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2018 Concert Season

KORBY LENKER

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September 29, 2018 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Korby Lenker’s  deliberate approach to music is the mainstay of a career now tipping into its third decade. Along the way there have been numerous songwriting awards (including first place wins at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Showcase) and festival appearances, (Sasquatch, Bumbershoot). Lenker has also shared the stage with such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek, Chris Isaak, to name a few. “For me,” says Lenker, “the two most important qualities of good art are originality and meaning. By original, I mean you’ve got to tell your own story and no one else’s…one thing that was good for me when I moved to Nashville was that it forced me to really dig in and figure out what I did that was different than what everyone else was doing. Korby is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, poet, director, etc.  Published by Turner Publishing December 2015, Lenker’s first book features twenty-seven stories culled from his fifteen years as a solo touring indie artist. For his 7th CD Thousand Springs, he recorded the heart of each song — the guitar and vocal — in different places important to him personally. After recording the basic tracks, he spent the next several months driving around the country, recording his friends where they lived — in backyards and hotel rooms – in Seattle, Portland, LA, Austin, Madison, Boston and more. Thousand Springs was recorded in 7 states and features almost 30 different artists from the young folk scene, including Nora Jane Struthers, Critter Eldridge, Anthony Da Costa, Amy Speace, Molly Tuttle, Carrie Elkin, Kai Welch, Beck Warren and many more.

RONNY COX

featuring Radoslav Lorković

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October 12, 2018 – Friday

05:30pm Potluck Dinner & 06:30pm Music

Ronny Cox is a well known American actor, with notable roles in Deliverance, Star Trek, Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall, Robo Cop, etc., and in the recently released Pure Country: Pure Heart with Willie Nelson. Not as many people know of his life-long love and dedication to music. Despite having a successful acting career, Ronny say that music now comes first in his life. These days, he spends less time acting and more time as a singer/songwriter performing at festivals, concert venues and small intimate theaters all over the U.S. Music is his first love, and allows him a really special connection to audiences – a connection that works both ways. He turns down about 90% of the acting jobs he is offered, in order to play his music.also leads a musical tour to Ireland each year. Ronny is a superb singer-songwriter and storyteller. He brings his extraordinary view of life into a magnetic, likable, onstage persona. Ronny’s music is eclectic, a woven tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells something about “the human condition”. Scores of fans and promoters will attest that attending one of his performances is one of the greatest evenings to experience. With the gift of a consummate storyteller, he shares funny, sad and tender moments. His loyal band of listeners are blessed, if only for a while, to spend time with a truly remarkable man. Enhancing these great stories is the music provided by Ronny and his band of world-class, virtuoso musicians. He’s released eight CDs, including the audio version of his book… The Deliverance of Drew. Come meet, see and hear this American treasure. You will be thoroughly entertained.

Accompanying Ronny will be Radoslav Lorković… a Croatian born and classically trained folk and blues musician, known in particular for his flair on the piano and accordion. Lorković tours internationally and often performs at festivals including the Woody Guthrie Festival, held annually in Woody’s hometown of Okema, Oklahoma. Sometimes referred to as the “Croatian Sensation,” Lorković is known to be the busiest musician during the festival, having first attended in 2005 as a member of Jimmy LaFave’s band. A few years later he was on the festival schedule performing his own solo set as well as accompanying many others. Lorković’s version of Woody Guthrie’s “The Jolly Banker” – which he performs on accordion – was described as being “dazzling”. Lorković has also performed on Prairie Home Conpanion.  For several years he has accompanied Ellis Paul at Paul’s traditional New Year’s Eve shows at Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He also accompanies Ronny Cox at many of his shows.

ANNA TIVEL & JEFFREY MARTIN

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November 03, 2018 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Anna Tivel is a Portland, OR-based songwriter who grounds her work in quiet stories of everyday struggle. She’s a keen and detailed observer, and the characters in her songs come alive in small moments of beauty and despair. With three full-length albums out on Portland’s well-loved Fluff & Gravy Records and a fourth due out this spring, Tivel spends her time writing and touring the US and overseas. Her most recent album, ‘Small Believer,’ was produced by guitar mastermind Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell) and released in September of 2017. NPR praised the album, saying it “repeatedly achieves this exquisite balance of the quotidian and the sublime with imagery that’s deeply poetic.” Her previous album, Heroes Waking Up was hailed by Folk Radio UK as “a superb and sublime album from a voice that deserves to be shouted from the highest rooftops.”

