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Fri., Apr. 27 - 7 pm Acoustic Eidolon (house concert)
Sat., May 5 - 7:30pm - Rupert Wates & Jesse Terry
Sat., June 2 - 7:30pm - Marc Black's History
of the 1950's and 1960's through Popular song
Sun., Sept. 16 - 5pm Joe Jencks
Sun., Oct. 7 - 5 pm -
Fendrick & Peck  and Austin MacRae
Sat., Nov. 17 - 7:30pm - Zoe Mulford and Brad Yoder
Sun., Dec. 2, 3pm - Ryanhood

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Friday, April 27 - 7:00 P.M.

Pot Luck 6pm

House Concert
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RiverFolk welcomes back the brilliant talents of Acoustic Eidolon! The have played locally at house concertS, 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.


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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."


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.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. He has releasedeight full-length CDs. Each has received outstandingly good reviews and has been played regularly by radio stations in the USA, Canada, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Israel and Australia. In 2015-2016 alone, over twenty of his songs were recorded by other performers, and 2 tribute albums to his material have been recorded by independent artists in Nashville and Los Angeles.
Rupert's song 'The Day The Great Ship Went Down', from my latest CD 'The Lights Of Paris', has won the 'Outstanding Achievement In Songwriting' award in the Folk/Americana category of the Great American Song Contest 2017 and he is a finalist in the 2018 Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Finalists (along with other RiverFolk ArtistsAaron Nathans and Austin MacRae)!



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 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.


Jesse Terry's new album, "Natural" has debuted on the Folk Radio charts at #15 & #17 artist on that same chart. “Natural” has received 4 Stars from Maverick Magazine in the UK, and he has made it to the semi-finals of the International Songwriting Competition in three different categories - "Kaleidoscope" is a semi-finalist in the "AAA" category - And "Stargazer" is a semi-finalist in both the "Americana" & "Unpublished" categories!

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Sun. June 2 - 7:30 p.m.
Marc Black's
History of the 1950's and 60's
through Popular Song





Join New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Marc Black, for a musical tour through these two historically defining decades. You’ll sing along with wonderful songs as diverse as Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka -Dot Bikini and Blowin’ in the Wind, as well as tunes by artists ranging from Dean Martin to George Harrison. In addition to the music and discussion, this popular program features a slide show that’s sure to slide you right back in time. Marc will also perform his own group’s top forty hit from 1967… ‘Happy’ by the ‘Blades of Grass’.

Marc plays a finger style blues in the traditions of Mississippi Hurt and the great Tim Hardin.  A proud road warrior, he was inducted into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame in June of 2014. 

Marc has performed and recorded with Art Garfunkel, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Rick Danko and Pete Seeger to name a few.  He was recently named Folk Artist of the Year on ABC Radio,  and a winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival.  Marc’s song, No Fracking Way, recorded with John Sebastian, has become a worldwide anthem for the movement.  His Pictures of the Highway CD has reached #6 on the Folk DJ Chart, and his youtube videos have been viewed more than 100,000 times!  He has been very involved in several campaigns for social and environmental justice, including his multimedia campaign, Sing for the Silenced and his current call for political engagementment, We Will Sing and Beat the Drum.

In the words of folk legend, Happy Traum, “Marc is a master at spreading the joy of music.”

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Sun., Sept. 16 - 5 p.m.

“If one can master a craft after investing 10,000 hours, Joe Jencks’ hours are showing! I am literally stunned by this new album. Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers tells our stories, his story, and the untold stories, as an American folk master can - with heart and unfettered perfection. Add this one to the folk canon! ”
- MarySue Twohy – The Village, SIRIUS XM Radio


Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor
, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio,Brother Sun
. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

Joe's newest Solo CD -
Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers
- was released May 1st, 2017 - to critical acclaim.
The CD has spent several weeks at
#1 on Sirius XM's Americana Chart, 
#1 CD on the Folk DJ Chart for May, 2017 -
with 4 songs in the top 10.

