The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series ™

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

Time: 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted. 2nd Friday usually Open Stage/audition night

Admission: $10 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.

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Hotel Discount: Red Roof Inn in Parsippany is offering a discount to Minstrel performers and audience members.

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April Verch
Sep 28, 2012

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Friday, May 24: Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys with The Rough & Tumble

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys

We Used To Be BirdsJonathan Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, known for literary, outsider songs that have become Americana favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.” Multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken and drummer Austin McCall comprise The Pickup Cowboys, a pair of musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. And together, they put on a whirlwind show of great songs and theatrical antics that brought the attendees of last October’s Folk Project Getaway to their feet demanding more.

The Rough & Tumble

Tiny MosesThe Rough & Tumble is a close-harmony, folk duo consisting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler.  They left Nashville 4 years ago, for life on the road in a 16 foot camper with their two dogs. Heartfelt, intimate, candid, and warm, The Rough & Tumble’s tight-knit songs feature the accompaniment of acoustic guitars, accordion, banjulele, a toy piano, and a box full of noisemakers, and reflect the life of a couple of lovers on a great adventure across America.

Friday, May 31: Silk City with Hillary-Marie's Sole Music Collective

Silk City

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You GoSilk City is the high powered combination of three of the most accomplished musicians in the East. Danny Weiss' blazing guitar and soaring tenor voice have led bluegrass-oriented bands from Bottle Hill to Skyline. For over a decade, mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff toured with Hot Tuna, and has recorded for countless prominent acts from Peter Rowan to John Gorka to Julius LaRosa. And Larry Cohen's bass playing is sought after by musicians and recording studios around the country.

Hillary-Marie's Sole Music Collective

Hillary & AmyHillary-Marie's Sole Music Collective is one of the more unusual and charming duos you're likely to see on our stage. It features singer-songwriter and ukulele player Ami Madeleine, accompanied by Hillary Marie on foot, hand, and body percussion (an extended form of tap dance) and occasionally backup vocals. The result is a treat for the eye as well as the ear.

Friday, June 7: Cancelled

Due to construction at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, the show featuring Small Potatoes and Jean Scully & Friends is cancelled. They will be rescheduled.

Friday, June 14: OpenStage Cancelled

Due to construction at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, the OpenStage scheduled on this date will be cancelled. Regular 2nd Friday OpenStages will be resumed starting July 12.

Friday, June 21: David Roth with The Sandie Reilly Band

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.

Sandie Reilly is a longtime performing member of the Folk Project, and active on its Board of Directors. She plays guitar, and sings in a clear soprano. She is joined by fellow Folk Projectile and utility sideman Todd Dennison on bass and guitar, and Max Cohen on guitar and backup vocals. Together, they perform mostly Sandie's material along with a few well-chosen covers.

Friday, June 28: Summer Songs   A Folk Project Member Concert. $12 admission includes refreshments.

Summer Songs

Please join us on Friday, June 28 for Summer Songs 2019, "Songs Of The Sixties" It’s a celebration of the music from the hippie counterculture movement of the 1960’s, a period defined by a revolution in social norms. It was a crucial period in our history where ethically conscious youth denounced the decade as one of irresponsible excess, flamboyance, and the decay of social order. Folk Project members will lead songs from that period, backed up by the one and only Bunk Bed Band. Everyone is encouraged to bring their instruments and join the jam. (Song charts will be provided.) Folk Project members who would like to lead a song should send their song choice (and your key) to MitchRadler@FolkProject.org no later than June 1. Simultaneously, there will be a continuous round robin song circle in the Terrace Room throughout the evening. Non-members are welcome to attend and sing and jam along.

For those who have never been members of the Folk Project, we are offering a special “New-Member” package, available only at this show. For $25 (individual) or $30 (family) the package includes admission to this show, a one-year membership to the Folk Project, free admission to any future Folk Project OpenStage and a complimentary ticket to a future Troubadour Concert of their choice, $57 value. So wear your best bell bottom jeans and tie-dyes, and don’t forget to put a flower in your hair.

Friday, July 5: Closed

Friday, July 12: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, & $5 under age 21 , OpenStage only.

