only has the ability to capture an audience's attention, but is able to weave his songs in a manner that allows the listener to become immersed in his music."
-- Arnie Ivsins, Artistic Director, Barrie Folk Society

"Masterful storytelling with rich segues into brilliant and captivating songs. A Jory Nash live show is a joy to experience!"
-- Liz Scott, Artistic Director, Eaglewood Folk Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8:00pm

Lipbone Redding with Special Guest Shun Ng

The partnered charity for this concert was
Lipbone Redding
Shun Ng

Lipbone Redding

Making a leap of faith in 1998, Lawrence "Lipbone" Redding began playing in the subways of Manhattan. An already accomplished performance artist and aspiring songwriter, he honed his craft in the late-night cathedrals and underground labyrinth of the New York City Transit system. In 2001, Lipbone began an epic adventure that is still unfolding. He traveled to South America where he witnessed the power of music opening the hearts and homes of strangers. He was struck with a revelation that music was the key to spirituality and community.

Upon his return to the states, Lipbone loaded up his little camper truck, "The Beautiful Flying Machine," and made his way from town to town via the highways and byways of America. Sleeping by rivers and in forests, playing music in small venues, campuses and communities, he remained diligent in his dream of a sustainable life comprised of music, travel and creativity. In 2003, his travels led him to San Francisco, where he performed for early morning yoga classes and in the clubs at night, quickly earning a reputation as a versatile artist with a positive message. It was in San Francisco that he was introduced to the music of India and South Asia. That same year he followed the Ganges in India into the Himalayas. There he remained for a year, living in ashrams, and playing music with local masters.

Lipbone returned to NYC in 2005 playing 6 nights a week. He formed the Lipbone Orchestra and composed music for world famous choreographer Bill T. Jones. The show, featuring Lipbone's unique vocal talents, toured to France, Spain and Italy. He and his fellow artists' efforts received a 2007 Obie Award for best collaboration and Toronto's Dora Mavis Moorer Award for best production.Several of Lipbone's songs have become Americana and Jamband radio hits throughout the U.S. and he can be heard on NPR, Internet and Community radio stations, as well as in tv and film sound tracks.

Since he first began in the subway, Lipbone has released 8 albums and many live recordings selling thousands worldwide and with his blessing, pirated by many more. He has collaborated with artists, musicians, theater & dance troupes, and toured widely, performing over 200 shows a year.
Here's the buzz on Lipbone...

"Unpretentious. unadulterated, unique music, the "Lipbone" is used as a secret weapon. A pleasure to hear, and a must see. Electrifying!" -- Rick Schneider, Music Director, WKZE

Shun Ng

Born in Chicago and raised in Singapore, Shun Ng (pronounced "Eng") is an award-winning fingerstyle guitar virtouso, singer and songwriter. Known for his truly unique and masterful style which infuses elements of soul, funk, blues and jazz, Shun dazzles audiences from all over the world with his flamboyant technique, soulful vocals and hypnotic groove. He stands as one of the most dynamic and innovative performers, winning accolades from legendary producer, Quincy Jones to fellow fingerstyle virtuoso, Tuck Andress.

This year, Shun was awarded the Songwriters Hall of Fame Holly Prize, which was created in honor of Buddy Holly. He was honored at the 47th annual awards ceremony and gala, where Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty an Nile Rogrs were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Shun also has a duo with Magic Dick, co-founder of the legendary J. Geils Band and harmonica player, as well as a project entitiled "Shun Ng and The Shunettes".

Witnessing Shun's dynamic performance live is an unrivaled experience that is not to be missed.
Here's what industry insiders are saying about Shun Ng...

"You won't believe your eyes nor your ears, he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science -- his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding."
-- Quincy Jones, Producer

"..I was immediately impressed with Shun's playing. I don't think i can emphasize enough to you how impressed I was and why I was impressed with his approach and his playing. I was impressed with Shun's composition and the way he played and his use of space..."
-- Magic Dick, J Geils Band


"Shun has a unique (and possibly one-of-a-kind) way of playing guitar. At times percussive, at times melodic, at times harmonic, he can sound like h's playing both a bass guitar and guitar simultaneously."
-- Suze (suzereviewstheblues.com)

Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 8:00pm

Matt Nakoa with Efrat Shapira

The partnered charity for this concert was American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Matt Nakoa
Efrat Shapira

Matt Nakoa

MATT NAKOA is an internationally touring singer/songwriter, recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush. Growing up on a small goat farm in rural NY State, Matt discovered music as a means of teenage escape and trained to be a concert pianist. Matt was ultimately accepted as a vocalist to Berklee College of Music where he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding among others. After school, Matt landed in NYC's vibrant piano bar scene. There he quickly became a star performer at Manhattan's famous Brandy's Piano Bar, with lines waiting outside the door each Saturday night.
As if illustrating two sides of himself, Matt's first album, Light In The Dark (2012), is a sweeping pop opus, while A Dozen Other Loves (2014) explores an intimate acoustic palette. Across the board his song craft has garnered awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival's prestigious New Folk Competition. Though not easily pinned down, "In sum," as a recent review on CoverLayDown.com put it, "Matt Nakoa is a musical adept, one of those well kept secrets you just can't help but celebrate: intimate and genuine, soulful and bittersweet, a rich poetic songbook sung in praise to a complicated, emotionally present world."
Here's what folks are saying about Matt Nakoa...

"On the ivories, (think of) a hot-handed phenom who can go from Chopin to beer-drenched honkytonk in one set ... On guitar, a Jack Johnson-esque singer songwriter ... between his piano chops, charismatic stage presence, and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws."

