Shows: Baldwin’s Station


Baldwin’s Station
7618 Main Street * Sykesville, MD 21784

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Thursday, April 25th
CRYS MATTHEWS and LEA

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DC’s Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have already won her accolades such as being selected as a top 10 finalist (out of 5,000 entries) in the NewSong Music Competition, winner of the People’s Music Network’s Social Justice Songs showcase, and an official showcase artist slot at Folk Alliance International in 2018.

Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. In August 2015, Matthews released an EP called The Izzle Ballads, vol. II. Just as in the first installment, Matthews sings about hope, love, perseverance and justice with an ease and candor that one might expect from a southeastern North Carolina native whose mother happens to be a preacher. She has four other releases under her belt to date. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her recognition and honorable mentions at the 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from WERA’s Music Alley in Arlington to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland.

“A great voice singing great songs.” That is the simplest way to introduce you to Lea’s music. While she often draws comparisons to other female phenoms like Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco, Lea’s sound seamlessly blends gospel, jazz, country and R&B into her own style — SoulFolk.

Lea was born in Baltimore to a father who toured the world playing trumpet in the funk band Black Heat and a mother who dreamed of opera while performing with her siblings in the Jones Family Gospel Singers. Lea was singing on the pulpit of the Baptist church where she grew up as soon she could speak. When she discovered the acoustic guitar as a teenager, she began teaching herself to play by writing songs. Lea’s final year in high school in Germany at a classical conservatory, where she sang with the jazz ensemble Black & White and co-wrote with the British pop trio Indigo Wild.

Having shared the stage with luminaries including Odetta, Mavis Staples, Dar Williams and Anthony Hamilton, LEA performs at a far-ranging array of venues, including arts centers, universities, festivals, and places of worship. She is consistently acknowledged by the Washington Area Music Association as one of the region’s best vocalists, songwriters and recording artists. She is a graduate of the prestigious Artist-in-Residence program at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD and a beloved children’s music performer among DC families.

Lea’s latest recording, the crowd-funded and highly-anticipated “Let You In,” is a collection of songs the artists hopes will cultivate greater compassion for femininity. Lea’s stunning vocals and award winning songwriting are supported by rich instrumentation, featuring Howard Levy (of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones) on the harmonica.


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Garnet Rogers

Garnet Rogers

Thursday, May 2nd
GARNET ROGERS
with special guest Natalia Zukerman

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“The greatest interpreter and vocalist performing in the contemporary folk scene.” ~ Sing Out

Born in Hamilton, Ontario to parents of Nova Scotian descent, Garnet Rogers spent many hours in front of the old floor model radio listening to Grand Ol’ Opry broadcasts and harmonizing with his brother, the late folk legend Stan Rogers. Two years later, Garnet was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar. At 18, Garnet was on the road as a full-time working musician with brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential duos in the history of North American folk music. Garnet acted as producer and arranger for his older brother from 1973 to 1983, when Stan died tragically in a plane crash. Since then, Garnet has courageously established himself as a formidable solo artist. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “…charismatic performer and singer — one of the major talents of our time,” they continue by saying that “Garnet’s vocal and instrumental talents are complimented by an undeniably powerful physical presence — close to six and a half feet tall — with the lungs to match.”

With his “smooth, dark baritone,” (Washington Post) his incredible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs give expression to the unspoken language of the heart. An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small everyday victories. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit move his audiences from tears to laughter and back again. Rogers has been the featured performer on numerous television and radio programs including Much Music, Mountain Stage, and All Things Considered. He has been a headliner at concert venues and festivals such as Wolf Trap, Lincoln Center, and Art Park; sharing the stage with performers such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Bragg, Bill Monroe, Ferron, Greg Brown, and Guy Clark. Though Garnet has enjoyed much popularity over the years, he remains resolutely independent, turning down offers from major labels to ensure that he continues doing music his own way.

Garnet Rogers’ book, Night Drive: Travels with my Brother. A memoir, will be available at the show.

