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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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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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Bruce T Carroll Bruce T Carroll — September 3, 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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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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Villa Palagonia Villa Palagonia — March 4, 2018

Villa Palagonia: Where North, South, East, West, and Humanity Collide

Eclectic acoustic brushed with hues from Mediterranean folk is the avenue on which the band Villa Palagonia perches—yet the side streets and dusty alleyways that these musicians travel offer engaging timbres that are woven together by songs imparting tales of the old world and the new.

Founded in 2013 by multifaceted guitarist Joe Ravo and multi-instrumentalist and singer Allison Scola, Villa Palagonia calls upon its members’ southern Italian roots and American know-how to create original music peppered with elements from traditional Sicilian and Italian folk songs. Joe Ravo is a versatile guitarist who has performed alongside the likes of Dave Brubeck and Stanley Turrentine and traveled around the world as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Allison Scola is most familiar to folk audiences because of her performance as part of Chicks with Dip’s Joni Mitchell’s Blue Celebration. As a solo artist, she has performed at venues as grand as Shea Stadium, as kitschy as CBS Morning News’ Living Room Live, and as intimate as her cousin’s patio in Bagheria, Sicily where the world-renowned estate Villa Palagonia exists.

The ensemble released its debut album Rhythms & Roots in 2016. Hailing from New York City, they have performed throughout the United States, appearing at folk festivals and in concerts series including Illinois' Woodstock Folk Festival, Brooklyn's First Acoustics, WMSC Radio Nowhere with Joltin' Joe, WFUV John Platt's On Your Radar, and WFMT Folk Stage with Rich Warren.

Looking forward to it! Thank you!

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Naming The Twins Naming The Twins — February 25, 2018

Naming the Twins is the Nova Scotia based, harmony rich guy-gal duo of Robbie Smith and Kath Glauser whose vocal blendings sound a bit like Simon & Garfunkel, if Art was a girl, a bit like Peter, Paul & Mary, if one of the boys was taking the night off. Their original material maintains the tradition of Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.

Their energy, casual banter, wide variety of song styles and remarkably well matched voices captivate audiences wherever they perform. Their presentations are well balanced with thoughtful ballads and toe-tappin’ numbers, transporting the listener with lyrical imagery and sweet harmonies.

Robbie Smith has been a songwriter, singer and player of instruments all his life. From an early age, through the windows of his scenic home outside Shelburne Nova Scotia, his imagination took flight gathering scenes and circumstances which flowed back through his pen and onto the page.

His truly inspired lyrics capture the essence of life lived by and on the sea and the attention of Roger Whitaker who recorded four of Smith’s songs. Robbie has also shared the stage with Pete Seeger and John Allan Cameron and recorded several albums of his own.

In 2008, after years of being a solo artist, Robbie was taken with the voice of an acquaintance and knew he had found his vocal soul mate – a special blend that some performers never find.

From the beginning, Kath Glauser brought her clear natural folky harmonies, organizational skills and engaging stage presence to the table and has since added lead vocals, guitar and mandolin. Recently she helped write 3 of the songs on their latest album, “Turn Styles”.

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Remembering James Durst, with Madhumita Remembering James Durst, with Madhumita — February 18, 2018

James Durst was a touring artist for about 50 years before he transitioned from this planet in 2016. He performed for audiences of every age in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; in more than 200 cities in 45 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia; and in Russia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Korea, India and Israel. James performed a rich and ever-evolving repertoire of distinctive songs. His spirited, lighthearted, relevant and often humorous performances included original pieces and interpretations of songs from two dozen languages that reflect a global perspective and underscore the interconnectedness we share with all of life. These songs addressed global and social concerns common to all, including environmental sustainability, world peace, and the need for greater understanding of and compassion for one another.

The interplay of James’ skillful, rhythmic guitar playing and strong, expressive voice provided a colorful palette that he used to paint compelling musical pictures to encourage individual empowerment and compassionate relationships, while helping all of us feel more hopeful about ourselves and our place on the planet.

He engaged each distinct audience in a participatory journey condensed from his travels that brought all closer to our world and to each other. Through the synergy created by melding word and melody, his performances dissolved language and cultural boundaries, as demonstrated by this experience following a concert in Skopje, Macedonia: A woman who spoke no English told James through an interpreter “I didn’t understand a word, but”—touching the area of her heart— “I understood what you were saying.”

