THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING!

"We're thrilled to officially welcome River Vibes (formerly RiverFolk Concerts) as a program of The Cooperage Project! 


RiverFolk Concerts has called The Cooperage home for more than 7 years, and we've officially joining forces to make this wonderful community concert series sustainable financially as part of our nonprofit organization! 


Look out for some transformations in branding, ie: the name change to River Vibes at the Cooperage, as it's more than folk!  But don't worry, you can still expect same high quality performers, delicious food AND Jill isn't going anywhere! We're excited to support the arts and help broaden the reach  by collaborating even more closely! Cheers to a great 2019 season!"

--The Cooperage Project team

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THE SHORT LIST

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Craig Bickhardt - Sun., Nov. 10

Christine Lavin - Fri., Dec. 13

2020

Carla Ulbrich & Joe Giacoio - Sun., Jan 19

Joe Crookston - Sun., Feb. 23

The Black Feathers - Sun., March 22

Bettman & Halpin- Sun., April 19

Scott AinslieSuzie Vinnick - Sun., May 17


Sunday, Nov. 10 - 3pm

When Craig Bickhardt steps onto a concert stage, he comes equipped with his trusty acoustic guitar. A side musician or two will frequently join him. He’s also accompanied by something invisible, yet ever-present: the stories of a lifetime, vividly translated into words and melody.


“Craig Bickhardt is class personified. Fabulous songwriter, great singer and guitarist. He constantly amazes me as he just can’t stop getting better all the time. Wine should mature this well.” – Michael Tearson, Sirius/XM Radio

“I start a lot of songs because I feel conflicted,” he explains. “I may begin from a point of darkness, but I usually end up writing towards the light because, for me, hope is the thing worth singing about. The characters in the stories I sing aren’t heroic; they’re very ordinary. But they’re reaching for something beyond themselves, and I find nobility in that.”

Craig is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of such ‘60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Added to this is the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyric approach. “I admire songwriters like Woody Guthrie and poets like Robert Frost because they created functional art,” he says. “Too much music today is just for the singer, not for Everyman. I think of my work as a ‘Please Touch’ museum – I want my songs to be sung until they’re worn out.”

A Craig Bickhardt live set is a mix of absurd anecdotes and personal confessions, accompanying a well-stocked bag of original tunes and the occasional choice cover. His decades in music have given his performances the depth of experience – his love songs seem sweeter and more poignant, his story-song narratives more true-to-life than they could have in the past.

“I think people come to my shows to be reminded that there’s something profound in the small stuff we experience every day,” he says. “My goal is to get an audience to look deeper at the things we all take for granted.”


Craig Bickhardt travels light to his gigs – but he brings a great deal to the stage. He combines a seasoned troubadour’s easy command of his art with a beginner’s passion to win over his next audience and top his next song. The stories of his lifetime are simply too good not to share..

Recorded records on 4 labels

Capital Records, Warner Brothers Records, MTM Records and his own Stone Barn label.

Appeared at venues such as

The Grand Ol’Opry, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Bluebird Cafe, The Bitter End, The Main Point, and numerous others

Shared the stage with

Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, Hank Williams Jr., Leo Koettke, Kathy Mattea, Poco and Tim O’Brien among many others

Craig’s songs have been recorded by

Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Jonathan Edwards, Martina McBride, Tony Rice, Art Garfunkel, Trisha Yearwood, Poco, David Wilcox and more than 100 artists worldwide. 

He is the composer of three number one Billboard hits, 9 top ten hits, as well as the recipient of several RIAA Platinum CDs.

Craig’s voice and songs can also be heard in Robert Duval’s Academy Award winning film “Tender Mercies.” His songs are also included in feature films such as “Switchback” and “At Close Range”.

