Steering Pete's Course: Maritime Songs from the Seeger Songbag
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Steering Pete's Course: Maritime Songs from the Seeger Songbag

Capt. Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri

Capt. Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

STEERING PETE’S COURSE:
Maritime Songs from the Seeger Songbag

Tickets: $15 General Admission / $10 Advance / Children under 18 FREE   
Location: Underground at Proctors


We observe the 100th Birthday of Pete Seeger’s birth with a special album introduction concert! Who better to celebrate Pete Seeger than two of his long-time friends, fellow sailing and singing partners - singer-songwriter-storyteller-instrumentalists Capt. Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri – known onstage as The RIX.  

Both Nestler and Palieri sang for decades with Pete Seeger from the ‘70s forward, often through Sloop Clearwater and the Clearwater Sloop Singers, from the late ’70s. So it’s particularly fitting that they honor Seeger’s 100th Birthday with a special collection of maritime songs culled from traditional and borrowed songs that Pete sang about waterways: “High Barbary,” “Hudson Whalers,” “Blow the Man Down,” “The E-RI-E,” “Pay Me My Money Down,” “Reuben James” and “River That Flows Both Ways,” the last a Hudson River anthem by Rick Nestler. 

The Rix also included some of Pete’s own, less well-known songs, like “The Ballad Of The Sloop Clearwater,” “Don’t Ask What a River is For,” “The Song of The Last Whale,” “The Sloop Woody Guthrie” and many more! 

To conjure the hearty authenticity and spirit of singing on the ocean, or on board sailing the Hudson River, they included a few of Pete’s friends who, like Rick and Ric, sailed, sang and recorded alongside him: Guy Davis, David Bernz, Sarah Underhill and Melissa Ortquist – and you never know who will join them onstage!


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Adirondack Folk Night
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Adirondack Folk Night

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ADIRONDACK FOLK NIGHT

A Night of Adirondack Folk Music & Dance for Great Camp Sagamore: 
Quickstep, Jamcrackers, more!

Tickets: $28 General Admission / $26 Advance / $50 Gold Circle   
Location: GE Theatre at Proctors


"Sagamore is where my soul feels very much at home."

- PEGGY LYNN, Adirondack musician


Some of the most accomplished traditional musicians of the Adirondack region celebrate over 40 years of music at Sagamore; all concert proceeds will help ensure the future of Adirondack folk music at Sagamore, with special emphasis on its youth and children’s music programming. 

The concert will include introductions of Adirondack organizations The Wild Center, the Adirondack Museum and many others, who will announce programs and activities happening this summer in the Park. Join us for an evening of Adirondack music, history and nature! 

Doors will open at 6pm and audience members are invited and encouraged to meet the musicians and visit with representatives of the Adirondack attractions.

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Tom Paxton & The Don Juans
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

Tom Paxton & The Don Juans

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TOM PAXTON & The Don Juans

Tickets: $28 General Admission / $26 Advance / $50 Gold Circle    
Location: GE Theatre at Proctors

In 2017 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon Tom Paxton, longtime Eighth Step performer, appeared onstage with Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo The Don Juans. Now the illustrious ensemble returns!

Tom on guitar/vocals/stories

Don on guitar/vocals/uke/banjoj/grins

Jon on piano/vocals/guitar/uke/kitchen sink

Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something. To our delight they took it on the road: a writing and performing experience calculated to keep this irreverent and massively talented ensemble too busy to get into trouble. 

Consider that, collectively, their songs have been covered by: Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, Bob Dylan - to name a few.

Paxton’s shows with The Don Juans have him on his toes, and even his most familiar songs amplified meaning, exquisite musicianship and astonishing songwriting. And that doesn’t even touch what Don Henry and Jon Vezner bring onstage.

Says Paxton, "These guys are long-ball hitters and if I don't want to get smoked I'd better do a little rehearsing. I probably need to do that anyway," he says, laughing. "It certainly couldn't hurt." This from an indefatigable performer whose outsized influence has taken him on over 50 concert tours of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and who has released over 50 albums of his own songs. He is his own movement.

