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THE SHORT LIST
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Sun., Mar. 25 - 5pm - Ellis w/Joshua Garcia opening
Sun., Apr.15 - 5pm - Craig Bickhardt, Aaron Nathans &
Michael G. Ronstadt
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
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
Sunday, March 25 - 5 p.m.
MODERN FOLK MUSIC TO OPEN YOUR HEART
with special guest
A RootsWorld Interview
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.
“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
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!"
Sunday, April 15 - 5 p.m.
with special guests
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.
Craig Bickhardt's songs have been
recorded by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, BB King, Willie Nelson, Allison
Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Martina McBride and Kathy Mattea. Come find
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
Friday, April 27 - 7:30 P.M.
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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.
Saturday, May 5 - 8 p.m.
Despite Wates' British background, and underpinning the universality of his music's appeal, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him
"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.
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
). 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
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.
Sun. June 2 - 7:30 p.m.
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.”
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,
CD on the Folk DJ Chart for May, 2017 -
with 4 songs in the top 10.
“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.
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
October 7 - 5 p.m.
On Fendrick & Peck:
Through song, poetry, and story,
folk artists Brian and Madeline live to create
and connect with others.
Their music is noted for its exquisite harmony, lyrics,
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
They hope to inspire others to step away, be still, learn,
and engage with the world around them.
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
- Joe Wolfe-Mazeres, Ear to the Ground Music Blog, December 2, 2016
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
(Bats In the Attic)
"an extraordinarily Talented Songwriter..."
--Kelly Walker, Sundilla Radio hour
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.
Sat., Nov,. 17 - 7:30 p.m.
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.
She has been a Kerrville Newfolk finalis
t 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
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.
Sun., Dec. 3 - 3 p.m.
"THIS GENERATION'S NEW MIX OF
SIMON & GARFUNKEL, AMERICA, AND U2."
– Idaho State Journal
- 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.
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."