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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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Peter Bliss Peter Bliss — April 5, 2016

Peter Bliss’ songs have been recorded by artists Barbra Streisand, NYSNC, Peter Wolf of J.Geils Band, Southside Johnny, and many more. Peter’s journey began as an artist/songwriter releasing his United Artists debut LP in his early twenties. He has shared the stage and recorded in studio with and for artists Tom Chapin, Jonathan Edwards, Livingston Taylor, and Jewel adding his fretted instrument, keyboard playing and vocals.

Peter’s success as a songwriter/producer found him writing for major music publishers Almo/Irving/Universal, Warner/Chappell and Peer Southern. His work expanded to writing and producing for artists, television, film and educational programs for Children’s Television Workshop and ESL programs for Pearson. Peter works from his “Planet Studio NYC” recording studios located in Manhattan helping other artists bring their music to life.

He’s shared his expertise creating workshop and events for the Songwriters Hall of Fame and now the New York Songwriters Collective which he founded in 2011 to inspire and support the creative community. The Collective holds Member Benefit showcases every few months with the proceeds going to support charitable organizations like Why Hunger, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, and New York Cares. The first Collective concert event produced in 2011 featured friends David Amram, Julie Gold, Tom Chapin and Aztec Two Step.

Peter is once again taking to the stage singing his own songs that combine a wit and wisdom that address our world today. Christine Lavin recently featured his new song, “Brother’s Keeper” during her March 2016 guest DJ spot on WFUV’s “Under The Radar”. There are upcoming performances at venues The Bitter End, the Duplex in NYC with Julie Gold, and First Acoustics in Brooklyn. He is also available for intimate house concerts. A new CD is finally coming in 2016!

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Amy Soucy Amy Soucy — February 21, 2016

Contemporary folk chanteuse Amy Soucy (pronounced SOO-see) grew up in a musical family (a sax-playing father and brothers who played tuba, guitar, and bass). She began singing and performing at an early age in choirs and youth theater and became one of the first graduates of Michigan's only magnet high school for the performing arts.

She went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theater, and hightailed it to New York City shortly after, where she continued to multi-task as an actor/singer/dancer on tour, in regional theaters, and in the dark and dusty theaters of New York.

Though the lure of the footlights was fun, she couldn't shake the recurring vision of herself singing solo, guitar in hand. Prompted by personal stories and a gift for melody and imagery, in 2001 she heeded the whispers of her heart and began writing original songs; then workshopping and performing them. In 2008 Amy formed a partnership with Catskills' singer/songwriter James Krueger, and their musical travels took them from house concerts to listening rooms, to public radio across the Northeast.

Amy's evocative songs explore the kaleidoscope of human experience, expressed in a voice has been called "powerful," "comforting," and "angelic." Her lifetime of colorful singing experiences (musicals, jazz, opera) include collaborations with an array of artists like powerhouse singer-songwriters Penny Nichols and Sloan Wainwright, Broadway leading man Tom Wopat, and Comedy Central artist Stephen Lynch. After 20 years in NYC's creative cauldron, Amy recently relocated to folk music Mecca, Beacon, NY.

Amy's debut album, This River, takes listeners on a soulful journey through a lush landscape of life, love and earth. Full of timeless, poetic songwriting, soaring melodies and shimmering harmonies, it has been wowing listeners on Folk and Americana radio and recently landed among the top Folk albums of 2015 on both the International Folk DJ Chart and Roots Music Report (the #1 independent music chart in the world). Enveloped in guitarist Stephen Murphy’s seamless production, Amy's expressive voice - at turns soothing, powerful, and poised - assures us everything will work out in the end.

"Right from the first note, this project is a stunner, with Amy's powerful and angelic voice at the very center shining brightly.... If I had to describe this record with only one word, the word would be ENCHANTING!" — Sloan Wainwright

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Greg Cornell and The Cornell Brothers Greg Cornell and The Cornell Brothers — February 14, 2016

Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers is a Brooklyn-based, fourpiece acoustic roots music band that plays original songs heavily influenced by bluegrass, country, old-timey and blues. Cornell's songs are influenced as much by his literary heroes (Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau) as they are by his musical ones (Doc Boggs, Levon Helm, Neil Young, 1970's bluegrass). He writes stories about regret turning to redemption, and holding onto hope through travail. Tight three-part harmonies and excellent musicianship (guitar, fiddle, standup bass, percussion) carry the stories along, over mountains and fields, down streams to the ocean. The band released their debut album, The Deep Ocean Blues (available on iTunes), in 2014, and will go into the studio at Brooklyn Recording in March to cut a new10-song record of original material. Justin Guip (Levon Helm, Bow Thayer, David Bromberg) will engineer and mix.

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Jessica Smucker Jessica Smucker — January 24, 2016

Jessica Smucker is a songwriter and poet from Lancaster, PA. In her 10-year music career, she has released two full-length albums--"This Broken Moment" (2010) and "Tumbling After" (2014)--and two EPs--"The Sleeping World" (2008) and "Reluctantly Yours" (2010)--and performed in venues all over the U.S. Her songs have received honors in national contests like the CT Folk Festival’s Grassy Hill Song Competition (first place, 2013), the SolarFest Singer/Songwriter Competition (first place, 2010), the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival songwriting competition (second place, 2010) and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (finalist/third place, 2014). Other career highlights have included performing at major festivals like Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA) and 30A Singer/Songwriter (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), and opening for folk giants Cheryl Wheeler and Bill Staines.

