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Saturday, May 7 - 7:30 p.m.
$15 Reserved, $20 Door
Karen Savõca and Pete Heitzman
with special guest
Thom Joyce

Suggested Donation $15 Reserved $20 Door


“Heitzman has a sly touch that, combined with Savoca’s in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful vocals, gives the duo
the impact of a four-piece band.”
ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE

Savoca's Music
Theme for NASA / National Parks Collaboration
Karen Savoca provides the theme music for the Climate Cast podcasts, which address the growing concerns about the effects of global climate change on our national treasures.Earth to Sky is a partnership between NASA and the National Park Service.
 
Savoca Nominated in World's Largest Music Awards
In The Dirt was nominated in the category of Best Song by a Female Singer Songwriter by the Grassroots Music Organization Just Plain Folks. After receiving 42,000 albums and over a half million songs from 163 countries around the world, the organization's staff and of volunteers filtered the music down to both song and album nominees. nominees come from over 80 different countries around the world. 

"Their duet is sinuous, like two skaters gliding across ." 
 - LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY

Grit and sensitivity. Percussion and groove. Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman are sinuous as two skaters gliding on ice as they play across soul, r&b, roots and world rhythms, conjuring a communion between audience and stage.

Karen and Pete toured extensively with Greg Brown, who said of her, "If she were a Native American, her name would be Sings Like Two Birds."

The duo released eight CDs on their own Alcove Records label, the latest of which is "Promise", recorded in their church studio nestled deep in the hills of upstate NY. The Edmonton Journal says, "There's soul in the delicious grooves and phrasing, and soul in the broader sense that floats out of her lyrical vision." "Promise" reached #25 on the Euro/Americana chart.

"Embracingly beautiful songs that have a beguiling way of changing and reconfiguring themselves like an aural kaleidoscope." - Duluth News Tribune

Winners of seven SAMMY Awards. Notable appearances include The Today Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, Big Top Chautauqua, The Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Falcon Ridge, Kate Wolf, Stan Rogers & Winnipeg Folk Festivals, and many more.They are also independent record producers who have scored several feature films and documentaries. They are currently working on their ninth recording, due out in 2016. 



THOM JOYCE
Thom Joyce is a multi-instrumentalist performing a majority of original compositions as a solo musician. His music reflects his passage through life’s ebbs and flows. He explores a variety of sonic landscapes, stretching himself out to explore the different journeys that acoustic paths take him, conveying the joy of his existence to the audience. Music is his lifeblood, a way to express a joy of life and the experiences that have contributed to this journey he is on. His wife, family, friends and acquaintances are characters in those experiences, and find their way into his songs as subjects or inspirations for compositions. He hopes to express the wonder and joy of a happy, though sometimes confusing, creative life. Though most songs he performs are originals, he has been known to take a cover or two, putting his own stamp on it, making it new and unique. 
 

Thom hosts two of Beacon’s open-mics; one at the Howland Center (3rd Friday) and one at Bank Square Coffee House (1st and 3rd Tuesdays). This allows him to expand his musical horizons by exposing himself to and playing with musicians who exceed his ability, which pushes him to be a better all around musician.
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Sun., Sept. 25 - 5 p.m.
$20 Reserved / $25 Door
with special guest

Joe  and Hannah Alkire are a tour-de-force of acoustic music, described as “World Music for the Soul.

Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada.  With eleven CDs and a DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature “new acoustic” sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Americana, World & Flamenco musical influences, something that Dirty Linen Magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.”   They are described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as “an evening of brilliant instrumentality,” andGeorgia’s Good Life Magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today.

”Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument … like nothing we’ve ever heard before.”  The guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously.  cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it’s never been before.

What started as a musical journey between kindred spirits blossomed into their marriage in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories. They are each virtuoso players but their stories and connection to the audience add the backdrop of transparency from their lives, from the struggles to the triumphs.

What The Critics Say
“An evening of brilliant instrumentality….” – Swallow Hill Music Association, Denver, Colorado

“Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene ” - Good Life Magazine, Georgia

“Acoustic Eidolon is contemporary instrumental music par excellence
….offering warm, emotional” 
– Steve Ryals, CD Review

“...a sublime acoustic duo… – Boulder Weekly

“A sumptuous instrumental feast”– Dirty Linen


Amy Soucy 

Amy Soucy’s debut album This River takes listeners on a soulful journey through a lush landscape of life, love and earth. The album is full of timeless, poetic songwriting, soaring melodies and shimmering harmonies — from the catchy opener “Little Wooden Boat” and the haunting heartbreak of “Winter Man” to the tender power of the closing title track.

Produced by guitarist Stephen Murphy (Sloan Wainwright), This River includes vibrant harmony arrangements by Penny Nichols and features the musical talents of Fred Arcoleo, Sharon Goldman and Glen Roethel. The production wraps itself seamlessly around Amy's expressive, versatile voice — at once comforting, powerful and poised. 

