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Natalia Zukerman
After she opened for Garnet Rogers last winter, this roots-oriented singer songwriter was an obvious choice for a headline appearance.

Friday, October 24, 2014
(note special fourth Friday date)
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Link to Facebook Event

artist's website / YouTube clip

“Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” – The New Yorker

With diverse influences that include folk, jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, country and even classical, Zukerman has been described by public radio as “an example of the finest Americana.” She has found a kinship in the earthiness and honesty of these styles of music. She combines her unique slide guitar playing style with seductive vocals, a painter’s observing eye, unapologetic writing and sharp wit.

Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, worked in mural arts in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays and paints in Brooklyn. The daughter of classical musicians Eugenia and Pinchas Zukerman, Natalia found her sound in other strings – those on slide guitar, lap steel, dobro.

“A strutting brass band one minute, a sighing lover the next.”
– The Boston Globe

Since 2001, Zukerman has released five studio albums and one live album – 2013′s Gypsies & Clowns. For the shows, Zukerman invited a big group of her musical friends to present over 20 songs from her catalogue, including the well-known tracks “Gas Station Roses,” “Brand New Frame” and “Howard Hughes.” Gypsies & Clowns typifies Zukerman’s artistic process, in that she’s a frequent collaborator on projects from fellow musicians such as Janis Ian, Willy Porter, Susan Werner, Melissa Ferrick, Erin McKeown, AG and Garrison Starr.

She also joined with well-known folk singer/songwriters Anne Heaton, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson for an album in 2009, titled Winterbloom. Zukerman has also performed at such festivals as Lilith Fair, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Michigan Womyns Fest, Rocky Mountain Folk Fest and more. Her latest album Come Thief, Come Fire was released in 2013 on Talisman Records.

“A wise mix of rootsy styles from torch blues to country swing. If you’re a fan of Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt, or even Amy Winehouse, you’ll find stuff to connect with here.” – Philadelphia Daily News

Natalia Zukerman: Advance Tickets No Longer Available
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Songwriter WoodshedA meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page. Next Meeting: Nov. 5


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Later This Season

Boxcar LiliesThe Boxcar Lilies
The darlings of last year's Falcon Ridge new-talent showcase make their Folkus debut.

Friday, November 7, 2014
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Link to Facebook Event

artist's website / YouTube clip

The Boxcar Lilies have quickly made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music featuring spine-tingling, innovative harmonies and top-notch songwriting. Accompanying themselves on guitar, clawhammer banjo, ukulele, electric bass, and washboard, they have brought their uniquely warm sound and energetic stage presence to venues up and down the Eastern seaboard, including The Birchmere Music Hall, Club Passim, and Philadelphia's Tin Angel, and opening for legendary performers like Bill Staines and The Seldom Scene. In 2012, they were selected to perform an official showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference and in 2013 won the audience voting in the Emerging Artist Showcase.

Based in Western Massachusetts, The Boxcar Lilies are Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall, and Katie Clarke — three singer-songwriters that met through a local musicians’ cooperative and discovered a shared passion for three-part harmony. They joined forces and in 2011 released their debut CD Heartwood, recorded with producer Dave Chalfant (Erin McKeown, The Nields). In 2013 they released their second studio album Sugar Shack which they recorded with producer Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis). The album debuted on the Folk DJ Charts at #2 this May and it was highlighted by both CMJ.com and eMusic.com in their roundup of exciting new releases.

The Boxcar Lilies: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
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At the Westcott Center . . .

  Upsouth

Upsouth
Old-time classic country and western swing, featuring Ithaca's Marie Burns & Mac Benford.

Saturday,November 8, 2014 • 8 p.m. • $15
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 478-8634

Westcott Community Center • 826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

 


Karen SavocaKaren Savoca & Pete Heitzman
Our favorite Munnsville-based funk-folkers return to the Folkus Project stage.

Friday, November 21, 2014
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Link to Facebook Event

artist's website / YouTube clip

Musical partners for more than twenty years, Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman got their start here in Central New York, performing at many a local joint as Mind's Eye. Then, thanks to a breakout appearance at Falcon Ridge, Pete and Karen became stars of the folk world, and now travel hither and yon (from their home base in Munnsville), performing for appreciative audiences. Every couple years they come home to Folkus.