Jeffrey Martin is an American singer songwriter, born in San Antonio, Texas in 1984. While he’s been writing songs since he was in high school, he didn’t begin touring until 2010 when a few chance opening gigs fell his way. Before he ever slept out his car for music, he enjoyed sleeping out of his car all over the country just for the sake of traveling— so the anti-glamourous lifestyle of a touring singer-songwriter suited him well. Since 2010 he has criss-crossed the country with his songs, a few times in an old Isuzu Trooper, and once in a Toyota Camry with which he pulled a homemade wooden teardrop camper. And on all occasions he has his faithful road companion, a yellow lab named Ben. As often as he can he tours with fellow songwriter Anna Tivel who backs him on fiddle and mandolin. When asked whether he considers himself a musician or a songwriter first Martin had this to say: “I’m a writer more than I am a musician. If I could play guitar half as well as I can write I’d be wearing nicer pants.”

ELLEN CHERRY

November 17, 2018 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

ellen cherry (lowercase letters intentional!) is a singer, songwriter, musician, designer, artist, producer, recording engineer, and human.  The Emmy nominated singer/songwriter is a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore, MD. In 2016, ellen presents a new touring project called Portraits in Song that marries her love of storytelling and her passion for history through songs and portraits of interesting women in history.  This year, she is releasing three new recorded works (PortraitsThe Thread, and Anthrawfony) as a follow up to the very intimate, piano-based album entitled Please Don’t Sell the Piano (2012). ellen was a Strathmore Artist-in-Residence and co-produced Mobtown Moon, a re-imagining of “Dark Side of the Moon” (2013) that featured over 50 musicians from Baltimore. In 2010, she wrote, recorded and performed a song for an Emmy nominated TV campaign and also composed the score for a shadow puppet piece entitled “Alonzo’s Lullaby”, which has been awarded the prestigious UNIMA Citation of Excellence and jump started years of continuing work with puppeteers. ellen tours nationally and internationally, charming audiences from house concerts to festivals! Mixing equal parts of pathos and humor throughout her songs, ellen cherry is mysterious and powerful on stage and her banter gives audiences a peek into a whimsical, curious mind. She seamlessly fuses her love of History, Poetry, and Literature with the Usual Suspects of Love, Loss, and Despair, with a powerful, commanding voice and skill on both guitar and piano.

THE GOOD TIME TRAVELERS

December 15, 2018 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

The Good Time Travelers are a multi-instrumental acoustic duo with vocal harmonies and a stage presence so big that they have been described as a “2-piece power-trio”. Pete Kartsounes and Michael Kirkpatrick have a sound that is rooted in bluegrass and folk music, but the sentiment is pure rock and roll. They’ve performed around the country at festivals such as Big Sky Big Grass (MT), Northwest String Summit (OR), Folk Alliance (MO), Winter Wondergrass (CA/CO), River City Roots Festival (MT), Beartrap Festival (WY), Mystic Hot Springs Music Festival (UT), and Salmonfest (AK). The Good Time Travelers have opened for Bluegrass greats such as Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, and Del McCoury & David Grisman.

Singer-Songwriter Michael Kirkpatrick is a modern day minstrel residing in Colorado. His voice has been described as “deep, earnest, swoony and powerful”. Original Americana, Rock and Folk combine with Michael’s rich baritone to define his theatrical presentation—imagine a Cat Stevens-Darrell Scott-David Bowie hybrid. Performing over 250 dates a year on guitars, mandolins and voice, Michael brings it all to the stage: sweat, sensuality, tears, and sometimes: blood.Michael has been named “Best Male Singer-Songwriter” by the Fort Collins Musicians Association four years in a row (2013-2016), his 2013 album KEY TO MY CAGE was awarded “Best Colorado Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album of 2013” by The Colorado Sound Fan Poll.  In 2014, he was crowned Telluride Troubadour and his 2015 release HONEY RIDER earned a spot in the Colorado Sounds Top 50 albums of 2015. In 2017, Michael will release his 3rd Solo album LITTLE MUSE and The Holler!’s WILDWOOD.  Aside from performing as a solo artist, you can catch Michael on stage with The Good Time Travelers, his Folkadelic Rock band The Holler!, Uptown Toodeloo String Band, Blue Canyon Ritual and Littlest Birds.

