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|Mary Courtney hails from a large musical family from
Castlegregory, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Now living in the Bronx, Mary
is a singer, guitarist, and bodhrán player who performs either
solo or with the Irish traditional band Morning Star. She uses
her music to spread Irish culture and to educate her audience
about the struggles of the rish people. From rock ‘n’ roll to
the ethereal strains of some ancient Celtic bard, Mary can sing
anything, and sing it unforgettably. Mary's website.
All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. A freewill donation is collected on guest nights. At the Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Avenue at the corner of 50th Street in Woodside, Queens. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine, and beer are available. The nearest subway stop is 52nd Street on the #7 Flushing Local.
| A performance of new & traditional broadside ballads
about the 19th Century Irish-American gang leader & squatter
colony chief. Known for his "caustic tongue and ready wit," he
was often stereotyped tabloid fodder for the newspapers of the
1800s. If you've ever seen the movie Gangs of New York,
then this would be a musical accompaniment to the rogues, pimps,
murderers, and thieves that inhabited New York City in the 19th
century. Vincent will be joined by Erica Mancini (accordion),
Shane Kerwin (bodhran), and
Sam Harmet (mandolin).
At the Old Stone House, J.J. Byrne Park, 336 Third St at Fifth Ave, Brooklyn. Contribution $15. Vincent's website.
| Two-hour round robin songfest featuring Vincent Cross, Amy Dee, Emma Graves, Joel Landy, Nancy Moccaldi, and Steve Suffet, all performing songs that former Brooklyn resident Woody Guthrie sang. The six performers will take turns leading songs,
while providing instrumental and vocal accompaniment for each
other. Please come prepared to sing along on choruses and
Sponsored by the Good Coffee House at the Old Stone House, 336 Third Street in J.J. Byrne Park, between 4th & 5th Avenues, Brooklyn, New York. Cosponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York. $10 contribution.
|| Geoff sings songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of
the heart and the spirit. Ancient ballads, work songs, and songs
of love; poignant songs of people in struggle, humorous glimpses
of human foibles, and insights into history — all of these are
likely to be woven into Geoff's work. Above all, at the core of
Geoff's performance is his rich tenor voice and an exuberant
love of singing. And part of that love is to entice audiences to
sing along, to share in the exhilaration of full-throated
vocalization if they wish. In this age of electronic overload
and passive media pabulum, Geoff likes to stress the "live" in
live performance, promoting participation, be it by voice or
heart or mind. Geoff is heavily involved in the Mystic Sea Music Festival, usually held on
the second weekend of June, and in the Mystic Chantey Blast,
next year on 5 January. Geoff's
At OSA Hall, 220 East 23rd St, Manhattan. Contribution: $25 general public, $20 members. Tickets available at the door or https://gkaufman.Eventbrite.com (service fee applies)
| Building upon the recent publication of Gibb Schreffler’s
book Boxing the Compass, Geoff will delve into the idea that the
singing of chanteys on deep water ships developed from black
sailors bringing aboard their tradition of call and response
At Pearl Studios, 519 Eighth Ave, Room H, Manhattan, between 35th & 36th Sts. Contribution: general public $15, members $12. Reservations required, contact Heather at 646-628-4604, hwood50 (at) aol.com
Photo: Joy Bennett
|Triboro hails from the boroughs of New York, but looks beyond
the Hudson, to other places and other times, for songs and
inspiration. They are an acoustic vocal trio that applies fine
three-part harmony to an eclectic mix of musical genres –
Old-time, Carter family, Country, Western, Bluegrass and more.
Triboro is Phyllis Elkind (Manhattan,) Don Friedman (Brooklyn)
and Evy Mayer (the Bronx.) They love it when audiences sing
along on the choruses.