P.S. We’re eagerly awaiting Tom’s latest crop of “short shelf-life songs,” i.e., brief, satirical ditties based on current news that fade with the latest headlines. Such material coming out of Washington - wickedly tasty!


“Perceptive…clever…ranks right up there with The Beatles and Bob Dylan”

- NEW YORK TIMES


“Thirty years ago Tom Paxton taught a generation of traditional folksingers that it was noble to write your own songs, and, like a good guitar, he just gets better with age.”

- GUY CLARK


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Piedmont Melody Makers
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Piedmont Melody Makers

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Old Timey & Bluegrass with...
PIEDMONT MELODY MAKERS

Tickets: $25 General Admission / $27 Advance / $40 Gold Circle 
Location: GE Theatre at Proctors


“Excellent vocals, especially the harmonies...solid understated instrumental work”

– BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED 


“A Who’s Who of North Carolina old time and bluegrass musicians”

– WUNC-FM (South Carolina Public Radio)


The Piedmont Melody Makers, unashamed purveyors of old-time blues, honky-tonk, country and bluegrass music, take their name from the Piedmont region of eastern North Carolina where three of the band now reside, a region known for the music they love and perform. Featuring the incomparable, Grammy nominated Alice Gerrard alongside folk stalwarts Jim Watson, Cliff Hale, and Chris Bashear, they celebrate the release of Brashear’s Colton House Recordings and Gerrard’s release of the practice tapes Hazel & Alice Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes 1965-1969 (‘Hazel” is the legendary Hazel Dickens, Alice's singing partner). 

Here are artist bios taken from a Davis Enterprise article on the band:

ALICE GERRARD (guitar, banjo, vocals): a "2015 Grammy nominee for her album Follow the Music is the agile force, the gravitas, that keeps the Piedmont Melody Makers from being just good hitting baseball with the occasional base stealing. She’s the grand-slam, thank you Ma’am. Gerrard is bluegrass and old-time music royalty, establishing herself in the music world in the ‘60s and’70s as one half of the famous duo Hazel & Alice with Hazel Dickens, opening bluegrass doors to women. Other notable collaborations include with her then-husband Mike Seeger (yes, Pete’s half brother). Gerrard plays guitar and banjo, writes songs and sings them with all the swoops and bluesy twirls that is all soul and no flash. She knows what she is doing.”

JIM WATSON (mandolin, bass, vocals): this irrepressible reprobate is still out there playing music after catapulting into international stardom with the original Red Clay Ramblers and then orbiting planet Earth with Robin and Linda Williams. He is the heir-apparent to Charlie Poole as THE exponent of North Carolina hillbilly music, and Poole could not have chosen a more worthy successor. He is the senior male member of this great conflagration, but don’t be fooled: he can put both of them other boys under the table in the weight room. So there.”

CHRIS BRASHEAR (fiddle, bass guitar, mandolin, vocals) comes from the state that begat Mark Twain and John Hartford, but he isn’t nearly as funny as the first and he never learned to fiddle and dance at the same time (like the second). He does, however….sing a pure, clear tenor that would make Alfalfa weep. He’ll also pen a good song or two for every Melody Makers’ set, with no apparent navel-gazing anywhere to be found….He has performed with Robin & Linda Williams. 

CLIFF HALE (fiddle, vocals) is from West Virginia and that says something right there. He likes beer and ramps and collects all sorts of wild mushrooms. He’s fit and lean, keeps his hair pretty short and sings all them other singers into the next county. He puts fear into a man’s heart and lust into a woman’s when he sings, because that’s what happens when you are a profound blend of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell and Carter Stanley all in one voice. And he’s a monster on the mandolin.


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Dougie MacLean: Double CD Release
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Dougie MacLean: Double CD Release

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DOUGIE MacLEAN

Double CD Release: New Tomorrow and A Robert Burns Selection

Tickets: $33 General Admission / $30 Advance / $60 Gold Circle  
Location: GE Theatre at Proctors


“A musical hero”

- WALL STREET JOURNAL  


“A Scottish phenomenon... with his exquisite guitar style, expressive voice and honest performance, his songs conjure up remarkably vivid imagery of our world”

- PERFORMING SONGWRITER


Multi-instrumentalist Dougie MacLean lives in Perthshire, Scotland. From here he has earned on his own terms an international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinarily charismatic performer. He has played concerts and festivals all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to London’s Festival Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. He has shared a stage with Lou Reed and Eddi Reader on the grounds of Culzean Castle at the Burns and A’ That festival, was featured on the BBC Hogmanay (New Year’s) programme from Edinburgh Castle with James Taylor, and shared an evening with music legend Mavis Staples at Glasgow‘s Royal Concert Hall. His own Perthshire Amber Festival is one of Scotland’s premier annual music events.

His songs have been covered by hosts of artists including, Irish greats Ronan Keating, Mary & Frances Black, Dolores Keane and Grammy winner Kathy Mattea. His anthem "Caledonia" has topped the Scottish charts and become one of Scotland’s most popular contemporary songs. He has composed for film (e.g. Last of the Mohicans), TV Drama (e.g. BBC’s A Mugs Game) and has been the subject of three BBC-TV Specials ("The Land - Songs of Dougie MacLean," “SongRoads" and "Clann na Mara - Children of the Sea").

He was awarded an OBE for his services to music and charity, two prestigious Tartan Cleff Awards, been inducted into the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, and given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the BBC.

Onstage he’ll be highlighting music from his two newest albums, New Tomorrow (2017) and A Robert Burns Selection (2018). 


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JP Cormier
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

JP Cormier

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JP CORMIER

Tickets: $25 Advance / $27 Day of Show / $45 Gold Circle 
Location: The Addy (3rd Fl. at Proctors)


"From the deeply rooted Celtic traditions of Cape Breton to the rapid fire guitar work of Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. Cormier sings the songs in a mellow baritone and frames them with virtuosic playing on a bevy of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and piano”

- ACOUSTIC GUITAR

“A major Canadian talent...sounds and stories of J.P.'s Cape Breton roots....a singer and songwriter of great depth and vision”

- AMAZON 


Prolific, multi-talented, and charming onstage, Canadian bluegrass/folk/Celtic singer-songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist J P (Jean Paul) Cormier from age 16 has released over a dozen albums. He plays 6- and 12-string guitar, dobro, piano, fiddle, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, drums, percussion, synthesizer and cello. 

Cormier has appeared at U.S. festivals and at the Grand Old Opry with Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe and many others. He’s also worked with Kitty Wells, Travis Tritt and Vince Gill.

His multiple award nominations include 13 East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Award, five Music Nova Scotia Awards, Juno nominations, commendations from the Governor General of Canada and Premier of Nova Scotia. 

His 2015 album, The Chance, was nominated for a Juno award in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category. Cormier has performed at numerous American festivals, and at Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton every year since the Festival started in 1997. In 2005, Bravo! network aired “J.P. Cormier - The Man and His Music,” a one-hour documentary.


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Joe Jencks
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Joe Jencks

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JOE JENCKS

Tickets: $29 General Admission / $27 Advance / $50 Gold Circle      
Location: The Addy (3rd Fl. at Proctors)


“An American folk master...heart and unfettered perfection” 

- SIRIUS XM RADIO

“Resonant, honey-rich voice...open-hearted humanity”

- WFUV-fm, New York, NY 


International touring musician, award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist, Joe Jencks is known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. 

Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. 

Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant and gorgeous “Lady of The Harbor,” Jencks has become a fan favorite throughout North America and certainly here at The Step. Co-founder and primary vocal arranger for the harmony trio Brother Sun, he has appeared on our stages solo, for Sonny Ochs’ 80th Birthday, with labor legend Si Kahn, and last November for a gala celebration of our 50th season featuring Brother Sun folk legend Holly Near.

From coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall, Jencks has made a mark on the American music scene, singing and telling stories that educate, illuminate, and uplift. 


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*POSTPONED!* Mustard's Retreat
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

*POSTPONED!* Mustard's Retreat

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MUSTARD’S RETREAT

Tickets: $25 General Admission / $23 Advance / $39 Gold Circle   
Location: The Addy at Proctors

  • PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS POSTPONED! INFORMATION ABOUT RESCHEDULING COMING SOON!


“Music to heal what ails you”

- MICHIGAN TIMES


“Fresh, vital, relevant”

- WATERLOO RECORD (Canada)


David Tamulevich and Michael Hough and Libby Glover are the new iteration of a long-time popular folk duo featuring Tamulevich and Hough from Michigan, raconteurs of the first order. They’re joined now by Glover, who goes ‘way back to their earliest roots.

Witty, insightful, fun and profound, Mustard’s Retreat has been delighting audiences with songs and stories for decades. They’re also accomplished songwriters and musicians, playing guitars, dulcimer, electric bass, mandolin, harmonica and penny whistle. Tales of stupid frogs, wandering cadavers, haunted bridges and techno-nerds, memories of small towns and high school, first loves and last - you’ll remember these vignettes for eons after the stage is dark.

The honesty of what they present onstage and the extensive body of outstanding original songs and recordings all contribute to a fiercely loyal audience that continues to grow. “Music to cure what ails you” was how one reviewer in the 1970s described them, and that is as true now as it was then.

They’ve traveled more than a million miles and performed more than 6,000 shows, from pig roasts and pool parties to Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Barns at Wolftrap and the Kennedy’s Center’s Millennium Stage. Glover brings a fresh sound and warm presence to an evening of warmth, laughter and camaraderie. 

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John McCutcheon: CD Release
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

John McCutcheon: CD Release

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Pete Seeger and John, May 2010

Pete Seeger and John, May 2010

JOHN McCUTCHEON

CD Release: To Everyone In All The World - Pete Seeger Tribute Album

Tickets: $28 General Admission / $26 Advance / $45 Gold Circle   
Location: GE Theatre at Proctors


“Uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature”

- WASHINGTON POST


“The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard”

- JOHNNY CASH   


Singer-songwriter, storyteller and master instrumentalist McCutcheon celebrates folk legend Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday with a blockbuster album of Seeger songs! 

Pete Seeger introduced America to itself, one song at a time. Whether it was "Erie Canal" or "If I Had a Hammer," he told us who we are and helped us imagine who we might become. 

John McCutcheon’s stunning new collection celebrates Pete's centennial birthday (May 2019) with a recording of some songs that moved him the most during his long years as Seeger student, admirer, colleague and friend. From “Sailing Down My Golden River” to “Turn, Turn, Turn,” to “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” it’s a big and loving tribute to an amazing man, musician, American.

Himself one of America's most respected and loved folksingers, McCutcheon is master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most uniquely the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. Hailed by critics and singers around the globe, his 30 recordings have garnered every imaginable honor, including seven Grammy nominations. 

Whether in print, on record, or on stage, few people communicate with the versatility, charm, wit or pure talent of John McCutcheon. But in live performance McCutcheon feels most at home. He has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed, certainly echoing Seeger himself. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, creating what critics describe as "little feats of magic," "breathtaking in their ease and grace..." and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.”

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Guy Davis
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

Guy Davis

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Guy Davis, Bluesman
Featuring Professor Louie


Tickets: $28 General Admission / $27 Advance / $45 Gold Circle
Location: The Addy (3rd Fl. at Proctors)


"The skilled singer & guitarist combines a folklorist’s encyclopedic knowledge of the blues with an actor’s intensity and flair”

- SUNDAY GAZETTE 


“intimate, richly nuanced tales….stomping acoustic blues”

- BLUES REVUE


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Work O’ The Weavers & Dirty Stay-Out Skifflers
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Work O’ The Weavers & Dirty Stay-Out Skifflers

Work O’ The Weavers

Work O’ The Weavers

The Dirty Stay Out Skifflers

The Dirty Stay Out Skifflers

Work O’ The Weavers
& The Dirty Stay Out Skifflers


Tickets:
$28 General Admission / $26 Advance / $50 Gold Circle
Location: The Addy (3rd Fl. at Proctors)

Work O’ The Weavers celebrates the legacy of America’s pioneering folk quartet in song and story. In the early days of this splendid ensemble, they earned ringing endorsements from then-surviving members Seeger, Gilbert and Hellerman, who - along with Lee Hays - burst onto the music scene in 1950 with their two-sided hit record Tzena, Tzena/Goodnight Irene, transforming American popular music practically overnight, and ultimately providing the foundation upon which virtually ever subsequent folk artist would build.

The foursome of singers David Bernz (banjo, guitar), Martha Sandefer, Mark Murphy (bass) & Travis Jeffrey (banjo) not only plays songs associated with the Weavers at its concerts, but also tells the earlier band’s story of national success with “Goodnight Irene” and other hits, their travails during the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s, and their return to popularity with their 1955 Carnegie Hall reunion show.

Adhering faithfully to the Weavers’ original arrangements, the quartet interweaves an edifying narrative that places the songs in historical context. At the late Pete Seeger’s request, they introduced some newer songs the Weavers might be singing were they still active today. More than a tribute, Work o’ the Weavers is an affectionate homage - rousing, relevant and revelatory.

THE DIRTY STAY OUT SKIFFLERS - Rick Nestler (12-string guitar), Donna Nestler (banjolele, kazoo), Dan Berger (harmonica), Tom Reister (trombone)

Skiffle, Jug Band, Country Blues, Roots Americana…the magnificent Skifflers know good-time music, and create it onstage with a joyful flourish. Warning: their ties to Sloop Clearwater are strong, and nautical references and songs may pop up indiscriminately. A guaranteed good time, great playing!


"Four wonderful people who've picked up where the Weavers left off. I put on the recording and had to listen to it twice. FANTASTIC!"

- PETE SEEGER


"This faithfully arranged and sung tribute rings with such rousing familiarity that there are moments when you may find yourself thinking that the group's original members are all within range of the microphones.”

- WASHINGTON POST


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Suede
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

Suede

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SUEDE

POP / JAZZ / BLUES DIVA: The perfect winter evening. Sassy. Smooth. Intoxicating. Like Diana Krall meets Natalie Cole meets Bette Midler.

Tickets: $30 General Admission / $28 Advance / $50 Gold Circle*   
Location: GE Theatre

*Includes admission to 6:30pm Reception on Stage with wine, cider and hors d’oeuvres

One part Rat Pack, one part Rosie Clooney, Suede is the "Diva la Difference" - sassy, smooth and simply intoxicating. Think sophisticated pop/jazz, naughty blues with a sizzling trumpet, love songs that will make you swoon. Think funny…think wow, what a set o' pipes!

She appears on such legendary stages as NYC’s Birdland, San Francisco’s Feinstein’s, Washington, DC’s Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club and more, and comes to us fresh from headlining with Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan. 

The diva plays piano, guitar and trumpet, but voice is her first instrument and entertaining is clearly her first love. Imagine a cross between Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Bette Midler and you'll be approaching some idea of Suede's powerful presence, musical talents, and well-honed skills, let alone her immense joy in entertaining. She’s the consummate entertainer and song stylist -- among the likes of Tony Bennett and company – certainly the classic singer's singer. She sings original material and pop, blues and jazz standards like nobody you've ever heard while jammin’, especially with her fabulous combo on piano and upright bass. 

From astounding a cappella, incredibly intimate ballads and smoking’ trumpet solos to “bring down the house” belting blues, Suede delivers it all with her own unique blend of warmth, wit and pure musical artistry.


“Voices like hers come along maybe once in a generation”

- NEW YORK TIMES


“A great voice, even better enthusiasm, almost giddy delight at entertaining audiences, that if bottled would make every anti-depressant on the market obsolete” 

- STEPPIN OUT ARTS, NYC


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Sing Solstice! Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie
Dec
21
7:30 PM19:30

Sing Solstice! Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie

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SING SOLSTICE!
Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie


Tickets:
$28 General Admission / $26 Advance / $50 Gold Circle
Location: The Addy (3rd Fl. at Proctors)

On Winter Solstice, the darkest night of the year, come gather with Kim & Reggie Harris, Terri Leonino & Greg Artzner (Magpie) for a bright, warm and wonderful musical celebration of the Season of Light that brings Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukkah, Yule and more in cultures around the world. We’ll welcome the gradual lengthening of days that begins with the dawning of Dec 22!

The talented foursome create a transcendent sound with stunning harmonies & instrumentals, alternately powerful, touching, funny & charming. From Gregʼs bawdy Celtic drinking songs to Kim’s “S-o-l-a-r Power,” from Terryʼs rocking harmonica to Reggieʼs haunting guitar, the foursome draws the audience into their circle of warmth. Add the ancient mystical Morris dance opening the show ( Pokingbrook Morris Dancers) in colorful costumes and bells, marking the beginning of another year’s rotation around the sun. 

It’s Solstice: the longest, darkest night of the year will shortly break into a new dawn, lighting our way to Spring and Summer: fertility, new growth and rejuvenation, second chances. . Come for laughs, dancing, harmonies…light! we’ll chase away the darkness for a new year of peace.


“Magical interplay of voices”   

- DIRTY LINEN


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Turning of the Year: Celtic Holiday Extravaganza!
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Turning of the Year: Celtic Holiday Extravaganza!

Scottish-style Fiddler, Katie McNally

Scottish-style Fiddler, Katie McNally

Irish Accordion Champ, John Whelan

Irish Accordion Champ, John Whelan

String and Vocal Trio, Low Lily

String and Vocal Trio, Low Lily

TURNING OF THE YEAR!

A Celtic Holiday Extravaganza with: 
John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally 

Tickets: $28 General Admission / $26 Advance / $45 Gold Circle 
Location: The Addy (3rd Fl. at Proctors)

Seven time All-Ireland Accordion Champion & Narada recording artist JOHN WHELAN teams up with American roots band LOW LILY (Liz Simmons, vocals & guitar & Lissa Schneckenburger, vocals & fiddle); and KATIE McNALLY (Scottish fiddle), for a spectacular holiday mini-fest!

Featuring traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland and America, it’s a diverse and energetic show to usher in the holiday season with a bang. Alongside uptempo jigs and reels will be lesser-known Christmas carols and wintry classics: two fiddles, accordion, guitars, mandolin, double bass and lush, layered vocals. It’s an evening defined by the joyously boisterous personality of Johnny Whelan, and the purely wonderful energy of the players.

This exclusive show brings the generations together for a fresh new take on roots music from both sides of the pond, in a distinctly Celtic voice.

We’re thrilled to welcome back award-winning musician John Whelan - original Riverdance cast member and legendary player - in this all-star ensemble!


“An almost hypnotic center to the music suggested a sense of its age-old roots...a memorable musical celebration”

- PRESS HERALD


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Holly Near: CD Release
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Holly Near: CD Release

HOLLY NEAR: Folk Icon

CD Release: Holly Near 2018
With: Tammy Hall, piano & Jan Martinson, bass 

Tickets: $29 General Admission / $27 Advance / $50 Gold Circle
Location: Capital Repertory Company - 111 North Pearl St. Albany, NY

Holly Near’s music has been synonymous with social change activism for well over 45 years, for good reason. Now the iconic singer songwriter returns with a new collection of outspoken songs - her 31st - performed with her trademark simplicity and wisdom. 

The new songs dig deep into subjects like bullying, domestic violence and flood destruction in Puerto Rico. Still there is a twinkle long identified with Holly’s view of life, as she brings laughter and tenderness to the human condition. For one, she delightfully rhymes “Coup d’État” with “Mardi Gras” and “Menage a Trois.”  Plus fireflies, an old fashioned front porch... then there is the voice, more powerful and clearer than ever. Plus, this night will featuring two fabulous talents: TAMMY HALL (piano) and JAN MARTINELLI (bass), making for a powerhouse trio and guaranteeing a dynamite concert!

Born in Ukiah, CA in 1949, Near began singing in high school, including work with a local folk group. Later also an actress, that career brought her to seminal ‘70s television shows like “Mod Squad,” “Room 222,” and “The Partridge Family.” Our favorite bio item: in 1970 she was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair; and following the Kent State University shootings in May of that same year, the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest. The song “It Could’ve Been Me” (which was released on A Live Album in 1974) was Holly’s heartfelt response to the shootings. 

In 1971, she joined the Free The Army tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy. Orrganized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, it also featured Len Chandler and others.

From a colorful past and an open heart, with joy and passion and beguiling charm, Holly Near musically engages listeners in the world around them—speaking to anyone who believes in peace, justice and feminism - a wonderful spectrum of humanity.

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An Evening with John Dau
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with John Dau

An Evening With JOHN DAU

Readings & Signings of His New Book "The Pillars of Wisdom: Dinka"

Tickets: Event is FREE to the public!
Location: Dance Studio in The Addy (3rd Fl. at Proctors)

One of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” John Dau spent 15 years of his life fleeing more than1000 miles across Africa to escape death, forced sterilization or enemy army service - while still only a child. 

In 1987 he and 20,000 other boys - some as young as 6 or 7 - were displaced by civil war from home and family in Duc County, South Sudan. On the run from rebel soldiers, they made it to safety in a Kenyan refugee camp. John Dau then came to the U.S., graduating from college in Syracuse.

Now based in Richmond, VA, he is founder/president of the John Dau Foundation, which provides medical care and nutrition services in his home county of Duk, South Sudan, home of the Dinka tribe and one of the most impoverished, war-torn countries on Earth. 

Dau’s third book The Pillars of Wisdom: Dinka collects stories and folk tales told in the traditional Dinka style, instilling values and lessons through the adventures of animals and humans as they interact with nature. The Dinka pillars of wisdom are: respect, empathy, honesty, fairness, sharing, listening, welcoming, brother/sisterhood, friendship, love, perseverance and other subliminal lessons. 

“In my homeland, we told stories to help fill the young with wisdom acquired from the tribe. They rang true when I struggled to maintain my identity, my faith, and my hope as a Lost Boy of Sudan in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya... They ring true today, as I live and work as a U.S. citizen, husband, father, and foundation president in New York and Virginia.”

John Dau will share his remarkable life story, show a short film and read excerpts from The Pillars of Wisdom: Dinka. He will also sign copies of the book, which will be available that night, or in advance at on his website.

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Roy Zimmerman: CD Release
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

Roy Zimmerman: CD Release

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ROY ZIMMERMAN

Funny Songs About Ignorance, War & Greed
CD Release: RIZE UP

Tickets: $25 General Admission / $22 Advance / $35 Gold Circle
Location: Dance Studio in The Addy (3rd Fl. at Proctors)

Tired of the current political horror show, do you need some laughter? Some encouragement? Perspective? Inspiration? Roy Zimmerman’s new album RiZe Up, a funny and forceful expression of resistance in the time of Trump. Here you’ll find a dozen songs, some of his delicious song parodies which boast tens of millions of views on social media, and some new tour de force originals to inspire laughter and renewed resolve. 

RiZe Up is a big Americana romp. It’s unapologetically far left, its title song inspired by the audacious activism of the students from Marjorie Stoneman Doulas High School.

Over 20 years on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. His YouTube videos have garnered over seven million views, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

He co-writes with his wife Melanie Harby, formerly Joni Mitchell’s guitar tech, performer in the Broadway production of Quilters, children’s author and director. Oh, how we ‘d love to spend an afternoon in the car with this uber-prolific duo! But we’ll settle for an evening of explosive laughter before the upcoming Midterms.


I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don’t just ‘rhyne.’

- TOM LEHRER


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