-- The Boston Globe

"Most Wanted" Winner - Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
New Folk Winner - Kerrville Folk Festival
Sundilla Radio Hours "Album Of The Year" list
Selected to play at the White House

Efrat Shapira

Efrat Shapira, a professional violinist, violist, singer, arranger and composer is a masterful musician with a wide-range of performance experience in just about every genre of music one can imagine.
A childhood prodigy, she took up violin at age 7 and became the youngest person to play solo with the Oak Ridge Symphony, as well as the youngest person, at age 11, ever admitted into the Knoxville Youth Orchestra. As she matured, she was drawn to groups that were blending jazz, classical and African musical styles, but also enjoyed everything from Mozart to Madonna. She learned klezmer and Israeli music from her father and also learned to play blue grass, country and any other style of music she came into contact with. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in music, Efrat was a member of the Shira Festival Orchestra in Israel, conducted by Zubin Mehta. Later, she established her first group as a bandleader and was the first violinist in The Rusty Strings jazz quintet, led by Rusty Halloway.
After graduation, Efrat moved to New York City to continue her career in music. After a stint as concertmaster for Olivia Newton John Orchestras, she re-established the Jade Quartet and pursued her love of singing and jazz. She began recording her first release No Strings Attached in 2007, then toured 47 states and Canada as an onstage violinist in the Broadway touring company of Oliver, for which she received rave reviews. Meanwhile, the title track for No Strings Attached was chosen for the movie soundtrack for "How To Seduce Difficult Women" and featured in its trailer that garnered more than eight million views worldwide.
Before striking out to focus on her own creative musical pursuits, Efrat was a member of the well-known folk band Spuyten Duyvil for several years. She currently resides in New York City and works as a performing artist and teacher.
Here's what music insiders are saying about Efrat...

"Efrat Reveals Strength in the Silver Lining"
-- Ron Olesko

"Efrat is the consummate musician, she's comfortable in multiple genres from jazz to Americana"
-- John Platt

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00pm

Abbie Gardner & Jesse Terry

The partnered charity for this concert was City Harvest
Abbie Gardner
Jesse Terry

Abbie Gardner

Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings RED MOLLY for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own!

Her background is as varied as the songs she writes. Abbie has listened to the sweet sound of high lonesome harmonies since her first bluegrass festival at the age of three. Her father, Herb Gardner, is a swing jazz and stride pianist and Dixieland trombonist. Watching him laugh as he went off to "work" every day was her first introduction to the joy of being a musician. Abbie's first full-length recording, My Craziest Dream (2004) is an album of jazz standards featuring her father on piano. It earned her an entry in the 2009 Hal Leonard book "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide." Abbie studied classical flute growing up, but once she started playing Dobro in 2004 she found her main instrument. She traveled to Lyons, CO and Nashville, TN to study with Rob Ickes and Sally Van Meter.

Always keen on following the vocal part and trying to find the one really perfect note, instead of a dozen okay ones, Abbie is quickly compiling an extensive discography of recording credits. Her own CDs include Honey on My Grave (2006), Bad Nights/Better Days (2008, with Anthony da Costa), and Hope (2011), which features three different kinds of slide guitar (dobro, lap steel and National bottleneck). Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, with such accolades as; 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2nd place), 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for "The Mind of a Soldier" and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for "I'd Rather Be." "The Mind of a Soldier" was also featured on Lufthansa Airlines in 2010. Abbie has had the honor of being part of the songwriting faculty at the 2010 and 2011 Swannanoa Gatherings and assisting at Reso Summit, Nashville's Resonator Conference, for the past several years. She wrote and released a song per week for a year as part of the 2013 Real Women Real Songs project and is excited to tour as a solo act in 2016
Here is what folks are saying about Abbie Gardner

"Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, HOPE. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie"

Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live

Jesse Terry

Jerry Terry's star is on the rise and it's no surprise. This singer/songwriter, who hails from Stonington, CT, has the uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and redemption, into songs that are both timeless and fresh. His music reflects an amalgam of influences from Nashville to Laurel Canyon with a melodic and lyrically-driven Americana that fits naturally on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.

Through the course of four releases, The Runner (2009), Empty Seat on a Plane (2012), Stay Here With Me (2013), and The Calm & The Storm (2015), Terry draws from a wellspring of emotional depth and combines it with performance skills honed over hundreds of shows and thousands of miles on the road. The result is a palette ranging from poetic ballads to up-tempo rootsy pieces always beautifully crafted with hints of wistfulness and heartache.

Jesse Terry has an undeniable talent for connecting with his audiences, sharing stories that are personal, yet utterly relatable, creating a sense of home. Perhaps that is the gift of Terry's music -- in a song, he gives us a promise of a place to call our own.
Here's what music insiders are saying about Jesse Terry....

"...he's a force to be reckoned with. His well-crafted songs rank right there with Ryan Adams, Rhett Miller and other masters of alt-country."

-- John Platt, WFUV, NYC


"Every once in a while an artist comes along and captivates our audience by inviting us into their unique lives through song and performance. Jessy Terry is one of those artists. His ability to craft memorable songs is complimented by his supreme ability to deliver them in a sometimes funny, sometimes gut-wrenching, but always sincere and authentic manner. One leaves a Jessy Terry concert feeling like you've taken a road trip with him and tasted his flavor of the richness of life..."

