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Colin AberdeenSpecial "3rd Saturday" Show
Colin Aberdeen
The Los Blancos front man is also a compelling solo artist.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
8 p.m. / $10
For reservations, call (315) 478-8634 before 4:30 on Friday.

Westcott Community Center
Corner of Euclid Ave and Westcott St, Syracuse, N.Y.

East of SU at the intersection of Euclid Ave and Westcott Street

artist's website / YouTube clip

Colin Aberdeen is known in Central New York as the front man for Los Blancos. Whether he's beltin' out the blues, melting the ladies with a little sweet soul music, or slinging slide guitar, Colin Aberdeen is a true-blue artisan of the roots.

When he's not armed with an electric guitar for shows with the band, Colin transforms into a down-home solo performer of original and traditional blues. He plays an extensive repertoire of delta slide and piedmont blues while engaging audiences with soulful vocals and a stage presence of wit and charm all his own. The voice, the guitar, the stories — they just get better when stripped to their elements.

In concert, Aberdeen plays a variety of original songs and covers. “No gadgets, no tricks, just songs as I hear them and can best present them,” he says. “I always feel a gig has gone well, when I get the feeling of sitting around with friends and kind of telling them about tunes I like, by just playing them. I love paying solo. It’s what I started out doing and feels very natural to me.”

Aberdeen has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. in his two decades of live performance and has earned a variety of awards in his career, including repeat honors of favorite guitarist and vocalist in Blues Connection and the Syracuse New Times.

“At the heart of the matter, Aberdeen’s dead serious about sharing his talents and love for roots music.” — Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard



The HeatonsMatt & Shannon Heaton
Traditional and updated Irish music on flute, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, and voices.

Friday, April 25, 2014
NOTE: Special 4th 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.

artist's website / YouTube clip

“Their playing is masterful and inventive, their arrangements city-smart and spacious.Still, they never forget that Irish music is, at its heart, a neighborly form meant for sharing, not showing off."
— Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

Matt and Shannon Heaton are poised, passionate performers with Irish-American roots and universal appeal. They are comfortable onstage and have a warm connection with their audiences. They move audiences with their love of traditional music (and each other), and their sense of adventure and fun in exploring new directions and possibilities. Musically speaking, the Heatons play the heck out of their instruments (Irish wood flute/accordion, guitar/bouzouki). When Matt and Shannon perform centuries-old songs, it feels current, conversational. They make traditional music relevant to American audiences. Like Richard Thompson or Nic Jones, the Heatons’ music comes from a traditional aesthetic, a devotion to strong traditional bones, and a passion for reaching out to the modern world around them. They are devoted to Irish traditional music and uplift listeners by connecting with each other and the people around them.

Shannon (Live Ireland's Female Musician of the Year 2010 and  2011) has been compared to Alison Krauss and Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh for her combination of vocal grace and instrumental prowess (Irish flute, button accordion). Matt combines a formal background in classical guitar with a restless imagination to provide a colorful, rhythmic foundation on both guitar and bouzouki.

For their previous album, Lover’s Well, they found the perfect balance of troubadour spirit and virtuoso musicianship. For their new one, Matt and Shannon have once again assembled an album of smartly arranged traditional ballads with deep Irish roots and fresh, modern sensibilities. “Tell You in Earnest,” commercially available April, is their fifth duo CD and features well-traveled “dialogue ballads” (each song is a conversation between two people, fitting for a husband-and-wife duo).

Since their move to Boston in 2001, the Heatons have become an integral part of Boston’s vibrant Irish music and neo-Celtic Acoustic scenes. Their music continues to evolve and is inspired by their work with fellow traditional musicians in and around New England (Matt also plays with Flynn Cohen’s Deadstring Ensemble and has an acclaimed CD of music for children; Shannon plays with Long Time Courting and Childsplay).

