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Sun., Oct. 9
NEW TIME
5pm
where spirit and speaking meet

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

$15 Reserved / $20 Door

“David and his music will touch you
 to the very depths of your soul. He’ll make
you laugh and cry, inspire you to rise and fly…”
- Jack Canfield, co-author,
Chicken Soup for the Soul
 
“Very special, and worth a trip from anywhere…”
Brandi Hayden, Good Folks Coffeehouse, CT

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.



Fendrick & Peck’s music gathers in many genres including folk, blues and bluegrass   with a freshness and originality that is both beguiling and inspirational. Their original songs harken to some wonderfully old time sensibility and evoke history, family stories and love of the finest kind. 

Madeline is the extrovert influence within this duo; she brings a refreshing lilt, heartfelt songwriting, great humor and palpable enthusiasm to the music.  On the other hand, Brian is clearly of the introvert mode; his music speaks of great devotion and craftsmanship-both of which are displayed in his instrumental versatility and sensitive, thoughtful songwriting.  Together, they balance each other marvelously and constantly manifest a devotion to the music and to each other. 


With Lucky Penny, Fendrick & Peck harken back to the glory days of American folk music—stringed and strong. With inventive songsmithing and well-paired vocals, such as on “Oh, the Places” and “Johnny Green,” the duo reminds us why the genre continues to redefine its glorious, and refreshingly humble, relevance.
        —Skip Anderson, winner of the Association of Alternative Newspapers’ 2015 Best Music Writing Award

"Fendrick and Peck are a hard travelling, neo-traditionalist folk duo....  They released Lucky Penny this year, and it is one of my favorites of the year." -Ear To The Ground Music Blog


"Perhaps one of the most talked about acts to appear at NERFA this year was the duo of Fendrick and Peck. There was a “buzz” generated by their performance on Thursday night that built all weekend. Folk radio mainstay Mary Cliff from Washington DC met this duo and invited them to come to NERFA. Wisconsin natives, currently residing in Nashville, Fendrick and Peck are the contemporary embodiment of what makes American folk music so intriguing. Their original songs could easily be confused for ancient ballads that were treasured by folk song collectors during the folk revival. There is a refreshing old time sensibility to their songs that can easily be accessed by contemporary audiences. Madeline Fendrick has a gorgeous voice and a delightful sense of humor that wins over audiences. Brian Peck displays a respectful understanding of the traditions that can be found in his instrumentals as well as his songwriting. It is encouraging to find new artists like this and I hope they will get support from the folk community so that we can have more chances to witness their performances."
                                 -Ron Olesko's Folk Music Notebook


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Saturday, Nov. 5 - 7:30 p.m.


Professional Smart Aleck 
Carla Ulbrich
AND

Utterly Clever Songwriter
Lois Morton
Suggested Donation $20 Reserved $25 at the door



Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist from Clemson, South Carolina and currently living in New Jersey in a cute little town called "exit 10."

Primarily known for writing humorous songs about such topics as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the 'F' Word, she cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials.

Carla just released her 6th CD, "Totally Average Woman," an all-funny-music release with 5 original songs, 7 parodies and a ridiculous bonus track. Her songs are regularly played on Pandora.com, Dr. Demento, Sirius XM's Laugh USA Radio, and a number of community and college stations throughout the globe (when the Music Director is on vacation).

Carla has toured all over the US and parts of England, has appeared on ABC and USA Network, once shared the bill with Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel, and was a background actor in “Sharknado 2.”

"Very talented, very funny, very personable, and an easy act to work with. We would be hard pressed to imagine anyone not enjoying a set... thoughtful and intelligent, sometimes clever observations about life are written in an often wry and humorous manner are placed over very strong melodies and guitar work that is recognized as some of the best in her genre."
               -Seegar Swanson, manager of Fiddler’s Green Coffeehouse


HERE'S LOIS!
“Lois Morton is an incredible singer-songwriter and conveyor of songs that strike at the heart of modern society. Her songs, both humorous and serious, are relevant and pertinent. She is hip to today’s world and must be heard!!!
—Jon Stein, host – Hootenanny Café, WTBQ-FM, Warwick, NY

Lois Morton is a performing songwriter who has delighted audiences throughout the New York metropolitan area for the last few years with her abundant charm and humorous songs of social commentary. Reinventing herself in retirement, Lois has gone from being an educator and therapist to a singer-songwriter with a rapier wit and a surprisingly contemporary approach. Her show “As I See It” highlights Lois’ original, often hilarious songs which encourage us to laugh at while she also brings to life the legendary Edith Piaf in a lecture-cabaret program featuring songs and stories. She has released two CDs of original songs – As I See It and 20th Century Girl. For more information, visit: www.loismorton.com

Lois Morton is a 2014 MAC Award winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) for Best Revue, of her show 20th Century Girl: The Lois Morton Song Book. Music and Lyrics by Lois Morton.

