Shows: Baldwin’s Station


Baldwin’s Station * 7618 Main Street * Sykesville, MD 21784
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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 trio called Brother Sun with colleagues Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor. The trio performed 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 Joe’s composition: “Lady of The Harbor.” Fusing, Folk, Roots, Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun was an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

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. His latest release is The Forgotten — Recovered Treasures from the Pen of Si Kahn.

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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Robin Bullock & Sue Richards

Robin Bullock & Sue Richards

Thursday, September 20th
ROBIN BULLOCK and SUE RICHARDS

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Sue Richards and Robin Bullock blend the ancient and magical tones of the Celtic harp with the powerful resonance of the steel-string guitar, cittern and mandolin, drawing on Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Breton traditions to create something truly unique: beautiful and timeless, yet fresh and current. Sue and Robin have been friends and colleagues for decades, having both recorded WAMMIE Award-winning solo albums for the Maryland-based Maggie’s Music label and collaborated on many other projects over the years; now both transplants to the western North Carolina mountains, they have joined forces in a long-overdue chamber-Celtic duo.

Four-time National Scottish Harp Champion Sue Richards has performed numerous times for the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, DC, as well as for President Bill Clinton (twice!) and Queen Elizabeth II. She has served as president of the Scottish Harp Society of America (SHSA) and the Washington DC Folk Harp Society, and is now a SHSA Distinguished Judge. She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, sat in with The Chieftains, performed in Scotland at Celtic Connections in Glasgow and at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, recently toured Norway and Sweden with the Harpa ensemble, and can be heard on dozens of award-winning recordings. In addition to her solo work, Sue is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Ensemble Galilei.

Robin Bullock has been hailed as a “Celtic guitar god” by Baltimore City Paper and “one of the best folk instrumentalists in the business” by Sing Out! Magazine. His honors include the Association for Independent Music’s prestigious INDIE Award, Player’s Choice and Album of the Year Awards from Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and the Swannanoa Gathering’s Master Music Maker Award. Robin balances his solo work with his longtime role as touring sideman with Grammy Award-winning folk icon Tom Paxton, and was the sole support musician on Tom’s 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 “Together at Last” tours with fellow Grammy winner Janis Ian. Writing about Robin in The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Celtic Music, Thistle and Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie says “Bullock’s music accents the connections between Celtic and American traditional and acoustic music. That he is able to do so by playing almost any stringed instrument to perfection is his specialty.”


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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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Sophie & David Buskin

Sophie & David Buskin

Thursday, November 1st
DAVID & SOPHIE BUSKIN
(David Buskin of BUSKIN & BATTEAU and MODERN MAN)

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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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Mama's Black Sheep

Mama’s Black Sheep

Thursday, November 15th
MAMA’s BLACK SHEEP

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Mama’s Black Sheep is the soulful collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller (guitar/vocals) and Laura Cerulli (drums/vocals). Together, this duo creates a blend of hit worthy originals and covers with a unique spin. Each song allows you to travel with time, whether you’re swinging to Country, Rocking to Pop, Grooving to Soul, or swaying to the Blues; there’s always something to move your body and stir your soul!

Touring together since 2008, Miller & Cerulli (veterans of the singer-songwriter circuit), will make you feel like every aspect of their journey is in Real-Time. Creating a sound all of their own, Mama’s Black Sheep is driven by Miller’s versatile guitar grooves, Cerulli’s innovative percussion, and two voices that blend like honey & whiskey in perfect harmonious balance. These ladies rock to their own beat, sharing songs of life and love, and empowering the listener to live boldly beyond the barriers.

With two well received CD’s to their credit (Unmarked Highway, 2010; Drivin’ On, 2011) the duos newest recording, Live @ The Bevy was released in 2016. Live @ The Bevy is a full length concert DVD/CD set recorded at the Bevy In Birdtown in the Cleveland, OH area. The new recording features eight original songs along with some of their most requested covers. Mama’s Black Sheep has been burning up the road touring extensively throughout the continental U.S. and the Caribbean, playing nearly 200 shows a year. While much of their touring is done as a duo, they are occasionally seen as a trio, or full band with the addition of violin and/or bass.

