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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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Kenny White Kenny White — March 24, 2019

Hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, Kenny White is a talented singer/songwriter and a successful NYC-based record producer. He has written, performed, and produced music for hundreds of TV and radio commercials as well as film soundtracks, and has worked with stars like Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, and Linda Ronstadt. Although he is an accomplished and sought-after pianist, White is known for his clever lyrics – compared to artists as diverse as Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen. His shows include original music, with songs ranging from humorous to heart-breaking, with White accompanying himself on piano and guitar. He often tours with Cheryl Wheeler and with Judy Collins, who released three of his CDs on her Wildflower Records label. He has just completed 18 months traveling as opener for the Stephen Stills & Judy Collins reunion shows. White is currently touring in support of his current album, LONG LIST OF PRIORS, which features guest musicians such as David Crosby, who says that “Kenny has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters. A true wordsmith and musician who reveals a fine sense of humor as well.”

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Carl Corcoran Carl Corcoran — March 17, 2019

In Carl's teens in the 1970s, rock and roll, folk and pop lured the young Dubliner to the pubs, clubs and coffee shop venues in a blossoming singer songwriter scene. A 'surprise' offer from EMI to sign a recording contract produced three original albums containing songs written by Carl and various collaborators. Record company marketing folk decided that Carl should adopt a new moniker and so Jamie Stone was born. Carl's first album 'New Day' gathered six awards at the RMI Awards in 1974, including Artist of The Year. His songs 'Gulliver' and 'I Believe in Love' were chart toppers in the Irish market. Two more albums (“Storyteller’ and ‘Let It Shine’ were recorded and release in 1976 and 1978 respectively. His hit single ‘I Believe in Love’ held the No 1 position in the Irish charts in 1977. In 1978, Carl headed for New York. The American sojourn, which lasted 20 years, brought experiences of a varied nature in the world of entertainment. He established himself as a popular and busy performer in the Irish American community, releasing a CD of Irish and Irish inspired original songs on the Rego Label – called “Dancing the Dublin Reel” – voted the “Album of the Year” by the Irish Echo in 1996. A beautiful love song, ‘Forever and More’ co-written by Carl and collaborator Rosemarie Taylor was included on another Rego Records release ‘The Irish Wedding Song Collection’ – and is a popular choice as a Wedding Song for many couples. In the latter five years, the passion for radio was irresistible. Carl played an anchor role in a successful commercial radio station 60 miles outside New York, where he presented Irish specialty shows as well as maintaining the Morning Shift weekdays 9am-12 noon at WTBQ....playing music from the 50’s through the 90’s. On returning to Ireland in 1998, a move which coincided with the setting up of RTÉ lyric fm, Carl was asked to host 'The Third Wave' late night on Lyric (Sat and Sun), which he presented for three years. Simultaneously, Carl became a regular presenter on RTÉ Radio1 until the slot at The Lyric Breakfast came his way. Carl remained in that early morning role for four years, until October 2007 when the Breakfast Man returned to the once familiar night hours at RTÉ lyric fm taking over the role of Presenter for The Blue of the Night. Four nights a week (Mon-Thurs), Carl took his listeners into the Blue of the Night with the broadest musical brush stroke on the airwaves. He held this position as the acclaimed curator/presenter until July 2017. In September 2006, Carl studied and was awarded a Master’s Degree (First Class) in Community Music at the University of Limerick. Summer 2007 saw Carl as Director of Blas International Summer School of Traditional Irish Music and Dance. This event hosted by the late Prof Micheál Ó Súilleabháin is held on the superb campus of the University of Limerick. Carl maintained this role as Director for 3 years. In 2017 he was invited to take on the role of Course Director for the inaugural year of the MA in Songwriting at the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick – the only course of its kind in Ireland. He has successfully curated this course for the last two years and continues in that role. Songwriting is still an active pursuit for this busy musician. Collaborations with New York songwriter Jimmy Kelly have been recorded by various artists. Their recent effort ‘Atlantic Sky’ celebrates the Irish American psyche, written as a tribute to emigrants who travelled the ocean to start a new life. Those who have recorded this gem of a song include two former members of Celtic Woman Alex Sharpe and Edel Murphy (separate recordings) tenor Ronan Tynan and Irish singer Sean Keane. Other material from this collaborative force have been recorded by The New York Tenors (‘I Wont Turn My Back on You’).

