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Featured Artists of the Hootenanny Cafe

These are just some of the many fine artists featured on the hootenanny cafe that airs every Sunday at 9:00PM (Eastern). The show can be heard locally on 93.5FM or world wide at www.wtbq.com

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Noel Paul Stookey Noel Paul Stookey — December 23, 2018

One might think that, as he closes in on his 80th birthday, Noel Paul Stookey would be content to kick back, relax and take a contemplative view of a musical career that has spanned six decades.

But on a November afternoon, sitting in the kitchen of his South Blue Hill home with a guitar in hand and both voice and fingers still in good form, Stookey observed that “the harsh reality of our political climate” still cries out for the sort of resistance that has been an integral part of his music since the protest songs of the 1960s when he arrived on the folk music scene as one-third of Peter, Paul and Mary.

And now, when faced with “the bizarre results of the 2016 election,” he’s more than ready to provide that resistance. Stookey says the fact that his music has political perspective “is part of a larger evolution that began when I went to Greenwich Village in the ’60s and discovered that music, while entertaining and perhaps inspiring, could also be informative. I feel a responsibility to my neighbors to articulate what many of them may be feeling but don’t have a musical platform.”

Stookey has just released a four-song compact disc titled “summerfallwinterspring” that includes a song loosely designated for each season. Two of the CD’s songs are about as politically topical as it gets.

A spontaneous comment last spring by a longtime friend sparked Stookey to pen the lyrics to “Impeachable,” set to the well-known tune of “Unforgettable.” Given the controversy that has surrounded the presidency of Donald Trump so far, it’s not surprising that a YouTube video version of the song has garnered more than a million views so far.

Late this summer, Stookey was moved to put to music what he calls “a Facebook rant” by Thomas J. Gray taking issue with the notion advanced by Trump supporters that, since he won, Americans should “work together” to support an agenda they perceive as harmful to our democracy. “I thought that’s the way the situation should be approached,” said Stookey. “Not by calling names — there’s enough of that going on — but just telling people what you won’t be a party to. Because if you don’t, you’re going to be a party to it.”

“I Will Stand (Work Together)” quickly became part of the set list for his live performances, frequently arousing spontaneous ovations that interrupted almost every line.

Stookey then put out an email invitation to several of his singer-songwriter friends inviting their musical contributions to a recorded version of the song. Over a two-week period, the responses — from Peter Yarrow, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Chapin, Holly Near, Josh White Jr., David Mallett, Barry Ollman, David Roth and Maureen McGovern — were combined with the voices of a chorus of volunteers from the Blue Hill area, mixed by engineer John Stuart at his Gorham studio, and turned into a seamless musical production. It sounds, says Stookey, “as if the artists recorded the song in the same studio at the same time.”

The fall and winter songs, “Moon River” and “Somethin’ Special,” are part of a longer range Stookey project: a holiday album for 2018.

Stookey said he chose Henry Mancini’s classic “Moon River,” setting it to guitar chords inspired by the music of Eric Satie, “to speak to the hopeful dreamer in each of us.”

The winter offering is a holiday reminiscence that harkens back to Stookey’s Maryland childhood. “Somethin’ Special” tells the heartwarming story of a Christmas gift conjured up by an artistic mother and inventive father. “Between the two of them,” says Stookey, “they found ways to surprise AND inspire me at critical times in my life.”

“If you’re a musician,” says Stookey, “you can’t stop making music. Hardly a moment goes by that there’s not some melody going on in my head. As long as that keeps happening, I’m going to be active.”

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Josh Harty Josh Harty — December 16, 2018

Josh Harty is a messenger. A North Dakota songsmith. “A true son of the heartland whose bold defiance and riveting delivery channel the essence of American music” (Glide Magazine). Josh grew up performing with his dad at every Lutheran Church, Eagles Club, Moose Lodge and Rotary Club in the Upper Midwest. Having released several internationally-aclaimed albums and performing across the US & Europe, it is clear that Harty was born and bred for this. His live shows prove that good storytelling combined with journeyman musicianship is as authentic as music gets. When Josh is not on the road, he resides in Madison, WI and is also a long-time member of Folk Alliance and a founding member of The Wisconsin Room: an organization that promotes WI artists to an international audience and brings world- class music to Madison from elsewhere in the form of intimate gigs at various venues. "Josh Harty is a Mid-West singer/songwriter with a keen eye, observant lyrics, and a fine driving guitar style that pulses with feeling and fire." -Elmore Magazine “A true son of the heartland whose bold defiance and riveting delivery channel the essence of American music” (Glide Magazine). Josh Harty is a messenger, North Dakota songsmith. Josh grew up performing with his dad at nearly every Lutheran Church, Eagles Club, Moose Lodge and Rotary Club in the Upper Midwest. In more recent years having released several internationally-acclaimed albums and performing tirelessly across the US & Europe, it is clear that Harty was born and bred for this. His live shows and his own personal brand of Country and Americana prove that good storytelling combined with journeyman musicianship is as authentic as music gets.

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Bruce T Carroll Bruce T Carroll — December 9, 2018

After years spent "lost in the wilderness" of music and commerce (i.e. building and running a venue in Larchmont, NY, the famed Watercolor Cafe), Bruce T Carroll has returned to his roots and his first and abiding love: lyric songwriting.

With the release last year of his first official album Ruckus and Romance, hailed by No Depression Magazine as "devilishly brilliant" and "intensely beautiful", Bruce has forged a new career as a singer-songwriter using irony and imagery as tools in trade. The great cast of musicians who helped make Ruckus and Romance such a distinctive work include Clifford Carter, David Spinozza, Marc Shulman, Sara Milonovich, Tracy Grammer, Nicole Alifante, Porter Carroll, Lincoln Schlieffer and Joe Bonadio. Ruckus and Romance has garnered significant airplay worldwide, including being featured on WFUV's "On Your Radar" hosted by John Platt, who called it "an accomplished album, attuned to the zeitgeist of the moment". While promoting the CD over the last year Bruce has shared the stage with the likes of Slaid Cleaves, Jimmy LaFave, Dan Bern, Ellis Paul, and Rita Coolidge..

