Shows: Baldwin’s Station


Baldwin’s Station * 7618 Main Street * Sykesville, MD 21784
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Thursday, December 7th
A Celtic Christmas featuring Irish Music with
LAURA BYRNE & JIM EAGAN & PATRICK EGAN

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Uptown Concerts’ Celtic Holiday Show returns to Baldwins and this year will feature a trio with Laura Byrne on Irish flute. Laura’s flute playing has been described as “effortless, powerful and engaging.” Highly regarded on both sides of the Atlantic, Laura is based in Baltimore, Maryland and is a two time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council grant in solo performance. She has performed throughout North America and in Ireland.

Jim Eagan (fiddle) grew up in Baltimore’s renowned Irish traditional music scene. In the late 1990s, Jim toured Ireland, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with the John Whelan Band. He is currently a member of O’Malley’s March, led by former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, as well as the band “Custom House.” Jim is an expert on the tunes of the late Philadelphia fiddler and composer Ed Reavy, and has arranged and recorded an acclaimed album of Reavy’s music. Jim plays regularly in and around the Baltimore area and currently leads a weekly jam session at the Cafe Hon in Hampden.

Patrick Egan is well known as a guitarist and singer in the Irish traditional music scene both here and overseas. He was a founding member of the Irish bands Chulrua and the Hedge Band. Pat won a WAMMIE for Best Traditional Folk Vocals.


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Thursday, December 14th
ABBIE GARDNER of Red Molly
and
WE’RE ABOUT 9

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Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own! No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie. She has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, as well, with such accolades as 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for “The Mind of a Soldier” and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for “I’d Rather Be.” Her song “Honey on My Grave” was also published in Sing Out! Magazine in 2008.

“With a confidence that can only be earned, Gardner bursts out with a national steel guitar and a ballsy blues on the opening cut “Break It Slow.” It’s an unprecedented romp, fully of gnarly guitar lines and lyrics reminiscent of Lucinda Williams or Bonnie Raitt.” – Eli Peterson, Twangville

“We made up the name ‘We’re About 9’ while we were signing up for an open mic over a decade ago. We had no idea it would stick, and certainly didn’t expect that we’d still be going by this name or even playing music all these years later. But music still makes us feel like nine-year-olds, digging into the fresh discoveries of the world, making light of everything, and asking questions relentlessly.” Brian and Katie’s weekly open mic at the Jahva House in Ellicott City, MD captured the attention of the Sheriff’s Department not for disorderliness, but rather for regularly breaking fire codes with attendance flooding both floors of the cafe and spilling out into the street. After the open mic ended each week, the music would continue outside in the parking lot. It was in the magical location of Parkling Lot D that Katie Graybeal, Brian Gundersdorf, and Pat Klink first started sculpting their distinctive vocal harmony arrangements. Fast forward two years to 2002, and We’re About 9 has just won the emerging artist showcase vote at The Falcon Ridge Folk festival. Within another two years, We’re About 9 will have played the main stage at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Clearwater Revival, Bele Chere, Green River Festival, Four Corners Folk Fest, Mountain Stage New Songs Fest, and many more — at the same time touring east coast folk clubs, coffeehouses, house concerts, and college venues. We’re About 9 brings complex vocal harmonies and a poignant, outside-the-box songwriting approach to an upbeat, fun show.

“Well beyond the ordinary…Soaring Harmonies.” ~The Washington Post. “Clear warm voices, comfortable music, and lucid lyrics.” ~The Baltimore Sun.

“Musical prowess, careful writing, an engaging stage presence and dynamic vocals that blend or stand alone…” ~ Angela Page – SingOut! Magazine.


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Tom Kimmel

Tom Kimmel

Friday, January 12th
TOM KIMMEL

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Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more.

Since 1980 dozens of Tom’s compositions have been recorded by a host of major artists including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Art Garfunkel and Randy Travis. They’ve been featured in films from Twins to Serendipity and Runaway Bride, and in television shows from Captain Kangaroo and Touched By An Angel to Dawson’s Creek.

An award-winning artist in his own right, he has released seven solo albums, published a book of poems and led songwriting workshops and classes around the country and in Europe.

Once an eclectic rock and roller, Tom found his voice as a singer-songwriter while touring with Nanci Griffith in the early 90’s. A New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in ’93, he began performing solo, stressing a lean, acoustic approach to his music and bringing a humorous spirit to his poetry and storytelling.

After releasing two critically praised major label albums (in ’87 and ’90), Tom released Bones in 1994, his first independent album. It was followed by Short Stories in 1999, which featured guest performances by Emmylou Harris, the Fairfield Four, Jerry Douglas and other Nashville luminaries. Shallow Water (2002) is a collection of spirit-centered songs and hymns, and Light of Day (2004) features bare vocal-guitar tracks recorded in Tom’s home studio. Never Saw Blue, an anthology of TK songs featured in film and TV, arrived in the fall of 2008.

Tom’s most recent projects include well-received albums written and recorded with two trios: The Waymores (2013) (with Don Henry and Sally Barris), and The New Agrarians (2014) (with Kate Campbell and Pierce Pettis). And when schedules allow, Tom still loves performing with his first trio, The Sherpas (with Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille).

