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NOTE: All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and booster shots are strongly recommended. Proof of vaccination will be checked at the door. Face masks are encouraged, but not required. To help reassure our more cautious patrons, the audience is divided into “Masks Required” and “Masks Optional” sections. Snacks will be served outdoors when weather permits.

The Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series™

Time: 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted. 2nd Fridays are usually Open Stage/audition night. (Check the schedule for rare exceptions.)

Location: Morristown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ, a smoke & alcohol free environment. DIRECTIONS

Admission: Unless otherwise noted, $10 on your way in plus the balance of what you think the show was really worth on your way out. All exit donations go directly to the Headline Act. Vaccinated children 12 and under may attend free, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Until such time that children under 5 may be safely vaccinated, alas they will not be admitted.

Streaming: All Troubadour concerts may be viewed in person or live-streamed, except as noted.

For More Information: Email troubadour@folkproject.org or call 973-335-9489.

Buy Troubadour tickets online: You may purchase tickets in advance for Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series shows by clicking on the Live Tickets link in the show listing below.  Online sales cease a bit before midnight on the day before the event. Tickets will still be available at the door on the day of the show unless the event is completely sold out, in which case there will be a prominent notice posted on this website. Some events accept admissions payment only at the door, with no advance sales.

Valentines Day Extravaganza

$12 admission includes special deserts

Photo of Valentines Day Extravaganza
 

It’s here, the night you’ve been waiting for! Back after a 3-year hiatus.  Please join us for this all-Folk Project show where FP members will perform songs celebrating the joys and woes of love. Many singers are backed by our 10 piece Valentine’s Day Big Boogie Band  or by the sophisticated  Jazz Trio of Frank Sole, Hen3ry Nerenberg and Todd Dennison. . Audience-composed “Messages from the Heart” and special desserts make this a night to remember! This evening is a FP fundraiser and a crowd pleaser. Please show up and join the fun! Snow date is Feb 10.

Photo of
 

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No opening act this week.

Photo of Dead to the Core
Jerry Garcia

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, fronted by musician/journalist Jeffrey Pepper Rogers, who pay tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are recordings from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.
The band features:

  • Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, (guitar, cajon, and vocals) songwriter, member of Pepper & Sassafras, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and author of a Homespun Video series teaching his arrangements of classic Dead songs
  • Wendy Ramsay, (flute, clarinet, accordion & vocals) Songwriter and member of Pepper & Sassafras
  • Jefferson Hamer, (Guitar, mandolin, & vocals) Internationally touring songwriter, guitarist, and traditional musician. He performs with the Murphy Beds and Session Americana, and records with Sarah Jarosz

This will be an experience unlike any other Grateful Dead tribute: a night of deeply personal performances that illuminate the masterful song craft and storytelling of one of America’s most original bands.

Featured Act: Heather Pierson
Photo of Heather Pierson
 

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. She effortlessly shifts from New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives. In addition to singing and playing piano, she also plays tenor banjo, melodica and guitar.  She is accompanied by Shawn Nadeau on bass and backup vocals.

Opening Act: Owen Walsh
Photo of Owen Walsh
 

Songwriter, Owen Walsh follows in the tradition of Americana folk music, in which lyrics are equal in importance to the melodies that bind them. He accompanies his songs impeccably with punchy and skillful fingerstyle guitar work. He’s performed all over the country, including Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Featured Act: David Roth
Photo of David Roth
 

In describing David Roth, Peter Yarrow (Of Peter, Paul, & Mary) writes, “With voices like his still singing, there’s a certainty that the candle will remain lit, the hope reasserted, and the dream still sung,” David has sung everywhere from headlining the Kerrville Folk Festival to presenting the National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls NBA game. He has great vocal chops, an engaging stage presence, and the ability to inspire a belief in a brighter future with his songs.

Opening Act: Erin Ash Sullivan
Photo of Erin Ash Sullivan
 

Erin Ash Sullivan writes wordy clever songs telling interesting stories about interesting people. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette describes her music as “delicate and evocative” with songs full of “nuance and emotional resonance.” She and her music have received numerous songwriting honors, including Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Rose Garden Performing Songwriter competition (finalist), and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (finalist.)

Photo of
 

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No Fuss and Feathers with Glen Coleman
Featured Act: No Fuss and Feathers
Photo of No Fuss and Feathers
 

No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by award winning songwriters Carolann Solebello (Original member of Red Molly), Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas It’s like getting three bands for the price of one when these friends share the stage: a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers that have appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals and venues. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.

Video: Bridges
Opening Act: Glen Coleman
Photo of Glen Coleman
 

Glen Coleman has been an active member of the Jersey City music scene for the past 20 years. His “jam” is to bring love to audiences by engaging them to sing along and find humor in the unexpected. This often results in breaking down the “fourth wall,” the one between audience and performer.

Featured Act: The Kennedys
Photo of The Kennedys
 

When not serving as Nanci Griffith’s backup band, The Kennedys have been joyfully rocking the folk world with their own unique brand of high-energy performance. It’s more than the powerful close-harmony singing. It’s more than the hot guitar work. It’s more than the driving rhythms and power chords. It’s the obvious chemistry between Pete and Maura Kennedy that is so charming and so contagious that the listener can’t help but grin and join in their fun.