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Noah Derksen Noah Derksen — March 10, 2019



Born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies and maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah has spent the past three years honing his live performance skills across Canada and in select regions of the United States, playing concerts from BC to Nova Scotia, and New York to California. In 2018 alone, Noah played at renowned venues and events such as the National Arts Centre(Ottawa, ON), Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA), Trout Forest Music Festival (Ear Falls, ON), and theWinnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB). With a self-described genre of “contemplative folk”, Noah’s introspective nature is immediately apparent, felt through honest and poetic lyricism alongside aesthetic musical arrangements.

On March 1st, 2019, Noah released the first part of a new album, entitled America, Dreaming.

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Janet Bates Janet Bates — March 3, 2019

Based currently in rural British Columbia, Janet has spent several years living in Oregon where her songwriting inspiration began. She became politically motivated in the months leading up to the Iraq war of 2003. Attending an anti war rally on MLK day she was given the MLK “Riverside” speech and the first lines of that speech inspired her to become an activist. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal” She went on to organize several anti war rallies in Bandon, Oregon, and on the day that the US invaded Iraq, she began writing songs. When the first bombs started falling in Iraq she felt helpless but then remembered that she had a voice. Ever since she was a teenager, singing in coffee houses and other events, people always said she had a voice like Joan Baez. SO she decided to write songs that gave life to the stories of those who have no voice…. the ones who needlessly die in wars, those whose lives are ruined, the poor, the victims of violent wars. Between 2003 and 2009, she went on to release 5 CDs. All 5 of the CDs achieved international airplay on radio. For 2 years in a row, her airplay achieved the top 20 spot for Canadian artists on the folk DJ lists. She performs with her husband Ken Bates,(who plays the bouzouki, guitar and mandolin), and drummer Mark Dievendorf. Janet writes all of the music they play and plays 12 string guitar. For these years they mostly played at political events. They performed for Dennis Kucinich events both in 2004 and 2008. She has played and been interviewed on the Thom Hartmann show several times. Janet has been performing and giving her voice to many social and political events over time. She was a finalist in the singer songwriter events at the Solar festival in Vermont and Susquahanna in Maryland. Kind words about the 2009 CD “Janet Bates has produced with Little Spinner a CD that is one of those fairly rare ones that you just want to play from beginning to end and then start over again. It is that good and meaningful. Bill Hahn WFDU --Bill Hahn, WFDU radio

Love your music. Please send more CDs. I'm playing your songs on the radio show, Music of the People, WMCB, 107.9 LPFM, Greenfield, MA. Thanks, Diane Crowe --Diane Crow, WMCB and LPFM radio

A lovely album...am playing cuts this morning on WJFF radio. thanks for sending it. Sonja Hedlund Ballads and Banjos --Sonja Hedlund, WJFF radio”



Life changed in 2009 when Janet was diagnosed with an advanced form of endometrial cancer and in fact recorded the last CD while on Chemotherapy.

She moved back to Canada after her treatments, and took a hiatus from music, but now 10 years later she is ready to release a new CD this spring/summer. “It Is Here I Leave You Dragon”, the title song of this new CD is a song about her letting go after realizing she had survived the cancer…letting go of all the darkness that one carries after these life changing events. Clearly a song about cancer survival it is a song that also lends itself to so many other “survival” stories in all our lives. Although her original motivation to write was the Iraq war Janet has been moved and impassioned to write about other sociopolitical topics such as climate change, the impoverished and about those impacted by our present world circumstances. There are also beautiful songs about love, and relationships. She has been married to Ken for 35 years now and her feelings for him have made their way in to many of the songs she writes. Janet is a powerful lyricist and story teller. The music she writes to these songs have wonderful and heart felt melodies and rhythms providing complex and truly enjoyable music…this all despite no formal music training. This is truly a gift that she has and feels that the songs are all just gifts she was given to share with others.

