The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series ™

Location: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ, a smoke & alcohol free environment

Time: 8 PM Almost every Friday. 2nd Friday usually Open Stage/audition night

Admission: $9 on your way in plus the balance of what you think the show was really worth on your way out. Children 12 and under free. All tickets are at the door. There are no advance sales or reservations.

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Brother Sun
Nov 30, 2012

Friday, February 19: A Folk Project Special Concert
Comas   Tickets are $20.

Comas

Joe Tom's / The Brocca / The Donegal LassComas is one of the most recognized bands in modern Celtic music throughout Europe and North America. Drawing their repertoire from the Irish musical tradition, as well as folk music styles from Belgium, Scotland, Canada, the United States and beyond, the four members of Comas also contribute their own original compositions which reflect a diverse range of influences, while gracefully managing the delicate balance between tradition and innovation. Having performed at nearly all of Europe's major folk festivals, Comas expanded their reach to North America in 2011, and have since enjoyed great success at theaters and festivals across the United States and Canada.

This is a Folk Project Special Concert. Tickets will be $20.00, and available at the Minstrel, or online.

Friday, February 26: Diane Perry with LagansLove

Diane Perry

Someone to Watch Over MeWe got a glimpse of Diane Perry last Fall when she opened for Pat Donohue. And the local musicians know her well. Diane is a natural. One of those performers who, from their very first note, you just know was born to her instrument. Diane's instruments are the violin and her voice. And she spans genres from swing standards to folk to her own compositions. She does not let her classical training at Julliard get in the way of improvisational brilliance. And her vocal interpretations are unique and perfect for the material.

LagansLove

The Butterfly/Rolling WaveMick Mitsch’s LagansLove is a traditional Irish band that is also adept at infusing other genres like swing into their sets. The name comes from the name of a traditional Irish song. The group includes Folk Project member Mick Mitsch (vocals, tin whistle, bodhrán, guitar, sax), Dan Thompson (piano, vocals), and Chris Bolger (banjo, Irish bouzouki, guitar, vocals), plus, perhaps, a special guest or two.

Friday, March 4: The Odessa Klezmer Band with The Baron-Montemurro Duo

The Odessa Klezmer Band

RomaniaThe Odessa Klezmer Band brings the joyous dance music of the Klezmorim (Jewish folk musicians) to mainstream America. They feature the raucous, joyous sound of clarinet, horns, and accordion, and the vocals of Folk Project member Miriam Libove. In addition to the musical heritage of Eastern Europe, they also branch out into Ladino (the Sephardic Jews of Spain), and Middle Eastern music, including polka and czardas.

The Baron-Montemurro Duo

Rich Baron and Mike Montemurro first played together in the ‘70s. Their music mixes country, R&B and jazz influences. Michael is an accomplished lead guitarist, whose smoky gritty voice blends perfectly with Rich’s clear lead vocals. Rich is a past winner of the American Song Festival award.

Friday, March 11: Open Stage

Open Stage

This is an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to perform a 15-minute set on our stage, and for the audience to be treated to a diverse collection of acoustic musicians. We've often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at Open Stage. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, March 18: Ken Galipeau with Terry Kitchen with Mara Levine   Note: Orrin Star, previously scheduled for this date has had to cancel. He will be rescheduled when available.

Ken Galipeau

Ken Galipeau is a storyteller, and a gleaner of good songs. He is constantly on the lookout for lesser-known material that ought to be better known. He will intersperse humor with poignency to great effect. He plays guitar, piano, and water-jug, and will sometimes sing unaccompanied. He's also well known locally as a superb storyteller for adults as well as children. Ken will be supported onstage by multi-instrumentalist Dave Rimeles, with special appearances by other guest artists.

Terry Kitchen with Mara Levine

One By OneBoston-based but New Jersey-born, Terry Kitchen has been performing on the folk scene for the past two decades. He was called "one of New England's finest songwriters" by Dirty Linen magazine, Terry's songs are portraits of ordinary people, captured with compassion, honesty and humor. Terry will be joined onstage by the Folk Project's own Mara Levine, who will add harmony vocals to his songs.