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Sorcha Cribben-Merrill Sorcha Cribben-Merrill — January 17, 2016

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill composes stirring folk-blues-soul music, which she sings with a sultry, jazzy voice of unexpected power. Based in Portland, Maine, she tours nationally, solo, and also performs throughout the northeast as a duo and with her band Sorcha & The Clearing. Her versatility makes her equally at home performing on an acoustic stage, at a roots festival, on a sail boat, in a living room, or in a rock club.

Sorcha has opened for Tom Rush and the late Bill Morrissey and has played notable venues, including Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), Stone Mountain Arts Center (Brownfield, ME) and The State Theater (Portland, ME) – where she was among local songwriters invited to perform with The Fogcutters, a contemporary 19 piece big band from Portland, Maine and was selected as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2012. Sorcha will release third and newest album in 2016, co-produced by Beehive Productions in Saranac Lake, NY.

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Mark Wahl Mark Wahl — January 10, 2016

Mark Wahl is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and luthier. Mark’s original songs are often poignant vignettes with powerful use of metaphor and simple, compelling melodies. Mark will turn your head and draw you in with his diverse but personal perspective, strong delivery, colorful lyrics, and unique instrumentation. Mark’s 2013 CD “Everything Returns” with his trio “Canvas Moon” has been surprisingly popular. He is currently recording and performing solo. Mark has been around the local acoustic music scene for decades and is known by many as the director of the Ontario Center for Performing Arts (“the Music Hall”). A graduate of the State University of New York College at Oswego, Mark retired from his business in design and general contracting to direct his full energies to his music, the Music Hall, and his luthierie shop where he produces and repairs fine acoustic instruments.

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Jake Ehrenreich Jake Ehrenreich — December 13, 2015

JAKE EHRENREICH is an accomplished musician, playwright and author. He is widely known for writing and performing in the hit musical A Jew Grows in Brooklyn which broke box office records in the heart of Broadway. A book by the same title was published by HCI, the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers. Jake has also released a CD of Yiddish folk songs dedicated to his Dad entitled “Yiddish Unplugged”.

Mr Ehrenreich has appeared on Broadway in Dancin’, Barnum, and They’re Playing Our Song, and toured internationally as Ringo in Beatlemania. Off-Broadway performances include the title role in “Jonah” at the Public Theater and the rock review “A Hot Minute” at the historic Bottom Line in NYC. Often heard on radio and TV “jingles”, Jake was also bandleader at the iconic Rainbow Room and has performed with such diverse artists as Richie Havens, Tito Puente, Greg Allman, Del Shannon, John Davidson, and the Smothers Brothers.

Jake was born in Brooklyn NY as a first generation child of Holocaust

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Jesse Palidofsky Jesse Palidofsky — November 29, 2015

Over the years, pianist, guitarist and vocalist and songwriter Jesse Palidofsky has shared his music at the National Theatre, on the Hudson River sloop Clearwater with Pete Seeger and at festivals like Common Ground on the Hill and the Washington Folk Festival. As blues pianist, Jesse has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Kennedy Center Open House. His previous releases have received radio airplay on public radio stations in the U.S and Europe. Jesse is the founding artistic director of the popular Carroll Cafe concert series in Washington, D.C. His "I Am An Immigrant" single was a finalist in the People's Music Network's recent social justice songwriting competition and is currently receiving significant folk radio airplay.

“Jesse is an inspired tunesmith who never falls back on “tried and true” gimmicks. I was thoroughly engrossed from beginning until the end of the Dancing Toward the Light CD.” — Bluesman James “Sparky” Rucker

Thanks for putting out such a good CD! [“Food for the Long Haul”] —Sonny Ochs, WRPI-FM, Troy, NY

“Jesse’s blues brought the crowd to its feet...!” Robert Caldwell, Performing Songwriter Magazine

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Donna Ulisse Donna Ulisse — November 8, 2015

Country music fans remember Donna Ulisse from her days when she was signed to Atlantic Records in the early 1990’s where she released a critically acclaimed album Trouble at The Door with three singles and two videos. She was also a guest on many national television shows including Hee Haw, Nashville Now, Crook and Chase and NBC’s Hot Country Nights.

These days Donna Ulisse is a key figure in the bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter. In 2015 she released her ninth bluegrass album, Hard Cry Moon, for Hadley Music Group Records, making a return to mostly original material and produced by eight time winner of IBMA’s Guitarist of the Year Award, Bryan Sutton. With Hard Cry Moon, Donna Ulisse offers more proof that, whether she is interpreting the work of others or her own compositions, she has earned her spot as one of bluegrass music's most captivating artists. It topped the Roots Music Report chart jumping from #50 to #1 in just three weeks time and reached #3 on the Euro Americana chart.

Ulisse was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia but moved to Nashville, TN in her early twenties, quickly becoming one of the busiest demo singers for the publishing houses in town. Her first job singing on background vocals on a session was for Jerry Reed.

