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St. Aidan's Episcopal Church | 8531 Riverside Road | Alexandria, VA 22308 | Focus info: (703)380-3151 | MC: Herb Cooper-Levy

Most concerts are Saturdays at 7pm. Most tickets are $15 in advance (or for members) or $18 at the door.


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Saturday, August 23, 2014: Al Petteway & Amy White, plus Allison Shapira

Tickets $15 / $18

Al and Amy         

Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.

Before moving from the Washington, DC area to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Al & Amy won 50 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association. They won an INDIE from The Association for Independent Music, and Al won a GRAMMY from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Al was voted one of the Top 50 Guitarists of all time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and in 2008 he won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazine’s “Players’ Choice Awards.”

Al & Amy’s music was featured throughout the soundtrack of the 2009 Ken Burns EMMY-winning documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. And in 2010, their album, Caledon Wood, (which includes the main theme of the National Parks documentary) was counted among the essential albums of the past 20 years in the Acoustic Guitar Magazine 20th anniversary issue. 


Allison Shapira         

With “a voice that’s simultaneously rich, honeyed, dense, and altogether quite beautiful…” Allison Shapira is a recovering opera singer inspired by Joan Baez and Judy Collins. In the summer of 2012, she left her job in Boston and went to Europe with a travel guitar; she performed in 4 countries and returned to the US to release her first original album, Coming Home. She lives and performs in Washington, DC, though she’s known around the world as “Allison from Boston.”

Saturday, September 20, 2014: Slaid Cleaves

Tickets $18 / $20

Slaid         

Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”

Accordingly, Cleaves’ earthy narratives stand oak strong. “Men go off to war for a hundred reasons/But they all come home with the same demons,” he sings on the album’s title track. “Some you can keep at bay for a while/Some will pin you to the floor/You’ve been home for a couple of years now, buddy/But you’re still fighting the war.” Few writers frame bruised souls as clearly. Fewer still deliver a punch with such striking immediacy.

Saturday, November 8, 2014: Modern Man, plus Kipyn Martin

Tickets $15 / $18

George, David and Rob         

Back despite public demand: It’s Modern Man!

A cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers - David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach are three celebrated singers and songwriters, “terrific instrumentalists with gorgeous voices and hilarious wits.” Together they quickly redefined something-or-other and delighted audiences as they interweaved themes ranging from God to Godzilla, from manliness to cluelessness, from ESPN to the FBI with a vocal blend that has not been heard since Ella and F. Scott Fitzgerald went their separate ways.

Said Showbusiness Weekly: “Buskin, Carlson and Wurzbach should be arrested for being so funny.” Or as Back Stage put it: “…these guys are the Thomas Alva Edisons of humor. They’re inventive. You know, the bulb goes on.”

Kipyn         

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Mid-Atlantic singer/songwriter whose voice has been hailed as “an instrument of unrefined purity” (Leicester Bangs) and “the most pure voice I’ve ever heard” (Karin Fuller, the Charleston Gazette). Her song Nightbird won the Director’s Choice Award at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.