Noted (nationally known) writer and performer. Sing Out! magazine columnist, feature writer and Advisory Board member. Premier music journalist for major music magazines such as Frets, Acoustic Guitar, Fast Folk and Billboard.. Repeat emcee and main stage performer at prestigious venues such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival for crowds as large as 10,000. Captivating Humorist; Excellent Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist and Banjo Player. Eclectic mix of songs with a unique personal style and charming, personable presence. 35 years experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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!
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.