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


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Saturday, April 11, 2015: David Mallett, plus Friction Farm

7 p.m.; $20 / $25

Mallett         

As Sing Out has said about David Mallett, “Songwriting doesn’t get much better than this, and performing doesn’t get much more honest.” David Mallett’s songs are rooted in place and speak to the essential things that move us all. If you grow up in a small rural town, as Mallett did, you can’t help but learn its stories. He knows about the people who shouldn’t have stayed, but did, and those who shouldn’t have left, but did. The loss of American towns and rural landscapes is the subject of many of his songs, as are the issues of wilderness preservation and the struggle of the common man.

David’s classic songs have been recorded by Pete Seeger, John Denver, Marty Stuart, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss and others. But he also has created his own masterpieces in the past decade, with 5 CDs on his own North Road label. They include Artist In Me (acclaimed by Associated Press as one of the year’s best records), Midnight on the Water (a live CD), The Fable True (exploring the spoken word realm with a collection of Henry David Thoreau’s stories about his visits to Maine) and Alright Now (proclaimed “a masterpiece” by the Boston Globe).

Friction Farm         

Modern folk duo Friction Farm is guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay. Blending country, folk and pop into a seamless package, they bring a rare freshness and spontaneity to the stage. Their new CD “I Read Your Book” features songs each inspired by a different book. Friction Farm’s previous recording earned them a spot as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists in 2011. Miami New Times describes them as “melodious and infectious folk nuggets that couple pretty harmonies with a contemplative simplicity.”

Saturday, May 2, 2015: Joan & Joni Tribute Featuring Allison Shapira & Kipyn Martin, plus Adrianna Naomi

7 p.m.; $15 / $18

Allison and Kipyn         

This concert, co-produced with the Institute of Musical Traditions, is a follow-up to the Joan and Joni premiere of January 2015.

Joan & Joni is a tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell performed by DC-area singer-songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin. In Joan & Joni, Allison and Kipyn bring to the stage many of Joan Baez’s and Joni Mitchell’s well-known originals and folk songs, as well as a few hidden gems. They also highlight the impact these legendary women have had on their own songwriting and performance.

Allison and Kipyn are classically trained singers who met in November 2013. The recovering opera singer from Boston (Allison) and award-winning Americana singer-songwriter from West Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley soon realized their musical styles and influences were similarly shaped by the folk revival music of the 1960s. Before long, Joan & Joni was born.

Adrianna Naomi         

Adrianna Naomi is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and lifestyle blogger. Her music style is influenced by Maroon 5, Rihanna, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Her first single addresses domestic violence and women’s rights.

Saturday, June 13, 2015: Brother Sun, plus Jerry Bresee

7 p.m.; $15 / $18

Brother Sun         

National touring artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter’s round. The trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

From three major points on the map Boston, New York, and Chicago - Greg, Pat, and Joe have blended themselves into Brother Sun: a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the music of Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them – but rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki.

Jerry Bresee         

Jerry Bresee is known for his musical versatility. Solo singer-songwriter. Country and rockabilly. Jazz ensembles and big bands. If it can benefit from tasteful guitar parts, Jerry delivers. In addition to recording two solo CDs of songs about real-life situations and connections, Jerry has played with the Buzz McCafferty Quartet, Loudoun Jazz Ensemble, Sue Trainor, Stephanie Corby, Michael Bowers and Siobhan Quinn.