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This Friday, December 19. . .

Syracuse Community Choir
Winter Solstice Concert

Info at SCC website



Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb
Loren Barrigar & Mark MazengarbThe area's favorite international guitar duo is moving over to May Memorial for this year's annual show.

Friday, January 9, 2015
(note special second Friday date)
8 p.m. / $18

Member price: $15 (see members link below)

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

Artists' website / YouTube clip

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“Fresh and Exciting… these guys ROCK!!” - Tommy Emmanuel, Australian guitar virtuoso

The international duo of Loren Barrigar (from Central New York) and Mark Mazengarb (from New Zealand) first met at a quite camp with Tommy Emmanuel in 2005 and have been touring extensively on both the USA and Europe ever since.They share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians. Their varied repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar duets as well as songs, giving them wide appeal. Their music is influenced by Bluegrass, Jazz, and Old-time/Country; their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals and some beautiful harmonies from Mark. Loren and Mark have headlined guitar festivals in both the USA and Europe and their fan base is rapidly increasing. In the short time the pair have been together, they have attracted the attention of several notable industry artists which has seen them perform with guitar sensation Tommy Emmanuel and record with 5-time Grammy winner Lloyd Maines.

“They create a brilliant stereo sound of two fine guitarists. I listened to their CD from front to end...pretty amazing"- Lloyd Maines, multiple Grammy award winning producer

Loren Barrigar started playing guitar when he was only four years old, and by the time he was six, he played the Chet Atkins hit “Yackety Axe” in front of thousands of country music fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He went on to study with Jimmy Atkins (Chet’s brother), which led to a touring career with his family band from Nashville to Las Vegas. Since settling in Central New York, he has been in constant demand as a studio musician. He produced and played on the #1 rated CD in Syracuse, Dusty Pascal’s “Home” (2007). His finely-honed songwriting skills have launched his melodies on NBC’s hit show “ER”, “The Young and the Restless”, and on a Christmas CD with BB King and Patti Labelle. He has also recorded with Multiple Grammy winner and legendary producer Lloyd Maines. His 2008 album “Dance with Me” received a Syracuse Area Music Award for Best Country Album of 2009.

Mark Mazengarb began his formal musical training in Wellington New Zealand where he completed his Bachelor of Music Degree through the Conservatorium of Music, majoring in classical guitar (performance). In his final year, Mark undertook an exchange to the University of North Carolina where he discovered the world of Bluegrass and the music of guitar greats Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed. Since then he has become hooked on finger-style guitar playing, and has also become a highly accomplished jazz, folk and bluegrass musician. At the Auckland Folk Festival in 2008, he was the recipient of the Frank-Winter memorial Award, given to aspiring young musicians with clear musical goals. In 2010 Mark was invited, with Loren Barrigar, to perform as a guest artist at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society's annual convention in Nashville. Mark has toured extensively throughout New Zealand, the USA and Europe.

Loren and Mark recorded their first album together in the summer of 2011 which won a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album at the Northeast Music Industry Conference, and their most recent album Onward (released August 2012) also won a SAMMY for Best Americana Album. The title track Onward won first place at the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA 2013) for best instrumental.

"Barrigar belongs on that short list of the very best local performers who can hold their own on any stage." -- Larry Hoyt, WAER

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Songwriter WoodshedA meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page. Next Meeting: Jan. 7


Later This Season

At the Westcott Center . . .

  Colin Aberdeen

Colin Aberdeen
The long-time front man for Los Blancos proves himself to be a commanding soloist and charming raconteur.

Saturday, January 17 • 8 p.m. • $10
(note special third Saturday date)
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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Joe Crookston
The Ithaca-based troubadour oozes warmth and humanity while delivering some of the most appealing story-songs around.

Friday, January 23, 2015
(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.

Artists' website / YouTube clip

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Joe Crookston has long been a Folkus favorite. Based in Ithaca, Crookston is a multi-instrumentalist, and his mastery of guitar, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and accordion fuses both contemporary and traditional elements. His music is deeply rooted in the grand celebration of life, death, ancestry, and the interconnectedness of us all.

Crookston is also a writer, eco-village member, and believer in all things possible. His songwriting is that of a social archaeologist — stories of amber eyes, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Grandmother Moons, Galway heather, meter maids, and silver crowns. His story songs are universal and masterful, and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us.

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Aztec Two-Step
The legendary '70s-era folk rockers make their Folkus debut, celebrating the 40th anniversary of a classic album.

Friday, February 6, 2015
8 p.m. / $20

Member price: $17 (see members link below)

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

Artists' website / YouTube clip

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Bursting on the scene in 1972 with their critically acclaimed self-titled debut on Elektra Records, Aztec Two-Step became staples of progressive FM and college radio, and helped usher the music of the 1960s into the '70s and beyond. Since then, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together and continue to be one of acoustic music's most respected and enduring acts.

It’s been forty years since the 1975 release of legendary folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step’s Second Step album on RCA records, and at this show Rex & Neal will celebrate by performing the album straight through in its entirety. The album includes favorites such as "Faster Gun," "It’s Going on Saturday," "Cosmos Lady," and "Humpty Dumpty." The second set of the evening’s concert will include other ATS classics.

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At the Westcott Center . . .

 

Merry Mischief / Genesee Ted
A double-bill combining two of the area's most musically uplifting acts — Merry Mischief's renaissance-ready period music meets Ted's combo of old-timey, bluegrass, and classic country.

Saturday, February 14 • 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

 


The KennedysThe Kennedys
Songwriter sensibilities and harmonies, mixed with sometimes campy (and always fun) pop traditions. Oh, and did we mention Pete's guitar?

Friday, February 20, 2015
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

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

Artists' website / YouTube clip

The Kennedys' history with Folkus dates all the way back to Happy Endings Cake & Coffeehouse, where their pop-inflected acoustic duets — driving rhythm guitars, kitschy on-stage choreography, boisterous harmonies, and Pete's mind-blowing six-string solos — poked a hole in the usually somber and restrained troubadour fare of the day.

Since then, in a career that now spans two decades, Pete and Maura (the latter hailing from Syracuse) have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock (rooted in their time in Austin), and a Byrds-inspired jangle. Their sound has attracted the attention of audiences everywhere — and of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. (They produced Nanci's latest CD and frequently tour with her.) The Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. All topped off by some of the most astonishing instrumental licks ever to grace our stage.

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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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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 / 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

Syracuse Community Choir • Solstice Concert • Fr 12/19 • 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