Featured Performer: Bernie Drury
Music became a big part of Bernie Drury‘s life in 1976 when he spent nearly a year busking through France and Italy playing at outdoor cafes, the Paris metro, night clubs and colleges. His song writing spans most genres from the blues, to country, rock and some jazz influenced tunes but regardless of the style, the story is the most important piece. Today Bernie is a proud member of Skylands Songwriters Guild in Morris County, NJ and co-hosts “The Song Writer’s Gig” podcast. His first EP “Tools of a Songwriter” was released in July 2018. A full length CD is coming in 2023.
Featured Performer: The Honey Badgers
The Honey Badgers are a Delaware based contemporary folk duo whose folk/Americana sound has been likened to that of The Civil Wars and The Swell Season. They are known for their intense, unique harmonies, their sincere lyrics and melodies, and their undeniable and captivating onstage charm. Weaving their voices together over driving guitar, lonesome violin, and punchy harmonica, The Honey Badgers spin stories and songs about finding yourself, finding each other, and finding your way in the world.
Featured Performer: Michael McNevin
Quirky conversations, odd jobs, and narrow escapes, Michael McNevin‘s songs read like short stories—full of heart, humor, and a keen eye for detail. Skillful guitar work and nuanced vocals underscore the characters and places of his travels. Michael’s easy going rapport and knack for storytelling brings audiences into his scenes. The lyrical landscapes are filled with surprises and everyday life. Michael has played the main-stages of the Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Folk Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival as well as shared stages with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Robert Earl Keen, Iris Dement, Rosanne Cash, Greg Brown, and many others.
Featured Performer: Mike Agranoff
Mike Agranoff is one of those folk performers that steadfastly defies categorization, and yet amasses stalwart fans from folk aficionados of all categories. He draws his material from sources as diverse as traditional ballads and fiddle tunes, Tin Pan Alley, contemporaries in the Folk World, and his own witty pen. He delivers it with a skilled hand on guitar, piano, and concertina, an almost telepathic transmittal of the essence of the song, and occasionally sly twinkle in the eye in anticipation of some of the most horrible parodies ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting audience. A signature feature of Mike’s performances are his inclusion of some heart-stopping spoken word pieces that rivet the listener to unforgettable stories.
Featured Performer: Jack Barksdale
Jack Barksdale is a 15 year old folk/americana singer/songwriter from Texas. Inspired by folk, rock, and blues legends Jack started performing original music at the age of nine and has already shared the stage with Wynonna Judd, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, John Fullbright and Hayes Carll.
Jack tours nationally and wows audiences with lyrics wise beyond his years. Jack plays guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano and ukulele, but identifies first and foremost as a songwriter.
American Songwriter wrote “Jack Barksdale has insights and awareness far beyond people twice his age, and he’s able to put them into songs that touch listeners.”