OpenStage

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Tonight's Feature Artist, Randie O'Neil, will be celebrating the release of her latest CD, "I'm Not That Girl". Her performance will be her official CD Release Party, and she will be performing songs from the recording, which will also be on sale in the lobby.

Friday, July 19: David Massengill with Jean Scully & Friends

David Massengill

Riders On an Orphan TrainSongwriter David Massengill's rural Tennessee roots are still evident in his speech even after four decades of living in the heart of the Greenwich Village NYC folk scene. Both of these environments shape his performances. They show up in the gritty and touching reality of his classic "My Name Joe" and "Great American Dream", and in the homespun stories of his country upbringing. David plays guitar and dulcimer as well as your heartstrings.

It was Jean Scully's fine voice and love of Irish folk music that first drew her to the Folk Project 25 years ago. And the Project opened her eyes to the broader range of contemporary singer-songwriters and to the greater folk community. In the process, she has now become the Troubadour's Volunteer Coordinator. So with the help of numerous musical friends in the Project, she will present a program of a wide range of beautiful songs, traditional and contemporary.

Friday, July 26: The Minstrel's 44th Birthday Show   Tonight: $$12 admission includes birthday cake & refreshments.

Friday, August 2: Happy Traum with Pete McDonough   An evening of fingerstyle guitar

Happy Traum

Church Street BluesHappy Traum, together with his late brother Artie, raised and set the standard of finger-style guitar playing in the great heyday of the Folk Revival in the 60's and 70's. He has performed in virtually every major folk festival in the US and abroad, taught in every guitar camp from Swannanoa to Merlefest to the Fur Piece Ranch, and played with virtually every legendary acoustic guitarist in the world over the past 40 years, and released many instructional books and videos on the subject. He still plays great, and has some wonderful stories to tell about the era of the Great Folk Scare.

Pete McDonough

Hesitation BluesCompleting this evening's pair of fingerstyle guitarists is Pete McDonough. Pete has been performing, studying, and writing about acoustic blues for more than 40 years. His performances present a journey through piedmont, delta and other acoustic blues styles associated with such greats as Rev. Gary Davis, Bo Carter, Mississippi John Hurt and others. His recent projects include contributing to the production of Harlem Street Singer, the award winning documentary film about the life and music of Rev. Gary Davis.

Friday, August 9: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, & $5 under age 21 , OpenStage only.

OpenStage

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, August 16: Richard Shindell with Andrew Dunn   Note: No Concert Window broadcast of this show.

Richard Shindell

ArrowheadOne of the most respected singer-songwriters of the folk community comes to the Folk Project. Attending a concert with Richard Shindell is kind of like reading a book of very engrossing short stories. He has an intensity to his performance that brings the characters to sharp focus, including some characters you wouldn't expect to find at a folk event.

Andrew Dunn

This Is My Husband's CarAnd who better to open for Richard Shindell than one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the Folk Project community, Andrew Dunn? Andrew'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, August 23: Closed for the New Jersey Uke Fest

Closed for the New Jersey Uke Fest

Gerald Ross - Sweet Georgia BrownCheck out the New Jersey Uke Fest on Augsust 23-25, located at 60C N. Jefferson Road in Whippany, NJ at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of NJ. The fest will have - 2 Concerts, 3 music jams, 20 interactive workshops and loads of fun. Click here for details.

Friday Concert - Gerald Ross w/ Rachel Manke
Saturday Concert - Heidi Swedberg & Daniel Ward w/ Christopher Davis-Shannon

Friday, August 30: T.B.D.

Friday, September 6: David Stoddard with Sharon Goldman

David Stoddard

My TownThe capacity crowd who saw David Stoddard's opening set for Cheryl Wheeler overwhelmingly endorsed him for this followup headline set. He's a Minnesota-based singer-songwriter who has won the Kerrville New Folk award, as well as songwriting awards at the South Florida Folk Festival, the Tucson Folk Festival, the Minnesota Folk Festival, and others. His music gets compared to that of Randy Newman and Loudon Wainwright III. John McCutcheon said of him, “It’s not often I hear a songwriter that can write funny and write serious. David Stoddard is one of the rare ones. I love his stuff.”