Friday, March 25: Phil Ochs Song Night

Phil Ochs Song Night

When I'm Gone (From the 2012 performance at the Minstrel)An all-star cast consisting of Brother Sun (Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway & Pat Wictor), SONiA (of Disappear Fear), and Magpie (Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner) will perform the Songs of Phil Ochs. Phil was one of the seminal figures of the 60's Folk movement and penned dozens of classics that live today in the hearts of fans and performers alike. The evening will be hosted by Phil's sister, Sonny Ochs, who is still an active figure in the folk community. The performers will also include some of their own songs, and Sonny will add historical and biographical notes to put these songs in the context of the era and the times.

Friday, April 1: No Fuss and Feathers with Circle Round the Sun

No Fuss and Feathers

RoseNo Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by award winning songwriters Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas It’s like getting three bands for the price of one when these friends share the stage: a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers that have appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals and venues. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.

Circle Round the Sun

Circle Round the Sun is Folk Project members Marie Trontell and Jay Wilensky. Joined by Chris Bukata on lead guitar and Peter Hagen on bass, , CRS will bring its rich vocal harmonies to a mix of original songs and and the best work from today's crop of acoustic singer-songwriters.

Friday, April 8: Open Stage

This is an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to perform a 15-minute set on our stage, and for the audience to be treated to a diverse collection of acoustic musicians. We’ve often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at Open Stage. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit the Open Stage page.

Friday, April 15: The Shockenaw Mountain Boys with Bob McNally

The Shockenaw Mountain Boys

The Shockenaw Mountain Boys are an acoustic subset of the great New Jersey jam band, Railroad Earth. They feature R.E. staples Tim Carbone on fiddle, Andy Goessling on guitar and banjo, John Skehan on mandolin, and Johnny Grubb (of Emmitt & Nershi) on bass. They do great high-energy versions of Irish tunes, traditional folk standards, bluegrass, and a few originals.

Bob McNally

Only once before, when Jean Ritchie played her dulcimer at the Minstrel, have we featured a performer who introduced the world to his instrument. Bob McNally invented the strumstick, and it has taken root all over the nation and the world. This deceptively simple instrument is amazingly flexible and versatile. And with the help of various electronic effects, Bob has turned it into a virtual orchestra.

Friday, April 22: Jim Hurst with Stuart Kabak

Jim Hurst

Swamp ReedFor decades Jim Hurst was known in the bluegrass and country music world as the go-to guy when you needed a blazing hot guitarist as a side man or in the studio. This year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awarded him his third Guitarist Of The Year title. He is one of those rare finger-pickers who can carry a lead line alongside the best of the flat pickers. But after a successful career as a support musician, he's broken out as an exciting solo artist, showing that he can sing and write as well as he picks.

Stuart Kabak

Cap'n Jack and the Cat Who Would Be HumanOpener Stuart Kabak writes and sings thoughtful, gentle, and truly beautiful songs about people, some real, and some imaginary, accompanying himself with fingerstyle guitar.

Friday, April 29: James Keelaghan with Neely Emmert Bly

James Keelaghan

James Keelaghan ( the "g" is silent) follows the footsteps of fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell to the late Stan Rogers, with an emphasis on the latter. As with Stan, both the songs and the singing ring with emotion and power. They often tell stories of real people facing and rising to challenges. His "Cold Missouri Water" has become a minor anthem in the contemporary folk world.

Neely Emmert Bly

Rising from the ashes of their previous incarnation as Left Field comes Neely-Emmert-Bly. W.D. Neely, Liz Emmert and Bill Bly are brilliant musicians and songwriters.  Their live performances are an update on the signature mix of offbeat original tunes and obscure covers featured in previous musical incarnations.  They’ve recently released a studio CD: Ballads, Bromides and Broadsides. As always, the trio is delighted to return to its Minstrel roots.

