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“Can the world stand one more story-telling troubadour?
the artist in question is Cary, the answer is a resounding yes." - Billboard Magazine
SUN., JAN. 27 - 3PM
RiverFolk Concert's 10th Anniversary!!!
Meghan Cary didn’t mean to be a
musician. But when her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his
guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s
Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote my grief into music and
sang my way out of the abyss.” Cary continues to share the healing power
of music with the community that has rallied around her message of hope
and being heard.
Known for her raw honesty and ability
to connect with and engage her audience, Cary brings people to their
feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful
storytelling, and lyrics that resonate universally. Cary’s song “Sing
Louder”, a call to raise our voices together to make a difference, has
become an anthem for the music-loving community.
"These times require songs of compassion and
commitment, and Meghan Cary has several, especially 'Sing Louder' and
"Responsibility,' which inspire us to reach for our higher selves. And she
sings them with such infectious joy you can't resist joining in.” — John
In fact, “Sing Louder” resonated so
well with audiences in her live shows, that Cary was inspired to include
some of these fans on her new record of the same name. Cary gathered 48
music lovers in the studio to raise their voices with her on two
tracks, “Sing Louder", and “Responsibility”. Many of them stepped far
out of their comfort zones to don headphones and sing into a microphone.
They sang with passion, joy and abandon, and it was a profound
experience for Cary and all those involved. That energy was captured on Sing Louder
“Music is the most potent tool I know
to break down walls, slip through barricades, and connect with each
other. And when we authentically connect, we can change the world,” said
Cary. “Now more than ever we need to be courageous enough to transcend
emotional, intellectual, and political barriers, and raise our
“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll beg for more!” - Critic's
- The News and Observer
Cary began her career on stage as a
theatre actress with over 100 credits for her work in the U.S. and
Europe, and a successful on-camera and voiceover career. She’s written a
one-person show with music, “On the Way to the Waterfall”, which she
continues to perform around the country. She is also currently composing
music and lyrics for the Broadway-bound musical, “The Accidental
After pushing pause on performing to
raise two children, Cary launched back onto the music scene at Philly
Folk Fest and was awarded a coveted Emerging Artist Showcase slot at
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and
vulnerable writing continue to win over audiences, and garner favorable
comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Merchant, Stevie Nicks, and
even Bruce Springsteen.
In response to life’s inevitable curve balls, Cary’s mantra is: “If you don't know the words...Sing Louder!”
International Folk DJ Chart Debut:
“Sing Louder” #2 song
“Responsibility” #6 song
SING LOUDER #6 album
Meghan Cary #7 Artist
SING LOUDER named in Top 25 Albums of the year by
Wanda Fischer of WAMC’s Hudson River Sampler
SING LOUDER named in Top Ten Albums of the year by
Artie Martello of Power Folk,
Mostly Folk, and Catskills
Cafe on WIOX
SING LOUDER named in Top Albums of the year by
Nick Noble of Folk Revival
“Sing Louder” named in Top Ten Songs of the year by
John Platt of WFUV’s Sunday Supper
SING LOUDER named CD of the Week by Rich Warren
of WFMT’s The Midnight Special
"Seek this one out." - Billboard Magazine
Sun., Feb. 10 - 4pm
For an indie artist, the path to lasting success is often long, built
on perseverance and a commitment to the music. Exhibit A is Bob Malone
"A Keyboard Wizard" - The New Yorker
BOB MALONE has toured the world as a solo artist for two decades and has played keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty since 2011. He is also a busy session player and arranger, and is featured on
the latest Ringo Starr record, “Give More Love.” His recording of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is featured in the worldwide trailers for the upcoming Illumination/Universal movie The Grinch
Classically trained, with a degree in jazz and a lifetime playing rock & roll clubs, theaters, and arenas, Bob combines unforgettable songwriting with 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’s music has been heard on NCSI New Orleans, Dr.
Phil, Entertainment Tonight, and The Rachel Ray Show, and he recently
played piano and arranged big band and strings for a song recorded by Avril Lavigne
for the Hallmark Channel. As a member of John Fogerty’s band, Bob has
appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and The View.
Kurzweil Music Systems chose Bob to make the demo videos for their
new Forte digital piano, and he is endorsed by QSC Audio, Hammond Organ
and Fishman Acoustic Transducers.
Born and raised in New Jersey, he has lived in New York
City, New Orleans and Boston, and is currently based in Los Angeles. As a
solo artist, Bob plays around 100 shows a year in the US, UK, Europe
and Australia – including sets at Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy),
Glastonbury Music Festival (UK), Colne Blues Festival (UK), Long Beach
Bayou Fest (US), Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (US), Blue Mountains Music Fest
(AU), and Narooma Blues Fest (AU). He has been featured twice at WWOZ
Piano Night in New Orleans, and has opened for Boz Scaggs, Subdudes, The
Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, BoDeans, Dr. John, Marcia Ball and
many others. As a member of John Fogerty’s band, he has played with
Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Billy Gibbons, Jimmy
Buffett, and Alan Toussaint.
