Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes play old time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian mountains. Both natives of southwest Virginia, Sam and Tyler learned their craft from the finest traditional musicians of the region. Sam and Tyler’s programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfooting, the percussive dancing of the Appalachians.
As a duo, Sam and Tyler also perform contemporary songs that tell stories from today’s Appalachia, which can be heard on Sam’s critically acclaimed album. Sam and Tyler have performed at many venues throughout the eastern United States and on programs such as West Virginia Public Radio’s Mountain Stage and Lexington, Kentucky’s Red Barn Radio (on Kentucky Educational Television). The first recording by the duo (titled Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes) is produced by veteran roots musician Cathy Fink and was released in June 2017 on the Community Music Inc. label.
“Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes claim their place in the deep tradition of duet singing, so much a part of their Southwest Virginia home. Tyler’s ‘When We Love’ and Ola Belle Reed’s ‘Tear Down the Fences’ are heart stopping anthems to everything that is the best in Appalachia and in each of us.” – John McCutcheon, folk musician and songwriter
The Peace & Social Concerns Committee presents a concert for the benefit of Mount Toby Friends Meeting. All proceeds from the event will go to the Mount Toby. The concert series is happy to give back to the Meeting, where music for social change is enjoyed every month.
Come and hear a variety of music including folk, classical and jazz. Performing will be:
Kit Johnson is a skilled choral conductor and pianist who performs and offers music lessons in classical and jazz piano, vocal coaching, and improvisation for all instruments. He will be playing both classical and jazz piano. http://kitjohnsonmusic.com
Ben Tousleyis that rare breed of singer-songwriter who brings together the personal, spiritual and political in concerts that engage and delight his audiences. His six albums of original songs include wry storytelling, lyrical love songs, incisive political commentary and stirring anthems.http://www.bentousley.com
Sue Kranz,a passionate singer-songwriter, guitarist and flutist, integrates music into every aspect of life, from the stage, to the classroom and around the globe. Sue recently walked the Camino de Santiago with her flute, sharing music and jamming along “the way.” Sharing music with others is her greatest source of happiness.http://www.bentousley.com/with-sue-kranz
Court Dorsey is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, actor and playwright. He is a founding member of the band, Bright Morning Star. We can expect a mix of folk ballads, protest classics, rock & roll, gospel and blues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAQO6bqvBlw
Jay Mankita is a celebrated songwriter, innovative guitarist, and upbeat, often hilarious touring performer, who truly engages, inspires, and entertains. He has recorded 6 albums. Three of his iconic songs, Living Planet, I Am A Dolphin, and From a Dog’s Stance are in the new Rise Again songbook. http://jaymankita.com
Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, bandleader, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s memorable, intimate, and cathartic live performances, both solo and with her acoustic trio feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, ukulele, or acoustic guitar.
The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio features Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on, as Heather often puts it from stage, “everything else” . Armed with a gorgeous tenor voice and a mighty arsenal of instruments ranging from dobro to fiddle to cornet that come to life in his capable hands, Davy is at once a witty, thoughtful, and engaging stage presence. New Hampshire native Shawn Nadeau brings a rock solid thump and nearly two decades of performing experience to the trio, informed by a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly to reggae to jazz. In their able hands, these three veteran musicians have catapulted Heather’s live performances of her deep well of Americana originals – folk, jazz, blues – with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies.
Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her songwriting is as diverse as her musical expertise, addressing life’s joys and trials in songs about women in prison, the struggle of living, hard times and homelessness as well as songs about conscience, the joy of singing and life’s celebration. Her life’s work, she says, is to share her love of music and of life with others – one song, one heart, one mind at a time.
Two of A Kind delights audiences of all ages with their music, good humor and audience participation. Philadelphians, David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans of Two of a Kind love bringing people together and building community through music. Their beautiful harmonies accompanied by David’s powerful, rhythmic guitar playing and Jenny’s multi-ethnic percussion instruments create magic on stage.
An award-winning husband-wife duo, Two of a Kind’s concerts for families and children of all ages include songs, puppets, movement and stories – all with an emphasis on interaction and participation. Themes of songs and stories range from friendship and animals to social issues such as the environment, conflict resolution and diversity.