Sharon Goldman

Jerusalem (Yerushalayim)Sharon Goldmanis a Folk Project member, and a very fine singer-songwriter. Her songs are plain, but not simple, sophisticated, but not impenetrable. She sings of family, of relationships, and of stories worth hearing.

Friday, September 13: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, & $5 under age 21 , OpenStage only.

OpenStage

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, September 20: Garnet Rogers with Scott Cook

Garnet Rogers

The Lost OnesWith his smooth, dark baritone, his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet Rogers is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. He became a touring musician right out of high school as a member of his brother Stan's band. His music is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.

Scott Cook

Pass It AlongScott Cook has been living out of a van or a backpack for the last eleven years, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere, and releasing six albums along the way.  All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world. "He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own... Truly one of Woody Guthrie's children." -RnR Magazine

Friday, September 27: Patrick Ball --   A one-man musical play

Patrick Ball --

The Soul Agony / The Twisting of the RopeIrish harper and storyteller Patrick Ball returns to the Minstrel with another of his musical/dramatic 1-man productions. "Come Dance With Me in Ireland" recounts the life and music of the great Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, as seen through the eyes of an elderly Irish-American couple returning to the "Auld Ground". In his enchanting brogue, and accompanying himself on the traditional wire-strung Celtic harp, Patrick spins a heartwarming tale and enchants the listener with his impeccable artistry on this rare instrument.

Friday, October 4: A Folk Project Special Concert at the Troubadour
Tom Paxton & the DonJuans   Tickets $35.00. Troubadour passes and volunteer ticks not valid for this show.

Tom Paxton & the DonJuans

Did You Love John Hurt / Ramblin' BoyTom Paxton is the voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends and community. The Don Juans are Don Henry and Jon Vezner, two Grammy-winning songwriters who offer an impressive array of experience and gifted musicianship. Collectively, their songs have been covered by: Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, B.J. Thomas, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan… just to name a few! Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something. Now they’re taking it on the road! And tonight, that road leads to the Troubadour.

Friday, October 11: Closed for the Folk Project Fall Getaway   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

Details to follow. Registration opens July 4.

Friday, October 18: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas with The Free Reeds

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

‘t Ey BelseleFrom his teenage years in Scotland, Alasdair Fraser displayed an abiding love and precocious talent for the fiddle music of Scotland. Now 4 decades later, he is recognized around the world as one of greatest carriers of that flame. Not only does he embrace the music of the tradition, he has enlarged it with dozens of widely known compositions of his own. With his longtime musical partner, cellist Natalie Haas he has graced just about every festival and concert hall in the world with his virtuosity. From fiery reels to enchanting airs to sprightly strathspeys, the pair embody the essence of Scotland.

The Free Reeds

Paris NightsThe Free Reeds is comprised of Corey Purcell (button accordion) and Rob Curto (piano accordion). They explode all the accordion jokes, and prove that the instrument in the right hands can produce great and exciting music. Their repertoire covers the full range from Argentinian tangos to Irish reels, to French gigues, with a little song accompaniment thrown in for good measure.

Friday, October 25: Folk Project Halloween Show

Details T.B.D.

Friday, November 1: Zoe Mulford with Opening act T.B.D.

Zoe Mulford

The President Sang Amazing GraceThose who saw Zoe Mulford's bravura opening set for Susan Werner in January voted overwhelmingly to give her a feature set of her own. 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. Her song, "The President Sang Amazing Grace" has been recently recorded by Joan Baez.

Friday, November 8: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

OpenStage

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regular scheduled acts for the first time at our Open Stage. Admission is $5.00 at the door, but is free for Folk Project members and anyone under the age of twenty-five. (Free-will donations are encouraged.) For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, November 15: JP Cormier with Opening act T.B.D.   An Agranoff Imperative!*

JP Cormier

Dixie BreakdownJP Cormier is the worst-kept secret of the multi-instrumental virtuoso world. Based in Nova Scotia, he has been a member of the world's top touring bluegrass and string bands since the age of 13. After two decades of that, he stepped out of the bands, and began his solo career. His guitar work, both flatpicking and fingerstyle is lightning fast, and yet smooth as butter. So is his fiddling. His songs are brilliantly written, and delivered in a clear and soulful tenor. And the stories between songs is delightful and often hilarious.