Opening Act: Andrew Dunn

Our opener, Andrew Dunn is also a Folk Project member. Andy’s unassuming stage demeanor belies a performer with strong writing skills. He makes astute observations of the world around him, and translates those observations into songs filled with personal contact, passionate language, and a gentle view of the world.

Video: I am
Culomba with Opening Act TBD

Those who’ve seen and liked Windborne will love Columba

Featured Act: Culomba
Photo of Culomba
 

Columba (“dove” in Corsican) is a professional vocal quintet specializing in close harmony folk singing. Their repertoire includes American folk traditions, music of Georgia (Eastern Europe), Corsica, and the Balkans, renaissance music, and original compositions. They sing mostly unaccompanied, but occasionally with acoustic instruments appropriate to the song. Culomba has toured internationally and studied with masters of these traditions, bringing their eclectic specialties to this unique ensemble. The group is rooted in New England singing communities, such as Village Harmony, and passion for close harmony in all its forms.

Video: Croatia
Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Christine Lavin with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Christine Lavin
Photo of Christine Lavin
 

Christine Lavin is the Folk World’s long-reigning Queen of the Intelligently Absurd. The title of one of her earlier albums, “I Don’t Make This Stuff Up, I Just Make It Rhyme” says it all. She has an eye for the ironic and the absurd in the news and everyday life, and puts it into song. And dresses it all up in skillful guitar work, electronic loops, and wonderful gimmicks like baton twirling. She’s irrepressible, and ya gotta love her.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Andy Cohen with Jean Farnworth
Featured Act: Andy Cohen
Photo of Andy Cohen
 

Since forever, Andy Cohen has been a serious student, preserver, and performer of the acoustic country blues traditions from the ’20’s to the ’40’s. The fact that he is a kick-ass fingerstyle guitarist and stride piano player hasn’t hurt that effort. In addition to the standard 6-string flat-top, he also plays resophonic guitar, banjo, and the Dolceola (a zither-based keyboard instrument). He combines his performance skills and knowledge base to present a a show that is at once a highly entertaining whirlwind to experience and informative to boot.  This show will be a rare opportunity to see one of those grand masters of the art while they’re still touring and playing at their peak!

Opening Act: Jean Farnworth
Photo of Jean Farnworth
 

Jean Farnworth was one of the founding members of the Folk Project, although she has since moved to upstate NY. She’s a multifaceted artist, with a distinctive voice, performing on 12-string guitar, autoharp, Celtic harp, and other instruments. Her repertoire is as varied as her instrumentation, playing traditional songs and tunes, blues, originals, novelty songs, and whatever else strikes her fancy.

E.T.E. with Opening Act TBD

An “Agranoff Imperative“!  This is one you won’t want to miss, says Program Chairman, Mike Agranoff.

Featured Act: E.T.E.
Photo of E.T.E.
 

When E.T.E. took the stage at the 2022 Old Songs Festival, it was like a tsunami hit the audience. Everyone, including myself (Mike Agranoff, Troubadour Program Chairman), was simply bowled over and swept away. Their music is steeped in the Quebecois (French Canadian) tradition, performed with the fire and power of the best bluegrass or Celtic bands, and yet with the precision and complexity of chamber music. They do it all with fiddle, guitar/bouzouki, cello, feet and voices, eschewing the electric instruments, drum kit, and electronic enhancements of so many “acoustic” traditional bands. This is exciting, foot-tapping, heart-thumping, music, whether you’re a fan of traditional string-band music or not.

(Note: “E.T.E.” is the initials of the bandmembers’ names, Elizabeth Moquin, Thierry Clouette, and Elisabeth Giroux, and also spells “summer” in French.)

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Enrico Granafei with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Enrico Granafei
Photo of Enrico Granafei
 

Enrico Granafei has taken the harmonica from the simple instrument played by bluesmen and folksingers like Bob Dylan, and expanded it into genres from jazz to classical to folk and beyond. He plays a unique “hands-free” chromatic instrument that allows him to accompany himself on the guitar, at which he is also no slouch. His prowess on both instruments is recognized worldwide, especially among jazz aficionados, although one does not need to be a jazz enthusiast to be knocked out by his virtuosity. And he sings, too. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear someone who is arguably the best in the world at what he does. “For many years I have appreciated Enrico both as a classical guitarist and a jazz harmonica player, but what he does playing the two instruments at the same time is absolutely amazing.” — Bucky Pizzarelli

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Troubadour Closed

Details to follow.

TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD

Folk Project Members regale us with songs of Summer

Details to follow

TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
with Opening Act TBD

Folk Project members celebrate the 48th anniversary of the first show of the concert series that was to become the Troubadour.

