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THE SHORT LIST
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Dec. 3 - Jann Klose
January 21 - The Slambovian Underground and Phoebe Legere
February 11 - Bob Malone
February 25 - Joe Crookston
March 25 - Ellis w/Joshua Garcia opening
April 15 - Craig Bickhardt, Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt
April 27 - Acoustic Eidolon (house concert)
May 5 - Rupert Wates & Jesse Terry
June 2 - Marc Black
September 16 - Joe Jencks
October  - Fendrick & Peck  and Austin MacRae
November - TBA
December - Ryanhood


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2018 

Sunday, January 21 - 5 p.m.
The Slambovian Underground
The Roots of Slambovia



Called everything from ‘hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’ to ‘surreal americana’, New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams “is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music.” – Chronogram Magazine. 

A rootsy psychedelica that MAVERICK MAGAZINE calls “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana,” their melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal and palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. The Slambovians charm from the first note with “Great songs and a whole lotta heart!” – DJ Meg Griffin, SiriusXM.

Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, they pioneered the alt-folk circuit, staying on the fringes of the music industry. Winning support from indie radio and press since their inception, fans fueled their career from the ground up to an international status. Having headlined major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, this band has a devoted cult following.  

“Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic, the entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.” – The Big Issue, Scotland, UK. 

Lead singer-songwriter Joziah Longo is joined by Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, etc), and a special guest. They create a captivating vibe that feeds the soul.

QUOTES
“9 out of 10 – Love at first spin!”– Americana UK
“The Hudson River Valley’s best kept secret.” – JamBase.com
“Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana.”– MAVERICK, UK
“Songs imbued with mystical stirrings and idealism… they take the stage by storm!”– The NY Times
“This band reminds me to write and perform with my whole heart and soul.”– Dar Williams
“This band is the best I’ve heard since the Beatles!” – Jim Pons, The Mothers of Invention, John Lennon
“Great songs and a whole lotta heart!” – Meg Griffin, SiriusXM
“SUPER and NATURAL… I love this band!” Gene Shay WXPN Radio
“The Slambovians’ live shows are a musical slam dunk.”– The Hartford Courant
“One of Americana’s most original ensembles.”– SING OUT! 2014
“One of the finest American bands out there.” All Music

“Mightily impressive and hugely original”– Maverick Magazine– UK
“Casting a wide net, their music energizes anyone who hears it.” – Relix Magazine
“‘The Trans Slambovian Polar Express’ is as riveting a theme song as any. Possessing a certain sophistication and sobriety, their songs rock with an anthemic thrust and melodic tunefulness that’s memorable and incisive.”
– No Depression 2014
“It’s as if David Bowie recorded Hunky Dory with The Band in the basement of Big Pink.”
– Glitterhouse Records, DE


INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: Waterboys, Bob Dylan, Bowie, Cracker, Pink Floyd, The Decemberists, Incredible String Band, Leonard Cohen


with special guest


Phoebe has released 17 CDs of original and traditional music, and her latest album is HEART OF LOVE, which broke the top 20 ROOTS MUSIC RADIO charts for Americana radio. She appears on HBO’s documentary IT’S ME HILARY. Her original song “Hip Hop Frog,” a song about the environment, was licensed by HBO. Her paintings and drawings are in museums and major collections. 
 
Ms. Legere is, currently, creating a new all-French EP in Montreal with Artic Records. She opened for David Bowie on his national tour in 1991.  Phoebe Legere was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music in 2000.  
 
The New York Times raved: “Legere plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing.”
 


This “multi-keyboard, vocal wizard” (CBS) has been compared to “Beethoven” (Paper Magazine) “Edith Piaf” (Stephen Holden, NY Times), “Frank Zappa” (Billboard) “Dorothy Donegan” (John Wilson,NY Times) “Dorothy Parker” (Ruddy Cheeks, The Phoenix) “Jerry Lee Lewis” (Proctor.Lippincott, NY Times) and “Bobby Short” (LIz Smith, NY Daily News). Washington Post called Phoebe Legere “Mick Jagger with an accordion.” and Timeout called her “the Sexiest Accordionist on the Planet.”

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Sunday, February 11 - 5 p.m.

 


Bob Malone has played our area for years...
at The Cooperage, The Tusten Theater, The Western, The Braman Arts Center, and with John Fogerty at Bethel Woods and will continue to do so... besides playing on Ringo Starr's new album! 
and I have been honored to host this incredible musician multiple times... and he's comin' round again! 



BOB MALONE has toured the world as a solo artist for two decades and has played keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty since 2011. 

He is also a busy session player and arranger, and recently played on a track for the upcoming Ringo Starr record.  “I get a phone call to go to an address in Los Angeles. I drive up the long driveway, ring the doorbell, go into the studio…and it’s Ringo (expletive) Starr!” “When it was time to play, I don’t think my hands have ever sweated so much on a keyboard in my life.”

Classically trained, with a degree in jazz and a lifetime playing rock & roll clubs, theaters, and arenas, Bob’s sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B, delivered with high-energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own.