“I have found strength and comfort in his songs. This is good and rich and big music. Welcome one and all. Come on in. Get down.” ~ Greg Brown


Natalia Zukerman (photo by Jen Lee)

Natalia Zukerman (photo by Jen Lee)

Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, started her mural business Off The Wall in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays, teaches and paints in Brooklyn, NY. Having released seven independent albums on Weasel Records and her own label Talisman Records, Zukerman has toured internationally as a solo performer since 2005. Her music can be heard on the soundtrack of several seasons of The L Word and ABC Family’s Chasing Life. She also created the score for The Arch of Titus, an independent film created for Yeshiva University and a Harvard online course called Poetry in America. Throughout her career as a touring musician, she has accompanied and opened for some of acoustic music’s greats such as Janis Ian, Willy Porter, Susan Werner, Erin McKeown, Shawn Colvin, Ani DiFranco, Richard Thompson, Tom Paxton and many others. Alongside her touring career, Zukerman continues to paint private and public murals as well as illustrate children’s books, design and paint sets for plays in New York City and paint private portrait commissions. In February, 2017, Natalia became a Cultural Diplomat for the US Department of State, playing concerts and conducting workshops with her group The Northern Lights throughout Africa. Natalia teaches private songwriting lessons and has taught at Rocky Mountain Song School, Sisters Song School, Red Rocks Womens Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Interlochen Summer Music Program and other festivals and locations throughout the US and in Canada. In May, she was the artist in residence at the cell theatre in New York City where she developed her multimedia one woman show, The Women Who Rode Away and is currently recording the soundtrack of the show and touring it throughout North America.

“Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” –New Yorker


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Bumper Jacksons (duo)

Bumper Jacksons (duo)

Thursday, May 9th
BUMPER JACKSONS (duo)

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Roots jazz, country swing. Stories and songs of Appalachia. Come in, take a seat, and be woven into a musical story that never stops being told. Bumper Jacksons: your favorite brassy, vintage dance band pares down to their founding duo for this intimate show. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, they elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style. Bumper Jacksons began as this duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley. They hopped on bicycles, touring the region, instruments on their backs, seeking to reimagine roots music. In five short years, Bumper Jacksons grew to a nationally touring band. They’ve been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” & “Best Traditional Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.

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Carolyn Hester

Carolyn Hester

Thursday, May 16th
CAROLYN HESTER
with her daughters AMY & KARLA BLUME

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CAROLYN HESTER is a noted singer from the 60’s Greenwich Village Folk Scene. She appeared on the cover of the “Saturday Evening Post” in the May 30th, 1964 issue and has been remembered in many books including “Chronicles,” Bob Dylan’s autobiography, as being the person who was most instrumental in Dylan’s signing to Columbia records — the label that took an unknown singer-songwriter and elevated him to super-stardom.

The “Texas Songbird,” has an expanded audience these days due to her steady re-emergence as torchbearer of the ‘60s folk movement. In 2003 the World Folk Music Association presented her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009, Carolyn had her own BBC show, consisting of highlights from her BBC concert performance at London’s Barbican Theatre, co-starring Hester, Judy Collins, Roger McGuinn, Eric Andersen and Billy Bragg titled, the “Folk America Series.” In 2010, Hester was included in the 90th Birthday Celebration for Ravi Shankar on Radio France. She also was featured in the documentary, “For the Love of the Song,” that debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival.

Carolyn is currently writing her memoir in which she describes the work of her life, writing and interpreting songs with her empathetic voice that her fans have loved for decades. She recently penned an op-ed for The Los Angeles Times describing her thoughts on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan. She is also developing a song list for her next album, to be recorded once writing on her memoir is complete.

Besides her expressive voice, she is known her repertoire of original contemporary folk and traditional English ballads. She has recorded more than nineteen albums in her sixty years of performing. She was signed to the Decca/Coral label in 1957 by her manager-producer, Norman Petty. Also under Petty’s influence at that time, was a hip entertainer and friend of Hester’s, Buddy Holly and to this day, she answers many requests to play the song he taught her, “Lonesome Tears.” Throughout the ‘60s, Hester was well-established in the Greenwich Village folk scene where she met a young, Bob Dylan. Her two-album set, “Carolyn Hester at Town Hall” is one of the few live recordings of female folk singers in the 1960s.

Carolyn Hester and daughters

Carolyn Hester and daughters

Since 1972, Hester has played often at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas and served as a member of the board of directors for most of that time. In 1992, Hester was asked to perform at the Bob Dylan tribute at Madison Square Garden that celebrated Dylan’s 30 years recording for Columbia with Bob himself performing with an international, all-star cast. Hester has appeared as a guest artist on many albums including the Grammy-Award winning album by Nanci Griffith, “Other Voices, Other Rooms” recorded in 1993.