James also founded the Work O’the Weavers with David Bernz, and formed a quartet to celebrate the music and life of the Weavers in 2003.

James and I (Madhumita Chakrabartti) met in 1997 at the Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse. We became life partners, got married and continued our journey together until his passing in 2016. We enjoyed joining our voices together in harmony for shows in the US, India and Israel during these 19 years. Today, I continue his work of supporting traveling musicians by presenting WorldWind House Concerts in our New Jersey home; celebrating his life and work through community building; and being active in the folk community as a board member of the Princeton Folk Music Society.

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Robert Bobby Robert Bobby — February 11, 2018

Robert Bobby was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the suburb of Newtown Square. As a young teenager, his brother introduced him to the music of Bob Dylan and that was his doorway into his own musical adventure. In high school and college, he frequented The Main Point folk club, hearing and learning from artists like Dave Van Ronk, Chris Smither, Tom Rush, Tim Buckley, Steve Goodman, Muddy Waters and many more. After attending Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, Robert Bobby formed The Speedboys, a rock and rhythm & blues band which gained a widespread regional following. Between 1978 and 1985, they released three (3) self-produced, critically acclaimed albums. Robert Bobby released a solo album, Chilly Wind, shortly thereafter. On January 6, 2018, The Speedboys and Robert Bobby were honored as the first inductees into the brand new Lancaster Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since the year 2000, Robert Bobby has concentrated on performing the acoustic music he loves. In 2005, he began performing primarily as The Robert Bobby Duo with his wife, Mrs. Bobby, on bass guitar. They perform a varied repertoire of Robert Bobby originals & select cover songs in a listening room setting. They are members of the International Folk Alliance and regularly attend Folk Alliance Regional Conferences. Sadly, in January 2017, just as he and Mrs. Bobby were looking forward to retiring from the day jobs to focus on his music, Robert Bobby was diagnosed with brain cancer. Radiation, chemotherapy and advancing cancer have taken their toll on his ability to play his guitar and sing. The Robert Bobby Duo was able to perform a few shows in the fall of 2017, finishing up with their last public performance on December 2, 2017. At this point, Mrs. Bobby is focused on her new role as chief caregiver. She would like to see Robert Bobby’s songs live on and is encouraging other artists to perform them.

Robert Bobby has played in support of the following acoustic artists: 1. Chris Smither 2. Steve Forbert 3. Rory Block 4. Roy Book Binder 5. Parker Milsap 6. Diana Jones 7. Fred Eaglesmith 8. Junior Brown: ok not so acoustic-sue me 9. Dom Flemons Robert Bobby has performed at the following: The Birchmere: Alexandria, VA The Tin Angel: Philadelphia PA Falcon Ridge Folk Festival as Emerging Artist Contestant, NY The Lansdowne Folk Club: Lansdowne, PA Susquehanna Folk Society & Whitaker Center: Harrisburg, PA Gene Shay's Folk Show: WXPN Philadelphia, PA (3 times) Little Buffalo Festival, PA The Ware Center, Tellus 360 & The Chameleon: Lancaster, PA Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Quad Showcase.

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Scott Krokoff Scott Krokoff — February 4, 2018

With a rich sound drawn primarily from his love of 60s and 70s music, New Yorker Scott Krokoff (pron: Crow-Cough) weaves elements of folk rock & country pop into confessional and compelling Americana. He is an evocative and introspective songwriter, and a deft finger-picker in the vein of James Taylor and Paul Simon with “an edge of Replacements styled alt rock to his strum” (Hiplanta). Scott has opened for Elle King and Grace Weber, toured in the US and Europe, including playing in Belgium for his biggest fan, and received radio airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

Scott’s last record, Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 2, received rave reviews praising Scott’s “terrific imaginative powers” (Bearded Magazine) and his “graceful tales of morality and perseverance” (The Vinyl District) with “melodies that'll have you humming for days” (Nooga) and “music in the vein of 1960s and ’70s songsmiths, but also recalling hot up-and-comers like Father John Misty” (PopDose).

While he has supported his young family as an active lawyer, Scott is adamant that one should never put a shelf life on his or her dreams. As such, many of Scott's songs document his passion to persevere with his music, and all three of his record releases —2007's A Better Life, 2012's Realizations and Declarations, Vol. 1 and 2015’s Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 2 — brim with lovely and tuneful revelations that proselytized the art of taking risks in life as well as the consequences of not taking them.