Sun., March 3 - 5pm
with special guest Louise Mosrie
"Eberhardt is better
than ever, Steve McQueening his way into your heart at about
ninety-eight miles an hour, kicking ass with fresh insight and new ways
to lament old yearnings.” —Philly Rock Guide
has been a fixture on the acoustic singer-songwriter scene for several decades. Part of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine
community of artists in New York City during the 1980s, he recorded for
Windham Hill in the 1990s and later for Shanachie and Red House
Records. He also was heard on popular commercial jingles for Coke and
Chevrolet. Hailed as “One of the most talented musicians on the solo
acoustic circuit” (Seattle Post Intelligencer), Eberhardt also
has had his songs covered by such notable artists as Shawn Colvin, Cry
Cry Cry, the late Richie Havens (with whom he performed and sang the
title cut on his Windham Hill debut, The Long Road), and Buffy
Sainte Marie. In 2013, he received a Helen Hayes Award for sound design
in recognition of his original music and performance the previous year
in The Taming of the Shrew at Washington, DC’s Folger Theater. He’s also recorded an album entitled Shrew Songs.
“Eberhardt is as welcome as iced tea in August.”—People
"Eberhardt is a superb singer, with a vast credible range of emotions,
and a soulfulness that draws from rock and pop, but also from the best
folk ballad styles."
- The Boston Globe
is an expressive and soulful southern
folk-Americana singer-songwriter whose thoughtful, refined compositions
are highlighted by her warm, crystalline voice. Although not too keen
about the slow, sleepy ways of doing things in the small rural town in
which she grew up, the melodies and imagery that emerged in her writing
comes straight from the culture she once dismissed. Rich Warren of
Chicago’s WFMT-FM describes Mosrie as “William Faulkner with a guitar.”
Louise has been a winner in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk
Competition and a “Falcon Ridge Most Wanted to Return” artist. Her
latest release, 2014’s Lay It Down
, was arranged and produced by Eberhardt.
"...this Nashville-based singer/songwriter blew us away with
her in-store performance. Like listening to Patty Griffin and Susan
Tedeschi at the same time. Highlight of the 30A Songwriter Festival." -
Central Square Records, Seaside Florida
"Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented
artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year." - Rich Warren, WFMT-FM
Folk Alliance International Official Showcase 2014
Rocky Mtn. Folks Festival Showcase Artist 2012
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist
2011 "Voted Most Wanted to Return"
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest 2011 runner-up
Wildflower! Festival Performing Songwriter Contest 2010
Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition 2009 Winner
Hilariously genius, philosophically cosmic,
Sun., March 17
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
"They're not just a band.
That's something like saying the Bible is just a book..."
– Fairfield County Weekly
New York's Slambovian Circus of Dreams "is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music." – Chronogram Magazine. With
their "Hilariously genius, philosophically cosmic, folk-metal mastery"
at work, their melodic avant-folk rock casts a spell that charms from
the first note. With thought-provoking lyrics and styles ranging from
dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems, the
'Slambovian Experience' is what keeps fans coming back for more...
Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, they pioneered
the alt-folk circuit, staying on the fringes of the music industry.
Winning support from indie radio and press since their inception, fans
fueled their career from the ground up to an international status.
Having headlined major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada
and UK, this band has a devoted cult following across the globe.
"9 out of 10 - Love at first spin!" – Americana UK
"Songs imbued with mystical stirrings and idealism... they took the stage by storm!" – The NY Times
A rootsy psychedelica that Maverick Magazine calls
"Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of
"Super and Natural... I love this band!" – WXPN Philadelphia
"This band reminds me to write & perform with my whole heart & soul." – Dar Williams
"Their fans draw comparisons to the Beatles, Neil Young, Pink Floyd,
Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac. Heavy company?...my opinion
is that The Grand Slambovians are simply the finest indie original
rock'n'roll band out there..." Poughkeepsie Journal
"This band rolls over you like a snowball full of heart and unabashed
beauty with songs of frightened hope and resistant joy." – JAMBASE.COM
"Rootsy psychedelica - songs rivaling any in a rich, intensely original, defiantly quirky canon." – Elmore Magazine
The band is led by songwriter Joziah Longo on
vocals/guitar/harmonica. "Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic,
the entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo's
voice." – The Big Issue, Scotland, UK. Joziah is joined
by Sharkey McEwen on guitar and mandolin, Tink Lloyd a
multi-instrumentalist on accordion/cello/ukelele/melodica with Felipe
Torres on drums, percussion.
Sun., April 14
If anyone knows how to feed the soul thru the
fabric of a story, it’s South Carolina’s own Jacob Johnson. Whether
he’s playing a famous venue or your living room, the passion of his
storytelling is complemented by his easy going and effortless vocals.
