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Guy Van DuserGuitar League Tenth Anniversary Show and Meeting

Our friends at the Guitar League will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a special edition of their regular Monday meeting. On April 6, legendary guitar virtuoso Guy Van Duser will perform, with Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb opening. It all starts at 6:30 p.m. at their usual Clarion Hotel location. Congrats to the Guitar League!

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Brooks Williams
Great songs, a smooth vibe, and wicked blues-guitar licks from a long-time Folkus favorite.

Friday, April 10, 2015
(note special second Friday schedule)
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

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

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“A consummate artist, Williams ranks among America's musical treasures.” - Dirty Linen

Voted one of the Top 100 Artists by WUMB-Radio Boston, Brooks Williams is a musician of staggering depth and breath, with an easy-going vocal delivery, groove-laden songs, and monstrous guitar chops. Williams is one of the most versatile and entertaining performers on the acoustic roots music scene today. Williams is a genre defying guitarist singer songwriter. He walks the line between blues and Americana, but there’s a bit of jazz and rockabilly thrown in for good measure. Imagine Doc Watson, Willie Nelson, Lonnie Johnson and Blind Boy Fuller sitting in a bar having a jam!

Born in Statesboro, Georgia – from the land of blues legend Blind Willie McTell – Williams has southern roots that took hold of his music when he moved to Boston in his late teens. It was there, in the little clubs and bars of New York and New England, that he developed his sound, playing 5-6 nights a week. The mid-week gigs were in raucous bars (think Blues Brothers and chicken wire and you’re nearly there!) with Williams typically playing for four hours without stopping. The weekend gigs were in quiet coffeehouses (the same ones that year’s earlier featured the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, and Tracy Chapman) where audiences hung on every riff and lyric. Williams learned his trade between these two extremes.

“He possesses a melodic virtuosity on the guitar that runs like liquid from his fingers...” - The Irish News

No stranger to the studio, Williams has, at last count, an amazing 20 CDs to his name, including New Everything (2013), Baby O! (2010), State Of The Union (2012), The Time I Spend With You (2008), and Knife Edge (1996). He has been played on the BBC in the UK, CBC in Canada and NPR in the USA. He can also be heard on Satellite and Internet radio throughout the world. In February 2014 he was nominated best male vocalist by the UK’s folk roots mavens, Spiral Earth.

A road warrior, in the truest sense, Williams has toured throughout the world including the USA, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Turkey, France, Italy, The Netherlands and Africa. Appearances include Shrewsbury Folk Festival in England, New Bedford Folk Festival in Massachusetts, Celtic Connections in Scotland, Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival, Marlborough Jazz Festival and Moab Folk Festival. Over the years he has shared the stage with such music luminaries as Taj Mahal, Eddie Reader, Little Feet, Shawn Colvin and Chris Smither, and Leo Kottke to name but a few.

“Deft, tasteful guitar chops.” - Rolling Stone

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Beer Belly DeliThanks to the Beer Belly Deli

. . . for providing meals for our visiting performers. The Beer Belly is a fun little Brooklyn-style gastro-pub on Westcott Street (in the former Seven Rays location). They have great ambience, an eclectic menu, reasonable prices, and (last we heard) a Monday night old-time music jam. Please stop by, have some sweet-potato tots and eggplant "wings," and tell them you appreciate their helping Folkus. > website

 
Songwriter Woodshed
A meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page / e-mail list. Next Meeting: April 1


Later This Season

Easy RamblersAt the Westcott Center . . .

The Easy Ramblers
SAMMY Award winners brings their unique brand of “Easy Grass” to the Westcott Community Center.

Saturday, April 11 • 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

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The Easy Ramblers — Eddie Zacholl (guitar), Maureen Henesey (mandolin), and Dann Mather (bass) — are from the Central New York area, and have quickly become a favorite regional acoustic act. Their music is a mix of originals and hand-picked covers from the likes of Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss, Hot Rize, Peter Rowan and The Infamous Stringdusters. With one listen, you will come to realize there is a special chemistry with the blending of these three creative individuals. They have put together a fine collection that listeners who prefer their bluegrass with a healthy dose of folk and old-time should appreciate. You hear craftsmanship, clever compositions, simplicity. Music that is old and new, fun at the same time, layered with Maureen’s soaring vocal capabilities.


Eliza GilkysonEliza Gilkyson w/ Jim Henry
This 2015 Grammy nominee is a widely respected songwriter and a legend of the Falcon Ridge contemporary folk scene.

Friday, April 17, 2015
8 p.m. / $20

Member price: $17 (see members link below)

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

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Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk, roots, and Americana circles. Gilkyson’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy."

Her latest release, The Nocturne Diaries, was nominated this year for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album; it's a journey through the dark night of the soul that ends at the light of dawn with a sense of gratitude, a renewed commitment to care, and a stubborn little ray of hope. Her CD Land of Milk and Honey was also so nominated. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio, and has toured as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside such legends as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith and has won Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year. Gilkyson was also recently listed as #6 on the Top Artists of 2014 on the FOLKDJ listserve.

Gilkyson will be accompanied by veteran folk instrumentalist Jim Henry. A dexterous guitar master and talented songwriter, Henry has garnered praise for his work with the Sun Dogs, Brooks Williams, and the Burns Sisters, as well as for his solo albums, including Jacksonville.

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Emma's Revolution
Beautiful harmonies and engaging, intelligent lyrics. Music with the strength of its convictions.

Friday, May 1, 2015
8 p.m. / $18

Member price: $15 (see members link below)

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

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Smart, funny, informative — like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning, activist musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow. With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, Emma's Revolution writes songs that become traditions. Their music is infused with inspiration from the legacy of music for social change. It is infectiously energizing, imbued with warmth, hope and humor and the power to turn tears into laughter, cynicism into action.

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At the Westcott Center . . .

Colleen Kattau and Dos XX
Socially conscious modern folk with a Latin flair.

Saturday, May 9 • 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

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Kattau is a bi-lingual singer/songwriter whose music joins rhythms of Latin America with her own roots in rock and folky jazz-laced compositions. Her innovative poetic lyrics cover a wide and varied range from soulful sensual songs to rise-up-and-change-the-world anthems. Dos XX formed in 2012 with Kattau on vocals, rhythm guitar, & ukelele; Jane Zell on lead guitar and vocals; Connie Walters on percussion and vocals; and Mike Brandt on electric bass. They call themselves "a Latin-fem-folk fusion of bilingual originals and songs in Spanish, French and even a little Arabic." Dos XX blends Zell’s bluesy flair with Kattau’s and Walters’s passion for world music rhythms and vocal stylings to create music that leaps out of the ordinary and gets audiences moving.


Seth Glier
His show in February ’13 was among the more eye-opening of recent vintage. Glier returns (with accompanying sax and bass) to close our season.

Friday, May 15, 2015
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

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

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Despite his relatively young age, Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Glier has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. He’s shared the stage with the likes of James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Ryan Adams, and Emmylou Harris, and has quickly become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar.

His music has caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike. Building on the acclaim of his Grammy nominated sophomore album The Next Right Thing, Glier’s subsequent record Things I Should Let You Know was called “a genuine revelation” by Blurt magazine, and was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its “shimmering, seductive melodies”.

Glier will be joined on stage by accomplished saxophonist Joe Nerney and Marc Seedorf on bass.

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The Venues
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 / how to get there
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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

Mary Golunka • Kellish Farm • Sa 3/28 • website

Guy Van Duser • Guitar League 10th Anniversary • Mo 4/6 • website

Aztec Two-Step • Oswego Music Hall • Sa 4/11 • 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


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