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: $8 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.

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Crowfoot
Dec 30, 2010

Friday, April 18: Open Stage   Note: Not the usual 2nd Friday

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.FolkProject.org/Minstrel/OpenStage.

Friday, April 25: Spuyten Duyvil with Robinson Treacher

Spuyten Duyvil

Shady GroveSpuyten Duyvil [SPITE-en DIVE-el] might be thought of as Big Band Folk Music. This 7-member group explodes off the stage with infectious energy. Their music is Americana roots, and some originals that sound like Americana roots. They "...roll like an old time tent show, but instead of selling worthless snake oil, they deliver a package of gems, well crafted tunes and stories that are pure fun to listen to." Ron Olesko

Robinson Treacher

There's Love In The WorldWhen tonight's opener Robinson Treacher takes the stage, the first thing that hits you is that voice. That voice that growls and croons and whispers and wails until you feel you are staring eyeball to eyeball into his very soul. Yes, he plays guitar and writes songs. But when he's done, it's that voice that lingers.

Friday, May 2: OCEAN Celtic with Millstone River Morris

OCEAN Celtic

OCEAN Celtic emerges phoenixlike from the ashes of the fabled "New St. George" with two of that band's key members, Jennifer Cutting (accordion, piano) and Lisa Moscatiello (vocals, guitar). To this, they've added Andrew Dodds (fiddle) and Stephen Winick (vocals, percussion). Cutting is Washington Area Music Association's "Musician of the Year", and Moscatiello's voice has been hailed by Billboard as "one of the most gorgeous vocal instruments in all of folk-tinged pop". All are serious scholars of British Isles folk music, but bring it to life with innovation and joy that is anything but academic.

Millstone River Morris

Millstone River Morris is a Morris Dance troupe from Princeton. "Morris Dancing" is a form of traditional dance from England. Originally done as a seasonal ritual to usher in the Spring and good crops, it has been revived over the past 50 years as a ritual unto itself. The dancing is done in colorful costumes, often with props such as cudgels, swords, or cloth hankies. It is lusty, energetic, raucous, and wonderfully entertaining.

Friday, May 9: 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.FolkProject.org/Minstrel/OpenStage.

Friday, May 16: Zoe Mulford with Brad Yoder

Zoe Mulford

Welcome In Another YearMinstrel regulars were introduced to Singer-songwriter Zoe Mulford in January when she opened for Tom Chapin. Zoe plants one foot on either shore of the Atlantic, with homes in Pennsylvania and Manchester England. She tackles the big eternal themes - love, death, food, laundry, etc. - with wit and honesty. Backing her clear vocals with guitar or clawhammer banjo, she serves up well-told stories seasoned with everything from old-time picking to Irish ballad, plus a dash of the blues.

Brad Yoder

Live at Mad ToastSinger-songwriter Brad Yoder’s unique mix of humorous, poetic, political, funky and edgy original songs, covering a musical range from folk to indie rock (with unexpected musical and lyrical twists), has earned him a loyal following ranging from kids in single digits through retirees.

Friday, May 23: CLOSED for The Folk Project Acoustic Getaway (A.K.A. "Spring Festival”)

Featuring Frank Vignola, Julie Gold, James Keelaghan, David Massengill, Victoria Vox, The MSG Blue Trio, Valerie Dupont & The Big Vocalotto. Three days of concerts and workshops for Folk Project musicians and listeners. Click here for details.

Friday, May 30: Rich Deans & The Rainmakers with Sydney Kayne

Rich Deans & The Rainmakers

Rich Deans writes songs that are more like novellas set to haunting melodies evocative of days past. They are story and character-driven, and often find their settings in historical fiction. A perfect example of that, and probably his most widely-known song is "Don't Dig My Grave Too Deep", as recorded by Pat Wictor. Rich is backed by The Rainmakers with mandolin, keyboard, harmonica, bass and harmony vocals.

Sydney Kayne

Guide Me With MistakesStarting as a toddler, Sydney Kayne was obsessed with music. She listened to all genres of music (alternative, folk, rock, bluegrass,etc.) and soon decided she wanted to create music of her own. At age 6 she began playing an acoustic guitar. By 7, she was writing original songs. We saw her, a grizzled veteran at age 14 at our December Open Stage, and immediately booked her for this opening slot. She'll be worth watching.

Friday, June 6: John Gorka with Nalani & Sarina

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 Greenwich 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 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.

