Shows: Baldwin’s Station


Baldwin’s Station * 7618 Main Street * Sykesville, MD 21784
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Thursday, May 24th
Three women singer/songwriters in the round
KIPYN MARTIN, LARA HERSCOVITCH, & LEA

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Kipyn Martin is a West Virginia native who now resides in the Washington DC area. Recent accolades include being named New Artist of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association in 2015 and winning Gold and Silver Awards in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Her song “Nightbird” from her debut album, Undercover Muse won a Gold Award, as well as the Director’s Choice Award, in the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and she received international distinction in the 2013 UK Song Contest when “I Believe in You” from Undercover Muse earned a semi-finalist rating. In addition to her songwriting and concerts Kipyn, along with Allison Shapira, presents a tribute show to Joni Mitchell & Joan Baez — The Joan & Joni Show.

Her voice is gathering a reputation in the region, 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).

For some people, what they do and who they are two different things. Not so for Lara Herscovitch, an “extraordinarily talented” (smother.net) American songwriter, poet, singer, performer, and policy social worker.

Lara’s award-winning music is “pure musical poetry” (The Courier): highly original, modern folk with shades of blues, jazz, and pop. As the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal wrote, “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.”

With a voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” she stands “above and beyond the pack” (Northeast Performer). Herscovitch is “a remarkable performer” (WSHU Public Radio). Former State Troubadour of Connecticut (2009-2010), Lara brings charm, authenticity, intelligence and a love of performing that immediately resonates with diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (American Public Media) and tours from Maine to Miami.

Lara also has extensive experience as a policy social worker, and has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia on behalf of disadvantaged individuals – focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice. These themes are woven throughout her music. As Acoustic Live in New York City wrote, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect.”

“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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Seth Glier

Seth Glier

Thursday, May 31st
SETH GLIER

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“…breathtakingly beautiful, immersed in fragile introspection and an intimacy that penetrates every niche and nuance.”~ Music & Musicians Magazine.

“ Singer with an exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.” ~ USA TODAY.

“ The next generation is alive and well” ~ Livingston Taylor.

Seth Glier (pronounced “Gleer”) recorded his new album, Birds, in an airy loft in western Massachusetts outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows. Birds roost just outside those windows, on the roof of the converted mill building where he lives and they became his sympathetic audience while Glier made the album. “I felt a tremendous amount of comfort talking to the birds” he says “I’d check in with them regularly to see how they thought things were going so far.” Birds is steeped in conflict and contradiction; there’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight. The album began taking shape after Glier lost his brother, Jamie, who died in October 2015 and inspired a TED Talk performance that Glier gave in 2016. The songs range from personal to political and are bound together by the awareness that our world is a fragile place. Birds is Glier’s latest album in a burgeoning career that has included a Grammy nomination and touring with artists such as Ani DiFranco and Ryan Adams.

Despite his relatively young age, Massachusetts based singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. Averaging over 250+ live performances annually Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major folk festivals. He’s shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams and has quickly become known for his passionate live sets. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike with USA Today stating that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.”

The incredible acclaim on his sophomore record, The Next Right Thing, led to the single “Lauralee” hitting #1 on Clear Channel’s NEW! Discover & Uncover program as well as a Grammy® nomination, a first for both himself and his New York based label, MPress Records.

As a national spokesperson for the Autism Awareness Foundation, an advocate of Musicians On Call, and with a ROCK THE VOTE Road Trip 2012 stop under his belt, Seth has become increasingly comfortable expressing his social beliefs, both on stage and off. In 2012 he took home Best Social Action Song for his track “The Next Right Thing” at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards, his second IMA win. His third album on MPress Records, Things I Should Let You Know, is steeped in all the most gorgeous aspects of Americana, folk, blues, pop and soul with each of the 13 tracks it encompasses telling its own story, weaving tales of love, pain and epic self-realization from a young man coming into his own, all wrapped in sweeping melodies and striking vocals.

