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Sun., Oct. 11 - 7 p.m. - $20/$25
Two of the funniest entertainers on today's
scene. - The Boston Globe
ON THE FUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET:
A Night of Brighter Laughter
Leave your worries at the doorstep and join Christine Lavin and Don White as they present a night of comedy unlike any other, The Funny Side of the Street: A Night of Brighter Laughter.
A product of the rich Boston Arts Scene of the 90s Don developed his songwriter/performer chops in the same Club Passim/ Olde Vienna scene that produced Dar Williams, Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna and Vance Gilbert. He was also a regular comedian at the legendary Catch a Rising Star in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass honing his comedic skills alongside Jimmy Tingle, David Cross, Wendy Leibman and a host of other cutting edge comics of the time. These experiences along with his immersion in the Boston spoken word scene that produced the National Poetry Slam Championship Team in 1992 all combined to make him one of the few performers who brings a comic's wit, and a poet's heart to his songs and stories.
“It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his laughter-inducing co-bills with Lavin. “We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she’ll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she’s been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she’s taught me to do the same.”
Audiences are looking for something fun, fresh, smart, as well as thoughtful: On the Funny Side of the Street does just that.
Since 2008 these two veteran performers have brought their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US proving night after night that comedy can be smart, friendly, and breathtakingly funny without being vulgar or pejorative. This is a show for anyone who wants to laugh, whether it’s a group of friends or a family and feel good on their way out of the venue.
Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in the late 1980s, (along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, etc), Lavin quickly established an entertaining tour de force. Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre.
Christine has also been at the forefront of finding and promoting extraordinary new talent. She founded a songwriter's retreat on Martha's Vineyard, the On a Winter's (and Summer's) Night tours), The Four Bitchin' Babes, Laugh tracks among many other projects, in the process releasing more than 10 compilations CDs, as well as more than 20 of her own.
Her co-conspirator, Don White, is the latest artist that Christine has championed. “He’s such an original; I call him sometimes a ‘blue ” Lavin says. “Don has extremely high standards when it comes to what he does onstage. And he hits a grand slam every time. The first time we worked together he opened for me and it’s the only time in my entire career that I opened with a ballad because he was so funny, the audience was so laughed out.”
"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
Sun., Nov. 8 - 3 p.m.
$15 reserved / $20 at the door
Kerrville New Folk Winner 2013
Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist 2012
Formal Showcase Artist 2012
Formal Showcase Artist 2012
#9 on the Folk DJ Charts (February 2012)
"I am honored to be compared to Honor Finnegan!
I LOVE her!"
- Christine Lavin
A "tiny lady" sings catchy songs about modern life.
Honor Finnegan is the Susan Boyle of quirky indie folk, only hotter. Her songs are humorous then heartbreaking with melodies that soar. Based in New York City, she has been making a splash in the northeastern regional folk scene with her original songs and ukulele playing. Combining elements of comedy, traditional folk, and poetry, Honor is cooler than the other side of the pillow.
Finnegan is a "modern day" songwriter and, with the exception of the cover of Sam Cooke's " "Wonderful World", she wrote all the songs on the disc. The title track, which leads off the 37-minute album, is catchy with Finnegan and her uke talking about "size". In this and much of the album, she sounds a lot to me like fellow singer/songwriter Christine Lavin. (If you like Chris, you'll probably like Honor.) And, Like Lavin many of her songs are about "modern day life" things. "Internet Junkie" and "Life is Short" (the latter revealing that "40 is the new 20") plus the closer "Waiting" (about all the lost time waiting for a subway train) are truly 21st century songs. There are a few slower, and more serious, tracks ("Pictures of Snow", "Little Bird") in the middle of the mix. Finnegan is one of the new of female singer/songwriters who use the uke for backing on fun upbeat songs. The one I like most here is the title track, but you can choose your own.
"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
Honor Finnegan Music
So very excited to have these boys back next December... would have loved to have them sooner, but alas, they continue to grow both as Brother Sun and in the solo careers,
but we will take them when we can get them!
Sat., Dec. 5 - 7:30 p.m.
$ $25 at the door
National Touring Artists Joe Jencks, Greg and Pat Wictor have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round.
The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.
From three major points on the map - New York, Boston, and Chicago - Joe, Greg, and Pat have truly blended themselves into Brother Sun, a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them - it exists between them and audiences feel this intimacy immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, and piano
The response to the trio’s music has been tremendous! From main stage performances with standing ovations at Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Philadelphia, Old Songs, Connecticut and other Folk Festivals; to sold out concerts throughout the U.S.A, Brother Sun has earned the respect of fans, colleagues, and presenters alike. And, their music and message appeals to fans of both contemporary and traditional music.
The Trio’s second CD - Some Part of The Truth (2013) - debuted at #1 on the The North American Folk Music Chart, where it remained for 2 months, and was named 2013 Album of the Year. The CD also rose to #2 on Sirius XM’s Americana Chart. The record has quickly become a favorite of DJs, as well as fans. In addition, the #1 track from the CD “Lady of the Harbor”, which also debuted at #1 and was named 2013 Song of the Year, was featured on Lufthansa Airlines In-flight Program in January and February 2014. Brother Sun’s self-titled first release (2011), debuted at #2 on the North American Folk Music Chart, and was also named the #8 album of 2011.
Brother Sun Music
Sat., Feb. 20 - 7 p.m.
could fell a redwood."
-The Boston Globe
Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid.
Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music. Sloan’s incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but also her dramatically voiced rendition of original songs.
“She’s folk influenced, but the real star here is her voice. Warm and smoky and smooth, it makes her earthy, ominous lyrics all the more intense.”
With a solid and impressive discography of 7 original CD releases to her credit, Sloan continues to write, sing and perform live.In addition, Sloan has written numerous musical compositions for theater and dance and teaches at many of the best-known master songwriter series and workshops. Sloan’s open spirit and first-hand experience is welcome –year after year– in the musical classrooms of such prestigious song camps as Richard Thompson’s Frets and Refrains, The Swannanoa Gathering, Summersongs, Wintersongs, and WUMB Radio’s Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW), Winter Acoustic Music Weekend (WAMW) Moab Folk Camp and Cape Cod Songwriters Retreat.
" ...earth mother voice that she pours into unexpectedly sensitive blends
of folk, jazz, blues and "
-The New York Times
Sunday, March 6
Phil Ochs Song Night
Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor,
Kim & Reggie Harris & Colleen Kattau
MORE INFO TO FOLLOW
Sat., March 13
March 15th, was Washington Area Music Association’s annual big night of WAMMIE awards.
Honoring Washington Area’s music, and songwriters.
FS&DK was awarded 8 of the 9 they were nominated for.
“What an incredible honor it is for us to be recognized in such a large way. Many thanks to all the voters and supportive music enthusiasts in the mid region!”
Artist of the year – FS&DK
Album of the year – Cold Spell
Song of the year – “Cold Spell”
Musician of the year – Frank Solivan
Songwriter of the year – Frank Solivan
Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year – Frank Solivan
Bluegrass Recording of the Year – “Cold Spell”
Bluegrass Duo/Group of the Year – FS&DK
Saturday, April 9
(and my 60th Birthday Celebration...let's party!!!)
German-born singer/songwriter Jann Klose makes melodic, soulful, singer/songwriter pop/rock. Born in Mannheim, Germany, Klose actually grew up in South Africa. He spent his teen years moving between his home in Hamburg and Cleveland, Ohio where he traveled as an exchange student with the American Field Service.
It was during this time that he began singing and playing piano and guitar. After high school, Klose studied voice and performed with various choirs in the United States, even appearing in several productions with the Cleveland Opera Chorus.
A move to New York in 2000 found Klose work in several musicals including a production of the Who's Tommy, a touring Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde, and a European tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was also after moving to New York that Klose began recording and releasing his own albums including Enough Said (1997), The Strangest Thing (1999), The Black Box EP (2003),Reverie (2007), and the Sacrifice EP (2010). In 2012, Klose appeared on the soundtrack to the film Greetings from Tim Buckley singing Buckley's songs. In 2013, he released the album Mosaic, which featured a cover of the Tim Buckley composition "Song to the Siren." ~ Matt Collar, Rovi
Sun., Sept. 25
Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. With eleven CDs and a DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature “new acoustic” sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences, something that Dirty Linen Magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.”
They are described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as “an evening of brilliant instrumentality,” and Georgia’s Good Life Magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today.”
Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck , an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument … like nothing we’ve ever heard before.” The double-neck has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it’s never been before.
The two joined their personal lives after forming their musical alliance and were married in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories.
What The Critics Say
“An evening of brilliant instrumentality….” – Swallow Hill Music Association, Denver, Colorado
“Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene ”- Good Life Magazine, Georgia
“Acoustic Eidolon is contemporary instrumental music par excellence….offering warm, emotional ”– Steve Ryals, CD Review
“….a sublime acoustic duo…” – Boulder Weekly
“A sumptuous instrumental feast”– Dirty Linen
Sun., Oct. 9
spirit, and speaking meet
David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.
David’s songs (“Rising in Love”, “Earth”, “Manuel Garcia”, “May the Light of Love”, “Nine Gold Medals”, “Spacesuits”, “Rocket Science”, “I Stand for Love”, “That Kind of Grace”, and many more) have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, Peter, Paul, & Mary’s “Discovered” (Warner Brothers), the Kingston Trio’s “Born at the Right Time”, NASA’s Goddard Space Center (“Rocket Science” went up on the Space Shuttle Atlantis’s May 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Telescope), the classic folk song books “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again” (sequel), and 13 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. Winner of 4 Positive Music Awards and the 2015 Grace Note (Unity Worldwide Ministries) for Outstanding Contribution to New Thought Music, David has also been featured on many of Christine Lavin’s seminal Rounder Records compilations. The former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute has also been a songwriting judge at Kerrville, Napa Valley (CA), Tumbleweed (WA), Eventide Arts (MA), the Avalon Festival (WV), and the South Florida Folk Festival.
David has also taught singing, songwriting, and performance at the Augusta Heritage workshops, SummerSongs and WinterSongs (NY), Common Ground on the Hill (MD), the Woods Dance & Music Camp (Canada), WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week (NH), Moab Folk Camp (UT), Rowe Center (MA), Pendle Hill (PA), Lamb’s Retreat (MI), the Swannanoa Gathering (NC), the National Wellness Institute (WI), and for many other songwriting groups and associations around the country. David is also founder/director of the Cape Cod Songwriters Retreat and creator/host of Cape Cod’s “Full Moon Open Mic” which, for the past 10 years has provided a forum for musicians to connect and be heard while at the same time collecting donations ($12,000 to date) for local non-profits to help neighbors in need.