Nalani & Sarina

Please Don't Stop the RainNalani & Sarina are a pair of identical twins just out of their teens. They sing high-energy, wordy, pop-oriented songs of their own composition with sister harmonies and an irrepressible charm. They've sung all their lives. And in the 4 years they've been performing in public, they've garnered an impressive resume of gigs such as Bethlehem Musikfest, Godfrey Daniels, and the Black Potatoe Festival. They accompany themselves on guitar and keyboard.

Friday, June 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 www.FolkProject.org/Minstrel/OpenStage.

Friday, June 20: Liza & A.J. with Spook Handy

Liza & A.J.

We welcome back Liza & A.J., longtime members of the Folk Project community that moved away about 10 years ago. They present a diverse assortment of songs from their own pens, those of their contemporaries in the Folk World, and the traditional repertoire. Conservatory-trained Liza plays guitar, whistle, cornet and horn. AJ delivers prodigious chops on keyboard and a soaring tenor voice. And both are infused with the love of the music that shines in their performance.

Spook Handy

Ocean of DebtSpook Handy harkens back to the type of folk performer epitomized by Pete Seeger. He plays songs of his own and other people's writing which involve the listener. There's stuff to sing, stuff to identify with, and stuff to make you think. Many of his songs deal with social and environmental concerns.

Friday, June 27: The Boxcar Lilies with Oakes & Smith

The Boxcar Lilies

If I Needed YouJoining the ranks of the great female haromony trios, The Boxcar Lillies (Jenny Goodspeed, Katie Clarke, and Stephanie Marshall) have quickly made a name for themselves with their standout combination of spine-tingling, innovative harmonies and quality songwriting. Accompanying themselves on guitar, clawhammer banjo, concert ukulele, electric bass, and washboard, they have brought their uniquely warm sound and energetic stage presence to venues across the Northeast and beyond

Oakes & Smith

The Holy MomentIt will be a full evening of harmonies this week with our openers Robert Oakes & Katherine Smith. This Massachusetts duo puts their beautifully matched voices to their own songs as well as some familiar ones.

Friday, July 4: CLOSED for Independence Day

Friday, July 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.FolkProject.org/Minstrel/OpenStage.

Friday, July 18: Cliff Eberhardt with Erik Frandsen

Cliff Eberhardt

Those who saw Cliff Eberhardt's appearance at the Spring 2013 Folk Project Festival will rejoice at his appearance at the Minstrel. Cliff is a powerhouse of a singer-songwriter in all aspects of his craft. His voice is a high-liner freight train demanding and deserving your undivided attention. The songs that train carries are fraught with emotion and brilliant in their poetry. And Cliff's guitar work complements the package perfectly.

Erik Frandsen

In the 70's and 80's, Erik Frandsen was a major player in the Greenwich Village folk scene. A brilliant guitarist, a lyricist on a par with Cole Porter, and a rapier wit, Eric laid his stamp on current events, the music scene, and some old standards. In latter times, he has turned is talents towards the theater and film. But he still likes to keep his finger on the pulse. We are fortunate to have him open this evening. And so are you.

Friday, July 25: The Minstrel's 39th Birthday Show

The Minstrel's 39th Birthday Show

Our Birthday Show actually falls on our birthday this year. Our opening night was July 25, 1975. We celebrate this occasion with a potpourri of about 20 duos and trios randomly combined from amongst the Folk Project's member-musicians. Each group will perform one song. We keep to our roots as being musicians as well as music-lovers.

Friday, August 1: Reeds, Rhythm, And All That Brass with Opening Act T.B.D.

Reeds, Rhythm, And All That Brass

Jumpin' At The WoodsideLaunched in 1973, Reeds, Rhythm, and All That Brass is an 18-piece band playing the classic American Songbook repertoire of the Big Band era. Comprised of professional and semi-professional players, they perform original arrangements of the music made popular by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, and the like. The band includes Folk Project members Jeff Rantzer and Hen3ry Nerenberg on trombone and Jay Wilensky on vocals.

Friday, August 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, August 15: Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche with Dan Pelletier

Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche

Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche spring from a well respected pedegree in the NYC Folk scene. Suzzy is one of the Roches, three sisters whose songs and harmonies dominated the Greenwich Village milieu in the 70's and 80's. And Lucy's dad is the legendary Louden Wainwright III. Together the mother and daughter's harmonies are absolutely gorgeous, and their songs just sparkle.

