Spring 2020 Performers will be announced in February.

Fall 2019 Performers

   
     
photo of The Albanie Falletta Duo The Albanie Falletta Duo

Albanie Falletta is a stylish and magnificent singer, an extraordinary guitarist, and a performer who brings love, veracity and genuine roots to every note of every song. She is also a featured artist on the Austin, Texas and New Orleans music scenes. Her special blend of swing, acoustic blues, New Orleans traditional tunes, ragtime, and original songs is grabbing national attention, and we’re fortunate to have her at the Fall this Getaway.
An Albanie Falletta performance seeped in the history of American music. She was raised on the sounds of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, blues and gospel musics. Then she moved to Texas at the age of nine and took up an interest in acoustic-roots, electric blues, punk rock, and hair metal. By high school, she began her lifelong passion for and study of Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, and other such great figures of jazz. Between 2008 and 2013, Falletta led her own swing/early jazz band Albanie and Her Fellas, and was a member of several groups including the Thrift Set Orchestra, and Guy Forsyth and the Hot Nut Riveters. She studied early acoustic fingerstyle blues under the great Steve James. Falletta teaches guitar at such prestigious folk centers as Augusta and Peuget Sound.
We’re proud to introduce Albanie to the Folk Project community.

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Kevin Roth

Kevin Roth is a Renaissance man. His music, art, and books have delighted audiences worldwide. His music spans the world with contributions to traditional, original, contemporary and jazz influences. Kevin’s focus and fame comes from his rich chord-melody style on the Appalachian dulcimer. He is widely known as one of the leading innovators of the dulcimer around the world.
Kevin has performed twice at The White House and has had made many radio & television appearances throughout the world. His voice has been heard by millions singing the theme song to the hit PBS TV show; “Shining Time Station” featuring Thomas The Tank Engine, Engine, Ringo Starr, and George Carlin. Kevin has won over a dozen awards, including “The American Library Association Notable Recordings”. He has worked and recorded with Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary. He is currently collaborating with Noel on songs dealing spirituality and its deep connections to seeking, finding, growing, and changing.
We’re looking forward to some amazing stringed music.

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photo of Tommy Sands Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands is a singer, songwriter and social activist from County Downs in Ireland who has achieved legendary status. Sing Out Magazine has called him "the most powerful songwriter in Ireland, if not the rest of the world." He is internationally known and respected as one of the most powerful songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today.
Tommy’s songs, like “There Were Roses,” and “Daughters and Sons,” have been recorded by Joan Baez, Kathy Matthea, Frank Patterson, The Dubliners and many others. They have been been translated into many languages and are currently included in the English language syllabus in German secondary schools. Nobel Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney and father of folk music Pete Seeger were passionate fans.
During the Good Friday Agreement Talks which brought peace between Ireland and Britain, Tommy’s impromptu performance with a group of children and Lambeg drummers was described by Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon as "a defining moment in the Peace Process." Team Getaway is proud and honored to bring bring this internationally honored performer and peacemaker to our community.

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Dick Boak

Dick Boak is a legendary luthier and Getaway’s extraordinary keynote speaker. He served as Director of Artist Relations for the C.F. Martin & Company, and was the visionary who led the developed product lines, signature masterpieces, and such historic projects as Martin's One Millionth Guitar. As official Martin historian, Dick developed a comprehensive knowledge of the company and its guitars from 1833 to the present, as reflected in his celebrated tome "Martin Guitar Masterpieces."
Dick created and developed Martin’s Artist Signature Guitars and Limited Edition series, collaborating with such luminaries as Eric Clapton, Marty Stuart, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, John Mayer, Sting. Sting, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and many other legendary artists. His keynote speech during Saturday’s lunch will deliver firsthand insight into some of the greatest of American guitars and musicians.
This is an unprecedented Getaway opportunity, and one we are honored to present.

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photo of Grover Kemble GROVER KEMBLE’S CALYPSO

Grover Kemble is a musician, singer, and songwriter who has garnered considerable attention and acclaim for decades by connoisseurs and critics for his spontaneous approach to jazz, fun-loving personality, and classic showmanship. Calypso is one of his many beloved musical passions, and his Getaway concert set will focus on this exciting, joyous, and complex and historically significant music.
Grover has captivated audiences for decades as a soloist, and in such notable groups as the famous and infamous Sha-Na-Na, and the highly popular swing band Za Zu Zaz. He was the front man for the exciting jazz group Blow Daddyo. He pairs frequently with the world-famous jazz pianist John Pizzarelli. Grover has performed on such prominent stages as New York City’s The Bottom Line and The Other End, the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, The Roxy in Los Angeles, the Wolf Trap Jazz Festival, and as a regular performer at the world-renowned Jazz Keller in Frankfurt, Germany.
Grover is a the coolest of cats, a Folk Project favorite, a Getaway veteran, and one of the Folk Project’s most-beloved performers.

