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Saturday, Nov. 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Utterly Clever Songwriter
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
“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
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
"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. ”
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.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 - 3 P.M
$20 reserved / $25 door
Evie Ladin & Keith Terry Duo
banjo•box•bass•body music - neo-trad kinetic folk
Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo,
while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music
pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with
an orchestra’s worth of rhythm.
-MUSIC CITY ROOTS, Nashville
RED TAIL RING
Old Time Roots, New Time Sound
“Red Tail Ring brings to the stage a lively and commanding fusion of string and vocal harmonies. The pair deliver both established ballads and original compositions with a clear, authentic ease that manages to transcend
traditional form while honoring its legacy.
- Rob Cole, Grand Rapids Press
LADIN & TERRY...
Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance.
Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. — Music City Roots, Nashville
A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence. –Grant Alden, No Depression
Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street JournalEvie & Keith perform for all ages, and are skilled educators, often offering workshops and in-school activities while touring, from elementary through professional level training on a host of topics. In 2016 they celebrate the release of the CD Jump the Fire with the Evie Ladin Band, a tight trio whose 2012 eponymous release won Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. They are also in creative development with a theatrical, international collaboration, premiering in Paris, 2016: BODY MUSIC see music/hear dance.
(An) arrestingly fun show, bursting with talent.. every song, dance solo, and mid-number banjo breakdown was following by vigorous clapping and hollers. – Smile Politely, Champaign-Urbana
EVIE LADEN VIDEOS
RED TAIL RING
Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-old foot stomping. "We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be," says Beauchamp. "It informs how we write our original songs. There's a real energy exchange between the old and the new."
Red Tail Ring’s recent project, a 7” vinyl release with fellow Michiganders Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys entitled The New Roots Exchange Vol. I (Earthwork Music, 2014), honors this two-way connection from its recording process to the song selection. Recorded in one take around two microphones – a recording and performance style harkening back to the early 20th century – the collection features traded solos and rich harmonies on traditional songs “Sugar Hill” and “The Wind and Rain” played as a large group on side A, while side B spotlights the individual groups covering each others’ songs in a playful artistic exchange. “We discovered so many of our favorite albums by listening to vinyl,” explains Premo, “so we were excited to add TNE to that history.”
Red Tail Ring's third full-length album, The Heart's Swift Foot (Earthwork Music, 2013), was met with glowing reviews from Americana and roots music authorities. No Depression writes "new music from Red Tail Ring is gorgeous," and The UTNE Reader describes the album as containing "fierce, masterful fingerpicking and poignant lyrical narratives." In addition to being featured on American Songwriter Magazine.com, The Heart's Swift Foot reached #6 on the FOLKDJ chart for June 2013. The new album presents 10 original songs with two acoustic standards that aim to stretch the confines of what two people can create sonically.
Since the release of their 2011 debut double-album, Red Tail Ring has remained busy, playing as many as 130 shows a year, with tours to both U.S. coasts as
well as to Denmark and Germany - "exporting some Midwest sounds," as Premo puts it.
For Premo and Beauchamp, Red Tail Ring encircles their present and future - a place where expansion and creativity meet tradition, and thrive.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5 - 3 PM
$15 Reserved / $20 Door
Acoustic Funky-Folk-Rock For The Good Hearted
"...when Connor Garvey stepped up with solid singing and playing,
the place was silent and I knew that this acoustic music tradition
was in the right hands..."
Vance Gilbert - Folk Legend
Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller. Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people.
First time listeners often are drawn to Garvey’s engaging performance style, accomplished musicianship, and memorable melodies. But his lyrics project a depth and sincerity that allow the observant listener to find meaning beyond the catchy hook. Meanwhile, the intricate production of his albums adds emotional depth and keeps the songs fresh play after play.
This combination of songwriting and performance strength has earned Garvey numerous awards including being named winner of the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, SolarFest, Wildflower Art and Music Festival and Maine Songwriters Association songwriting competitions, voted as Most Wanted artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, nominated for Best Male Performer in the New England Music Awards, and a top new singer songwriter by Sirius XM's The Coffeehouse.
On his latest release, Meteors and Beating Hearts, Garvey shows further maturity as a
songwriter, addressing personal and universal themes through a series of lyrical stories. Many of the songs were written as assignments for a weekly songwriting group. The challenge of writing a new song each week and presenting it to a group of artists he admires challenged and pushed Garvey to try a new approach to his songwriting.
The themes of community and living with intention run deep for Garvey, from the musical
memories of his youth to his ease in developing relationships with audiences and fellow artists. He builds upon on the energy of live performance to deliver a memorable experience in a way that has led folk stalwarts Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox to proclaim the tradition of acoustic music is in good hands with Connor Garvey.
"Garvey's sandy tenor, attention to rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin' Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz...a crack studio band led by Pete Morse and lovely harmony vocals from Sara Hallie Richardson flesh out Garvey's own impressive guitar picking and solo style honed from countless of club dates and house concerts..."
Direct Current (know music better)
FRIDAY, MARCH 31 - 7:30 PM
a RiverFolk favorite
To understand the influence of Brother Sun, you’d have to get on a stage and
look out. We don’t mean you have to be up there singing because you’d be,
well, preoccupied, but stand at the corner so you can inconspicuously peak out at
the faces of those listening. We’ve done that and we noticed something
special. Audiences slip into the songs with closed eyes and frequently
open mouths as they sing along—whether they know all the words or not is irrelevant.
The Brother Sun reach extends as far as their voices carry, and it holds
listeners in a safe space that shimmers with meaning and soulful presence.