Our Valley’s own, Annie Patterson and Peter Blood have created a quiet revolution of group singing in the U.S. Co-creators of the popular songbooks Rise Up Singing and Rise Again!, they have performed and led singing in schools, churches, conferences, folk song clubs and festivals here and abroad. They lead audiences in singing together, with Annie on guitar, claw-hammer banjo and penny whistle, while Peter plays the fiddle and guitar.
Annie & Peter inspire audiences to sing in schools and camps, educating as well as entertaining and building community. They sing about earthcare and climate, peace, the Underground Railroad and Freedom movements. Often, they just sing for fun.
Born and bred in Tennessee, Louise Mosrie writes songs about the South – what she knew and where she grew up. Her album, “Home” (2008) is a mix of bluegrass, country and folk, in which she weaves lush stories and songs about southern life. Once she was introduced as “…William Faulkner with a guitar”. “Home” debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2010 and went on to be one of the most played albums that year for that chart. Songs from “Home” brought her top awards at Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. In 2014, Louise released the 10-song CD, Lay It Down. The productionis sonically stripped bare, which presents Mosrie’s voice and acoustic guitar centre stage throughout and delivers the songs exactly in the form they arrived in this world.
Louise’s songs resonate with concern and sensitivity for social and historical events from the South. Set in the Civil War, “Leave Your Gun” reflects upon the futility of war. After the American Civil War encroaches upon her parent’s Tennessee land, the family digs a shallow grave, says a prayer, erects a wooden cross, and buries a dead Union soldier. The Battle Of Blair Mountain recalls the week long, organized armed uprising that involved over 10,000 West Virginia miners. This 1921 strike led to the partial recognition of labour unions by mine owners, and gave rise to the term ‘redneck’ because of the red bandanna worn by the miners. The historically-based “When Cotton Was King” name checks Eli Whitney (b. 1765 d. 1825), inventor of the cotton gin. For the already rich plantation owners, the economic impact of the gin in the American South was that it made them even richer, and sustained their argument for retaining large numbers of slaves.
“Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year.” – Rich Warren, WFMT-FM, Midnight Special, Chicago
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Come enjoy an Evening of Music and Poetry and support hurricane relief aid to Puerto Rico
Colleen Kattau and Martin Espada will present poetry and music on
Saturday – October 21 – 7:30 pm
Colleen is a bilingual vocalist, guitarist and composer of songs. Her poetic originals and charismatic stage presence inspire hope and spark imagination and audience participation! After a show audience members frequently tell her “You touched my soul”.
Colleen has shared the stage with legendary performers Pete Seeger (he actually called her once when she was working in her garden- he loved “Singin down” the SOA with her and Jolie Rickman), Holly Near with whom she toured in 2012, and Tom Paxton.
She’s been a selected showcase artist at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Under the name, Dos XX, she and her band won the 2013 Band Contest at Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Ithaca, NY.
Colleen is a featured musician at the gates of Ft. Benning, GA, in the movement to close the SOA. She has performed on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, is a long time arts activist who believes in the transformative power of song and all the arts to create a better world. She recently won the Jon Fromer String-buster songwriting award at the Great Labor Arts Conference in Silver Spring, MD.
“Joe Hill would be proud. Great singer and organizer at the same time,” — Pete Seeger
Colleen is joined by Dos XX band members Jane Zell, lead guitar and Mike Brandt on bass.
About Martin Espada: Called by Sandra Cisneros “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors,” Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). He has received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection, Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and has been issued in a new edition by Curbstone/Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Colleen and Martin are true warriors for peace and social justice. They have prepared an evening of music and poetry which will both entertain, inspire and give aid to the Puerto Rican hurricane relief efforts. Colleen will donate 25% of her net earnings from the door and both Colleen and Martin will donate all profits from CD and book sales to the relief of those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In addition, collection of extra donations will be made throughout the evening.
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David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.
David’s songs (“Rising in Love”, “Earth”, “Manuel Garcia”, “May the Light of Love”, “I Stand for Love”, “That Kind of Grace”, and many more) have found their way to many venues among them, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and the classic folk song books “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again”. He is the winner of many music awards, such as the 2015 Grace Note (Unity Worldwide Ministries) for Outstanding Contribution to New Thought Music. The former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute has also been a songwriting judge at prestigious festivals, including Kerrville and the South Florida Folk Festival.