In 2002, Hester was remembered as a major player in David Hajdu’s, “Positively 4th Street” due to her ties with Dylan, the folk scene in general and her first marriage to Richard Farina. Carolyn is the first artist to record a “Tom Paxton Tribute” album, celebrating the music of her friend from Greenwich Village days. Professional record collectors are often seeking out a song called, “Majhires” written specifically for her by the great Indian Sitarist, Ravi Shankar, who also directed the session when Hester recorded it.

Her husband of 36 years, David Blume, wrote the hit-song “Turn Down Day” by the Cyrkle and played as Hester’s sideman for more than 30 years before his passing in March of 2006. Blume and Hester’s two children, Karla and Amy Blume are both musicians and have taken over the role of Hester’s musical accompanists.


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Dave Rowe

Dave Rowe

Thursday, June 6th
DAVE ROWE

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With fifteen critically-acclaimed recordings under his belt (three out of print), both solo and with his various bands through the years — including a compilation CD released in the fall of 2015 — Dave Rowe‘s most recent all new album of folk-inspired new music dropped in the summer of 2014 to quiet fanfare. All of the Dreams is a solo volume, probing the depths of the human experience in song. It is a trip through the ups and downs of life in a complicated world with songs about loss, war, personal responsibility, love, and dreams.

Having grown up in Maine, the musician son of a member of a popular folk group, there was always a sort of expectation that Dave would “join the family business.” At the tender age of 15, and with the encouragement of his dad, he joined as the bass player in a band with two brothers named Makem (sons of the late Tommy Makem). At 18, he left the band to study music at the Hartt School of Music at West Hartford, Connecticut’s University of Hartford, but the siren call of the stage became too much for him. Dave returned to Maine to pick up his bass guitar and tour with singer-songwriter, Don Campbell. Don and Dave toured for about three years and co-wrote two of Campbell’s signature songs, Rosalina and Love is Blind.

After getting the songwriting bug from the experience, Dave set out on his own, writing songs, playing shows in pubs and coffee houses. He formed a duo with his dad called Rowe by Rowe which later expanded to a trio under the new name Turkey Hollow. His father passed early in 2004, leaving the younger Rowe to contemplate his future. Dave soon formed the Dave Rowe Trio which recorded five CDs together, performing traditional and original songs in concert venues all over the eastern seaboard and out to the midwestern states. Sensing a need to slow down from the members of the trio, Dave formed the Squid Jiggers in 2010 with Troy R. Bennett and picked up his bass guitar again for the first time in 20 years. The slow down for the trio continued and Dave stopped booking trio shows entirely in 2013.

With a deep-down need to do something new, Dave began exploring the depths of his soul for direction and inspiration. For most of his professional life, he has had a Sunday job as a choir director in Unitarian Universalist churches in Maine. In early 2010, as the marriage equality debate was heating up, Dave penned Standing on the Side of Love dedicated to the members of his church and arranged for his church choir to sing. And so began a journey to write and record more music that explores what it means to be a human. Now with the release of All of the Dreams, Dave is poised to take the next step and take these songs and their complex message on the road. From the first words of cut one “You’re all right like you are…” to the final resounding pipe organ chord which ends the last song, the album reminds and inspires hope in a world where pessimism reigns.

Having cut his on-stage teeth on the rough edge of Irish pubs, Dave is a singular entertainer, able to relate to even the most stubborn audience members and get them singing along. He firmly believes that singing is balm for the soul, and that singing together—whether in choirs, in pubs, at concerts, or in kitchen parties—is a primary part of the human experience. In early 2014, Dave put his strong feelings on the importance of singing on display in a sermonette he delivered at his church, which is archived in the February 4, 2014 entry on his blog.

When Dave is not touring, you can find him writing songs on his back porch at his home in Portland, working on the house or in his small yard, enjoying the sea air, and canoeing, walking, or bicycling and enjoying the beauty of Maine’s largest city.


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Thursday, June 20th
TONY DENIKOS and ANGIE MILLER

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Some of Tony Denikos’ earliest memories are of riding along the country roads of central Maryland, singing songs like — “Jack O’ Diamonds” by Tex Ritter, “Born to Lose” by Ray Charles, “Caldonia” by Louis Jordan and “Pendulum Swings” by Roger Miller — along with his Dad and sisters while my mom smiled at the landscape gliding by… A seed had been planted.