Karen and Pete mix soul, r&b, roots and world rhythms, with Karen pouring her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role. Pete, a Syracuse native, was playing in clubs at the age of fifteen, carving out a reputation as an ace guitarist capable of playing many styles, touring across the country with a variety of bands. They met one night while Karen was at Syracuse University and performing locally; they jammed the night away and Pete joined Karen's group the next day.

Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Heitzman "a true virtuoso of groove, with a sly touch that, combined with Savoca's in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful vocals, gives the duo the impact of a four-piece band." Said Greg Brown (with whom they have toured extensively): "If [Karen] were a Native American, her name would be Sings Like Two Birds." The duo have released eight CDs on their own Alcove Records label, the latest of which is "Promise," recorded in their 19th century church studio.

Karen Savoca: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
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Holiday Show
Christine Lavin & Don White
Two of the funniest performers in folk music reflect on the lighter side of the holidays.

Friday, December 12, 2014
(note special second Friday date)
8 p.m. / $20

Member price: $17 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Lavin website / White website / YouTube clip

Christine Lavin is simply an institution within the singer-songwriter scene. Her zany wit and goofy antics have made her one of the most popular performers on the contemporary folk scene for two decades or more. She now makes frequent appearances with Don White who, like Lavin, walks the line between folk music and comedy. Audiences for their joint shows find their hearts lifted — and their guts split with giggle, snorts, and guffaws.

“As you watch Christine and Don, you tend to feel like you're making a friend, rather than admiring some distant star,” Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe wrote.

For their Folkus appearance, Lavin and White will mix some of their regular material with selections and observations especially chosen for the impending holidays.

Lavin/White: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
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At the Westcott Center . . .

  Ruddy Well

Ruddy Well Band
This up-and-coming contemporary acoustic string band — from Bluegrass to the Blues — is becoming one of the hottest folk/Americana acts in Central New York.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 • 8 p.m. • $10
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 478-8634

Westcott Community Center • 826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

 





Sparky TownLinda Sparky Mortimer
Thanks Sparky Town
. . . great supporters of Folkus

The good folks at Sparky Town restaurant provide meals for visiting artists and lots of other little favors to Folkus. We love Sparky Town! (Their website.)



Ways to Help

Volunteer for Folkus. Help staff a show. Help manage Folkus. For info, e-mail volunteer@folkus.org

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Past Shows on Facebook
Photos, videos, and recordings of some recent Folkus shows have been posted by Larry Hoyt:

Rani Arbo on YouTube
YouTube: See recent Rani Arbo appearance at Folkus

Mike PowellMike Powell / Feb. 21 . . . Video at YouTube . . . Photos on Facebook

Barnes & Noble Event . . . Photos from our September 2014 Barnes & Noble bookfair, also by Larry Hoyt, are at this Facebook page.

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May Memorial UU Society
First and third Friday of the month
All shows at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30)
3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse / website / how to get there

Westcott Community Center
Second Saturday of the month
All shows at 8 pm
Corner of Euclid Ave. and Westcott St., a half-mile east of SU / website / how to get there


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Elsewhere in the Region

Susquehanna String Band • Oswego Music Hall • Sa 10/25 • website


Friends of Folkus

Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble. Bill's bluegrass radio show (and associated events) date back almost as far as Bill Monroe himself! / website

CNY Bluegrass Association. Folk music's mountain-bred second cousin / website

"Common Threads." Folk music on the radio. / website

Guitar League. Talk and workshops about your ax. Meeting monthly / website

Irish Sessions. A great, ongoing jam of Celtic and old-timey types. Every Sunday / website

Kellish Farms. This Pompey Center farm has been converted into a music center, featuring concerts and jams of folk, bluegrass, and country types / website / Syracuse Post-Standard article

Oswego Music HallOswego Music Hall. One of upstate New York's most venerable music venues, in a beautiful location to boot! / website

Syracuse Community Choir. Songs of peace and social justice / website

Syracuse Country Dancers. Contra dances and the like / website


Join the CNY Friends of Folk listserv. For info: website