Details to follow.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
TBD
TBD
Sam Robbins with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Sam Robbins

Sam Robbins is a familiar name to many Folk Project regulars. He opened for Trout Fishing in America in 2022, and has appeared on our “Streaming Tuesdays” video series. Sam plays a nice mix of originals and interesting covers. He is possessed of a lovely voice, good guitar chops, and an engaging stage personna. One might call him a “Sensitive Singer-Songwriter”, but if so, he wears the title well.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Troubadour Closed

Details to follow

Valentines Day Extravaganza

$12 admission includes special deserts

Photo of Valentines Day Extravaganza
 

It’s here, the night you’ve been waiting for! Back after a 3-year hiatus.  Please join us for this all-Folk Project show where FP members will perform songs celebrating the joys and woes of love. Many singers are backed by our 10 piece Valentine’s Day Big Boogie Band  or by the sophisticated  Jazz Trio of Frank Sole, Hen3ry Nerenberg and Todd Dennison. . Audience-composed “Messages from the Heart” and special desserts make this a night to remember! This evening is a FP fundraiser and a crowd pleaser. Please show up and join the fun! Snow date is Feb 10.

Photo of
 

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No opening act this week.

Photo of Dead to the Core
Jerry Garcia

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, fronted by musician/journalist Jeffrey Pepper Rogers, who pay tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are recordings from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.
The band features:

  • Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, (guitar, cajon, and vocals) songwriter, member of Pepper & Sassafras, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and author of a Homespun Video series teaching his arrangements of classic Dead songs
  • Wendy Ramsay, (flute, clarinet, accordion & vocals) Songwriter and member of Pepper & Sassafras
  • Jefferson Hamer, (Guitar, mandolin, & vocals) Internationally touring songwriter, guitarist, and traditional musician. He performs with the Murphy Beds and Session Americana, and records with Sarah Jarosz

This will be an experience unlike any other Grateful Dead tribute: a night of deeply personal performances that illuminate the masterful song craft and storytelling of one of America’s most original bands.

Featured Act: Heather Pierson
Photo of Heather Pierson
 

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. She effortlessly shifts from New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives. In addition to singing and playing piano, she also plays tenor banjo, melodica and guitar.  She is accompanied by Shawn Nadeau on bass and backup vocals.

Opening Act: Owen Walsh
Photo of Owen Walsh
 

Songwriter, Owen Walsh follows in the tradition of Americana folk music, in which lyrics are equal in importance to the melodies that bind them. He accompanies his songs impeccably with punchy and skillful fingerstyle guitar work. He’s performed all over the country, including Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Featured Act: David Roth
Photo of David Roth
 

In describing David Roth, Peter Yarrow (Of Peter, Paul, & Mary) writes, “With voices like his still singing, there’s a certainty that the candle will remain lit, the hope reasserted, and the dream still sung,” David has sung everywhere from headlining the Kerrville Folk Festival to presenting the National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls NBA game. He has great vocal chops, an engaging stage presence, and the ability to inspire a belief in a brighter future with his songs.

Opening Act: Erin Ash Sullivan
Photo of Erin Ash Sullivan
 

Erin Ash Sullivan writes wordy clever songs telling interesting stories about interesting people. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette describes her music as “delicate and evocative” with songs full of “nuance and emotional resonance.” She and her music have received numerous songwriting honors, including Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Rose Garden Performing Songwriter competition (finalist), and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (finalist.)

Photo of
 

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No Fuss and Feathers with Glen Coleman
Featured Act: No Fuss and Feathers
Photo of No Fuss and Feathers
 

No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by award winning songwriters Carolann Solebello (Original member of Red Molly), Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas It’s like getting three bands for the price of one when these friends share the stage: a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers that have appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals and venues. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.

Video: Bridges
Opening Act: Glen Coleman
Photo of Glen Coleman
 

Glen Coleman has been an active member of the Jersey City music scene for the past 20 years. His “jam” is to bring love to audiences by engaging them to sing along and find humor in the unexpected. This often results in breaking down the “fourth wall,” the one between audience and performer.

Featured Act: The Kennedys
Photo of The Kennedys
 

When not serving as Nanci Griffith’s backup band, The Kennedys have been joyfully rocking the folk world with their own unique brand of high-energy performance. It’s more than the powerful close-harmony singing. It’s more than the hot guitar work. It’s more than the driving rhythms and power chords. It’s the obvious chemistry between Pete and Maura Kennedy that is so charming and so contagious that the listener can’t help but grin and join in their fun.

Opening Act: Andrew Dunn

Our opener, Andrew Dunn is also a Folk Project member. Andy’s unassuming stage demeanor belies a performer with strong writing skills. He makes astute observations of the world around him, and translates those observations into songs filled with personal contact, passionate language, and a gentle view of the world.

Video: I am
Culomba with Opening Act TBD

Those who’ve seen and liked Windborne will love Columba

Featured Act: Culomba
Photo of Culomba
 

Columba (“dove” in Corsican) is a professional vocal quintet specializing in close harmony folk singing. Their repertoire includes American folk traditions, music of Georgia (Eastern Europe), Corsica, and the Balkans, renaissance music, and original compositions. They sing mostly unaccompanied, but occasionally with acoustic instruments appropriate to the song. Culomba has toured internationally and studied with masters of these traditions, bringing their eclectic specialties to this unique ensemble. The group is rooted in New England singing communities, such as Village Harmony, and passion for close harmony in all its forms.

