A Folk Alliance Member Organization

Acoustic Renaissance Concerts
11 West Maple Street
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
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Schedule - 2022/2023 Season

All in person shows begin at 7pm. Masks recommended (but optional).
Call 630/941-7797 for all tickets.

Saturday, April 1, 2023 — Kitty Donohoe with special guest James Curley .

Tickets: $20

Michigan Emmy award-winning songwriter Kitty Donohoe was born into a large, creative family outside of Detroit and has been 'making up' songs for as long as she can remember.
Describing her music as 'folky, bluesy, Irishy, American, Canadianish', she draws from her roots to create music that is uniquely her own ... music that's 'haunting, melodic and literate' - All Music Guide.

With a love of language, an innate sense of melody, and the soul of a storyteller, she backs herself on piano, guitar and cittern with equal finesse, but she sees these skills as mostly providing the foundation for the music she writes, both songs and instrumentals.
'Kitty creates a glorious sound' - Sing Out.

Kitty's latest CD, "The Irishman's Daughter", combines her original pieces with some traditional music and is getting great reviews.
'Kitty is making a name for herself in Irish America and you can see why from the high quality of the work here.' - Irish Music Magazine.
In 2002 Kitty was awarded an Emmy for her 9/11 song 'There Are No Words', which led to it's use in a film and an appearance at the Pentagon for the dedication of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial.

James Curley began writing songs in the mid 1970s in his native Philadelphia, influenced mainly by trips to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and to local clubs like The Main Point, Grendel's Lair and others. He appeared as a solo songwriter back then, opening locally for other artists of the day, including Artie Traum and Lou London.

Leaving Philadelphia, James played in Denver, Boulder, Eugene and other areas and eventually wound up in Houston, where he was heavily influenced by the Texas songwriter scene there at the time. Moving to Austin in 1979, he immersed himself deeper in the local songwriting scene and performed in venues there until moving to Chicago several years later.

Taking a hiatus from music from 1987 until 1997 to raise a family and start a small business, James took up songwriting with earnest again, and released his first CD - "Tom's Cafe" - in 2002, Several tracks continue to get modest airplay on indie, folk and college radio stations, as well as having been synced to film and cable television shows.

In 2007, James released his 2nd CD - "Manufactured Meaning"...Several songs from the record, especially Lay Down Big Easy - a lament for the post-Katrina reality of New Orleans. 2013 saw the release of "There Used To Be a Train". Produced and arranged by John Abbey and featuring some of Chicago's best Folk/Americana musicians as well as support from the groups Sons of The Never Wrong and 2-Bit Palomino.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 — Shawna Caspi and Dan Weber .

Tickets: $20

Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi takes her time crafting lyrics that are poetic and meaningful, often using unusual rhymes and surprising turns of phrase. She spent years on the road playing solo shows at festivals and in concert halls, train cars, backyards, and living rooms, supporting her warm, clear voice with intricate fingerstyle guitar accompaniment, and drawing energy from shifting landscapes and long drives through Canada and the United States.

After taking a break from the road to rest, reflect, and write, Shawna returns with her fifth album, Hurricane Coming, a collection of raw, deeply personal songs set against a backdrop of colourful cinematic soundscapes. Shawna also created a series of abstract paintings inspired by the songs on the album, seamlessly combining her work as a musician and visual artist.

Dan Weber is an award winning songwriter who has been described as "reminiscent of early John Prine" by Fatea Magazine and legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin' Jack Elliott said "I love Dan's songs and he tells really good stories."

During the long pandemic Dan was hard at work on his new CD, The Way the River Goes, and it's finally here!

2022 2023 Season at a Glance: (All shows $20 per ticket)

September 17 2022: Jonas Friddle Trio

October 8 2022: Ellis Delaney with special guest Emily White

November 19 2022: Windborne

December 17 2022: Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Celtic Quartet

January 7 2023: Peter Mulvey

February 18 2023: Mark Dvorak and Mean Mary co-bill

March 4 2023: Gina Forsyth and Heather Styka co-bill

April 1 2023: Kitty Donohoe with special guest James Curley

May 6 2023: Dan Weber and Shawna Caspi co-bill

Details on these shows are all below:

Season tickets at $160

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