Her past albums have charted prominently in the Bluegrass Unlimited charts, The Folk DJ National chart, The Americana Music Charts and Billboard Bluegrass chart. while her 2012 Christmas album All The Way To Bethlehem was called “a masterpiece” by Kyle Cantrell, host of Bluegrass Junction on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Edward Morris, writer for CMT.com dubs her “one of the most commanding voices in bluegrass music.”

She has appeared on “Music City Roots”, the PBS syndicated show “Song of the Mountains” and RFD-TV’s Simply Bluegrass which was hosted by Ricky Skaggs and included guests Sam Bush, Bobby Osborne, Mac Wiseman, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Daily & Vincent, The Gibson Brothers and many more.

As a songwriter she has had songs recorded by bluegrass artists Claire Lynch, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Bankesters, Doyle Lawson, Larry Stephenson Band and Nu-Blu, Louise Mosrie, & Diana Jones as well as a song on the 2014 Grammy winning album by the Del McCoury Band. She has been nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year award for four years in a row, and authored the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process. Ulisse is also a sought after songwriting instructor at workshops across the country with her own traveling workshop called Songwriting Escape and stays busy performing at festivals and concerts with her band The Poor Mountain Boys.

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Jim Lord Jim Lord — November 1, 2015

Jim Lord is an American folk/rock singer/songwriter and musician.His early influences included such artists as James Taylor and Leonard Cohen.He performed throughout Britain as a headliner and also shared the bill with such artists as Bert Jansch, Tim Hardin and Elvis Costello.After returning to the United States, Lord shared the bill with such artists as Richie Havens, The Rowan Brothers, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Sam & Dave, Vassar Clements, Albert King and Brewer & Shipley, among others.Lord's first album “Inside Out”, produced by former “Fugs’ guitarist Ken Pine and released on the Inlet Records label in October 1982, was a Billboard Magazine Top Billboard Album Pick.Lord's second album “Hangdog Heaven”, released on the Blue Vinyl Records label in March 2000 and produced by Ken Pine and Larry Gates, was characterized by the New York Post as a "...dozen-song man-and-a-guitar disc [that] freely crosses the borders of folk rock, contemporary country and old-fashioned jazz guitar."

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Free The Honey Free The Honey — October 25, 2015

Free the Honey is a folk quartet - homegrown on the western slope of Colorado. Their first full-length album “Fine Bloom”, produced by Uncle Earl’s KC Groves, features 13 original songs written by Jenny Hill, Katherine Taylor and Lizzy Plotkin. Hooked on the magic of singing harmony together, these three women formed a band to support each other in the art of songwriting. Drawing deep from the well of feminine experience and indelible ties to home, community, and nature, their signature free-flowing vintage folk, jazz and gospel aesthetic runs seamlessly through “Fine Bloom”. With the support of upright bassist Andrew Cameron, Free the Honey adds a fresh, sweet taste to contemporary string-band music with a “relaxed approachability”, that Colorado Marquee Magazine says, “makes it seem as if they’ve been at this for decades.” The elements are familiar - harmony singing, twin fiddle, open back banjo, guitar, mandolin, storytelling, and mountain culture. The alchemy is all their own.

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Randall Kromm Randall Kromm — October 11, 2015

A rising star of the Boston acoustic music scene, Randall has captured the attention of live audiences and radio listeners alike with his warm, expressive vocal presence and finely crafted songs of ordinary life. An attorney by day, Randall began performing as a singer-songwriter in 2009. The title track of Randall's debut CD, Water Wheel (2011), has been lauded by Christine Lavin as a "modern classic" and a "new folk standard" and was covered by Don White on his CD Winning Streak. Later in 2011, Randall released Holidays and Homecomings (2011), a CD about the joys and strains of the winter holidays on which Randall is joined by his daughters (and frequent performing partners) Emma and Grace Kromm on lead and harmony vocals. Randall's newest CD, Time Won’t Let Us Stay (2014), celebrates the people and natural beauty of the small village of Belvidere, Vermont in an evocative set of orignal bluegrass and folk songs. By turns rollicking ("Tallman's Store"), nostalgic ("This Old House"), and reflective ("Flower Song of Summer"), the CD features standout performances by a number of guest musicians including, in addition to daughters Emma and Grace, award-winning violinist Mari Black and piano and accordion virtuoso Joe "Sonny" Barbato." Both Time Won’t Let Us Stay and lead track "This Old House" (featuring Black on violin and her mother, Bonnie, on cello) reached #16 on the Roots Music Report contemporary folk charts in 2014 and have remained on the charts throughout the spring of 2015.

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Terry Kitchen Terry Kitchen — October 4, 2015

Award-winning Boston folksinger Terry Kitchen, called "one of New England's finest songwriters" by The Boston Globe, is as much a storyteller as a musician. His new CD The Post-American Century combines his considerable musical skills with a fearless emotional honesty, keen eye for detail, and deep empathy for his subjects for a compelling portrait of the land we live in. Joining Kitchen are singers Mara Levine and Amy Malkoff and players Bob Harris (mandolinist for Johnny Cash in the 1980s), Roger Williams (Dobro, Amy Gallatin Band), Chris Devine (violin, Ritchie Blackmore) and Brice Buchanan (guitar, from Kitchen's '80s band Loose Ties). Kitchen himself adds accents on mandolin, autoharp and harmonica in addition to his fluid acoustic guitar playing and resonant vocals. He has performed across the country, releasing ten CDs of original folk music since the 1990s, and his songs have won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and been runner-up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

