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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, March 7, 2015: Peter Mayer

$15 / $18

Peter Mayer         

Minnesota-based guitarist and singer-songwriter Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.

“Peter Mayer is a magician,” says Bill Reed, music editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette, his “universe is full of metaphor and meaning, story and symbol — everything contains more than meets the eye.”

Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. He studied Theology and music in college, and then spent two years in seminary. After deciding that the priesthood wasn’t for him, he took a part-time job as a church music director for 8 years, while performing at clubs and colleges, and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started touring full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has nine CDs to his credit, and has sold over 70,000 of them independently. His latest CD, released in late 2014, is called “Third Street.”


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

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

$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.