After years of playing pubs and bars in various configurations Tony decided it was time to record a collection of songs he’d written and released Naked & Smiling (1999). The Washington Post reviewed it calling Tony a “Tunesmith in the best sense of the word” and folks started coming out to listen to his originals. A tradition of recording songs about real-life, mixed with humor, heart ache and wit was born.

Time Tells Tales
followed in 2003. He started to hone a more Folk/Americana sound, relying on earlier influences as well as artists such as John Prine, Chris Smither, John Fogerty, John Hiatt, Richard Thompson and Steve Earle. Time Tells Tales was given a good deal of radio play in Europe and free form stations here at home and it seemed that he had found his true voice somewhere in that gumbo of influences.

In 2005, Tony headed to Nashville to begin his next project, Already Gone. He started laying down tracks with Timm Biery (Danny Gatton, Nils Lofgren). Timm brought in Dave Jacques (John Prine, Emmylou Harris), Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam), and Warner Hodges (Jason and the Scorchers) on the project to record with Gantt Kushner, Scott and Jen Smith (Naked Blue) and myself — what an amazing experience. Already Gone hit the streets with a bang in late 2009 and received critical acclaim from DJs and writers around the globe. It went to #2 on the Euro Americana Chart and #7 on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) Chart right out of the gate.

In 2012, Under the Church was released and again Tony found himself on the EA and FAR Charts and the tongues and pens of critics around the globe. Under the Church went to places both darker and more lighthearted than previous releases and may well be Tony’s best CD to date.

From South Carolina to Texas to upstate New York, you can find Tony performing in any number of configurations. Be it an intimate and conversational acoustic solo show to a full on, five- piece band, Tony’s are truly a must-hear/must-see show for anyone who values first rate songwriting and performances.

Angie Miller has carved out her reputation as a great performer and songwriter who knows “how to capture an audience.” ~ Maria Villafana, Washington Post. Her debut CD, Ricochet, was released by Big Mo Records, featuring a cameo appearance by guitar legend Danny Gatton. Since then, she has produced two more independent releases and appeared on several compilation CDs

Following in the footsteps of Americana songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, Angie mixes a smart pop style into modern folk rock tunes and introspective ballads that hook the listener into the story being told in each song. As Waazzup Magazine says, “Her music, which is both playful and thoughtful, mixes folk ballads and sultry standards, and alternative acoustic pop.” Angie’s music cuts straight to the heart and comfortably slides up next to your own experiences and memories like a good conversation. Angie has appeared in concert with international artists such as Richie Havens, Nils Lofgren, Aimee Mann, Jerry Jeff Walker, David Wilcox and Marcia Ball.

“Angie Miller has the unique ability to combine a ballsy blues backbone with a sweet and sexual sensibility…” ~ Mark Bounds, Music Monthly

“There is something about Miller’s slightly husky voice that is inviting, even irresistible. She sings like a seasoned siren, stirring up a spicy gumbo of songs.” ~ Mathew Thomas Pugh, Bay Weekly

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Robin Bullock

Robin Bullock

Thursday, July 11th
ROBIN BULLOCK

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“Celtic guitar god.” ~ Baltimore City Paper.

“Breathtaking…brilliant technique, always in service of the music.” ~ Guitar Player.

“A musician whose technical skill and stylistic expertise are second to none…a time-served folkie of the highest calibre.” ~ Classical Guitar (U.K.).

Robin Bullock is a prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands and their vigorous Appalachian descendants into one powerful musical vision. The 17th-century harp tunes of legendary Irish bard Turlough O’Carolan, the spirited jigs and reels of rural Ireland, the haunting ballads of the southern Appalachians and evocative original compositions all find a musical common ground in Robin’s music, where lightning-fast fingerwork one moment is perfectly balanced with tender, quiet intimacy the next. A warm, friendly presence onstage, Robin effortlessly creates a magical world for the audience with his multi-instrumental wizardry, taking them on a journey to the heart and soul of Celtic and American traditions.

“Dazzling spirit…what he offers is not just virtuosity for the sake of virtuosity, but also the sensibility of one on a quest between past and present, traditional and modern.” ~ Trad Magazine (France).

Originally rising to prominence as a founding member of the innovative acoustic world-music trio Helicon, Robin’s solo career has won him three Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE Awards, a Governor’s Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a feature broadcast on National Public Radio’s hugely popular Celtic music program “The Thistle and Shamrock.”