-- Dave Dircks, Host of Acoustic Long Island

Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:00pm

The Kennedys

With Special Guests: The Lords of Liechtenstein

The partnered charity for this concert was Northern New Jersey Sanctuary Coalition
The Kennedys
The Lords of Liechtenstein

The Kennedys

Pete and Maura Kennedy are a contemporary folk duo who color their original songs with musical and lyrical references that point to the great music of the 1960s; The Beatles, The Byrds, Buddy Holly, and the Everly Brothers figure prominently in their songs, and in their choice of cover material. Based in Greenwich Village, the two celebrated, in 2015, their twentieth year as a married couple and and musical duo. Two decades on the road, both on their own and as members of Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra, have led them to many venues, including Carnegie Hall, The Newport and Philadelphia Folk Festivals, and Royal Albert Hall in London. Prior to moving to New York City, they were based in Austin Texas, and Washington DC. In DC, they were Artists-in-Residence at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and were the recipients of twenty Wammy awards, including "Artists of the Year". In 1993, Pete was awarded a Grammy certificate for his participation as lead guitarist on Nanci Griffith's "Other Voices, Other Rooms".
The Kennedy have released fifteen CDs, including three in 2015.
The Kennedys / Press

JIM FARBER IS FLOORED BY THE KENNEDYS...Maura Kennedy's voice rests wistfully on music that makes Burt Bacharach-style somber pop.
Jim Farber - New York Daily News

Byrdsy jangle and boy-girl harmonies...irresistible
Rolling Stone Magazine

The Kennedys are worthy of the title First Couple of American Folk and Americana.
Lee Zimmeraman - No Depression

Just in from one of the best gigs I have seen this year. The Kennedys were superb at The Loft tonight. Wonderful music and a great U2 cover in Wild Honey. Anyone who missed it missed a treat of a gig. Hope they come back again soon.
John O'Regan - Freelance Music Journalist/Broadcaster/Lecturer

The Lords of Liechtenstein

The Lords of Liechtenstein is a quirky New York-based folk music duo composed of two brothers -- Dan and Noah Rauchwerk. Their sound has been compared to Simon and Garfunkel and their antics have been compared to The Smothers Brothers, but their unique instrumentation and introspective lyrics put them in a category all their own.

With Noah on ukulele/vocals and Dan on acoustic guitar/banjo/vocals, The Lords have gained acclaim for their tight harmonies, innovative songwriting, and exuberant stage show. Mark Miller of Urban H2O says "They are like the Everly Brothers with an attitude!"

The Lords of Liechtenstein have performed all over the East Coast, opening for the likes of such musical legends as Christine Lavin, Joe Crookston, Magpie, and Toby Walker. The Lords have also released three CDs in the last three years, including a concept album on African food crises - "Economics of an Empty Stomach" (2011), a quirky, multi-faceted LP entitled "Siberia" (2012) and their newest CD "Girlz (With A 'Z')" released in 2014.

In addition to their undisputed musical talent, the pair has earned a reputation for their fashion sensibility and are perhaps, solely responsible for the recent resurgence of the argyle sweater vest, spotted at every Lords performance and as well as in trendy circles throughout Brooklyn's "Hipsterland".
Here's the buzz on The Lords of Liechtenstein ...


"They are like The Everly Brothers with an attitude."
-Mark Miller, Artistic Director, Urban H2O

"Don't let the argyle sweater vests fool you, these two young men have something to say and sing about."
- Kathy Sands-Boehmer, Everything Sundry Music Blog

"They are to argyle sweater vests what Michael Jackson was to white gloves."
- Kevin Coughlin, MorristownGreen.com

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8:00pm

Joe Crookston

The partnered charity for this concert was Whyhunger
joecrookston.com
Here is what music insiders are saying about Joe Crookston

His CD, "Able Baker Charlie & Dog" received the most airplay of any folk acoustic recording and was awarded:
"Album of the year" by the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN.

"At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and preforming stand out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Stunning performance, great songs, and not a word wasted! I LOVE that!"

-- David Francey, Songwriter Ontario

"Notably, Crookston's no newcomer, and so it's no surprise that his music sounds savvy and assured, lacking any hint of pretense or needless redundancy. This is wonderful, engaging and gorgeous music, born from an artist who fully deserves a boatload of acclamation."

-- Lee Zimmerman - No Depression


"With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good... and Joe does"

-- Sing Out Magazine
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, banjo player, painter. As a performer, Joe Crookston is a true artist, painting compelling portraits of both the unsung and anti-heroes who populate the American landscape. From the depths of despair in the prison cell of high school dropout, Freddie "the Falcon", to high above the New York skyline where a window washer sings of his young child who thinks he can fly, Joe's masterfully crafted lyrics will take you on an emotional journey that will delight your ears and engage your heart.

Joe is a consummate storyteller and skillful musician whose dexterity on guitar, claw hammer banjo and violin to name a few, is sure to astound you. His songs have been performed and recorded by Irish harpers, a capella gospel choirs, solo artists, bluegrass bands and even by a certain Buddhist sect in France! His heart-wretching song, Blue Tattoo, based on the life of concentration camp survivor Dina Jacobson, was the inspiration for a documentary of the same name, and was featured this summer in a special news segment on ABC. Joe was awarded a year-long songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel throughout New York State, collect stories, and write original songs.

When not touring, Joe enjoys teaching and facilitating at songwriting workshops across the country. His impressive discography includes Georgia I'm Here (2014), Darkling & The Bluebird Jubilee (2011), Able Baker Charlie and Dog (2008), Fall Down As The Rain (2004).

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:00pm

Pat Wictor and introducing: Annika

The partnered charity for this concert was Women in Transition
Pat Wictor
Annika Bennett

Pat Wictor

Pat Wictor first burst on the folk and acoustic scene as an innovative slide guitarist known for doing fresh and memorable versions of traditional and contemporary songs. He has since become a well-regarded singer and songwriter, writing material grounded in the rural country, gospel, and blues traditions of our nation. An adept improviser and accompanist, he is sought after as a collaborator, sideman and session musician, providing his distinctive slide guitar and vocals on dozens of recordings, most recently on releases by Sloan Wainwright, John Vezner, Joe Crookston and Lipbone Redding.

Recognition and acclaim have followed Pat for years: he won the Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase, was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by the Folk Alliance, was nominated for Gospel Song of the Year by the Independent Music Awards, and was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk songwriting contest.