Prior to Mama’s Black Sheep, Ashland toured for twelve years as part of the award-winning acoustic duo, CommondbonD, releasing six CD’s, performing on The Nashville Network (TNN), and showcasing their music in forty states, as well as overseas. Ashland’s songwriting, harmonies, and creative musical arrangements, have been shared on stage with talent such as John Mayer, Ritchie Havens, Catie Curtis, and Sophie B. Hawkins.

Laura previously fronted her own band, Cerulean Groove. She toured internationally from 2005-2008 as a full time member of SONiA & disappear fear. Her unique style has been appreciated everywhere from The Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), to The Barns at Wolftrap (VA), to the High Sierra Music Festival (CA), to The Red Roof Women’s Festival (Ontario), and even ‘down under’ at the Woodford Folks Festival (AUS).

Ashland and Laura, produce magical tapestries of songs, weaving energetic color and rich texture to create an infectious and lively conversation between guitar and percussion. Miller’s passionate voice will make you laugh, cry, feel inspired, and ultimately, desire more.  Bob Steel of “Baltimore Out Loud” writes “Cerulli opens her mouth and the world stands still as she wrings every drop of emotion out of the lyrics with her powerful, soaring voice, forged in the fires of the blues and tempered in the cool technique of her classical training.”

This thought-provoking duo will tantalize your aural appetite, regardless of your musical taste buds, with a diverse blend of blues, soul, country, pop, and more by unapologetically dipping into the well of all music genres. It’s called soulful, poetic story telling with an irresistible groove.


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Thursday, November 29th
CLIFF EBERHARDT
with special guest LOUISE MOSRIE

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Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. Fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt — receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.

At fifteen, Cliff and his brother Geoff began touring as an acoustic duo, playing the Eastern club circuit until Cliff turned twenty-one and moved to Carbondale, Illinois. There he found space to develop his own voice within a vibrant and supportive music scene that included Shawn Colvin. After a couple of years there and a short stay in Colorado, Cliff moved to New York in 1978. Because the clubs were great (the Bitter End, the Speakeasy, Kenny’s Castaway, Folk City) and the company amazing (John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, Julie Gold, Steve Forbert, Christine Lavin, and Shawn Colvin), New York was an ideal musician’s boot camp. Though he put in long hours as a taxi driver, Cliff worked steadily on his music throughout the 80’s, doing solo gigs and studio work, and playing guitar on the road with Richie Havens, Melanie and others. Singing advertising jingles for products like Coke, Miller Beer and Chevrolet (“The Heartbeat of America” campaign) allowed him to devote more time to his songwriting.

In 1990 Cliff’s song “My Father’s Shoes,” appeared on Windham Hill’s Legacy collection, leading to a deal with the label. They released Cliff’s first album, The Long Road (1990), a work featuring a duet with Richie Havens. The critical response to this debut was outstanding (The Philadelphia Inquirer called the album a “repeatedly astounding collection”). He followed with two more records on Windham Hill before releasing 12 Songs of Good and Evil (1997) on Red House Records, which stemmed from a chance meeting with Red House founder Bob Feldman at John Gorka’s wedding. Cliff recorded two more albums before his critically acclaimed The High Above and the Down Below, named the #5 album of 2007 by USA Today. Produced by legendary musician and Red House Records president Eric Peltoniemi, it was recorded in Minneapolis with noted jazz players Gordy Johnson, J.T. Bates and Rich Dworsky and was his first album after spending several years recovering from a car accident.

With a new lease on life and a fresh batch of songs, Cliff embarked on what has turned out to be an artistic renaissance. Recorded in the Texas Hill Country, Cliff’s 2009 album 500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions may be his finest to date. An intimate album of powerful originals and unique covers, it features a reworking of his hit “The Long Road,” a song made more poignant after nearly two decades of touring and recording. Long one of the most respected songwriters on the club scene, his peers often mine his catalog for themselves. Cliff’s song “Memphis” was included on Cry Cry Cry, an album of collaborative covers by the “folk supergroup” of the same name (comprised of Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell). Other performers who have recorded his songs include Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Russ Taff and Buffy Sainte Marie. A collection of his songs has been published in The Cliff Eberhardt Songbook (Cherry Lane Publishing).