Friday, May 6: Summer Songs Beach Party

An opportunity for you, the audience to be the music. Bring your voice and instrument. Details to follow.

Friday, May 13: Open Stage

This is an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to perform a 15-minute set on our stage, and for the audience to be treated to a diverse collection of acoustic musicians. We’ve often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at Open Stage. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit the Open Stage page.

Friday, May 20: Joan & Joni

Joan & Joni

We Shall OvercomeJoan & Joni is a musical tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, performed by Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin respectively. Each of these singer-songwriters is posessed of a voice (and hair color) eerily reminiscent of that of their role models, and was heavily influenced by their predecessors' music in their own writing. This show explores the music and history of these two seminal figures in contemporary folk from the 60s to the present. Sprinkled in the program will be occasional samples of Allison's and Kipyn's own writing as well.

Friday, May 27: CLOSED for the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway

Friday, June 3: An evening with:
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Jay Ungar & Molly  Mason

Ashokan FarewellSince joining forces in the late 1970s, fiddler and mandolinist Jay Ungar and guitarist and bassist Molly Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. They have won countless awards and provided music for movies and television, including Ken Burns' classic Civil War PBS documentary. Their music runs the gamut from hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and deeply moving original compositions.

Friday, June 10: Open Stage

This is an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to perform a 15-minute set on our stage, and for the audience to be treated to a diverse collection of acoustic musicians. We’ve often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at Open Stage. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit the Open Stage page.

Friday, June 17: Joe Crookston with Carrie Cantor

Joe Crookston

Georgia, I'm HereWhat strikes one first about Joe Crookston's performance is the intensity. There is a palpable force behind the music that makes you sit up and take notice. On top of that there is a sense of poetry and spirituality to his lyrics, and some pretty credible guitar chops and vocal power to lend support to his writing.

Carrie Cantor

A Folk Project member performer with a lovely soprano voice, Carrie Cantor sings contemporary folk and pop songs. She is one of the stars of our local musical community, and deserves her place on our stage.

Friday, June 24: T.B.D.

Friday, July 1: Shun Ng with Opening Act T.B.D.

Shun Ng

Bohemian RhapsodyGuitar fans who saw Beppe Gambetta back in January will certainly remember Shun Ng (pronounced, "Ing"), who opened for him. He is an exciting and innovative young guitarist making a splash in the guitar world today. With great virtuosity on his radically designed guitar, he performs his own music as well as some unexpected covers of unlikely, and yet familiar songs. His style is part jazz, part blues, maybe even a little disco, and 100% joy. He is exciting to watch and brilliant to hear.

Friday, July 8: Open Stage

This is an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to perform a 15-minute set on our stage, and for the audience to be treated to a diverse collection of acoustic musicians. We’ve often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at Open Stage. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit the Open Stage page.

Friday, July 15: T.B.D.

Friday, July 22: John Gorka with Opening Act T.B.D.

John Gorka

I Saw a StrangerJohn Gorka is perhaps the quintessential iconic singer-songwriter of the 80's folk scene. Hailing from New Jersey, but forged in the Geenwich Village Fast Folk scene, he honed his craft and persona into an unmistakable image. The shy, wry, insightful, and yes, sensitive singer-songwriter has been copied, mocked, and parodied. But the old coat he wove still fits, and still suits him well. The old songs ring as true as they ever did, and the new ones are just as good.

Friday, July 29: The Minstrel's 41st Birthday Show

To celebrate the 41st anniversary of our very first concert, we will present a concert featuring 40 to 50 Folk Project member musicians matched up in randomly selected duos, trios, and quartets.

Friday, August 5: T.B.D.

Friday, August 12: Open Stage

This is an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to perform a 15-minute set on our stage, and for the audience to be treated to a diverse collection of acoustic musicians. We’ve often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at Open Stage. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit the Open Stage page.

