Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 4:00 pm
An afternoon of Celtic Roots music with RUNA
RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, and the Guy Mendilow Band. RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes of Kentucky on the fiddle. RUNA was recently recognized on an international level in the Irish Music Awards for 2013, winning Top Group and a nomination for Best Female Vocalist.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Jefferson Ross & Peyton Tochterman
Southern folk artist Jefferson Ross is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. For years, Jefferson lived in Nashville playing for a number recording artists including, Canada’s Entertainer of the Decade, Terri Clark, and sharing the stage with Country Music greats such as George Strait, Toby Keith, Reba and Vince Gill. He worked as a staff writer for a number of publishers on Music Row but in 2010 he returned to live in Georgia with his wife and daughter. An evening with Jefferson Ross is a homespun southern experience that you’re unlikely to forget. Peyton Tochterman’s song writing delves deep into his rural Virginian upbringing. At times, you’ll hear Springsteen or Mellencamp or Steve Earle peeking through in his songs. Give him a guitar and harmonica, and then let his raspy, gritty voice comfortably take hold and wrap you in his warmth. Most of his characters in his songs are dreamers and revolutionaries, who have never escaped their town (or head), or if they did, never found what they were looking for and ended up right back on the barstool where they got the idea to leave in the first place. At the end of the day you can trust that his songwriting is honest, bold, and uncompromising. Nothing is going to change that.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with The Don Juans
By their name you might assume that the Don Juans rely merely on their good looks. However, you will be impressed to know that the group includes two Grammy-award-winning songwriters, Don Henry and Jon Vezner. Their song “Where’ve You Been” (recorded by Kathy Mattea) was the first song in country music history to sweep all major song of the year honors including the Grammy, ACM, CMA, and Nashville Songwriters Association International awards. In the nearly 25 years since that first song, Don and Jon have performed in venues around the world. Their songs have been recorded by a multitude of artists. Working as a duo, the Don Juans bring an impressive array of songs, experience, and gifted musicianship.
Friday, April 24, 2015 – 8:00 pm
An Evening with Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan
Claudia Russell is an outstanding singer and songwriter who has shared stages with Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Loudon Wainwright III, Steve Forbert, Tish Hinojosa, Kris Kristoffersen, Willie Nelson, Darryl Purpose, Peter Rowan, Rosalie Sorrels and Bill Staines, among many others. She is accompanied by Bruce Kaplan on mandolin, guitar and vocals. Boston’s WUMB FM named Claudia Russell the Best New Artist of 2000, the East Bay Express named her Best Musician in 2006, and she has twice been selected as a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition. Claudia was a 2004 finalist in the Sisters Folk Festival Songwriters contest in Bend Oregon and the 2002 KRCL Songwriting contest in Salt Lake City. Besides writing evocative songs, Claudia is known for her vocal talent. She is an expressive and versatile singer, as at home on a soulful ballad as a Buddy Holly style romp. But music is in the ear of the listener. So have a listen and hear for yourself!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Suzie Vinnick
with special guest Ian Foster
Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An evening with the
No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow
No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by award winning songwriters Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas (Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale). It’s like getting three bands for the price of one when these friends share the stage: a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers that have charted at the top of Folk and Americana radio and appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show!
Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Robby Hecht & Wyatt Easterling
Robby Hecht was raised by Midwestern Jewish parents in the conservative South. His tastes in music in his teens ran the gamut from Def Leppard to The Grateful Dead. More songwriter-centric material took root a little later, and at age 18 he made a “strangely confident and final” decision to commit to music as his calling and career. It was not until the mid 2000s – after travels in Europe, a time in San Francisco, a move back to his hometown of Knoxville and a final shift to Nashville – that he made the most significant discovery of his life as a person and an artist. Thanks to insights from the woman who was on her way to becoming his wife, he learned he’d been suffering for years from bipolar disorder. Besides a large measure of personal contentment, dealing with that head on had truly practical implications for an aspiring performer. Robby’s newfound consistency and stability were rewarded with a rush of opportunities and victories. He has won the Telluride Troubadour Contest and at Kerrville New Folk Competition, a national nerve-center of contemporary songwriting. There are many moments in his shows that provoke recognition and memories of our own that connect us directly with his songs. Wyatt Easterling grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and released his debut album in 1981 and moved to Nashville. It was while in Nashville that Wyatt began to make a name for himself in Music City as a songwriter, producer, publisher, and record company executive as head of A&R for Atlantic Records Nashville. His 30+ year music career has been full of chart-topping songs for some of Nashville’s best including Dierks Bentley, Joe Diffie, Billy Joe Royal, Paul Thorn, and a host of others. These days Wyatt is embracing the life of a troubadour, focusing his energy on bringing his music and his stories directly to his audience.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Sally Barris & Rebecca Folsom
Sally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009. While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano. Dirty Linen says “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality”. When Sally is not touring solo, she is known as “Sister Waymore” in the power trio; The Waymores with Tom Kimmel and Don Henry. Rebecca Folsom’s near four-octave range earns her a respectable seat in the same room as vocalists Whitney Houston and Queen’s Freddie Mercury. Add in the soulfulness of Etta James, the abandon of Janis Joplin, a touch of folk songstress Joni Mitchell and that is Rebecca Folsom. While her range is impressive, it’s the expression in her voice that rivets your attention and stays with you long after the show ends. Rebecca’s voice pours from an inner source of honest emotion, flowing from lilting tenderness to fully liberated, unbridled release. Her poetic songs open your heart, setting free a vulnerability you didn’t realize was locked away and inviting you to embrace life with all of its joy, sorrow, passion, and love. Rebecca writes inspiring tales of human heartbreak, redemption, and freedom. She shares those songs with exquisite intimacy in a solo performance and with soaring and angelic harmonies in a duo. Rebecca is an artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, and an author with two published books of poetry.