* It's been a long time since we've had an "Agranoff Imperative" at the Troubadour. I will apply that rating once every few years to an artist appearing at the Minstrel for the first time who, though their name may not be familiar, merits my MUST SEE recommendation based on sheer virtuosity, and performance excellence. JP Cormier is one such without doubt. Put this one on your calendar now!

Mike Agranoff
Troubadour Program Chairman

Friday, November 22: T.B.D.

Friday, November 29: A Folk Project Special Concert at the Troubadour
Livingston Taylor with Juliana Parker Edelston   Tickets $35.00. Troubadour passes and volunteer ticks not valid for this show.

Livingston Taylor

Life is GoodLivingston Taylor could be described as "equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon. He has written top-40 hits recorded by his brother James Taylor and has appeared with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, and Jimmy Buffet. He is equally at home with a range of musical genres - folk, pop, gospel, jazz - and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances.

For further information and tickets, click here.

Juliana Parker Edelston

Rhode Island RhodesJuliana Parker Edelston is an up and coming perfromer, Folk Project family favorite, and friend and student of Livingston Taylor. On the piano she combines the sounds of pop and rock to connect with strangers and makes hearts move. Her major influences are Sara Bareilles, Billy Joel, Queen, and Taylor Swift. She was drawn to their emphasis on lyrics, emotion, and orchestration.

Friday, December 6: Chorus Song Night

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

Friday, December 13: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, & $5 under age 21 , OpenStage only.

OpenStage

The Minstrel Open Stage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. Admission is $5.00 at the door, but is free for Folk Project members and anyone under the age of twenty-five. (Free-will donations are encouraged.) For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, December 20: Folk Project Holiday Benefit Show

Details to follow

Friday, December 27: Gathering Time with Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine

Gathering Time

If I Had My WayIt's 4-1/2 years since Gathering Time last graced our stage. This vocal harmony-based trio from Long Island, NY has become a local favorite here in the Northeast. They put together an exciting program of songs from their own pens, those of their contemporaries in the acoustic singer-songwriter genre, and some classics from the 60's. Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong, and Gerry McKeveny have voices that blend exquisitely.

One By OneBoston-based but New Jersey-born, Terry Kitchen has been performing on the folk scene for the past decade,. 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 has joined up with the Folk Project's own Mara Levine, whose vocal harmonies (and sometimes leads) add a whole new level of enjoyment to his songs.

Friday, January 3: T.B.D.

Friday, January 10: OpenStage   Show note: Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel Open Stage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. Admission is $5.00 at the door, but is free for Folk Project members and anyone under the age of twenty-five. (Free-will donations are encouraged.) For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, January 17: T.B.D.

Friday, January 24: T.B.D.

Friday, January 31: T.B.D.

Friday, February 7: Valentines Day Extravaganza

Details to follow

Friday, February 14: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, & $5 under age 21 , OpenStage only.

OpenStage

The Minstrel Open Stage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. Admission is $5.00 at the door, but is free for Folk Project members and anyone under the age of twenty-five. (Free-will donations are encouraged.) For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, February 21: T.B.D.

Friday, February 28: T.B.D.

Friday, March 6: T.B.D.

Friday, March 13: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, & $5 under age 21 , OpenStage only.

OpenStage

The Minstrel Open Stage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. Admission is $5.00 at the door, but is free for Folk Project members and anyone under the age of twenty-five. (Free-will donations are encouraged.) For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, March 20: T.B.D.

Friday, March 27: T.B.D.

Friday, April 3: T.B.D.

Friday, April 10: OpenStage

OpenStage

The Minstrel Open Stage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. Admission is $5.00 at the door, but is free for Folk Project members and anyone under the age of twenty-five. (Free-will donations are encouraged.) For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, April 17: Trout Fishing In America with Opening act T.B.D.

Trout Fishing In America

You Show Up at the Strangest TimeTrout Fishing in America is the long-standing, and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and ezra Idlet. As individuals, they are about as different as one could imagine. But together, they blend seemlessly in a way that has captured audiences of all ages for over three decades. A willingness to at once make fun of our most annoying daily habits, and then to touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life is what makes the connection between the Trouts and their audiences so compelling and poignant.

Friday, April 24: T.B.D.