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Sunday, February 25 - 5 p.m.

Joe Crookston has graced our stages every year since 2009 - he was the first artists in the RiverFolk Concerts series and we welcome him back! Artist extraordinare in multiple mediums, I am honored to have him a a friend. If you haven't heard Joe, give it your best shot this time!



WITH SPECIAL GUEST

“At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance 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

“With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good…
and Joe does.”
Sing Out Magazine


Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. His songs are being made into films. Watch this trailer for Brooklyn in July 
He’ll  surprise you and awaken the cynics.   He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist.  His 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. Mystical, historical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography.  Short 4:00 films. Visual, artful and human. 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 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
Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.  It happens every time.  Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show.  With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell. 




VISUAL ART:  For select concerts, Joe displays his acrylic and oil paintings combining his visual art with his music. As a painter and songwriter, Joe brings his love of imagery to life on stage, in his songs and to the canvas.
At his last RiverFolk show, I was blessed to receive one of Joe's paintings., which is proudly hung in my living room! 



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

Jeremy Aaron is a NYC singer, storyteller, community organizer, bluesman, poet, guitarist, violinist, and the creator of Greenwich Village Showcase. Warm and real, his music evokes nights around the campfire between old friends. You may come to his shows to hear the earthy folk chords, the living room intimacy, the confessional lyrics. You may leave inspired. His songs tell of Ecuadorian shadows, magic lights, Adirondack evergreens, beggars’ coins, train tracks, and road trips. His music is special, intimate, contemplative, poetic, personal, lyrical, meaningful. His songs are comforting like hot chocolate, wool socks, and your crackling fireplace on a winter’s day.

In addition to performing his own songs, Jeremy is the fiddler and guitarist in Spuyten Duyvil. He joined them on their tour to Israel in Spring 2016 where they headlined Jacob’s Ladder Festival and performed at Mike’s Place, Rimon School of Music, and First Station in Jerusalem.  Jeremy has accompanied Francis Falls, David Amram, Kirsten Maxwell, Joe Crookston, Deer Scout, Bakithi Kumalo, Pesky J Nixon, and Jann Klose.

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 and his first chords on the guitar by folksinger Sally Rogers and Molly Mason. Canadian songwriter friend and mentor Philip Lewin encouraged Jeremy to begin writing songs as a teenager. After earning an undergraduate degree at Oberlin College, Jeremy began pursuing music and songwriting full time.

Jeremy released his debut solo album “In The Magic Light” in Summer 2017. It has aired on WFUV, WFDU, and syndicated radio show Wandering Minstrels.


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Sunday, March 25 - 5 p.m.

MODERN FOLK MUSIC TO OPEN YOUR HEART
with special guest
JOSHUA GARCIA

ABOUT ELLIS A gifted songwriter and performer, Ellis is known for her stirring lyrics, openhearted performances and contagious laughter. She got her start at coffee shops and now tours the folk circuit with nine albums to her credit. She has been a four-time guest on A Prairie Home Companion, and Ellis has won more than a dozen songwriting and live performance awards. 

ABOUT THE ALBUM: THE GUEST HOUSE Like the poem by Rumi, the collection of songs on The Guest House cover the joys and pain of life and death, inviting them all in as guests with a hopeful spirit. Ellis recorded her ninth full-length album in three states, starting with Kevin Bowe in Minnesota, Ben Wisch in New Jersey, and a string quartet recorded in New York featuring string arrangements by Rob Mathes. 

REVIEWS “Ellis got some pretty sizable help with her elegant new record, The Guest House. The personal and relentlessly hopeful collection was named after a Rumi poem and inspired by death, motherhood and (legal!) marriage. " — Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune "Ellis is basically the nicest person on Earth, and you can hear that in her music. Her aptly-titled new album, The Guest House, is sure to be a cozy place to curl up, full of the solid songwriting and precise but warm arrangements." — Jay Gabler, 89.3 The Current "If you've seen her perform live, you already know that Ellis is totally engaging. She exhibits a true sense of joy when she sings.” — Mike Pengra, Radio Heartland

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 Joshua Garcia is a folk-singer/songwriter whose music and writing style draw from the influences of his musical heroes Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua spent time writing and performing in Providence, RI before settling in Astoria, Queens.

     A firm believer in the power of song and 'the album' as an artistic format, Joshua is currently in pre-production for his first official release slated for 2017.

     Joshua thanks you for stopping by, and as he often tells his audiences: "If you do your best to listen; I'll do my best to remember the words!"


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Sunday, April 15 - 5 p.m.
Craig Bickhardt
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I first heard Craig Bickhardt on my Pandora mix - on channels of other favorite artists. I found myself going to check and see who this artists was, over and over again. His voice and his lyrics drew me in, and so pleased to now bring him to RiverFolk! 

When Craig Bickhardt steps onto a concert stage, he comes equipped with his trusty acoustic guitar. A side musician or two will frequently join him. He‟s also accompanied by something invisible, yet ever-present: the stories of a lifetime, vividly translated into words and melody. 