His CD "Sunset Waltz" reached #2 on the Folk-DJ charts, and "Heaven is so High" and "Waiting for the Water" both reached #4.
In the past year, Pat has been touring nationally as one third of Brother Sun, the powerful harmonizing trio with Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway, garnering festival bookings and a #2 CD on the Folk DJ charts.
Here's what folks are saying about Pat Wictor ...

"If you can make it to only one concert this year, let it be a show by Brooklyn's own Pat Wictor, who plays heart-felt blues-based roots music like the only begotten son of Bonnie Raitt (same red hair!) and Chris Smither. And unlike blues interpreters who have seen too many stormy Mondays with hellhounds on their trail, Pat is also an excellent songwriter whose new/old compositions will send you on a journey through the old Dock Boggs and Son House 78s. But these aren't old songs, they're originals that, to paraphrase Mr. Smither, are "still flopping around on the deck."
-Jim Motavalli, WPKN, Bridgeport, CT

"Unquestionably, anyone who has ever heard a Wictor show will permanently place him in the company of the best in the genre- Harry Manx, Kelly Joe Phelps and Ed Gerhard."
-Frank Matheis, TheCountryBlues.com

"Pat's Zen-like quality instantly puts the audience at ease, and I'm afraid it underestimates his skills. Like Joe Dimaggio could make a spectacular catch look rudimentary, Pat Wictor delights in sharing original and traditional songs in his unique style. His original songs are gaining a lot of attention and a number of artists are beginning to record him."
-Ron Olesko, WFDU Teaneck, NJ

"...the clarity of his voice is an interesting juxtaposition to the glorious grit of his musicianship.....He manages to creatively absorb the work of others, leaving their musical intentions beautifully intact, while adding his own sonic signature to the mix."
-Ellen Geisel, Dirty Linen

Annika Bennett

Singer / Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Annika Bennett (age 17) has written scores of songs and performed extensively throughout the greater New York metropolitan region.

In 2014, Annika was awarded ASCAP's prestigious Robert Allen Award for excellence in songwriting, and was winner of radio WNYC's Queens Battle of the Boroughs competition. She was a member of Real Women Real Songs (RWRS), a group of 22 women who each wrote a prompted song-a-week for the entirety of 2014. With her song Where I'm Dreaming Of Annika was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition 2014. Most recently, Annika won the 2015 Your Big Break Contest sponsored by Gold Coast Arts Center.

Along with her sister and two friends (also sisters), Annika has also performed as part of the indie-rock band, Still Saffire, since early 2009 at venues that include Lincoln Center, The Knitting Factory, The Great South Bay Music Festival, The Turning Point, The Chance and The Living Room, just to name a few.

Annika's songwriting is fresh-sounding and original yet draws upon a wide diversity of musical influences. Her songs exemplify a level of craftsmanship and her lyrics a depth of wisdom that belie her youth.
Annika is taking off like a rocket...

Annika chosen for "Emerging Artist Showcase" at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
August 1, 2015

Annika Wins ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award
December 10, 2014
12/10/2014 -- The ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award is named in honor of Robert Allen, composer of many classic pop songs, including "It's Not For Me To Say," "Chances Are" and the seasonal favorite, "Home for the Holidays." Funded by a gift from Patty Allen in memory of her husband, this award is presented annually to an aspiring ASCAP songwriter participating in ASCAP's New York Jerry Ragovoy Songwriting Workshop.

Annika on WFUV
August 22, 2014
On Sunday, August 17th, Singer-Songwriter Christine Lavin sat in for John Platt on "City Folk Sunday Breakfast" on WFUV 90.7. She played a couple of Annika's songs, including "Eyes on the Train" off of her new EP "Blind Desire".

Annika Wins Audience Choice Award in the Battle of the Boroughs!
July 4, 2014
Out of the few hundred acts that auditioned for NPR's Battle of the Boroughs 2014, Annika won the Audience Choice Award! In addition to winning the battle for the borough of Queens and placing as a top 5 finalist, she received the greatest number of in-house votes at the Ultimate Battle in the Greene Space.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8:00pm

Hannah & Maggie/Rob Lytle

The partnered charity for this concert was Young Women's Leadership Network (YWLN)
Hannah & Maggie
Rob Lytle

Hannah & Maggie

Bolstered by a rapidly growing fan base, the folk-pop-harmony driven duo, Hannah & Maggie have set out to make their distinctive mark on the northeast regional folk scene. While this award-winning pair consisting of Hannah Hickock and Maggie Kraus, has been favorably described as a female Simon & Garfunkel as well as likened to The Indigo Girls, they have an undeniable originality and sound all their own.
With two studio albums and a few barnstorming national tours under their belt, Hannah & Maggie show no signs of stopping. Last year, they released their third CD, In The Company of Strangers, were one of the "100 Women We Love" in GO Magazine, performed/interviewed live on WFUV-FM with John Platt, sang with Ben Taylor (Son of James Taylor & Carly Simon), and wrote some new tunes coming out in the near future. Their live shows are toe-tapping, knee-slapping spectacles of crystal-clear harmonies and heartfelt acoustic arrangements that leave you wanting more.
Here's the buzz on Hannah & Maggie ...
"An ethereal blend of two voices ... so exquisite, it's almost unbearable."
-- Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live NYC

"Hannah & Maggie produce acoustic songs embellished with the occasional mandolin, clarinet and trumpet, marked by sweet, effortless sounding harmonies."
-- Mary Dickie, IN Toronto Magazine

"They have definitely honed their voices to showcase the perfect harmonization .. you instantly notice how well their voices mesh together."
-- JP's Music Blog

Hannah and Maggie have a sound both familiar and inviting, with voices that harmonize together perfectly ... the duo has developed a sound of flowing and intertwined instrumental lines, sharp lyrics and beautiful harmonies that stay true to their folk roots."
-- Jessica Liley, Curve Magazine