2017 Folk DJ Charts
Of 165K Air Plays by 176 DJs
#3 Album of the Year -
Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers
#2 Song of the Year
Let Me Sing You A Song
#10 Artist f the Year


“You can expect many a gifted artist to move you deeply, but Joe Jencks will change who you are.” - Angela Page – WJFF, Radio Catskill, Jeffersonville, NY


Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers chases new musical horizons for Joe Jencks. Honoring his mentor and friend Pete Seeger with the title track, this collection of songs progresses into a wide range of human experience from love and triumph, to tragedy and transformation. With arrangements that showcase sparse acoustic textures alongside Copeland-like orchestral tapestries, this recording reflects the depth of Joe’s musical knowledge as well as the diversity of his influences. Cinematic in its imagery and scope Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers
features largely original songs influenced by Celtic, Blues, Jazz and traditional American Folk styles, interspersed with a handful of carefully chosen covers. Guest artists include: Ysaye Barnwell (Sweet Honey In The Rock), Cathy Fink, Harpeth Rising, Tret Fure, Reggie Harris, Edie Carey, Jon Carroll, Grace Jencks, and more.

"Beyond the fine selection of songs and the talented team assembled in the studio, what really shines through on Joe Jencks' new album are his resonant, honey-rich voice, his open-hearted humanity, and his commitment to social justice. We need artists who inspire our better selves more than ever, don't we?" - John Platt , Sunday Supper, WFUV, Bronx, NY


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October 7 - 5 p.m.



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On Fendrick & Peck:
Through song, poetry, and story,
indie folk artists Brian and Madeline live to create
and connect with others.
Their music is noted for its exquisite harmony, lyrics,
and composition. In a culture where so many are in a rush
for fame and perfection, they are growing patiently
in the steady flow of giving and receiving.
They hope to inspire others to step away, be still, learn,
and engage with the world around them.


EARIE ALERT:
The Troubadour Soul Mates Award goes to Fendrick and Peck. During their relatively brief time in Nashville, they impressed a bunch of  people, and I think they grew musically as a result of that time. The Sandhill Crane is a wonderful collection of beautiful music and features a cover of one my favorite David Olney songs.
- Joe Wolfe-Mazeres, Ear to the Ground Music Blog, December 2, 2016

"I was so happy to receive the new album by former Nashville residents Fendrick and Peck - The Sandhill Crane - their follow up to Lucky Penny which we have featured on E2TG in the past. I was especially excited to see this song - a cover of one of my favorite David Olney songs." The Fendrick and Peck version is spectacular.  I highly recommend you look up and purchase the CD - the packaging is spectacular.
- Joe Wolf Mazeres, Ear to the Ground Music Blog,
October 12, 2016




2017 Vic Heyman Songwriting Award
S. Florida Folk Festival

2016 Emerging Artist
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

2017 Semi-formal Showcase artist
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance

2016 Syracuse area Music Award
Best Folk
(Bats In the Attic)


"an extraordinarily Talented Songwriter..."
--Kelly Walker, Sundilla Radio hour


Austin MacRae is a singer/songwriter residing in Ithaca, NY. 
He has showcased his music regionally at venues such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic, Funk 'n Waffles and other area venues.  His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015.  He was recently selected to showcase his work in the Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference in Stamford, CT.  His work has also been featured on a variety of radio stations and shows, including the Sundilla Radio Hour, hosted by Kelly Walker. 


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Sat., Nov,. 17 - 7:30 p.m.
Zoe Mulford is rapidly becoming best-known as the writer of "The President Sang Amazing Grace," covered by Joan Baez on her 2018 album "Whistle Down the Wind."

Originally from Pennsylvania, she first started performing her own songs while living in North Carolina in the 1990's. Since then, she has released five albums on the cooperative Azalea City Recordings label. She now lives in the North of England and tours on both sides of the Atlantic.

Zoe Mulford charms audiences with powerful, story-driven songwriting, an engaging stage presence, and an unlabored vocal style. She backs her voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo, drawing on the traditional music of Appalachia and the British Isles and stealing a few pages from the American Songbook to create music that feels both comfortably lived-in and sparklingly fresh.

