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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, March 7, 2015: Peter Mayer, plus Doug Alan Wilcox

$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.”

DAW         

“Passionate and insightful….” Maryland native Doug Alan Wilcox has traveled a road from solo acoustic artist through numerous electric bands of various stripes and back again, performing along the way at some of the country’s more notable venues as well as countless small cafes and concert spaces. He has shared the stage with acoustic luminaries 
Peter Mayer, L.J. Booth, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Jen Chapin, and Jory Nash. 
The sound is a communal stew of folk/rock, blues, and rustic soul. The message is uplifting - speaking straight to the human condition. Exercising talents that stretch beyond the realm of solo act, as a sideman, Doug’s work on hand drums, harmonica and harmony vocals has supported numerous regional and national artists.

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).