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Trina Hamlin

Trina Hamlin combines gentle understanding with raw emotion. Her captivating, rich, and reveals a rare confluence of Midwestern innocence, contemplative focus, and raw passion. She seamlessly moves from guitar to piano and is regarded as one of the best harmonica players around. Trina offers an refreshing combination of ballads, folk-rock and blues.
Hamlin tours full-time throughout the US and Europe as a soloist and accompanist for numerous nationally recognized performers. After her band Blue Leaves, her solo career includes five albums, a "most wanted new artists" honor at Falcon Ridge, and has performed to a sold out crowd at the Newport Folk Festival. She’s shared the stage with Taj Majal, Charlie Musslewhite, John Hiatt, Ricki Lee Jones and Susan Werner, to name a few. Trina has performed on The Late Show with Conan O'Brien, and written the score for the movie Friends at Last, as well as the series Dawson's Creek.
We’re thrilled to present Trina's unique and powerful talents on the Getaway stage. You’ll see what we mean in October.

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photo of Grant Gordy Grant Gordy

Grant Gordy Guitarist Grant Gordy’s impressive command of both the bluegrass and jazz genres has made him one of the most highly regarded young instrumentalists of his generation. He held the guitar chair in the legendary David Grisman Quintet for six years. He's also worked alongside such musical luminaries as Edgar Meyer, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka and Darol Anger. Grant has performed all over North America and Europe, everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Montreal Jazz Festival; Jazz at Lincoln Center to Bonnaroo. His music has been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, and he's received attention from international music periodicals such as The Fretboard Journal, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Japanese bluegrass publication Moonshiner, Just Jazz Guitar and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
Grant will be leading intermediate and advanced guitar workshops at Getaway. It is a special pleasure to have this accomplished artist on our staff this weekend.

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Colleen Kattau

Colleen Kattau has a voice that is at once beautiful, pitch perfect, crystalline clear, and emotionally striking. Her poetic originals and charismatic stage presence inspire hope and spark imagination. Her performances combine stellar solos with a heavy dose of audience participation. Her styles range from sophisticated urban sensibilities through the simplicity of rural traditions, while delivering a voice that speaks for all Americans. Colleen has shared the stage with legendary performers Pete Seeger, toures with Holly Near, earned a selected showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Her stunning performance at a recent Troubadour Acoustic Concert led to her appearance at our Fall Getaway. We can’t wait to hear her again.

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photo of Pete McDonough Pete McDonough

Pete McDonough is our resident expert and workshop instructor in Piedmont blues, Delta blues, and the variety of other acoustic blues styles associated with such greats as Rev. Gary Davis, Bo Carter, and Mississippi John Hurt. He regularly appears in venues and at festivals in the tristate area and has opened for such musical legends as John Harford, Vassar Clements, Odetta, Chris Smithers. Pete's most significant influence is Woody Mann, a former student of Rev. Gary Davis, and jazz legend Lenny Tristano. Pete’s recent projects include contributing to the production of Harlem Street Singer, the award-winning documentary film by Woody Mann and Trevor Laurence, about the life and music of Rev. Gary Davis and the release of Fat in Paris and Other People’s Blues, a 12-track CD on Huckleberry Music.
Pete is a repeat performer at our Troubadour Acoustic Concert series, and a valued first-time instructor at “the best 3-day music party ever.”

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Dave Rimelis

Multi-faceted and talented Dave Rimelis is a Getaway artist-in-residence – the professional instructor who will once again lead our Kitchen Sink Ensemble, the catchall orchestra workshop for musicians on all instruments at all levels. As a guitarist and violinist, Dave has toured the United States, South America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East. He has been featured artist with the Colorado Symphony, Eugene Oregon Symphony, Waco Texas Symphony, the New Jersey Pops, and many others.
Dave’s music has been featured in featured films, on network television, on PBS, and in cartoons. His works have been performed by orchestras everywhere, including the Boston Pops, National Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and many other symphonies across the United States and the world. He is artist-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council on The Arts and teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Dave is a multi-talented musician and longtime supporter of the Folk Project and its members’ music. It’s a great pleasure to have him back on the Getaway team.