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Steve Wolf, Lynn Hollyfield, Dave Abe

Steve Wolf, Lynn Hollyfield, Dave Abe

Thursday, June 14th
LYNN HOLLYFIELD, DAVE ABE, JIMMY BRINK, & STEVE WOLF

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LYNN HOLLYFIELD, an award-winning singer-songwriter, is known as a heartfelt observer of the world and a powerful singer and guitarist. “Great voice, great songs. In The Balance-it’s a beauty!” (John McLaughlin, TheDigitalFolkLife.org). Her most recent release, In The Balance, is a compelling collection of 12 original songs, “by one of DC’s most influential and gifted singer-songwriters.” (Marco Delmar/Recording Arts). “A wonderful balance of songs that range from inspirational to playful. Lynn reached for the moon and she absolutely caught it!” (Jane Woods-Fanrealm) Hollyfield began writing songs in her teens and draws from influences that include jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald to more contemporary artists of John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin and CSNY. Hollyfield’s voice, described as “rich, warm, inviting,” is supported by her crisp, acoustic guitar style. “Your songs, voice and guitar arrangements, fit together as a beautiful whole.” (Bob Gramann, Fredericksburg Songwriter’s Showcase). Hollyfield has received multiple awards for her songwriting from the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, The Indie International Songwriting Contest and most recently as a semi-finalist in the Bernard Ebb Songwriting Competition. For performance and her recordings, she has received multiple WAMMIE Nominations from the Washington Area Music Association. Hollyfield supports other songwriters and artists as a host of a popular, monthly Songwriter’s Association of Washington open mic, at the New Deal Café, Greenbelt, Maryland. She also produces concerts at the Homegrown Coffeehouse, National Colonial Farm, Accokeek, Maryland, now in it’s 16th year.

STEVE WOLF bass, currently performs with Bluesmen, Linwood Taylor and Memphis Gold and has toured internationally with many of the regions finest bands, The Nighthawks and has backed an array of national artists including: Chuck Berry, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Doctor John, The Marvelettes, Tom Principato, Danny Gatton and Springsteen sax man Clarence Clemons. He remains an in-demand sideman.

DAVE ABE has been playing Irish traditional music since the late 1970’s. He is known for his Donegal style of fiddle playing and his extensive knowledge of tunes from that region and has performed at numerous festivals and venues including the Birchmere, the National Cathedral, and the White House. He also enjoys the dynamic of working with singers and has been fortunate to play with Washington, DC icon Grace Griffith for many years and, more recently, with Lynn Hollyfield.

JIMMY BRINK is a Baltimore based percussionist and drummer who has been playing for 25 years. He spent 5 years in the United States Marine Corps Band and now plays with several local musical groups including The Chesapeake Pub Crawl, The Classroom Dragons and The Racket. Jimmy is known for his impromptu, innovative drum solos. He is a dynamic percussionist who lays down succinct rhythm and grooves. Jimmy can be heard keeping time on a myriad of percussion instruments and has a true gift for adding subtle nuances to lyrical themes.


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Robin Bullock

Robin Bullock

Thursday, June 21st
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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Connla

Connla

Thursday, July 19th
CONNLA

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Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, Connla is made up of Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (flute/whistles), Paul Starrett (guitar), Emer Mallon (harp) and Conor Mallon (uilleann pipes/whistles). Labelled as the “Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland” (Chicago Irish American News), Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene. Since the release of their EP in April 2015 and album “River Waiting” in July 2016 they have received fantastic reviews at home and internationally. They have already gathered a big following in the UK, Ireland, Europe, and the USA. Songlines magazine made Connla their “must see act” for the tour of the UK and stated “A band this young shouldn’t be this good.”

Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla. They have toured around Ireland, most of mainland Europe, and the UK with more tours across Europe and USA organized in 2017/2018.

“Consider this your early warning system, there is something serious on the horizon and that creative storm is Connla” ~ Irish Music Magazine


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Tom-Prasada-Rao

Tom-Prasada-Rao

Patty Prasada-Rao

Patty Prasada-Rao

Thursday, July 26th
TOM PRASADA-RAO with PATTY PRASADA-RAO

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“Visually and musically, Tom is the most compelling presence to emerge in the singer-songwriter genre as I’ve seen in a long time.” ~ Jim Bessman, Billboard

“A virtual world music ensemble rolled into one guy. His voice weaves incantations, and the guitar is a magic wand in the hands of this extraordinary musician.” ~ The Takoma Park Folk Festival

HE’S BAACK!

Tom Prasada-Rao (TPR) is a musician’s musician — an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with its homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty, Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious and reverent. He’s starting to tour again after being featured on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour Texas.

In the fall of 2007 Tom quit the road to produce records and raise two stepdaughters. In addition to producing, he took a job teaching music at White Rock Montessori in Dallas — TPR was formerly the songwriting teacher at The University of Virginia’s Young Writer’s Workshops where he created the songwriting curriculum and taught for eight years.

