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WE’RE PLANNING AND HOPING TO HAVE THIS VIRTUAL ONLINE SHOW WITH JOHN GORKA. PROBLEM IS WHERE JOHN LIVES THERE ARE POOR TECHNICAL ABILITIES. HE’S TRYING TO WORK THINGS OUT.

John Gorka

John Gorka

Tuesday, October 20th
JOHN GORKA

Show time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time
Link to live stream: TBA
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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 True in Time.

“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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Christine Lavin

Christine Lavin

Tuesday, November 10th
CHRISTINE LAVIN

Show time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time (1 hour show)
Link to live stream: TBA
Link to tip jar: TBA
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Christine Lavin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist/author/videographer who has been working as a musician based in New York City since 1984. She is currently producing her 23rd solo album, scheduled for release in the fall of 2017. Her 22nd album, CHRISTINE LAVIN & FRIENDS LIVE AT McCABE’S GUITAR SHOP was produced by Hillary Rollins, and includes five stellar LA performers (Gary Stockdale, Pat Whiteman, Cynthia Carle, David Lucky, and MaryJo Mundy), and the revered British singer/songwriter, Daniel Cainer. Christine sings seven songs on this album.

She has produced ten compilation CDs, JUST ONE ANGEL 2.0 being the latest, which have showcased the songs of dozens of singer/songwriters whose work she admires. The food-themed compilation ONE MEAT BALL, includes a 96-page cookbook that Christine edited.

For four years she hosted “Slipped Disks” on XM satellite radio, playing CDs slipped to her backstage by compatriots, and she is now the occasional guest host for the City Folk Sunday Supper on WFUV-FM at Fordham University. She also writes freelance for various publications (including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The St. Petersburg Times, The Performing Songwriter, The Finger Lakes Times, and Delta “Sky” Magazine).

The book THE PLUTO FILES: THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE PLANET, written by Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, includes the complete lyrics to Christine’s song “Planet X,” which details Pluto’s history and planetary status debate. The book is published by W.W. Norton — and Christine got a “D” in Astronomy in college (see kids? You CAN make up for the mistakes of your youth).

She has appeared in concert with Neil deGrasse Tyson as part of his “Astronomers & Comedians” tour, and is fairly certain she is the first Astronomy D student to ever do so.

Christine founded the group Four Bitchin’ Babes in 1990, toured with them for eight years, and the group has continued successfully to this day, performing concerts all over the US.

Ms. Lavin’s song “Amoeba Hop” was turned into a science/music book by illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney (Puddle Jump Press), received the stamp of approval from The International Society of Protistologists, and a “Best Book Award” from The American Association for The Advancement of Science.

Betsy and Christine have collaborated again on HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, a children’s book with CD that tells the story of an oil spill with an emphasis on clean, alternative energy. More than 50 singers from around the world are included on the CD. That book was crowdfunded by Kickstarter and is currently looking for a publisher.

Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show. Songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci, Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes championship.

Christine has recently added intermission tutorial activities to her concert — teaching audience members how to fold cloth napkins in the fancy “Downton Abbey” style. Even she can’t believe how popular this halftime activity has become. “It’s almost like they come for the napkin folding, then stay for the music,” she says quizzically.

Her award-winning book, COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? is available in paperback, kindle, iPad, and audio book formats. In 2011 it won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence In Non-Fiction Writing About Pop Music. Just One Angel, her first holiday compilation project, (22 artists, 22 Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year’s songs) became a four-artist west coast tour that hit the road in December of 2011, 2012, and 2013.

For eight years (2012-2016) Christine performed co-bill concerts with Boston comedian Don White all over the US and Canada.

OTHER AWARDS: In 2012 she won a NYC Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers in New York City. Christine has also won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can’t Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.

LATEST PROJECTS: Christine started creating videos for her songs in 2011, and now creates them for other artists (Robyn Landis, John Margolis, Don White, Ray Jessel, Honor Finnegan, Craig Werth, Grammy-winner Julie Gold, David Ippolito). She has many posted at Youtube and Vimeo. This one: http://www.vimeo.com/28256675 won the weekly indy short film contest on WNET in NYC and was broadcast on Channel 13 in NYC.

Christine Lavin was the keynote speaker in November 2016 at the annual North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) held in Stamford, CT. A written expanded edition of her presentation is available upon request — 92 pages of advice she’s gathered over the years that will help new performers find their way is this everchanging world.

”A garrulous comic observer of contemporary manners” ~ NY Times.

”An enchanting stage performer” ~ Cosmopolitan.

”Lavin is the central force in the most visible segment of the contemporary folk music scene. Captivating.” ~ Billboard.

”Christine Lavin puts delightful melodies behind wry, witty and perceptive observations about life.” ~ NY Daily News.

”Lavin can write serious, sensitive songs with the best of them. But it?s her funny material that sticks in the mind.” ~ Providence Bulletin.

”She’s a folkZinger!” ~ Orlando Sentinel.

“A Christine Lavin concert is an experience you will remember with big smiles………” ~ Joyce Sica, Uptown Concerts.

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Amy Speace

Amy Speace

Tuesday, December 8th
AMY SPEACE

Show time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time (1 hour show)
Link to live stream: TBA
Link to tip jar: TBA
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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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Previous Cellar Stage™ Online shows:

Saturday, September 12, 2020: Nobody’s Girl (BettySoo, Rebecca Loebe and Grace Pettis)
Friday, September 4, 2020: Common Chords: Robert Jones & Matt Watroba
Saturday, August 15, 2020: Kipyn Martin
Sunday, July 26, 2020: Mustard’s Retreat
Thursday, June 11, 2020: Don White

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