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Michael Johnathon Michael Johnathon — September 20, 2015



Folksinger Michael Johnathon has a long-standing career in acoustic arts, as a songwriter, playwright of Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau, creator of the opera Woody: For the People, and as the host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with a radio audience with over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, the BlueHighways TV Network on DISH, plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. In addition to his albums, books, concerts and other projects, the Martin Guitar Company recently introduced the Michael Johnathon model 0000-28s "WoodSongs Quad" guitar in recognition for his work in folk and acoustic music. Growing up in New York, Michael Johnathon was Pete Seeger’s neighbor. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with ten released albums, two published books and several national projects. His play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has been performed over 8,000 times in 42 countries. A tree-hugger at heart, he performed two thousand Earth Concerts at schools and colleges, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an "UnSung Hero." He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC

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E'Lissa Jones E'Lissa Jones — August 30, 2015

E'lissa Jones recently released her 6th CD Fire & Sun to be featured at her upcoming performances and concerts. E'lissa is a beautiful singer, prolific songwriter, violinist, pianist, and guitarist. She is an exceptionally talented artist with a wide range that includes a dark and melancholy voice with a velvety quality. Her songs embrace audiences with her powerful melodies and expressive lyrics. Influential styling ranges from folk music to rock in her catalogue of over 300 original songs.

This young artist has performed background vocals from 2001 to 2006 with blues legend Wilson Pickett, touring with Ray Charles, Al Green, and many more. E'lissa, in her folk music realm, has also opened up for legends Pete Seeger and Steve Forbert, and has played violin for old favorites like Bobby Vee.

Aptly named, E'lissa Jones' new CD catches the fire and showcases the sun in a variety of musical styles indicative of her background.

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Kathy Moser Kathy Moser — July 26, 2015

Kathy Moser has been in love with music and Planet Earth as long as she can remember. Her introduction to folk happened at Girl Scout camp, which led her to the coffeehouse scene. Distressed by her inability to play guitar while sitting on that ubiquitous four-legged stool found on every folk stage, she wandered over for a record or two into something looking a little more like rock. But realizing she missed her tribe, she wandered back to her acoustic roots with a guitar strap and never looked back.

An award-winning songwriter, engaging performer and passionate environmentalist, Kathy is dedicated to bringing positive change to the world through music both on and off stage.

Kathy was the 2011 winner of the Avalonfest Performing Songwriter competition, has received an Honorable mention in the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest contest, won song of the year in the NJ Jersey Acoustic Music awards in 2008 and was a finalist in the 2014 Solarfest Songwriter Contest

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Sharon Glassman Sharon Glassman — July 12, 2015

“So creative, charming, funny, unpredictable, and smart! I LOVE her!” *

Sharon Glassman performs her funny-smart stories and songs with a Prairie-Home-meets-Gilda-Radner 2.0 style that sings to audiences’ heart, hopes and funny bone.

This nationally-presented entertainer performs songs and excerpts from her novel-with-songs, BLAME IT ON HOBOKEN and more at music and arts venues and private events. And she’s always up for a fun collaboration!

How did a nice girl from the Philly burbs get to a lovely, music-fueled place like this? Trained as a journalist at Columbia University, Sharon found her true beat entertaining audiences with stories and songs on stage, page and radio.

BLAME IT ON HOBOKEN sets a funny, modern love story with a touch of math and mystery in Frank Sinatra’s hometown. Two tracks are COMBO songwriting contest prizewinners.

btw? Sharon\'s serial BLAME IT ON HOBOKEN radio play podcast is great for streaming, sponsorship and syndication on its own, and in connection with her live shows. Ask her about it. Seriously!

Sharon lives in Northern Colorado.

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Elaine Romanelli Elaine Romanelli — June 28, 2015

Solo artist Elaine Romanelli is piling up superlatives for The Hour Before, co-produced by SI KAHN, which debuted in April at #3 on the Folk DJ list. “Stunning new album” (Broadway World). “A standout from other talents” (Arena). “A star in the making” (AXS). “A beautiful recording from a gifted voice that more people need to hear.” (DJ Ron Olesko)

A two-time CT Folk Festival songwriting finalist, the singer/pianist/guitarist dazzles on stage as well. “Elaine puts on an A+ show”, raves The Great Record Chase. If you like Sara Bareilles, Joni Mitchell, or Dar Williams, you'll probably like Elaine. Elaine has also lived exciting other musical lives, with work experience with the SF Opera, off-Broadway, and on TV. “Engaging, nuanced, heartfelt, intellectually involving and emotionally moving. It is surely no coincidence that one of the songs on her elegant new album is titled 'Shine.' Shine she does, and beautifully so.” (folk legend Si Kahn).

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John and Sheila Ludgate John and Sheila Ludgate — June 21, 2015

John and Sheila Ludgate have been playing in clubs and pubs, coffee houses and music festivals for the past 12 years across Southern Ontario and into Montreal and the U.S. They have recorded four CD's of original material. Their newest CD - "Northern Soul" has generated numerous positive reviews (as have the others). The CD was nominated for Folk/Traditional Album Of The Year at the 2015 Hamilton Music Awards and the title track has won the Multicultural Category Award in Folk Music Ontario's Songs From The Heart competition. . The CD’s are family fusion projects bringing together the roots sounds of John & Sheila Ludgate with the more electric sounds of their sons – Luke, Anthony and Shane Ludgate, who belong to the popular alternative band Beautiful Nothing. This pairing creates a unique sound and sensibility.