Video: Croatia
Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Christine Lavin with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Christine Lavin
Photo of Christine Lavin
 

Christine Lavin is the Folk World’s long-reigning Queen of the Intelligently Absurd. The title of one of her earlier albums, “I Don’t Make This Stuff Up, I Just Make It Rhyme” says it all. She has an eye for the ironic and the absurd in the news and everyday life, and puts it into song. And dresses it all up in skillful guitar work, electronic loops, and wonderful gimmicks like baton twirling. She’s irrepressible, and ya gotta love her.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Andy Cohen with Jean Farnworth
Featured Act: Andy Cohen
Photo of Andy Cohen
 

Since forever, Andy Cohen has been a serious student, preserver, and performer of the acoustic country blues traditions from the ’20’s to the ’40’s. The fact that he is a kick-ass fingerstyle guitarist and stride piano player hasn’t hurt that effort. In addition to the standard 6-string flat-top, he also plays resophonic guitar, banjo, and the Dolceola (a zither-based keyboard instrument). He combines his performance skills and knowledge base to present a a show that is at once a highly entertaining whirlwind to experience and informative to boot.  This show will be a rare opportunity to see one of those grand masters of the art while they’re still touring and playing at their peak!

Opening Act: Jean Farnworth
Photo of Jean Farnworth
 

Jean Farnworth was one of the founding members of the Folk Project, although she has since moved to upstate NY. She’s a multifaceted artist, with a distinctive voice, performing on 12-string guitar, autoharp, Celtic harp, and other instruments. Her repertoire is as varied as her instrumentation, playing traditional songs and tunes, blues, originals, novelty songs, and whatever else strikes her fancy.

E.T.E. with Opening Act TBD

An “Agranoff Imperative“!  This is one you won’t want to miss, says Program Chairman, Mike Agranoff.

Featured Act: E.T.E.
Photo of E.T.E.
 

When E.T.E. took the stage at the 2022 Old Songs Festival, it was like a tsunami hit the audience. Everyone, including myself (Mike Agranoff, Troubadour Program Chairman), was simply bowled over and swept away. Their music is steeped in the Quebecois (French Canadian) tradition, performed with the fire and power of the best bluegrass or Celtic bands, and yet with the precision and complexity of chamber music. They do it all with fiddle, guitar/bouzouki, cello, feet and voices, eschewing the electric instruments, drum kit, and electronic enhancements of so many “acoustic” traditional bands. This is exciting, foot-tapping, heart-thumping, music, whether you’re a fan of traditional string-band music or not.

(Note: “E.T.E.” is the initials of the bandmembers’ names, Elizabeth Moquin, Thierry Clouette, and Elisabeth Giroux, and also spells “summer” in French.)

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Enrico Granafei with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Enrico Granafei
Photo of Enrico Granafei
 

Enrico Granafei has taken the harmonica from the simple instrument played by bluesmen and folksingers like Bob Dylan, and expanded it into genres from jazz to classical to folk and beyond. He plays a unique “hands-free” chromatic instrument that allows him to accompany himself on the guitar, at which he is also no slouch. His prowess on both instruments is recognized worldwide, especially among jazz aficionados, although one does not need to be a jazz enthusiast to be knocked out by his virtuosity. And he sings, too. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear someone who is arguably the best in the world at what he does. “For many years I have appreciated Enrico both as a classical guitarist and a jazz harmonica player, but what he does playing the two instruments at the same time is absolutely amazing.” — Bucky Pizzarelli

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Troubadour Closed

Details to follow.

TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD

Folk Project Members regale us with songs of Summer

Details to follow

TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
with Opening Act TBD

Folk Project members celebrate the 48th anniversary of the first show of the concert series that was to become the Troubadour.

Details to follow.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
TBD
TBD
Sam Robbins with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Sam Robbins

Sam Robbins is a familiar name to many Folk Project regulars. He opened for Trout Fishing in America in 2022, and has appeared on our “Streaming Tuesdays” video series. Sam plays a nice mix of originals and interesting covers. He is possessed of a lovely voice, good guitar chops, and an engaging stage personna. One might call him a “Sensitive Singer-Songwriter”, but if so, he wears the title well.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Troubadour Closed

Details to follow

Valentines Day Extravaganza

$12 admission includes special deserts

 

It’s here, the night you’ve been waiting for! Back after a 3-year hiatus.  Please join us for this all-Folk Project show where FP members will perform songs celebrating the joys and woes of love. Many singers are backed by our 10 piece Valentine’s Day Big Boogie Band  or by the sophisticated  Jazz Trio of Frank Sole, Hen3ry Nerenberg and Todd Dennison. . Audience-composed “Messages from the Heart” and special desserts make this a night to remember! This evening is a FP fundraiser and a crowd pleaser. Please show up and join the fun! Snow date is Feb 10.

