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Mike Agranoff
folk, humor, musician, singer, singer songwriter, storyteller, traditional, and variety

Engaging concert performer, playing guitar and concertina. A great mix of songs, tunes and stories, liberally sprinkled with humor.

Contact: Mike Agranoff      mike@mikeagranoff.com      973-335-9489
Sean & the Leprechaun / Princess & the Frog
Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Jane Babits
classic, jazz, musical instruction, musician, singer, and variety

Singer/Songwriter/Classic guitarist & teacher/arranger/Jazz & standards. Solo set for many occasions combining many styles of songs & instrumental, from Dowland to original to Beatles to Cole Porter.

Contact: Jane Babits      perftfagenson@folkproject.org      212-861-7019
Betsy Rose and The Chicago Fire
acoustic, band, blues, electric, jazz, musician, pop, r&b, and singer

Saucy Blues & Playful Tunes. Female vocalist with electric lead, bass & rhythm guitars, drums & brass often add to the tremendous talent of the boys in the band. The Chicago Fire is really hot!

Contact: Elizabeth Lachowicz      perfbrose@folkproject.org      908-230-2280
Circle Round the Sun
duo, folk, musician, singer, and variety

Folk/acoustic guitar/vocal duo: great contemporary songs in rich harmony.

Contact: Jay Wilensky      perfjwilensky@folkproject.org      732-337-1527
Burn Those Bridges
Maybe I'll Stay
Christine DeLeon
acoustic, contemporary, folk, inspirational, jazz, musician, singer, singer songwriter, songwriter, and variety

After a short listen to singer-songwriter Christine DeLeon, you might wonder how the voices of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Judy Collins have been combined into one. Her performances are varied and adaptable sporting a wide vocal range and embracing many styles. Equally comfortable with her original songs of a reflective, humorous or storytelling nature as well as familiar sing-along tunes to inspire audience participation, Christine has all the tools to get any performance job done exceptionally well.

Contact: Christine DeLeon      christine@christinedeleon.com      201-446-5387
All of Our Neighbors
New Days
The Early Music Players
baroque, early music, ensemble, medieval, musician, renaissance, singer, and unusual instruments

Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music, including Medieval chant, the slightly scandalous ditties of the English court, the haunting strains of Sephardic Music and 18th century courtly airs and dances. Voice, early flutes, recorders, gemshorn, krumhorn, vielle, rebec, viola da gamba, guitar, percussion.

Contact: Kris Lamb      kris@earlymusicplayers.org      201-259-4107
Ballet from Terpsichore
Variations on Puer Nobis Nascitur
The Eclectic Consort
Classical, ensemble, folk, musician, and singer

From classical to folk, from ancient to modern and from the sublime to the ridiculous. Repertoire include music that is out of the ordinary, such as works by obscure composers or familiar works in unusual settings. Instruments include recorders of all sizes, krummhorns, gemshorns, guitars, dulcimer, accordion, flutes, tin whistle and early and folk percussion.

Contact: John Lamb      john.lamb@folkproject.org      201-874-7546
Da Slockit Light
Bach Badinerie
Sam Edelston
acoustic, folk, humor, musician, pop, rock, singer, songwriter, and variety

Sam fell in love with novelty songs, folk, country, rock & roll, symphonic classical music, guitar, banjo, and songwriting – all around the same time – and dulcimers just a little while later. The result is a multi-sided performer who is equally at home doing sophisticated humor for grown-ups, shout-alongs for kids, or an unpredictable variety of things on hammered and mountain dulcimers for the pure fun of it.

Contact: Sam Edelston      samxyz@optonline.net      203-661-0503
Ken Galipeau
children's programs, humor, musician, singer, storyteller, and variety

Ken’s engaging performances include stories, poems and songs sung with guitar, drum, piano or a capella. Material is humorous and poignant, both for listening and participating. Whether you are a kid or an adult, all ages will be captivated by Ken’s telling, singing and playing. Programs can be tailored to audiences, themes, or both.

