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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Special Alert

To help #FlattenTheCurve of the COVID-19 virus, we have cancelled all public activities through the end of July. Some events have been provisionally rescheduled in August and beyond, subject to conditions at the time. Check the Troubadour Calendar and other sections of our full website for the latest schedules.

Meanwhile, please watch our online Stayaway events linked from our home page and our Youtube channels Horses Sing None of It and Folk Project Video.

Stay tuned, stay healthy and keep washing your hands!

 

Beppe Gambetta
Jun 1, 2012

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Friday, August 7: Mike Agranoff   The Troubadour returns with two of the Folk Project's own.

Mike Agranoff

The Mary Ellen CarterAs the Troubadour's Program Chairman, Mike Agranoff has been its public face for decades. Many regular attendees have heard snippets of music from him at an Open Stage or in informal music sessions offstage. But he's also a regularly touring seasoned performer, and a full set from him can be pretty impressive. His prodigious skills on guitar and concertina support a wide variety of music. Expect anything from irreverent parodies to traditional ballads; from blazing dance tunes to Bach concerti; from great chorus songs to his signature spoken-word recitations. In addition to some old favorites, expect brand new and long-abandoned songs from his vast repertoire along with musical help from some of the Folk Project's best musicians.

Friday, August 14: Open Stage   Admission: $5, Open Stage only.

Open Stage

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, August 21: Bill Staines with The Greystone Singers   Provisionally rescheduled from April 24th

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 40 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.

The Greystone Singers consists of Hal Lindsay (guitar), Adam Siegler (bass), and Joe Seider (banjo), who have discovered and adopted the music of the Folk Revival of the '40s through the '60s. The band's name, of course, refers to the Morris County institution where Woodie Guthrie spent his final years. And it's Woodie's music, along with that of Pete Seeger, Peter Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, and others that surprisingly and refreshingly comes from this trio of 20-somethings.

Friday, August 28: The GrooveBarbers with The Levins   UkeFest Cancelled for 2020

The GrooveBarbers

Doo-Wopera(Rescheduled from June 19)
An a cappella supergroup? Sounds paradoxical, absurd, perhaps even dangerous. Indeed, The GrooveBarbers are all these things. Each member of this all-vocal powerhouse quartet is a bona fide star in his own right: Sean Altman, Charlie Evett and Steve Keyes are alumni of the pioneering contemporary a cappella group Rockapella, and Kevin Weist is a renowned bald vocal guru. Collectively they have established themselves as the "go to" vocal group for rock, doo-wop, (and occasionaly doo-wopera!), jazz and even (no way!) barbershop! And the vocal pyrotechnics are enhanced with brilliant clowning, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable show.

The Levins

Dropping KeysThe Levins (pronounced The L'Vins), Ira and Julia Levin, combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s. Their original songs sound like The Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. They were the 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Friday, September 4: Open Stage   NOTE: NOT THE USUAL 2ND FRIDAY! Admission: $5, OpenStage only.

Open Stage

The Folk Project 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. For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, September 11: John Gorka with Opening Act T.B.D.   Note: Open Stage, usually the 2nd Friday, rescheduled to September 4.

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, September 18: A Folk Project Special Concert TBA

Details to follow

Friday, September 25: Best of the Open Stage

Details to Follow.

Friday, October 2: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman with Opening act T.B.D.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

Stroll OnTo say that Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman play the Celtic Harp and guitar is like saying Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe pick out tunes on the banjo and mandolin. These two are past masters of their craft, and their craft is virtuoso performance on their chosen instruments. "Awesome" is a word overused these days, but I was drop-dead awe-struck by their performance. Their forte is the Irish and Scots repertoire, but they take detours into old-time American tunes and swing (!!) This is a must-see show even for people who are not into harp music. They are jaw-dropping mind-bending out-freaking-standing.

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

Details to follow.

Friday, October 16: Trout Fishing In America with Carla Ulbrich   Rescheduled from cancelled April 17 date

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.

Carla Ulbrich

If I Had the Copyright (The F-Word Song)Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living. With a love of wordplay and some pretty fancy guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the 'F' Word. She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

Friday, October 23: Jesse Ruben with Opening act T.B.D.

Jesse  Ruben

This is Why I Need YouRescheduled from May 22nd.

Those who remember Jesse Ruben's bravura performance opening for the Loose Canons back in January will surely be back for his feature set tonight. Jesse is a young Brooklyn-based songwriter, who can bounce between frenetic, wordy, cleverly written, almost manic ditties to incredibly tender and specific love songs in the blink of an eye. He is at once spontaneous and beautifully crafted in his delivery, and a real charmer to boot.

Friday, October 30: Folk Project Halloween Show

Details to follow

Friday, November 6: Robert Jones & Matt Watroba with Opening act T.B.D.

Robert Jones & Matt Watroba

Robert Jones & Matt Watroba, sharing common chords for over 30 years; a black man and a white man, obviously great friends, on stage singing and talking about the roots music that tells our story. A music we all have in common, that reflects history, social change, hopes and dreams. Music that is rich, diverse, direct, and powerful. All of this makes for an evening that is not just a powerhouse of entertainment, but a deeply impressive message that resonates to the soul.

Friday, November 13: Open Stage   Admission: $5, Open Stage only.

Open Stage

The Folk Project 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. For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, November 20: Don White with Opening act T.B.D.

Don White

The Accordion Door StorySome of you may remember Don White from his split-bill appearance with Christine Lavin in 2014. Don 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.

Friday, November 27: Matt Nakoa with Opening act T.B.D.

Matt Nakoa

Touch and GoMatt Nakoa is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. A modern troubadour, he makes his home on the highways and concert stages of America, and appears regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. The Boston Globe says of Nakoa, “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.” His stage presence is electrifying, bringing audiences to their feet at concerts and festivals throughout the country. If you've not seen him, this will be an unforgettable show.

Friday, December 4: Chorus Song Night

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

Friday, December 11: Open Stage   Admission: $5, OpenStage only

Open Stage

The Folk Project 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. For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, December 18: Holiday Benefit Show

A holiday show featuring member musicians of the Folk Project to benefit the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.
Details to follow

Friday, January 8: Open Stage   Admission: $5, OpenStage only

Open Stage

The Folk Project 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. For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, January 15: T.B.D.

Friday, January 22: T.B.D.

Friday, January 29: Deeper Than The Skin   A Folk Project Special Concert. Tickets: $25.00

Deeper Than The Skin

Hickory HillThis concert has been rescheduled from its original date of May 8, 2020. Tickets are not yet available for this concert.

Deeper Than the Skin is an examination in song and story of the issue of race in America by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway, two of our favorite artists who have lived that issue, and come to grips with it. It will be an evening of singing, of narrative, and of listening; of experiencing a connection so deep that it moves us to laugh, cry, and reconsider what we know about our history. This will be an experience to be long remembered.