In 2011, Cliff got a phone call from the Folger Theatre and Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. They had been listening to his song, “That Kind of Love” along with director Aaron Posner and got the brilliant idea to hire Cliff to write original songs for the Shakespeare classic “The Taming of the Shrew.” It would be set in the old West — Deadwood style — and Cliff would be cast as the blind but wise old saloon singer bookending scenes with his poignant songs and guitar phrases. The play was a huge success and won much critical acclaim across town and 7 weeks of solid sold-out shows in the spring of 2012. In 2013, Cliff was awarded a coveted Helen Hayes Award for Sound Design and the cast won for Best Ensemble. Some of the songs on Shrew Songs are from Cliff’s past work and some are brand new. The stripped down production enhances the immediate intimacy of Cliff’s songwriting. You don’t have to have seen the play to love this record! It’s available for sale now only through Cliff’s website or at his shows.

Louise Mosrie grew up in the small town just outside of Nashville, TN on a farm with British parents and several siblings — riding horses, writing poetry and singing with the radio. After college in Knoxville, she “borrowed” her brother’s Sears guitar, bought a simple chord book and started writing songs. The early material was mostly acoustic pop as she tried to channel her English roots while listening to Everything But the Girl and The Sundays.

Fast forward a few years, a move back to Nashville and some deep soul searching, Louise began writing songs about the South — what she knew and where she grew up. In 2008, she began working on a new album eventually to be called “Home” because she’d come full circle in her “voice” as a writer. The album was a mix of bluegrass, country and folk and as she weaved in lush stories and songs about southern life, she was even introduced once as “…William Faulkner with a guitar.” With those songs, she entered some song contests connected to festivals and ended up winning top awards at Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. “Home” debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2010 and went on to be one of the most played albums that year for that chart.

Buoyed by a couple thousand earnest fans, she began touring all over the Eastern seaboard, the South and Texas. Audience members would tell her that they enjoyed the stories between the songs as much as the songs and her strong expressive voice was described as “…like listening to Patty Griffin and Susan Tedeschi at the same time.” She’s played at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, Club Passim in Boston, Caffè Lena in NY, and The Birchmere in Washington, DC.

In 2012, her 15-year marriage ended and her mother was diagnosed with brain cancer and died 6 months later. Out of those dark days came some new songs that would eventually be recorded on her newest release “Lay It Down”: 10 songs of love, loss and surrender. On “Lay It Down,” she collaborated with folk-rock songwriter/producer, Cliff Eberhardt, who envisioned that minimalist arrangements and restrained production would allow the emotional songs and Louise’s voice a stark relief to rest and shine in.



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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

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MAGGIE SANSONE: hammered dulcimer

Maggie Sansone, one of America’s most well-known hammered dulcimer recording artists and CEO of Maggie’s Music that features over sixty recordings. Maggie has received numerous Wammie awards from the Washington Area Music Association for musician and Record Label. NPR host Fiona Ritchie (The Thistle & Shamrock) said “Maggie’s Music has been at the heart of a musical movement that explores American roots and Celtic soul in a great variety of authentic acoustic delights.” The label’s newest Celtic holiday recording is Cold Frosty Morn at West River. The album was praised in Living Traditions (U.K.) “Sparkling musicianship… joyous and spirited.”

PAUL OORTS: harp guitar, mandolin, French accordion.

Belgian-born Paul Oorts performs on harp guitar, 10-string cittern, mandolin, and musette accordion. He is equally at home with Celtic, American, and European traditions including his native Flemish and French music. Since moving to the DC area in 1997, he is often heard playing for English and contra dances at Glen Echo. He is very active in the world of English, Contra, and Vintage dances in the DC-Baltimore area. And performs most often with his wife Karen Ashbrook &mdash As a duo they recorded the acclaimed Celtic Café on the Maggie’s Music label. Professor Oorts is on faculty staff at Loyola University, Baltimore and teaches French and Italian.

ANDREA HOAG: fiddle

Known for her versatility and imagination, Andrea Hoag is a GRAMMY® nominee and recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Award. She has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today, at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, and on numerous recordings and venues around the U.S. and abroad. Andrea is the founder of Freyda’s Hands, an arts non-profit fostering collaboration and education across the traditional performing arts, and a founding member of the acclaimed cross-cultural Dovetail Ensemble. Best known for her playing of traditional Swedish music, she is widely respected for her interpretations of Celtic and American music as well. “Call it a fiddle, call it a violin, in her hands it is simply a marvelous instrument…” ~ Richard Harrington, The Washington Post.