Contact: Ken Galipeau      perfkgalipeau@folkproject.org      862-432-2766
Fishin' with Ish
The Garden State
Gerry Hazel
americana, dylan, folk, pete seeger, social justice, and woody guthrie

Gerry Hazel is a singer-songwriter based in Cranford, NJ. Though he grew up on Folk, Top 40 AM radio and Classic Rock, he is influenced and inspired by all music made by people, and by the awesome power of music to bring people together. His songs speak of love, peace, and social justice.

Contact: Gerry Hazel      perfghazel@folkproject.org      917-273-7813
The Judges
blues, duo, guitar, irish, jazz, keyboard, performer, pop, rock swing, and singer

Sara Steele and Anita Zack, “The Judges”, who met as dog trainers and dog show performance judges, have hooked up to form a vocal Duo backed by keys or guitar, where they perform Cover Standards in the genres of Pop, Blues, Jazz, Swing, or Irish.

Contact: Sara J. Steele      perfthejudges@folkproject.org      908-876-9098
Dave Kleiner
acoustic, children's programs, electric, folk, humor, musical instruction, musician, pop, rock, singer, songwriter, and variety

Singer/songwriter, guitar player (acoustic, electric, slide, lap steel), performing solo & in a duo with his wife Liz Pagan, & in several bands, including Big Jeff & His Middle-Sized Band (rock & folk for little kids, www.bigjeffmusic.com), Bill Meyer & Friends (folk/americana), & Betsy Rose & the Chicago Fire (electric blues.) Available as a stand-alone act for events, as well as studio & commercial applications of music. Best known for humorous original songs such as Mexican Rabbi & Too Many Restaurants (Not Enough Time.) Dave is available as a private or group coach in songwriting & guitar skills, & for educational programs at schools & libraries. Certified K-8 NJ teacher, holds a Master’s in Education. The New Jersey Songwriter’s Circle meets at his house on the second Thursday of every month at 7 PM.

Contact: Dave Kleiner      perfdkleiner@folkproject.org      201-563-4808
Stephanie P. Ledgin
bluegrass, concert & festival emcee, folk, primary focus on folk & bluegrass, speaker, workshop & panel presenter/speaker, and workshop presenter

STEPHANIE P. LEDGIN is an international award-winning music journalist and book author/photographer: Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass; From Every Stage: Images of America’s Roots Music; Discovering Folk Music. Her work has appeared around the globe in publications, recordings, and museums. Her 50-year professional journey dates back to high school, when Sixties rock-n-roll captivated her alongside popular folk music of the day. Early interviews included the original Fleetwood Mac and Joe Cocker, while during her decades immersed in bluegrass and folk, Ledgin sat down with such legends as Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and John Hartford. A seasoned emcee and radio show host — most notably WFUV 90.7 FM, New York City — she was director of the New Jersey Folk Festival for 10 years, produced numerous concerts in New York City and New Jersey, and managed Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta for a decade, developing from the ground up his Stateside career. Her forthcoming book, Exceptional Music: 50 Years On, is an autobiographical retrospective. Ledgin’s extensive background provides multi-faceted subject matter for panels and presentations. Her experience behind the mic brings poise and professionalism to any event.

Contact: Stephanie P. Ledgin      ledgin@ledgin.com      732-586-6505
Michael Mitsch
irish and traditional

Band performs traditional and Irish music.

Contact: Michael Mitsch      perfmmitsch@folkproject.org      973-328-0675
Heather Mulvey
acoustic guitar, americana, celtic, singer, and storyteller

Heather Mulvey plays acoustic guitar and sings Americana and Celtic folk songs and engages audiences of all ages since the early 90’s. Sing Out! Magazine says “Heather Mulvey is a New Jersey artist with a sweet, lilting soprano and a genuine love for the old familiar classics”

Contact: Heather Mulvey      perfhmulvey@folkproject.org      973-886-6318
Liz Pagan
acoustic, electric, musician, and singer

Singer. Plays acoustic guitar & electric bass. Performs with her husband, Dave Kleiner, and sings with various bands in the area. She is a freelance graphic designer and a certified yoga instructor.