Bruce's brand new release, a six-song EP called Finding You, is a sort of lyrical tone poem, with the theme of finding, or regaining, something that might be missing, or lost. His song (and the first song on the EP) "Fox In The Henhouse", may, or may not be, his definitive statement on the state of the union...Produced by Andy Stack, this six-song record features performances by Andy (guitars, bass, keyboards), Sara Milonovich (violin), Lee Falco (drums), Jeremy Baum (organ, accordion) Brandon Morrison (bass), and Adrien Reju (vocals)...

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Craig Bickhardt Craig Bickhardt — December 2, 2018

By the time Craig Bickhardt was 25 years old he'd signed a record contract with Bob Dylan's manager Albert Grossman; inked an artist development deal with legendary talent impresario and head of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun; had one of his songs recorded by Art Garfunkel; shared the concert stage with Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills and Harry Chapin; lost nearly everything he owned in a California house fire; and had his only guitar stolen by a junkie in NYC. It appeared as if his budding career had all the makings of a Llewen Davis-esque tale. Despite steady touring and achieving respectable successes such as scoring music for the Academy Award winning film Tender Mercies and writing songs that have been covered by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Alison Krauss and others, Bickhardt remains a relatively undiscovered artist himself. His latest CD, The More I Wonder, features his beautifully weathered vocals, skillful guitar work and intelligent songwriting at its best.

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Barry Adelman Barry Adelman — November 25, 2018

Music For Humanity exists to help spread more music throughout the world. We do that via a monthly music series and awarding music scholarships to young aspiring musicians. It really all started in 1968 when Co-Founder Barry Adelman attended a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Carnegie Hall and was impressed by the power of the performance. In 1969 he attended the Woodstock Festival in Bethel NY. Again he saw people of all faiths and persuasions gathering for music. Over the next few decades he became a singer/songwriter and wrote many spiritual songs. In 2005 Barry heard the voice of God. It whispered "Music for Humanity". He looked around, but no one was there; however he couldn't deny the whisper. It was like the whisper in the movie Field of Dreams; Barry knew he had to take action. He looked up Music for Humanity on the internet and discovered the name reserved, but no website. Barry contacted the person, Kurt Irmiter, who had reserved the name, and together they decided to create a not-for-profit, Music for Humanity. In 2007 Music for Humanity was officially given a 501c-3 status by the IRS, which means donations to MFH are tax-deductible. MFH has given 42 music scholarships ranging from $1000 to $8000. The requirements to apply for a scholarship are simply to be a music major at an accredited college or university in the United States. Scholarship winners are selected based upon talent, financial need and an ability to become an “ambassador” for Music for Humanity. That means an ability to help build the invisible bridges, roads and tunnels that connect our hearts via music. More connections, more music, means a better world for all of us

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C Daniel Boling C Daniel Boling — November 18, 2018

“Think of a subtle intertwining of Steve Goodman, John Prine and Tom Paxton.” – Fred Schmale , Real Roots Café, Dutch music magazine

A 2014 Winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, Daniel shares experiences from a life well-lived in places as far-ranging as Okinawa, Japan, and Padre Island, Texas. Daniel is a balladeer/songwriter and delights audiences with his well-crafted story songs coast-to-coast and overseas in over one hundred shows a year in house concerts, listening rooms, theatres and festivals. For three decades Daniel was a gun-toting Park Ranger and Criminal Investigator in National Parks and Public Lands throughout the west and he started touring fulltime at 50. Daniel’s songs tell interesting stories about a variety of characters, including himself, played on guitar, banjo and banjitar (a banjo/guitar hybrid) with a deft fingerpicking style. His clear tenor draws positive comparisons to John Denver and Pete Seeger, and folks say there’s a lot of Steve Goodman in his delivery and storytelling. Other songwriting awards include 1st Place at Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, and Albuquerque Folk Festival. You can’t help but relate to Daniel’s songs!

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Tia McGraff Tia McGraff — November 4, 2018

Hailing from just south of Toronto, Ontario Canada, Tia McGraff is an internationally-renowned, award-winning Americana/singer-songwriter and author. Accompanying Tia on her musical journey is her life/musical partner, Tommy Parham. The two met and married while both were living in Nashville, TN and have enjoyed an extensive career performing, songwriting and recording together for more than 12 years. They bring such an honesty and passion to their music that they have even been described as the modern day, Johnny and June!

With the 2018 release of Stubborn In My Blood, first single, “Let 'em See Your Strong” is already reaching beyond all demographics and boundaries, having been adopted by “Me2” and women’s empowerment groups around the world!

New single, a cover of the classic, “One Tin Soldier” is sure to light up radio playlists. A gifted author, Tia’s children’s book, Jake The Road Dawg has helped raise funds and awareness for her local chapter of The Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Nine international CD releases, various film/tv placements, and numerous nominations and awards (including Americana CD of the year first round nomination for 2015 Grammy Awards) have earned Tia and Tommy a respect in the music industry and a global fan base. The duo have a gift for ‘getting to the heart of the matter’ and writing relatable songs about life, love and this crazy world we live in.

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Kirsten Manville Kirsten Manville — October 28, 2018

With elements of Americana, folk, country, and blues, Kirsten Manville creates songs that feel like they may have come straight from journal entries. Deceptively simple lyrics paint pictures, tell stories, and evoke a range of emotions. From the pain of finding and losing love, and hard times in a down-on-its-luck town, to the small pleasures of line-dried laundry and homemade pie, and the escapism of a romantic night for two, Kirsten’s warm and sultry voice draws the listener in, infusing the songs with feeling and depth. Some People Sing, her latest CD, was a Top 5 album pick in the January 2018 issue of Metronome Magazine, and Kirsten was featured on the cover of the magazine in March 2018. The song “...but Down” was included in the Alternate Root Magazine's weekly top 10 in November of 2017. Kirsten's songs have received radio airplay on a number stations both in the United States and overseas. Her song “A Simple Life” spent time in the Top 30 charts (peaking at number 11) of The Globe Radio, an Adult Album Alternative format internet radio station, and her song “Play My Guitar” has been in the Top 20 songs on WOSRadio. In July 2013 she was a finalist in the songwriting competition at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival, and in February 2016 she was a winner in the Maine Songwriters Whittlesey Barn Songwriting/Performance Contest. Kirsten performs regularly in the northeast, and has had the honor of opening for well-known folk artists Don White and Joe Jencks. She holds a BA in music from Bowdoin College, and is also an accomplished flutist.

