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Schedule - 2014/2015 Season

Most shows begins at 8:00 pm. Doors open 45 minutes before performance time.

  Saturday, November 1, 2014 — Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan with Katie Dahl. Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior Claudia Russell is an outstanding singer and songwriter who has shared stages with Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Loudon Wainwright III, Kris Kristoffersen, Willie Nelson, Darryl Purpose, Peter Rowan, and Bill Staines, among many others. She is accompanied by Bruce Kaplan on mandolin, guitar and vocals. Boston's WUMB FM named Claudia the Best New Artist of 2000, the East Bay Express named her Best Musician in 2006, and she has twice been selected as a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition. Claudia was a 2004 finalist in the Sisters Folk Festival Songwriters contest in Bend Oregon and the 2002 KRCL Songwriting contest in Salt Lake City.

Katie Dahl keeps getting better and better. Leaky Boats and Paper Birds is a beautifully crafted album, with poetic lyrics made even more evocative by gorgeous melodies and lovely guitar picking. Katie’s low, rich voice is the real deal— you can feel her love for the land, lakes and people of the Upper Midwest in every song." -Stephanie Elkins, Wisconsin Public Radio Host.


 

Saturday, December 6, 2014 — at 6PM Jennifer Cutting and OCEAN Orchestra Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior Jennifer Cutting's OCEAN Orchestra has a garland of songs for Solstice and Yule. At the heart of this album are Cutting's 6 new original songs on different aspects of the holiday season: the transition from fall to winter, the solar turning point of Winter Solstice, the gifts of diverse spiritual tradition, nature's cycle of death and rebirth, longing for the return of light and warmth and a lighthearted take on the commercialization of the season. Added to these are peaceful, meditative carols, Celtic classics, etc. Critics most often compare Cutting's work to that of Loreena McKenitt. Musicians include Jennifer Cutting, Lisa Moscatiello, Stephen Winick & Andrew Dodds. We may hear accordian, celtic harp, guitar, fiddle, piano & penny whistle.

Show begins AT 6pm, doors open 5:15pm.

Big news...the first hour of this show will be broadcast live on WFMT's Folkstage. The show will start a touch BEFORE 6pm. This is an early Folkstage night! Folkstage members do NOT need to buy tickets but will be admitted as a normal Folkstage concert.


  Saturday, January 17, 2015 — Tracy Grammer Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior Tracy Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic American folk" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums featuring Carter's mytho-poetic Americana songcraft and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's band members. Called “the new voice of modern folk music,” the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while the duo was on tour. He was 49; Grammer, 34. Determined to honor the duo's journey and bring Carter's songs, and those of other favorite writers, to broader audiences, Grammer has kept to the road, releasing solo albums as well as selections from the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer archives. Her latest release, Little Blue Egg is a collection of intimate recordings from the duo's home studios. LBE was the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012.  Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved performers, playing a mix of songs by Dave Carter, Kate Wolf, various other artists, and a growing number of her own masterfully written compositions. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, wonderful violin, and guitar playing, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage… You won't want to miss her show.


  February 7, 2015 Peter Mulvey. Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior

Peter Mulvey is an American folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums. Starting his musical career in Milwaukee while at Marquette University, he honed his performing skills while traveling in Dublin, Ireland. He later spent several years in Boston, where he frequently performed in the city's subway system. He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style. Peter's albums vary in style and include 2009's wonderful Letters From a Flying Machine, which interweaves songs with spoken word of unsent letters to his nephews and nieces. "Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style" Boston Globe


  Saturday, March 7, 2015 — Tret Fure and Buddy Mondlock. Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior

Tret's latest CD A Piece of the Sky is a continuation of her personal journey in life. It is filled with beautiful songs of love and loss and the qualities of aging. From ballad to country waltz to rocker, you will not be disappointed. Titles such as The Rain, Bluebird, the Heart and Back Again, Bucket of Tears are on this wonderful CD. Tret Fure's career spans 4 decades. She began her professional work at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest, moving to Berkeley where, after performing weekly on the campus of UC Berkeley where she attended college, she discovered that music really was her life. Now after 6 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world winning the 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Competition in 2 out of 3 categories.

Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian, to name just a few. But there's nothing like hearing the guy who wrote 'em sing 'em. He is not going to pin your ears back with those songs. He is going to draw you into his world. Where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get your pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if you are not careful and where dreams that do not come true still count. And it can all be happening in a little folk club or on a stage by a grassy hill or in someone's living room or in the Royal Albert Hall...or in Hinsdale, Illinois


  Saturday, April 11, 2015 — Jack Williams and Tim Grimm. Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior Jack Williams, "...his artistry...is nothing short of amazing. Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs. He is a showman in the best sense of the word and just wowed our audience. I think they would have followed him anywhere." Rich Warren, WFMT "Midnight Special", Chicago, IL "...Perhaps even more exciting than seeing Bob Dylan, though, was the reaction that Jack Williams got...He practically blew the top off the tent! Man, oh man, can that guy play guitar! He completely overshadowed more well-known performers...They were wonderful, but Jack Williams was playing in an entirely different league. I was astounded by how good he is." Mark Cashman, upon hearing Jack for the first time at the Newport Folk Festival.

Tim Grimm has toured and recorded with his friend, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, appeared with Harrison Ford in the film Clear and Present Danger, and has shared the stage with writer and poet Wendell Berry. His recording, The Back Fields was named Best American Album in the 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Los Angeles (the largest most diverse music awards in the world). Named 2000's "BEST DISCOVERY in Roots/American Music" by the Chicago Sun Times. Each of his past 5 recordings have reached the top of the Folk or American-roots charts. Grimm walks the fine line between folk and country, while maintaining a strong footing in tradition.


  Saturday, May 16, 2015 — Brother Sun. Tickets: $19 adults/$17 student/senior Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks, and Pat Wictor are Brother Sun. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki.

Brother Sun's self-titled debut CD announced to the world that these respected singer-songwriters had banded together to produce some of the most powerful male harmonies on the acoustic music scene. After two years of nationwide touring and performances marked by outstanding songwriting, ethereal harmonies, off-the-cuff humor, and standing ovations, they have released Some Part of the Truth, a CD that goes a large step further in revealing Brother Sun not only as singers, but as complete musicians. Their CD Some Part of the Truth was #1 for 2013 on FOLK-DJ, and contained the #1 song, "Lady of the Harbor."


 

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