Amy has a lifetime of varied singing experiences (choral, musical theater, even opera) and has 
performed, recorded, written and harmonized with a wide range of musical artists: powerhouse  singer-songwriters Penny Nichols and Sloan Wainwright; NYC’s favorite Japanese gypsy-folk 
band Kagero; and Comedy Central cult favoriteStephen Lynch. She recently moved to Beacon, NY, after 20 years in NYC’s creative cauldron.


THIS RIVER MAKES 2015 TOP FOLK LISTS!This River was among the top albums of 2015 on both the international Folk DJ Chart and on Roots Music Report, the number one independent music chart in the world!"Winter Man" reached #3 on Roots Music Report's Folk Song Chart, and was the#1 most-played track on DJ Dan Murphy's Acoustic Outpost Radio Station! 

“Amy’s voice is as comforting as a walk in the autumn woods. Her new CD, This River is a graceful dance with a lovely partner! Just gorgeous!” 
                                                           - Joe Pszonek, "Radio Nowhere," WMSC

“Right from the first note, this project is a stunner, with Amy’s powerful and angelic voice at the very center shining brightly.… If I had to describe this record with only one word, the word would be ENCHANTING!” - 
                                                - Sloan Wainwright

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Sun., Oct. 9
7pm
where spirit and speaking meet

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

$15 Reserved / $20 Door

“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
 
“Very special, and worth a trip from anywhere…”
Brandi Hayden, Good Folks Coffeehouse, CT

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 more than two 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 13 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. Winner of 4 Positive Music Awards and the 2015 Grace Note (Unity Worldwide Ministries) 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), and the South Florida Folk Festival.

David has also taught singing, songwriting, and performance at the Augusta Heritage workshops, SummerSongs and WinterSongs (NY), 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 10 years has provided a forum for musicians to connect and be heard while at the same time collecting donations ($12,000 to date) for local non-profits to help neighbors in need.



Fendrick & Peck’s music gathers in many genres including folk, blues and bluegrass   with a freshness and originality that is both beguiling and inspirational. Their original songs harken to some wonderfully old time sensibility and evoke history, family stories and love of the finest kind. 

Madeline is the extrovert influence within this duo; she brings a refreshing lilt, heartfelt songwriting, great humor and palpable enthusiasm to the music.  On the other hand, Brian is clearly of the introvert mode; his music speaks of great devotion and craftsmanship-both of which are displayed in his instrumental versatility and sensitive, thoughtful songwriting.  Together, they balance each other marvelously and constantly manifest a devotion to the music and to each other. 


With Lucky Penny, Fendrick & Peck harken back to the glory days of American folk music—stringed and strong. With inventive songsmithing and well-paired vocals, such as on “Oh, the Places” and “Johnny Green,” the duo reminds us why the genre continues to redefine its glorious, and refreshingly humble, relevance.
        —Skip Anderson, winner of the Association of Alternative Newspapers’ 2015 Best Music Writing Award

"Fendrick and Peck are a hard travelling, neo-traditionalist folk duo....  They released Lucky Penny this year, and it is one of my favorites of the year." -Ear To The Ground Music Blog


"Perhaps one of the most talked about acts to appear at NERFA this year was the duo of Fendrick and Peck. There was a “buzz” generated by their performance on Thursday night that built all weekend. Folk radio mainstay Mary Cliff from Washington DC met this duo and invited them to come to NERFA. Wisconsin natives, currently residing in Nashville, Fendrick and Peck are the contemporary embodiment of what makes American folk music so intriguing. Their original songs could easily be confused for ancient ballads that were treasured by folk song collectors during the folk revival. There is a refreshing old time sensibility to their songs that can easily be accessed by contemporary audiences. Madeline Fendrick has a gorgeous voice and a delightful sense of humor that wins over audiences. Brian Peck displays a respectful understanding of the traditions that can be found in his instrumentals as well as his songwriting. It is encouraging to find new artists like this and I hope they will get support from the folk community so that we can have more chances to witness their performances."
                                 -Ron Olesko's Folk Music Notebook


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Saturday, Nov. 5 - 7:30 p.m.


Professional Smart Aleck 
Carla Ulbrich
AND

Utterly Clever Songwriter
Lois Morton
Suggested Donation $20 Reserved $25 at the door



Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist from Clemson, South Carolina and currently living in New Jersey in a cute little town called "exit 10."

Primarily known for writing humorous songs about such topics as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the 'F' Word, she cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials.

Carla just released her 6th CD, "Totally Average Woman," an all-funny-music release with 5 original songs, 7 parodies and a ridiculous bonus track. Her songs are regularly played on Pandora.com, Dr. Demento, Sirius XM's Laugh USA Radio, and a number of community and college stations throughout the globe (when the Music Director is on vacation).

Carla has toured all over the US and parts of England, has appeared on ABC and USA Network, once shared the bill with Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel, and was a background actor in “Sharknado 2.”