“I can think of no other couple I’d rather sit of an evening than Matt and Shannon Heaton. There is always great music, great laughs, and great love. These two are superb musicians and singers. Far more important, they are superb people."
— Bill Margeson, Irish Music Magazine

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


Later This Season

Rani ArboRani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
w/guest Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Scrambling genres around the seductive vocals and fiddle we've known since Rani's Salamander Crossing days.

Friday, May 2, 2014
8 p.m. / $18
Member price: $15 (see members link below)

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

artist's website / YouTube clip

Rani Arbo has very deep Folkus roots, dating back to Salamander Crossing appearances at Happy Endings Cake and Coffeehouse. Her band of 12-plus years, Daisy Mayhem, delivers a lively, soulful, and eclectic mix of 150 years of American music. Their originals range from blues, to bluegrass, to Unitarian funk gospel, to crooner swing, to spooky folk-pop. Of their signature style, Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Review wrote, “It’s as hard to classify as it is to praise highly enough…an intoxicating blend of roots music styles, with deep traditional roots and a healthy futuristic outlook. Strongly recommended.” The band is Rani (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, uke), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion).

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Leo CrandallLeo Crandall
Creative passion meets progressive blues in one of Syracuse's most enigmatic acts.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
8 p.m. / $10
For reservations, call (315) 478-8634 before 4:30 on Friday.

Westcott Community Center
Corner of Euclid Ave and Westcott St, Syracuse, N.Y.

artist's website / YouTube clip

Leo Crandall is a singer songwriter, musician, and composer — but that only scratches the surface. Performing primarily on the requinto and cello, Crandall (also lead singer/songwriter for the Gonstermachers) makes some of the most interesting and innovative sounds heard in Central New York, resulting in dozens of commissions for film scores, dance productions, theater performances, and accompaniment for visual arts installations. He recently toured Africa sponsored by the State Department (US Embassy in Senegal); has been nominated for Australia’s Bluestar Award; charted #14 nationally in Roots and Blues airplay; and have been the recipient of a Meet the Composer Grant and several commissions.


Tony TrischkaTony Trischka
The area's most famous almost-annual homecoming show is moving to May.

Friday, May 16, 2014
8 p.m. / $20
Member price: $17 (see members link below)

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

artist's website / YouTube clip / Syracuse New Times, March 2014

Tony Trischka is (a) the world's most important and best banjo player and (b) a native of Syracuse, N.Y. For years, Tony has treated Syracuse with frequent homecoming shows, bringing with him some of the very best musicians in bluegrass/Americana music. In recent times, those shows were held at the Westcott Center, until the place nearly burst at its seams. Now the tradition moves to May Memorial, where things just get bigger and better.

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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.)




Yum Yum'sYumYum
YumYum's Bakery provides gluten-free snacks to the concession counter at Folkus shows. (Their website.)

Ways to Help

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

  Bring Baked Goods to a Show!
The snack counter at Folkus shows features a mixture of store-bought and homemade goodies, but of course everyone prefers the homemade stuff! If you're a baker, next time you come to a show, bring a plate of cookies, brownies or such. Thanks.
  Help Get Our Posters Out There!
Join the Poster Club.. Give us your e-mail address and we'll send you Folkus show posters (as a PDF attachment). Print and post it wherever you like. To join, send an e-mail to posters@folkus.org.



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

Mike PowellMike Powell / Feb. 21 . . . Video at YouTube . . . Photos on Facebook MP3 recording of Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand, 3/8/14, at the Westcott Center: "Til the End of the World Rolls 'Round" More photos on Facebook:

 


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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 7:15)
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


Ticket Policy
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Note: If you have questions about your ticket purchase for a Friday show at May, please do not telephone May Memorial or the Westcott Center. Review our advance ticket policy and, if you still have questions, try e-mailing tickets@folkus.org. Thanks.


Spring PosterUPDATED! Help Us Publicize the Season! Please help us spread the word about upcoming shows. Download our new Spring 2014 poster, print it, put it up as many places as you can. Thanks. Download Here (PDF/1.3M)


Elsewhere in the Region

Jeff Haynes & Co. • Sa 4/19 • Oswego Music Hall • 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.com blog 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