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Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin

Thursday, July 18th
TOM CHAPIN

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In a career that spans five decades, 25 albums and three GRAMMY awards, Hudson Valley Troubadour Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in films, television and radio.

As a music-maker, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children’s music. In both roles, Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and effortlessly charismatic live performances. He continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. In either format, Chapin’s infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth consistently shine through, whether he’s performing on record or in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse.

The New York Times called Chapin “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music,” while Billboard called him “the best family artist around” and described him as “totally captivating.” Parents magazine stated, “Nobody today is writing and performing better kids’ songs than Tom Chapin.”

The son of noted jazz drummer and teacher Jim Chapin and the grandson of author/critic Kenneth Burke and portrait painter James Chapin, Tom grew up in a family that encouraged artistic pursuits. He began performing professionally as a teenager in the early 1960s, playing in Greenwich Village folk clubs alongside his siblings Harry and Steve as The Chapin Brothers. In 1971, he began a five-year run as the host of the Emmy- and Peabody award-winning ABC-TV children’s series Make A Wish. Chapin and his songs were also featured in the seminal 1970 documentary film Blue Water, White Death, for which he spent six months sailing the Indian Ocean searching for great white sharks.

Chapin launched his solo recording career with 1976’s Life Is Like That. It was the first of a string of albums that further established his reputation as both a gifted storyteller and a natural entertainer, winning him an uncommonly loyal fan base in the process. He also continued to venture into other creative areas, playing the lead role in the hit Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, working off-Broadway as musical director of both Cotton Patch Gospel and Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends, and serving as host of TV’s National Geographic Explorer. He’s also written and performed satirical topical songs for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and had a cameo role as the Vice Presidential candidate in Jonathan Demme’s 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

Tom Chapin’s new adult CD, THREADS, his 25th, finds the songwriter full of vitality and brimming with excitement. His strengths as writer, performer and storyteller are reflected in the wide range of styles and subjects he covers. Starting with a love song and ending with a call to action, THREADS includes wonderful stories about two extraordinary women, Julia Ward Howe and Dorothy Day, celebrations of the birth of two new grandchildren, and much more. This new collection of 13 powerful, emotional and literate story-songs is graced, as always, with fine singing and beautiful production. In the works is a live CD, to be recorded with his band in December 2017. It’s scheduled for release in Spring 2018, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his band playing together.

Chapin’s latest family release is The Incredible Flexible You, a collection of 12 songs that help young listeners navigate the tricky waters of social interaction. It’s “A Songbag of Social Clues.” Each tune is designed for preschool and early elementary children with social cognitive challenges, and their parents and teachers, too. It won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, a Family Choice Award, a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and a Creative Child CD of the Year Award.

Chapin also serves as narrator of a series of children’s books, three of which, Mama Don’t Allow, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, and The Train They Call The City Of New Orleans, have won GRAMMY awards in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category.

Simon and Schuster has released two children’s books based upon his songs. The Library Book, based upon Library Song, written with Michael Mark, was released on October 3, 2017. His previous release is The Backwards Birthday Party, written by Chapin and John Forster.

Chapin is also a powerful advocate on behalf of a variety of charitable causes. He is a board member of WhyHunger, the organization which the artist’s older brother, the late singer-songwriter/activist Harry Chapin, founded (as World Hunger Year) in the 1970s. He also remains active in a variety of environmental causes, as well as efforts on behalf of music and the arts in our public schools.

“I’m at that place in my life where I follow what interests me,” Chapin concludes. “I still love the guitar, I still love to sing, and I still love the thrill of creation: a good song, a good recording, a good concert. I feel blessed to be my own boss, creating my own material and performing for so many different audiences, ages and generations.”



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Seamus Kennedy

Seamus Kennedy

Thursday, July 25th
SEAMUS KENNEDY

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A four-decade veteran of the Irish/Celtic festival circuit, Seamus Kennedy was first influenced by the legendary Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. From them he learned the importance of not only being a solid musician, but also of being an all-round entertainer. With a thorough knowledge of the traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and Scotland, he is equally proficient with American music, be it folk, country, bluegrass or a little Western Swing.

Originally from Belfast, but now based in Annapolis, MD, he has been entertaining audiences all over the United States from Alaska to Florida, from Maryland to California for more than four decades. At home in venues ranging from intimate house-concerts and folk-clubs to large concert halls and festivals, Seamus has been bringing tour groups to Ireland for 30 years to experience the music and culture of his homeland “up close and personal”.