“Don’t be deceived. Underneath Lois Morton’s sweet grandmotherly demeanor lurks a wickedly clever songwriter. The legacy of Tom Lehrer lives on in Lois.
John Platt, host – Sunday Breakfast, WFUV-FM, Bronx, NY


“She’s a plucky, sassy songwriter who writes laugh-out-loud funny material that sparkles with the glow of truth. She can unspool a dense swath of words at a quick clip that would make Gilbert and Sullivan smile with approval and maybe even envy… She zeroes in on observations, situations and irritations that modern life surrounds and confounds us with, but articulates the feelings and pops the balloons of pretentiousness with the sharpest of pins”
—Rob Lester, writer -  Cabaret Scenes – Nightlife Exchange Pick of the Week


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Sun., Dec. 4 - 5:00 p.m.
$20 Reserved / $25 Door


with special guest

“Joe is one of THE most exciting performers out there today. smart, funny, accomplished, passionate…magnetic….he enthralls and uplifts people in a way few other artists can. Really…I have been at this a long, long time….and I rarely see this combination in a young artist. This is an artist that is being propelled forward via the Folk-DJs, word of mouth, grassroots…his fans telling friends…a real buzz, not manufactured hype. It is very exciting to be working with an artist like Joe: they don’t come along all that often." 
- David Tamulevich, Artist Mgmt.


Songwriter, singer, guitarist, painter, fiddler, banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.  The magic and musical world he creates will pull you in. You’ll end up in the moment, buzzing with the rest of the crowd.  He’ll sing to you.  You’ll sing with him.  He’s plumbing for lyrical gold, like some kind of social archeologist.  His story songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

HE BELIEVES IN STORIES
Come to a show. You’ll ride mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through vivid cinematography.  Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.  “The Long Note” is a phrase used in Irish culture.”The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite.

THERE IS A LONG NOTE & JOE IS REACHING FOR IT
From the first strum of his 1948 Gibson, through stories of ruby dresses, Tinian Island, Dylan Thomas, Taoist parables crows and bluebirds, you’ll be drawn in.  It happens every time.  Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to the show.  With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell. ~ You’ll be glad you came.
He lives in Ithaca NY, and tours regularly in the US, and Canada.  

Joe Crookston’s highly-anticipated concert launched the 7th season of “Folk Night at The Registry” in Kitchener.  Joe captured the audience from the opening seconds, and held them spellbound throughout the show.  Many of his songs were familiar from their regular appearances at our local song circle, and Joe’s invitation to sing along was heartily embraced by the audience. His show at the Kitchener Theatre was an evening of sharing and community, and was perhaps the finest concert I’ve presented in 16 years.  Joe is sure to build on that community wherever he performs.
 – From Jack Cole, Registry Theatre Kitchener Ontario

Emily Mure


"There was/is something about her songs and voice that made me want to go off into a quiet place and to be sure I captured each and every note. She surprised me too.. just when you're pretty sure you've got your basic coffee house folky singer-songwriter, she slips into that chamber mojo mode where people like Marissa Nadler and Meg Baird live. Bam. ”
—No Depression


in December of 2009, Emily released her first album,Where I Began, a collection of songs, mostly written during her time in Ireland.In 2013, she released her second album, Odyssey. In this recent project, Emily truly integrates her classical roots and composition techniques with her folk and Irish inspired singing and songwriting.

Emily performs around the Northeast and was an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour in 2014 and has shared the stage with the likes of Kim Richey, Kath Bloom, Darlingside, Garrison Starr, The Farewell Drifters, Haas Kowert Tice, Kris Delmhorst, and more. She has performed in reputable venues including Club Passim, The Iron Horse Music Hall, Club Helsinki, The Living Room, and The Highline Ballroom. In the past few years, she has also developed a strong passion for teaching. In addition to performing, she offers private beginner guitar and songwriting lessons. Her songs have received airplay on numerous radio stations and have made their way into shows and movies on NBC, PBS, and ABC.





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2016
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 SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 - 3 P.M
$20 reserved / $25 door
Evie Ladin & Keith Terry Duo
banjo•box•bass•body music - neo-trad kinetic folk 

Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo,
while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music
pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with
an orchestra’s worth of rhythm.
 
-MUSIC CITY ROOTS, Nashville

co-bill with
RED TAIL RING
Old Time Roots, New Time Sound
“Red Tail Ring brings to the stage a lively and commanding fusion of string and vocal harmonies. The pair deliver both established ballads and original compositions with a clear, authentic ease that manages to transcend
traditional form while honoring its legacy. 
- Rob Cole, Grand Rapids Press

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LADIN & TERRY...

Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance.
Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. — Music City Roots, Nashville

A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence.  –Grant Alden, No Depression

Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street JournalEvie & Keith perform for all ages, and are skilled educators, often offering workshops and in-school activities while touring, from elementary through professional level training on a host of topics.  In 2016 they celebrate the release of the CD Jump the Fire with the Evie Ladin Band, a tight trio whose 2012 eponymous release won Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. They are also in creative development with a theatrical, international collaboration, premiering in Paris, 2016:  BODY MUSIC see music/hear dance.


(An) arrestingly fun show, bursting with talent.. every song, dance solo, and mid-number banjo breakdown was following by vigorous clapping and hollers. – Smile Politely, Champaign-Urbana

EVIE LADEN VIDEOS
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RED TAIL RING
Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-old foot stomping. "We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be," says Beauchamp. "It informs how we write our original songs. There's a real energy exchange between the old and the new."

Red Tail Ring’s recent project, a 7” vinyl release with fellow Michiganders Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys entitled The New Roots Exchange Vol. I (Earthwork Music, 2014), honors this two-way connection from its recording process to the song selection. Recorded in one take around two microphones – a recording and performance style harkening back to the early 20th century – the collection features traded solos and rich harmonies on traditional songs “Sugar Hill” and “The Wind and Rain” played as a large group on side A, while side B spotlights the individual groups covering each others’ songs in a playful artistic exchange. “We discovered so many of our favorite albums by listening to vinyl,” explains Premo, “so we were excited to add TNE to that history.”

Red Tail Ring's third full-length album, The Heart's Swift Foot (Earthwork Music, 2013), was met with glowing reviews from Americana and roots music authorities. No Depression writes "new music from Red Tail Ring is gorgeous," and The UTNE Reader describes the album as containing "fierce, masterful fingerpicking and poignant lyrical narratives." In addition to being featured on American Songwriter Magazine.com, The Heart's Swift Foot reached #6 on the FOLKDJ chart for June 2013. The new album presents 10 original songs with two acoustic standards that aim to stretch the confines of what two people can create sonically.

Since the release of their 2011 debut double-album, Red Tail Ring has remained busy, playing as many as 130 shows a year, with tours to both U.S. coasts as
well as to Denmark and Germany - "exporting some Midwest sounds," as Premo puts it.

For Premo and Beauchamp, Red Tail Ring encircles their present and future - a place where expansion and creativity meet tradition, and thrive.




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FEBRUARY 5 - 


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SUNDAY, MARCH  5 - 3 PM
$15 Reserved / $20 Door

welcomes back
Connor Garvey

Acoustic Funky-Folk-Rock For The Good Hearted

"...when Connor Garvey stepped up with solid singing and playing,
the place was silent and I 
knew that this acoustic music tradition
was in the right hands..."
Vance Gilbert - Folk Legend


Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller. Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people.

First time listeners often are drawn to Garvey’s engaging performance style, accomplished musicianship, and memorable melodies. But his lyrics project a depth and sincerity that allow the observant listener to find meaning beyond the catchy hook. Meanwhile, the intricate production of his albums adds emotional depth and keeps the songs fresh play after play.

This combination of songwriting and performance strength has earned Garvey numerous awards including being named winner of the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, SolarFest, Wildflower Art and Music Festival and Maine Songwriters Association songwriting competitions, voted as Most Wanted artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, nominated for Best Male Performer in the New England Music Awards, and a top new singer songwriter by Sirius XM's The Coffeehouse.

On his latest release, Meteors and Beating Hearts, Garvey shows further maturity as a
songwriter, addressing personal and universal themes through a series of lyrical stories. Many of the songs were written as assignments for a weekly songwriting group. The challenge of writing a new song each week and presenting it to a group of artists he admires challenged and pushed Garvey to try a new approach to his songwriting.

The themes of community and living with intention run deep for Garvey, from the musical
memories of his youth to his ease in developing relationships with audiences and fellow artists. He builds upon on the energy of live performance to deliver a memorable experience in a way that has led folk stalwarts Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox to proclaim the tradition of acoustic music is in good hands with Connor Garvey.


"Garvey's sandy tenor, attention to rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin' Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz...a crack studio band led by Pete Morse and lovely harmony vocals from Sara Hallie Richardson flesh out Garvey's own impressive guitar picking and solo style honed from countless of club dates and house concerts..."
Direct Current (know music better)





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MARCH 31
Brother Sun

APRIL 23 5pm
Cosy Sheridan , Austin McCrea opening– 

MAY 6
Harpeth Rising

SAT., JUNE 3
Jacob Johnson

Sun., Sept. 10

Sun., Oct. 8

NOVEMBER 4
Jory Nash & Suzie Vinnick

Sun., Dec. 3

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