 

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No opening act this week.

Jerry Garcia

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, fronted by musician/journalist Jeffrey Pepper Rogers, who pay tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are recordings from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.
The band features:

  • Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, (guitar, cajon, and vocals) songwriter, member of Pepper & Sassafras, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and author of a Homespun Video series teaching his arrangements of classic Dead songs
  • Wendy Ramsay, (flute, clarinet, accordion & vocals) Songwriter and member of Pepper & Sassafras
  • Jefferson Hamer, (Guitar, mandolin, & vocals) Internationally touring songwriter, guitarist, and traditional musician. He performs with the Murphy Beds and Session Americana, and records with Sarah Jarosz

This will be an experience unlike any other Grateful Dead tribute: a night of deeply personal performances that illuminate the masterful song craft and storytelling of one of America’s most original bands.

Featured Act: Heather Pierson
 

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. She effortlessly shifts from New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives. In addition to singing and playing piano, she also plays tenor banjo, melodica and guitar.  She is accompanied by Shawn Nadeau on bass and backup vocals.

Opening Act: Owen Walsh
Photo of Owen Walsh
 

Songwriter, Owen Walsh follows in the tradition of Americana folk music, in which lyrics are equal in importance to the melodies that bind them. He accompanies his songs impeccably with punchy and skillful fingerstyle guitar work. He’s performed all over the country, including Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Featured Act: David Roth
 

In describing David Roth, Peter Yarrow (Of Peter, Paul, & Mary) writes, “With voices like his still singing, there’s a certainty that the candle will remain lit, the hope reasserted, and the dream still sung,” David has sung everywhere from headlining the Kerrville Folk Festival to presenting the National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls NBA game. He has great vocal chops, an engaging stage presence, and the ability to inspire a belief in a brighter future with his songs.

Opening Act: Erin Ash Sullivan
Photo of Erin Ash Sullivan
 

Erin Ash Sullivan writes wordy clever songs telling interesting stories about interesting people. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette describes her music as “delicate and evocative” with songs full of “nuance and emotional resonance.” She and her music have received numerous songwriting honors, including Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Rose Garden Performing Songwriter competition (finalist), and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (finalist.)

 

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No Fuss and Feathers with Glen Coleman
Featured Act: No Fuss and Feathers
 

No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by award winning songwriters Carolann Solebello (Original member of Red Molly), Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas It’s like getting three bands for the price of one when these friends share the stage: a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers that have appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals and venues. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.

Video: Bridges
Opening Act: Glen Coleman
Photo of Glen Coleman
 

Glen Coleman has been an active member of the Jersey City music scene for the past 20 years. His “jam” is to bring love to audiences by engaging them to sing along and find humor in the unexpected. This often results in breaking down the “fourth wall,” the one between audience and performer.

Featured Act: The Kennedys
 

When not serving as Nanci Griffith’s backup band, The Kennedys have been joyfully rocking the folk world with their own unique brand of high-energy performance. It’s more than the powerful close-harmony singing. It’s more than the hot guitar work. It’s more than the driving rhythms and power chords. It’s the obvious chemistry between Pete and Maura Kennedy that is so charming and so contagious that the listener can’t help but grin and join in their fun.

Opening Act: Andrew Dunn

Our opener, Andrew Dunn is also a Folk Project member. Andy’s unassuming stage demeanor belies a performer with strong writing skills. He makes astute observations of the world around him, and translates those observations into songs filled with personal contact, passionate language, and a gentle view of the world.

Video: I am
Culomba with Opening Act TBD

Those who’ve seen and liked Windborne will love Columba

Featured Act: Culomba
 

Columba (“dove” in Corsican) is a professional vocal quintet specializing in close harmony folk singing. Their repertoire includes American folk traditions, music of Georgia (Eastern Europe), Corsica, and the Balkans, renaissance music, and original compositions. They sing mostly unaccompanied, but occasionally with acoustic instruments appropriate to the song. Culomba has toured internationally and studied with masters of these traditions, bringing their eclectic specialties to this unique ensemble. The group is rooted in New England singing communities, such as Village Harmony, and passion for close harmony in all its forms.

Video: Croatia
Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Christine Lavin with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Christine Lavin
 

Christine Lavin is the Folk World’s long-reigning Queen of the Intelligently Absurd. The title of one of her earlier albums, “I Don’t Make This Stuff Up, I Just Make It Rhyme” says it all. She has an eye for the ironic and the absurd in the news and everyday life, and puts it into song. And dresses it all up in skillful guitar work, electronic loops, and wonderful gimmicks like baton twirling. She’s irrepressible, and ya gotta love her.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Andy Cohen with Jean Farnworth
Featured Act: Andy Cohen
 

Since forever, Andy Cohen has been a serious student, preserver, and performer of the acoustic country blues traditions from the ’20’s to the ’40’s. The fact that he is a kick-ass fingerstyle guitarist and stride piano player hasn’t hurt that effort. In addition to the standard 6-string flat-top, he also plays resophonic guitar, banjo, and the Dolceola (a zither-based keyboard instrument). He combines his performance skills and knowledge base to present a a show that is at once a highly entertaining whirlwind to experience and informative to boot.  This show will be a rare opportunity to see one of those grand masters of the art while they’re still touring and playing at their peak!

