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2017
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 SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 - 3 P.M
$20 reserved / $25 door
Evie Ladin & Keith Terry
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 LADIN 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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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 - 5 pm
keyboard wizard
$20 reserved / $25 door
 
BOB MALONE has toured the world as a solo artist for two decades and has played keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty since 2011. Classically trained, with a degree in jazz and a lifetime playing rock & roll clubs, theatres, 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.

“Bob Malone doesn’t just accompany himself on piano. He supports his singing with pulsating, roaring keyboard work that grabs you and shakes you until you cry for mercy.”— Keyboard Magazine
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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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FRIDAY, MARCH 31 - 7:30 PM

a RiverFolk favorite
Brother Sun
































To understand the influence of Brother Sun, you’d have to get on a stage and look out.  We don’t mean you have to be up there singing because you’d be, well, preoccupied, but stand at the corner so you can inconspicuously peak out at the faces of those listening.  We’ve done that and we noticed something special.  Audiences slip into the songs with closed eyes and frequently open mouths as they sing along—whether they know all the words or not is irrelevant.  The Brother Sun reach extends as far as their voices carry, and it holds listeners in a safe space that shimmers with meaning and soulful presence.

Musicians, singers, and songwriters Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks, and Pat Wictor write and deliver songs worth singing, no matter what the genre.  In concert and on recordings you will hear some folk, Americana, blues, gospel, pop, jazz, and more in a single session, all delivered with centering, gorgeous vocals.   Fans of traditional and contemporary music don’t always line up for the same shows but that doesn’t matter when Brother Sun is in town – they unify the audiences, especially for those who also love slide guitar, piano, acoustic guitars, uke, and more. 

The trio is bringing music from their latest recording, “Weights and Wings,” which is currently at #1 on the Folk DJ Charts, right where it debuted this spring.  This is the record that includes the a capella version of “Mary, Don’t You Weep and Moan,”  a fan favorite that’s been heard at major festivals all summer long, including the main stages of both the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and last week’s Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival.

If you've seen them, you know. Bring a friend. Or two or three. They will win hearts and fill souls with their passionate performances. I am proud to call them friends, or, really, family. 

Praise for Weights & Wings:
Brother Sun's third album leaps like a solar flare of heat and light. Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor fuse voices of primary colors, creating a white light illuminating the heart and the darker corners of our world. Widely diverse songs, all originals with the exception of one well-chosen Phil Ochs cover, keep the album engrossing and entertaining from first to last track.
-Rich Warren, The Midnight Special & Folkstage, WFMT, Chicago, IL

Weights and Wings is another step forward for this very special trio in their songwriting, production, and chemistry. Wrap yourself in their rich harmonies and embrace their clear-eyed vision.
-John Platt, WFUV, New York, NY

Folk on steroids! Brother Sun melds heart-lifting anthems with the art of harmonic massage. Nimble, strong and soothing all at once!
-Mary Sue Twohy, The Village Folk Show, Sirius XM

BROTHER SUN VIDEOS



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SUNDAY, APRIL 23 - 5pm
please welcome
songwriter - singer - guitarist - teacher
Cosy Sheridan 

with special guest
2016 Grassy Hill Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
2016 New Voices Emerging Artist at Turtle Hill Folk Festival
Austin MacRae

Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.”  She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically acclaimed CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records.

Since then she’s released nine more CDs, taught songwriting at workshops and camps across the country and written a one-woman-show entitled The Pomegranate Seed – An Exploration of Appetite, Body-Image and Myth.  She is one of the most respected touring musicians on the folk circuit, appearing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Jerry Lewis Telethon and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: modern renditions of mythology (meet Hades the Biker), children’s stories woven into tales of modern adulthood, blues and gospel guitar and love songs for adults.  Her alter ego, Chlamydia, often appears with songs such as Botox Tango or Multiply Pierced.  The Cornell Folksong Society wrote:  “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture; Persephone with Botox.”

In 2011 when she released her tenth CD, The Horse King, The Chicago Examiner wrote: "You can't make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you're doing, and do it well. Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here."

Austin MacRae began playing guitar in his teens, teaching himself chords on his father’s ’57 Gibson J-45.  Early influences included Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Joni Mitchell.  In 2012 he formed The Brothers MacRae with his brother, Devon, and high school friend, Casey Widger, on upright bass.  Over the past few years, the group has played numerous venues around Central New York, including Homer Center for the Arts and Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Picnic.  In 2014 the group added fiddle player Sophia Orzechwoski, a New Hampshire native with many years of experience on the Northeast folk circuit.  The Brothers’ first album (self-titled), produced by Chris Merkley of Old Boy Records, was released in 2014.  The album was nominated for a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Americana Album of 2014.  The Brothers quickly followed up their first album with their sophomore release, The Old Parade, in the fall of 2015.  The Old Parade was nominated for Best Americana Album of 2015 at this year’s SAMMY Awards.
 