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Red Grammer Red Grammer — June 14, 2015

Red Grammer is one of the premier entertainers of children and families in the world. Described by Parent’s Magazine as “the best voice in children’s music” Red has set the gold standard for writing and performing music that playfully reconnects us with the best in ourselves.

Red can be heard tickling and nourishing hearts and souls via his award-winning recordings; his numerous appearances on television (The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Nickelodeon, Showtime, PBS, The Disney Channel); his unforgettable live concerts; his award-winning DVD (Hooray for the World ); on his Grammy-nominated album, “Bebop Your Best!”; and as a featured artist on the 2005 Grammy-winning ‘Best Musical Album for Children’, “cEllabration: A Tribute To Ella Jenkins”. He has just released “Circle of Light: Songs for Bucketfillers”, a vibrant collection of new songs created in collaboration with Carol McCloud, author of the best-selling children’s book, “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?”, that celebrate positivity and the desire to make the world a better place.

Beloved by children and parents around the world, Red’s children’s recordings are a treasured resource for teachers who use them to communicate the themes of caring, excellence, oneness, and diversity in a language kids instantly understand and eagerly embrace.

Combining one of the truly great voices in the business with an unerring sense of performance and play, Red’s live concerts delight audiences, young and old, in performing arts centers all across America and abroad. Red has performed throughout Europe, in China, Russia, the Ukraine, Israel, and the Gambia. He is also a frequent keynote speaker and performer at national and regional educational conferences throughout North America.

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KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner — May 31, 2015

Kj Reimensnyder-Wagner is a full-time touring Singer-Songwriter. She has performed across the United States and United Kingdom as a solo artist and along with other artists including Steve Weisberg, Ted Vigil and Dougie Maclean...and most recently Brian Kalinec. Kj has appeared at venues including the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado and well-known Pennsylvania venues as Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville and Musikfest in Bethlehem. She has appeared internationally in Scotland at the Killin Music Festival, Pitlochry Music Festival, at many folk clubs including the Glenfarg Folk Club and others, as well as the notable Taybank's Real Music Bar in Dunkeld – originally owned by Dougie MacLean.

Kj is also a recognized educator, trainer and multi-instrumentalist, providing keynotes, workshops, assemblies and residencies and has mentored thousands of teachers and students through story, song and songwriting. Kj has been keynotes and panelist for many educational conferences here and abroad. Her joy also in teaching special needs children has taken her across the Atlantic where she not only mentors and sings in traditional schools throughout Scotland but for special needs and gifted classes in the communities of Dalguise, Bannockburn and Pitlochry.

She's been awarded several distinguished honors for educational songwriting from the Department of Agriculture, National Agriculture in the Classroom and the Visionary Award from Danville's Child Development Center...and continues to receive accolades for her music and performance.

Besides continuing to perform solo, Kj recently has joined forces with award-winning songwriter and performer, Brian Kalinec of Houston, TX. The two will soon be touring the northeast and western sections of portion of the United States. For more information regarding Kj, find her on Facebook at “Kj Reimensnyder-Wagner” or on her website at www.kjsmile.com

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Meg Braun Meg Braun — May 17, 2015

Meg Braun is a singer/songwriter known for her fearless writing, dynamic vocal style and performances that have charmed audiences throughout her musical travels. Meeting at the musical crossroads of old time and folk, Meg’s newest release “Restless Moon” is a collection of song-stories about women molded by the choices they made or the choices that the world made for them. Meg released two other CDs of original songs, “Tomboy Princess” (2009) and “Broken Places” (2012). Meg sang “River” on “Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration” released by the “Chicks with Dip”, a New York area women’s songwriting collective.

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Bob Sherman Bob Sherman — May 3, 2015

For many years (58 at last count), Robert Sherman (or Bob as he's known to his folk fans) has been associated with New York's classical music station WQXR, but his folk series, Woody's Children, is a weekly highlight at WFUV, public radio from Fordham University. These programs have won two Ohio State, three Gabriel, and sundry other broadcasting awards, and along the way they have included live studio performances by such eminent folk artists as Judy Collins, Odetta, Peter, Paul and Mary, and of course, our senior icons, Oscar Brand and Pete Seeger. Bob Sherman produced and hosted two fund-raising concerts at the 92nd Street Y (one of them including the singing reunion, after some four decades, of Pete Seeger and Burl Ives); co-hosted -- with Oscar and Pete respectively -- folk events at Symphony Space in New York City and the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill; organized and hosted the first New York area concerts in over thirty years by the original Chad Mitchell Trio. Marjorie Guthrie was an early supporter of Woody’s Children” and appeared twice as his guest in the early years of the program. A touching sidebar: a quarter century later, Bob replayed excepts from those broadcasts in the presence of, and with touching new commentaries, from Marjorie’s daughter Nora Guthrie, and Nora’s daughter, Anna Canoni. The 45th anniversary Woody's Children concert at Symphony Space, with Nora Guthrie as a special guest (and on-stage performances by David Amram, the Toms Chapin and Paxton, Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Noel Paul Stookey, and others) was filmed by Jim Brown and screened nationwide last fall as a PBS special.

