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. All tickets are at the door. There are no advance sales or reservations.

For More Information: Email email icon or call 973-335-9489.

Bill Staines
Sep 7, 2012

Friday, September 4: Bob Malone with Mike Miz

Bob Malone

Certain DistanceWhen Bob Malone isn't occupied as John Fogarty's (Creedence Clearwater Revival) piano player, he tours as a great solo performer. In that setting he conjures up images of Professor Longhair, or Tom Waits. He mixes literate, sardonic, gutsy songwriting with full-tilt barrelhouse piano for a powerful stage presence.

Mike Miz

Was a TimeMike Miz (the Guitar Wiz) is a songwriter with some particularly spectacular guitar chops. His flatpick work ramps up the energy level of his songs into overdrive. His songs are influenced by the Pennsylvania coal country of his upbringing, and evoke the rustic and down-to-earth atmosphere of that region.

Friday, September 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, September 18: Geoff Muldaur with Frank and Hank

Geoff Muldaur

Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the "Great Folk Scare" of the 1960's and '70's. Back then, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, his then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). With great guitar chops and his singular voice, Geoff brings the music of rural and urban America in the first half of the 20th Century to life, interspersing the songs with wonderful stories of people and events of that exciting music scene of the 60's and 70's.

Frank and Hank

An eclectic mix of music from bluegrass to jazz to standards comes from the agile musical minds of Folk Project members Frank Sole and Hank (Hen3ry) Nerenberg. Frank is a skilled guitartist both in lead flatpicking styles and in Django-inspired jazz. Hen3ry (the 3 is silent) has one of the widest ranging musical minds in the Project, and is a genius at innovative and appropriate arrangement.

Friday, September 25: Tom Chapin with Matt Arons

Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin's music spans generations from the heady Greenwich Village days when he performed with his brothers Harry, and Steve, and dad Jim, through to today. He serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. With an agile fingerstyle guitar, gentle humor, audience inclusiveness, and a concern for the Earth and its resources, Tom puts on a memorable show.

Matt Arons

Tonight's opener, 17 year old Matt Arons has studied guitar with the likes of David Bromberg, Woody Mann, and Roy Book Binder. And has learned his lessons very well. He plays and sings with a skill, subtlety, and sensitivity rare in a seasoned adult performer, let alone someone of his years. This kid will go far.

Friday, October 2: Stuart Fuchs with Andy Koenig & Friends   No Fuss & Feathers Road Show, originally on this date, has been rescheduled to April 1, 2016

Stuart Fuchs

Me or Uke BluesStuart Fuchs breaks all the rules. His primary instrument is the ukulele, on which he plays everything from samba to swing, from Bach to the blues. On top of that he also plays didjeridoo, Native American flute, and the Bolivian charango. Oh yes, and guitar, too. He's a brilliant musician, a charming figure on stage, and a helluva nice guy, too. He was a huge hit at our Acoustic Getaway last May. He will be joined tonight by Sarah Siri Kirtin Carlise on upright bass

Andy Koenig & Friends

Horses Sing None Of ItAndy Koenig is one of the most ecclectic and innovative of the Folk Project's performing members, with skills and interest ranging from Renaissance recorder to the most advanced electronic and synthesized music. He'll perform solo, and with an assortment of talented friends to provide one of the most varied and interesting programs you are likely to see on this stage.

Friday, October 9: Closed for the Folk Project Fall Getaway

The Folk Project Getaway has rightly become known as "The best 3-day music party ever". Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, 150 fortunate folkies repair to a beautiful camp near Hackettstown for a weekend of concerts, workshops, jamming, hiking, and music, music, music. All-event admission of under $200 includes food and lodging. Performers include Beppe Gambetta, Gathering Time, Joe Crookston, and many more. This event sells out quickly. Details and tickets at Festival.folkproject.org.

