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SATURDAY DECEMBER 6, 2014
 8:00pm
 “JOSH WHITE 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION”
 With JOSH WHITE JR.
 $25 ($22 members)


Josh White Jr. is celebrating his 70th Anniversary in show business, beginning as a child star performing and recording with his legendary father Josh White, an original Carolina Piedmont blues player who pioneered the blues, spirituals and songs of social conscience – first on New York’s radio, nightclub, Broadway, film and concert stages and then on to the whole world in the 1930s and 1940s.

From the age of seven to fifteen, a barefoot Joshua White, began walking the dirt roads of America's South by leading a series of 66 old blind, Black street singers, while witnessing and experiencing the horrors of Jim Crow. His solo recording career spanned from 1928 - 1967 with a dozen popular records. From 1940 - 1945, Josh gave five White House Command Performances and performed at two Roosevelt Inaugurations. 


His million selling record, "One Meatball" in 1944, was the first for a Black man and for a folk singer. He would also star in films, Broadway and radio, as NBC National Radio aired Josh's biographical radio drama Josh White - Helping the Blind. And, he was regarded as America's first Black male sex symbol. In 1963, after more than fifteen years enduring the backlash of America's McCarthy era, Josh White appeared on television with President Kennedy; and performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the historic March on Washington. He would later perform at Lyndon Johnson's Inauguration. Josh White died in 1969, after years suffering with crippling heart disease.

Josh, Jr. carries forward the immense musical and social activist legacy of his father and can take you back to the times when "House of the Rising Sun," “Strange Fruit,” “One Meatball,” “The House I Live In,” “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” and “Waltzing Matilda” first became popular songs to the masses, and to the experiences he shared with Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, Bojangles, Leadbelly, Joe Louis, Eartha Kitt, Woody Guthrie, Billie Holiday, Pete Seeger, Dorothy Gish, Burl Ives, Odetta and Pope John Paul II. But he has also established his own musical and activist legacy since becoming a solo artist in 1961, with 25 albums ranging in a variety of styles, including his self-penned positive message songs and the songs his father made famous. He has toured the world’s greatest concert stages, starred in four TV concert specials, is a TONY Award winning actor, educator and teacher, humanitarian and passionate idealist, and a supreme children’s performer. 

In 1980 he was named the `Voice of the PEACE Corps’ and VISTA, and has sung for presidents, prime ministers, the Pope, the imprisoned and the poorest of the poor around the world. Josh White Jr. is a living link to 20th Century African-American history, the history of the blues and to his legacy and inherent responsibility of being an artist/activist. 



"The theater was dark, and in the silence, the dramatic sound of fingers snapping in the PA gave way to a powerful bluesy voice center stage, singing : `I've Been Down So Long (that the tears roll up my face)'. The follow spot slowly began lighting up the center stage runway which jutted out into the audience, to reveal a lone, powerful, black man, bald with a full beard, bringing us rapidly into his pained misery, tears rolling down his cheeks. The conclusion of this opening song brought silence... then a thunderous standing ovation! Here is a performer who knows dynamics and takes the audience right into his world. There aren't many solo, acoustic artists with the confidence, talent and professionalism of Josh White, Jr." 
-Performance Magazine
SATURDAY JANUARY 10, 2015
8:00pm
A HURDY GURDY NOTEWORTHY NIGHT CO-BILL CONCERT
HARPETH RISING and
BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY
$20 ($17 members)
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The Hurdy Gurdy's special series of co-bill concerts returns!
Hurdy Gurdy Noteworthy Nights - A evening of music with two great artists for the price of one!
A great way to experience the finest in acoustic music
 

Harpeth Rising chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women – Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique.

“We don’t set out to create something different, we just write in a way that is true to ourselves while trying to always expand and explore the new influences in our lives.” says Greenberg. “We’re aware of genre divisions, we’re just not bound by them.”

Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep – from their varied ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home, they weave together ancient and modern ideas, expressing themselves through the common thread of all peoples: Folk Music.

