Saturday, August 9, 2014 – 7:30 pm
Pot Luck Dinner & BBQ at 6 pm
An Evening with Beggar’s Ride and
BeJae Fleming with Jackie Blount
BeJae Fleming is an energetic and entertaining performer of Southern blues and finely crafted original material. With passionate singing, innovative guitar work and engaging storytelling she is accompanied by Jackie Blount on bass, BeJae has performed for audiences from the World’s Fair to the Kerrville Folk Festival and from colleges to Nashville showcases, her compelling music and her wry wit have earned BeJae the respect of critics, fans, and fellow artists alike. Beggar’s Ride is the contemporary folk duo of award winning songwriters Claudia SanSoucie and Kate Maguire. In sync harmonies, intricate guitar arrangements, melancholy yet hopeful lyrics beg the listener to take a smooth ride on sweet melody.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Jon Shain
with special guest Patty Reese
Over the years Jon Shain has developed and refined his own contemporary version of the Piedmont Blues, a bouncy, energetic style that developed in Shain’s adopted hometown of Durham, NC and elsewhere around the region. In 1986, Shain headed south to North Carolina to study American History at Duke University and to continue his musical journey, as well. In addition to studying with jazz professor Paul Jeffrey, he also had the good fortune to learn the piedmont blues tradition firsthand by playing in Big Boy Henry’s backing band. It was at this time that Jon Shain also got to meet and play with John Dee Holeman and a number of the great older NC blues players. His classes in school were heavily concentrated in southern history, English, and world religions. That mixture of the academic environment and the real-world blues music is what has most informed his musical direction. Jon cut his touring teeth from 1989-1998 founding the Chapel Hill, NC folk-rock group, Flyin’ Mice and their spin-off group, WAKE. The band performed with acts such as David Grisman, Tony Rice Unit, Hot Tuna, and the Dixie Dregs, released four CDs, and played clubs, schools, and festivals up and down the East Coast, building a legion of fans. After his band’s breakup, Shain went solo, returning to his roots in the folk and blues circuit. He has released six studio albums and in addition to festival slots and headlining club dates, the last few years has seen Shain playing esteemed listening rooms such as The Living Room and Caffe Lena and opening sold out theatre shows for John Hiatt, Keb’ Mo’, Little Feat, and others. When Shain is not recording or performing, he stays busy giving private instruction in Piedmont blues fingerstyle guitar, and teaching group workshops in songwriting and blues guitar.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 7:30 pm
A Duo of Duos Co-Bill
An Evening with Friction Farm along with Graydon James & Laura Spink
Friction Farm is guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay. The duo spent much of past year traveling across the US and Europe. For Aidan and Christine that meant a lot of reading. They decided to turn it into a project, discussing the book, seeing where the story would take them, and writing a song. It was fun & frustrating, invigorating & exhausting, but always interesting which led to the release of their most recent CD “I Read Your Book” with each song on the album inspired by one of the many books that they’ve read. Friction Farm’s previous album, Every Mile Is A Memory, earned the duo a spot as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists in 2011. They continue to combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.
Graydon James & Laura Spink front one of the hottest young bands in the Toronto music scene. In the span of four fast-paced years “Graydon James & the Young Novelists” have toured extensively across Canada and have won the prestigious Galaxie Rising Star award. As an acoustic folk-rock duo, Graydon & Laura are equally at home on a festival stage or performing at an intimate house concert. They bring a collection of great original songs that cross between roots-rock barnstormers and heartfelt ballads with beautiful harmonies that result in a beautiful connection between the musicians and the audience.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Jory Nash
with special guest Doug Alan Wilcox
Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 7 critically acclaimed albums, including his 2012 release Little Pilgrim. His 2009 album New Blue Day was named Penguin Eggs Magazine Critic’s Choice Album of the Year. Jory Nash has also received a Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination for Best Producer for New Blue Day. Jory Nash is a past Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and is the co-founder of an annual large scale, multi-artist concert celebrating the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Jory plays acoustic guitar, piano and banjo and his warm, unique voice urges you to listen to his thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies. He is regularly heard on numerous CBC Radio programs, SiriusXM, BBC, and college/NPR stations across North America as well as touring regularly across Canada and the United States playing folk festivals, house concerts, folk clubs and soft seat theaters.
Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 7:30 pm
An Evening with Moors & McCumber
James Moors and Kort McCumber are an acoustic duo that crafts beautiful story songs that walk the line between rootsy folk and melodic pop. The two songwriters met at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2005. Sitting around a campfire swapping songs, they each heard something in the music of the other that just fit. The two have been performing and writing together ever since. Having collectively sold more than 15,000 copies of independent releases from the stage, the duo has now released two of their own full-length albums.
Based in Superior, Wisconsin, James Moors is heralded by Steve Morse, longtime Boston Globe writer, as “Sharing some of the same melodic gifts of Neil Finn, enhanced by a warm-hearted spirit that makes you want to hear more.” Born and raised in Minneapolis, he grew up with the music of The Replacements, Soul Asylum and Prince but today
draws inspiration from troubadours like Ron Sexsmith and Eliza Gilkyson. An official recipient of the prestigious McKnight Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, his songwriting has been recognized three years in a row by the Big Top Chautauqua competition.
A talented multi-instrumentalist, Colorado artist Kort McCumber plays a variety of instruments (guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, piano) in his own brand of Americana that is one part rock and blues, two parts country bluegrass and all parts McCumber. But it is his songwriting abilities that have made him a Colorado favorite and garnered him national and international recognition. He won last year’s Flat Rock Festival Songwriting Competition in North Carolina and was a finalist in this year’s International Songwriting Competition.
Although successful solo songwriters, Moors & McCumber discovered that their music together is more than the sum of the parts. Embracing a bigger sound than most duos, they switch up instruments on almost every song (playing guitar, mandolin, piano, bouzouki, fiddle, harmonica, cello, 12-string guitar and Dobro), creating catchy melodies that are big, bright and electrifying to watch live.