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photo of Brian Dolphin Brian Dolphin

Brian Dolphin is a sing-along specialist of the highest order. The joy and music he spread throughout last spring’s Getaway inspired us to invite this inspiring and talented workshop leader back. Brian leads an active life as a songwriter, performer, and song leader of both Ukrainian and American folk musics, uniting diverse communities through both the Ukrainian Village Voices choir and the "Dolphin & You" Community Sing. He has studied folk music, lived with indigenous musicians, and performed all over the world.
Brian has performed folk or original music at the Museum of Modern Art, the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, the National Conservatory in Ukraine, Ustuu Xorei in Russia, Markomeannu in Norway, the Brooklyn Folk Festival, and the Plant and Sing Festival opening for Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. He has also sung and been featured on WNYC, PRI, WFMU, WKCR, WGXC, Pirate Cat Radio in Oakland, and the People’s Radio in Olympia. Brian is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Fulbright recipient, and doctoral student of Ethnomusicology at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Brian will be leading our perennial favorite workshop of workshops, The Learn It, Sing It Choir. Brian will also lead an exciting special recording project for the Project. It’s great to have him back.

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Richard Bozic

Richard Bozic will be leading vocal instruction workshops at our Fall Getaway. Richard is a local legend, having given voice lessons to a number of Folk Project members and achieving fabulous results. His clients have been accepted to and involved with NBC’s “The Voice“, American Idol, Atlantic Records, RCA/Sony, Radio City Music Hall, and other premiere music venues.
Richard himself has appeared in productions with Cleveland Opera, Bronx Opera, Verismo Opera of New Jersey, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Fairbanks Summer Music Festival, Bethesda Summer Music Festival, The State Theatre in New Brunswick, the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, Opera New Jersey's Summer Artist program, and so many more. His opera credits range from Peter in Hansel and Gretel to Masetto in Don Giovanni, and Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata. Some concert appearances include Chief Seattle in Brubeck’s Earth is our Mother, and bass soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C. 
Mr. Bozic earned his Master's Degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with the celebrated baritone Bill Sharp. No matter how well you sing, you want to sing better. That’s why Richard is a Getaway favorite.

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photo of Andrew Dunn Andrew Dunn

Andrew Dunn is a North Jersey singer-songwriter whose wit, heart, and infectious melodies evoke memorable images and stories. His keen and often surprising observations deconstruct life's complexities. His songs frame the largest theatre-of-life events with the smallest of everyday moments, using the simplest words to construct beautiful, grand, and meaningful songs.
Andrew received a music education degree at Rowan University and spent over a decade teaching. He was a finalist in both the prestigious Kerrville Grassy Hill Songwriter's Competition and the Great American Song Contest. Dunn became a favorite on the NJ folk scene, featured regularly on the legendary stages of The Folk Project and Godfrey Daniels. He worked on a songwriting compilation with John Gorka, the preeminent songwriter of that time. He’s opened for folk icon Judy Collins and shared the stage with veteran songwriters Antje Duvekot, Jackie Tice Gregg Cagno, Bill Hall, and former Melanie sideman Ron Heacock.
Andrew Dunn is a beloved performer in Folk Project circles and beyond. He’ll be accompanied by Todd Dennison, who collaborated notably with Noel “Paul” Stookey, and Randy Cobb, the preeminent lead guitarist who worked with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, and Kenny Loggins. Lucky us.

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Carrie Cantor

Carrie Cantor is your Fest Forward winner. At every Getaway, guests vote for who they want performing on the main stage with our touring professionals. You chose Carrie. Carrie’s outstanding voice is beautifully set off by her sophisticated acoustic guitar arrangements. Her repertoire is a mix of slow, fast, swampy, blues-y, and pop-y tunes. Her performance brings listeners on a journey that is sometimes familiar, sometimes brand new, and always filled with gems elevated by her delightful voice and unique interpretations. You may have heard Cantor at the Troubadour, where she has opened twice; or playing in one of the Project’s favorite folk/rock bands, The Asthmatics; or as the rhythm guitarist in the neithernors, an original rock band.
It is a joy to put one of our own in the main stage spotlight. Congratulations, Carrie.

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photo of Carrie Cantor