Dan Pelletier

Dan Pelletier at Homegrown MusicDan Pelletier's soulful voice can at turns be powerful and gritty, or tender and emotive. He never fails to delight audiences with his wit and tenderness and his shows feature just the right touch of sarcasm tempered by warmth, realistic idealism and a passion for life, love and the pursuit of happiness. If Tom Lehrer, Shel Silverstein, Sting, Joe Cocker and James Taylor all had a kid together, it would be Dan.

Friday, August 22: Christine DeLeon with Opening Act T.B.D.

Christine DeLeon

Christine DeLeon is perfectly described in Sing Out! Magazine's review of her \ debut CD: "This New Jersey artist's rich soprano is eerily reminiscent of that of a young Judy Collins: Powerful, crystalline and assured. And, like a young Judy, she makes her voice the centerpiece of [her performance] by featuring sweeping legato ballads accompanied by simple strummed acoustic guitar (filled out by backing instruments). Christine's songs are uniformly upbeat in something of the Dar Williams style..."

Friday, August 29: Reserved for Folk Project Special Concerts

Friday, September 5: 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 the Open Stage page.

Friday, September 12: Finest Kind with Opening Act T.B.D.

Finest Kind

Finest Kind is the vocal harmony trio of Ian Robb, Shelly Posen, and Anne Downey. These three singers, each a powerhouse in their own right, combine to produce some of the most beautiful and intricate harmonies in the folk world. Much of their material stems from the traditional repertoire of their respective native countries, England, Canada, and the US. But they also glean from genres from Western Swing to Sacred Harp to Tin Pan Alley to their own formidable pens.

Friday, September 19: Modern Man with Bob Cannon

Modern Man

Assisted LivingRevived from several years' cryogenic hibernation, Modern Man is alive and kicking. David Buskin, George Wurzbach and Rob Carlson are each in their own right superb musicians and singers. On top of that they have a keen vision of the absurdities of modern life, and the wit to reductio those absurdities ad absurdum, leaving audiences helplessly rolling on the floor in laughter. They have a great sense of parody, and the musical chops to pull those parodies off with renditions of the original songs that are absolutely perfect and absolutely wrong .

Bob Cannon

One More ThrillOur opener, Bob Cannon is known locally in the Montclair area as the go-to guy when you want a lead guitarist with great chops and taste. But on his own, he shines as well, using those guitar skills to complement his outstanding songwriting. His songs are full of wit and skillfuly written.

Friday, September 26: Cosy Sheridan with Dave Nachmanoff

Cosy Sheridan

The First SongThe first thing that grabs you about songwriter Cosy Sheridan is her sharp, bubbly, almost manic stage presence. You're whisked along on a joyful madcap ride from the myths of ancient Greece to an insightful approach to long term financial planning. Her wryly insightful songs have been showcased everywhere from Carnegie Hall to The Dr Demento Show. She supports this charismatic persona with solid guitar and strong vocals.

Dave Nachmanoff

Kindred SpiritsThe tools in Dave Nachmanoff's musical toolbox are many and diverse. He writes wonderful songs in an accessible folk-rock style that move the feet, and yet are not lacking in substance. His guitar chops have made him a sought-after studio musician and Al Stewart's accompanist on the road. And with his diminutive stature and boyish good looks, he is a real charmer onstage.

Note: Dave's appearance as an opener here serves as a preview to his headline set upcoming on October 24.

Friday, October 3: Sloan Wainwright with The Wag

Sloan Wainwright

Live Out the Best of Your LifeDefying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto. The end result, a unique and soulful hybrid. Part of a large folk dynasty, including Loudon Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, and Suzzy Roche, Sloan's destiny in the folk world might have been easily predicted.

The Wag

Your EyesThe Wag is a 4-piece pop rock band features great harmonies behind any of 3 lead singers that elicit echoes of Crosby Stills & Nash, the Beatles, or Simon & Garfunkel. They perform original songs sprinkled with occasional covers from the era of their inspiration

Friday, October 10: CLOSED for the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway (A.K.A. "Fall Festival")

Friday, October 17: Woody Mann with Opening Act T.B.D.

Woody Mann

Kindhearted WomanThe London Times said of Woody Mann, “Don’t miss a chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything – or anyone better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master.” That field is fingerstyle guitar. His playing is artful, musical, and so effortless that you almost forget the impossible difficulty of what he is doing. His music runs from ragtime & blues to the American Songbook to jazz standards to his own well-crafted originals. He's a wonderful singer, a charming entertainer, and a legend in the guitar world.

Friday, October 24: Dave Nachmanoff with Opening Act T.B.D.