Friday, October 16: Pat Donohue with Diane Perry & Friends

Pat Donohue

Would You Like To Play The Guitar?Anyone who saw Pat Donohue at our Spring Acoustic Getaway back in May has this date circled in red on their calendar. For two decades, Pat was the guitarist for the house band of A Prairie Home Companion, a band that demanded nothing short of the best. Now free to tour on his own, we are blessed with more opportunities to see him solo in person, where he can really shine. An outstanding guitarist in all genres, he specializes in fingerstyle blues and ragtime. He is also a great songwriter with a wonderful sense of humor. He has written some of the best parodies this side of Weird Al Yankovic or Allan Sherman.

Diane Perry & Friends

Diane Perry 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.

Plus: As a very special treat, Diane will join Pat Donohue for part of his 2nd set for some semi-structured jamming, replicating a magic musical moment that spontaneously happened after Pat's appearance at the 2015 Spring Acoustic Getaway.

Friday, October 23: Split Bill
Peter Fischman & Deb O'Hanlon and Andrew Dunn   A pair of hidden gems: two brilliant, but little known songwriters.

Peter Fischman & Deb O'Hanlon

Peter Fischman's songs of home and friends and family capture a moment or depict a place or event with the visual acuity of an Ansel Adams photograph. His wife Deb O'Hanlon adds her clear soprano voice to the mix. They also sing some of Peter's well-written parodies as well as some traditional songs.

Andrew Dunn

Andrew Dunn's thoughtful and measured view of life is translated into beautiful and powerful song, simply and effectively delivered. He presents a sympathetic and endearing stage persona that is more than a persona. It is Andy himself, out there for the world to enjoy and love.

Friday, October 30: Folk Project Halloween Concert

A wonderful Halloween Party tradition continues with our cavalcade of costumed crooners Fabulous and frightful Folk Project vocalists in various states of Halloween garb will entertain you all night long. The audience and cast will compete for astoundingly inexpensive prizes given for the best costumes. Special guest appearances by famous fake celebrities guests will add to the evening. The special $10 price will include a fine array of refreshments.

Friday, November 6: Open Stage   Note: Not the usual 2nd Friday

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 13: A Folk Project Special Concert.
The Rumpke Mountain Boys with David Gans   Tix $15 in advance, $20 at door. Online sales will open in September. Note: Open Stage is the week before.

You'd Better Get HomeThe Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. Bluegrass instrumentation and styling like nothing you’ve heard before. Their vast repertoire incluces originals and an eclectic mix of covers ranging from Randy Newman to The Grateful Dead, covering all the ground between.

Friday, November 20: Frostwater with Kristin Rebecca

Frostwater

In the early '70s, Frostwater was Morris County's local "super-group". Consisting of Laurie Riley (Founding Mother of the Folk Project), Bill Hall, Ron Heacock, and Scott Nelson, they toured the country and played major festivals of the era. Their repertoire comprised mostly of their own songs, sung in gorgeous 4-part harmony, with a few traditional songs and tunes sprinkled in for good measure. Instrumentation features Laurie's rare Welsh triple harp, plus guitar and bass. They are reconvening from their scattered locations across the country for this first concert in 4 decades.

Kristin Rebecca

Can I Be Honest?Kristin Rebecca is a Maryland based songwriter who accompanies herself on Celtic harp and guitar, making her a most appropriate opener for Frostwater. In addition to her own songs she also plays traditional songs and tunes from Ireland and Scotland.

Friday, November 27: Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo with Opening Act T.B.D.

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo

Meet Frank and VinnyFrank Vignola is well recognized among the world's greatest gypsy jazz guitarists. Frank's playing is brilliant, innovative, tasty, and unbelievable in its virtuosity. His fellow guitarist Vinny Raniolo gathers no dust either, and is in perfect synch with him. In addition to being brilliant musicians, they are wonderful entertainers as well, hamming it up without detracting from the music. Frank draws his influence from the likes of Django Reinhardt and Bucky Pizzarelli, to such non-jazz icons as Frank Zappa, Les Paul, and Eddie Van Halen. He's played with everyone from David Grisman and Donald Fagan to Madonna and Ringo Starr. And tonight he comes to the Minstrel. Don't miss him.