An award winning singer-songwriter and a cutting-edge musician’s musician, Pete Kartsounes is fulfilling a vision of writing music in the key of truth. This heavily seasoned performer/songwriter has spent most of his life traveling the globe and creating original music that entertains and enlightens any room. Pete is on a quest to enrapture you with his soul filled music, to be celebrated by music lovers, and to make a difference one note, one word and one show at a time. Originality is a cornerstone as Pete continues to write a plethora of great songs and music in many different genres. Already with a handful of highly acclaimed CD’s under his belt; Pete continues to push the envelope of his craft and has recorded and performed for years with his own bands, along with members of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Pearl Jam, Blues Traveler, String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass and many more.,,/p>

2019 Concert Season

KYLE CAREY

with Ernie Geiger opening the show

January 26, 2019 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Kyle Carey weaves together resonant threads of Celtic and American roots music into a rich tapestry of acoustic storytelling called ‘Gaelic Americana’. Kyle was raised by her schoolteacher parents first in the Alaskan Bush (where she heard Yup’ik Eskimo spoken as often as she heard English), and then in rural New Hampshire. She studied literature in college, and then travelled to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia on a Fulbright Fellowship to begin her study of the Gaelic language and its music. Carey is one of those scarce-as-hen’s-teeth Irish-Americans fluent in the language of her ancestors. That was followed by a two-year sojourn, attending Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on the Isle of Skye, where she cemented her command of the Gaelic language and fell under the tutelage of Christine Primrose, a native of nearby Lewis and one of Scotland’s most revered traditional singers. From Primrose she learned the secrets of pronunciation and tone that distinguish those who sing from the deep heart of that music.

Carey has showcased that style in the traditional Gaelic songs—two on each album—that have graced her previous CDs and also this third one. Her debut, ‘Monongah’ was recorded in western Ireland and produced by Donogh Hennesy of the acoustic super-group Lùnasa. ‘North Star’, released in 2014, was recorded this time in Scotland, and was produced by Seamus Egan, a founding member of Solas.  In her original material, she breaks new ground in her ability to make that style the pulse of a new American sort of folk music. The essence of that revolution lies in the real distinction Carey draws between Celtic Americana—i.e., the well-traveled path of American musicians performing in the style of traditional Celtic music—and the Gaelic Americana that she writes and performs. Her music is innovative not only in its bone-deep feel for Celtic tradition, but in all that she is able to graft on to it by way of a personal vision as capacious as the North American continent.

The “Americana” portion of this synthesis has been plucked variously from bluegrass, gospel, and Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes; in the lyrics from personal experience, Appalachian folktale, Dustbowl narrative, the Old and New Testaments, Greek mythology, and the rough-hewn poetry of West Virginia’s Louise McNeill.

She is the daughter of non-fiction writer Richard Adams Carey and a direct descendant of the Adams and Quincy Adams families. In 2017 she became engaged to Italian philosopher and 2016 ‘Gaelic Learner of the Year’ Carmine Colajezzi.

Ernie Geiger will open the show. Ernie plays the Great Highland Bagpipe which has its roots in the 1300’s and also a lowland pipe. He will be playing a shuttle pipe, which evolved around 1675. Much of his music is Ceol Beag, (light music) which consists of marches, slow airs, and dance music including straspeys, reels, jigs, and hornpipes. This will be a real treat and a perfect compliment to Kyle’s Gaelic performance.