Meanwhile, Austin was beginning to play solo shows around the Ithaca, NY, area.  He released his first solo album, Bats in the Attic, in the fall of 2015.  This past March his solo album won a SAMMY Award for Best Folk Recording of 2015.  He is continuing to promote the album throughout the Central New York region and is hoping to broaden his audience in the coming year.   
 
Austin MacRae
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SATURDAY, MAY 6 - 7:30 PM
Harpeth Rising


Chamberfolk: Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. 


The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. But their classical background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Hailing from vastly different parts of North America, each member of Harpeth Rising brings different influences to the core sound. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Maria Di Meglio cello, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was drawn to the music of her first generation Italian and Balkan roots, and grew up learning Eastern European folk songs alongside classical repertoire. She attended many classical programs throughout NYC, including LaGuardia High School (the “Fame” school), and Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division. Michelle Younger of Charlottesville, VA comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the United States for generations, and she is a descendent of Cole Younger, a member of the James-Younger Gang and the namesame of his very own banjo tune. Jordana Greenberg, violin, grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in her native Canada before moving to Southern Indiana as a child. She studied classical violin by day through the pre-college program at Indiana University, and spent her nights learning the folk tunes and classic rocks songs that her family plays at the annual post-Passover jam session. 

All three women began singing after they completed their instrumental studies, and found a passionate new musical avenue. They developed their voices and arrangements to bring life to the lyrical expressiveness of their original songs. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective.

Their most recent album, SHIFTED, debuted at #1 on the Folk-DJ charts and was released to international acclaim. Tim Carroll of Folkwords wrote “Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative - they all describe what’s on offer…Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.” Chris Spector at Midwest Record said “Taking Newgrass to the next dimension, taking back lyric writing as an art form, if you’ve cleaned your ears out recently, this set is going to blow your mind. One of a kind, in a class by itself and simply superlative throughout.”

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“Jacob rocks!”
-Tommy Emmanuel

SAT., JUNE 3
Jacob Johnson
$20 Advance / $25 Door

Part virtuoso and part storyteller, you might say that Jacob Johnson does with a guitar what Gene Kelly did with dance. Although his songwriting has won awards and his guitar-playing has put him on stage with Tommy Emmanuel and Phil Keaggy, his ability as an entertainer is what has won fans throughout the southeast. He refers to himself as "a ham that just wants to be on stage" but he’s much more than that. Jacob is an amazingly talented guitarist and songwriter which, combined with a bit of a personality, makes for a
Photo credit: Joseph Bradford                                                         wildly impressive stage                                                                                                                 performance.
Notable Accomplishments
2016 “Emerging Artist” Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
2016 “NERFA” Official Showcase Artist
2014 & 2015 Featured Performer Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS)
2015 “Folkstage Live” concert broadcast, WFMT Chicago
2015 Featured Performer Wildflower Festival (Richardson, TX)
Winner 2012 Nashville Connection: Hero’s Salute
“Songwriter of the Year
2014 Presenter TEDXGreenville (Greenville, SC)
Official Showcase Artist - Folk Alliance International 2015 (Kansas City, MO)
Official Showcase Artist SERFA/NERFA One-Day Conference 2014 (Charlottesville, VA)
Official Showcase Artist SWRFA 2011 (Austin, TX)
Over 100,000 views on youtube

Has toured or performed with: Tommy Emmanuel, Frank Vignola, Edwin McCain, David Wilcox, Zac Brown Band, Victor Wooten, Tim Reynolds, Darryl Worley, Paula Cole and more! 

"Jacob’s album “One-Take Jake” is filled with crystalline, pyrotechnical guitar playing but he has infused his performance with personality.It runs right down his arms into his fingers, onto the strings -- missing not a grain of warmth and meticulous guitar-spirit. The guitar is not just an instrument in the hands of Jacob Johnson – it’s his soul-mate."
                                                                                                  - No Depression
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Sun., Sept. 17 - 5 p.m.

T h e  
L E V I N S

Harmony 
driven, 
heart 
healing…



co-bill with

Indie Folk 
Pop Rock 
Band



T h e  L E V I N S

The Levins are a harmony-driven acoustic duo known for putting a smile on your face.  Sun-splashed, peace-filled folk-pop  that connects on a universal level with a lighthearted depth while celebrating our common humanity. These award winners (CTFolk, S.Florida Festival, MASC) draw inspiration from poets, mystics, literature and life.  Guitar and piano, along with unique harmonies and tightly blended unison vocals reflect the couple’s own compatible musical/personal relationship. 2014 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists, their My Friend Hafiz CD debuted in the top 20 on Folk DJ & their latest, TRUST, in the top 10. (Top 10 song/2015, J.Platt, WFUV)

