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, August 22, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Eric Scott
BBQ/Pot Luck Dinner starts at 6:00 pm
Maryland native and bassist Eric Scott realized long ago that being the absolute best musician he could possibly be was going to require three very important things…honesty, persistence and fearlessness. Growing up a bi-racial child in Washington, DC with an incarcerated father and a mother working several jobs to support her three kids…his childhood was difficult. Forced to grow up early and to fend for himself, Eric found a savior in music. Music was plentiful in the Scott household, and Scott immersed himself in everything from Marvin Gaye, Motown, Otis Redding, and Dave Brubeck to Elton John, ELO, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, The Carpenters, and Hall & Oates…and everything in between. Little did he know that these influences would become lifelong musical and spiritual companions. As a young man cutting his teeth in rock clubs around the mid-Atlantic region, life was a whirlwind of travel and celebration, followed by thudding crashes and indifference, and eventually substance abuse. Forced once again to grow up, Scott did just that…and once again, music was there to save him. As the fog lifted and the dust settled…a career musician was born. From 1994 to the present, Scott has toured the States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands…sharing the stage with many notable artists. Eager to tell his story with the clarity and honesty of a singer/songwriter, and to deliver the message with the passion of a soul singer, Scott has developed a musical style all his own. Eric’s influences have all come together to span 4 CD releases…culminating in a soul/pop sound that tells stories of life, love, struggle, the world we live in, and hope. Years of touring have refined an act that knows that top musicianship, honesty, humor, and the willingness to entertain will earn the respect of any audience…every time.
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.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Greg Klyma
An old-school troubadour with contemporary savvy!
Greg Klyma is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, bringing to every stage a catalog of material that assumes his audiences are both smart and able to laugh. His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody Guthrie and Ramblin’ Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter. It’s the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Marc Douglas Berardo
Marc Douglas Berardo is the kind of hard working, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. In what amounts to song length works of fiction, Berardo’s sharply drawn portraits cast a net on unusual and beguiling characters and places. With a painter’s eye for detail, and music firmly rooted in the great American sound, Berardo sings about circus retirees, expatriates in Florida rum bars, union iron workers, old poets, aimless New York City debutantes, near death car crashes, hard-nosed fishermen and of course, the changes that experience brings to everyone. Berardo’s first music gig was in a biker bar in St Augustine, Florida in 1988 and since that day he has never stopped singing made up songs, performing an average of 150 nights a year everywhere from bars and coffeehouses to theaters and national festivals. Along the way he has shared the stage with a variety of national acts including The Doobie Brothers, Peter Rowan, NRBQ, Guy Clark, Vassar Clements, Ralph Stanley, Chris Smither, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Red Molly, Cheryl Wheeler, Livingston Taylor, Catie Curtis, The Pousette-Dart Band, and John Haitt among others. In May of 2014, Berardo won the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest in Texas. The following week he performed as a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Sunday, January 17, 2016 – 4 pm
The Bumper Jacksons
The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their early jazz and country repertoire paints America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. Recognized as the region’s “Best Traditional Folk Band” at the 2013 Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining American roots music with both power and tenderness. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 7:30 pm
The Honey Dewdrops and
Smokey & The Mirror
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from performance venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. With tight harmonies and a musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin, and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation. After spending the better part of 2013 and 2014 living on the road, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore, MD their home and it’s where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country in May 2015. Smokey & the Mirror is the Fayetteville, Arkansas based husband and wife featuring the powerfully beautiful voice of bass player, Bernice Hembree and the well-written songs of Bryan Hembree, sung with his rustic, true American voice. You can tell when they are performing; they truly treasure what they do. They feed off each other to the point it’s sometimes hard to tell where the guitar stops and the bass starts. After touring for years as 2/3 of the trio 3 Penny Acre, they’ve been writing new songs and touring across the country as a duo and released their new album Thin Black Line in April 2015.
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with the Durham County Poets
Durham County Poets grew out of the lively music scene in Ormstown, Quebec, a town that was once called Durham county. They first performed at the Branches and Roots folk festival in 2011, and by July 2012 their first album Where the River Flows was released. The result was a collection of songs that much like the river in its title seemed to flow effortlessly, one into the other. The album takes you on a journey from start to finish, with influences drawing from the Band, James Taylor, to straight up blues, gospel and folk. Fast forward to 2015 with a second album Chikkaboodah Stew, released in mid 2014, they aren’t losing momentum. The Durham County Poets are made up of Lead singer-Kevin Harvey, electric & acoustic guitars-David Whyte, acoustic guitar-Neil Elsmore, double bass-Carl Rufh & percussion- James Preimel.