Take Note: The website for Bob Sherman is from his days on WQXR. WFUV's website is undergoing reconstruction.

I am thrilled to have one of my mentors of folk radio as a guest. I started listening to Bob when Woody's Children began!!!!

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Matt Harlan Matt Harlan — April 19, 2015

If there’s a performer today that embodies the oft-applied moniker of “songwriter’s songwriter” it’s Houston favorite, Matt Harlan. A troubadour of the first degree, Matt has been bringing his songs of bus-stops, coffee-shops and lives overlooked to stages across his home-state of Texas, the USA and Europe.

With three studio albums to his name, Harlan exposes a range of influences, to interpret a generation steeped in plastic and filtered through the Hill Country limestone. His expressive vocals recall Chris Smither and Chris Knight, shading his poignant songs with soaring heart and aching grit.

His first two studio albums were well received by national and international radio, both earning the #1 spot on the Euro Americana Chart. “Raven Hotel” his third – and possibly best – record also hit the top spot on the Euro charts after its release in 2014. As with each collection, the newest one features a musical roux that showcases Harlan’s literary grit with a variety of moods to fit the many themes on the record.

Harlan is a winner of multiple songwriting accolades, from outfits like American Songwriter and Billboard. He was even named Singer-Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Texas Music Awards and featured alongside a stellar cast of characters (Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark) in the documentary, “For the Sake of the Song.”

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Victor and Penny And Their Loose Change Orchestra Victor and Penny And Their Loose Change Orchestra — April 12, 2015

With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny craft clever original tunes and bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz. When joined by their Loose Change Orchestra featuring clarinet virtuoso James Isaac and upright bassman Rick Willoughby – this corset-tight quartet will make your heart pump and your feet jump! Celebrating a time when style mattered and class was king, Victor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra impress and delight with charm and hot licks - they are "...an absolute rollicking blast."

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Durham County Poets Durham County Poets — April 5, 2015

What do you get when you take five musicians with a back log of tunes and varied influences and put them in a café with instruments in hand? Chaos maybe? Or perhaps a new vibe, a fresh approach to music and something worth listening to. This was the case for Durham County Poets when they first met in 2011, and by July 2012 their first album ‘Where the river flows’ was released. Produced by drummer John McColgan, who drew on his many years of experience recording and performing with everyone from Emmy Lou Harris to Jimmy James and the McGarrigle Sisters to Michael Jerome Browne. The result was a collection of songs that much like the river in its title seemed to flow effortlessly, one into the other. Kevin states that the feel of the album is very organic. “We recorded it live off the floor for the most part. Wanting to capture the room sound and the groove you get only from playing in close contact with each other. You can here it in the sound of the record, it's airy and not overly processed, very organic for sure.”It's easy to understand what he means when listening for the first time. From the sound of the opening door, the geese honking overhead and the footsteps that lead to the first chord of the title track, ‘Where the river flows’. This album takes you on a journey from start to finish, with influences drawing from the Band, James Taylor, to straight up blues, gospel and folk.Fast forward to 2015 with a second album ‘Chikkaboodah stew’, released in mid 2014, Durham County Poets aren’t losing momentum.When asked about how they got around to recording their second album, Carl replied.“Our first effort, 'Where the river flows’ brought us some good attention with some radio play and a real good reception from our home crowd here in Quebec. This gave us the courage to continue with a new project.”“We have lots of material and the songs are still coming. Jim says, who wrote the the lyrics to the title track on ‘Chikkaboodah stew’. ‘Chikkaboodah’ was so much fun and gratifying we can't wait to do it again.”The front cover of the album shows a pot filled with instruments that are simmering away in a steaming hot broth. The idea behind it, according to the band, was to bring together a musical blend of influences, styles and genres all in one album. And they are right about that. ‘Chikkaboodah stew’ covers the gamut from folk to blues, jazz to crooner, swing to ballad and even a little rock, prog and gospel influence. Peppered with Hammond B3 organ, horns, stellar violin and clarinet and some over the top backup singing. This is a stew meant to be savoured and preferably jarred so one can try it at their leisure.“We have so many bands and artists that have inspired us to do what we do. Durham County Poets is not just about folk or any other style for that matter. It's just about good honest music, whether plugged in or acoustic.” Says Dave. And that about sums up the vision of Durham County Poets. To write, record and perform good honest music. Check out their website at www.durhamcountypoets.com for more info on the band, their music and where they’re performing next. Durham County Poets are made up of Lead singer-Kevin Harvey, electric & acoustic guitars-David Whyte, acoustic guitar-Neil Elsmore, double bass-Carl Rufh & percussion- James Preimel Performances so far include Montreal's Folk Fest on the Canal, Kansas City for the International Folk Alliance, Spirit of Rasputin's/Westboro (Ottawa), The Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto), Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield QC), Sherblues Festival (Sherbrooke QC), NERFA Kerhonksen NY, Ormstown Fair, Grove Hall Huntingdon QC etc and upcoming Deep Roots Festival (Wolfville Nova Scotia) and Wepecket Is Records concert series (New Bedford Mass)

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Robyn Landis Robyn Landis — March 29, 2015

