Shows: Baldwin’s Station


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

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Seatings: 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00
Shows begin at 7:30
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Seth Kibel

Seth Kibel

Thursday, March 5th
SETH KIBEL & THE KLEZTET

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Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more.  Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond.  He is the featured performer with The Alexandria KleztetBay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.  Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14).  His most recent recording, Seth Kibel Presents: Songs of Snark & Despair, was released in 2017 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. This album is a collections of songs, with music and lyrics by Seth, written in direct response to the 2016 Presidential election and the events that followed, and features an all-star cast of vocalists and instrumentalists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

He is the leader, clarinetist, and composer for The Alexandria Kleztet, a genre-bending klezmer band he founded in the Baltimore/Washington area. The band’s four albums, Peace, Love and Coffee (2009), Close Enough for Klezmer (2005), Delusions of Klezmer (2002) and Y2Klezmer (1999) are all available nationwide. All four recordings received the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) award for Best World Music Recording following their release. Additionally, Seth was named “Best World Music Instrumentalist” by WAMA every year from 2003 through 2011. In 2012, he was bestowed the honor of “Emeritus” status in this category. In 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2011-14 he was also named “Best Jazz Instrumentalist.”  In 2017, his song “New Waltz” took home the Grand Prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, sponsored by the Songwriter’s Association of Washington (SAW).

In addition to his activities with The Kleztet, Seth has fronted a variety of swing and jazz groups, including Bay Jazz Project. In 2002, he was commissioned to write, perform, and record an original score for Dreams in the Golden Country, an original theatrical production at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In January 2004, Seth released his first jazz CD, Nuts and Bolts. His second solo album, The Great Pretender, was a blues/jazz project released in July 2007 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. His third solo record, Phonin’ It In with Seth Kibel and Bay Jazz Project, is a straight-ahead acoustic jazz record released on Azalea City Recordings in July 2011.  In April 2014, he released a “Jazz for Kids” album, Jazz For People Who Are Shorter Than Me,” which was named “Best Children’s Music Recording” for 2014 by the Washington Area Music Association.

He can also currently be seen with the Washington/Baltimore area’s most exciting swing and jump blues band, The Natty Beaux, and Russian/Gypsy/Klezmer ensemble Music Pilgrim Trio. Seth has appeared with such notables as Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Percy Sledge, The Coasters, and Johnnie Johnson. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts, as well as on several European tours.

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Andrew McKnight

Andrew McKnight

Thursday, March 19th
ANDREW McKNIGHT
Album and book release concert for Treasures in My Chest!

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Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk/Americana artist Andrew McKnight‘s musical journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings.

Andrew’s solo performances are powerful and entertaining one-man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. He weaves his finely-crafted songs and nimble flatpicking together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, spooky slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk. His shows are as likely to include humorous songs written with kindergarteners as some of his powerful collaborations with combat veterans coping with PTSD.

2020 finds McKnight bringing a dynamic new element to his show, adding a cast of spellbinding songs and stories drawn from his own recent journeys into family history. Accompanied by three guitars, a dobro, Native American flute and an African hand drum (some with their own remarkable stories), the stage comes alive with intimate detail and vibrant lyricism. From placing you in the footsteps of his doomed Civil War ancestor Aretas Culver, to finding sparks of hope in the long winter nights on the shores of mid-1800s County Down, his vision, voice and pen have created a mesmerizing sweet spot deeply familiar to anyone who’s wondered, “who am I and where did I come from?”

Andrew has performed at many prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center, the International Storytelling Center and the Atlanta Olympics, has been part of the Rocky Mountain, South Florida, Boston and Delmarva Folk Festival lineups, and a guest on NPR’s “Art of the Song” and “River City Folk” shows. He is a gifted workshop leader, an engaging speaker, and a longtime endorsing artist for Elixir Strings and Fairbuilt Guitars.


