Shows: Cellar Stage Baltimore


THE CELLAR STAGE™ BALTIMORE at
Faith Community United Methodist Church of Hamilton
5315 Harford Road * Baltimore, MD 21214
Located in the Hamilton area of Northeast Baltimore.
Concert information: 410-521-9099
Cell phone for info on day of show: 443-540-0226
uptownconcerts@gmail.com

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  • By web: Available at Brown Paper Tickets. Use Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.
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  • By mail: send check or money order to Uptown Concerts, Inc., P.O. Box 1053, Randallstown, MD 21133. Please make checks payable to Uptown Concerts, Inc. Include a phone number and be sure to specify the show(s) for which you are purchasing tickets. Include your e-mail address and I’ll e-mail you a receipt.
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We encourage you to take a chance on an artist you don’t know. If the music is really not to your liking and you wish to leave you can get a full refund of the ticket price any time before the headline act has played for 30 minutes.

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IONS

IONA

Friday, December 16th
IONA presents
A CELTIC WINTER SOLSTICE YULE

Tickets $21.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
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IONA’s music is a unique, acoustic weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (France), the Isle of Man, Asturies and Galicia (Spain), as well as their transplants in America. Blending songs, dance tunes, and aires into a rich and stunning tapestry, their style is outstanding in an arena where these traditions are seldom intertwined. Conceived in 1986, IONA was the musical offspring of lead singer, bouzouki, guitar and bodhrán player Barbara Ryan and wind section, Bernard Argent. With fiddler Jim Queen (banjo and vocals as well) and bass guitar player Chuck Lawhorn, IONA has become the leading Celtic group in the Mid-Atlantic region. They are all seasoned performers: entertainers who involve their audiences with the history and cultural backgrounds of the music, with teaching words to the songs — even those sung in a Celtic tongue, with leading simple Breton dances, with humor, and with every emotion in the spectrum. Traditional Celtic material, haunting songs, toe tapping dances and the humor of the Celtic peoples from Scotland to Brittany provide IONA with an incredibly varied repertoire.

Original acoustic arrangements all the members of the band play several instruments, often switching within a piece to achieve their unique sound. They weave tunes from different countries around their songs, pursuing complex rhythms with deft professionalism.

Barbara Ryan’s voice has been described as “smooth and sweet as dark honey.” A folk singer in the 60’s, she studied voice for 10 years, and has been a vocal coach ever since.

Bernard Argent is IONA’s charming historian and yarn spinner. He studied music through much of his youth and at university in England.

Chuck Lawhorn, IONA’s bassist, not only owns just about every bass guitar conceived by mankind, but plays them all expertly. He also dabbles in whistle and sings a mean tenor harmony with the group.

Jim Queen comes to IONA as a veteran of 30 years performing with the Air Force Band. Master of many instruments, his primary contributions are fiddle and vocals, although he brings a touch of banjo and guitar to the mix as well. He’s performed all over the world and in just about every state, for presidents, heads of state and luminaries in every field.

Buy tickets for IONA at The Cellar Stage Baltimore


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Mustard's Retreat

Mustard’s Retreat

Friday, January 13th
MUSTARD’S RETREAT

Tickets $21.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
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The oldest, and perhaps the most compelling, of all arts is the art of storytelling. Where we have been, where we are going how we came to be, where and why we are… the sharing of humor and wisdom. We have been telling and listening to stories since the dawn of time.

Mustard’s Retreat has been delighting audiences by telling stories for 40 years — they are witty, insightful, fun, and profound, as well as accomplished songwriters and musicians (guitars, dulcimer, electric bass, mandolin, harmonica, pennywhistle). In addition to being raconteurs and storytellers, they will give you things to laugh about for days to come and remember for years. Tales of stupid frogs, wandering cadavers, haunted bridges and techo-nerds, memories of small towns and high school, first loves and last… and places we’ve been or maybe just dreamed of.

Everything the duo does on stage is aimed at pleasing, moving and engaging their audience. Whether singing their own gentle love songs and vivid ballads, telling tall tales or offering treasures from America’s vast traditional song bag, a Mustard’s Retreat show always feels like it’s designed for the people who have come to see them that day. And leave it to these guys to pen a glowing ode to the coffeehouse volunteers whose enthusiasm keeps the folk embers glowing.

“I work with them several times a year and always wish it was more,” said Canadian songwriter Garnet Rogers, among the most popular performers on the folk circuit. “The thing that always impresses me is the incredible openness they have with the audience. They stand up there and just radiate friendliness; the audience is included in the whole process, encouraged to sing along and talk back. I’ve learned a lot from them in that sense.”