A self described “closet poet” until the publication of The Sweetest & the Meanest, in 2006, Tom has been a featured writer at book festivals and writing retreats, and his poems have been published in a number of poetry and literary journals. And for many of his fans the spoken word element in his concerts is as special as his songs.

In demand as a songwriting teacher and lecturer, Tom frequently offers workshop instruction tying the creative spirit to the nuts and bolts of composition.

Add it all together and you’ll find that Tom Kimmel is definitely all these things and more. He’s a unique artist who continues to write, record, entertain and inspire at the highest levels.

“Rich melodies and fervent delivery.” ~ Los Angeles Times

“…his songs have enough personality to fill the concert hall single-handed.” ~ The Herald, Glasgow, Scotland


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Dave Rowe

Dave Rowe

Thursday, January 25th
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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Bill Staines

Bill Staines

Thursday, February 1st
BILL STAINES

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Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat. For over forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960’s and, for a time, emceed the Sunday hootenanny at the renowned Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. In 1971, after one of his performances, a reviewer for The Phoenix stated that Bill was “simply Boston’s best performer.” A decade later, both in 1980 and 1981, the annual Reader’s Poll of The Boston Globe selected him as a “favorite performer.”

In 1991, Bill entered his forth decade as a folk performer with an international reputation as an artist. Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular singers on the folk music circuit today and averages around 200 concert dates a year. Bill weaves a magical blend of wit and gentle humor into his performances, and as one reviewer wrote, “he has a sense of timing to match the best stand-up comic.” His music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease, his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon.

“Any new song that can live comfortably beside the well-worn songs of folk tradition has a good chance of surviving the test of time. Such, we believe, are the songs of Bill Staines” ~ Charles “Sandy” Paton, Folk Legacy Records.

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Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey

Thursday, March 8th
PETER MULVEY

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“His voice feels like fine old leather, and his guitar sounds like it’s on steroids… a superb technician…” ~ The Boston Globe

Peter Mulvey is an American folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums. Starting his musical career in Milwaukee while at Marquette University, he honed his performing skills while traveling in Dublin, Ireland. He later spent several years in Boston, where he frequently performed in the city’s subway system. He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style.

“The cream of the crop… sings with a clarity reserved for the likes of legends.” ~ Davis Enterprise

“Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style.” ~ Boston Globe

“Singularly gifted.” ~ Mojo (UK)

Peter Mulvey has been a touring singer/songwriter for twenty years, releasing well over a dozen records during that span. In addition to playing shows from Anchorage to the Hague, from Santa Monica to Belfast, he has kept a hand in various far-flung imaginative pursuits, playing each year in a cave underneath West Virginia for the National Youth Science Camp, and arranging tours every Autumn traveling by bicycle instead of by car.

His most recent record of original material, “Letters from a Flying Machine”, weaves song and spoken word together to address mortality, Bach sonatas, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, baseball, and the thoughts of children on what DNA might mean.


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John Gorka

John Gorka

Thursday, March 29th
JOHN GORKA

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John Gorka is an honored icon of folk tradition. Energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life, is his trademark. John’s rich baritone voice and unique songcraft weave a magical spell that can only be described as ‘Gorka.’

“He weaves wry, slice of life observations…” ~ Associated Press.

Rising from a milieu of lovelorn singer/songwriters, John Gorka illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay, twisting, turning and typing words and phrases in the way a balloon artist creates complex creatures from simple balloons. Few contemporary songwriters coax language as deftly as Gorka. For over two decades, Gorka’s keen ear has picked up the stories of those along his path, folding them into poetry and song. His keen perceptiveness inspires people from all over the world to share their stories. By involving those tales in his music, he escapes the trap of introspection that hobbles less gifted singer/songwriters. John Gorka flies below the pop culture radar with an almost cult-like following that never fails to fill concerts. Speak with any of his fans and one instantly feel’s their enthusiasm and genuine affection. His shy, almost self-effacing stage presence rightfully focuses attention on the songs. John’s versatility on guitar and piano keeps his sets musically interesting, while his rich baritone effortlessly executes his bidding. And he’s never short of the sly comment or clever joke that invariably ignites his audience. His latest recording is Bright Side of Down.

“The preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.” ~ Rolling Stone.

“Rare artist…strong poetry, complex melodies, clever wit.” ~ SingOut!

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Dan Navarro

Dan Navarro

Thursday, April 5th
DAN NAVARRO

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For over thirty years Dan Navarro has written sung played and acted his way through a rich and varied career…..