CRAIG BICKHARDT VIDEOS

SongZinger 

Christine Lavin

Friday, Dec. 13 - 7:30pm


Christine Lavin began her professional life as a waitress at the Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs in 1975. That's where she met Dave Van Ronk, who encouraged her to relocate to NYC so that he could teach her how to play her guitar properly. Forty-two years later she’s recorded 24 solo albums, produced 10 compilations, has written two childrens’ books, and an award-winning memoir, COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST.

Christine was a founding member of The Four Bitchin’ Babes, and still appears with them onstage every once in a while. In her spare time she loves to knit, bake, fold napkins Downton Abbey style, plus make videos, many of which are posted at her website, christinelavin.com.


Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), often hosting knitting circles and Downton Abbey-style napkin folding backstage at each show. Songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, Karen Ziemba, and Klea Blackhurst, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci. Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes Championship.


Her book, COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? available in paperback, kindle, and audio book formats,  foreword written by actor/playwright/singer/songwriter Jeff Daniels. On A Winter’s Night, her first seasonal compilation project, (20 artists) became a four-artist national tour that first hit the road back in January 1991 and will be a five-artist tour hitting the road this November 2019, including Christine, Cliff Eberhardt, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler, and John Gorka.


AWARDS: Christine received a 2012 Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers in New York City. In November 2011 her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music. Christine has also won five ASCAP Composer Awards, The Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors. In September 2019 Christine will spend a month at the artist retreat Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, working on a theatrical project.


Christine was the keynote speaker in November 2016 at the annual North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) in Stamford, CT, and that keynote address has become the basis for her next book, which will take up where COLD PIZZA left off.ducts, or services. Double-click the image on the right to change it. You can also stack more of these blocks to describe items with imagery.


HUNDREDS OF CHRISTINE VIDEOS

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Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 3pm

Carla Ulbrich

Professional Smart Aleck

with Joe Giacoio

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist whose biggest musical influences were Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials. She has a love of the absurdities of ordinary life, a somewhat twisted viewpoint, and a way with words.

Here's Carla! 

     Carla's songs cover topics from the mundane to insane: Waffle House, Klingons, psycho exes, how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the F Word...

     Carla's 6 CDs have been aired on the BBC, Dr. Demento, Sirius XM Radio, NPR (and featured in the documentary "F*CK" - movie about the "F word").

     She also appeared in "Sharknado 2" (as a human) and once opened for Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel.

     Carla has been performing since the late 90s, playing in venues small and smaller, from the Clothing Optional Folk Festival to the Bluebird Cafe. She has appeared as a musical guest on the TV shows "The Revolution" (canceled) and "Up All Night with Rhonda" (canceled). Walk, don't run, and look both ways before crossing, then go hear Carla before the venue she is playing in closes up shop.

     "Totally Average Woman" is “sharp, well-tuned... audio musical theater that artfully brings to life the poignant thoughts of the narrator and the lives of unique, yet common, characters." 

CARLA VIDEOS

See What People Are Saying

"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

Carla has shared the bill with

such luminaries as:

Cheryl Wheeler - Vance Gilbert - Modern Man - The Bobs

Bob Malone - David Massengill - Lou and Peter Berryman

The Austin Lounge Lizards - Rev. Billy C Wirtz

Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel

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Sunday, February 23 - 3pm

JOE CROOKSTON

the Joe we know... solo 

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible, JoeCrookston is returning to grace the stage at The Cooperage for the seventh time, filling the house. . Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Resident, he’s played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100’s more. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award winning films. Watch this trailer for Brooklyn in July

HE BELIEVES IN STORIES

Come to a show. Mystical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography. Like short 4:00 films. Visual, artful and human. 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 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

Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.


He lives in Ithaca NY, and tours regularly in the US, Ireland and Canada. 

Best Quote:

“I hate folk music, but I absolutely LOVE Joe Crookston’s music.!”


VIDEOS

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Sunday, March 22 - 3pm

THE

BLACK FEATHERS

“Once in a blue moon, the whole soars far above
the sum of its parts. That’s what happens when
The Black Feathers perform live.”

- Black Mountain News, North Carolina

Who are the Black Feathers? 

