Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Brooklyn Folk Festival Preview Concert and Barn Dance To Benefit St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church

Saturday, March 11, 7:30 pm.
Parish Hall, 157 Montague St., Brooklyn Heights
The Brooklyn Folk Festival will preview its ninth year with a Concert and Barn Dance at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, March 11, 7:30 pm.  The event is a fundraiser to benefit St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church by helping to cover some of the costs of ongoing repairs in the historic sanctuary.
The evening will feature musical performances by folk singer Eli Smith, and renowned Balkan music duo Eva Salina & Peter Stan. Square dancing with caller Dave Harvey and NYC Barn Dance will follow.
The Brooklyn Folk Festival will take place in the church Friday through Sunday, April 28-30, 2017.
“The Brooklyn Folk Festival wishes to express our gratitude for the continued hospitality of St. Ann’s Church and its people. All the proceeds of this event will go to the church to help them preserve the folk festival’s home for the past three years. We are thankful and delighted that they have been able to complete work in the sanctuary in time for us to continue our tradition there uninterrupted,” said Smith, a Festival organizer with Lynette and Geoff Wiley.
St. Ann’s rector, the Rev. John Denaro, said, “The Brooklyn Folk Festival brings joy to so many people, including us at St. Ann’s. We thank the Festival for its generous offer of the Concert and Barn Dance to help restore our building. This model of partnership helps to support the growing use of our unique space for music, arts and community forums.”
April marks the 170th anniversary of the landmark church building. First opened in 1847 in the heart of the growing City of Brooklyn, the structure is an architectural treasure that was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
Music, art and civic discourse are at the center of the parish’s community outreach through the The Forum @ St. Ann’s, which was launched in 2013 and has presented numerous timely exhibitions and performances to great acclaim. 
St. Ann’s has commenced a long-needed maintenance and repair program for the sanctuary and church tower. The fundraising goal in 2017 is $350,000 to cover outstanding and continuing costs, which will be followed by a long-term capital program and renewed fundraising beginning next year.
Festival Preview Concert Pricing
$20 - basic admission to the benefit Concert and Barn Dance
$50 - admission to the show + ticket to Sunday of the Brooklyn Folk Festival
$100 - admission to the show + tickets to Saturday and Sunday of the Brooklyn Folk Festival

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Leland Sundries at Folk Alliance

Midnight – First-Timers II (725) 11pm – LilFest I (727)

Thursday: 10:30pm – 3rd Coast Music Presenters: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus (627) in the round w/ Spook Handy and Geoff Himes 1:30am – LilFest I (727) 2:45am – Green Room Music Source (656)

Friday: 2:30am – Access Film Music ORANGE (754)

Saturday 3pm – LilFest II (728)

The Suitcase Junket 'Pile Driver' album trailer

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Suitcase Junket "The Next Act" video