Born from the desire to write and create original music, Harpeth Rising began on a cross-country road trip. After spending a summer jamming at campsites and attending bluegrass festivals, Jordana and Rebecca decided to keep the adventure alive. They started writing songs and playing out 4 to 5 nights a week, developing their sound and honing their chops. But it was with the addition of Maria  that Harpeth Rising truly found its sound. Despite the presence of only three string instruments on stage, the three women produce a profusion of sound generally created by a much larger ensemble.

Their live performances are high-energy kinetic events in which both their abilities and their passion for performance are obvious. Harpeth Rising can create a listening room from a rowdy bar crowd, and can inspire even the weariest of audiences.


“Clearly this band is consumed with talent,
from Jordana Greenberg’s tender virtuoso violin solos
to the three front women’s Andrews Sisters-like harmonies...” 
 — No Depression

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Burning Bridget Cleary has been performing and recording their distinctive style of Celtic traditional music since 2006.

Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. The front of the band is shared with some of the best fiddle talent on the East Coast. A driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion.

Burning Bridget Cleary has earned a reputation for presenting high-spirited Celtic music at festivals, concerts, and music series all over the eastern half of the U.S., including a 2011 tour to Ireland. While in Ireland, the band had a unique opportunity to visit the rural County Tipperary cottage of their namesake, Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as "the last witch burned in Ireland". Another tour, this time to Northern Ireland, is in the works for July 2015. BBC's second release, “Everything is Alright”, was awarded “2009 Album of the Year” by CelticRadio.net in Boston. The band broke new ground in 2013 when their fourth CD, “Pressed for Time,” hit #1 on the Roots Music Folk and Roots Charts, and finished the year as one of the Folk DJ’s most played albums. Their music is featured on hundreds of radio programs worldwide, including syndicated programs, Thistle and Shamrock, FolkScene, SingOut Radio, and The Midnight Special.

A debut music video with single release, "Stor Mo Chroi: Darling of My Heart", was published in May, 2012 on YouTube and all the major music download sites.

Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits.
“One of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in the last couple of years!”
-Jack Baker, The Irish American News


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2015
8:00pm
A HURDY GURDY NOTEWORTHY NIGHTS CO-BILL CONCERT
DEBRA COWAN and
JOHN ROBERTS

$20 ($17 for members)
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It all started with a question in 2009: "How are you getting to Chicago?" 

And with that, folk musicians John Roberts and Debra Cowan decided to team up for a series of small concerts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois before arriving as separately booked artists at the Fox Valley Folklore Society's annual festival. The combination of car-pool and mini-tour was successful enough that John and Debra decided to do more performing together both in the USA and the United Kingdom.

John and Debra met for the first time at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 1999 where John and his long-time musical partner, Tony Barrand were performing a concert of Maritime Songs. Afterwards, they continued to meet at various folk music events in New England and became friends, often appearing on stage together at New England folk festivals.

As a young girl Debra idolized Julie Andrews and in her teens discovered Jethro Tull and Steeleye Span. At the age of 21 she needed escape out of a small Midwestern town so she threw darts at a map and ended up in northern California where she attended college, sang in bars, and eventually worked as a middle school math teacher. She continued her discovery of folk with English singers like Sandy Denny and Scottish singers like Ray Fisher. Debra started performing in California 35 years ago and began touring in 1998, with frequent stops in the US and UK.    margin-bottom: 1em; margin;
John Roberts has been singing English folk songs since the early 1960s, when he joined a local folk club in his native Worcestershire. Coming to the U.S. as a graduate student in 1968, he soon joined with Tony Barrand to form a duo which has lasted ever since. While continuing to work with Tony, and with the seasonal performances of Nowell Sing We Clear, John has continued to work as a solo performer, accompanying a broad repertoire of British Isles songs on concertina and banjo.