From the boisterous club scene of Philadelphia to the country-rock milieu of Los Angeles to the picking parlors of Nashville, Craig 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 father. Dreams, heartaches and hard-earned lessons have fed his creativity. There is no other way he could‟ve written the eloquent, often bittersweet songs that have become his trademark. 

A Craig Bickhardt live set is a mix of absurd anecdotes and personal confessions, accompanying a well-stocked bag of original tunes and the occasional choice cover. His decades in music have given his performances the depth of experience – his love songs seem sweeter and more poignant, his story-song narratives more true-to-life than they could have in the past.

Craig Bickhardt travels light to his gigs – but he brings a great deal to the stage. He combines a seasoned troubadour‟s easy command of his art with a beginner‟s passion to win over his next audience and top his next song. The stories of his lifetime are simply too good not to share.


Wild-mind, bittersweet acoustic music meets creative musical storytelling and virtuosic cello work.



With their much-anticipated second album, “Hang On for the Ride,” the dynamic cello- guitar duo of Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt push the boundaries of folk music with a creative, adventurous, and wildly enjoyable new work.

Their previous album, “Crooked Fiddle,” was a surprise favorite among folk music fans. The album fused nostalgia, emotion and musical virtuosity, alongside songs that got stuck in your head in the best way. Most importantly, the music was authentic -- sparse, brilliant and honest.

But for two artists who believe in challenging themselves, making the same album twice was out of the question. For a follow-up project, they would channel the immediacy of their live shows, which are always exciting events. They would push themselves musically, with complex orchestral arrangements that sound deceptively simple.

Nathans & Ronstadt were named Best of Philly Folk Fest by Philly CityPaper in 2015. Michael Tearson of SingOut! Magazine wrote of “Crooked Fiddle”: “This is an engaging, warm and intimate collaboration between songwriter Aaron Nathans and songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Michael G. Ronstadt... Throughout the songs are stirring and they leave you thinking. A thoroughly satisfying and stimulating effort.”

“We think Aaron’s journalistic storytelling skills paired with Michael’s unique instrumental (and songwriting) chops will continue to spin gold for as long as they choose to work together — a lengthy time, we hope!"
Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live in NYC

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Friday, April 27 - 7:30 P.M.

House Concert
please call or email for information
RiverFolk welcomes back the brilliant talents of Acoustic Eidolon! The have played locally at house concert, at The Cooperage, and The Tusten Theater! I am thrilled for their return! Wish a larger venue was available, but reserve early to get your seats!

photos by Mark Sims

Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo 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, Americana, World & Flamenco musical 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 guitjo, 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 guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously.  Classically-trained 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.

What started as a musical journey between kindred spirits blossomed into their marriage in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories. They are each virtuoso players but their stories and connection to the audience add the backdrop of transparency from their lives, from the struggles to the triumphs.

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Saturday, May 5 - 8 p.m.

 Rupert Wates & Jesse Terry

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Rupert Wates
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'' (www.acousticmusic.com) and goes on: 
"This is one gifted sonofabitch... 
If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out."


Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album 'Blue Afternoons' (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.

Since coming to the US, Wates has won more than 30 songwriting awards (www.rupertwatesmusic.com/awards).

His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released nine solo CDs. They have been very well reviewed in the online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. In addition, Wates' songs have been covered by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US.  No less than two full length tribute CDs to his material have been recorded: 'Crazy Puzzle' (2015) by Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers, and 'Wide Open Heart' (July 2017) by Los Angeles vocalist Susan Kohler. Both these CDs were initiated and funded entirely by the artists themselves, and comprise exclusively songs taken from Rupert Wates' back catalog. Over 20 recordings featuring Wates's songs by other artists were made in 2016, and more are scheduled for 2017 (full list at www.rupertwatesmusic.com/covers). 

Rupert Wates averages 120 live shows every year, in acoustic venues in every state in America, in Canada and in Europe. He performs sometimes alone, sometimes with his trio or his quartet. He prefers smaller listening rooms where the audience is up close 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 (www.concertsinyourhome.com). He is the only artist on the entire CIYH database to have been honored with this title twice.  
Audiences everywhere respond to Wates' brand of melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true.



"Jesse Terry is a gentle soul with a formidable songwriting talent
and a clear artistic vision."
  - John Platt - WFUV - NYC

Jesse Terry

Internationally touring singer-songwriter & 2015 Bonnaroo Artist. Husband, wanderluster, coffee addict, dog lover. 

Jesse Terry is a singer/songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.


Stargazer, the fourth LP from renowned New England-based singer/songwriter Jesse Terry, was forged in the crucible of his engagement with a chaotic, often confusing world. Drawing inspiration from a diverse pool of influences — from vintage Jeff Lynne-produced pop to the Roy Orbison of “In Dreams” to The Man Who-era Travis — Stargazer is an album commensurate with its moment, imbued with an unconquerably sunny perspective for these dark and turbulent times.


June 2
Marc Black



Sunday, September 16 - 5 p.m.
Joe Jencks


October





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