Friday, December 4: Chorus Song Night

Chorus Song Night

The first Friday of December is our Chorus Song Night. This is an evening for you, the audience, to sing. We invite a panel of four singers with a repertoire of participatory songs to go round-robin in leading songs with choruses, familiar songs or otherwise, suitable for audience participation for an evening of group singing. Here is this year’s panel:
Carolanne Solebello: Of the bands Red Molly" and "No Fuss & Feathers Roadshow"
Ken Galipeau: Great voice and great songs
Mitch Radler: Recent Folk Project member, popular at our music parties with his repertoire of great songs.
Mike Agranoff: The Minstrel’s program chair with a thousand songs.

Friday, December 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, December 18: T.B.D.

Friday, December 25: Closed

Friday, January 1: Closed

Friday, January 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 www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, January 15: Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz with Opening Act T.B.D.

Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz

How Can You Have The Blues? Martin Grosswendt is one of the modern pioneers of the ragtime/blues fingerpicking guitar style, along with his contemporaries such as Happy & Artie Traum, Stefan Grossman, and Geoff Muldaur. He is joined by Susanne Salem-Schatz, a life-long singer with experience across classical, gospel, folk, and roots country music. Backing themselves on guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and Cajun accordion, they survey the landscape of American roots music, branching into blues, jazz, early country, old-time, jug band, and more.

Friday, January 22: Beppe Gambetta with Opening Act T.B.D.

Beppe Gambetta

Valzer per un AmoreBeppe Gambetta, the Italian bluegrass flatpicking champion. Sounds like an ethnic joke, but Beppe is no joke. Early in life he was captured by the music of such greats as Doc Watson and Tony Rice, and soon got to the point where he was sharing festival stages as an equal with his heroes. Equally adroit on mandolin, he can blaze through a hot bluegrass tune or croon a lovely Italian traditional ballad. And all with an elegant continental charm that is a joy to witness.

Friday, January 29: David Roth with Opening Act T.B.D.

David Roth

Practice Makes ProgressIn describing David Roth, Peter Yarrow (Of Peter, Paul, & Mary) writes, "With voices like his still singing, there's a certainty that the candle will remain lit, the hope reasserted, and the dream still sung," David has sung everywhere from headlining the Kerrville Folk Festival to presenting the National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls NBA game. He has great vocal chops, an engaging stage presence, and the ability to inspire a belief in a brighter future with his songs.

Friday, February 5: Valentines Day Extravaganza

Friday, February 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 www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, February 19: Reserved for Special Concerts

Friday, February 26: Diane Perry with The Baron-Montemurro Duo

Diane Perry

Someone to Watch Over MeWe got a glimpse of Diane Perry last Spring when she opened for Brother Sun. 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.

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, who’s smoky gritty voice blends perfectly with Rich’s clear lead vocals. Rich is a past winner of the American Song Festival award.

Friday, March 4: Guy Davis with Opening Act T.B.D.

Guy Davis

It's no accident that Guy Davis was chosen to play the title role in the 1993 Off-Broadway production of Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil. Throughout his career, Guy has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. He is a formidable singer and guitarist, and a formidable presence on stage.

Friday, March 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, March 18: Orrin Star

Orrin Star

Orrin Star in concertOrrin Star is an ex-Winfield Champion flatpicking guitarist as well as a mandolinist. He applies those talents to bluegrass and Celtic classics, swing tunes, novelty songs, some originals, and a wide variety of other music. He's also a charming and very funny guy on stage.

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 so far of Brother Sun (Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway & Pat Wictor) and Magpie, with more to be added, 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 Roadshow with Opening Act T.B.D.

No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow

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.

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: T.B.D.

Friday, April 22: T.B.D.

Friday, April 29: T.B.D.

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