Contact: Liz Pagan      perflpagan@folkproject.org      973-986-3630
Roia Rafieyan
acoustic, acoustic guitar, contemporary, folk, keyboard, musician, performer, pop, singer, singer songwriter, speaker, and workshop presenter

Roia Rafieyan has the vocal stylings of a Carole King or a Joni Mitchell and the quirky songwriting style of a Christine Lavin or a Dar Williams. Many of Roia’s songs come from her work as a music therapist. Her passion for her work is reflected in her lyrics and point of view as a songwriter. Her music is deceptively simple. She will drift effortlessly from the guitar to the keyboard. She is equally at home with a sparse accompaniment as she is with a wall of notes, her voice always floating above it all. You can detect the jazzy influence in her chord progressions, the folky flavor of her rhythms, and the classic rock influence all merged together into a new genre.

Contact: Roia Rafieyan      perfrrafieyan@folkproject.org      908-256-5419
Reeds, Rhythm, & All That Brass
band, jazz, singer, and swing

Jazz & Swing Big Band

Contact: Jay Wilensky      perfjwilensky@folkproject.org      732-337-1528
Sandie Reilly
children's programs, folk, inspirational, musical instruction, musician, producer, singer, songwriter, and sound technician

In addition to performing ballads, sing-a-longs, & contemporary folk music, much of it written by herself, Sandie produces the Horses Sing None Of It Folk Project Cable TV Show, instructs & entertains children with song and a variety of instruments, she’s a sound technician and emcee.

Contact: Sandie Reilly      perfsreilly@folkproject.org      908-501-3842
Jean Scully
emcee, folk, jazz, rock, singer, and variety

Female Vocalist comfortable in many different genres. Master of Ceremonies, actress with background in musical comedy.

Contact: Jean Scully      perfjscully@folkproject.org      201-486-1366
Solidarity Singers of the NJ Industrial Council
americana, chorus, musician, political, singer, and topical

We are a street chorus dedicated to support of the labor movement and progressive causes. We appear on picket lines, at rallies, on marches and at demonstrations of all sorts as well as in coffee houses or concert settings. Although we rehearse often, we are loosely organized. At a typical engagement 10-12 of us will appear to sing, generally accompanied by a single acoustic guitar, some percussion and occasional props. Our primary inspirations are The Almanac Singers, Joe Hill and the many other contributors to the “Little Red Songbook.” Our repertoire includes many newly-composed songs and parodies along with classic and traditional songs of the Left. Our motto: “We don’t all read music, but we all know which side we are on.” We have one cd, Solidarity It Can’t Be Beat!

Contact: Bennet Zurofsky      bzurofsky@zurofskylaw.com      973-642-0885
This Land Is Your Land
Rachel Streich
musician, old time, and singer

Southern old-time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar, vocals

Contact: Rachel Streich      perfrstreich@folkproject.org      973-650-6849
Jay Wilensky
acoustic, folk, musician, and singer

Jay is a singer, guitarist, song collector. Performs with Marie Trontell in the folk/acoustic duo Circle Round the Sun, and as a vocalist with the jazz/swing big band Reeds, Rhythm, and All That Brass (“RRB”).

Contact: Jay Wilensky      perfjwilensky@folkproject.org      732-337-1527
Bennet Zurofsky
director, musician, political, singer, topical, and variety

Solo folk-singer performing in Northern New Jersey venues of all shapes and sizes for more than 40 years (although mostly as Director of the Solidarity Singers for the last ten or so). My repertoire includes many traditional songs and tunes along with songs with known composers including a very few of my own. I mostly play guitar but also perform with the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, Jew’s harp and percussion. Except for the fact that I am not a song-writer, Pete Seeger is the well-known performer whose repertoire and style of performance is closest to what I try to do on stage. Audiences should expect to sing along.

Contact: Bennet Zurofsky      perfbzurofsky@folkproject.org      973-642-0886