Opening Act: Jean Farnworth
Photo of Jean Farnworth
 

Jean Farnworth was one of the founding members of the Folk Project, although she has since moved to upstate NY. She’s a multifaceted artist, with a distinctive voice, performing on 12-string guitar, autoharp, Celtic harp, and other instruments. Her repertoire is as varied as her instrumentation, playing traditional songs and tunes, blues, originals, novelty songs, and whatever else strikes her fancy.

E.T.E. with Opening Act TBD

An “Agranoff Imperative“!  This is one you won’t want to miss, says Program Chairman, Mike Agranoff.

Featured Act: E.T.E.
 

When E.T.E. took the stage at the 2022 Old Songs Festival, it was like a tsunami hit the audience. Everyone, including myself (Mike Agranoff, Troubadour Program Chairman), was simply bowled over and swept away. Their music is steeped in the Quebecois (French Canadian) tradition, performed with the fire and power of the best bluegrass or Celtic bands, and yet with the precision and complexity of chamber music. They do it all with fiddle, guitar/bouzouki, cello, feet and voices, eschewing the electric instruments, drum kit, and electronic enhancements of so many “acoustic” traditional bands. This is exciting, foot-tapping, heart-thumping, music, whether you’re a fan of traditional string-band music or not.

(Note: “E.T.E.” is the initials of the bandmembers’ names, Elizabeth Moquin, Thierry Clouette, and Elisabeth Giroux, and also spells “summer” in French.)

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Enrico Granafei with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Enrico Granafei
 

Enrico Granafei has taken the harmonica from the simple instrument played by bluesmen and folksingers like Bob Dylan, and expanded it into genres from jazz to classical to folk and beyond. He plays a unique “hands-free” chromatic instrument that allows him to accompany himself on the guitar, at which he is also no slouch. His prowess on both instruments is recognized worldwide, especially among jazz aficionados, although one does not need to be a jazz enthusiast to be knocked out by his virtuosity. And he sings, too. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear someone who is arguably the best in the world at what he does. “For many years I have appreciated Enrico both as a classical guitarist and a jazz harmonica player, but what he does playing the two instruments at the same time is absolutely amazing.” — Bucky Pizzarelli

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Troubadour Closed

Details to follow.

TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD

Folk Project Members regale us with songs of Summer

Details to follow

TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
with Opening Act TBD

Folk Project members celebrate the 48th anniversary of the first show of the concert series that was to become the Troubadour.

Details to follow.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
TBD
TBD
Sam Robbins with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Sam Robbins

Sam Robbins is a familiar name to many Folk Project regulars. He opened for Trout Fishing in America in 2022, and has appeared on our “Streaming Tuesdays” video series. Sam plays a nice mix of originals and interesting covers. He is possessed of a lovely voice, good guitar chops, and an engaging stage personna. One might call him a “Sensitive Singer-Songwriter”, but if so, he wears the title well.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Troubadour Closed

Details to follow

Valentines Day Extravaganza

$12 admission includes special deserts

Photo of Valentines Day Extravaganza
 

It’s here, the night you’ve been waiting for! Back after a 3-year hiatus.  Please join us for this all-Folk Project show where FP members will perform songs celebrating the joys and woes of love. Many singers are backed by our 10 piece Valentine’s Day Big Boogie Band  or by the sophisticated  Jazz Trio of Frank Sole, Hen3ry Nerenberg and Todd Dennison. . Audience-composed “Messages from the Heart” and special desserts make this a night to remember! This evening is a FP fundraiser and a crowd pleaser. Please show up and join the fun! Snow date is Feb 10.

Photo of
 

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No opening act this week.

Photo of Dead to the Core
Jerry Garcia

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, fronted by musician/journalist Jeffrey Pepper Rogers, who pay tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are recordings from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.
The band features:

  • Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, (guitar, cajon, and vocals) songwriter, member of Pepper & Sassafras, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and author of a Homespun Video series teaching his arrangements of classic Dead songs
  • Wendy Ramsay, (flute, clarinet, accordion & vocals) Songwriter and member of Pepper & Sassafras
  • Jefferson Hamer, (Guitar, mandolin, & vocals) Internationally touring songwriter, guitarist, and traditional musician. He performs with the Murphy Beds and Session Americana, and records with Sarah Jarosz

This will be an experience unlike any other Grateful Dead tribute: a night of deeply personal performances that illuminate the masterful song craft and storytelling of one of America’s most original bands.

Featured Act: Heather Pierson
Photo of Heather Pierson
 

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. She effortlessly shifts from New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives. In addition to singing and playing piano, she also plays tenor banjo, melodica and guitar.  She is accompanied by Shawn Nadeau on bass and backup vocals.

