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So very excited to have these boys back as they continue to grow
both as Brother Sun and in the solo careers!

Sat., Dec. 5 - 7:30 p.m.

suggested donation
$20 Reserved / $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 to fans of both contemporary and traditional music. 

The Trio’s second CD - Some Part of The Truth (2013) - debuted at #1 on 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 and was also named the #8 album of 2011.

Brother Sun Music



Sun., Jan. 17 - 5 p.m.

 the blues

$15 Reserved / $20 Door

“Blues, Give Me Your Right Hand” 

Scott Ainslie’s mother found him at the family piano picking out melodies from the records she listened to during the day when he was three years old.

He’s been a musician all his life.

A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington & Lee University, Ainslie came of age during the Civil Rights and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black Gospel and Blues. He plays this music with affection, authority, and power.

Armed with a variety of instruments – vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South – Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive.

Ainslie has spent more than 30 years looking for the right story, the right set of facts, the right piece of history, to introduce a song. He offers a personality, a moment in history, a vignette to entice you into a song and to give that song a chance to wake and breathe among us like a living thing.

On stage, in educational teaching concerts, workshops, and school residencies, Ainslie explores the African and European roots of American music and culture. His easy, conversational way with audiences and cross-disciplinary approach to the music consistently garners rave reviews from presenters, audiences, students, and teachers, alike. He is a masterful and thoughtful historian, storyteller, and musician.

Totally Enjoyable, Educational, and Listenable
I really can’t express how blown away I was with the totally enjoyable, educational, and listenable stage set and workshop you presented for us this year at the Western Maryland Blues Festival. – Western Maryland Blues Festival

Ainslie transcribed the original recordings and published a book on Delta blues legend Robert Johnson [Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads (Hal Leonard, 1992)], and has an instructional DVD on Johnson’s guitar work [Robert Johnson’s Guitar Techniques (Hal Leonard, 1997)].

Ainslie has six solo CDs to his name and maintains an active recording, performing, and teaching schedule that carries him around the country, to Canada, and to Europe.

His most recent recording is an award-winning collection of songs played on a 1934 Gibson archtop, “The Last Shot Got Him.” The CD has received strong reviews from listeners and critics, alike, and among other honors, was chosen as the Album of the Year (a Tammie Award from the Times-Argus, Montpelier, VT).

Ainslie has received numerous awards and grants for his work documenting and presenting traditional music. He has been a Public Fellow at UNC-Chapel and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA, a federal agency in Washington DC) and the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts Council.

His performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart.

A leader in both the North Carolina and the Virginia Visiting Artist Programs, Ainslie served the citizens of these states in rural community college-based residencies from 1986 through 2000.
In 2000, Ainslie was also presented with an Indie (the Independent Weekly Triangle Arts Award, Durham, NC), with the National Slide Guitar Festivals’ Living Heritage Award, and the 20th Annual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award for “outstanding contributions to the fine arts” (from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC).

As a traditional musician with expertise in Piedmont and Delta Blues as well as Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, Ainslie has specialized in performing and presenting programs on the European and African roots of American music and culture in and educational settings.

His performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart.


Sat., Feb. 20 - 7 p.m.
Sloan Wainwright

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, 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 - 5 p.m.

Phil Ochs Song Night

Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor,
Kim & Reggie Harris & Colleen Kattau

Phil Ochs song nights commemorate
Phil’s life and music. They also highlight present day performers who keep the spirit of his music alive.

The performers above are just a few of the many 
who come out to perform the songs of Phil Ochs.

Please join us for this incredible evening.


Sun., March 13 - 3 p.m.

$20 Reserved / $25 door

With their latest release Cold Spell landing a 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album followed by an eight award sweep at WAMMIES, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, IBMA’s 2014 Instrumental Group of the Year, can’t slow down!

Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, guitarist Chris Luquette and doghouse bassist Dan Booth, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they’ve been named Washington Area Music Association’s Best Bluegrass Band of the Year for four consecutive years.

March 15th, 2014 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

"We are honored beyond articulation to be awarded by the 
International Bluegrass Music Association as Instrumental Group of the Year"


Saturday, April 9
(with band)

(and Jill's 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  (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." 

He was the winner of Four 2014 Independent Music Awards! 


Sat., May 7 - 7:30 p.m.


with Pete Heitzman
$15 Reserved
$20 Door

"Heitzman has a sly touch that, combined with Savoca’s
in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful
 gives the duo the impact of a four-piece band."


Savoca's Music -
Theme for NASA / National Parks Collaboration
Karen Savoca provides the theme music for the Climate Cast podcasts, which address the growing concerns about the effects of global climate change on our national treasures.Earth to Sky is a partnership between NASA and the National Park Service.
 Savoca Nominated in World's Largest Music Awards
In The Dirt was nominated in the category of Best Song by a Female Singer Songwriter by the Grassroots Music Organization Just Plain Folks. After receiving 42,000 albums and over a half million songs from 163 countries around the world, the organization's staff and of volunteers filtered the music down to both song and album nominees. nominees come from over 80 different countries around the world. 

"Their duet is sinuous, like two skaters gliding across ice." 

Grit and sensitivity. Percussion and groove. Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman are sinuous as two skaters gliding on ice as they play across soul, r&b, roots and world rhythms, conjuring a communion between audience and stage.

Karen and Pete toured extensively with Greg Brown, who said of her, "If she were a Native American, her name would be Sings Like Two Birds."

The duo released eight CDs on their own Alcove Records label, the latest of which is "Promise", recorded in their church studio nestled deep in the hills of upstate NY. The Edmonton Journal says, "There's soul in the delicious grooves and phrasing, and soul in the broader sense that floats out of her lyrical vision." "Promise" reached #25 on the Euro/Americana chart.

"Embracingly beautiful songs that have a beguiling way of changing and reconfiguring themselves like an aural kaleidoscope." - Duluth News Tribune

Winners of seven SAMMY Awards. Notable appearances include The Today Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, Big Top Chautauqua, The Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Falcon Ridge, Kate Wolf, Stan Rogers & Winnipeg Folk Festivals, and many more.They are also independent record producers who have scored several feature films and documentaries. They are currently working on their ninth recording, due out in 2016. 

Sun., Sept. 25 - 5 p.m.

$20 Reserved / $25 Door
Joe  and Hannah Alkire are a tour-de-force of acoustic music,
 described as “World Music for the Soul.

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,” andGeorgia’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 guitjo 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.

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.

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

$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.


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

Professional Smart Aleck 
Carla Ulbrich
Utterly Clever Songwriter
Lois Morton

$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

“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


Sat., Dec. 4 - 7:30 p.m.

$20 Reserved / $25 Door

Joe Crookston

“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.

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.

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.  

Best quote~  
“I hate folk music, but I absolutely LOVE Joe Crookston’s music.!”


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