A soulful, transparent, unpretentious performer, Robyn’s literacy dates back to childhood—a published poet and grade-school spelling bee champ, she authored two bestselling books in her 20s. Her writing gifts translated naturally to music; she’s garnered 55+ honors since 2005, including first place in Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, winner at Wildflower! Festival, and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She was a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and official showcasing artist at Folk Alliance conferences. She’s co-written and shared the stage with many fine writers and musicians, and taught songwriting at festival workshops. Born in Brooklyn, she now lives in Tucson. Her new CD Waterproof was co-produced by John Jennings and is already a FOLK-DJ favorite. “I’m impressed with her songwriting, her spirit, and her sound...one of the new traditionalists writing contemporary folk songs with a timeless feel. I love her work.\" —Christine Lavin

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Bumper Jacksons Bumper Jacksons — March 22, 2015

The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party, painting America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Featuring powerful jazz vocals and clever original songs, the group is steeped strongly in early, danceable sounds of jump blues and country swing. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. Trombones battle clarinets and kazoos. Playful, genre-exploding originals pepper their sets. One minute a festival party dance band, another moment summoning vulnerability and sparsity, celebrating the quiet. A Bumper Jacksons show is an exhilarating ride between the tender and the ferocious. Recognized as the "Best Folk Band" at the 2013 and 2014 Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons have positioned themselves squarely at the helm of the young roots music scene pioneering a new, fresh take on American music.

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Glen Roethel Glen Roethel — March 15, 2015

Glen Roethel is a New York-Based, California-Born Contemporary Folk-Pop-Rock Singer-Songwriter-Entertainer, Accompanist, Producer, Arranger, Graphic Designer, Teacher and a Guitar-Player’s Guitarist.

He's known by many as the founder, creative, producer and lead guitarist for popular folk-rock trio, Gathering Time. His songs, guitar and ukulele, together with smooth, welcoming baritone/tenor vocals paint a lyrical and musical landscape dappled with energy and fun. Glen's songs are for adults and youth; he often creates on-the-fly and writes custom songs for events and occasions. When not performing his own music he entertains, drawing from a lifetime musical curriculum: more than 1,000 hit cover songs spanning 1930s-today (with special emphasis on ’50s-’80s). Glen has released 7 original CDs and his voice, songs, guitar and ukulele grace numerous compilations and recordings by artists like Sloan Wainwright, Penny Nichols, Mara Levine and others.

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Red Moon Road Red Moon Road — March 8, 2015

There are storms that stalk the water and storms that darken the heart, and from them come calms, and certain smallness too: so it was that time in 2009, when the wind hurled a sailboat beneath a churning lake and sent its two sailors plunging towards the shore.

So music flows from storms too, because after those two sailors climbed out of the water, they knew they had met to make something sing. And so Red Moon Road was born from a storm, and the bond that the two string-plucking Daniels - Daniel Jordan and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner - forged inside one.

If you close your eyes and listen to Red Moon Road's brand new EP, Tales from the Whiteshell or their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, you can hear this.

It's in what churns just below the surface, you see, the storms of head and heart and history that pull the Winnipeg band's songs into shape. It's in the strings - banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle -- that swell and sway beneath Sheena Rattai's twilight voice, and the harmonies that fill out the musical space.

Most of all, you can hear it in the flourishes of wilderness that flow through the trio's throats and fingers: the sparkling melody of "Mighty Glad You Came" borrowed with thanks from the white-throated sparrow. The swollen chords of "Do Or Die," crashing over delicate riffs like a sunrise breaking on water.

This is music made equally for fireplaces, festival stages and the luminous blue of a Canadian night.

Still, for all the singular focus of this vision, inside Red Moon Road are three musicians come together from very different directions: Peloquin-Hopfner got his start as a progressive metal guy. Jordan trained as a big-band jazz drummer. And Rattai, who fronted a funk band before this, grew up singing in church choirs, where she learned the mysteries of singing for the sacred and sublime.

So it isn't so surprising when, in the middle of their acoustic set, the trio busts out a delay pedal, or a loop track to lock the rhythm down: after all, they had this stuff lying around. And though the trappings of the band may speak of backwoods - they've been known to take the stage with pinecones in their hair - there's still a grace that flows from pop, and jazz, and the pleasures of the modern day.

This is what drives the band, then, what sends their music echoing down the roads that join coast and coast: at a house concert in the northern woods of British Columbia, with the sled dogs howling along outside. At a prairie bar deep inside Saskatchewan, where lyrics about Old World wars resonate in the history of farmers, come here from across the sea. In century old mansions on the rustic east coast, where tales of tragedy on the high seas tug at fisherman's hearts. And in between the dim-lit stages in the steel forests of cities, where those rattling strings call us back to the lakes, the seas and the storm.

And there is music in that storm, and it flows and it rolls, and it goes by the name of Red Moon Road.

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Camela Widad Camela Widad — March 1, 2015

"A little bit saintly ~ A little bit rock-n-roll." Camela Widad, an Americana Folk troubadour, is part poetess, part mystic, with a voice like honey and fire. Songwriting that delves straight to the core: beauty, heartbreak, truth & timeless wisdom coupled with a voice in the leagues with Patty Griffin her songs give you a distinct Nashville vibe, the hooks feel familiar & the melodies easy.