Opening Act: Owen Walsh
Photo of Owen Walsh
 

Songwriter, Owen Walsh follows in the tradition of Americana folk music, in which lyrics are equal in importance to the melodies that bind them. He accompanies his songs impeccably with punchy and skillful fingerstyle guitar work. He’s performed all over the country, including Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Featured Act: David Roth
Photo of David Roth
 

In describing David Roth, Peter Yarrow (Of Peter, Paul, & Mary) writes, “With voices like his still singing, there’s a certainty that the candle will remain lit, the hope reasserted, and the dream still sung,” David has sung everywhere from headlining the Kerrville Folk Festival to presenting the National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls NBA game. He has great vocal chops, an engaging stage presence, and the ability to inspire a belief in a brighter future with his songs.

Opening Act: Erin Ash Sullivan
Photo of Erin Ash Sullivan
 

Erin Ash Sullivan writes wordy clever songs telling interesting stories about interesting people. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette describes her music as “delicate and evocative” with songs full of “nuance and emotional resonance.” She and her music have received numerous songwriting honors, including Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Rose Garden Performing Songwriter competition (finalist), and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (finalist.)

Photo of
 

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No Fuss and Feathers with Glen Coleman
Featured Act: No Fuss and Feathers
Photo of No Fuss and Feathers
 

No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by award winning songwriters Carolann Solebello (Original member of Red Molly), Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas It’s like getting three bands for the price of one when these friends share the stage: a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers that have appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals and venues. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.

Video: Bridges
Opening Act: Glen Coleman
Photo of Glen Coleman
 

Glen Coleman has been an active member of the Jersey City music scene for the past 20 years. His “jam” is to bring love to audiences by engaging them to sing along and find humor in the unexpected. This often results in breaking down the “fourth wall,” the one between audience and performer.

Featured Act: The Kennedys
Photo of The Kennedys
 

When not serving as Nanci Griffith’s backup band, The Kennedys have been joyfully rocking the folk world with their own unique brand of high-energy performance. It’s more than the powerful close-harmony singing. It’s more than the hot guitar work. It’s more than the driving rhythms and power chords. It’s the obvious chemistry between Pete and Maura Kennedy that is so charming and so contagious that the listener can’t help but grin and join in their fun.

Opening Act: Andrew Dunn

Our opener, Andrew Dunn is also a Folk Project member. Andy’s unassuming stage demeanor belies a performer with strong writing skills. He makes astute observations of the world around him, and translates those observations into songs filled with personal contact, passionate language, and a gentle view of the world.

Video: I am
Culomba with Opening Act TBD

Those who’ve seen and liked Windborne will love Columba

Featured Act: Culomba
Photo of Culomba
 

Columba (“dove” in Corsican) is a professional vocal quintet specializing in close harmony folk singing. Their repertoire includes American folk traditions, music of Georgia (Eastern Europe), Corsica, and the Balkans, renaissance music, and original compositions. They sing mostly unaccompanied, but occasionally with acoustic instruments appropriate to the song. Culomba has toured internationally and studied with masters of these traditions, bringing their eclectic specialties to this unique ensemble. The group is rooted in New England singing communities, such as Village Harmony, and passion for close harmony in all its forms.

Video: Croatia
Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Christine Lavin with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Christine Lavin
Photo of Christine Lavin
 

Christine Lavin is the Folk World’s long-reigning Queen of the Intelligently Absurd. The title of one of her earlier albums, “I Don’t Make This Stuff Up, I Just Make It Rhyme” says it all. She has an eye for the ironic and the absurd in the news and everyday life, and puts it into song. And dresses it all up in skillful guitar work, electronic loops, and wonderful gimmicks like baton twirling. She’s irrepressible, and ya gotta love her.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Andy Cohen with Jean Farnworth
Featured Act: Andy Cohen
Photo of Andy Cohen
 

Since forever, Andy Cohen has been a serious student, preserver, and performer of the acoustic country blues traditions from the ’20’s to the ’40’s. The fact that he is a kick-ass fingerstyle guitarist and stride piano player hasn’t hurt that effort. In addition to the standard 6-string flat-top, he also plays resophonic guitar, banjo, and the Dolceola (a zither-based keyboard instrument). He combines his performance skills and knowledge base to present a a show that is at once a highly entertaining whirlwind to experience and informative to boot.  This show will be a rare opportunity to see one of those grand masters of the art while they’re still touring and playing at their peak!

Opening Act: Jean Farnworth
Photo of Jean Farnworth
 

Jean Farnworth was one of the founding members of the Folk Project, although she has since moved to upstate NY. She’s a multifaceted artist, with a distinctive voice, performing on 12-string guitar, autoharp, Celtic harp, and other instruments. Her repertoire is as varied as her instrumentation, playing traditional songs and tunes, blues, originals, novelty songs, and whatever else strikes her fancy.

E.T.E. with Opening Act TBD

An “Agranoff Imperative“!  This is one you won’t want to miss, says Program Chairman, Mike Agranoff.

Featured Act: E.T.E.
Photo of E.T.E.
 