Dave Nachmanoff

Kindred SpiritsSome of us first saw Dave Nachmanoff last month when he opened for Cozy Sheridan. The tools in Dave's musical toolbox are many and diverse. He writes wonderful songs in an accessible folk-rock style that move the feet, and yet are not lacking in substance. His guitar chops have made him a sought-after studio musician and Al Stewart's accompanist on the road. And with his diminutive stature and boyish good looks, he is a real charmer onstage.

Friday, October 31: Reserved for Folk Project Special Concerts

Friday, November 7: Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt

Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt

Claudia Schmidt: Longing / AlreadyTwo of the premier singer-songwriters of the past quarter century have joined forces. Sally Rogers, one of the most well known figures on the circuit from the mid '70's onward was well known for her sparkling voice and equally sparkling stage presence. Her songs made their way into the repertoires of folkies on stage and around campfires, including "Circle 'Round the Sun" and "Lovely Agnes". Claudia Schmidt also known for her expressive voice, paralleled Sally's career. Combining heart and intellect, she interleaves poetry within her songs. The two together are a powerhouse act not to be missed.

Friday, November 14: 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.FolkProject.org/Minstrel/OpenStage.

Friday, November 21: A Folk Project Special Concert
Reserved for Folk Project Special Concerts

Friday, November 28: T.B.D.

Friday, December 5: Chorus Song Night

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

Friday, December 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.FolkProject.org/Minstrel/OpenStage.

Friday, December 19: CLOSED

Friday, December 26: Split Bill
Christine Lavin and Don White

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.

The Accordion Door StoryDon White is a blue collar intellectual and a true old-school troubadour. He is a comedian-author-singer-songwriter-raconteur, whose introductions to his songs are wonderfully crafted tales that are as hilarious as the songs themselves. He is such a beloved character in his hometown of Lynn, MA that last year the mayor proclaimed an official Don White Day and gave him the key to the city. A perfect match for his co-bill, Christine.

Friday, January 2: T.B.D.

Friday, January 9: The April Verch Band with Opening Act T.B.D.

The April Verch Band

Live From the Evening MuseApril Verch is one of those natural musicians that has it all. Immersed in the local dance music of her native Ottawa Valley in Canada, she showed head-turning talent on the fiddle since she was very young. Ever expanding, she voraciously absorbed other Canadian fiddle styles as well as those of the US, Scotland, Ireland, and anything else she heard. On the way she picked up step dancing, singing, and a great talent in showmanship. We saw her first at the Minstrel as a teenager in 2000 as Mad Pudding's fiddler. And now she fronts her own world-touring band, drawing raves wherever she goes.

Friday, January 16: T.B.D.

Friday, January 23: T.B.D.

Friday, January 30: Bill Staines with Opening Act T.B.D.

Bill Staines

For 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.

Friday, February 6: Valentines Day Extravaganza   Note: A week earlier than in past years

Friday, February 13: 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.FolkProject.org/Minstrel/OpenStage.

Friday, February 20: The Loose Canons

The Loose Canons

Musical comments on Financial Planning (401K) When The Loose Canons came to the Minstrel last year, they packed the joint to the point where we had to turn people away. Perhaps their very name will give you some insight to their approach to music. This 11-member choral group sings intricate vocal arrangements of folk songs, do wop, classical favorites as well as participatory pieces. But they specialize in parodies, satire, novelty songs, and other bits of musical humor.

Friday, February 27: T.B.D.

Friday, March 6: Jean Rohe and the End Of The World Show with Opening Act T.B.D.   Rescheduled early after their truncated show last year

Jean Rohe and the End Of The World Show

Arise, Arise: A National AnthemJean Rohe, Folk Project alumna since the age of 8, is now out in the music world, mastering and owning it in a dizzying array of its many branches. She sings and plays traditional folk, jazz, multi-lingual music of the Americas, North and South, Her own brilliant songs, and the songs of the best young writers of the folk world. The End Of The World band adds mandolin, guitar, accordion, bass, percussion, and vocal harmony. But it's Jean’s remarkable and flexible voice that is the focus of this group. And the ensemble is tight and gets audiences moving and singing.

Friday, March 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 www.FolkProject.org/Minstrel/OpenStage.

Friday, March 20: T.B.D.

Friday, March 27: T.B.D.

Friday, April 3: T.B.D.

Friday, April 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 www.FolkProject.org/Minstrel/OpenStage.

Friday, April 17: 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 are 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.

Friday, May 8: Open Stage
  Your chance to perform!