David has also taught singing, songwriting, and performance at many workshops, such as SummerSongs and WinterSongs (NY), Common Ground on the Hill (MD), and for many other songwriting groups and associations around the country. David is the founder/director of the Cape Cod Songwriters Retreat and creator/host of Cape Cod’s “Full Moon Open Mic” which, for the past 10 years has provided a forum for musicians to connect and be heard while at the same time collecting donations ($12,000 to date) for local non-profits to help neighbors in need.
Pittsburgh-based agitator Anne Feeney performs music that she says is designed to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Not many women have chosen to walk the path of Woody Guthrie, but Feeney has made a career of it for the past 35 years. She has lived her life on the frontlines – performing at thousands of rallies, picket lines and demonstrations over the years – including the WTO demonstrations in Seattle, Solidarity Day in Washington, DC, and for 1.5 million at the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives.
Feeney’s bottomless songbag draws on Irish, bluegrass, traditional, labor, pop, folk and contemporary material. She’s as likely to sing a traditional song or an obscure gem by one of her many friends in the singer/songwriter circuit as she is one of her own award winning songs. Feeney’s anthem, “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” is featured on Peter, Paul and Mary’s CD, “In These Times,” and also on “Carry It On,” – their 5 CD boxed set. That song was also featured in “Get Up/Stand Up: The History of Pop and Protest,” a documentary featuring the greatest protest songs of all time, which aired nationally on PBS, and worldwide. http://annefeeney.com/
Join Charlie, Annie & Peter for a celebration of his newly released CD. Co-produced by Reggie Harris, with strong vocal support from Annie, “Life & Love, Tears & Laughter” is a 15 song, eclectic mix of classic folk songs, time tested, and new songs reflecting on the testing times we live in.
Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for the past 40 years. Honors include: an “Indie” award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League’s 1998 Peacemaker Award given to Charlie and Odetta; the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award for which he was nominated by Pete Seeger; the 2009 International Labor Communications Association award for Best Labor History Story.
Charlie’s songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. He has recorded a dozen solo albums since 1976, as well as three albums with the touring ensemble Bright Morning Star, and numerous compilation albums with other artists. From 2001 to 2014 he recorded with his partner, Karen Brandow. In addition to a full time career of concert touring, King has sung in support of numerous groups working for peace, human rights, environmental sanity and alternatives to violence.
His central vision as an entertainer is to leave audiences with a sense of optimism and possibility about the future. “I try to cover a broad emotional landscape in my concerts. The stories I collect and the songs I write take the listener on a journey of humor, heartache and hope. What I most value in a song is the way it helps us see an old reality in a totally new light.”
John McCutcheon’s first award-winning song was titled The Ponderosa No-Cream-in-My-Coffee Blues, penned at the greasy spoon of the same name in his Wisconsin hometown. He was all of 15 years old and it won him his high school talent show. “My best friend claims that he still has a cassette of the song,” McCutcheon recently disclosed, “and if we ever have a serious falling out it’s going right up on YouTube.”
Since those early creative days John McCutcheon has gone on to write hundreds of songs and garnered more than his share of accolades. His eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instruments, and even symphonic works are among the broadest in American folk music. His thirty-six albums have earned 6 Grammy nominations. His songwriting has been hailed by critics around the world; his song Christmas in the Trenches is considered a classic and was recently named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs.
“What sets McCutcheon’s songs apart is that he’s actually writing about something!” observed well-known folk music DJ Bob Blackman. Whether it’s a musical snapshot of a day in the life of an Alaskan salmon fisherman, a child’s pondering the loss of her first tooth, remembering a moment that was omitted from our history books, lampooning the latest foibles on the national political scene, or celebrating the joy of old love McCutcheon’s songs are always about something small and, at the same time, something much bigger. “All big things start with little things,” he observed, “the way in which a song is able to open up the universal from the personal is one of the great joys of writing.”
With his deep roots in American traditional music, his approach to writing reflects both a simplicity and a layered complexity that creates songs that are always more than they seem. “He is a master at the difficult craft of the ballad,” touted the Boston Globe. “Storytelling with the richness of fine literature,” added the Washington Post. “One of our country’s best songwriters,” said Pete Seeger.