People of all ages have found Scott's music appealing and inspirational, relating to his music not only because of the terrific rhythm and energy each song possesses but because he represents the desire we each have to dream big and live life to the fullest. One of Scott's favorite experiences was when his biggest fan flew him from New York to Belgium at his expense to play his 10th year wedding anniversary. That fan later explained to Scott that he was so inspired by his music, he felt compelled to revive his own musical dreams. Scott's situation is proof positive that if you really want to, you'll find a way.

Scott is currently working on his next record due to be released by June 2018.

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Crowes Pasture Crowes Pasture — January 28, 2018

“An uncanny blend of voices… the duo sound born to mesh their voices. His, a handsome, sandpapery timbre, and hers, angelic, with a lovely wilt.” - Bill Copeland Music News

Crowes Pasture is the acoustic duo of Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin. Based in Boston, the duo brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions. Performing on guitar and banjo, they draw inspiration from both traditional folk storytellers like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and icons of vocal harmony like the Carter Family and Simon & Garfunkel. Their music invites comparisons with the likes of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, The Milk Carton Kids, The Jayhawks and Ian & Sylvia.

The duo released their second album, Edge of America, in October of 2017. The album quickly reached #7 on the National Folk DJ Charts and continued to chart throughout the remainder of the year, landing itself a spot on the Folk DJ Top Albums of 2017 list. The title song, Edge of America, reached #3 on the Folk DJ Top Songs Charts October 2017. John Patterson, host of The Song Parlor, described the song as offering an immigrant’s eye view of the American dream and the reality.

Other original songs on the album explore everything from the struggles of Depression-era spouses, the effects of Hurricane Sandy on everyday life in Ocean County, the Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo and a tribute to one of the most fascinating athletes of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali.

The duo’s approach to outside material on the album is just as memorable. “Crowes Pasturizing” songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Donovan by stripping them down and reconstructing them with their distinctive harmonies and musical ideas, Crowes Pasture taps into a sound that transcends eras and genres.

Bill Copeland of “Bill Copeland Music News” praises the album, saying “there is an earnestness of purpose in these songs that remind of all the great ballads and folklore that define [the folk] genre.” Nick Noble (host of “The Folk Revival” on WICN-FM) has praised the duo for their “lovely harmonies and a passionate approach to musical performance,” while WUMB’s “Local Folk” host Patrick Coman enthused over their “skillfully crafted, emotional songwriting, compelling vocals and tasty accompaniment.”

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Charlie King Charlie King — January 21, 2018

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.”

Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for over 40 years. In October of 2017 he received the annual Phil Ochs Award, in recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs. Other 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; and the 2014 Joe Hill Award, a lifetime achievement award for excellence in the field of labor culture.

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 is currently touring with his latest recording Life & Love, Tears & Laughter, a 15 song, eclectic mix of classic folk songs - time tested - and new songs reflecting on the testing times we live in. Charlie has recorded over 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."

Charlie was born in 1947, and was raised in Brockton, MA. He cites as musical influences the folk music revival of the 1960's, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War era.

Folk legend Peggy Seeger says, "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried," and Tom Paxton adds, "Luckily, we have him!"

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All-She-Wrote All-She-Wrote — January 14, 2018

All-She-Wrote: Gloria Jean, David LaPlante & Stephen Pounds are regulars at the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, and play many live music venues across the Northeast such as Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA, Sonny Och’s folk concert series in Middleburgh, NY, The Thrall Library in Middletown, NY, and The Crossroads Coffeehouse in North Andover, MA. They are known for rich harmony vocals and clear acoustic guitar playing, performing authentic renditions of classic folk songs from the 60s & 70s interspersed with Gloria Jean’s original songs. They play guitars built by David LaPlante, who crafted instruments for Noel Paul Stookey of Peter Paul & Mary, and is a renowned guitar historian and Martin Guitar expert (David provided a chapter for the book, Inventing the American Guitar: the Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and his Contemporaries). They have two cds, the 2004 self-titled All-She-Wrote, and their 2017 release, Passing It On. Both earned a place on the Folk-DJ Listserve’s “Top Albums” list. Passing It On features guest instrumental tracks by Rounder recording artists, The Lonely Heartstring Band, as well as the incomparable Larry Packer on violin and mandolin. Larry has played with The Band, Lou Reed, David Bromberg, and too many to list here; and now regularly joins All-She-Wrote at performances.

