With special guest
MARA LEVINE AND CAROLINE CUTRONEO
$25 ($22 members)
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Pat Wictor took a convoluted path to folk music, winding his way through rock, heavy metal, and jazz. He started with guitar, shifted to bass, moved to saxophone, and then quit music entirely before a return in 1993, a time when he also began composing songs. By 2001, he left a teaching career to pursue music full time and does so in the broadest way possible. An adept improviser and accompanist, he is sought after as a collaborator, sideman and session musician, with numerous recording credits to date. His performances--part fireside chat, part meditation on matters earthly and transcendent--feature his originals. In addition to his own tunes, he is quick to offer up a newly-discovered lyric from another performer, or a fresh arrangement of a traditional song, delighting in introducing his audience to innovative material. With flowing red hair and zen-like calm, Pat embraces his audience with the sincerity of his music and the clarity of his voice, inviting them in.
Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator. Joe applies his conservatory training to a contemporary genre, and offers the listener the best of both worlds. He has won numerous songwriting awards and is also highly regarded as a song interpreter. From venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe has spent the last nine years touring full time. His songs have traveled to every continent via radio, CDs, web casts, and other musicians. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs.
Originally from Richmond, VA, Greg Greenway moved to Boston for its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. Put simply, he is one of the finest entertainers you'll ever see. Musically, he draws inspiration from all over the map--gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway's humanity and his easy affinity for the audience. The Boston Globe wrote, "Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway." His visit to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis yielded his own composition that rises powerfully into U2's Pride/In the Name of Love. It is a hair raising, riveting anthem that embodies Greenway's passion and his gift for framing social issues. It is a show stopping event, couched in a presentation of high spirited give and take of such good humor that audiences unfailingly walk away uplifted.
Nationally touring folk artists from three major points on the map - Boston, New York, and Chicago - Pat, Greg, and Joe celebrate the amazing power of singing together. Their combined musical skills should make for an unforgettable evening - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, and piano.
Caroline Cutroneo is an award-winning singer/songwriter-guitarist from Staten Island. Blending lyrical originals with traditional standards, Caroline surprises and delights her audience with originals and rare finds from such obscure sources as traditional folk song, depression-era jug bands, and newly-discovered treasures from the sixties folk revival. She has a 4 song CD is currently recording her first full length solo CD. Caroline is a three-time recipient of the annual performing arts award of Staten Island Council on the Arts and Humanities. A former FM announcer and program director, she has earned a degree in fine arts from the City University of New York. Caroline has opened for Pete Seeger, and shared the stage with Bill Staines. She also plays with her bands “The Runaway Train” and “Lone Pine Radio Boys” at venues on Staten Island. She's also appeared with Mara at the Borderline Folk Club. She has provided vocals for recordings by Bob Wright and Jim Indell..