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2016 NERFA Formal Showcase
  • 2016 "I Am Here"- Winner, Empower Music Awards, Tampa Fl
  • 2016 "Trust" - Winner - The Indie Acoustic Project/Best Ensemble CD of 2015 
  • 2015 "Trust" - Finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition
  • 2015 NERFA DJ Showcase
  • 2015 "I Am Here- Top Song/ John Platt, WFUV 
  • 2015 TRUST CD- Top 10 CD / Joe Pzsonek, WMSC
  • 2015 TRUST CD - #9 Folk DJ Charts, Feb/ #43 for 2015 
  • 2015 South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition Finalist
  • 2014 Emerging Artist: Falcon Ridge,
  • 2014 NERFA NJ Featured showcase artists
  • 2014 Honorable Mention / Falcon Ridge "Most Wanted" Artists
  • 2013 Top 10 CD +Song  / John Platt, WFUV
  • 2013 (March) / FOLK DJ Top 20 CDs/Top 25 Artists
  • 2011 Winner, Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriter Competition

 "Songs that smile…. remarkable vocal arrangements that feature intertwining lines and gorgeous harmonies, a sun-splashed style underscores the positive messages of love, peace and self-awareness. A perfect antidote to the headlines of the NY Times and the world of sadness and horror hinted at on television.  The straight forward vocals and unhurried tempos allow listeners to share in the earnest and honest musical art that Julia and Ira have perfected. Each tune serves as another stepping stone toward a better day and a richer life." 
                                                  ~ Tom Staudter, Croton Gazette / formerly of the NY Times



Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes

“The band’s happy, full sound is infectious. Scott Wolfson’s voice is silky with an edge. The future of folk rock is here.” - Cheryl Prashker, President of Northeast Regional Folk Alliance [NERFA] / Percussionist for RUNA














Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes are celebrating their fifth year as New Jersey’s indie folk powerhouse.  From beginnings in 2011, they have launched into success both on the air and on the ground.  2016’s Welcoming the Floodgathered rave reviews and top-charting airplay, and the band continues to expand its touring range.  Dubbed “wizards” and “musical scamps”, they deftly adapt their big, catchy, complex sound from festival stages to listening rooms.  
The band loves to swap songs with fellow players, and it shows. Lucky audiences have caught them hatching musical mischief on stage with their friends including The Kennedys, The Levins, Bobtown, and fellow 2016 Falcon Ridge “Most Wanted” artists Gina Forsyth and Annika Bennett.  

With their infectious love of music, lyrical imagery, and Scott’s unconquerable voice soaring above the rich counterpoint laid down by Kirk, Matt, Chris, and Skyler, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes set toes tapping and imaginations humming everywhere they go.

"Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes is a talent-laden band. They're equally comfortable going electric or acoustic, and Welcoming the Flood is full of well-crafted songs that reveal new insights with repeated listening."John Platt WFUV

Highlights
  • Official Formal Showcase – NERFA 2016
  • Welcoming the Flood Debuts at #23 on the Folk DJ Album Chart
  • March, 2016
  • Most Wanted – Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
  • March, 2016
  • Welcoming the Flood Debuts at # 15 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Alternative Folk Album Chart
  • February, 2016
  • Unloved Daughter Debuts at # 14 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Alternative Folk Song Chart
  • February, 2016
  • Played 54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
  • July/August, 2015
  • Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase – Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
  • July, 2015
  • Life on Fire #55 in the Roots Music Report most played Folk albums of 2014
  • Official Quad Showcase – NERFA 2015
  • November 13-16, 2014
  • Life on Fire debuted at # 60 on The Alternate Root’s Top 66 Intl Airplay Chart
  • Official Showcase – NJ One-Day NERFA


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Sunday, October 8 - 5 P.M.


Gathering Time
“With three strong songwriters whose voices blend beautifully,
the future of the folk trio is in good hands.

Gathering Time has really come into its own with Keepsake.” 
 
– Graham Dean, WBCR, Great Barrington, MA and WRPI, Troy, NY

with special guest
Mara Levine
"Mara, I think you are one of the best singers of your generation. Every songwriter worth their salt should be sending you their tunes. You have such a beautiful, timeless quality to your voice and you make beautiful recordings. I just LOVE what you do." 
- Christine Lavin, singer-songwriter

GATHERING TIME: Start with the 1960s folk tradition of Peter, Paul & Mary; add the vocal complexity and electric energy of Crosby, Stills & Nash, a dash of the Byrds and a jot of Joni Mitchell, and you have Gathering Time, a folk-rock/Americana harmony trio that has been turning heads for nearly a decade on the northeastern folk circuit and beyond.