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George Wurzbach

George Wurzbach

Thursday, January 17th
GEORGE WURZBACH
of MODERN MAN

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George Wurzbach is a multi-award winning composer and performer. Performing Songwriter Magazine described him as, “A welcome mix of wit, wisdom, and wonder.” The unique appeal of his songs is reflected in the number of artist songwriters who have recorded them including Tom Paxton, The Kingston Trio, David Wilcox, John MacNally, Hot Soup, Seamus Kennedy, Kevin Briody, and many others. His recent work with Paxton was featured on the Grammy nominated album, Comedians and Angels. As a musician, George works in NY as a sideman and session player.


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Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

Thursday, January 24th
HEATHER PIERSON ACOUSTIC TRIO

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“Heather Pierson’s trio is really impressive, with each member showing great skill with multiple instruments and playing songs that get the audience into a reverie one minute, and heartily singing along the next.” ~ Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio burst onto the national folk scene in 2015 with their debut EP, Still She Will Fly. It features the multi-genre depth of Heather’s songwriting, their intricate instrumental arrangements, and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. The title track was the #2 single on Folk radio in 2015, and three other songs (“Ain’t Gotten Around,” “You Don’t Know Him The Way I Do,” and “Make It Mine”) were in 2015’s Top 100 Folk singles.

Heather Pierson (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, piano) is an award-winning singer/songwriter and performer. With eight previous solo recordings under her belt, Heather’s wise-beyond-her-years songwriting, angelic voice, and world-class chops have catapulted her into the spotlight.

Davy Sturtevant (cornet, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals) is a veteran touring artist, producer, engineer, songwriter, and performer. Armed with a gorgeous tenor voice and a mighty arsenal of instruments that come to life in his capable hands, Davy is at once a witty, thoughtful, and engaging musical presence.

Shawn Nadeau (bass, harmony vocals) brings a rock-solid thump and nearly two decades of performing experience to the trio, informed by a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly to reggae to jazz.


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John Flynn

John Flynn

Thursday, February 21st
JOHN FLYNN

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A wordsmith and poet of rare clarity, John Flynn writes powerful songs of humanity and hope. His dynamic performances are known for their disarming honesty and humor. Songwriter and activist John calls himself a “hopeful pessimist.” The pessimism comes from an honest clear-eyed assessment of the condition of the world we live in. The hope comes from a deep-rooted faith in the beauty and resilience of the human spirit. In an artist of Flynn’s caliber, the tension inherent in these seemingly contradictory points of view yields the kind of songs that moved Kris Kristofferson to compare Flynn to the best writers he knows, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott to boast “John Flynn is the John Lennon of the plasma generation!” Scott Sheldon of Sing Out! magazine writes: “With a poet’s voice and a heart tuned to justice, John Flynn’s voice and songs sing for us all.”

John began writing professionally in 1980 after graduating from Temple University with a degree in political science — a staff writing contract with Combine Music and Billboard Magazine. In the early 90’s, Flynn performed heavily in and around his native Philadelphia where his first self-released CDs began to receive extensive airplay on AAA radio giant, WXPN. His first main stage appearance at the 1995 Philadelphia Folk Festival cemented John’s reputation as a dynamic original contemporary folk artist. Songs that Flynn wrote, for his own four children, became the basis of two highly acclaimed family CDs. He was awarded the American Library Association’s Notable Recording Award. John appears regularly on the Peabody Award-winning children’s radio program “Kid’s Corner” and continues to present extremely popular assemblies and creative-writing workshops.

In 2005, Arlo Guthrie invited John to join his post-Katrina “Train to New Orleans Tour.” Arlo says of John, “More than just a good song writer, performer, or guitar player, John Flynn is a friend because he actually does the kinds of things to help make the world a little better.”

John sings from the heart. His powerful songs of humanity and hope are deeply rooted in the traditions of Woody Guthrie. From barbed political verse to joyous fun-loving lyrics for kids, John paints vivid, lasting images with words and music drawn from a palate of awareness, irony, humor, and compassion. He opens one of his recent CDs, The End of the Beginning, with the lines “Like river stone, it may be that some edges get worn smooth, or maybe it’s just that these days you don’t have as much to prove.” These words seem to capture not only the mood of the disarmingly acoustic release, but also something of the 54 year-old singer-songwriter himself.


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Carolyn Hester

Carolyn Hester

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

Tickets TBA ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
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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.

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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