Co-sponsored and at the Good Coffeehouse, at the Old Stone House, J.J. Byrne Park, 336 Third St at Fifth Ave, Brooklyn. Contribution $10.
|Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a family-friendly open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening. At the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West (basement), Brooklyn (near 2nd St.). a href="http://www.folkmusicny.org/FMC1201.pdf" target="blank">Directions (pdf format). Take F train to 7th Ave.; Q train to 7th Ave.; 2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza. Hosted by Ethical Culture and FMSNY, Alison Kelley, and Tom Weir. Info: 212-695-5924.|
| Longtime FMSNY member and Riverdale resident Anne Price has
been performing since 1979 for folk music societies,
coffeehouses, schools, colleges, libraries, and festivals in the
New York area as well as the UK. Her wide repertoire of
traditional and contemporary folk music includes country songs,
old-time ballads, Irish and Scottish songs, songs of the sea,
songs about work and the labor movement, humorous songs, love
songs, and more.
At the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Road, Riverdale (Bronx) NY. Hosted by Lindsay Wilson. Suggested donation: $15
Banjo Nickaru, the duo of Nick Russo and Betina Hershey, performs “an eclectic mix of country, bluegrass, western swing, rockabilly, blues, traditional jazz, dixieland, old-time music, folk, roots music and Americana.” Nick plays guitar, banjo and resonator guitar, and has appeared on Good Morning America and in the Sam Mendes film, Away We Go. Bettina plays guitar and sings, and has appeared the films Mona Lisa Smile/ and Enchanted. Bring your voices and your songs, poems, stories, jokes, etc., because there will be plenty of time for our regular round robin. |
Place: Hostelling, International New York, 891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd Street. Contributions welcome to help cover costs. Everyone is welcome. For more information call John Ziv at 212-662-6575.
|Heather is a veteran singer from the English revival for some
50+ years, dating from her days with The Young Tradition. She
has a great repertoire of ballads, historical songs, love and
agricultural songs, and a lot from the humorous side. In
addition to the old songs, she has written some dynamite new
ones. Over the years, Heather has also acted as agent for other
artists, run folk clubs, organized weekends and other events,
and written about folk music for an assortment of publications.
Tonigt's show may well feature some old pagan carols not found
in the church hymnals. Heather's
All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. A freewill donation is collected on guest nights.At the Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Avenue at the corner of 50th Street in Woodside, Queens. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine, and beer are available. The nearest subway stop is 52nd Street on the #7 Flushing Local.
|Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a family-friendly open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening. At the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West (basement), Brooklyn (near 2nd St.). Directions (pdf format). Take F train to 7th Ave.; Q train to 7th Ave.; 2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza. Hosted by Ethical Culture and FMSNY, Alison Kelley, and Tom Weir. Info: 212-695-5924.|
|Tim is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto — a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass — creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing on his album Soul of the January Hills (Appleseed 2010) through the stripped-down voice and bajo sexto Christmas album Star in the East (timeriksenmusic 2012) to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on Josh Billings Voyage, the new album of northern roots American music from the imaginary village of Pumpkintown (timeriksenmusic 2012). |
The former frontman of the prophetic groups Cordelia's Dad (folk-noise), Northampton Harmony (shape-note quartet), and Zabe i Babe (Bosnian folk and pop), Tim Eriksen is the only musician to have shared the stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson, and his media appearances have ranged from Prairie Home Companion to the Academy Awards.
While Eriksen's curiosity and passion have led him on many musical journeys besides American roots - from punk rock and shape-note gospel through South Indian classical music and Bosnian pop to world jazz and contemporary symphonic music - all his explorations are linked by the qualities of intensity, directness, and authority which combine in a music that captures a truth about human experience and expresses it without apology.
|At St John's Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St, Manhattan, near the Christopher St subway stop. Contribution: General public $25; FMSNY members $20.|
|Ireland-born traditional singer, recording artist, and champion multi-instrumentalist Marina Meyler is well known on the local New York Irish music scene, particularly in the Borough of Queens where she now lives. All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. At the Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Avenue at the corner of 50th Street in Woodside, Queens. A freewill donation is collected on guest nights. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine, and beer are available. The nearest subway stop is 52nd Street on the #7 Flushing Local.|
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