STEVE SESKIN

March 23, 2019 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Steve Seskin is a successful songwriter who has written seven number one songs, including Grammy-nominated “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” recorded by Tim McGraw, and “Don’t Laugh at Me,” winner of NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year in 1999 as recorded by Mark Wills. His other #1 hits are “No Doubt About It” and “For a Change,” both recorded by Neal McCoy, “No Man’s Land” and “If You’ve Got Love,” both recorded by John Michael Montgomery, and “Daddy’s Money,” recorded by Ricochet. In 2014, Steve was nominated to the NSAI Hall of Fame. Recent recordings of his songs include “Pictures,” by John Michael Montgomery, “We Shook Hands,” by Tebey, and “I’ll Always Be There For You,” by Brian McComas, “This Too Shall Pass,” by Sinclair and “Standing Still”, “Proof”, “Lift You Up” and “Electricity” by Seth Glier. While Steve is best known for writing hits, he is also a successful performer, recording artist, keynote speaker and songwriting teacher. Seskin began his songwriting career when he moved to San Francisco in 1972. Crystal Gayle suggested that Seskin go to Nashville. During his first visit there in 1985, Seskin began with only one appointment with an ASCAP executive who subsequently arranged Seskin appointments with several publishers. Seskin also is known for performing at schools in support of the Operation Respect / Don’t Laugh at Me tolerance project, named after “Don’t Laugh at Me,” a song he wrote with Allen Shamblin that was performed by Mark Wills, Peter, Paul and Mary, and many others.

HEATHER MALONEY

April or May

LIZ LONGLEY

August or September

For painters, the joy and challenge of creation begins with a blank canvas. For Liz Longley, it started in an empty room.  “I was living in Boston and my roommate had just moved out, so I paced the hardwood floors of her room with my guitar,” Longley recalls. “I walked back and forth until the songs were done. It was as though they were stuck in the apartment walls.” Longley has a gift for culling musical treasures as though straight from thin air. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share them with listeners on her self-titled album-her first after signing with Sugar Hill Records in December 2014. The collection of 11 songs was recorded in Nashville with an all-pro band-and in a pulse-quickening fashion so rare in today’s world of overproduced, airbrushed records. “I love being in the studio and feeding off the energy of other musicians. It’s not something I get to do often on the road because I’ve mostly toured solo.” While Longley’s songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith-all artists she’s supported live-her latest effort spotlights a style and confidence that’s all her own. You can hear it in the subtle-yet-soaring vocals on “Memphis,” the dagger directness of “Skin and Bones,” the bittersweet farewell that drives “This Is Not the End” (featured in the 2012 season finale of Lifetime’s Army Wives). They’re all cuts that dare you to hold back the goosebumps.

In fact, Longley’s singing never fails to thrill and enthrall. Her voice and tone, touched with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water. Still, she can roar like a waterfall or flow effortlessly along the bed her backing band lays down. The new songs grew amidst a period of transition and travel in her life; moving between Boston and New York before finally settling in Nashville, and spending much of her life on the road in a succession of minivans. To that end, the songs have been road tested at Longley’s live shows, their power to connect with fans beyond question.

Why write and sing songs so transparent and confessional? For Longley, it boils down to the simple truth of authenticity. “I just try to be myself,” she says. “If I feel like a song is not genuine to me, I absolutely do not present it because people see right through it. It’s all about the honesty, and I try not to overthink it-then it would lose some of the magic.” Longley first felt the magic while growing up outside of Philadelphia. A song she wrote in ninth grade-her first ever-earned a standing ovation when she performed it for the student body: “I was unprepared for that sort of reaction and it was life-changing moment,” she says. “That’s when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.”  The track record she’s assembled since shows just how much Longley grew into her dream. She’s taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition.

But it all traces straight back to Longley’s first song. She says she’ll continue to open her soul in the service of her art because that’s what matters most to her. “Every time I get into these songs they resonate with me, lock with me, because they’re based on something I went through,” she says of the new collection. “I hope they connect with people and that they’ll help with whatever they’ve gone through. That’s what music does for me, and I hope I can do that for someone else.” After all, what better way to fill an empty room than with fully realized music?

