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This is my labor of love to support musicians and the genre. Please join me for any or all of these shows. They appreciate your support as well. You will hear great music and meet great people!

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Sunday, October 8 - 5 P.M.
Gathering Time 
and Mara Levine

$20 Advance / $25 Door


Gathering Time
“With three strong songwriters whose voices blend beautifully,
the future of the folk trio is in good hands.

Gathering Time has really come into its own with Keepsake.” 
 
– Graham Dean, WBCR, Great Barrington, MA and WRPI, Troy, NY

Mara Levine
"Mara, I think you are one of the best singers of your generation. Every songwriter worth their salt should be sending you their tunes. You have such a beautiful, timeless quality to your voice and you make beautiful recordings. I just LOVE what you do." 
- Christine Lavin, singer-songwriter

GATHERING TIME: Start with the 1960s folk tradition of Peter, Paul & Mary; add the vocal complexity and electric energy of Crosby, Stills & Nash, a dash of the Byrds and a jot of Joni Mitchell, and you have Gathering Time, a folk-rock/Americana harmony trio that has been turning heads for nearly a decade on the northeastern folk circuit and beyond.

Gathering Time swept the international folk radio chart Folk DJ-List in March, 2016, as their new original CD Keepsake took the #1 album and #1 song slots which, with five other songs in the top 25, landed them as the #1 artist as well. This followed on the heels of When One Door Closes (#3 album, January 2014) and Red Apples and Gold (#5 album, September 2012).
With a vocal blend oft-described as seamless, inspired guitar playing and precise percussion, Stuart, Hillary and Gerry evince deep roots in ‘60s folk-rock, with a healthy dash of traditional folk in the mix. Their stage chemistry makes clear that they take the music (if not themselves) very seriously, yet their infectious energy wins over even fans who never considered themselves folkies.

To date, Gathering Time has had a record five juried showcases at NERFA (Tricentrics in 2009 and ’10, a Formal in 2011, a mini-NERFA showcase in 2013 and a Quad in 2015); they were one of the three Emerging Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2012 voted “Most Wanted” to return in 2013.

Whether a tribute show of ‘60s classics or a concert of (mostly) originals, a night with Gathering Time will make evident why they were voted one of “Long Island’s Best” by the Long Island Press.



MARA LEVINE, called "one of the best singers of her generation" by Christine Lavin, has been creating beautiful interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years. Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition, Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony  features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014.

Her debut CD, Mara’s Gems (a reference to both her music and her jewelry making) was #52 on Folk-DJ’s 2009 annual countdown. Since then Mara has had two #1 songs on Folk-DJ, her version of Bob Franke’s "Straw Against the Chill" with Joe Jencks and her arrangement of Paul Simon’s "Leaves That Are Green" featuring Gathering Time.

Mara performs bills with Gathering Time and sings harmony with a number of groups and musicians. She has performed at numerous venues including Swallow Hill in Denver, the Folk Project Festival, the Good Coffeehouse, The Great South Bay Music festival, the Huntington Folk Festival, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, and the Minstrel Coffeehouse. Mara also has provided vocals for recordings by Spook Handy, Dan Schatz, Terry Rivel, Terry Kitchen , Bob Wright and Jim Indell.


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 - 7:30 PM

“One of the greatest voices in Canada!...” 
Elaine Overholt, vocal coach to Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Suzie 
Vinnick
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The Kennedys
The Sunday New York Daily News' 
Jim Farber 
"...is floored by the Kennedys." 



$20 Advance / $25 Door





Suzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee was a Finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.

A little history...in 2011 Suzie sent a copy of her first solo acoustic blues album Me ‘n’ Mabel to Bill Wax and the album ended up charting for seven weeks on B. B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click” reaching number three. This gave Suzie exposure to wider markets and very positive feedback on Me ‘n’ Mabel from fans. In November 2011, as part of a two week tour in the US, Suzie and Mabel spent a few hours recording at the Sirius/XM Radio studio with Bill and his team. Suzie felt so good about the recording session that she wanted to share it with her fans.

Suzie’s album Me ‘n’ Mabel received a 2012 Juno Nomination and opened many doors for her including numerous US and international performances - opening for John Hammond at the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City and performing in Germany at the Women in (e) Motion Festival in Bremen.

Live At Bluesville features Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel, and will appeal to fans of her album Me ‘n’ Mabel and her earlier, roots-music based album, Happy Here. Suzie’s music is available on her website and on iTunes.