“They are so warm and friendly and giving on stage, completely in touch with the audience,” said Tom Paxton… “there are no barriers at all, and you just love to watch that and be part of it. But the thing that strikes me about them from Jump Street — and that makes it all work so well — is that their time is so tight. Michael is such a wonderful, simple bass player; his time is just flawless. And that’s why two guys can move you musically the way they do — they have a gorgeous sense of time and tempo, a real musicality to what they do.”

Buy tickets for Mustard’s Retreat at Cellar Stage Baltimore

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Friday, February 17th
BALTIMORE IRISH TRAD FEST
fundraiser concert and silent auction

Tickets TBA ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
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www.baltimoreirisharts.com

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Friday, February 24th
ROBIN BULLOCK & AIOFE CLANCY

Tickets $21.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
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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.”

Whether she’s delivering an ancient Irish ballad, an American folk classic, or an urgent contemporary song, Aoife sings with the same gorgeous naturalism as if she were experiencing the emotions in the songs for the first time.” —Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

Aoife Clancy (pronounced “Eefa”) brings a refreshing new voice to folk music, one that ranges from traditional Irish songs to ballads and contemporary folk. Aoife comes from the small town of Carrick-on-Suir, in Co Tipperary, Ireland, where her musical career began at an early age. Her father Bobby Clancy of the legendary Clancy Brothers, placed a guitar in her hands at age ten, and by age fourteen she was playing with her father in nearby pubs. Later moving to Dublin, she studied drama at the Gaiety School of Acting. After a season at the Gaiety, Aoife was invited to do a tour of Australia. There she performed at festivals and concerts sharing the stage with some of Ireland’s greatest performers, including Christy Moore and the Furey Brothers. Her performances also include a Caribbean cruises with the Clancy Brothers, the Milwaukee Irish Festival and a seven week tour of the United States with the renowned Paddy Noonan Show. In 1995 Aoife joined the acclaimed group “Cherish the Ladies.” Now with seven recordings under her belt Aoife has clearly established herself as one of the Divas of Irish and contemporary Folk Music.

Clancy’s distinctive mezzo and clarity of phrasing make an immediate impression as she explores the restrained emotions of the music” —Kerry Dexter, Dirty Linen Magazine

Buy tickets for Robin Bullock & Aiofe Clancy at Cellar Stage Baltimore

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Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke

Friday, March 10th
KEVIN BURKE

Tickets $21.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
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“Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living.” ~ The Village Voice

Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. In the US he received a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA, in Ireland the prestigious Gradam Ceoil award, both acknowledging him as a master of the tradition. Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music — the “naked fiddle” as he sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his live solo release, “In Concert”, a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces. His solo concerts are mesmerizing, you feel like a fortunate guest in the home of this gracious master of the vibrant Irish tradition.

“Kevin Burke plays the fiddle so smoothly, with such buoyancy, and with such relaxed showmanship, that even a large concert hall becomes intimate.” ~ The New Yorker

“A lyrical player of emotional electricity.” ~ The Washington Post

“Burke imparts a rhythmic intensity that is remarkably powerful…a superior instrumentalist in any idiom…impressively virtuosic.” ~ The New York Times

Buy tickets for Kevin Burke at Cellar Stage Baltimore

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Friday, March 24th
HEATHER AUBREY LLOYD, KIPYN MARTIN & VICTORIA VOX
Singer/Songwriters in the Round

Tickets TBA ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
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www.heatheraubreylloyd.com
www.kipynmartin.com
www.victoriavox.com

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Bill Staines

Bill Staines

Friday, April 21st
BILL STAINES

Tickets $21.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
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Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat. For over forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960’s and, for a time, emceed the Sunday hootenanny at the renowned Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. In 1971, after one of his performances, a reviewer for The Phoenix stated that Bill was “simply Boston’s best performer.” A decade later, both in 1980 and 1981, the annual Reader’s Poll of The Boston Globe selected him as a “favorite performer.”

In 1991, Bill entered his forth decade as a folk performer with an international reputation as an artist. Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular singers on the folk music circuit today and averages around 200 concert dates a year. Bill weaves a magical blend of wit and gentle humor into his performances, and as one reviewer wrote, “he has a sense of timing to match the best stand-up comic.” His music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease, his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon.

“Any new song that can live comfortably beside the well-worn songs of folk tradition has a good chance of surviving the test of time. Such, we believe, are the songs of Bill Staines” ~ Charles “Sandy” Paton, Folk Legacy Records.

Buy tickets for Bill Staines at Cellar Stage Baltimore

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Friday, May 12th
ANNE HILLS & DAVID ROTH

Tickets TBA ~ Showtime 8:00 pm
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