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Gerry Timlin

Gerry Timlin

Thursday, March 26th
GERRY TIMLIN

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A great favorite in the USA and Canada, Delaware-based singer Gerry Timlin has enjoyed success all over the world. Gerry was born in Ireland where he developed an early interest in traditional Irish music and, from a young age, he displayed a natural musical talent. Over the years, Gerry’s love of music expanded to include Scottish, American, Canadian, and Australian folk music as well. He moved to the USA in the early seventies, where he has been delighting audiences with his rich baritone vocals, instrumental talent, and his irreverent humor ever since. He has been playing his special brand of folk music before adoring audiences for more than four decades in Ireland and the British Isles, the United States and Canada.

Gerry started singing and playing guitar back in 1965 in his home town of Coalisland, County Tyrone, Ireland. He learned his first songs at home, where songs indigenous to that part of Ireland were sung by his mother who restricted her appearances to the kitchen! He was soon influenced by renowned area traditional Sean Nos (unaccompanied) singers, such as George & Sarah Ann Hanna and Paddy Tunney. He then began to study every aspect of traditional Celtic music, from intricate vocal styles to accompaniment on guitar, penny whistle, and bodhran, from which he developed his unique approach to his presentation of his music to his audience. For over thirty years, Gerry has appeared at many festivals and has headed the bill at many concerts, clubs, and dinner shows, as a soloist, as a member of The Jolly Tinkermen (from Northern Ireland) and as a part of a successful duo, Timlin & Kane with Tom Kane of Philadelphia since 1973.

Since 1972, Gerry has played at nearly every major musical festival in the region, including the annual Musicfest and Celtic Classic, both in Bethlehem, Pa., the Buffalo (NY) Irish Fest, The Philadelphia Midwinter Festival, the Fredricksburg VA Festival, the Bonnie Brae Festival (NJ) among others. He’s shared the stage with The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, Paddy Reilly, Brendan Grace, Ronnie Brown (The Corries), Alistair McDonald, Alisdair Fraser, Mick Maloney, John Cunningham, Eugene O’Donnell, Skip Healy, Siobhan Egan, Kips Bay Ceili Band, DeDanaan, The Battlefield Band, The Alexander Brothers, The Dubliners, Johnny McAvoy, Robbie O’Connell, James Keane (Dublin), and Tommy Sands. He performed for the Gov. Robert Casey Inauguration upon special request, as well as fundraisers for two Primate Cardinals from Ireland. He has also made numerous television appearances, and has taken part in many radio interviews and music programs, including co-hosting The Unicorn Show, WXPN Philadelphia with Michael Dinsmore at the University of Pennsylvania, and The Bleeker Street Radio Show with Chris Poe. Gerry also was Visiting Artist for classes in Folklore with Mick Maloney at the University of Pennsylvania, and for classes in Anglo-Irish Literature with Dr. Lester Connor at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

Gerry continues to grow as a performer, his beautiful baritone sounding richer and better every year. He continues to perform at selected festivals and other venues. New songs find their way into his repertoire and old favorites resurface. If you’ve never heard him before or if you’ve heard him a thousand times, he loves to engage his audience and never fails to entertain.



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Amy Speace

Amy Speace

Thursday, April 2nd
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.”

While pregnant with her first baby, she began recording her next solo album, “Me & The Ghost of Charlemagne,” produced by Grammy nominated Neilson Hubbard. It will be released September 6, 2019 on Proper Records/Tone Tree (US & CAN only). 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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Dan Navarro

Dan Navarro

Wednesday, April 15th
Thursday, April 16th

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, and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Dan and Eric recorded and toured as the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has transitioned smoothly into a busy solo career over the past decade, touring nationally almost constantly.

Dan has a parallel career as a voice actor and singer in films like Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of Life, Rio (on the Oscar-nominated Real In Rio), Happy Feet, The Lorax, Ice Age (2 & 3), TV series Turbo Fast, Prison Break, Family Guy and American Dad; records with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Janiva Magness, and Jon Anderson of Yes; hit video games Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and hundreds of TV ads for Subaru, Shakey’s, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Honda, Nationwide and more.