"Very talented, very funny, very personable, and an easy act to work with. We would be hard pressed to imagine anyone not enjoying a set... thoughtful and intelligent, sometimes clever observations about life are written in an often wry and humorous manner are placed over very strong melodies and guitar work that is recognized as some of the best in her genre."
               -Seegar Swanson, manager of Fiddler’s Green Coffeehouse


HERE'S LOIS!
“Lois Morton is an incredible singer-songwriter and conveyor of songs that strike at the heart of modern society. Her songs, both humorous and serious, are relevant and pertinent. She is hip to today’s world and must be heard!!!
—Jon Stein, host – Hootenanny Café, WTBQ-FM, Warwick, NY

Lois Morton is a performing songwriter who has delighted audiences throughout the New York metropolitan area for the last few years with her abundant charm and humorous songs of social commentary. Reinventing herself in retirement, Lois has gone from being an educator and therapist to a singer-songwriter with a rapier wit and a surprisingly contemporary approach. Her show “As I See It” highlights Lois’ original, often hilarious songs which encourage us to laugh at while she also brings to life the legendary Edith Piaf in a lecture-cabaret program featuring songs and stories. She has released two CDs of original songs – As I See It and 20th Century Girl. For more information, visit: www.loismorton.com

Lois Morton is a 2014 MAC Award winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) for Best Revue, of her show 20th Century Girl: The Lois Morton Song Book. Music and Lyrics by Lois Morton.

“Don’t be deceived. Underneath Lois Morton’s sweet grandmotherly demeanor lurks a wickedly clever songwriter. The legacy of Tom Lehrer lives on in Lois.
John Platt, host – Sunday Breakfast, WFUV-FM, Bronx, NY


“She’s a plucky, sassy songwriter who writes laugh-out-loud funny material that sparkles with the glow of truth. She can unspool a dense swath of words at a quick clip that would make Gilbert and Sullivan smile with approval and maybe even envy… She zeroes in on observations, situations and irritations that modern life surrounds and confounds us with, but articulates the feelings and pops the balloons of pretentiousness with the sharpest of pins”
—Rob Lester, writer -  Cabaret Scenes – Nightlife Exchange Pick of the Week


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Sun., Dec. 4 - 5:00 p.m.
$20 Reserved / $25 Door


with special guest

“Joe is one of THE most exciting performers out there today. smart, funny, accomplished, passionate…magnetic….he enthralls and uplifts people in a way few other artists can. Really…I have been at this a long, long time….and I rarely see this combination in a young artist. This is an artist that is being propelled forward via the Folk-DJs, word of mouth, grassroots…his fans telling friends…a real buzz, not manufactured hype. It is very exciting to be working with an artist like Joe: they don’t come along all that often." 
- David Tamulevich, Artist Mgmt.


Songwriter, singer, guitarist, painter, fiddler, banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.  The magic and musical world he creates will pull you in. You’ll end up in the moment, buzzing with the rest of the crowd.  He’ll sing to you.  You’ll sing with him.  He’s plumbing for lyrical gold, like some kind of social archeologist.  His story songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

HE BELIEVES IN STORIES
Come to a show. You’ll ride mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through vivid cinematography.  Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.  “The Long Note” is a phrase used in Irish culture.”The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite.

THERE IS A LONG NOTE & JOE IS REACHING FOR IT
From the first strum of his 1948 Gibson, through stories of ruby dresses, Tinian Island, Dylan Thomas, Taoist parables crows and bluebirds, you’ll be drawn in.  It happens every time.  Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to the show.  With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell. ~ You’ll be glad you came.
He lives in Ithaca NY, and tours regularly in the US, and Canada.  

Joe Crookston’s highly-anticipated concert launched the 7th season of “Folk Night at The Registry” in Kitchener.  Joe captured the audience from the opening seconds, and held them spellbound throughout the show.  Many of his songs were familiar from their regular appearances at our local song circle, and Joe’s invitation to sing along was heartily embraced by the audience. His show at the Kitchener Theatre was an evening of sharing and community, and was perhaps the finest concert I’ve presented in 16 years.  Joe is sure to build on that community wherever he performs.
 – From Jack Cole, Registry Theatre Kitchener Ontario

Emily Mure


"There was/is something about her songs and voice that made me want to go off into a quiet place and to be sure I captured each and every note. She surprised me too.. just when you're pretty sure you've got your basic coffee house folky singer-songwriter, she slips into that chamber mojo mode where people like Marissa Nadler and Meg Baird live. Bam. ”
—No Depression


in December of 2009, Emily released her first album,Where I Began, a collection of songs, mostly written during her time in Ireland.In 2013, she released her second album, Odyssey. In this recent project, Emily truly integrates her classical roots and composition techniques with her folk and Irish inspired singing and songwriting.

Emily performs around the Northeast and was an emerging artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour in 2014 and has shared the stage with the likes of Kim Richey, Kath Bloom, Darlingside, Garrison Starr, The Farewell Drifters, Haas Kowert Tice, Kris Delmhorst, and more. She has performed in reputable venues including Club Passim, The Iron Horse Music Hall, Club Helsinki, The Living Room, and The Highline Ballroom. In the past few years, she has also developed a strong passion for teaching. In addition to performing, she offers private beginner guitar and songwriting lessons. Her songs have received airplay on numerous radio stations and have made their way into shows and movies on NBC, PBS, and ABC.





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