“The most moving, pointed and memorable songs reflect Prasada-Rao’s indebtedness to Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan, and Richard Thompson, and other singer songwriters who have something to say, and a distinctive way of saying it.” ~ Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

“Prasada-Rao gives his folk songs an R&B flavor. George Benson, Grover Washington Jr, Marvin Gaye and a number of other Motown greats come to mind when listening to Hear You Laughing.” ~ Charlene J. Arsenault, The Boston Globe

“Tom Prasada-Rao is a rare and brilliant performer. His fine voice and thrilling guitar work hold you spellbound while he heals your heart.” ~ David Wilcox, Singer-Songwriter

“Tom Prasada-Rao is as far from boring folk music as you can get and still be holding an acoustic guitar.” ~ The Free Times, Columbia, SC

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Thursday, August 9th
DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN & BOB BEACH

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David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind, Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.” His new album, “Geneseo,” speaks of open roads, longing hearts and flashbacks of Oregon– a record of emotions big and small, and lyrics that turn quickly from literal to figurative. “I’m fascinated by the way that rural blues inscribes movement and transience. The music that frees a singer keeps them on the run; there’s a crossroads where a thing can be enchanting but dangerous; damaging but beautiful.”

Jacobs-Strain began playing on street corners and at farmers markets as a teenager, and bought his first steel guitar with the quarters he saved up. Before he dropped out of Stanford to play full time, he had already appeared at festivals across the country, often billed as a blues prodigy, but he had to fight to avoid being a novelty act: “I wanted to tell new stories, it just wasn’t enough to relive the feelings in other people’s music.”

There’s an excitement about Geneseo that comes from having the record funded by fans: over two hundred people pitched in on Kickstarter to pay for the mixing and promotion: “This record is intentionally under the corporate music radar; I’ve been making music on my own since I was a kid– it’s the only thing I’ve ever fooled anyone into paying me to do! It feels very sweet to have people stand up and say that it means something to them.”

David Jacobs-Strain has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot, and Blues to Bop in Switzerland. He’s taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, and at fifteen years old was on the faculty at Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop. On the road, he’s shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Boz Scaggs (more than 60 shows), Etta James, The Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, Robert Earle Keen, Todd Snider, Taj Mahal, Janis Ian, Tommy Emmanuel, Bob Weir, T-Bone Burnett, and Del McCoury.

Bob Beach has been a working professional musician for more than 40 years, adding harmonica, flute and vocals to a broad scope of genres. A native Philadelphian, Bob relocated to Western PA after high school. From 1976 to 1997 Bob worked in bands and other musical projects based in the city of Pittsburgh. Since returning to Philadelphia in 1997 Bob has been a vital part of the local music scene. A volunteer at the Philadelphia Folk Fest since 1998 Bob has also has also performed at the fest many times since 2002. He leads the official campfire open mic each year. As a sideman he has recorded or performed with both local and national acts such as; Ollabelle, Langhorne Slim, the Avett Brothers, Pat Wictor, Beaucoup Blue, Fruit and many more. Bob performs live with the Bob Beach Trio, Mason Porter, Lizanne Knott, Wyldlyfe, Hezekiah Jones, Spinning Leaves, the Cat’s Pajamas, Philadelphia Jug Band, the Youngers, Hoots and Hellmouth, David Jacobs-Strain, and others. David and Bob recently released “Live From the Left Coast” recorded in Eugene, Oregon. Bob also is a sound engineer at The World Café Live music venue and books artists for the Lansdowne Folk Club, Concerts at the Beach House and other events and venues in the Philadelphia area.


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Joe Jencks

Joe Jencks

Thursday, September 13th
JOE JENCKS

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Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago, IL. From venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe Jencks has spent the last 18 years touring full time. His songs have traveled to every continent via his own performances, radio, CDs, web casts, and other musicians. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs.

In 2010, Jencks co-founded a dynamic new trio called Brother Sun with colleagues Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor. The trio performs widely throughout the United States and Canada. Brother Sun’s 2016 release — “Weights & Wings” was the #1 CD for 2016 on the Folk DJ Chart, and 5 songs charted in the top 50 for the year — including Joe’s composition, “Mary Don’t You Weep & Moan” at #3 for the year! The trio’s 2013 release “Some Part of The Truth,” was #1 for 2013, and also took #1 song for 2013 with Joes composition: “Lady of The Harbor.” Fusing, Folk, Roots, Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. For more information, please visit: www.brothersunmusic.com.