Rob Lytle

After a nearly 14 year break from performing, the past four years have been a whirlwind musical rebirth for Rob with a busy touring schedule, an appearance as a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival "New Folk" competition, multiple juried showcase appearances at the Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest Folk Alliance Conferences, and the upcoming global release of his new CD (a hypocrite of heart and hope). His 2011 CD -- You. Must. Stop. -- reached the top 25 for folk and roots radio in both Europe and the US and was praised by Maverick magazine as "one of those all-too-rare albums where every track is a standout."
Folks are talking about Rob:

"Rob's voice is strongly reminiscent of Johnathan Edwards and so is the music... beautiful songs, beautiful melodies, somewhere between folk. country and pop"
-- Fred Schmale, Real Roots Cafe

"If you are a fan of classic country music, then Rob Lytle is your man. Country. Americana-Folk with pop and 70s California rock influences, often compared to Jackson Browne, Don Maclean and Steve Goodman, but with muh more twang than those mentioned above."
-- Mr. Blue Boogie

"(Rob Lytle) has once again become a staple of Northeast cafes and clubs ... mood and meaning play out over finely crafted doses of American roots"
-- The Alternate Root

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8:00pm

Gathering Time

Special guest opening act: Ron Renninger

The partnered charity for this concert was Strengthen Our Sisters - Breaking the cycle of domestic violence, poverty, and abuse by restoring balance and harmony through individual empowerment.
Comprised of Hillary Foxsong, Stuart Markus and Gerry McKeveny, Gathering Time is like a high energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America; a head-turning folk trio described as "getting a whole beehive-full of buzz" on the northeast regional folk scene.
Gathering Time
Ron Renninger

Gathering Time

Gathering Time's 2007 remake of Peter Yarrow's "Light One Candle" has been spun on stations ranging from NYC's top-rated WCBS-FM to Israel's Galilee plains; their 2008 CD "Songs of Hope and Freedom" won wide acceptance on folk stations nationwide. In 2012, the trio's second CD "Red Apples and Gold," rose to #5 on the Folk DJ charts in September and to #12 on the national Roots Music Report radio charts in October, charting at #76 in the year-end Top 100 Albums. Their third CD "When One Door Closes..." reached #3 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2014.

Gathering Time was voted "best band" runner-up as well as "top folk band" in the 2011 Long Island Press readers' poll.

The trio's fourth CD, "Keepsake," will see release in the fall of 2015.
Here's what the critics are saying about Gathering Time...

"Among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area, whatever the size of the venue, from a house concert to an outdoor festival," with "harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees, strong original songs, and a savvy repertoire of cover songs, ranging from traditional folk to classic rock. They appeal to audiences of all ages."
JOHN PLATT, WFUV


"I have to say that Gathering Time is right up there with the ones we all know -- they are the next generation of great trios with meaningful music performed in awesome harmony."
BILL HAHN, WFDU 89.1FM

Ron Renninger

Self-taught at age 15, Ron Renninger has enjoyed a notable career as a singer/songwriter, studio musician and recording artist. He has shared the stage with folk royalty Richie Havens, Lucinda Williams, Jessie Colin Young, John Hammond Jr., Lucy Kaplansky, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Ron has performed at such well-known venues as Gerdes Folk City, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The Bottom Line and numerous other U.S. and international venues. A sought-after studio musician, he is currently working on his own soon to be released 6th CD, "Late Bloomer." Aided by outstanding dexterity on an old Martin, and a slightly raspy baritone, Ron's music touches on universal themes that can at once entertain, inspire and often move some feet.
Here's the buzz on Ron Renninger ...

"Ron Renninger more than held his own with well crafted, well sung and superbly played original compositions. An unexpected treat."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Simple instrumentation keeps his voice and nimble finger picking in the forefront. Renninger seems to be an artist whose fuse and muse still burn bright."
PERFORMING SONGWRITER Magazine

"He truly is a great Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist. Ron's music seems somehow to tap into the sub conscience; he's able to put into words those thoughts and feelings that usually lie just below the surface".
CHRISTINE LAVIN

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00pm

Coffeehouse of the Absurd

Featuring Mike Agranoff and John Forster

The partnered charity for this concert was Autism Speaks
Coffeehouse of the Absurd is an evening of intelligent and satiric comedy featuring MIKE AGRANOFF and JOHN FORSTER. Mike is renowned for songs of twisted logic ("Railroad Bill", wherein the title character gets into a heated argument with the singer of the song), mile-a-minute patter songs (The entire story of Hamlet in 3 minutes) and some of the most brilliant parodies this side of Weird Al Yankovic. John obviously fell asleep one too many times as a child listening to his Tom Lehrer albums. This is evidenced by his twisted sense of humor, his delightfully skewed view of the human condition, and his prodigious skills as a pianist. His songs have a knack for taking the plausible but improbable, and leading that to its implausible but inevitable conclusion by way of unlikely rhymes, horrible puns and ironic satire. Mike and John do a round-robin style show that is guaranteed to leave their audience in stitches!
Mike Agranoff and John Forster
John Forster

Mike Agranoff and John Forster

John Forster

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8:00pm

Beppe Gambetta

with special guest opening act — HONOR FINNEGAN

The partnered charity for this concert was The Bergen County Sanctuary Committee
Beppe Gambetta
Honor Finnegan

Beppe Gambetta

From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe Gambetta has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar. In a world dominated by the trends of the market, Beppe’s inspired music stands out – modestly avoiding relying solely on his high level of technical excellence to connect with his audience on an intimate, emotional level – all the while revealing the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in tradition.

While Beppe still lives in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least three times each year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows “All Things Considered” and “E-Town”. Beppe has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and theMetropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In his career he has performed with some great heroes of the folk scene like David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson, Norman Blake and with the band, Men Of Steel: an international guitar summit (Dan Crary, Tony McManus and Don Ross) of different guitar schools with complex musical interactions.