Jacob’s entertaining and down to earth stage presence is matched only by
his stunning showcase of complicated chord progressions and techniques.
Magic flies out of his fingertips as he strums, slaps, and taps his
favorite Takamine six string.
Jacob Johnson, long considered the Sinatra of Neo-Acoustic Folk/Funk,
attacks his guitar like a man possessed...like a fella who’s just
discovered the instrument and is hell-bent on figuring out what the dag-blasted thing can do.
Jacob’s grandma taught him to play the guitar when he was a kid, but he
learned to play an audience gigging at local wing joints during
college. Nowadays it’s not just his guitar virtuosity that’ll stop you
in your tracks, it’s his infectious joy for playing and performing that
captures you, locks you in, sends you back into your life two steps
People fall in love at Jacob Johnson concerts.
Sometimes with the artist himself and sometimes with his guitar, but
mostly with who they brought to the show. You can’t spend an hour
listening to Jacob play and not love the one you’re with more.
Pure musical joy works that way. It infects us, seeps into our pores, makes our hearts full.
If you’ve ever held hands at one of Jacob’s shows, or added “The
Ferryboat Waltz” to a secret mix tape, or picked up a dusty guitar after
seeing him play and searched for the chords you learned at camp that
summer, then you know.
Jacob Johnson woos us all with the kind
of music we fell in love with music for in the first place—infectious
folk songs played with the sincere conviction that no tune can change
the world, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. - Chris White
“Jacob Johnson is one of the finest guitarists I have heard
What an artist/technician/entertainer he is! I highly recommend Jacob
to you and know that, whether live or via recording, you will be
touched by his artistry.”
— Mark Powers Director of
Worship & Music Office Southern Baptist Convention
Sun., Oct. 20 - 5pm
"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
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 three 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 14 CDs on the Wind River and
Stockfisch (Germany) labels. Winner of 5 Positive Music Awards and
the 2015 Grace Note (Unity Worldwide) 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), the South Florida Folk
Festival, and for the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA).
David has also taught singing,
songwriting, and performance at the Augusta Heritage workshops,
SummerSongs (NY – where he currently serves as Executive Director),
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 14 years has
provided a forum for musicians to connect and be heard while at the same
time collecting donations ($14,000 to date) for local non-profits to
help neighbors in need.
“Let’s say you organize conferences and you wanted to create the perfect
musician to be part of the program. You’d create a person who could
move people, touch
their hearts, and inspire their humanity. You’d also
want someone who was funny and could make people laugh, and while you’re
at it, why not have this musician
be a great singer and songwriter.
Creating this person would require a great deal
of work, but
fortunately, cosmic forces have already done the job.
His name is David
Robert Schwarz, PsyD, Director, Institute for Advanced Clinical Training
Sunday, Nov. 10 - 3pm
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.
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.
Bickhardt is class personified. Fabulous songwriter, great singer and guitarist.
He constantly amazes me as he just can’t stop getting better all the time. Wine
should mature this well.” – Michael Tearson, Sirius/XM Radio
start a lot of songs because I feel conflicted,” he explains. “I may begin from
a point of darkness, but I usually end up writing towards the light because,
for me, hope is the thing worth singing about. The characters in the stories I
sing aren’t heroic; they’re very ordinary. But they’re reaching for something
beyond themselves, and I find nobility in that.”
is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of such ‘60s
folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his
work. Added to this is the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul
Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyric approach. “I admire songwriters
like Woody Guthrie and poets like Robert Frost because they created functional
art,” he says. “Too much music today is just for the singer, not for Everyman.
I think of my work as a ‘Please Touch’ museum – I want my songs to be sung
until they’re worn out.”
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.
think people come to my shows to be reminded that there’s something profound in
the small stuff we experience every day,” he says. “My goal is to get an
audience to look deeper at the things we all take for granted.”
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..
records on 4 labels
Capital Records, Warner Brothers Records, MTM Records
and his own Stone Barn label.
Appeared at venues such as
The Grand Ol’Opry, Austin City Limits,
Mountain Stage, Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Bluebird Cafe, The Bitter End,
The Main Point, and numerous others
Shared the stage with
Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins,
Hank Williams Jr., Leo Koettke, Kathy Mattea, Poco and Tim O’Brien among many
Craig’s songs have been recorded by
Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson,
Ray Charles, B.B. King, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Jonathan Edwards, Martina
McBride, Tony Rice, Art Garfunkle, Trisha Yearwood, Poco, David Wilcox and more
than 100 artists worldwide.
He is the composer of three number one Billboard
hits, 9 top ten hits, as well as the recipient of several RIAA Platinum CDs.
voice and songs can also be heard in Robert Duval’s Academy Award winning film “Tender
Mercies.” His songs are also included in feature films such as “Switchback”
and “At Close Range”.
CRAIG BICKHARDT VIDEOS