Shows: Cellar Stage™ Timonium


Cellar Stage™ Timonium
Timonium United Methodist Church
2300 Pot Spring Road • Timonium, MD 21093

443-540-0226
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Kate McDonnell
Kate McDonnell
Tom Prasada-Rao
Tom Prasada-Rao
Friday, October 7th
KATE McDONNELL & TOM PRASADA-RAO

Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm

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Armed with her unusual guitar style and crystalline soprano voice, Kate McDonnell teamed with her twin sister to perform around their Baltimore hometown during their high school and college years. After a four-year sabbatical from performance in the mid-80s, Kate returned to music by partnering with guitarist Freddie Tane, at one time a member of Bill Haley’s Comets. In 1989, Kate started writing her own songs and began racking up serious critical recognition in the early 90s, she was named a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival and a finalist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Showcase in New York State. In 1992, she released her self-produced debut album, “Broken Bones.” The CD was praised in prestigious folk periodicals. Sing Out! called her a “strong vocalist and guitarist [with an] outstanding ability to write excellent first-person songs,” and Dirty Linen described “Broken Bones” as “a striking showcase for her skills as a songwriter and performer”and called Kate’s voice “flexible, adventurous and moving” Kate has appeared on the internationally syndicated “World Café” radio show and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C She hit the studio in the summer of 2020 to record her 5th album “Ballad of a Bad Girl.”

Tonight at The Cellar Stage Kate is joined by renowned singer/songwriter Tom Prasada-Rao.


“Visually and musically, Tom Prasada-Rao is the most compelling presence to emerge in the singer-songwriter genre as I’ve seen in a long time.” ~ Jim Bessman, Billboard.

Tom Prasada-Rao (TPR) is a musician’s musician – an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with it’s homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty, Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious and reverent.

“The most moving, pointed and memorable songs reflect Prasada-Rao’s indebtedness to Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan, and Richard Thompson, and other singer songwriters who have something to say, and a distinctive way of saying it.” ~ Mike Joyce, The Washington Post.

“Prasada-Rao gives his folk songs an R&B flavor. George Benson, Grover Washington Jr, Marvin Gaye and a number of other Motown greats come to mind when listening to Hear You Laughing.” ~ Charlene J. Arsenault, The Boston Globe.

“Tom Prasada-Rao is a rare and brilliant performer. His fine voice and thrilling guitar work hold you spellbound while he heals your heart.” ~ David Wilcox, Singer-Songwriter.

Buy tickets for Kate McDonnell & Tom Prasada-Rao at Cellar Stage™ Timonium

Friday, November 4th
TONY DENIKOS
w/multi-instrumentalist Bill Williams

and JEN & SCOTT SMITH
of NAKED BLUE

Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm

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Tony Denikos
Tony Denikos

Modern Americana with deep roots; Tony’s music is witty, cutting, purposeful and reflective. His authentic voice will drive the stories straight to your heart.

“Tony Denikos’ songwriting is filled with emotion and romanticism, moving from social commentary to small portraits of American life…. A good example of modern Americana and songwriting of noble birth.”~ Fabio Cerbone, Italy.

“…like a sponge Tony absorbs all the (Americana) influences and then wrings out something entirely his own” ~ Benny Metten. Belgium.

Tony has been performing and recording his original brand of folk Americana since 1999. After years of playing pubs and bars in various configurations Tony decided it was time to record a collection of songs he’d written and released, his first CD, Naked & Smiling. The Washington Post reviewed it calling Tony a, “Tunesmith in the best sense of the word”. And recently, (2020) Tony released “Gravity Wins”- A stripped down, raw and romantic take on all things life. Tony collaborated with Scott and Jen Smith, Geoffrey Himes and David E. Moulton on three tunes and pens the rest of this collection of ten superbly produced and performed compositions.

Appearing with Tony Denikos: Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter Bill Williams has spent the last 35 years working his craft with numerous regional acts.

Bill Williams
Scott & Jen Smith

Drawing from the Americana tradition & keeping a roots rock sensibility, performing songwriter team Jen & Scott Smith (Naked Blue), are a mainstay on the singer-songwriter/pop scene. They have released 7 full-length albums & built a devoted following for their songwriting, recordings & performances. Their latest release is an extraordinary collaboration with bestselling author Lee Child based on his iconic Jack Reacher character, entitled Just the Clothes on My Back. The album tour included headline shows at City Winery in NYC & Nashville, Firehouse Saloon – Houston, The Hamilton Live – DC, World Cafe Live – Philly, Red Clay Theatre – Duluth & more. Scott & Jen’s obvious joyous connection on stage & easy rapport with their audience are the hallmarks of their performance style; defined by their interwoven guitar work, Jen’s instantly recognizable smoky, vulnerable voice & Scott’s passionate, impeccable lead guitar.

“… Jennifer Smith’s throaty, expressive delivery, remind of artists like Susan Tedeschi & Lucinda Williams without feeling derivative of either; Naked Blue is its own thing, a potent pairing [with] natural rawness & muscle.” – Jason Warburg, The Daily Vault.

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Lynn & Keely Hollyfield
Lynn Hollyfield Band
Friday, December 9th
LYNN HOLLYFIELD AND HER DAUGHTER KEELY HOLLYFIELD and Dave Abe, Steve Wolf & Jimmy Brink present a TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm

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Lynn Hollyfield and bandmates come together to celebrate the holiday season at the Cellar Stage. Join us for an evening of uplifting music that will warm your heart with songs that capture the beauty of the Winter season and the charm of the Holidays. Lynn Hollyfield will be joined by her daughter Keely, and their family blend of harmonies promise to delight. Lynn and Keely will be joined by Dave Abe (mandolin, fiddles), Steve Wolf (bassist extraordinaire) and Jimmy Brink (percussion).