With America in his heart and his roots in the sun and the olive trees of the Mediterranean sea, he naturally and seamlessly bridges the shores of the two continents, creating a musical “koiné” (fusion) where American root music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel string guitars and vintage harp guitars create a unique dialogue defying any rigid classification.
“…spinning a thick weave that sometimes calls to mind what a duet by Doc Watson and Leo Kottke might sound like.” (Mike Joyce, The Washington Post)

“Beppe Gambetta is an artist. He inhabits a vantage point and possesses a world view that sets him apart from the crowded phalanx of merely great pickers. But just as importantly, he has the skills with a flatpick to articulate and bring to us the thoughts and feelings of his soul” (Kevin Stevenson, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine).

“This was such exciting, varied, satisfying and just downright musical music that I wanted more, particularly of Gambetta in florid Italianate style…” (Brian Miller, BBC RADIO Scotland)

“Get him on a stage and his fingers speak a language all their own. After all, he’s not known as the ‘Italian King of the flatpick guitar’ for nothing.” (Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times)

Honor Finnegan

Combining elements of musical theater, comedy, traditional folk and poetry, Honor Finnegan has been making a splash in the northeastern regional folk scene with her original songs, astonishing vocals and fine ukulele playing. Her songs are at turns, humorous and heartbreaking with melodies that soar and lyrics that reflect the complexities of contemporary life. Her unique brand of quirky Indie folk has earned her a place on the stage with the likes of Buskin & Batteau, Sloan Wainwright, David Massengill and Peter Yarrow, to name a few. She is a proud member of Tribes Hill, a folk music collective based in the Hudson Valley area. Honor was a 2013 Kerrville New Folk winner, and a 2012 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist.

Currently based in New York City, Honor was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, and moved to Ireland in 1991 where she sang with jazz bands, blues bands, big bands and traditional Irish bands. Though small in stature, her powerful voice and larger-than-life persona, are guaranteed to make a huge impression on all who are fortunate enough to see her perform.
“Honor Finnegan’s clever songs, powerful voice, and endearing stage presence have made her standout on the fertile NYC folk scene. Don’t miss her!”
– John Platt, “Sunday Breakfast,” WFUV, New York

“I am honored to be compared to Honor Finnegan! I LOVE her!”
– Christine Lavin

“One thing is certain: those who see and hear her encounter a powerful voice combined with a refreshing, offbeat sense of humor…Combined with her prodigious vocal instrument, her recorded and live repertoire packs a unique one-two punch”
-Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live

“Lyrics that catch you by surprise, a voice that pulls you toward the source then knocks you on your heels with energy, a caramel and salt confection that you can’t quite explain and you can’t get enough of. “
– Thomas Boyd, “Rockin Roots” on independent radio

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:00pm

Ellis (Delaney)

Special Guest Rebecca Pronsky

The partnered charity for this concert was Doctors Without Borders

Ellis (Delaney)

There’s just something about Ellis. She is funny, wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. Her irrepressible spirit comes through in her transformational performances, leaving her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges and opened hearts.

A winner of numerous awards and honors including the Grass Hill New Folk Contest in 2013, Ellis has been recognized both for her songwriting skills and engaging performances. She has claimed “audience favorite” honors at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival. Ellis has also been a repeat guest on A Prairie Home Companion.
"Ellis is one of the most engaging personalities that I’ve ever witnessed on a stage. Within seconds you’ll fall in love with her bubbling attitude for life, and her captivating laugh has been echoing in my heart all week!”
Ron Olesko, WFDU Public Radio

If ever there was a feel-good folk musician, this is the woman – somebody who really does send you off feeling better about the world.”
John Davy, No Depression

“Ellis walks on stage, flashes a bashful grin and does what she does best: singing her heart out every single time.”
Dale Schiff, Just Out Magazine

Rebecca Pronsky

Rebecca Pronsky is a born and raised Brooklynite whose music is “as urban as it is rural, not afraid to be sophisticated” (Maverick). Her songs are gritty and dark, layered and dreamy, bravely disobeying the usual conventions of the Americana genre.

She “sounds like The Smiths relocated to Nashville” (Northern Sky) and “her voice conveys the wisdom of experience, over a wash of noirishly twangy guitars” (NPR).

Rebecca is joined on stage and in the studio by husband and guitarist/producer Rich Bennett “whose lean chords and riffs evoke shades of The Doors, Morricone and classic rockabilly” (The Scotsman). The two have spent nearly a decade criss-crossing the US and Europe on tour and have shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Freedy Johnston, Loudon Wainwright III, Josh Ritter, Amy Rigby, and Steve Forbert among others. Rebecca’s latest record “Only Daughter” was named a Top Ten Country Album of 2013 by the UK’s Daily Telegraph.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8:00pm

BARNABY BRIGHT

Special Opening Act: JAYMIE GERARD with Geb Zurburg

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Barnaby Bright
JAYMIE GERARD with Geb Zurburg

Barnaby Bright

For the uninitiated….

It is useful to know that Barnaby Bright, is not one, but rather two stellar musicians, consisting of husband/wife team, Rebecca and Nathan Bliss. Those familiar with the pair know that Barnaby Bright’s unique sound, comprised of personal, connective lyrics, powerful vocals and depth-defying harmonies, defies simple categorization. And lately, Barnaby Bright’s star has certainly been shining bright.

Since the release of their first album, “Wake the Hero” in 2008, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for their songwriting and sound. Grand prize winners of the NY Song Circle competition, Barnaby Bright’s music has also been featured on national television to soundtrack heavy moments on shows such as “ER” and “Days of our Lives”. Their follow up EP, “Gravity” was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon. com. Recently transplanted to Nashville, these former New York residents continue touring in support of their brand-new full-length record, “The Longest Day,” gracing such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR’s “Mountain Stage” in West Virginia, sharing the stage with music notables the Lumineers and Norah Jones.

