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Bob Malone - Sun., Feb. 10
David Roth - Sun., Oct. 20
Craig Bickhardt - Sun., Nov. 10


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“Can the world stand one more story-telling troubadour?
If 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


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 Platt, WFUV

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 voices…together.”

“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll beg for more!” - Critic's Picks, 
- 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 Caterer”.

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!”

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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

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Sun., Feb. 10 - 4pm
Bob Malone

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
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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
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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.

“Keyboardist Bob Malone may have been the best musician on the stage outside of Mr. Fogerty himself.”– PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: John Fogerty brings the bayou to The Meadows

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.


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Sun., March 3 - 5pm

Cliff Eberhardt
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


Cliff Eberhardt

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

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Louise Mosrie 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 Chicago


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
Winner Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition 2009 Winner


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Hilariously genius, philosophically cosmic,
folk-metal mastery!


Sun., March 17
5pm

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
FULL BAND!


"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.

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"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 Americana".

"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

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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. 



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Sun., April 14
5pm


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 happier.

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 anywhere.
What an artist/technician/entertainer he is! I highly recommend Jacob
to you and know that, whether live or via recording, you will be
amazed and touched by his artistry.”

— Mark Powers  Director of Worship & Music Office Southern Baptist Convention

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 Sun., Oct. 20 - 5pm
David Roth

"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 Roth.”

Robert Schwarz, PsyD, Director, Institute for Advanced Clinical Training


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Sunday, Nov. 10 - 3pm
CRAIG BICKHARDT


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.

“Craig 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

“I 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.”
Craig 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.

“I 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.”
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..

Recorded 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 others

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.

Craig’s 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

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