:::PRESS::: "Camela Widad is a welcomed newcomer to my activity as a promoter of roots music. Her CD ('Warriors of Love') shows how independent music is the best in today’s business." Remo Ricaldone American Roots Radio Italy

"A unique voice in music today, hers is one that should definitely be heard." Rebecca Yudenfruend - High Sierra Music Festival

"Harrisburg singer/songwriter Widad lifted the mood of all around. Something about the airiness of her phrasing, the solidity of her guitar playing and the depth of her songwriting just seemed to refocus the whole event on the idea that we’re all in this together." Rich McKie - Tri-State Indie

"Oh, her voice! It's like bubblegum one moment and then offers a glint of rasp the next, and all the while oh-so-captivating!" Women's Radio Network

"One hallmark of good songs is that they not only stand up to repeat listening, but that the listener finds something fresh, exciting or inspirational with each new hearing... Widad's songs have that very magical quality..." Butch Kara - KZGM Pacifica Radio

:::AWARDS::: "Warriors of Love" Honorable Mention in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. "My Hometown" Runner Up the Next Great Song Competition with 27 Productions "Chosen as 'Hot Up-and-Comer' 2010" Women's Radio Network

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Cassie and Maggie MacDonald Cassie and Maggie MacDonald — February 22, 2015

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act, their talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies.

Born to a family with a rich musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia, a province steeped in musical culture and traditions, the girls have used their unique up bringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic Roots music. Equally at home playing tunes passed down through generations of musicians, as seamlessly weaving themes from the Moonlight Sonata into sets of sure fire reels, Cassie and Maggie are turning heads wherever they go. And the music community has taken note; 2014 Live Ireland Radio “NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR”. 2014 Emerging Artist Album of the Year winners from the Chicago Irish-American News, Galaxie Radio Rising Star award winners, Canadian Folk Music Award nominees for “Young Performers of the Year”, East Coast Music Award nominees for Traditional Album and Trad/Roots group album and double Music Nova Scotia Award nominees for New Artist and Roots Album of the year, their accolades and awards speak of a young duo that will surely continue to do great things.

Appearing on stages across Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Bermuda and the UK, the list continues to grow as people are beginning to know the names Cassie and Maggie MacDonald. Since their first festival performance at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Ontario, the girls have gone on to be soloists in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and International Polizi Show in Hamburg, Germany, perform for the French Ambassador in Paris, France, tour across Austria, Italy and Germany, play at the independence day celebrations on Bermuda Island, the Milwaukee Irish festival, the Celtic Colours International festival, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour festival, Celtic Classic festival, Stan Rogers International Songwriters festival, Festival Memoires et Racines in Jolliette, QC to name a few. This year will prove to be the busiest and most exciting yet with the release of “Sterling Road” their second studio album, an extensive touring schedule including appearances at numerous festivals and concerts throughout North America.

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Bill and Kate Isles Bill and Kate Isles — February 15, 2015

Bill & Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound songs for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. Words like “Mesmerizing”, “Transcendent”, and even, “Hysterical” are common descriptions from audience reviews and audiences members feel that they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.

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Jeff Scroggins and Colorado with Greg Blake Jeff Scroggins and Colorado with Greg Blake — February 8, 2015

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” that features the amazing banjo playing of Jeff Scroggins. Jeff’s fiery style and lightning fast licks have earned him many fans worldwide, and have left many a first time listener in stunned disbelief! The band also features the award winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. Tristan is also an accomplished songwriter, and his and Jeff’s original instrumentals play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic sound. The band also features incredible bluegrass vocals, led by the powerful voice of front man Greg Blake. Greg has twice been nominated for SPBGMA’s “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award and his phenomenal bluegrass guitar playing has earned him 9 nominations and an amazing 5 consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year! Check out www.gregblakemusic.com

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Colleen Kattau Colleen Kattau — February 1, 2015

“Ever since childhood Kattau has been imbued with a voice that haunts with its clarity and range”- Syracuse New Times. “Great singer and organizer at the same time, Pete Seeger. Colleen Kattau is a bilingual singer, song-maker and dynamic performer whose Latin-influenced indy eclectic folk fusion music is “power and beauty steeping in a fine tea.” She is an arts worker who believes in the transformative power of song and all the arts to create a more just and beautiful world. Colleen has produced four CDs. Her latest recording, In My Name with her band Some Guys is getting lots of airplay and sweet reviews. She was recently commissioned to record her fifth CD, called The Living Years with ten new and previously unrecorded compositions for the art journal, Corresponding Voices in Syracuse, NY. She has also co-produced three benefit albums (Sing it Down: Songs to Close the SOA, Volumes I and II and a 2012 compilation called Singing Clear: Clean earth, air, water ‘round here - now in its second printing) all of which have been great fundraising tools for organizations doing anti-militarism and environmental work. She has shared the stage with legendary performers Pete Seeger , Jolie Rickman, and Holly Near with whom she toured in 2012. She is also a selected showcase artist at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and her band won the 2013 Band Contest at the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Ithaca, NY. She has performed on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now and is a featured artist at the annual vigil to close down WINSEC, the US funded Latin American military training school at Ft. Benning, GA. Colleen is a community minded performer based in the Central New York region, and also presents her music elsewhere in the Northeast and south to Florida.

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