In addition to his performance work, Jencks’ skills as a vocal harmony arranger are in demand. With over 30 appearances as a guest vocalist and arranger on various studio recordings, he brings a unique rich sound to the work of other artists.

On the stage, in the studio, or in the classroom, Jencks applies conservatory training to contemporary genres, bridging styles and techniques. Drawing on his Irish heritage (dual U.S./Irish Citizen), Jencks uses his lyrical voice to enchant, heal, and inspire. Jencks has won numerous songwriting awards and is also highly regarded as a song interpreter. Joe’s latest solo release, Links In A Chain, highlights this aspect of his work.

Links In A Chain is Jencks’ 7th solo CD, and was released in the fall of 2009, and rose to the top of the folk DJ Chart. The recording features six new original compositions and six songs written by some of Jencks’ mentors and influences. Included are songs by folk legends Phil Ochs and Bob Gibson, as well as a vivid rendition of the American classic, Joe Hill. In his original compositions, Jencks explores a wide range of topics, including family history, staying in love, and a brand new piece in the Irish tradition called On Eireann’s Shore. This beautifully lilting love song genuinely honors his heritage, and sounds as if it could have been written a century ago. A Grammy winning team of engineers and supporting musicians contribute to make the recording an exceptional piece of work from start to finish. Guests include: Jon Carroll (Mary Chapin Carpenter’s pianist) on keyboards, Pat Wictor on slide-guitars, Jim Robeson (Bass & recording engineer) and Charlie Pilzer (mixing and mastering engineer).

Joe’s 2007 release The Candle And The Flame, gained international acclaim and also made it to the top of the Folk charts in the US. This recording combines many facets of Joe’s diverse musical background and weaves them all together in an aural tapestry that is warm and exquisite. Jencks has the passion of Gospel singer, the knowledge of a classical vocalist, and the soul of an Irish Tenor. And at the center of Joe’s music is an abiding love for humanity that transcends the everyday and boarders on the mystical.

Joe Jencks is a member of the A.F.M. Local 1000: North American Traveling Musicians Union, and the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.


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Eastman String Band

Eastman String Band

Thursday, October 11th
EASTMAN STRING BAND

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Soaring harmonies, high energy instrumentals, and heartfelt originals punctuate each performance of the Eastman String Band. Tim and Savannah Finch began playing music together at the Friday night jams once held at Tims’ music store, “Good Deale Bluegrass” in Deale, Md. After they married in 2003, they went on to play multiple private events, weddings, and now perform at some of the Mid-Atlantic’s most prominent venues. Together they have released two all original albums.

Tim Finch has been a familiar face on the music scene through past performances with Good Deale Bluegrass band, festival promotions, XM radio airplay, and a representative of Eastman Strings. Tim’s unique mandolin, banjo, and vocal style help define ESB’s sound.

Savannah Finch: Contributing powerful lead vocals, sweet harmonies, original songs, and a driving rhythm guitar, Savannah is also a singer-songwriter that has been featured at Nashville’s renowned Bluebird Cafe. “Savannah’s vocals are mountain stream clear, her notes rising up through the air, cutting a path with powerful pipes that know their range and potential.” ~ Danny McColskey, Alternate root magazine

Jon Glik: A prominent member of ESB, our good friend Jon continues to amaze audiences with his great tone and speed. He has performed with everyone from Del McCoury to David Grisman and beyond and his music can be heard regularly on NPR.

Stefan Custodi: From bluegrass lovers to the diehard jazz connoisseurs, Stefan has riveted audiences with his talent. He has performed and recorded with a number of notable local and national acts. In addition to his masterful bass playing, his contributions to ESB include solid guitar playing as well as harmony and lead vocals.


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Amy Speace

Amy Speace

Thursday, October 18th
AMY SPEACE

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Amy Speace is a folk singer, timeless and classic, and a bit out of her own era. “She has one of the richest and loveliest voices in the genre and her songs are luxuriously smart,” writes Craig Havighurst (host of Nashville’s “Music City Roots”). “She’s profoundly personal yet also a bit mythic.”

Since her discovery in 2006 by folk-pop icon Judy Collins, Speace has been heralded as one of the leading voices of the new generation of American folk singers. Her song “The Weight of the World” was named as the #4 Best Folk Song of the last decade by NYC’s premiere AAA radio station, WFUV and was recorded by Judy Collins. From her beginnings in New York City as a classically-trained actress with The National Shakespeare Company to the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village where she began playing her original songs to her move to East Nashville in 2009 to her latest release, “That Kind Of Girl,” what ties all of her work together is a palpable empathy for the small struggles of the human condition.

