Featured Performer: Tom Chapin
Tom Chapin, a Hudson Valley Troubadour, boasts a six-decade career with 27 albums and 3 GRAMMYs. A folk luminary and children’s music pioneer, he’s mastered Broadway, TV, and film. From the Chapin Brothers in the 1960s to the Emmy-winning kids’ show “Make A Wish” and documentaries, his versatility shines. His recent “Mornings with Papa Tom” streamed 200 live concerts during the pandemic. Since 1976, Chapin’s solo career blossomed, producing albums marked by storytelling prowess. His 2023 Earth Day re-release, “This Pretty Planet,” underscores his commitment to environmental advocacy. A dynamic musical force, accomplished children’s book author, and advocate for social justice and arts in education, Chapin’s enduring impact is indelible.
Featured Performer: The Poorhouse Pickers
The Poorhouse Pickers are Bob Cole, Marvin Perkins, and FiL Wisneski. They met at a weekly acoustic jam in Somerville, NJ and bonded over a shared love of sad songs and high harmonies. The Pickers play acoustic Americana, with a special love for those singer-songwriters who have a healthy understanding of, and appreciation for, the folk and country music of their roots.
Featured Performer: Ash Devine
Ash Devine is an internationally touring award-winning songwriter, Appalachian style folk musician (ukulele and guitar), song leader, teaching artist and humanitarian clown based in the Blue Ridge region of Asheville, North Carolina. Ash’s musical style spans several genres of contemporary folk and Americana, traditional Appalachian music, old time country, blues, and world music. Her concerts speak to a wide audience, incorporating original pieces with traditional music, cleverly improvised songs and audience participation. Her music is an authentic and unique representation of both contemporary and traditional Appalachian music and songwriting.
Featured Performer: Bill Carter
Bill Carter blends his work as a jazz composer and his calling as a Presbyterian pastor. Working the dotted line between sacred and secular, he preaches sereach week at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, and makes music with jazz musicians throughout the northeast. A graduate of Binghamton University (SUNY) and Princeton Theological Seminary, he has taught jazz piano and composition at the university level for over twenty years. Over the course of his career, he has made music with Phil Woods, Dave Brubeck, Bobby McFerrin, and David Liebman, among many others. He is the author of eleven books and composer/performer of eleven CDs, and travels widely as a speaker, teacher, workshop leader, and jazz pianist.
Featured Performer: Claudia Nygaard
Claudia Nygaard is a mesmerizing storyteller and a cinematic lyricist who writes songs that are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual, And she does so with a daredevil’s vulnerability and a complete lack of self-censorship. Nygaard, with her powerful, resonant, and deeply emotive amber honey voice, is a master at putting a tear in your eye with a song that breaks your heart, and then with a quick wit and an outlandish sense of humor, she’ll replace it with tears of laughter.
Claudia is a quick witted and charismatic performer, with a twinkle in her eye that convinces everyone in her audience that she is sharing a secret with them alone. And her storytelling doesn’t end when the song does. Sharing both the inspiration behind the tunes, and also frequently creating outlandish, irreverent, and humorous monologues, her patter is as important a part of her performances as the songs themselves.
Featured Performer: Arielle Silver
Arielle Silver is a consummate storyteller whose rich, expressive voice and acoustic guitar frame expansive melodies that echo her tours and travels across the American heartland. Raised on folk festival fields and synagogue pews, in woodsy and watery places up and down the Atlantic Seaboard, Arielle now lives in Los Angeles, just a traffic jam away from the Pacific Ocean.
She’s performed nationwide, from NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall to LA’s Hotel Cafe. Beyond music, Arielle teaches Creative Writing at Antioch University, co-owns Bhavana Flow Yoga, and directs programs at The SONA Foundation. She’s been faculty at UWisc-Madison and the International Women’s Writing Guild and is the Board President of Folk Alliance Region-West.