“A master showman with an unmatched repertoire; a maestro among Irish troubadours.” ~ Irish Fest, Milwaukee

An accomplished guitarist with a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels the country making folks laugh, sing and forget their cares for a while. Kennedy’s ability to combine a total command of the music with humor makes him unique in the industry. His strong interactive entertainment skills and his participation with the audience have helped him create an exceptionally loyal fan base everywhere he goes.

“Seamus Kennedy’s music is a gleefully mixed bag of styles and traditions…an enjoyably eclectic and often surprising collection.” ~ Richard Middleton, Sing Out Magazine!

His many recordings (16 at last count) show his diversity, and feature something for everyone, from the silly to the serious, from instrumentals to a capella vocals, with a healthy dose of humor thrown in. Daft ditties, children’s songs, and tongue twisters are all grist for his mill.

In 2007 he added another string to his bow — author. With four of his musical colleagues, Dennis O’Rourke, Frank Emerson, Robbie O’Connell and Harry O’Donoghue, he wrote a collection of short stories about the life of an Irish entertainer on the road. Clean Cabbage In The Bucket has been called “…great storytelling, hilarious, ribald and sometimes poignant — a wild ride through the world of traveling musicians.”

“The hardest working superstar in the whole business is the irrepressible Seamus Kennedy, who seems to have the energy of ten men. The craic has never been better and it is in the good hands of Seamus Kennedy.” ~ Shay Clark, Irish American News, November 2008

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Matt Nakoa

Matt Nakoa

Thursday, August 15th
MATT NAKOA

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Matt Nakoa has joined folk legend Tom Rush on tour and is wowing audiences with his enthusiastic keyboard contributions, melodious tenor vocals and overall stage presence.

“Matt has an amazing voice and he sings harmonies well. The crowds love him to bits.” ~ Tom Rush. “Matt is definitely on his way up. I’m hoping he’ll let me open for him when he’s doing stadiums.”

Matt Nakoa grew up on a small goat farm in Smyrna, NY and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Matt won scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spaulding among others. After college, Matt toured with his band, The Fens, and eventually landed in New York City’s vibrant piano bar scene. Matt quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines outside the door each Saturday night.

Matt’s first solo album, Light In The Dark (2012), is an eclectic pop opus. In contrast, A Dozen Other Loves (2014), explores a simple acoustic palette. This intimate collection has earned many songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. Additionally, Matt’s piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including the New York Times and his film scoring has been featured by Disney. Matt now tours internationally.


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Rum Ragged

Rum Ragged

Thursday, August 29th
RUM RAGGED

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Few traditional Newfoundland bands have risen as quickly in the ranks as Rum Ragged. Formed by singer/guitarist Mark Manning and singer/accordion player Aaron Collis just two years ago, Rum Ragged has garnered respect from a loyal, ever-growing fan base as well as their musical peers.

From spirited instrumentals to heartfelt ballads, they pay homage to the greats that came before them while carving out a fresh, unique sound of their own. While their pub shows have transformed into festival headlining gigs in a very short span of time, they are a group who are comfortable performing in any venue with a serious want to spread the reach of their music.

Rum Ragged released their debut album in the summer of 2016, it received widespread attention and acclaim with a MusicNL nominations for “Album of the Year” and a Music NL win for “Folk Roots Recording of the Year” in 2016. The album was also nominated for 2017 ECMA “Roots/Traditional Album of the Year”, the group was awarded MusicNL Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year” in that same year. Their recent 2018 recording “The Hard Times”, has in short time garnered top spot on iTunes Canada charts, award nominations and the coveted #1 spot on Fred’s Record’s wall of top selling records.

Rum Ragged boasts an extensive and consistent touring and show schedule including past shows in Eastern, Central, and Western Canada, Scotland, Trinidad, Jamaica, Bahamas, Cuba, United States, and Mexico among others. When they are not on the road Rum Ragged keeps happily busy in their home province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Since Manning and Collis expanded to a four-piece, with Anthony Chafe on bodhran and Michael Boone on bass and banjo, they are now able to deliver the full traditional spectrum in a live context. Hailing from four different outport communities around the island, Rum Ragged now represents the best that this province has to offer in the traditional/folk genre. With their acclaimed debut album, a best selling holiday album and their flying off shelves recent sophomore effort, Rum Ragged continues to be the group to keep you eyes and ears on.