Dan has appeared in Washington on artists’ rights and intellectual property issues, on behalf of Nashville Songwriters Assn Int’l, SoundExchange, SAG-AFTRA, Music FIRST Coalition, BMI and NARAS, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board. Dan also serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRA and The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena.

In 2009, after 22 years and 12 CDs with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited Live at McCabe’s, backed by his pals, Austin’s now-disbanded Stonehoney. His latest album, Shed My Skin, was released in 2018.

He is the father of a 21-year-old son and a known abuser of acoustic guitars.


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The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers

Thursday, April 23rd
THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS

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The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better… yet continue to do just that.

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, “The Tannahill Weavers — properly harnessed — could probably power and entire city for a year on the strength of last night’s concert alone. The music may be old-time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.”

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. Inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2011, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

“An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new.” ~ New York Times

“Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric. The quintet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock ‘n’ roll intensity or haunting introspection.” ~ The Boston Globe, Boston MA

“…as close to perfect as it gets in an imperfect world.” ~ Sing Out!

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Thursday, May 7th
ANNE HILLS and CLAUDIA SCHMIDT

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Anne Hills is one of the most beloved voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving awards and recognition for her live performances, her unique solo and collaborative recording projects, and her overall artistry and benefit work. Her song “Follow That Road” was the title cut of the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter Retreat and has been a certified folk classic since the late 1990s. Whether she is singing her own songs, the words of six-year-old Opal Whiteley, or her song settings of the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley; accompanied with her guitar, banjo, or simply a Tibetan bell, she puts her whole heart and soul into the moment. You won’t want to miss a chance to hear her songs and stories in person. She tours extensively, winning over audiences with her warm, lively and humorous performances. (And if you love her writing, be sure to check out her “Haiku a Day” shared via her Facebook page!) The AllMusic Guide says, “A stunning soprano tone has made Anne Hills one of contemporary music’s premiere vocalists. Her knack for writing heartfelt songs [has] brought her to the upper echelon of her craft” and Tom Paxton says, “Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like “Follow That Road” and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”

Claudia Schmidt has been perfecting her craft of performing for almost four decades. It is a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her word!) of music, poetry, story, laughter. drama, and celebrating the moment. Work in clubs, theaters, festivals, TV, radio has added depth and dimension, and since she has always included her original work along with very personal versions of the work of others, what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who says what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder. The San Francisco Bay Guardian said: Schmidt’s shows are a lot like falling in love. You never know what’s going to happen next, chances are it’s going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory and you know you’ll never be the same again.” More succinctly, Garrison Keiilor said “when Claudia sings a song, it stays sung”


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Eastman String Band

Eastman String Band

Thursday, May 14th
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 Tim’s 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. 2018 took them on a tour of China where they traveled hundreds of miles sharing their music in some of it’s most ancient cities. Together they have released 2 all original albums.

Tim Finch has been a familiar face in the music scene for many years. From his travels around the country as a representative of Eastman Strings, continuous festival and east coast venue appearances, radio airplay, as well as past performances with the Good Deale Bluegrass Band (featuring the legendary Mike Auldridge), Tim is a well known figure in the Bluegrass Americana community. His unique mandolin, banjo, and vocal style help define ESB’s sound.

Adding powerful lead vocals, sweet harmonies, engaging original songs, and a driving rhythm guitar, Savannah Finch is an accomplished 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.” ~ Alternate Root Magazine

Known the world over, fiddler Jon Glik continues to amaze audiences with his great tone and speed. He has performed in the past with such bluegrass legends as Del McCoury, David Grisman, The Good Deale Bluegrass Band, and many more. His playing can be heard regularly on many outlets, including NPR, XM/Sirius, WAMU, and others.

Musician 1st Class Daniel Stewart, originally from Laceyville, Pennsylvania, joined the Navy Band in 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication (radio, television and film) from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, minoring in bluegrass, old time, and country music studies. We’re happy to have Danny join the Eastman String Band on bass.

