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


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Saturday, August 22, 2015: Kitty Donohoe, plus Kristin Rebecca

7 p.m.; $15 / $18

Kitty Donohoe         

Ann Arbor-based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist.

WFMT-Chicago folk DJ Rich Warren calls Kitty “far above and beyond most singer-songwriters.” She writes music that has been called “earthy, luminous and compelling” (The Weekender) and she’s been praised in the press equally for her voice, her musicality, and her songwriting. Sing Out!, one of the oldest and most respected folk music magazines in the industry, says that Kitty is “ one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric.”

Kitty has opened for a variety of artists, including Doc Watson, David Bromberg, Tom Paxton, Steve Goodman, Bruce Cockburn and Cheryl Wheeler, and in 2008 she and sideman David Mosher took the stage at an Obama rally just before Bruce Springsteen. Already known for years for her songwriting, Kitty’s visibility escalated when she wrote a song called “There Are No Words” on September 11, 2001. The song was featured in a documentary and she sang it live at the Dedication of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial in 2008.

Kristin Rebecca         

Kristin Rebecca is a captivating performer who combines her angelic voice, unique guitar rhythms and rare harp ability into a show unlike any other. No two of her songs sound alike; they cover life and all its emotions, from flirtation on the dance floor to standing up for what you believe to striving for dreams. Kristin doesn’t use the harp as a gimmick; she showcases this unique instrument.

Kristin has performed extensively in her home state of Maryland as well as in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Saturday, September 26, 2015: Mustard's Retreat, plus Nicole Belanus

7 p.m.; $15 / $18

Mustard's Retreat         

Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich and Michael Hough), met in Ann Arbor in 1974, as short order cooks, both on hiatus from their studies at the University of Michigan. Discovering a mutual interest in music/writing and performing, they put together three songs one day after work, and took them to the legendary Ark coffeehouse’s open mike night. They were a hit, and, on the spot, were invited back to do a 45-minute set two weeks later. Within a year and a half they had both quit the restaurant and were doing music full time. 40 years later, they have 12 highly acclaimed recordings of their own, plus 3 more CDs with their songwriting collective, The Yellow Room Gang. Mustard’s Retreat has performed more than 4,000 shows over those years and traveled more than 1 million miles.

Nicole         

Nicole Belanus is a singer/songwriter whose eclectic musical taste is apparent in her songwriting. Using her guitar and voice, she delivers a blend of folk, rock and a bit of gospel/soul. Her lyrics are raw and honest, telling stories from personal experiences, yet undisguised, creating accessible language and images meaningful to diverse audiences. She writes about her feelings, faith, relationships, and her experiences of growing up with raw emotion, maturity and sincerity. Her voice and style have been compared to Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow and Dar Williams.