"her big voice into a delicate space with style and tenderness; gentle-sounding, well-crafted, personal songs from the folk-pop neighbourhood of Shawn Colvin and Rickie Lee Jones..." - Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer


THE KENNEDYS Celebrate 20th Anniversary with their new CD "West," a collection of all-new material. 

“West is a collection of thirteen enchanting tracks whose heartfelt and passionate execution makes for a wonderful listening experience.”  - Dave Simpson, Pure M Magazine, Feb 5, 2015.(Full Review Here.)

Additionally, Maura is set to release her second solo CD entitled, "Villanelle: The Songs Of Maura Kennedy And B.D. Love." All 15 songs on the album are collaborations of published poet B.D. Love's lyrics and Maura's melodies. 

Meanwhile, Pete has completed his solo album called "Heart Of Gotham," set to be released in late Spring. This album is a rock song cycle, every song about New York City.

PHOTO BY STEVE MOORE



The Kennedys: West

Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they’ve taken Dylan’s dictum “don’t look back” to heart; writing and recording forty new songs.

2015 sees a Maura solo CD, a Pete solo CD, and the release of “West,” an instant classic Kennedys duo set that seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades; Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention. 

Ultimately, Pete and Maura knit these disparate threads into a coat of many colors that sounds like a “best of The Kennedys,” but is in reality an all-new collection of songs. The road west is central to the American mythos; it’s the search for musical roots and the fulfillment of a personal American dream that takes shape in songs. Two decades on, The Kennedys are hitting a songwriting high point, and from that point they follow the well-worn American path West.

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Sunday, Dec. 3
5 p.m.
JANN
KLOSE
$20 Advance / $25 Door

“Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may well be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come.”
 – Alexander F. Remington, Washington Post

Jann Klose is an award-winning pop singer-songwriter, who has released five albums and two EPs. Klose was raised in Kenya, South Africa, Germany, and the United States and now resides in New York City. His music video for ‘Make It Better’ has been viewed over 150,000 times online and is featured on the Billboard Top 10 charting compilation album ‘Action Moves People United.’ His latest duo album STEREOPTICON (2016), recorded with Grammy® nominated guitarist Gary Lucas and lyricist Dan Beck is now available on the Cosmic Trigger label.

Jann’s most recent solo album, MOSAIC (2013) featuring ‘Make It Better’ entered the Roots Rock charts at #22 above Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow and won three 2014 Independent Music Awards. The record also made the first round of the 2014 Grammys® in the categories Pop Vocal Album and Album Of The Year.

His voice is featured in the movie ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’ (Universal) as the voice of Tim Buckley starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots. His songs have been heard on the Grammy® nominated ‘Healthy Food For Thought’ compilation as well as MTV Cribs and movies ‘Dead Broke’ (Warner Bros) featuring Paul Sorvino and ‘A Venue For The End Of The World’ (BrinkVision) featuring Dick Cavett and Ian Anderson. Most recently Jann scored the music for the award-winning short film ‘The Beauty of Disaster.’ 

He has performed as an actor and singer in touring companies of Broadway musicals, including ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ ‘Jekyll & Hyde,’ and ‘The Who’s Tommy.’ In 2005, the off-Broadway production ‘Moonlight Interior,’ a musical based on Klose’s music, premiered in New York City.

Jann Klose has periodically collaborated with members of classical rock group Renaissance and tours regularly in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. He has opened for or performed with a wide range of artists including Pat Benatar, John Oates of Hall and Oates, Suzanne Vega, Paula Cole, Annie Haslam, Brett Dennen, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Rusted Root, Vonda Shepard, Ben Taylor, Gary Hoey, Jeffrey Gaines, Bret Michaels, Willy Porter, Rosanne Cash, The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, Marty Stuart, The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty, Elliott Murphy, Pete Seeger and Les Paul.

“Stylistically, his voice and songwriting split the difference between Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. He’s one of the most talented cats you’ll hear all year.” – Michael McCarty, Love Is Pop


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2018 ARTISTS

January 21

Feb 11

Feb 25

March 25
 
April 15

May 5

June 2
Sing Along to the History of the1950’s and 60’s through Popular Song. Join New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Marc Black, for a musical tour through these two historically defining decades. You’ll sing along with wonderful songs as diverse as Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka -Dot Bikini and Blowin’ in the Wind, as well as tunes by artists ranging from Dean Martin to George Harrison. In addition to the music and discussion, this popular program features a slide show that’s sure to slide you right back in time. Marc will also perform his own group’s top forty hit from 1967… ‘Happy’ by the ‘Blades of Grass’.

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