Musicians, singers, and songwriters Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks, and Pat
Wictor write and deliver songs worth singing, no matter what the genre.
In concert and on recordings you will hear some folk, Americana, blues, gospel,
pop, jazz, and more in a single session, all delivered with centering, gorgeous
vocals. Fans of traditional and contemporary music don’t always
line up for the same shows but that doesn’t matter when Brother Sun is in town
– they unify the audiences, especially for those who also love slide guitar,
piano, acoustic guitars, uke, and more.
The trio is bringing music from their latest recording, “Weights and Wings,”
which is currently at #1 on the Folk DJ Charts, right where it debuted this
spring. This is the record that includes the a capella version of “Mary,
Don’t You Weep and Moan,” a fan favorite that’s been heard at major festivals
all summer long, including the main stages of both the Falcon Ridge Folk
Festival and last week’s Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival.
If you've seen them, you know. Bring a friend. Or two or three. They will win hearts and fill souls with their passionate performances. I am proud to call them friends, or, really, family.
Praise for Weights & Wings:
Brother Sun's third album leaps like a solar flare of heat and light. Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor fuse voices of primary colors, creating a white light illuminating the heart and the darker corners of our world. Widely diverse songs, all originals with the exception of one well-chosen Phil Ochs cover, keep the album engrossing and entertaining from first to last track.
-Rich Warren, The Midnight Special & Folkstage, WFMT, Chicago, IL
Weights and Wings is another step forward for this very special trio in their songwriting, production, and chemistry. Wrap yourself in their rich harmonies and embrace their clear-eyed vision.
-John Platt, WFUV, New York, NY
Folk on steroids! Brother Sun melds heart-lifting anthems with the art of harmonic massage. Nimble, strong and soothing all at once!
-Mary Sue Twohy, The Village Folk Show, Sirius XM
BROTHER SUN VIDEOS
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 - 5pm
songwriter - singer - guitarist - teacher
with special guest
2016 Grassy Hill Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
2016 New Voices Emerging Artist at Turtle Hill Folk Festival
Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.” She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically acclaimed CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records.
Since then she’s released nine more CDs, taught songwriting at workshops and camps across the country and written a one-woman-show entitled The Pomegranate Seed – An Exploration of Appetite, Body-Image and Myth. She is one of the most respected touring musicians on the folk circuit, appearing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Jerry Lewis Telethon and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: modern renditions of mythology (meet Hades the Biker), children’s stories woven into tales of modern adulthood, blues and gospel guitar and love songs for adults. Her alter ego, Chlamydia, often appears with songs such as Botox Tango or Multiply Pierced. The Cornell Folksong Society wrote: “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture; Persephone with Botox.”
In 2011 when she released her tenth CD, The Horse King, The Chicago Examiner wrote: "You can't make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you're doing, and do it well. Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here."
Austin MacRae began playing guitar in his teens, teaching himself chords on his father’s ’57 Gibson J-45. Early influences included Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Joni Mitchell. In 2012 he formed The Brothers MacRae with his brother, Devon, and high school friend, Casey Widger, on upright bass. Over the past few years, the group has played numerous venues around Central New York, including Homer Center for the Arts and Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Picnic. In 2014 the group added fiddle player Sophia Orzechwoski, a New Hampshire native with many years of experience on the Northeast folk circuit. The Brothers’ first album (self-titled), produced by Chris Merkley of Old Boy Records, was released in 2014. The album was nominated for a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Americana Album of 2014. The Brothers quickly followed up their first album with their sophomore release, The Old Parade, in the fall of 2015. The Old Parade was nominated for Best Americana Album of 2015 at this year’s SAMMY Awards.
Meanwhile, Austin was beginning to play solo shows around the Ithaca, NY, area. He released his first solo album, Bats in the Attic, in the fall of 2015. This past March his solo album won a SAMMY Award for Best Folk Recording of 2015. He is continuing to promote the album throughout the Central New York region and is hoping to broaden his audience in the coming year.
SATURDAY, MAY 6 - 7:30 PM
Chamberfolk: Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. But their classical background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Hailing from vastly different parts of North America, each member of Harpeth Rising brings different influences to the core sound. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Maria Di Meglio cello, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was drawn to the music of her first generation Italian and Balkan roots, and grew up learning Eastern European folk songs alongside classical repertoire. She attended many classical programs throughout NYC, including LaGuardia High School (the “Fame” school), and Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division. Michelle Younger of Charlottesville, VA comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the United States for generations, and she is a descendent of Cole Younger, a member of the James-Younger Gang and the namesame of his very own banjo tune. Jordana Greenberg, violin, grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in her native Canada before moving to Southern Indiana as a child. She studied classical violin by day through the pre-college program at Indiana University, and spent her nights learning the folk tunes and classic rocks songs that her family plays at the annual post-Passover jam session.
All three women began singing after they completed their instrumental studies, and found a passionate new musical avenue. They developed their voices and arrangements to bring life to the lyrical expressiveness of their original songs. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective.
Their most recent album, SHIFTED, debuted at #1 on the Folk-DJ charts and was released to international acclaim. Tim Carroll of Folkwords wrote “Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative - they all describe what’s on offer…Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.” Chris Spector at Midwest Record said “Taking Newgrass to the next dimension, taking back lyric writing as an art form, if you’ve cleaned your ears out recently, this set is going to blow your mind. One of a kind, in a class by itself and simply superlative throughout.”
SAT., JUNE 3
Jory Nash & Suzie Vinnick