This highly personable American songwriter (based in northern England) sure delivers the goods ...This is a really neat collection: majoring on self-penned material that's supremely evocative and sometimes cheekily humorous, topped up with three decent trad-arrs. and a prescient, must-hear clawhammer-banjo-backed rendition of 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. - fRoots


Her newly-released fifth album, Small Brown Birds, centers on a new collaboration with English fiddler and mandolinist Tom Kitching. The songs trace a progression from winter to spring, with a message of resilience, community, and hope in times of trouble. With tracks such as “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” “Answer the Knock at the Door,” and “Zillionaire” chiming with current events, the album reached #1 on the Folk-DJ chart in the month of its release.

2017 Folk DJ Charts
Of 165K Air Plays by 176 DJs
#4 Album of the Year -
Small Brown Birds
#3 Song of the Year
President Sang Amazing Grace
#8 Song of the Year
Zillionaire
#12 Artist of the Year

She has been a Kerrville Newfolk finalist and a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist. Her songs have been recognized by the Great American Song Contest and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and appeared in Sing Out! Magazine.Her song "Welcome In Another Year" has become a seasonal favorite on folk radio. It has been performed by many other artists, including John Roberts and Tony Barrand in their Nowell Sing We Clear Christmas revue and Four Shillings Short in their Samhain show.


It’s Brad’s unique mix of humorous, poetic, political, funky and edgy original songs, covering a musical range from folk to indie rock (with unexpected musical and lyrical twists), that has earned him a loyal following ranging from kids in single digits through retirees.



Acknowledged by Pittsburgh Magazine as “ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene,” Brad logs over 150 performances annually, playing colleges, cafés, churches, festivals, First Nights, and even the zoo.

Brad has opened for a diverse range of artists, including Erin McKeown, Tegan & Sara, the Cowboy Junkies, Lucy Kaplansky, Carrie Newcomer, the Vigilantes of Love, Emmylou Harris, Robyn Hitchcock, Ellis Paul, and Rob Dickinson of Catherine Wheel, plus played the second stage for David Gray, Peter Paul & Mary, and Steve Earle/Jackson Browne.
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Sun., Dec. 3 - 3 p.m.

"THIS GENERATION'S NEW MIX OF
SIMON & GARFUNKEL, AMERICA, AND U2."
– Idaho State Journal



"POWERFULLY GENUINE"
-Zocalo Magazine

  • Ryanhood were named "Best Group/Duo" in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA's) for their song "Sickbed Symphony"
     
  • Ryan was awarded the Aerosmith Award at Berklee College of Music.
     
  • During high school, both Cameron and Ryan won the Woody Herman Jazz Award -- given to outstanding rhythm section players in a high school jazz band -- each, one year apart.


NAMED "BEST GROUP/DUO" in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA’s), acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that Ryan Green and Cameron Hood were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would soon name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.”

The two first met in high school, where they were separated not just by a grade (Hood being a year older) but by a respectful rivalry between their two rock bands. Hood and Green would face off annually in the Battle Of The Bands, and although Hood’s band would ultimately win two out of the three competitions, Green managed to impress him and the rest of the school with his abilities on the guitar, which would ultimately earn him a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Cameron enrolled as an art student at the University of Arizona, and they started what they would call “a long-distance musical relationship”, mailing each other minidiscs of new song ideas and getting together during academic breaks to rehearse and perform. Within weeks of graduating college, Cameron took a leap of faith and moved to Boston to join Ryan. Determined to make a living as musicians, Ryanhood became full-time street performers at Boston’s historic Quincy Market where they developed a rapport with audiences that has become a hallmark of their shows.






They would go on to tour with Jason Mraz, record an album with grammy-winning producer Ross Hogarth, share stages with Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and Lifehouse, and even get tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres. Ryanhood has collectively performed more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states, where their cross-generational sound has been equally at home in colleges, coffee-houses, concert halls, churches, and living rooms.

And now, twelve years after their street start, Ryanhood’s star is still on the rise as they were named “Best Group/Duo” in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMAs). Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, released on March 3, 2017, and has been described as "“nestled in a great pocket, feeling all at once focused on storytelling and intimacy while not being afraid to wield a big musical stick” by For Folk’s Sake.

They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band” (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).
 

Our new album, On Christmas, is officially released into the world! Tucson Lifestyle had this to say: "At once catchy and yet profound, On Christmas explores a full range of emotions and material, providing ample opportunity for fans to discover new holiday classics."

And you can read a wonderful review of the album at For Folk's Sake here.


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