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Kerry Patrick Clark Kerry Patrick Clark — February 24, 2019

KPC is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, therapist, comedian, word painter, and masterful entertainer. Those who are lucky enough to catch him in concert, leave a different person. The range of the experience for many runs from laughter and lightness to depth and connection and the realization of a shared humanity. That’s the thread he weaves into every performance because it’s the center of who he is: he knows that being human means we want to laugh, we want to be thoughtful, we want to be nostalgic, we want to feel connected, we want to sink into our hearts and we want to feel the entire range of our emotions so that we can take our full selves back home and maybe even remember to be more present in our relationships.

Sounds lofty, right? Well, consider this. Music is truly a universal language, and science tells us that music heals. It helps us relax, it stimulates our senses, and its frequencies actually pierce our bodies, our minds and our hearts. Imagine what happens when we are being carefully led on a musical journey by an expert musician, an award-winning songwriter, and a beloved performer who’s transformed audiences all across the country. It’s a powerful, deeply personal, resonant experience. A gift.

Kerry is a blend of the practical and the visionary. And he’s a mixture of genres and time periods: today and yesterday, pop, folk, country, singer/songwriter, Americana. Mostly, he is solidly and quintessentially rooted in his own life experiences, which somehow magically deepen and reverberate through ours as well.

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Ellen Bukstel Ellen Bukstel — February 17, 2019

Politically active, socially conscious, wildly incisive and humorous as all get out throughout her fascinating and influential, multiple award winning career, Ellen Bukstel has covered all the hot button issues we as human beings and Americans can’t ignore. She’s been pro pot and folkin’ hot (the HMMA nominated “Who’s The Pusher Now?”, with 50,000+ YouTube views), a frustrated citizen (“They Lost My Vote”), whimsical about menopause (“Is It Hot in Here…Or is it Me?”), tough on domestic violence (“You’re Not Better Than Me”) and bold in the face of uncomfortable aspects of world history (the Music To Life songwriting competition winner “By My Silence”). When pop great Michael Bolton called her “an amazing artist and spirit,” he was simply the most famous person among thousands who have recognized her contributions as a voice of her, and all subsequent, generations

On Legacy of Love, the Florida based singer-songwriter’s highly anticipated new full length collection, Ellen takes us beyond all the whimsy, activism and social commentary to paint a multi-faceted, emotionally impactful portrait of a life that has had its share of pain, struggle and challenges, but has been remarkably and gracefully well lived. It’s a heartfelt, sentimental (but never sappy and always insightful) journey of love, loss, getting old (artfully so!), with a little protest, a little politics and always a little humor.

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Forest Sun Forest Sun — February 10, 2019

With over 65 million plays on Pandora, troubadour and award-winning songwriter, Forest Sun, enlivens audiences around the globe with his wealth of songs and stories, all sung and told in a laid-back California style. Sun's soulful music draws on a deep well of Americana and is compared to everyone from Jack Johnson, John Mayer and The Avett Brothers to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. He's opened for Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne, Keb Mo and Brett Dennen among others and musical collaborations include Jolie Holland, Sean Hayes, ALO and Hot Buttered Rum. Forest Sun’s music is featured in film and television, including MTV's Good Vibes, the Showtime Series The Big C, and three surf films, Land of Saints, A Common Thread and 5th Symphony Document. Forest’s songs appear on the benefit CD Burning Heart, Songs for the Gulf (to raise money for cleaning up the oil spills) and Songs for Laura Vol 1 and Vol. 2 (to raise awareness for people with cancer and their families). You can also hear Sun on San Francisco’s favorite radio KFOG’s Local Scene Vol. 1 & 3. Forest’s music has found it’s way to Japan with the CD Dancing Again released by Buffalo Records and songs featured on the Japanese compilations Surf Time 1 and Surf Time 2.

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Zoe Mulford Zoe Mulford — February 4, 2019

Zoe Mulford is becoming best known as the writer of "The President Sang Amazing Grace," which Joan Baez covered on her album "Whistle Down the Wind" in 2018. An American songwriter now living in the north of England, Zoe backs her clear voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo to deliver powerful, evocative songs that draw on the traditional music of the US and the British Isles to make sense of the modern world.



Zoe grew up near Philadelphia, but took up the guitar and fell in love with the banjo during a twelve-year stint in Durham, North Carolina. Four years in Washington, DC introduced her to the community of contemporary songwriters, including the Azalea City Recordings cooperative. In 2006, she moved to the north of England. She now divides her time between Philadelphia, PA and Manchester, UK and tours on both sides of the Atlantic.