Million-plus mile troubadour Peter Mulvey’s producer Ani DiFranco has weighed in on Mulvey’s new album ‘Are You Listening?,’ out March 24 on her Righteous Babe Records. She says, "Mulvey has been honing his craft for many a decade and it shows. He can play some badass guitar, sing to touch your heart, and write a song that will knock you down, and by knock you down, I mean lift you up." Of ‘Are You Listening?’ she says, "This record is pure, timeless Mulvey goodness. Supported by a spare but badass backing band, the sound here is organic and real and unaffected by the whims of fashion.”
Mulvey is launching a tour that’s set to hit New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Alaska, among other spots. He recently taped a video session with NPR’s Folk Alley.
Last month, Mulvey raised approximately $8,500 for a variety of non-profits during a 12-hour Concert Window show that saw him play around 100 songs with none repeated. Beneficiaries are the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Relief International, and Public Allies.
Peter Mulvey Tour Dates
February 15 - Tales from the Tavern - Santa Ynez, CA (w/ Heather Maloney)                 
February 16 - Brick 15 - Del Mar, CA (w/ Heather Maloney)
February 18 - Hotel Café - Los Angeles, CA (w/ Heather Maloney)
February 19 - Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse - Berkeley, CA (w/ Heather Maloney)
February 22 - North Star Theatre - Cordova, AK                
February 23 - Bunnell Street Arts Center - Homer, AK                  
February 24 - Latitude 62 - Talkeetna, AK                      
February 25 – TapRoot - Anchorage, AK (w/ w/ Heather Maloney, Anna Tivel)             
February 26 - Vagabond Blues - Palmer, AK (w/ Heather Maloney, Anna Tivel)   
March 9 - The Walnut Room - Denver, CO             
March 10 - Friends House Concerts - Colorado Springs, CO                      
March 11 - Old San Ysidro Church - Corrales, NM            
March 12 - Kitchen Sink Studio - Santa Fe, NM                 
March 17 - The Etude Sessions @ Paradigm - Sheboygan, WI                    
March 18 - Lost Moth Gallery - Egg Harbor, WI                
March 19 - Cafe Carpe - Fort Atkinson, WI            
March 24 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 - New York, NY
March 25 - Philadelphia Folksong Society - Philadelphia, PA         
March 26 - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA                     
April 1 - Beal House - Kingston, MA                      
April 2 - Nelson Odeon - North Cazenovia, NY                  
April 6 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA                  
April 7 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA                  
April 8 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA

Monday, February 13, 2017

Peter Mulvey bio

“Art should prepare us for tenderness” – Anton Chekov, as quoted by Peter Mulvey

“Guess I colored a bit outside the lines but that's me,” Peter says, after returning an email interview with some unconventional answers. It’s an apt description of his own career, which started in the subways of Boston and on the streets of Dublin and has seen Mulvey through 25 years as a recording artist. His journey has been marked by departures from the norm: an album recorded in the Boston subways; annual tours by bicycle; performing Tom Waits’ uncategorizable album ‘Rain Dogs’ live; 12-hour live performances in person and on the internet, often for worthy beneficiaries; and an album of spoken-word letters to his young nieces and nephews. Twenty-five years in and still fired up, he traveled to New Orleans to record his latest, ‘Are You Listening?’ with Ani DiFranco producing at her Big Blue studio. In February, DiFranco Tweeted, “Can’t wait for folks to hear it! What a beaut this one is, what a joy it was to make.”

‘Are You Listening?’ is his Righteous Babe Records debut with a March 24, 2017 release. As DiFranco says, "Mulvey has been honing his craft for many a decade and it shows. He can play some badass guitar, sing to touch your heart, and write a song that will knock you down – and by knock you down, I mean lift you up."

Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Tin Pan Alley, spoken word, and Americana. His spoken word piece “Vlad the Astrophysicist,” which arose from a conversation at his recurring gig at the National Youth Science Camp, became a TEDx talk and then, in 2016, an illustrated book. In 2007, he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car or airplane – the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has also taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.

Seeing a Mulvey show is like sitting in the living room with a keenly observant friend and raconteur, albeit one who’s also a dazzling fingerpicking guitarist and a master of alternate tunings; an astute poet; a social and political activist; a world traveler; and a great listener. On the album, Mulvey semi-jokingly opines, “I’m a pretty good listener, I get it from my mother.”

Listening emerges as the central theme: listening to a friend’s troubles; listening for the heart of America (as in “Which One Were You (For Trayvon Martin)”; listening to the bullied as well as for the insecurities of the bully (“Just Before the War”); listening to the earthly creatures around us with tenderness (invoking that Chekov quote in "Winter Poem"); listening for the path through hardship (“It Can Get You By”); listening to what’s happening in the moment instead of ceding to the stimulation of one’s phone (“D.I.A”); and listening for the song in a newly resurrected guitar (the title track, written in just three minutes, spilled whole from a 1957 Martin.)