Barnaby Bright takes their inspiration from literature, human behavior, fascinating people they’ve met on the road and a bit of fantasy. Expressed through vocals, multiple guitars, ukulele, harmonium, banjo and keyboard, to name a few, they will take you on an emotional journey you won’t soon forget.
“Honestly, I haven’t felt this good at a folk-rock gig since seeing the Indigo Girls in their prime. Barnaby Bright has a graceful, uplifting energy reminiscent of the Indigos, but also have a virtuosity that is extremely unique. Becky can be festive but also sings with a mesmerizing stateliness that evokes Mary Fahl of the October Project at times, while Nate’s vocals and guitar playing are gifted and creative throughout. They have a special chemistry that helps erase cynicism while giving hope that the best is yet to come.”
–Steve Morse, former longtime staff critic at the Boston Globe, Billboard Magazine & Rolling Stone

“Confessional folk-pop can be very hit or miss, but with their thoughtful production, diverse sonic palette, and insightful turns-of-phrase, married couple Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, aka Barnaby Bright, have knocked this one out of the park.”
–Amazon.com: Featured Artists August 2011

“When a duo fills a space like a group at least twice its size, there’s no doubt some seriously skilled musicianship at work.”
-Three Village Patch

“A melodic acoustic sound that is unpretentious and genuine.”
-Out In The Woods- Eileen Ivers (with Barnaby Bright)

“Sounds like: that special place somewhere between the sleek adult pop of The Weepies and the more intimate harmonied splendor of The Civil Wars…classically-trained vocalist Becky has an effortless, gorgeous tone while multi-instrumentalist Nathan adds harmony and a virtual kit bag of backing sound.”
-Direct Current: Barnaby Bright- Gravity

“In New York City, a place where hunger for success and trading love for fame is as common as pretzel vendors and Starbucks, the discovery of a duo pure of heart, mind, and talent is both refreshing and inspiring. There’s something so natural and uncontrived about the music and harmonies seeping out of these lyrically-driven folk artists, that you’ll find yourself mesmerized by the soulful intricacy of power couple Nathan and Becky Bliss, better known to audiences as Barnaby Bright.”

-NYC Art Scene: Barnaby Bright: Simply “Bliss”ful

JAYMIE GERARD with Geb Zurburg

To describe this NJ-native as prolific would be an understatement. With over 600 original songs in genres across the board (folk, acoustic, pop, rock, dance, children’s music, political, Americana…), it is easy to find music in Jaymie Gerard’s catalog that moves you. As a songwriter, she has been influenced by the likes of John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne and Aimee Mann, yet she maintains her own voice, her own sound, and her own image.

A seasoned performer, Jaymie has been sharing her original songs with the public for over 16 years. On stage, she grabs hold of the hearts and minds of her audience; her honesty and approachability allows listeners to connect and engage naturally.

Jaymie draws inspiration from the world around her – books, short stories, friends, family, and strangers she meets in her travels and day to day. More recently, her music has taken a distinctive turn towards folk, as she enjoys the storytelling aspect of the genre.

Now partnered with her husband, Geb Zurburg, also a talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jaymie’s music has reached a new level of intimacy. Their latest release, Acoustic Sessions (EP), features a handful of thought-provoking, emotional songs including a duet with Geb entitled, “Loved Enough.”



Her 2010 releases (Ain’t Life Sweet EP & Black-Eyed Susans EP) were an exploration of production, pushing the limits of “pop music” by infusing it with meaningful content. Both EP’s have been receiving a good deal of streaming airplay.

Jaymie has performed at numerous venues in the tri-state area, as well as music festivals in NJ (Black Potatoe Music Fest., Wave Gathering Emergence Festival, NJ Folk Festival) and NH (Keene Music Festival).

Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:00pm

TOM AND SANDY DOYLE – Les Paul Tribute Show

The partnered charity for this concert was The Bergen County Sanctuary Committee
TOM AND SANDY DOYLE are a husband/wife team recreating the magic of the legendary Les Paul and Mary Ford, through Tom’s spellbinding guitar picking and Sandy’s velvety vocal style. Through instrumentation of guitar, flute and percussion, Tom and Sandy perform pop, jazz and swing from the 1930s through the present including standards from Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Diana Krall to name a few. Tom Doyle truly embodies “all things Les Paul,” as he has spent over forty years as Les Paul’s guitar-maker, sound engineer, and confidant. Today, Tom is most well-known as a “luthier to the stars”, crafting custom guitars for dozens of top industry notables. Tom and Sandy will regale you with first-hand accounts of great moments in music history including the invention and development of the electric guitar, while they take you on a trip down memory lane recreating top hits such as “How High the Moon”, “Bye Bye Blues”, “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise” and many more. Tom and Sandy have performed their Les Paul Tribute in many venues all over the country including the Iridium Club in NYC.

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:00pm

Carsie Blanton, Live in Concert

The partnered charity for this concert was Frankford Friends School
Carsie Blanton
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“Carsie Blanton is a rare talent as a modern songwriter, her sly wit and urbane imagery reminds me of a female Cole Porter. She paints a vivid landscape with lyrics that are deceptively conversational and at the same time surprisingly perceptive for a relatively new artist. I’m really happy to know that classic songwriting is in good hands with Carsie Blanton.”
— John Oates (of Hall & Oates)

“Carsie’s lyrics are an iron fist in the velvet glove of her voice.”
— Singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey

“As a battered veteran I’m constantly being asked who are the young up and comers I listen to and like. Carsie Blanton is up at the top of my list. Great songs, singing and playing and an A+ for presentation.”
— Loudon Wainwright III

“Carsie Blanton is a Russian Spy. We know this because only the diabolical Soviet Espionage Specialists could have trained such an insidiously tuneful songwriter.”
— Steve Tannen and Deb Talan (The Weepies)

“In all truth, she blew me away! One of the best songwriters in the business.”
— Gene Shay, WXPN, Philadelphia, Review from opening for Shawn Colvin 2/12/11 on NPR’s Mountain Stage Brightestyoungthings.com
Part sultry songstress, vintage vixen, and thoroughly modern woman, singer/songwriter Carsie Blanton is without a doubt, an American-made original whose unique musical style defies standard categorization.