“…there are a few things you can depend on, silky vocals and hot picking” ~ Bluegrass Today Magazine

“…One of the bands helping to usher in new ways of hearing traditional sounds is Tim & Savannah Finch and the Eastman String band.” ~ Alternate Root Magazine

“…it should find favor with anyone anxious to explore new territories.” ~ Bluegrass Unlimited

“…a future bluegrass sound that brings Folk and Roots into the songs of ‘Neath A Midnight Sky” ~ Alternate Root Magazine


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Robin Bullock

Robin Bullock

Thursday, June 4th
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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The Trials of Cato

The Trials of Cato

Thursday, June 25th
THE TRIALS OF CATO

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Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut, and spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues. Returning home from Beirut in the winter of 2016, they have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene.

Back in the UK, they set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Musical development in the run up to their debut album proper was swift and sure, with Hide and Hair winning acclaim and receiving repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show “invariably stuns audiences wherever they play.” (FATEA) Whether plying their trade busking, performing in front of thousands at festivals across Europe, or frequently selling out their own shows, The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them.

A real discovery on the folk circuit in recent times” ~ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

One of the most impressive debut folk albums of the year ★★★★” ~ Songlines


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Rod MacDonald

Rod MacDonald

Thursday, July 9th
ROD MacDONALD

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Rod MacDonald (born August 17, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, novelist, and educator. He was a “big part of the 1980s folk revival in Greenwich Village clubs,” performing at the Speakeasy, The Bottom Line, Folk City, and the “Songwriter’s Exchange” at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. He is perhaps best known for his songs “American Jerusalem,” about the “contrast between the rich and the poor in Manhattan” (Sing Out!), “A Sailor’s Prayer,” “Coming of the Snow,” “Every Living Thing,” and “My Neighbors in Delray,” a description of the September 11 hijackers’ last days in Delray Beach, Florida, where MacDonald has lived since 1995. His songs have been covered by Dave Van Ronk, Shawn Colvin, Four Bitchin’ Babes, Jonathan Edwards, Garnet Rogers, Joe Jencks, and others. His 1985 recording White Buffalo is dedicated to Lakota Sioux ceremonial chief and healer Frank Fools Crow, whom he visited in 1981 and 1985, and who appears with MacDonald in the cover photograph. Since 1995 MacDonald has lived in south Florida, where his CD, Later that Night was named “Best Local CD of 2014” by The Palm Beach Post and reached the top ten in national roots music charts. His first novel, The Open Mike, about a young man in the open mike scene of Greenwich Village, was published in 2014 by Archway Publishing. In 2018, MacDonald released his 12th solo recording, Beginning Again, on Blue Flute Music.


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Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Thursday, July 23rd
ERIC SCOTT

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Washington, DC modern soul singer/songwriter Eric Scott has toured internationally, performing his own brand of funky, upbeat, socially aware, and ever soulful tunes. He’s shared stages with B.B. King, Mavis Staples, Aaron Neville, REO Speedwagon, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, and many more. He’s written and released five albums, including The Charm City Sessions EP in 2019, and is set to release album number six, titled Peace Bomb in 2020. All on his own Itzall Goode Music label. He is a multiple Wammie Award winner, and his music has been featured in several major motion pictures and network TV shows. He’s also lent his singing voice to international and regional ad campaigns for HGTV, Nat Geo, Ford, Chevy, Jeep, Chrysler, DC Lottery, and many more.

Honesty, soul, and the celebration of life’s joy and pain… these are the things that consistently define Eric’s music and performance. He is an impassioned performer whose signature soul/pop flavored songs really reach into the heart of his audience. Says Scott, “I love the freedom of artistic expression that playing music provides. I want to connect with an audience and get them moving, smiling, and thinking about the world we live in.”

About The Charm City Sessions EP…

“…a great artist who has not succumbed to the dictates of artifice pop…masterfully recorded and mixed…proof that human hearts, souls, and expressive artistry will move as much air
as gargantuan samples, but are much more spiritually moving…a splendid EP.”
~ Jon Carroll, Artist and multiple Grammy Award winner

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The End of America

The End of America

Thursday, July 30th
TEOA Folk Trio

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“Here I was at the end of America — no more land — and now there was nowhere to go but back.” ~ Jack Kerouac, On the Road

The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with indie rock and folk. The Philadelphia-based outfit drifts through styles that resonate with fans of Jose Gonzales, CSNY and Dawes.