Friday, August 19: T.B.D.

Friday, August 26: T.B.D.

Friday, September 2: T.B.D.

Friday, September 9: Open Stage

This is an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to perform a 15-minute set on our stage, and for the audience to be treated to a diverse collection of acoustic musicians. We’ve often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at Open Stage. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit the Open Stage page.

Friday, September 16: Bill Staines with Hudson Valley Sally

Bill Staines

RiverFor just about as long as anyone currently involved in folk music can remember, Bill Staines is the archetypical contemporary folk singer. People have been singing his songs on stage, in recording studios, and around campfires for over 30 years. He is responsible for such classics as "Roseville Fair", "All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir", and "River", all with choruses that beg to be sung with. Come and see a true living legend.

Hudson Valley Sally

Hudson Valley Sally is a group that hearkens back to the early days of the Folk Revival when acts like the Weavers were in their heyday. Guitar, banjo, bass, and four voices in full throat,singing uplifting songs with great choruses for all to sing. Their material includes some traditional songs, some songs written in that era. and some of their own in the same vein.

Friday, September 23: A Folk Project Special Concert
Calan   Details to follow

Details to follow.

Friday, September 30: T.B.D.

Friday, October 7: Closed for the Folk Project Fall Getaway

Friday, October 14: John Forster with Opening Act T.B.D.

John Forster

John Forster obviously fell asleep one too many times as a child to the sound of his Tom Lehrer albums. This is evidenced by his twisted sense of humor, his delightfully skewed view of the human condition, and his prodigious skills as a pianist. His songs have a knack for taking the plausible but improbable, and leading that to its implausible but inevitable conclusion by way of unlikely rhymes, horrible puns, and ironic satire. John is a very funny man.

Friday, October 21: Christine Lavin with David & Sophie Buskin

Christine Lavin

Comedy and CocktailsChristine Lavin is the Folk World's long-reigning Queen of the Intelligently Absurd. The title of one of her earlier albums, "I Don't Make This Stuff Up, I Just Make It Rhyme" says it all. She has an eye for the ironic and the absurd in the news and everyday life, and puts it into song. And dresses it all up in skillful guitar work, electronic loops, and wonderful gimmicks like baton twirling. She's irrepressible, and ya gotta love her.

NOTE: If you knit, crochet, quilt, or do other fabric craft, come at 7:00 to join Christine in a knitting circle. Click here for details.

David & Sophie Buskin

David Buskin is well known for his hilarious contributions to the late lamented Modern Man and for his great writing, playing and singing as half of super-duo Buskin & Batteau. In this new incarnation, he joins forces with his daughter Sophie, whose multiple talents reveal that this time the apple fell quite close indeed to the tree.

Friday, October 28: Folk Project Halloween Show

Details to follow.

Friday, November 4: T.B.D.

Friday, November 11: Open Stage

This is an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to perform a 15-minute set on our stage, and for the audience to be treated to a diverse collection of acoustic musicians. We've often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at Open Stage. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, November 25: A Folk Project Special Concert

Details to follow.

Friday, December 2: Chorus Song Night

An evening of songs for you, the audience to sing. Details to follow.

Friday, December 9: Open Stage

This is an opportunity for all acoustic musicians to perform a 15-minute set on our stage, and for the audience to be treated to a diverse collection of acoustic musicians. We've often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at Open Stage. For information on how to secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, December 16: Folk Project Holiday Show

Details to follow

Friday, December 23: Closed

Friday, December 30: The Kennedys with Opening Act T.B.D.

The Kennedys

A Day In The LifeWhen not serving as Nanci Griffith's backup band, The Kennedys have been joyfully rocking the folk world with their own unique brand of high-energy performance. It's more than the powerful close-harmony singing. It's more than the hot guitar work. It's more than the driving rhythms and power chords. It's the obvious chemistry between Pete and Maura Kennedy that is so charming and so contagious that the listener can't help but grin and join in their fun.