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Shawna Caspi Shawna Caspi — January 7, 2018

Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Shawna Caspi hadn¹t done much travelling before tapering off a series of administrative jobs to start touring full-time. She had never even rented a car. She had never been camping before performing at the Blue Skies Music Festival in 2014.

Since then, Shawna has toured throughout Canada and the United States, including performances at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, the Summerfolk Festival (ON), and the Deep Roots Music Festival (NS), and concert series including the Calgary Folk Club, the Nickelodeon, the Northern Lights Folk Club (AB), the Greenbank Folk Music Society (ON), the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (MA), On Your Radar (NY), and Six String Concerts (OH).

Shawna¹s fourth album Forest Fire, released in September 2017, is a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. Engineered and produced by Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith), the elegant arrangements draw the listener into the depths of haunting, atmospheric tracks, then lift them out with airy, bluegrass instrumentation and hopeful narratives for brighter days. It¹s dark granite stone with a shot of glimmering quartz through the middle. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love, grace, and gratitude. With these songs, Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices, to tell the truth above all else.

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Siobhan O'Brien Siobhan O'Brien — December 10, 2017

Siobhan O’Brien is an Irish Singer/Songwriter who now lives in Alexandria, Virginia. " In addition to Bob Dylan inviting her to join him on stage, Siobhan has performed in concert as a guest vocalist with the famed Irish group The Chieftains. She has also appeared with The San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in 2010. She has supported such acts as: The Cranberries, Christy Moore, Donovan, Sharon Shannon, Henry Mc Cullough (Wings), Maria Mc Kee, Damien Dempsey, Paul Brady, Mick Flannery and many more. Leonard Cohen heard about Siobhán from a friend of his which prompted him to send a book to her called 'Dance Me To The End Of Love' with a Henry Matisse painting on each page, as a gesture of encouragement. Siobhan's last CD 'Songs I grew Up To' includes special guest appearances by several of Siobhan's musical friends including Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains) Pete Cummins(Fleadh Cowboys/Nanci Griffith) & Brendan Bowyer (Royal Show Band) Song after song, she delivers a spectrum of emotions accented by distinct rhythms and catchy hooks. Covering themes of spirituality, love and the challenges of being human, O’Brien chronicles her journey in a manner that is relatable but also cause for reflection. There is an exquisite tension in her voice that resonates and affects – Deeply.

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The Promise Is Hope The Promise Is Hope — December 3, 2017

Ashley and Eric L’Esperance first felt the electricity of their undeniable chemistry at an impromptu song swap. A year and a half later they were married and released their debut album “Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going.” Jessica Phaneuf, WUMB, says “I listen to A LOT of music, and this [album] would be at the top of the pile.” The Promise is Hope has earned their place among New England’s finest emerging indie-folk duos, with a live performance that is often described as beautifully moving, inspired, and connected.

Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters, and their sound is shaped by tastes of folk, electronic, acoustic and pop. Ashley performs subtle yet stunning melodies with a classically-trained, but often folksy, voice. Her poetic lyrics explore the deep mysteries within nature and human relationship. Eric’s obvious reverence for the great folk songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s shines through his sweetly deep voice. His prose-like lyrics unravel the joys and struggles of life’s journeys, and take what appears to be freeform and make it flow beautifully into well-crafted pieces. Together, the two artists complement each other in every respect. Their songs are sometimes fun, sometimes deep, and always aimed for the heart. As Eric puts it, The Promise is Hope aims to “write songs that are honest and true … in a way that hopefully helps others see the truth and the beauty that exists in their own lives.”

These “hometown heroes” won two 2017 Worcester Music Awards and a nomination for 2017 Best of Central Massachusetts “Best Entertainer.” They were invited to perform at the 2017 Connecticut Folk Festival, and have shared the stage with national folk artists such as Amy Speace, Antje Duvekot, and Gaelynn Lea. They have captured the hearts of listeners in hundreds of crowds all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic, and are currently writing material for a sophomore album set for release in early 2018.

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