Gathering Time swept the international folk radio chart Folk DJ-List in March, 2016, as their new original CD Keepsake took the #1 album and #1 song slots which, with five other songs in the top 25, landed them as the #1 artist as well. This followed on the heels of When One Door Closes (#3 album, January 2014) and Red Apples and Gold (#5 album, September 2012).
With a vocal blend oft-described as seamless, inspired guitar playing and precise percussion, Stuart, Hillary and Gerry evince deep roots in ‘60s folk-rock, with a healthy dash of traditional folk in the mix. Their stage chemistry makes clear that they take the music (if not themselves) very seriously, yet their infectious energy wins over even fans who never considered themselves folkies.

To date, Gathering Time has had a record five juried showcases at NERFA (Tricentrics in 2009 and ’10, a Formal in 2011, a mini-NERFA showcase in 2013 and a Quad in 2015); they were one of the three Emerging Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2012 voted “Most Wanted” to return in 2013.

Whether a tribute show of ‘60s classics or a concert of (mostly) originals, a night with Gathering Time will make evident why they were voted one of “Long Island’s Best” by the Long Island Press.


MARA LEVINE, called "one of the best singers of her generation" by Christine Lavin, has been creating beautiful interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years. Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition, Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony  features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014.
Her debut CD, Mara’s Gems (a reference to both her music and her jewelry making) was #52 on Folk-DJ’s 2009 annual countdown. Since then Mara has had two #1 songs on Folk-DJ, her version of Bob Franke’s "Straw Against the Chill" with Joe Jencks and her arrangement of Paul Simon’s "Leaves That Are Green" featuring Gathering Time.
In addition to performing with Terry, Mara performs as a duo with Caroline Cutroneo, shares bills with Gathering Time and sings harmony with a number of groups and musicians. She has performed at numerous venues including Swallow Hill in Denver, the Folk Project Festival, the Good Coffeehouse, The Great South Bay Music festival, the Huntington Folk Festival, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, and the Minstrel Coffeehouse. Mara also has provided vocals for recordings by Spook Handy, Dan Schatz, Terry Rivel, Terry Kitchen , Bob Wright and Jim Indell.


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SAT., NOVEMBER 4 - 7:30 PM

Jory Nash &  Suzie Vinnick


Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 8 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 Eggs Magazine Critic’s Choice Album of the Year. Jory Nash also received a CFMA nomination for New Blue Day. He is also a previous winner of the OCFF Songs From The Heart Award for his song “When I Walk Out”.

. “When Jory Nash is on stage, you just want to listen and be with him in his music!” - Julia Phillips, AD, Blue Skies Music Festival

MORE ON JORY...
  • Past Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and is the co-founder of an annual large scale, multi-artist concert celebrating the music of Gordon Lightfoot. The January 2017 concerts was be the 15th year of presentation.
  • 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. Jory Nash is a featured artist on the new CBC/SiriusXM channel SONICA.
  • Tours regularly across Canada and the United States playing folk festivals, house concerts, folk clubs and soft seat theatres. Festival appearances include Summerfolk, Mariposa, Home County, Stewart Park, Eaglewood, Shelter Valley, Hillside, Blue Skies, Live From The Rock, Winterfolk and more. He has also several times been a featured performer in the Home Routes house concert series.
  • Jory’s songs have been used in the feature length movie Moon Point and the upcoming feature length documentary 30 Ghosts. Multiple Jory Nash songs have been covered by Juno-nominated jazz singer Lori Cullen.
  • Jory has been chosen to officially showcased at numerous industry conference, in Folk Alliance International, the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and Ontario Contact.
  • Jory Nash has a hat collection that numbers in the hundreds and he is also a long-suffering fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.




“One of the greatest voices in Canada!...” - Elaine Overholt, vocal coach to Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee was a Finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.

A little history...in 2011 Suzie sent a copy of her first solo acoustic blues album Me ‘n’ Mabel to Bill Wax and the album ended up charting for seven weeks on B. B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click” reaching number three. This gave Suzie exposure to wider markets and very positive feedback on Me ‘n’ Mabel from fans. In November 2011, as part of a two week tour in the US, Suzie and Mabel spent a few hours recording at the Sirius/XM Radio studio with Bill and his team. Suzie felt so good about the recording session that she wanted to share it with her fans.

Suzie’s album Me ‘n’ Mabel received a 2012 Juno Nomination and opened many doors for her including numerous US and international performances - opening for John Hammond at the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City and performing in Germany at the Women in (e) Motion Festival in Bremen.

Live At Bluesville features Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel, and will appeal to fans of her album Me ‘n’ Mabel and her earlier, roots-music based album, Happy Here. Suzie’s music is available on her website and on iTunes.

"her big voice into a delicate space with style and tenderness; gentle-sounding, well-crafted, personal songs from the folk-pop neighbourhood of Shawn Colvin and Rickie Lee Jones..." - Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer











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