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Halie Loren Halie Loren — October 21, 2018

Halie Loren is an international, award-winning jazz singer/songwriter. Raised in Alaska, this Oregon-based artist brings a fresh and original perspective to time-honored musical paths, channeling her innate understanding of connectedness across musical boundaries to forge bonds with diverse audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe. A lover of global cultures and music, her repertoire is a multi-lingual one, including songs in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Korean as well as her native English. (“Not only does Loren fill a room with her wondrous voice when singing in English, but she also maintains a high-spirited uniqueness when singing French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese - Bill Leikam, All About Jazz”)

She’s released eight albums to-date, garnering several national and international awards as well as significant critical and chart success along the way, with her albums consistently charting at #1 in Billboard/Japan Jazz Charts, iTunes (Canada and Japan) and Amazon Music.

Loren’s debut jazz CD, 2008’s “They Oughta Write a Song,” won Best Vocal Jazz Album of the year in the JPF awards (then the world’s largest independent music awards). She was signed in 2010 by JVC/Kenwood Entertainment (Japan/Asia) and in 2011 by Justin Time Records. Halie has since released nine additional albums including two Japan-only releases, and gone on to win many awards as both a singer and a songwriter. Loren’s original song “Thirsty” won the Independent Music Awards’ best jazz song of the year in 2011. Her 2012 release, “Heart First,” was honored by Japan’s Jazz Critique Magazine as the best vocal jazz album of year, and reached No. 1 on the iTunes Canada jazz albums chart. In 2013, “Simply Love” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Jazz / Japan and entered iTunes Canada as #1 jazz album. Her 2014 best-of compilation release “The Best Collection”, 2015’s “Butterfly Blue”, and 2016’s “Live at Cotton Club” also hit #1 on Billboard Japan’s jazz chart.

Along with recording success, Loren’s live performances have expanded to include performances with the Jazz Orchestra of Sicily, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra in Oregon, the Monroe Symphony in Louisiana and the prestigious International Britt Fest Orchestra. (“One of the brightest talents of contemporary pop-jazz singing. A refined vocalist who expresses a world of rarefied poetry” - Sicilian Jazz Orchestra, Palermo, Italy)

In the past years she has traveled east to west in the U.S. and other parts of the world, including Canada, Japan, Italy, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Haiti, and Egypt. The last few months of her tours have included sold-out tour dates in Japan, Korea (including a Korean festival performance with an audience of over 25,000), Quebec, Florida, and Georgia. Last year found her in London and New York working on a new album of her original material “From the Wild Sky” with UK producer Troy Miller, a project for which she raised over $68,000 of funding from her worldwide fans via crowdsourcing site Kickstarter. “From the Wild Sky” was released worldwide in April 2018, and since then, Loren has been touring in support of it with tour dates across North America, Asia, and Europe, with more on the horizon.

Among the innumerable pleasures to be had here is the rare joy of hearing an accomplished songwriter fully spread her wings. From the Wild Sky captures Loren soaring — confident, embattled and empowered, ever attuned to the healing powers of music.

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Pat Quinn Pat Quinn — October 14, 2018

Pat Quinn cannot be put into any category. She does it all: country, folk, rock, ballads, contemporary - adding to her arrangements bits and pieces of traditional musicality and instruments. The social consciousness she brings to her lyrics are moving and inspiring and add ever more layers to her eclectic collection of songs. She has a newly released album Long Way to Heaven. She co-produced, played bass and guitar on most of the songs. Pat started playing music in Pennsylvania. She soon joined a bluegrass band and switched from guitar to bass. Moving to Los Angeles introduced her to country and was an original member of a band called the Eddys led by Ed Black who had previously been with Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff. She has played bass and sang backup vocals for Lucinda Williams, Rosie Flores and various other bands in the LA area. You can hear her harmonies on the album Lucinda Williams. Because of health reasons Pat retired from playing. She never thought that she would perform again. A few years ago a friend started encouraging her to play. First she picked up the guitar. The bass came next. It felt alien to her at first but soon she was back on the bicycle. She started playing with a trio singing harmony and playing bass. But an urge to write songs came bubbling up and over a 2 year period she wrote over a dozen songs. The result is the album called Long Way to Heaven.

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Marion Halliday Marion Halliday — October 7, 2018

Marion Halliday, and her band Trickster Sister, is proud purveyor of their own special blend of bluegrass and bourbon-infused, original, women-powered, Americana. Marion, a native Kentuckian, now living in Philadelphia, is songwriter for the band and has found great inspiration in the history of her new home-town, writing a range of songs that touch on Philly’s rich and varied past. This includes songs about an escaped convict from Eastern State Pen, the forlorn beauty of Laurel Hill Cemetery, the Lenape Statue at Wissahickon Park, and the revolutionary war memorial at Washington Square. She has also written songs on more universal, contemporary topics such as domestic abuse, suicide, gun violence, and the scourge of heroin and meth addiction ravaging our country and in particular her home-state of Kentucky. Marion's music also include some amusing reflections on the challenges of relationships, as well as an abiding love of bourbon.

In January 2018 Marion was named "One of the Ones to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters' Association International. Also in 2018, her music has been featured on various radio shows in several states (Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York) as well as several prominent festivals and venues including Huntington Folk Festival, Ladybug Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and even an appearance in Inverness, Scotland, at the historic music venue, The Market Bar. Marion's band, Trickster Sister, is comprised of her sister Jane Halliday of Louisville, Kentucky (violin, banjo uke, vocals), and Philadelphia native, Donna Bostock (bass/percussion, vocals).

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Randall Kromm Randall Kromm — September 30, 2018

A lifelong musician with a background in musical theater, early music, and the 1980s Boston indie pop scene, Randall Kromm reinvented himself as a folksinger in 2009 and soon realized he'd found his musical home. Playing at coffeehouses, open mikes, and clubs in the greater Boston area, Randall quickly distinguished himself as a songwriter and performer. In the years since, he has performed sold-out shows at Club Passim, New England's premier folk venue, released four CDs, Water Wheel (2011), Holidays and Homecomings (2011), Time Won’t Let Us Stay (2014), and Rough and Polished Stones (2017), and received a multitude of accolades from the music community, including Christine Lavin and Don White. On October 1, 2018, Randall is releasing a new CD, Sentimental Season, containing 12 songs addressing the fall and winter holidays from Halloween through New Year’s Eve. His most recent prior CD, Rough and Polished Stones, was chosen by folk DJ Rich Warren of the Midnight Special radio program as “Rich’s pick” for the month of October 2017 and in 2018 received a glowing review in the premier roots music publication No Depression. In the review, writer John Apice lauds Randall’s effective songwriting across a variety of genres, comparing it to the work of Hank Williams and Towns Van Zandt, and noting: “Randall is covering a genre that Tom Waits isn’t, that Leonard Cohen touched upon but never developed, that Buddy Miller and John Prine do but always seem to pour a little vinegar in. Kromm pours no whiskey into his tunes. They are just wholeheartedly the truth – the naked truth.”

A prolific songwriter, Randall frequently returns to the studio, often joined by his two oldest daughters, Emma and Grace, talented singers in their own right who have a natural gift for harmony. Randall also performs regularly at folk venues in and around Boston.

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The Whispering Tree The Whispering Tree — September 23, 2018

Called “one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC” by Deli Magazine, The Whispering Tree are singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. Together, they craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics and a panoramic musicality.

Invisible Forces, the fourth recording by the fiercely independent twosome, was self-produced, fan-funded and recorded at Elie and Eleanor’s home studio in Beacon, NY and at Old Soul Studio in Catskill, NY. The album explores a deeply personal and political landscape, with themes of hope, despair and social consciousness.

The lead single, “Fat Cat” has antecedents in Elie’s French background and the old-time gypsy jazz tradition back in his hometown while the satirical, anti-capitalist sentiment of the lyrics is firmly rooted in the protest songs of the folk revival.

Other album highlights include the impressionistic “These Houses,” a song describing the haunting beauty of abandoned places; the revelatory “Heavy,” which with elegant grace, connects New Orleans-style jazz with the 1960s rock and pop harmony vocal tradition; the darkly foreboding environmental ballad, “Garden;” and the sweetly rousing protest song “Bells.”

Since its 2007 inception, The Whispering Tree has issued two albums and two EPs, and toured nationally and internationally. The duo has also earned prime critical acclaim from The Big Takeover Magazine and NYC's The Deli magazine, among others. Other marquee career moments include being Kerrville New Folk finalists; Philadelphia Songwriter’s Project winners; and Eleanor and Elie having the honor to lend their voices to Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt's album, A More Perfect Union.

And don't miss in Set 1 a special conclusion to my interview with Tret Fure..which aired on 9/16/18

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Tret Fure Tret Fure — September 16, 2018

Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest. At 19, she moved to LA in hopes of obtaining a record deal. Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”. She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the JGeils Band. A prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 16 albums and CDs over the course of her 48 year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work. In the early 80s, Tret moved to the independent side of the industry discovering the blossoming genre known as Women’s Music. She recorded with and produced some of the best of women’s music including the legendary “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall” (1983). She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90s, producing, engineering and releasing 3 CDs together. Now after 8 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world, winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories., Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Song. As well as the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. In 2009, Tret was voted “Pride In The Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician”. In the same year she received the Janine C Rae Award for her work in Women’s Music. Her song “Freedom” is currently #1 on the top 10 song charts for OutVoice.net and she is the #1 folk artist for Reverbnation in Newport News, VA. In 2017, Tret took 2nd place in the Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay songwriting contest for her song “The Fishermen of Bristol Bay” Her acclaimed solo releases include “Tret Fure” (1973), “Terminal Hold” (1984), “Edges of the Heart” (1986), “Time Turns the Moon” (1990), “Back Home” (2001) which took both album of the year and single of the year awards for 2001 from OutVoice Top 40, “My Shoes” (2003) in which Sing Out! Magazine says "Fure's new solo venture signals her intent to do more than just move on. This album soars...She has never sounded better...This mature effort surely ranks among Fure's finest works and will be savored by old-time fans and new fans alike.”, “Anytime Anywhere”(2005) and “True Compass” (2007) both beautiful collections of songs of love and passion, “The Horizon” (2010) which was also in the top 10 of the Outvoice charts, “A Piece of the Sky” (2013) and “Rembrandt Afternoons” (2015) which was chosen by the acclaimed folk music show Midnight Special as their album of the week and has been in heavy rotation on many of the folk shows around the country. Her song “Freedom” has been arranged for chorale groups and is being performed widely around the country. Now Tret has released a stunning collection of songs on her latest release “Roses in November” (2018). Wanda A. Fischer from WMAC Northeast Public Radio has this to say, "Roses in November" is yet another masterpiece from Tret. Exceptionally crafted songs delivered with passion, conviction and, yes, soul. Tret weaves magic both in the lyrics and between the lines. This will certainly be on my "Best of 2018" list. Tret is truly a Renaissance Woman!

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Frank Critelli Frank Critelli — September 9, 2018

Frank Critelli writes and performs songs, talks on the radio, pours the beer, and does the dishes. But really, he's just a gardener.

His songs are available on compact disc and for download at various online forums. Folks are encouraged to listen/download his songs for free, or donate any amount to the Cause at https://frankcritelli.bandcamp.com/.

Sometimes Frank Critelli performs solo, and sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators. Over the years he's played in streets and subways, clubs and coffeehouses, barrooms and classrooms, colleges, festivals, theaters, and (most recently) in his kitchen.

The Local Bands Show w/ Rick Allison and Frank Critelli can be heard on WPLR - 99.1fm in New Haven, CT, and CygnusRadio.com.

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Liz Queler and Seth Farber Liz Queler and Seth Farber — August 26, 2018

Partners in marriage and music, Liz Queler and Seth Farber are both three time Grammy nominees. As children of musical parents and parents of a musical child, they started bringing their son Joey on stage with them when he was a tot. Now 19 years old and student at Berklee College of Music, he has stepped in as an equal. With individual credits including appearances at Newport Folk Festival and Carnegie Hall (Liz), Saturday Night Live (Joey) and the conducting podium of numerous Broadway shows (Seth) - their family band presents a truly unique sound and soul. Heavy on harmonies, their music is infused with a rock sensibility, merging their respective musical roots from Crosby, Stills Nash & Young and Emmylou Harris, to John Mayer.

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Reggie Harris Reggie Harris — August 19, 2018

Singer /songwriter Reggie Harris has been a vital part of the international folk and acoustic music family for over 40 years.\ As one half of the duo, Kim and Reggie Harris, he traveled the world spreading hope and light to audiences of all ages. Reggie is consummate musician, a Kennedy Center teaching artist, a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and the music education director for the UU Living Legacy Project, an organization that leads pilgrimages to sites of the Modern Civil Rights movement throughout the South. Now launched on a solo career, Reggie continues to earn wide acclaim and standing ovations from audiences and peers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. With the release of his chart topping CD “Ready to Go” Reggie has staked a new claim as a song leader, an insightful songwriter and an activist for global peace and justice.

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Eddie Jeff Cahill with Cathryn Lyons Eddie Jeff Cahill with Cathryn Lyons — August 12, 2018

"Eddie Jeff returns pride and dignity to the ancient art of the traveling singer, poet and storyteller." U. UTAH PHILLIPS Don't miss this annual special, as Eddie Jeff returns to the Hootenanny Cafe to share some of the songs and stories he will be sharing once at the NY Renn Faire held annually on weekends this time of year...through Sept 30 at Sterling Forest, Tuxedo, NY. It's always fun when Eddie Jeff comes to town.

Lady Prudence is Her Majesty’s Court Composer, with Songs for All Occasions! Find her at the Arizona & Carolina Renaissance Festivals (www.renfestinfo.com), and right now at the New York Renaissance Faire (www.renfair.com/NewYork), and perhaps a Faire near you! Played by Cathryn Lyons

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Grace Morrison Grace Morrison — August 5, 2018

“Grace Morrison’s music is somewhere between a rock and a hard place. It slides into the cracks and crevices of things that get overlooked. She is folk. She is pop. She’s unbelievably masterful behind the wheel of a guitar. Morrison’s vocal storytelling can make you cry; it can make you sing.” - Old Colony Memorial. Grace is a regular on national festival circuit and has won a number of prestigious awards. In 2017 Grace released her first full length CD: “I'm The Apple”. The deeply personal album is full of catchy choruses, history, emotion, and storytelling; all key elements of her unique style. “Grace’s voice is a reflection of herself-pure and true. She is an incredible talent mixing seemingly effortless musicality and original storytelling in the Country Folk and Americana genres.” John Mailloux, Grammy nominated recording engineer.

“I am in awe that such a young woman would do a tribute to those of us who served, and particularly to those who fell. Thank you!” Congressionally chartered Vietnam Veterans of America regarding the song and video “Taking Johnny Home”

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Will Baird Will Baird — July 1, 2018

Will Baird is a Norwalk, CT-based, contemporary singer-songwriter known for his heartfelt songs and engaging stage presence. His warm vocals and resonant guitar style bring life to emotional lyrics "well-crafted and wrapped around strong hooks" (Nashville Songwriters Association International). At his dynamic performances, you can hear a pin drop after emotional dark ballads … as well as laughter, clapping and singing during lighter moments.

Will began his career singing in the subways of Boston, and first gained notoriety in the Harvard Square acoustic music scene in Cambridge in the early eighties. He has shared the bill with numerous artists such as Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Bill Staines and Livingston Taylor. He recently returned to the acoustic music scene after leaving to start a family and pursue a traditional career.

Over time, he has performed for over 2,000 listeners at The Bitter End (NYC), The Sidewalk Cafe (NYC), Passim (Boston), The Lizard Lounge (Boston), the Milford Arts Council (CT), Tufts University (MA), The Inspired Word (NYC) and numerous other venues.

His debut EP, “Coyote Dreams”, is about the passage of time in our inner lives. Young love. Fading Dreams. Reclusive anger and eventually the acceptance and celebration of what life has to offer.

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Kirsten Maxwell Kirsten Maxwell — June 17, 2018

Think of your favorite female singer/songwriters and get ready to add Kirsten Maxwell to the list. She started writing songs in high school and performing regularly at open mics and small gigs in College. Since then, Kirsten Maxwell has committed to a life of music full-time. A Long Island based artist, Kirsten has a dedicated hometown following and a growing presence in the national indie/folk scene. She has a number of awards and achievements under her belt, including opening for rock icon Melissa Etheridge. With a a signature voice, compelling lyrics, and skillful guitar playing, it’s not hard to understand why audiences so often describe Kirsten Maxwell as the “full package”.

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Nancy Cassidy Nancy Cassidy — June 10, 2018

MULTI-PLATINUM singer and songwriter Nancy Cassidy, whose 15 projects combined have sold over 2 million copies. Her material has been recorded by dozens of artists over the years, most notably by Bruce Springsteen. One of her tunes is out of this world: “I Wanna Be a Dog” was beamed up to the shuttle astronauts, and “CHICKEN” was featured on the Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black”!

Since 2008, Nancy Cassidy has hosted House Concerts in California and Idaho, monthly songwriting circles in Santa Cruz, and since 2014 has hosted weeklong singer/songwriter retreats in Stanley, Idaho...all with the purpose of encouraging a supportive and creative musical community. Currently, Cassidy performs about 100 shows a year. In addition to performing at various adult venues, she also serves as a volunteer, singing with seniors, children and to people residing in various institutions.

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Linda Richards Linda Richards — June 3, 2018

Linda Richards has entertained people of the Hudson Valley from school auditoriums to the decks of the sloop Clearwater for over thirty years. A public school classroom teacher for a decade, strolling minstrel, inservice course teacher, Clearwater’s Education and Music Director, ​lead singer in rock and R&B bands,​ Manitou School music and natural science teacher, Camp@The Camp summer camp director, guitar​, uke and vocal​ instructor and puzzle maker, Linda is multi-talented and multi-directional.

Her Power of Song program for youth musicians grew and delivered message music to thousands of people from 2009 - 2015. She performs regularly at the Great Hudson River Revival and Mohonk Mountain House and is a member of the Vanaver Caravan's “Turn Turn Turn!” project, sharing Pete Seeger’s visions through song and dance.​

Linda has taught and performed in a vast array of venues, reaching her audience through her wonderful vocal skills, sense of humor and knowledge of our natural world. She has a masters in education and thirty years of teaching experience - making her a one-of-a-kind teaching/entertaining package. Her music company, S.L.Y.M.I. (Sing Like You Mean It!), offers a myriad of musical possibilities.

Linda is the Clearwater Festival's volunteer coordinator, where she works with 60 great committee coordinators to organize and galvanize 1,000 amazing volunteers at the Great Hudson River Revival.

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Wes Weddell Wes Weddell — May 30, 2018

“Where’s Wes Weddell?” asked the Seattle Times in 2001, after Wes set off on a grant-funded adventure turning regional stories into songs. These days that answer is likely “in or around Seattle,” but a better question might be “What’s he doing today?” Performing, writing, recording, teaching, sitting-in, presenting—all have become regular parts of the Seattle singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s repertoire.

Since “My Northwest Home” introduced him to the scene in 2001, many more stages, albums, collaborations, and honors have followed. Touring increased, airplay accrued. A 13-year association with beloved folksinging duo Reilly & Maloney began. Life happened, and the touring slowed (Seattle’s not exactly centrally-located). Wes’ Northwest roots sank deeper and spread.

In 2010 Wes began working with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle, a collective of songwriters and artists who write and perform original works inspired by a different literary selection each month. Songs from this catalogue comprise the selections on 2015’s “Nobody’s Flag,” a full-band effort firmly in the rootsy-Americana vein.

A native of Pullman, WA, Wes is also an avid baseball fan and mountain huckleberry picker.

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Gloria Attoun Gloria Attoun — May 20, 2018

Gloria Attoun (Ah-TUNE) comes from the little river town of Augusta, Missouri which is about an hour west of St. Louis. Gloria has been writing songs since she was a teenager and uses music and words to sort through her thoughts and feelings — trying to make sense of what goes on in this crazy and beautiful world. She started playing guitar when she was twelve and played until her fingers bled on a hand-me-down guitar. Since then, she’s added several other instruments to her repertoire including banjo, mandolin, harmonica and other gadgets. In addition to her solo work, Gloria performs with the bands Augusta Bottoms Consort, The Texas Giants and with her husband, Michael Bauermeister and also sings with kids & their parents.

Gloria’s albums “Seeds” and “Go” have been played all over the country and other parts of the world and made the top ten lists of several radio programs. Her song, “Wrong Side of the Road” was featured on NPR’s “Car Talk” and she was on the list of top 40 recommended musicians at The International Folk Alliance Conference.

“The songs were brilliant, her instrumental work was astonishing and her command of the audience was total. We were in the hands of a top-flight performer and knew it.” Paul Stamler-KDHX-FM St. Louis

“Gloria Attoun’s “GO” is a pleasure from start to finish—wryly crafted songs whose simplicity runs decidedly deep, sung and played with joy that soars above every last homespun note. Gloria hallelujah!” Tom Finkel, former Editor of “The Village Voice"

Gloria has recently recorded a video of a song called “Love is Much More Beautiful” which shares an inspiring and positive message. You can find a link to that song and other video links and songs on her website: www.gloriaattoun.com

In addition to playing lots of music, Gloria coaches families with young children and is a community organizer.

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Liv Waters Liv Waters — May 13, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter, Liv Waters is a young, highly energetic, New York based county music sensation. At 21 years old, Liv Waters has already taken country music by storm. Her latest single, Ain't Nothing Merry was a success released with Nashville's Silverado Records on "A Very Merry Christmas." With 3 albums of original music, you can expect to see more of Liv Waters this summer. In her young career, Liv Waters has already shared the stage and performed with music legends Pete Seegar and Josh Gracin, as well as been featured on multiple radio stations.

"Music is my life--the only thing with me through the high school drama, the highs and lows of life, fights with friends, breakups, loss, the very best and the very worst days of my life. I haven't had anything make me feel quite like I do while I am making music. An indescribable comfort and passion that I wouldn't trade for the world."

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Nano Stern Nano Stern — May 6, 2018

As he [Stern] and Ms. Baez sang it [Gracias a la Vida], their performance generated the kind of lightning you might have experienced at a joyful '60s hootenanny when everything seemed possible and hope was in the air. For a moment, the hush of depression lifted, the generational sense of defeat abated, and the concert came thrillingly alive. Stephen Holden, New York Times

Monday’s man, for my money, was unquestionably Nano Stern, who had made an interstate dash from the Port Fairy Folk Festival, to renew his acquaintance with WOMADelaide. The cherubic and charismatic Chilean singer-songwriter, assisted by two long-time amigos, had a packed throng in thrall from the get-go with his passion, panache and well-directed political pronouncements. At one stage he changed an errant guitar lead in the blink of an eye. Tony Hiller, Rhythms Music Magazine WOMADELAIDE 2018

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Tinya Seeger Tinya Seeger — April 29, 2018

Join me for a special Hootenanny Cafe as we remember and reflect on the life and music of Pete Seeger, through the eyes, and in the words of his daughter, Tinya Seeger. For so many of us, Pete Seeger was a true hero, in every sense of the word. Not only was he a champion of folk music around the world, but also a champion of human, and civil, rights. On May 3, 1919 this incredible human being was brought into the world. And so, every year around this time (May 3) we should take pause to remember and celebrate the life and the legacy that Pete Seeger shared with all of us. And so, I am honored to have Tinya Seeger in the studio, once again, to share her stories and her memories of her dad, PETE SEEGER. Don't miss this incredible show!

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Chuck Williams Chuck Williams — April 22, 2018

Chuck Williams has been appearing throughout New England and in recent years has gone coast to coast with his music. Raised in Toledo, Ohio, Chuck has lived most of his adult life in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, moving to the Buzzards Bay shoreline in 2002. He has been traveling to coffeehouses, performing arts centers and festivals sowing seeds of his songs along the way. His writing has been gaining notice throughout song circles and he has earned several awards for his finely tuned craft. He can take you on a journey that makes you think, smile and at times want to cry.

Chuck's lyrics and melodies are a musical journey reflecting emotions of everyday life brought to you through the stories within his songs. If you feel his style is rooted in the American folk-rock tradition, you would be on the right path that leads to this musician’s memorable songs.

Rhode Islands Motif Music Awards has nominated Chuck as Singer/Songwriter of the Year ('07, '08, '09, ‘11), for Album Of the Year ('07, '08 and ‘10) and Best Folk Act (’07, ‘12).

Chuck has had the pleasure of opening for national touring artists such as Cheryl Wheeler, Kelly Joe Phelps, Rod McDonald, Steve Forbert, Pegi Young & the Survivors, Jimmy LeFave, Beau Coup Blue, Claude Bourbon and Michael Troy.

Chuck is the President of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association. He is also a member of Folk Alliance, NERFA, ASCAP, ACMA and RISA

Williams employs a voice that resembles Neil Young's with the edges rounded-off. There seems to be a proud and strong tradition of folk music speaking truth to power within his tunes. Don DiMuccio, Motif Magazine



A little political energy is conjured in “I Want My Country Back,” a song Michael Troy co-wrote with Chuck Williams and it seems they're turning the liberal folk singing tradition of the 1960’s back on them...politely and diplomatically. Sounds like a conservative (and I don't know if Michael was a conservative -- it's an assumption) can thread together an equally compelling lyric and melody to sing a meaningful and powerful song. I wonder if Peter, Paul and Mary would have covered this song? Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Richie Havens or any one of those folk singers? The door swings both ways. The problem with many of those folk singers is that they sang about important issues and injustices but they seldom suggested a solution in any of their tunes. John Apice, No Depression

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Linda Draper Linda Draper — April 15, 2018

While growing up in a musical household with parents and siblings who are all musicians (her father is a classical guitar virtuoso who studied with Andres Segovia), Brooklyn based Linda Draper listened to everything from Bach to “Bop” from an early age, soon moving on to the church choir and then to writing her own songs and playing guitar as a teenager. In 2001 Draper recorded her debut LP “Ricochet” with producer/music icon Kramer (Low, Galaxie 500). Their partnership continued with her next three LP's. Her debut LP on Planting Seeds Records, “One Two Three Four” was met with rave reviews. In 2007 she co-produced her next LP "Keepsake" with Major Matt at Olive Juice Music. In 2009, Draper returned with her sixth LP "Bridge and Tunnel", produced by Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson). Linda's previous album, “Edgewise” produced by singer-songwriter Matt Keating was self-released in 2013 and was also released on vinyl (Planting Seeds Records). Of the record American Songwriter said; “Channeling the finger-plucked folk music of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, Linda Draper gets back to her acoustic roots.” The first single on this album, called "Hollow" was featured on the Starbucks in-store playlist. M Music and Musicians Magazine proclaimed: “With all of these songs—pop-rock sparklers informed by the kind of edgy country and clever folk beloved by NPR subscribers—movement carries risk, but it beats staying put.” As her career and music catalog demonstrate, “staying put” is not something Linda likes to do. Her musical path has led to tours throughout the US and UK. She has performed in festivals such as CMJ, Folk Alliance, Campfire (Cambridge, MA), the Athens Popfest (Athens, GA). Over the years, Linda has opened for Teddy Thompson, Melissa Ferrick, Luka Bloom, Dan Navarro, Eilen jewell and Amy Correia. Linda Draper’s latest album “Modern Day Decay” was crowd-funded through PledgeMusic. The album was recorded at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY. Matt Keating produced this album as well, and it was mixed by Grammy Award winning Engineer Geoff Sanoff (Bruce Springsteen, Cat Power). Of her latest album Linda says, “Thanks to the backing support from my fans, we were able to record these songs in two top-notch studios with a great band (including Matt Keating on keyboards and lead guitar, Eric Puente on drums and Jeff Eyrich on bass). The project was such an amazing collaborative process and I am grateful for the support that has led me to where I am today.”

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Kim Moberg Kim Moberg — April 8, 2018

Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Alaskan Native Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. Music has always been an integral part of Kim's life, helping her to adjust to the frequent moves associated with growing up in a military family. From the sounds of Beethoven to Johnny Cash, Dave Brubeck to Hank Williams, and Bob Evans to David Bowie, the love of all genres of music has been ingrained in her soul.

At the age of 14, Kim began playing acoustic guitar on a borrowed nylon 6 string, earning lessons by typing lyric and chord sheets for students who were taking guitar lessons from her mother. A few years later, she purchased a Gibson Epiphone guitar and taught herself to strum and finger pick to her favorite music from the '70's -- James Taylor, Jackson Browne, The Beatles, -- but debilitating stage fright kept her from pursuing her dream of becoming a professional performer. In 2014, after a hiatus from music to raise her two daughters with her husband, Kim set out to overcome her stage fright at local Open Mics and fundraisers. Kim is now a singer/songwriter who performs as a solo artist, has collaborated with other a number of musicians, and performed as one half of the duo "Still Willow".

Kim's musical inspiration derives from both traditional and contemporary musical genres of acoustic, roots, folk and country. She strives to sing stories that evoke contemplation and emotion. A self, taught finger pick style acoustic guitarist, Kim has an introspective interp​retati​on of songs and is especially drawn to musical stories that tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, and healing. Her original songs speak to reunion, awakening and social consciousness.