AMILIA K SPICER

Date Being Determined

Singer-songwriter Amilia K Spicer has a thing for wide-open spaces and mystical places.  Even her record label name, Free Range Records, reflects her vagabond spirit—which has carried her from the green hills of her native Pennsylvania, through the hill country of central Texas, to the mountain monasteries of Tibet.  Based in Los Angeles and Austin, she might tell you she feels most rooted when she’s heading toward a distant horizon.  Amilia is a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, organ, Hammond B3, banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and glockenspiel.Amilia drew attention the first time she played an LA club on a whim.  Ears perked, and she was on her way-—to a rare Mainstage Kerrville Folk Festival debut, three Kennedy Center performances, song placements in several high-profile TV shows (Party of Five, Dawson’s Creek), and quirky indie films. The songs on Spicer’s new album, Wow and Flutter, capture the vastness of those horizons with a cinematic quality, somehow sweeping us into the panorama as we listen. It should surprise no one that she pursued a career in film before music became her muse.  The dichotomy of shadow and light, grit and wonder, are in the sonics, rather than on the screen. “Born a small, fierce critter in the midst of Hollywood sharpshooters”. From whisper to wail, there is more than a little attitude under that trademark cowboy hat.

DON HENRY with special guests

Date Being Determined

Don Henry is a well respected songwriter in a town of songwriters… Nashville, TN. He and co-writer Jon Vezner were the first writers to capture Song of the Year awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association International , the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and the Recording Academy (Grammy), in the same year. His songs have been recorded by legends like Ray Charles, BJ Thomas, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Kathy Matteaand many others. He has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Joey Ramone, Emmylou Harris, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Janis Ian, etc. Don is a veteran of 35 years in the music business. His experience in writing, publishing, producing and engineering has evolved him into the singer / songwriter / guitarist and entertainer he’s become today. Don’s unique perspective is expressed in instantly memorable melodies and equally smart arrangements that appeal to listeners across musical borders, and across the nation. And on top of that he is just a good, humble person.

BILLY CROCKETT

Date Being Determined

Billy Crockett is a performing songwriter, music producer, recording artist, and the creative director of Blue Rock Studio in the Texas hill country.  He has recorded eleven solo albums and toured internationally. Billy is a multi-instrumentalist and has produced albums for Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis, Beth Wood, RJ Cowdery, Darryl Purpose, and others.  He has been featured on the BMI songwriter panel at SXSW, the TV series Troubadour Texas, the Academy of Gospel Music Arts, and as guitar clinician for Yamaha. Billy’s most recent past releases are Wishing Sky (folk/pop) and Passages (instrumental guitar). He has recorded and toured across four decades.  He recently tracked 13 songs with a handful of renowned musicians – Roscoe Beck, Eric Darken and Daran DeShazo with Patrick Conway as Engineer. The result was Rabbitt Hole. Billy wanted to channel his creativity into more intimate, confessional songs, and there’s no question he’s succeeded. Billy is touring in support of his newest project.

ROSE COUSINS

Date Being Determined

A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. She deeply values being part of multiple music communities, and is constantly fueled by collaboration. Cousins’ 2012 album We Have Made A Spark celebrated her Boston community and featured a cast of musicians Cousins had known and played music with for a decade. It won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music and Oprah Magazine.  Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy. She asked Grammy Award winning producer, Joe Henry, whom she had befriended in 2012, to help her make her forthcoming CD Natural Conclusion. “My goal was to be wide open emotionally. This band created a space for me to rise as a musician yet let me lead. Ultimately this is a record of performances, the moment, raw, vulnerable, and real. I suppose not unlike the subject matter within.”

THE SEA, THE SEA

Date Being Determined

THE SEA THE SEA (Mira Stanley Costa and Chuck E. Costa) is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering nearly 10 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song “Waiting” sparked viral interest including Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and inclusion at the international TED 2015 conference. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls them “ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing.” Their 2016 release, the six-song EP In the Altogether, recently earned features by Apple Music including Best of the Week and A-List Singer/Songwriter. They perform songs built around their vocals, guitar, banjo and percussion to the extent that their songs sound sonically full and engaging. Harmony-rich… lyric-driven songs… simple and true.

SETH GLIER

Date Being Determined

Despite his relatively young age, MPress recording artist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Seth has shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Edwin McCain, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams, and IS known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike, with USA Today stating that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.” Building on the acclaim of his Grammy®-nominated sophomore album “The Next Right Thing”, Glier’s subsequent record “Things I Should Let You Know” was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its “shimmering, seductive melodies”. On his fourth album for MPress Records, “If I Could Change One Thing” (April 2015), Glier embraces a genuine modern-pop direction, marking a bold departure from his previous, more acoustic recordings. His latest album Birds is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight.