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contemporary folk music in Monmouth County?
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Saturday 5/19/2018 7:30 PM
After writing more than a dozen albums of songs in styles ranging from folk/rock to Tin Pan Alley to gospel, country and chamber music, what might a woman deemed by National Public Radio as “The Empress of the Unexpected” try next? In addition to writing “Bull Durham, The Musical,” based on the beloved 1986 MGM film, Susan released a new album “An American in Havana”, chronicling her love of Cuban music refined on recent visits to Cuba.
And as audiences will testify, Werner’s been knocking it out of the park – or, concert hall – all around the US for twenty years. Renowned as a charismatic performer, she’s known above all for challenging herself to conquer new styles, almost like mountaintops, every few years. From her 1995 major label debut on BMG/Private Music, the folk/rock gem “Last of the Good Straight Girls,” to her 2004 Koch Records collection of Tin Pan Alley styled originals “I Can’t Be New,” to her 2007 “agnostic gospel” hymnal “The Gospel Truth,” to 2013’s tribute to agriculture and her Iowa farm roots “Hayseed,” Werner’s creative restlessness has become her defining characteristic.
She first arrived on the national stage when her 1995 debut earned her national concert tours with Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson. In 1996 Werner was featured as part of the “next generation” in Peter Paul and Mary’s PBS special LifeLines. She has performed on NPR’s World Café three times, NPR’s Mountain Stage nine times, and in August 2016 Nebraska Educational Television broadcast “The Land Will Outlive Us All,” a one hour special on Werner, agriculture, and her 2015 concert tour across the state.
Come see this prodigious talent, and share in her musicality and passions!
Saturday 6/16/2018 7:30 PM
Seth Glier is a young, very talented folk/pop songwriter and performer from western Massachusetts. He’s recorded 5 albums, ranging from acoustic folk to more pop-oriented material (grounded in singer-songwriter themes). He has toured with artists including Ronnie Spector, Ryan Adams, and Ani DiFranco.
His lastest CD Birds began taking shape after Glier lost his nonverbal autistic brother, Jamie, who died in October 2015, and inspired a TED Talk that Glier gave in 2016. “My brother passing away was a huge component of where I was and what I was looking for,” Glier says. “In particular, I was looking for meanings, wanting his life to mean more than just being over.” Glier is an outspoken advocate for autism awareness and has been a national spokesperson for the Autism awareness organization Autism Speaks. The CD also deals with topics including fracking, race and criminal justice, and the birds outside his windowsill.
Glier's 2011 album, The Next Right Thing, for which he recorded his own vocals in his parents’ basement was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical." In 2011, he took home Best Love Song for his track "Naia" at the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. In 2012, "Next Right Thing" won Best Social Action Song at the Independent Music Awards.
Seth’s intelligence and thoughtfulness, added to his songwriting and singing skills and musicianship on keyboard and guitar, make him a striking artist in concert. He will be accompanied by his long-time friend, sax and harmonica player extraordinaire Joe Nerney.
Saturday 9/15/2018 7:30 PM
The End of America
The End of America is a band of friends, singers, and travelers who blend three-part vocal harmony with folk-rock and Americana. The Philadelphia-based outfit harnesses a style that resonates with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes.
All frontmen of previous bands, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005. They went on to form a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and captures the raw honesty of their performances. TEOA recently released their debut LP (self-titled), a follow-up to their previous EPs, Shakey and Steep Bay. With the album released, the band has spent the last year in a heavy rotation of touring. Anyone who has seen TEOA can attest to their powerful harmonies and stage presence.
The End of America has performed at SXSW, Savannah Stopover and the Philadelphia Folk Fest. They have shared the stage with Graham Nash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform for his Song Reader sheet music release show. The trio's appearance at the show aired live on KCRW and received praise from Spin, Filter and The Hollywood Reporter.
Saturday 10/13/2018 7:30 PM
Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.
Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.
In 2015, “Take Down Your Flag”, his song about the victims of the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, reached 200,000 people when many songwriters, including Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, & Jeff Daniels, re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the song. This movement led to an online benefit concert, and a deepening of the friendship between Mulvey and DiFranco. Early in 2016 DiFranco produced “Are You Listening?”, Peter Mulvey’s 17th record.
Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.
Saturday 11/17/2018 7:30 PM
Alice Howe, Kirsten Maxwell, Freebo
Boston-based young singer-songwriter Alice Howe is making big waves in the folk world. Her EP You've Been Away So Long debuted on the April Folk-DJ charts with a #1 song - "Homeland Blues" - and #11 album. "Homeland Blues" went on to become the #7 song for all of 2017. Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters. In the last year, she was a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, an Official Showcase Artist at FAR-West, and a Semi-Formal Showcase Artist at NERFA. She’s currently working with Freebo on her first full-length album. According to Vance Gilbert, “How can a singer-songwriter have a voice like a broken angel's bell and write songs that could be a week or a hundred years old all at once? Alice Howe, that's how.”
Freebo really shouldn’t need an introduction to music fans. He first came to most people’s attention as long-time bass player with Bonnie Raitt in the 1970’s. Since then, he’s played with Ringo Starr, John Mayall, John Hall, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Willy DeVille, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Maria Muldaur, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright, and many others. More recently, Freebo has been concentrating on his songwriting and guitar playing, evidenced on his 2015 album “If Not Now When”. His lyrics touch on social commentary, spiritual quest, life, love, dogs, and the human condition.
Kirsten Maxwell also is familiar to Earth Room Concerts audiences, having appeared with Matt Nakoa in March, 2017. She is a Long Island based singer/songwriter who has toured extensively in the U.S., released one album and recorded an EP, won a number of songwriting competitions and performed at festivals on the East Coast and in Texas. Her buzz in the music industry and grassroots following doubled in the past year and the expected release of her new self-titled EP has her fans on the edge of their seats. In December, Kirsten opened for rock icon Melissa Etheridge. She has also shared stages with Bill Staines, Michael Johnson, Slaid Cleaves, Vance Gilbert, and Nicole Atkins.
These 3 artists have appeared together in-the-round, and their obvious friendship and rapport allows them to enhance each other’s songs (vocally and instrumentally), making this a wonderful opportunity to experience 2 exciting up-and-comers and 1 industry veteran.