Recent accomplishments include Kim's performance for over 1,000 artists and industry professionals at the Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase at the 2017 Northeast Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference in Stamfort, CT, where she was selected to perform by WOMR DJ Bob Weiser; and Kim's 2nd place win at the annual Linden Tree Coffee House Winter Potpourri: American Idol Folk performance, earning her a co-bill concert with the legendary Bill Staines.

Kim's debut cd entitled "Above Ground" , recorded and produced by Grammy nominated producer Jon Evans in Brick Hill Studio, was released worldwide in September 2017.

In addition to performing music, Kim, together with close friend and singer/songwriter Kathleen Healy, have co-founded RavenDaisy Productions, created to book, promote and produce live music concerts in support of Indie artists.

Kim is a strong believer in the importance of giving back and being actively involved. She offers her music and time at events to support her local community such as hosting the monthly Craigville Coffeehouse Open Mic, serving as a board member for Vinegrass (a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for music students http://www.vinegrass.org),and performing at political

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Katherine Rondeau Katherine Rondeau — April 1, 2018

“With her powerfully rich voice to lead the way, Katherine delivers a rootsy performance that harkens back to the best of the Folk Revival with a modern style.” Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM

Katherine Rondeau is a full-throttle folk singer-songwriter! After bursting onto the Philly folk scene in 2015, she was quickly recognized for her rich, bold voice and engaging style. She has since claimed her place at venues throughout the region including Godfrey Daniels, World Cafe Live, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, and as a three-time Philly Folk Festival performer (2015-17).

And the music? Imagine yourself in the hills of Appalachia – hear that strong, lyrical wail calling down from the mountain, and the steel ring of the guitar strings? That’s the rootsy folk sound of Katherine Rondeau. Her 2016 release New Hope Chateau was a Folk DJ chart favorite. The Midwest Record wrote: Her compelling story songs take on a myriad of themes, from love lost and love preserved to robust political anthems.

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Shawn Taylor Shawn Taylor — March 25, 2018

Shawn Taylor has devoted the past decade to his ‘wandering roots’ music, as a traveling troubadour, songwriter and CT based bandleader. His 4th independent release, “Balance” (June, 2017) embodies his ‘wandering roots’ genre and philosophy; meandering from Appalachia to Reggae, folk to rock, time twisting finger-style compositions, to sparse introspective ballads and gut busting blues, exploring disparate characters, times and situations, in the eternal struggle for balance. “His keen eye, soul-drenched vocals and steadfast acoustic finger-picking, punctuate his musical canvas with a skillful, heartfelt flair reminiscent of troubadours John Prine, John Gorka and Bob Dylan,” declared Metronome Magazine, Boston. “But make no mistake, Taylor is his own voice. Shawn Taylor is one of the finest singer-songwriters on the scene today.” He’s shared the stage with folk notables such as, Maria Muldaur, Peter Mulvey, Vance Gilbert, Pat Wictor, Scott Ainslie, Spuyten Duyvil and Sarah Potenza. And his wandering roots run deep. His mother grew up an ‘army brat’ on bases around the US and Europe. His father was an anti-war, Vietnam Vet, turned vagabond gypsy. Shawn was born in Ohio and raised in Massachusetts, but he’d lived in four states before he turned one. At twenty, he left college to ‘thru’-hike the Appalachian Trail for six months. The next year, he ‘thru’-hiked VT’s Long Trail, with his girlfriend Amy, who later became his wife. Their latest (not last) ‘thru’-hike together was California’s John Muir Trail in 2006.

He released his 4th CD, “Balance” in April 2017, followed by the first ever, full Taylor family summer tour, with his wife and kids (7 & 9), their CRV, 2 tents, 6 weeks, 19 performances, 14 states, and 4000 miles, and many stories along the way

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Emily Barnes Emily Barnes — March 18, 2018

> Tucked away in a town so tiny it isn't found on most maps, singer-songwriter Emily Barnes can be found sitting on the stone steps of her 200 year old home stitching together the latest melody from the fabric of her mind. That is on the rare occasion she is home. For the past few years, Emily has been tirelessly trekking down the open road playing venues of all shapes and sizes stopping listeners dead in their tracks with a voice that cuts to the bone and songs that pull on the heart strings. > > Now a nationally touring artist, Barnes continues to build a grassroots following from city to small town, one new believer at a time. Her Sophomore album 'Let in the Light' was released on March 10th 2017 and has been taking listeners through the nostalgia of finding oneself after the inevitable darkness seeps in. It is honest, it is raw, and as quirky as the show you are likely to experience. With an assortment of "found" instruments, lo-fi birds, pots and pans, this album paints a picture from start to finish. > > There is a feeling one gets when witnessing something authentic and rare, and that aura permeates the room at an Emily Barnes show.

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Susan Shann Susan Shann — March 11, 2018

Originally from northwest New Jersey, Susan was influenced early on by the vocal genius of Ella Fitzgerald, the blues fire of Stevie Ray Vaughn, the psychedelic landscapes of Pink Floyd, the astounding creativity of Joni Mitchell and so many others. She began writing songs and playing guitar in her teens, performing at coffeehouses and restaurants throughout the area. After acquiring a music education degree from Montclair State University with highest honors, she taught for several years before making the decision to move to Nashville, Tennessee in 2004 to pursue a career as a songwriter and performer. Called by the urgency of climate change and other environmental issues, Susan became very involved with environmental activism and community organizing. Within a short period of time, she earned a permaculture design certificate, founded Transition Nashville and established “Earth Revolution”, a local access environmental program produced with a team of volunteers for three years. Susan also participated in the work of many other organizations focused on environmental and social justice issues, establishing a reputation as a local leader and tireless advocate for needed change. She has since returned her full focus to the task of creating great music, recently earning a publishing contract with Grammy-winning producer Bill Vorndick, with whom she has just completed her third album, "Rhythm of the Road." Susan has had the honor of sitting in as a singer with the world-famous western swing band “The Time Jumpers” many times, and has been invited to perform at such prestigious local events as “Tin Pan South” and others. Susan is excited to move her love of songwriting and performing front and center once again, writing songs that reflect her pop, rock and blues influences while also integrating her passions for earth-care, social justice and spiritual themes, in a way that can positively impact and uplift others.

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