All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005. Quick to become best friends, they’d frequently join each other on stage, adding harmonies to each others’ songs. It wasn’t long before they decided to create a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and captures the raw honesty of their performances.

Since their formation, they’ve released three albums and are now releasing a new single every month for the next year. Their fourth single, “He Was a Friend of Mine” was featured on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Folk’ playlist.

With a whole host of new music released, the band is gearing up for a full year of US and European touring. Anyone who has seen TEOA can attest to their powerful harmonies and stage presence.

The End of America was Voted “Most Wanted” Emerging Artist at the 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival as well as “Favorite New Artist” at the 2016 Philadelphia Folk Festival. They’ve also performed at SXSW, Savannah Stopover and the Baltimore Folk Fest. They have shared the stage with Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and was personally selected by Beck to perform for his Song Reader sheet music release show in Los Angeles. The trio’s appearance at the show aired live on KCRW and received praise from Spin, Filter and The Hollywood Reporter.


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Garnet Rogers

Garnet Rogers

Thursday, September 24th
GARNET ROGERS

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

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

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

Garnet Rogers recently published a memoir, Night Drive: Travels with my Brother.

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

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LEA, HEATHER AUBREY LLOYD, and KRISTEN JONES

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“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.

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

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

Kristen Jones has had a weird and wonderful musical journey over the years. Her diverse experience has led her to become a sought-after and versatile performer on cello, steel drums and vocals, in a wide range of genres.

Kristen started off as a classically-trained cellist. Growing up in upstate New York, she was a member and principal cellist of the Empire State Youth Orchestra for several years. She attended Oberlin College with the intent to become a cello major, but got derailed when she discovered steel drums with Oberlin Steel (formerly known as the Oberlin Can Consortium). “Pan” became Kristen’s passion after her first visit to Trinidad in 1997, where she joined the 120-person Renegades Steel Orchestra for their historic “three-peat” Panorama win. The next year she studied at the University of the West Indies for a semester and continued to participate in Panorama almost annually through 2005. She also performed several times in Brooklyn NY’s annual Panorama with bands such as Despers USA, Pantonic and Metro. She graduated Oberlin in 1999 with a major in Ethnomusicology, focusing on steel pan music.

After graduation, Kristen moved to the Washington DC area and joined up with Pan Masters Steel Orchestra, eventually becoming their director and musical arranger. She also began working at the House of Musical Traditions, a renowned independent music store specializing in folk and ethnic instruments, and became the general manager there in 2005.

Through HMT, Kristen met a lot of other DC-area musicians, and eventually started coming back to the cello. Though she had learned steel drums mostly in the traditional way of playing by ear, the cello had always been a “music-reading” instrument for Kristen. Slowly, she worked on expanding her improvisation skills on cello.

She joined ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You, Baltimore-based acoustic grunge band) in 2009 and tours nationally as the ilyAIMY trio with her husband rob Hinkal, and Heather Lloyd. Joining ilyAIMY also inspired her to start playing electric cello, and she now performs almost exclusively with her NS Designs CR4 cello. Kristen also adds harmony vocals to ilyAIMY’s sound.

Kristen is also cellist and vocalist with Lulu’s Fate, a trio performing old-time Appalachian and other Americana music. Kristen performs frequently at area weddings and events with Music By Anthem’s string quartets and trios, including an all-electric string quartet. For several years she performed on steel pan and cello with the rock/reggae/world collective 50 Man Machine — this group has now re-formed in Louisiana with new members, but Kristen continues to lend her steel drum talents to other artists on a freelance basis.

Kristen has performed and recorded on both cello and steel drums with dozens of other area artists, including We’re About 9, Mosno Al-Moseeki, Lea, David Potts-Dupre, Christylez Bacon and more.



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