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Videos of John Flynn @ Baldwin’s Station, 11/16/17

John Flynn

John Flynn

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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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.

Videos of Garnet Rogers @ Baldwin’s Station, 11/9/17

Garnet Rogers

Garnet Rogers

Thursday, November 9, 2017

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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’ newly-published book, Night Drive: Travels with my Brother. A memoir, will be available at the show.

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

Videos of Side by Side at Baldwin’s Station, May 28, 2015

Side by Side

Side by Side

Thursday, May 28th
with Paul Prestopino &
Ron Greenstein

Doris Justis and Sean McGhee are Side by Side. Their close vocal harmonies and guitars back their original songs and original interpretations of the best songwriters. The duo has 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 have 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 are 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 are featured on the CD from that event.

Doris Justis has been a mainstay of the folk and acoustic music scene in the Washington area for several years. She also has appeared in Nashville and at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village among other venues. She has been on radio as a performer, producer and DJ with Dick Cerri’s “Music Americana” and her own “Folk Alley” program. Doris is a recipient of the Appreciation Award from the World Folk Music Association, honoring her years of supporting the music and musicians by producing showcases, coffeehouses and concerts featuring local, regional and national performers. Doris has three solo recordings: “Who To Turn To,” “Doris,” featuring Sean on guitar and as special guest vocalist and “Bright Paintings,” with guitarist Pete Marinovich. In addition, “Doris” includes her composition, “Rainbow Bridge,” inspired by special friends and family. Doris is currently working with keyboardist Dick Kait.

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.”

Paul Prestopino

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.

Ron Greenstein has been a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio.

Videos of The Squid Jiggers at Baldwin’s Station, July 11, 2013

The Squid Jiggers

The Squid Jiggers

Thursday, July 11th

The Squid Jiggers are a Maine-based folk duo comprised of inveterate musician-entertainers, Dave Rowe and Troy R. Bennett. They took their name from the A.R. Scammell song “Squid Jigging Ground,” a wonderful musical depiction of fishing for squid in the waters off Newfoundland. They combine their talents on guitar, bass, bodhrán, and tin whistles to lay down a thunderous musical base for their robust vocal harmonies.

Dave Rowe was brought up on the Maine music scene, learning the music trade literally at the feet of his late father, Tom Rowe, while the elder Rowe was traveling the country playing bass guitar with Schooner Fare. Starting out as a young roadie and coffee gofer for his dad, Dave began playing out professionally as a bassist at the age of 15, and hasn’t had a real job since! In 1993 the Rowe men got together and formed a duo, which eventually became known as Turkey Hollow when Denny Breau joined. With Tom’s passing in 2004, Dave formed the critically acclaimed Dave Rowe Trio, with which he continues to tour as lead vocalist, and guitarist. With the formation of The Squid Jiggers, Dave comes full circle, picking up his dad’s trademark Steinberger bass guitar and playing many of the songs he used to hear Schooner Fare perform so many years ago.

Troy Bennett grew up collecting Schooner Fare ticket stubs and albums. He started his professional career touring with the Portland, Maine Irish band, Rakish Paddy. Upon leaving Rakish Paddy he adopted the gypsy life, traveling Europe with his guitar, collecting stories and busking on street corners. He eventually buckled down, studying Anglo-Irish literature at University College Galway and the University of Southern Maine. On his return to the states, he started a Celtic duo called Bailey’s Mistake, as well as the Half Moon Jug Band, a high-octane folk group specializing in new uses for kazoos and banjos. The Half Moon Jug Band continues to tour extensively across New England.

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Video of Naked Blue at Baldwin’s Station, March 28, 2013

Naked Blue

Naked Blue

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Naked Blue’s trademark acoustic-folk pop sound in its simplest form — good harmonies, a catchy hook and Jen’s breathy voice that at once soothes and intrigues. Whatever your taste, Jen and Scott seem to have something made to order and as the years go by, the selection grows greater and greater. Audiences will enjoy Naked Blue’s intriguing body of music that seems to delight in keeping one guessing.” ~ Leesburg Today. Jen and Scott Smith (Naked Blue), met at Gordon Miller Music in Towson, MD. Within a year, they had begun a writing, recording and personal partnership that has produced 5+ recordings and won critical acclaim. Their dynamic live performances, either as a duo or as front people for a full band, have taken them to 6 countries and across the U.S. creating life-long loyal fans wherever they go. “When you see husband-and-wife duos touring the country as musical partners, especially if they’ve been doing it for twenty years, you can be confident that they’ve achieved a level of communication and compatibility that guarantees the quality of the show. That’s definitely the case with Jen and Scott Smith, whose instinctive feel for progressive folk/pop music has resulted in legions of fans on the Eastern Seaboard, and long residencies on radio playlists across the country. Scott’s command of the electric guitar is almost ravishing, in tasteful service to Jen’s seductive lead vocals and solid rhythm guitar — maybe it takes at least twenty years to get this good…” “With the release of their new CD, Five by Five, Naked Blue has established itself as a vital player on the folk-pop scene.” ~ MetroBeat.
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