Rock critic Dave Marsh, long a fan, wrote “Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments… it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open.”

She has released five critically acclaimed records, two on Collins’ own imprint Wildflower Records, two on Thirty Tigers and her latest is a trio collaboration called Applewood Road which was released in 2016 on London’s Gearbox Records. 2016 saw Speace playing Glastonbury Music Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival with Applewood Road after 5-star reviews from The London Sunday Times writing “a flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year.”

She is currently at work on her next solo album, to be released later in 2018. Amy has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Marketplace” and has appeared four times on “Mountain Stage,” as well as many folk festivals around the world. Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Memphis Blues Hall of Famer Sid Selvidge and others. A gifted prose writer, Amy has published essays in The New York Times, American Songwriter Magazine, The Blue Rock Literary Journal, Pop Matters and others.


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David Buskin

David Buskin

Thursday, November 1st
DAVID BUSKIN

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David Buskin has been writing, recording and performing his music professionally since 1970. He’s made about fifteen albums, most as half of the duo Buskin & Batteau or in his notorious “geezer band” Modern Man. His songs and jingles have been recorded by many great artists; a sample: Judy Collins, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Astrud Gilberto, Tom Rush, Dixie Carter, Roberta Flack, Mel Tormé, Take 6, Phoebe Snow, Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. He is a New York Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and Clio Award winner. Earlier this year he was given the ASCAP Jamie deRoy Award for excellence in songwriting.

Buskin’s organized, written for or participated in numerous concerts for organizations like The Hole In The Wall Camp, Stand For The Troops and WHY/Hunger. For seven years he was a principal contributor to the late Isaiah Sheffer’s Thalia Follies, a thrice-yearly political cabaret in NYC. He has also written special material for, among others, Bette Midler, Paul Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Whoopi Goldberg.

His new musical, Victory Train, written in collaboration with Jake Holmes, is scheduled for production in the fall of 2018.

He frequently performs with his talented daughter, Sophie Buskin, as the group Buskin (“We put a lot of thought into the name….”), but still does occasional solo performances (like tonight at Baldwin’s) “to do the songs that embarrass her.”


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Toby Walker

Toby Walker

Thursday, December 6th
TOBY WALKER

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Internationally and nationally acclaimed Toby Walker has been hailed as a roots music fingerstyle guitar virtuoso and songwriter who has toured the US, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus and Holland. Walker has been featured in the New York Times, the London Sunday Times, the London BBC, Sirius-XM radio and was the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award – Solo division – given out by the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.

Walker blends the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style. Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says “Flat out… you have to hear this great musician… I’m blown away” and has employed Walker to teach at his famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for several years. In 2010 Walker won the NY Music Award for ‘Best Instrumental CD,’ sharing the honors with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among many others.

Walker has recently released eight instructional guitar DVD’s for the world famous company Homespun Tapes which have been getting rave reviews. His latest CD release – Mileage -has been getting all kinds of wonderful reviews in the traditional roots music world.

Carnegie Hall acknowledged his rare talents and  hired him to augment and teach in their “American Roots” program aimed at honor level middle school students.

Toby’s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure – but immensely talented – music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James “Son” Thomas, Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others.

“If he doesn’t get them with his phenomenal guitar playing or catchy songs, he gets them with his wonderful stories. True entertainers have an engaing spirit that puts a smile on your face. Arlo Guthrie has it. David Bromberg has it. And so does Toby.” ~ John Platt – WFUV

“As a blues guitar player, I am stunned and in awe of Toby Walker’s pickin’! Add to that his fine songs and singing and friendly presentation, and it’s obvious that Toby Walker is one of the most enjoyable artists in today’s Blues World.” ~ Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin (Guitarist for the late Muddy Waters)

“A fingerpicking guitar virtuoso” ~ Happy Traum

“When Toby Walker straps the guitar on, the notes fly at a rate that is dizzying. They dance with speed, grace and precision. The effect is one of steel-like strength. His blues are a flash of muscle and his gentle fingerstyle ballads speak poetry.” ~ Richard Cuccaro – Acoustic Live


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Thursday, December 20th
A Celtic Christmas With
Maggie Sansone, Paul Oorts & Andrea Hoag

Tickets $22.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
Tickets & reservations: 410-795-1041
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