Her charming vocalizations, at turns coy and confident, sly and sensual, and well-crafted lyrics have earned her the attention of such industry notables as Joan Osborne, The Wood Brothers, The Weepies, and the legendary Paul Simon with whom she toured in 2011.

“If I had an all-encompassing rule for life, it’d be that you have to follow your heart.” Carsie Blanton says. “It doesn’t mean that everything it tells you is going to be smart, but you have to follow it anyway.”

Following her heart has worked out pretty well for Carsie, earning her widespread critical acclaim and a coast-to-coast fan following for her clever wordplay and indelible melodies. Her latest release, Idiot Heart (January 2012) represents Carsie’s finest work thus far, a panoramic collection of exuberant, expansive folk-pop, crafted with uncommon spirit and ingenuity.

After successfully producing six CDs of her own original tunes, Carsie’s latest project, “Jazz Is For Everyone”, will encompass a collection of classic jazz covers, re-imagined , re-arranged, produced and performed by Ms. Blanton, all with the divine ambition of making jazz accessible to (you guessed it), just about everyone!

Monday, September 9, 2013 at 8:00pm

Jen Chapin Trio, Live in Concert

The partnered charity for this concert was Why Hunger?
Jen Chapin
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As the daughter of late folk legend Harry Chapin, it’s not surprising that Jen Chapin has taken so naturally to intricate storytelling through song.”
— ASCAP Playback

Jen Chapin has a sandied tone to her voice, and her delivery has a quirky cleverness to it. Sleek and snappy material…intriguing.”
— George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

“a surefire gem: the kind of carefully-crafted and sophisticated pop that used to be associated with Paul Simon. Yeah, it’s that good.”
–popmatters.com

“Jen Chapin faces her ‘Reckoning’ [with] her lush new recording which blends elements of jazz, folk and rock…”
— Los Angeles Times

“…potent, jazzy, layered…”
— Glenn Gamboa, Newsday

“Reckoning presents the singer at her most mature and most incisive artistically.. a winner.”
— Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

“Like a good novelist, it isn’t in the climactic scenes that Jen Chapin’s talents shine but in turning the mundanity of everyday life into delicate lyrical poems.”
— Chris Griffy, Examiner
Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk soul — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city.

Critics have hailed her work as

“brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR)
“thoughtful.. worth-savoring” (People)
“addictive” (Boston Globe)
“smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).

JazzTimes has called her “a first-rate storyteller” while Relix regards her as “one of the freshest voices singing today.”

Jen has been featured on “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien”, NPR’s Mountain Stage and WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Sirius Satellite’s The Loft with Mike Marrone and Mary Sue Twohy’s The Village, been honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, has performed on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and has opened up for Bruce Hornsby, Smokey Robinson, and the Neville Brothers.

Jen’s cover of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” was prominently featured in a recent episode of the new SyFy series “Defiance”.

Jen’s music reflects a diversity of experience.. She is an activist, with a life-long involvement in WhyHunger (founded in 1975 by Jen’s late father Harry Chapin), an organization that champions innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty; and is also active in the local and sustainable food movement.

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:00pm

Mike Agranoff & Dan Pelletier – Two Great Acts

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Mike Agranoff

Dan Pelletier

DAN PELLETIER is a rising star on the national folk scene whose unique original songs are at turns filled with pathos, humor, whimsy and longing. His gritty, yet tender vocals, haunting keyboard, and witty lyrics make for a memorable performance that truly touches the soul. Dan, who hails from Croton, NY, has been the recipient of numerous songwriting awards such as first place winner in the USA Songwriting Competition (2002), Plowshares Songwriting Contest (2002), Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (2000). He has recently launched his much-anticipated third CD release, “My Freaking Heart” in 2013. Here are just a few accolades describing this highly-entertaining and original artist….
“A big, powerful, soulful voice..”
Vance Gilbert, Singer/songwriter

“Pelletier’s passion will leave you breathless!”
Marilyn Rea Beyer, WUMB, Boston

“Dan Pelletier’s music is both gritty and sensuous. The perfect combination for me.”
Sloan Wainwright, Singer/songwriter

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8:00pm

Vance Gilbert

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“…the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god…”
– Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Gilbert took the stage, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, a whimsical sense of humor, and an astonishingly smooth, pure tenor voice. But that proved to be more than enough.”
– Chicago Tribune

“His catchy, pop friendly melodies support keenly crafted, hard-hitting lyrics. His guitar is supple, his milk-warm tenor honest and gently acrobatic. He is that rare performer for whom people lean forward in their seats as eagerly between songs as they do during them.”
– The Boston Globe
VANCE GILBERT burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 1990s when the buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ‘em dead at open mikes. Word of the Philadelphia-area bred performer quickly spread to New York City. Then Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert to be a special quest on her Fat City national tour. Vance Gilbert took audiences across the country by storm.

Eight-accomplished albums later, Vance continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting, or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy – – inarguably the blue ribbons that tie and seal the seemingly impossible package that is VANCE GILBERT.

Tuesday, November 19, 1016 at 8:00pm

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RUPERT WATES TRIO with Special Guest JEREMY AARON

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