Dan started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more…

In the 1990s, he recorded and toured with Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned smoothly into a growing solo career, increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit…

He’s moonlighted as a singer and voice actor for 28 years, in major motion pictures like The Book Of Life (as the villain “Chakal”), The Lorax, Happy Feet (1 & 2), Rio (on the Oscar-nominated “Real In Rio”), Ice Age (2 & 3), and a dozen more; the hit videogame Fallout 4; TV series Turbo Fast, Prison Break, Family Guy and American Dad; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; the hit videogame Fallout 4, and hundreds of commercials for Subaru, Shakey’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, Nationwide and more…

He has contributed countless hours in Washington on issues of intellectual property, copyright and performer’s rights, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Assn Int’l, the former AFTRA, NARAS, BMI, SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition…

Dan also serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRA, Folk Alliance, The Levitt Pavilions LA and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which tragically took Eric Lowen’s life in 2012…

In 2009, after 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, backed by his pals, Austin’s now-disbanded Stonehoney. He is currently finishing his next album, “Shed My Skin” — his first studio album of new material as a solo artist — is slated for release later this year.

He is the father of a 20-year-old son and a known abuser of acoustic guitars.

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Thursday, April 19th
A Tribute to John Denver with
BILL DANOFF & SEAN McGHEE
with Paul Prestopino & Ron Greenstein

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I have great respect for Bill as a songwriter, He has written some of my favorite songs and one of my most successful songs, “Take Me Home Country Roads.” ~ John Denver.

Bill Danoff has been extraordinarily successful on the international stage. He has been singing and writing songs since the late 1960s when he performed and co-wrote songs with John Denver. When Bill and his then partner, Taffy Nivert, invited Denver to help them finish writing a song, little did anyone know that the song would soar to the top of the charts. “Take Me Home Country Roads” catapulted John Denver into national prominence. Another Danoff-Nivert song, “I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado” was recorded by Denver and it became the theme song of Colorado. And with Emmylou Harris, he wrote her hit, “Boulder to Birmingham. In 1976, using Fat City as the core, Bill added Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman to form the Starland Vocal Band, which quickly gained national fame with the monster hit, “Afternoon Delight.” The band recorded for John Denver’s Windsong label. Starland recorded five albums and toured the major clubs, concert halls, arenas and festivals throughout the United States. Bill’s songs, “Afternoon Delight,” “Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight,” “Late Nite Radio” and “Friends with You” led to 5 Grammy Nominations, 2 Grammy Awards, (Best New Artist of the Year and Best Arrangement for Voices) 2 ASCAP Awards for Outstanding Country Song and 3 Top 10 country hits. There were numerous television appearances including the Tonight Show, the Merv Griffin Show (“I remember watching these shows all those years ago…” Joyce) and their own CBS series, The Starland Vocal Band Show, that among other things, introduced neophyte comedian David Letterman to the public. In 1990, Bill released his first solo recording for his own Watch Your Head Music Company, SOUVENIR, which contains his new folk classic “Potter’s Wheel” also recorded by Denver, Freyda and Acoustic AttaTude and others. The timelessness of Bill Danoff’s songs continues to be proven. “Afternoon Delight” is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and can be heard in hit movies like “Good Will Hunting” and “Boogie Nights” and Bill sang it for classmate President William Clinton at the Class of 1968 25th Reunion at The White House. He appeared in the film “TIN MEN” (1987) with Richard Dreyfus and Danny DeVito. Bill’s outstanding solo acoustic act combines his songwriting skills with his formidable ability to entertain. It’s pop, country, rock and roll and folk, all woven together. Bill possesses a remarkable storytelling ability as he recounts tales of how these songs come to be. His deep, rich voice can deliver every emotional nuance of a sensitive ballad and then swing into rock-and-roll raucous. His guitar accompaniment moves from delicate finger picking into percussive slaps and strums as the music demands. His lyrics range from the haunting to the hilarious with songs like the thought- provoking “Potter’s Wheel” or the irreverent “You Gotta Love The Irish” which instantly got him banned from the first place he performed it. Bill’s shows, like his songs, are sparkling with wit, comprised of exceptional music and definitely should not be missed.

Besides having quick wit and an irreverent sense of humor, Sean McGhee is a master of the 12-string guitar and has an engaging tenor voice. He has been featured at the Birchmere as one of the “Three Folk Tenors.” Doris Justis and Sean McGhee were Side by Side. Their close vocal harmonies and guitars backed their original songs and original interpretations of the best songwriters. The duo shared the stage over the years with the Chad Mitchell Trio, Bill Danoff, Nanci Griffith, Debi Smith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom Paxton, Schooner Fare and the Limeliters to name just a few. They performed on stages from the Kennedy Center to the Birchmere Music Hall — headliners at both in 1999 — Baldwin’s Station, Center Stage and at Washington’s Starland Café. They were featured each summer at the annual Paw Paw Folk Festival in West Virginia. Doris and Sean performed with John Denver’s band in two tribute concerts in Aspen, Colo., and were featured on the CD from that event.

Ron Greenstein & Paul Prestopino

Ron Greenstein & Paul Prestopino

Paul Prestopino moves from piano to the harmonica, banjo, mandolin, dobro, recorder, guitars and bass. He is a member of the dance band, Hold the Mustard and has accompanied the Chad Mitchell Trio (for over 50 years), John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary.

Bass player Ron Greenstein has played with the Chad Mitchell Trio, The Spook Handy Band & Trio & the Magnolia Street String Band and more.


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