"The President Sang Amazing Grace" first appeared on Zoe's 2017 album "Small Brown Birds." Joan Baez heard the song on local radio while driving near her home in California.



"It's an amazing little tune," said Baez in an interview on NPR News. "When I first heard it, I had to pull the car over, because I started crying. And then for the first two weeks of trying to figure it out on the guitar, I kept crying. I was afraid that when I got in the studio, it wouldn't be over. But I went into the studio, and then I just looked at the musicians and I said, "Let's go to church."

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Dashboard Hula Girls Dashboard Hula Girls — January 27, 2019

The Dashboard Hula Girls are a Hudson Valley based band led by songwriter Jeffrey Ashey. Ashey’s voice sits somewhere between Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits and are balanced by vocalist Jackie Rudy. A vocal pairing that’s been described as Beauty and the Beast. Bob Harris plays guitar, mandolin and dobro. Bob spent 15 years touring with Vasser Clements and engineered for the likes of Johny Cash. Michael G Ronstadt adds virtuoso cello.

Influences range from Woody Guthrie, Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois to Beacon resident Pete Seeger.

The new album Savoir Faire to Spare has songs ranging from the 1960’s folk of “54 Miles” about the Selma civil rights march of 1965, to the jazz standard stylings of “The Love of Money” which might not be out of place on a 1970’s Tom Waits album. “Dig My Way to Freedom” tells the story of the prison break in Dannemora, NY.

Ashey says 2018 really awoke a desire to address issues such as race and income inequality which he plans to do much more of in the future.

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Andy and Judy Andy and Judy — January 18, 2019

New England natives, Andy & Judy have been singing together since 2009 and began writing songs in 2011. Today, this talented folk duo performs regularly at coffeehouses, festivals, libraries, and stages where they have been featured artists, openers and headliners. They tour through New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Great Lakes Regions and have been featured on popular folk music radio programs. They have also had two albums on the Folk DJ charts – This Old Town reached #11 in July 2017 and Reflections reached #9 in November 2018. Both albums were named Top picks of the year by several DJs. FolkWorld Europe has praised the duo saying “their songs are beautifully crafted and performed.” Andy & Judy do a masterful job of involving the audience in their performances. Sing-a-longs and smiles are the norm at one of their concerts. Their close harmonies blend Judy’s evocative alto and Andy’s deep baritone. Beginning instrumentally with a classic folk guitar base, Andy & Judy have deepened their sound through the addition of mandolin, banjo, piano, harmonica, ukulele, and with support musicians, bass, violin and percussion. The instrumental complexity presented on their five CDs, Riverbend, Dragonfly, Follow Your Dream, This Old Town, and Reflections, support the increasing lyrical depth of their compositions. Even though their songwriting style has its roots firmly planted in traditional and folk music, the influences of country, gospel, blues, and bluegrass, can be heard in their songs. Historical people, places and events are common themes. Their songs are carefully crafted and performed so that the listener experiences all of the emotions woven into their music. Judy is from southeastern Massachusetts where she was introduced to folk music at an early age through her mom’s Peter, Paul and Mary records. She started guitar lessons at age 6 with the hope of joining her church folk group. A few years later she stopped playing guitar and joined the school choir. When she started performing with Andy she went back to the guitar and added piano, mandolin, and ukulele to the mix. Andy was born in Maine and spent most of his youth in upstate New York, where he grew up listening to folk and church music while traveling with his family before eventually settling in the Boston area. He has taught himself to play guitar, banjo and the harmonica.

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Mara Levine Mara Levine — January 13, 2019

Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, folksinger and jewelry designer Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years. Mara was nominated by Ron Olesko in 2009 for the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014. Mara tours nationally, often sharing shows with Gathering Time. She also performs as a duo Terry Kitchen, a duo with Caroline Cutroneo, and with their group Celestial Harmonies with Barbara Novick, Frank and Nancy Mocccaldi.