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Jez Lowe

Jez Lowe

Thursday, September 26th
JEZ LOWE

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Jez Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and as a recognized musical ambassador for his native North East England, with almost twenty albums and countless live performances around the world over the last thirty years.

Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe’s songs are Fairport Convention, The Unthanks, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Gordon Bok, Tom McConville, The McCalmans, The Black Brothers, Liam Clancy, Bob Fox and literally hundreds of others. Songs like BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THE BERGEN, GREEK LIGHTNING and THESE COAL TOWN DAYS have generated scores of cover versions around the globe, and are now classics of their kind.

He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, both solo and with the Bad Pennies, including the main stages at Edmonton Festival (Canada), Tønder Festival (Denmark), The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian (US), Port Fairy and Byron Bay Festivals (Australia) and at concerts and festivals in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Spain.

In 2008, Jez was nominated as “Folksinger of the Year” in the BBC Folk awards, following the success of his album JACK COMMON’S ANTHEM the previous year. After a retrospective live collection, entitled NORTHERN ECHOES (winner of the Indie-Acoustic Award for “Best Lyrics” in 2009), 2010’s follow-up CD, entitled WOTCHEOR! surpassed that success, and has become Jez’s most popular album yet, spawning a series of special stage-shows and UK tours based on the themes of the album, to great acclaim. Last year also saw the release of a compilation of “18 essential Jez Lowe songs” entitled HEADS UP, containing some of his best-known compositions, such as THE BERGEN, BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THESE COAL TOWN DAYS, GREEK LIGHTNING, and LONDON DANNY, plus bonus collaborative tracks with James Keelaghan and Vin Garbutt.


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Tret Fure

Tret Fure

Thursday, October 3rd
TRET FURE

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Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest. At 19, she moved to LA in hopes of obtaining a record deal. Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap.” She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the Geils Band.

A prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 16 albums and CDs over the course of her 48 year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.

In the early 80s, Tret moved to the independent side of the industry discovering the blossoming genre known as Women’s Music. She recorded with and produced some of the best of women’s music including the legendary “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall” (1983). She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90s, producing, engineering and releasing 3 CDs together.

Now after 8 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world, winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories — Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Song — as well as the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. In 2009, Tret was voted “Pride In The Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician.” In the same year she received the Janine C Rae Award for her work in Women’s Music. She is also the #1 folk artist for Reverbnation in Newport News, VA. In 2017, Tret took 2nd place in the Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay songwriting contest for her song “The Fishermen of Bristol Bay.”

Her acclaimed solo releases include “Tret Fure” (1973), “Terminal Hold” (1984), “Edges of the Heart” (1986), “Time Turns the Moon” (1990), “Back Home” (2001) which took both album of the year and single of the year awards for 2001 from OutVoice Top 40, “My Shoes” (2003) in which Sing Out! magazine says “Fure’s new solo venture signals her intent to do more than just move on. This album soars… She has never sounded better… This mature effort surely ranks among Fure’s finest works and will be savored by old-time fans and new fans alike,” “Anytime Anywhere” (2005) and “True Compass” (2007) both beautiful collections of songs of love and passion, “The Horizon” (2010), “A Piece of the Sky” (2013) and “Rembrandt Afternoons” (2015) which was chosen by the acclaimed folk music show ‘Midnight Special’ as their album of the week and was in heavy rotation on folk shows around the country. Her song “Freedom” has been arranged for chorale groups and is being performed widely around the country.

Now Tret has released a stunning collection of songs on her latest release “Roses in November” (2018). “Roses in November” has been on the Folk DJ charts for the past 6 months. Her song “Lessons From Home Plate” was the #1 song in the month of June, with the album at #4 and she was the #2 artist. In November, the title song was #7. Wanda A. Fischer from WMAC Northeast Public Radio has this to say, “Roses in November” is yet another masterpiece from Tret. Exceptionally crafted songs delivered with passion, conviction and, yes, soul. Tret weaves magic both in the lyrics and between the lines. This will certainly be on my “Best of 2018” list.

Fure also markets of her own line of clothing named after her popular song “Tomboy girl.” In addition, Tret teaches guitar and songwriting individually and in workshop settings. She paints pet portraits on commission and, an accomplished cook, Fure has also published a cookbook, “Tret’s Kitchen,” featuring her own recipes. Along with bridging the marketing, production, music and art worlds, Tret served for 6 years as President of Local 1000, The Traveling Musicians Association — a union geared toward helping traveling musicians find security and longevity.