Lynn is a singer-songwriter with a big heart, and dabbles in various genres ranging from contemporary folk, pop and jazz. Her warm stage presence, catchy melodies and genuine lyrics, draw her listeners in. She is currently recording, a long anticipated, third solo album, of originals tunes. Hollyfield’s voice, described as “rich, warm, inviting,” is supported by her crisp, acoustic guitar style, with an occasional ukulele or mandolin thrown into the mix.

Dave Abe has been playing Irish traditional music since the late 1970’s. He is known for his Donegal style of fiddle playing and his extensive knowledge of tunes from that region and has performed at numerous festivals and venues including the Birchmere, the National Cathedral, and the White House.

Steve Wolf on bass, currently performs with bluesmen Linwood Taylor and Memphis Gold and has toured internationally with many of the region’s finest bands, The Nighthawks, and has backed an array of national artists including: Chuck Berry, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Doctor John, The Marvelettes, Tom Principato, Danny Gatton, and Springsteen sax man Clarence Clemons. He remains an in-demand sideman.

Jimmy Brink is a Baltimore based percussionist and drummer who has been playing for 30 years. He spent five years in the United States Marine Corps Band and now plays with several local musical groups including The Chesapeake Pub Crawl, The Classroom Dragons, and The Racket. Jimmy is known for his impromptu, innovative drum solos. He is a dynamic percussionist who lays down succinct rhythm and grooves.

Buy tickets for Lynn Hollyfield and Keely Hollyfield present a traditional Christmas concert at Cellar Stage™ Timonium
Lynne Hanson
Woody Lissauer
Friday, January 13th
DOUBLE BILL: LYNNE HANSON AND WOODY LISSAUER

Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm

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Lynne Hanson is continuing to make a huge impression on the Americana music scene.” Maverick Magazine (UK).  Her latest recording “Just Words” could just be the one to take her to the next level. Her hard living music has garnered her the nickname “Canada’s Queen of Americana.” While her deep, bluesy croon has drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch, it’s the poetry of her lyrics that really sets her apart. Hanson is known for her high energy, roots guitar driven live performances, her sense of humour and spontaneity as a storyteller.  “[Lynne Hanson] seems headed for that revered territory inhabited by seasoned songwriters such as Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Gauthier or Lucinda Williams.” Canada’s Folk, Roots & World Music Magazine “Penguin Eggs.”

“Hugely Talented Woody Lissauer is an amazing musician and songwriter. I would put him in the ranks of Leonard Cohen when it comes to songwriting. He also has a great voice and the music and accompaniments make for an addictive listening experience. Highly recommended.” ~ Anna Jung, Amazon Music. Woody performs on a wide variety of instruments. His voice is strong, subtle, skillful and wide-ranging. His compositions have won dozens of awards, his music is deep and moving. Woody performs on a wide variety of instruments, employed on his 13 full-length CDs, countless singles, videos, radio, TV, interviews and articles  – press has described his self-styled ‘Astro-Folk’ as ‘deeply affecting’, ‘a musical masterpiece’ & ‘music you must hear!’

Woody is featuring his new album An Old Coat and a Fishing Boat.

Buy tickets for Double Bill: Lynne Hanson & Woody Lissauer at Cellar Stage™ Timonium
Friday, May 5th
CHERYL WHEELER

Tickets $30.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm

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Cheryl Wheeler
Cheryl Wheeler

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It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic. Poet-Cheryl writes achingly honest songs of love and loss. Contrasting the prosaic landscapes of her native small-town America with the hopelessly rootless life of the traveling performer, she touches the common chords with any who feel the tug between our busy, clamorous times and the timeless longing for simplicity and silence. Her deceptively plain-spun songs have been hits for such main-stream stars as Suzy Bogguss (Aces) and Dan Seals (Addicted), and have been recorded by everyone from Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, and Peter Paul and Mary; to Juice Newton and Garth Brooks. Comic-Cheryl comes on like Groucho-in-a-housecoat; a fiercely everyday woman with a barbed-wire tongue. Shredding the mores of our gossipy, greedy, trend-obsessed culture, Wheeler always aims enough darts at herself to never seem sanctimonious.

Wheeler was born in the small town of Timonium, Maryland. The wistful rural vistas she glimpses so poignantly through her fleeting windshield really do represent the deep pull of place she feels in her wandering life. With the possible exception of Greg Brown, no modern songwriter comes to mind who can write as convincingly about the sheer, simple-hearted joy of a nice day; whether a warm spring one spent driving down southern back roads, or a chilly gray one spent thinking properly dark thoughts at a bayside hotel. Where others seek the startling image, the ‘Big Event,’ Wheeler wraps her songs around the familiar image, the shared event. When it’s comic-Cheryl’s turn, the poet simply turns over the mic and allows the comic to be displayed in her native habitat: the stage. Wheeler can comically lampoon modern culture while thoughtfully teasing herself and the audience. As the two forces smooth their conflict, taking their separate turns and melding into the same artistic vision, Wheeler emerges as a gifted and openhearted songwriter approaching the sure summit of her craft. Audience members’ abilities to find their own lives reflected in the sweet spaces of her songs reveals an artist comfortably wearing the austere genius that defines folk music’s best traditions. More confidently and beautifully than ever before, she proves that the poet and the comic are one and the same.

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