Recently, her single "You Reap What You Sow" (Susan Shann) recorded with Bluegrass Luminaries Mollie O'Brien, Mark Schatz, Greg Blake, Scott Vestal, Rob Ickes, Bob Harris and Andy Leftwich, was the #1 song on the November 2017 Folk DJ Chart and #16 for the year, and it spent 19 consecutive weeks on the Bluegrass Today "Grassicana" Chart as of May 22, 2018. By My Silence(Bukstel/Annis) recorded with Gathering Time, was the #1 song on the September 2017 Folk DJ chart, and #19 overall for 2017. Both songs are previews from her upcoming CD FACETS OF FOLK, due for release January 2019.

On FACETS OF FOLK, Levine presents a number of songs of social conscience with themes of taking a stand, making a difference, considering the treatment of others and becoming a better person. Those tunes, written by popular contemporary songwriters as well as emerging talents, are all carefully set among folk favorites and lesser known songs. The lead off track, “You Reap What You Sow,” (Susan Shann) recorded with bluegrass luminaries Greg Blake, Bob Harris, Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, Mollie O’Brien, Mark Schatz and Scott Vestal, was extremely well received when it was released as a single in November 2017, hitting #1 on the Folk DJ chart and spending 22 weeks on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart.

A traditional holiday song from the Scottish Hebrides, “Taladh Chriosda” has been re-recorded with frequent touring partners Gathering Time. Four additional songs were recorded with Gathering Time, including a rousing version of the Tommy Sands protest anthem, “Daughters and Sons”, featuring special guests Kim and Reggie Harris swapping lead vocals with Levine, and “By My Silence” a provocative warning about the perils of remaining passive in the face of injustice, written by award winning Florida singer-songwriters Ellen Bukstel and Nick Annis, which reached #1 on the Folk DJ Chart when it was released as a single in September 2017.

FACETS OF FOLK was co-produced by Bob Harris, (Johnny Cash, Vasser Clements, Girlyman) who plays guitar and helped with arrangements on many of the tracks, and also with John Guth (Tom Chapin, Galt MacDermot) who plays various instruments and helped with arrangements on five of the tracks. Other contributing musicians; Kim and Reggie Harris, Robin Greenstein, Michael G. Ronstadt, Ed Trickett, Josh Joffen, Terry Kitchen, Caroline Cutroneo, Jan Alba, Harold Morton, Sean McComiskey, Barbara Novick, Cheryl Prashker, Tilman Reitzle, Akiva Wharton and Patrice Avsharian Wiseman

Her second album, Jewels and Harmony, received stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013. The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. The record was subsequently #3 on the folk Chart for 2013, and was named #4 Cover Album of 2013 by Cover Lay Down. Jewels and Harmony features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo.

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Tellico Tellico — January 6, 2019

With vivid, original storytelling, vibrant musicianship and intelligent arrangements, Asheville, NC band Tellico creates an innovative sound that redefines what today’s Southern Appalachian music can be. Instead of modernizing tradition, Tellico takes it deeper, effortlessly weaving meaningful, imaginative songwriting with intelligent arrangements. There is no gimmick here, and yet, there is nothing tired or cliche. Tellico explores the beauty of songcraft through the lens of tradition and an unmistakable sound.

At its core is the voice and guitar of Anya Hinkle. Her sound is rooted in the mountains of her home in southwestern Virginia, but seasoned by travels across the world and back. With arresting honesty, her singing and songwriting comes from the heart. The foil to Hinkle’s heartfelt singing and songwriting, can be found in fellow songwriter, vocalist, bass and harmonica player, Greg “Stig” Stiglets. Inspired from the stories and events of daily life, his attention to melody and groove help to further showcase the instrumental prowess of the band.

Both Aaron Ballance (dobro, lap steel, pedal steel) and Jed Willis (mandolin, clawhammer banjo, electric guitar) hail from central North Carolina. The state itself provides its own conservatory for study, and its students learn from first generation roots music pioneers as well as serious students of the genre in the classrooms of jams, bands, and festivals. Obsessed with playing music going back to their teen years, Ballance and Willis are veteran players.

These four musicians deepen their awareness each year of the synergy among them while eyeing terrain that is yet uncovered. From their converged paths emerges a sound that has jelled over more than a decade of collaboration. Their freshman effort Relics and Roses was well-received, gathering accolades from tastemakers and earning them stage appearances at the country’s most prestigious festivals (MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Official Showcase Artist and World of Bluegrass-IBMA).

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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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