Tret is truly a Renaissance Woman!


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Thursday, October 17th
PETER MULVEY

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Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. Raised working-class Catholic on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, he took a semester in Ireland, and immediately began cutting classes to busk on Grafton Street in Dublin and hitchhike through the country, finding whatever gigs he could. Back stateside, he spent a couple years gigging in the Midwest before lighting out for Boston, where he returned to busking (this time in the subway) and coffeehouses. Small shows led to larger shows, which eventually led to regional and then national and international touring. The wheels have not stopped since.

Eighteen records, one illustrated book, thousands of live performances, a TEDx talk, a decades-long association with the National Youth Science Camp, opening for luminaries such as Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, and Chuck Prophet, appearances on NPR, an annual autumn tour by bicycle, emceeing festivals, hosting his own boutique festival (the Lamplighter Sessions, in Boston and Wisconsin)… Mulvey never stops. He has built his life’s work on collaboration and on an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. He folds everything he encounters into his work: poetry, social justice, scientific literacy, and a deeply abiding humanism are all on plain display in his art.

Early in 2017, a series of upheavals found Mulvey living through a winter in a friend’s empty house in the small Midwestern town of Fort Atkinson. Unmoored and lost in the middle of his life, walking hours each day, sometimes with friends but most often alone, along the frozen marsh of the Bark river and through the wintry oak savannah nearby. The songs came in fast and strange and vivid. At night he wrote them down at a table in the spare house, just a mile from the Cafe Carpe (which Mulvey describes as his spiritual home). These songs became his new record, “There Is Another World,” a vivid dreamscape of imagistic, haiku-like auditory sketches, within which are plenty of wrenching, haunting, and even sweet songs.

The thirteen tracks of the record amount to a remarkable, brief, potent stab. Alienation, loss and heartbreak, all are rendered lucid, even beautiful, in the bright-dark sideways light of deep winter. It is also a story of renewal, through close attention and a determined stillness, a piercing gaze toward detail and an opening toward simple acceptance of what is.



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Thursday, November 14th
HEATHER AUBREY LLOYD, KIPYN MARTIN & VICTORIA VOX
IN THE ROUND

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More than a decade touring the U.S., Heather Aubrey Lloyd has brought her lush, passionate voice to every type of venue, from folk festivals and bars to bait shops and clothing-optional resorts. A recovering reporter, her songs drift from journalistic to deeply personal, each narrative offered up in her distinctive alto and layered over finger-picked guitar. Her sets are rounded out with a few pieces on djembe, the instrument that earned her primal reputation as co-front for the Baltimore-based band ilyAIMY. She’s backed and supported Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, Shawn Mullins, performed as a 2012 Most-Wanted Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was a DC Lilith Fair Talent Search finalist. In Jan. 2015, she began work on her second solo CD, “A Message in the Mess,” a collaboration with Reno band, The Novelists.

“Lloyd’s voice has a powerful emotional and technical range, using everything from a delicate whisper to a bluesy growl to breathe life into the folk narratives.” ~ Michael Duck, The Morning Call

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple Gold Awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for “God Is Love” from her 2017 album release, Dance Across the Sky), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association’s WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. 2017 finds Kipyn touring to promote Dance Across the Sky, and traveling to perform Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell with duo partner Allison Shapira.

Her voice is gathering a reputation, hailed by listeners as “an instrument of unrefined purity” ~ Tony S. (Leicester Bangs) and “the most pure voice I’ve ever heard” ~ Karin Fuller (The Charleston Gazette).

Victoria Vox is a glorified band-geek and award-winning songwriter, originally from Green Bay, WI. The ukulele-toting Vox has been touring the world since 2006 at ukulele festivals, folk clubs, and listening rooms. Not only is she a household name on the ukulele scene, she’s becoming better known for her “mouth-trumpet” (as seen on the Jay Leno Show and in the Wall Street Journal), a jazz era vocal technique. She holds a degree in Songwriting from the Berklee College of Music, and although her music is eclectic, tapping into many styles: folk, soul, old-time, swing, pop-rock and chanson; jazz often comes to the forefront.

“An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make her unique folk/pop music impossible to resist. ” ~ Vintage Guitar Magazine



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