     The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

     The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. They first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.

     Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. Their music quickly draw the interest of listeners, but it is the stage chemistry that will keep them riveted.

“It is so rare an opening act rival the main performance but that is exactly what the seamless harmony singing Black Feathers achieved”

- Jumpin' Hot Club

     Having already built up a loyal following in the UK, The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the US. They have performed at Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, and have also been awarded official showcases at the North East Regional and Far-West Folk Alliance conferences.

     With a new single and a live album in the pipeline, these are exciting times for what FATEA refer to as "a duo of undeniable talent".


“The pure emotion and subtle timing of their song delivery is as evident as the enjoyment radiating from their onstage chemistry”

- 3 Chords and the Truth

THEIR MUSIC

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Sunday, April 19 - 3pm

Bettman & Halpin

  • Grand Prize Winners in the So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition
  • Winners in Southern California’s Topanga Banjo / Fiddle Contest
  • Most Wanted Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
  • Music Connection’s Top 25 New Music Critiques
  • Their 5 CDs have received national and international radio play along with critical acclaim, reaching the top 10 and top 5 on the National Folk DJ chart and number 1 on The Roots Music Report.

Who are these two incredible artists?

Stephanie Bettman is a true triple threat. An accomplished writer, singer, and fiddler: her lyrics are infused with wit and wisdom, poetry and insight. Vocally she draws comparison to the soaring soprano of Joan Baez and the plaintive emotion of Emmylou Harris. Meanwhile, her fiddling, which combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, is inspired by such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline and Johnny Gimble. A former actress and trapeze artist, Ms Bettman is at ease in front of an audience and creates authentic intimacy with her crowd no matter the size.

Luke Halpin is a renowned multi-instrumentalist. A master of the guitar and the mandolin, impressive on fiddle, banjo, and adept at nearly anything he picks up. Halpin draws inspiration from the likes of Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor and Tony Rice and holds his own in comparison. A dynamic and sensitive vocalist himself, the harmony blend he and Ms Bettman achieve is chilling and at times simply transcendent. Halpin has a long history in the music biz, having shared the stage with the likes of Merle Haggard, Lone Star and The Steve Miller Band (to name a few). His quirky sense of humor is a perfect foil to Stephanie's dry witty presence.

Together...

     Bettman & Halpin play original Folk/Americana. Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter. Interspersed between these songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. They have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry. They have been touring as a duo since 2008, and incorporating a trio and quartet since 2013.

     Bettman & Halpin have a well-earned reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. They have twice been a featured act at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS along with musical heroes Byron Berline, Michael Martin Murphy w/ Pat Flynn, and Tommy Emmanuel. They can also be found performing at various arts centers throughout the US and abroad. Their music creates a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound far greater than the sum of its parts: taking the listener from up-tempo down home fiddlin', to soulful sorrowful ballads, to super hooky folk/pop with catchy melodies and lyrics that will stick with you long after the concert is over..

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Sunday, May 17 - 5pm

Scott Ainslie & Suzie Vinnick

     Steeped in traditional music from both sides of the color line, Scott Ainslie is a renowned acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia and blues from his black elders in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi: his roots are deep.


His performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind,
and satisfy the heart.

   

  “My mother found me at the family piano picking out the melodies from the records she listened to during the day when I was three.


     I’m one of the lucky ones: I’ve been a musician all my life” – Scott Ainslie


     Armed with a variety of instruments – vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South – Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive.


SCOTT VIDEOS

     A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Roots and Blues singer Suzie Vinnick is a 3X Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more.      

     Suzie has a voice you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show.

     Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café, the John McDermott Band, and she has performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.


“Suzie Vinnick is a unique talent; a triple threat singer/songwriter/guitarist. She is emotive, joyous and funky all in the same song. Shake the Love Around is a great evolutionary step for this thoughtful and engaging artist.” – Blues Blast Magazine


     Suzie’s latest album is a full band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around. 



SUZIE VIDEOS