John and Debra both share an enthusiasm and passion for the old songs and ballads that have been handed down through the oral tradition in the English-speaking world. Even though a John Roberts and Debra Cowan evening will certainly include many traditional songs, there will be contemporary songs as well, some by writers personally known to both performers. Be prepared to join in and sing along!
SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2015
8:00pm
AZTEC TWO-STEP
performs
"Classic Duos:
The songs of Simon & Garfunkel, Everly Brothers and Aztec Two-Step"
$28 ($25 members)


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By popular demand – the Hurdy Gurdy welcomes back Aztec Two-Step – who will be performing a very special “duos” concert! In this special evening, they will honor the pure poetry of the legendary Simon & Garfunkel and the seminal songs and harmonies of the remarkable Everly Brothers. And as the other "classic duo," they'll perform their own fan favorites as well.

Bursting on the scene in 1972, folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step quickly became staples of progressive FM and college radio. Taking their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, they were credited with helping to usher the music of the 1960s into the '70s and beyond with their self-titled debut on Elektra Records and three subsequent albums for RCA Records. 


Recording and touring non-stop since the ‘70s, Rex Fowler & Neal Shulman have accumulated over forty years of awards, accolades and TV and radio appearances. They have been the subject of the documentary “No Hit Wonder” that aired on PBS, have appeared on the David Letterman show, World CafĂ© Live and King Biscuit Flour Hour, and have graced countless stages including those of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. With their intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar & inspiring harmonies, the duo continues to be one of acoustic music's most respected & enduring acts. 

From the beginning, Aztec Two-Step was reviewed as having the “east coast sensibility,” “intellectual lyricism” and “ethereal harmonies” of their legendary predecessors Simon & Garfunkel. So while possessing a rich musical legacy of their own, it only made sense that they would choose to interpret and perform the timeless songs and harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers.


“…the right sound at the right time
…beautiful acoustic guitar playing and questioning lyrics
…songs performed with forceful vocals
and near perfect instrumental harmonies.”
- Variety
SATURDAY APRIL 11, 2015
8:00PM
CHRISTINE LAVIN and
DON WHITE

$25 ($22 members) 

 
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Seeing Christine Lavin or Don White is a treat. Seeing Christine Lavin and Don White is an experience. Between the two of them, they have more than 40 years of combined experience making music and laughter.

The Lavin/White co-bills have packed audiences in wherever they’ve played, from the Regent Theatre in Boston to The Ark in Ann Arbor Michigan. Audiences get a one-hour shot of each performer during their solo sets, and then a free-for-all when White and Lavin take the stage together and display the kind of chemistry you get from old friends and seasoned performers. You’ll never see the same show twice.


“It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his laughter inducing co-bills with Lavin. “We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she’ll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she’s been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she’s taught me to do the same.”

“It's hard to describe what it is that Don does onstage, because there simply isn't anyone out there like him,” says Lavin. “I'm a brave performer to share the bill with someone who knocks audiences out the way like he does. But I've discovered if audiences know me and don't know him -- they become instant fans of his. If they know him and don't know me, the same thing seems to happen for me. Everybody wins.”

Christine Lavin is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter, author, and knitter. She released her memoir, Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha??, in 2010. She is also a founding member of the popular folk collective, The Four Bitchin’ Babes. 

Don White just released Winning Streak, his first studio album since 2003.  Don is a celebrated singer/songwriter/storyteller who has released eight albums and two DVDs. His book, Memoirs Of A C Student, is available in print and for the Kindle and Nook. Lavin and White have also released a digital only live album, Live At the Ark: The Father’s Day Concert, available on CDFreedom.com.

“Hearing that they are doing shows together is a dream-come-true for me, along with thousands of their other fans. That is not merely because they promise an evening of such fun and laughter. It is because of what they share, how they meld their comedic gift with the best instincts of modern folk music.”
- Scott Alarik, Folk music writer, the Boston Globe, Sing Out, NPR


SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015
8:00pm
MODERN MAN
With special guests
THE LEVINS
$25 ($22 members)

Back despite public demand, it's Modern Man!  That's right, folks.  Modern Man (David Buskin, George Wurzbach and Rob Carlson) rides again! 

From 1998 through 2010 audiences up and down the East Coast and in such far-flung outposts of civilization as Ohio, Florida and Texas, found Modern Man a delightful change of pace.

A cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers - David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach are three celebrated singers and songwriters, "terrific instrumentalists with gorgeous voices and hilarious wits."  Together they quickly redefined something-or-other and delighted audiences as they interweaved themes ranging from God to Godzilla, from manliness to cluelessness, from ESPN to the FBI with a vocal blend that has not been heard since Ella and F. Scott Fitzgerald went their separate ways.

In 1998 Rob was performing at New York’s legendary “Bottom Line” for an album of comedy songwriters when he met songwriter David Buskin.  David introduced him to George Wurzbach and the three became Modern Man (joined originally by screen writer Andy Breckman, creator of the “Monk” TV series).  Modern Man went on to win Back Stage Magazine’s “Bistro Award” in 2002 for Best Musical Comedy and the 2008 New York Nightlife Award for best comedy group in New York.

Their debut CD, The Wide Album, recorded live at New York's "Bottom Line", their 2004 CD Modern Immaturity and their 2007 CD, Assisted Living are available on Rob Carlson's Website. (www.robcarlsonmusic.com) – or come to the show to get your copy!

"...these guys are the Thomas Alva Edisons of humor.
They're inventive. You know, the bulb goes on." 
-Backstage

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Opening the evening will be The Levins.  Pronounced “The L'Vins”,  Ira and Julia Levin combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s and the intention of putting a smile on your face. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. It's Happy-Folk, Smile Pop....sounds like The Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

"Everyone needs this music." 
-Larry Kelp, KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley




SATURDAY JUNE 6, 2015
8:00pm
THE JOHNSON GIRLS
With special guest
RICK NESTLER
$20 ($17 members)


The Johnson Girls are Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdre Murtha. Widely acclaimed for their powerhouse performances of rousing work songs, haunting ballads and laments, and hair-raising harmonies, The Johnson Girls have performed at major festivals, clubs, coffeehouses, and more across the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Europe, have performed live on Oscar Brand’s radio show, France Bleu radio and appeared on French TV. 

The Johnson Girls is an energetic all-woman a cappella ensemble, performing traditional and contemporary music with an emphasis on songs of the sea and shore. With a sound that has been called “exciting,” “haunting,” and “uplifting,” the Johnson Girls give powerhouse performances that bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.

Each of The Johnson Girls brings a specialty and style to the ensemble.  Their extensive repertoire includes songs with an Afro-Caribbean influence, of the inland waterways, of fishing, mining, Irish, Anglo-American, Italian, French, and Canadian ballads and work songs, and much more.  The Johnson Girls bring a unique interpretation to their repertoire while preserving the traditional roots of their music.

Sea music may well have been the first “world music.”  Ships were often melting pots, with crew members from many countries who were heavily influenced by the music they heard while traveling around the world and from other crew members.  These sailors incorporated into their work songs and other shipboard music the different rhythms and styles from their own often diverse cultures as well as those they encountered during their voyages.  Each of The Johnson Girls was captivated by this music at different times in their lives, and came together in 1997 following the Mystic Seaport Sea Music festival to burst through the barrier of this previously male dominated genre.


 “The Johnson Girls, shanty singers from America, took the place by storm….Those who thought a shanty singer had to be male, bearded and with a beer gut, had better think again.”
– Cornwall Guardian

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Opening the evening will be Rick Nestler.  A Coast Guard licensed Master with a 100 ton ticket, an actor, a singer and a songwriter, Rick can truly bring the songs of the sailor (both traditional and contemporary) to life.  He has learned the arts of the chantyman working aboard large traditionally rigged vessels such as the sloop Clearwater,  the schooner Voyager  and the square rigged ship HMAV Bounty.  He has appeared at folk festivals and coffeehouses throughout the Northeast as well as Mystic Seaport and South Street Seaport Museums. Rick’s song “The River That Flows Both Ways” has been recorded by both Joe Heukerott and the late Pete Seeger and has become an anthem for those who care about the Hudson River.


“The Terror of the River, raffish Rick Nestler”
- Pete Seeger

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