“Just Before The War” is a step inside a bully’s head. Peter explains, “The narrator presents as a truly awful person. Still, I felt sympathy for him as the story unfolded. Every bully got damaged some way or other. That’s worth remembering, especially these days.” Meanwhile, “The Other Morning Over Coffee” gives us a narrator listening to a friend's troubles for the umpteenth time: listening without judgement.

Musically, the sure hand of Ani and her touring band, bassist Todd Sickafoose (who has also played with Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell, and Nels Cline) and drummer Terence Higgins (who has also backed New Orleans legends Allen Toussaint and Fats Domino as well as Norah Jones), along with newcomer Anna Tivel, shape the songs as they run the gamut from the full-on Americana rocker “The Last Song” to the jazzy dissonance of “The Details.”

The friendship between DiFranco and Mulvey deepened in the summer of 2015. Mulvey was opening a run of shows for her when the shootings at the Emanuel Church in Charleston occurred. In the basement of the Calvin Theater in Northampton, after a long heart-to-heart conversation among the band members, Mulvey went into his dressing room and wrote “Take Down Your Flag.” He sang it twenty minutes later, and as he came offstage, DiFranco asked him to teach her the song. She sang it two days later, and substituted her own verse, written for Tywanza Sanders (one of the victims) in place of Mulvey’s verse for Susie Jackson. Within a few days, their versions were posted to YouTube and over the next few weeks, hundreds of songwriters added their own versions, including Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, and Jeff Daniels, reaching 200,000 cumulative views. This movement also led to an online benefit concert for the Charleston community.

Mulvey’s first love is playing music in a room for other people. He has performed some 4,000 concerts and traveled over a million miles to do it. He expects to continue to play upwards of 100 concerts a year this year and every year. DiFranco isn’t the only A-list supporter. Mulvey has shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Greg Brown, the Indigo Girls, and many others, and media have long praised his work.

NPR Music’s Bob Boilen has called his music “beautiful…. touching.”

Rolling Stone.com hailed his music ”haunting... A voice lush and hushed that occasionally sinks into a whisper."

The Washington Post said, "The subtle power of his voice, a husky, hushed baritone... understated, at once sophisticated and intimate ... song as cover-worthy as Randy Newman or Elvis Costello."

All Music testified, "For sheer musicianship, it is difficult to think of many contemporary guitar playing singer-songwriters who can claim superiority to Peter Mulvey."

With the forthcoming release of ‘Are You Listening?,’ more ears will turn Mulvey’s way as well.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ani DiFranco Tweet on Peter Mulvey

Monday, February 6, 2017


Powered by early buzz from NPR All Things Considered, The Boot, Impose, and Pokey LaFarge, Beth Bombara’s ‘Map & No Direction’ (March 3) represents a musical high point for the rising Americana and rock & roll artist.
Rounder Records artist and fellow St. Louisian Pokey LaFarge, with whom she has shared the stage, shared, "Recall the times you were so filled with melancholy you couldn't help but singing. We rarely have the words to describe these feelings and it can leave you in a daze. Beth Bombara's words and the desperation with which she so honestly conveys them will leap like sunshine into your heart."
Bombara spoke with NPR about the effect the Affordable Care Act has had on her and her husband and the larger community of musicians she knows while NPR played excerpts from two new songs.
She has confirmed an official Folk Alliance showcase on February 15 at 9:15pm as well as a taping of Music City Roots on March 22 and an additional Nashville concert at the Family Wash March 16.
In premiering the first single and title track “Map & No Direction,” The Boot said, “The St. Louis-based Bombara has been slowly building buzz as a new Americana artist.”
Meanwhile, Impose Mag talked with her, saying, "St. Louis, Missouri artist Beth Bombara creates holistic music that resonates with an earnest glow that shines through the dour storm clouds of today's complicated times... Winning hearts up & down the festival circuits, Bombara makes music that mirrors the various highs & lows of creativity, destruction, successes & failures that are acknowledged as honest observations of our shared human orders of daily, moment to moment existences."
The title track and first single “Map & No Direction’ is out now on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and elsewhere with the full album to follow March 3.