When E.T.E. took the stage at the 2022 Old Songs Festival, it was like a tsunami hit the audience. Everyone, including myself (Mike Agranoff, Troubadour Program Chairman), was simply bowled over and swept away. Their music is steeped in the Quebecois (French Canadian) tradition, performed with the fire and power of the best bluegrass or Celtic bands, and yet with the precision and complexity of chamber music. They do it all with fiddle, guitar/bouzouki, cello, feet and voices, eschewing the electric instruments, drum kit, and electronic enhancements of so many “acoustic” traditional bands. This is exciting, foot-tapping, heart-thumping, music, whether you’re a fan of traditional string-band music or not.

(Note: “E.T.E.” is the initials of the bandmembers’ names, Elizabeth Moquin, Thierry Clouette, and Elisabeth Giroux, and also spells “summer” in French.)

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Enrico Granafei with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Enrico Granafei
Photo of Enrico Granafei
 

Enrico Granafei has taken the harmonica from the simple instrument played by bluesmen and folksingers like Bob Dylan, and expanded it into genres from jazz to classical to folk and beyond. He plays a unique “hands-free” chromatic instrument that allows him to accompany himself on the guitar, at which he is also no slouch. His prowess on both instruments is recognized worldwide, especially among jazz aficionados, although one does not need to be a jazz enthusiast to be knocked out by his virtuosity. And he sings, too. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear someone who is arguably the best in the world at what he does. “For many years I have appreciated Enrico both as a classical guitarist and a jazz harmonica player, but what he does playing the two instruments at the same time is absolutely amazing.” — Bucky Pizzarelli

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Troubadour Closed

Details to follow.

TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD

Folk Project Members regale us with songs of Summer

Details to follow

TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
with Opening Act TBD

Folk Project members celebrate the 48th anniversary of the first show of the concert series that was to become the Troubadour.

Details to follow.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
TBD
TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

TBD
TBD
TBD
Sam Robbins with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Sam Robbins

Sam Robbins is a familiar name to many Folk Project regulars. He opened for Trout Fishing in America in 2022, and has appeared on our “Streaming Tuesdays” video series. Sam plays a nice mix of originals and interesting covers. He is possessed of a lovely voice, good guitar chops, and an engaging stage personna. One might call him a “Sensitive Singer-Songwriter”, but if so, he wears the title well.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Troubadour Closed

Details to follow

Valentines Day Extravaganza

$12 admission includes special deserts

Photo of Valentines Day Extravaganza
 

It’s here, the night you’ve been waiting for! Back after a 3-year hiatus.  Please join us for this all-Folk Project show where FP members will perform songs celebrating the joys and woes of love. Many singers are backed by our 10 piece Valentine’s Day Big Boogie Band  or by the sophisticated  Jazz Trio of Frank Sole, Hen3ry Nerenberg and Todd Dennison. . Audience-composed “Messages from the Heart” and special desserts make this a night to remember! This evening is a FP fundraiser and a crowd pleaser. Please show up and join the fun! Snow date is Feb 10.

Photo of
 

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No opening act this week.

Photo of Dead to the Core
Jerry Garcia

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, fronted by musician/journalist Jeffrey Pepper Rogers, who pay tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are recordings from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.
The band features:

  • Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, (guitar, cajon, and vocals) songwriter, member of Pepper & Sassafras, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and author of a Homespun Video series teaching his arrangements of classic Dead songs
  • Wendy Ramsay, (flute, clarinet, accordion & vocals) Songwriter and member of Pepper & Sassafras
  • Jefferson Hamer, (Guitar, mandolin, & vocals) Internationally touring songwriter, guitarist, and traditional musician. He performs with the Murphy Beds and Session Americana, and records with Sarah Jarosz

This will be an experience unlike any other Grateful Dead tribute: a night of deeply personal performances that illuminate the masterful song craft and storytelling of one of America’s most original bands.

Featured Act: Heather Pierson
Photo of Heather Pierson
 

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. She effortlessly shifts from New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives. In addition to singing and playing piano, she also plays tenor banjo, melodica and guitar.  She is accompanied by Shawn Nadeau on bass and backup vocals.

Opening Act: Owen Walsh
Photo of Owen Walsh
 

Songwriter, Owen Walsh follows in the tradition of Americana folk music, in which lyrics are equal in importance to the melodies that bind them. He accompanies his songs impeccably with punchy and skillful fingerstyle guitar work. He’s performed all over the country, including Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Featured Act: David Roth
Photo of David Roth
 

In describing David Roth, Peter Yarrow (Of Peter, Paul, & Mary) writes, “With voices like his still singing, there’s a certainty that the candle will remain lit, the hope reasserted, and the dream still sung,” David has sung everywhere from headlining the Kerrville Folk Festival to presenting the National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls NBA game. He has great vocal chops, an engaging stage presence, and the ability to inspire a belief in a brighter future with his songs.

Opening Act: Erin Ash Sullivan
Photo of Erin Ash Sullivan
 

Erin Ash Sullivan writes wordy clever songs telling interesting stories about interesting people. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette describes her music as “delicate and evocative” with songs full of “nuance and emotional resonance.” She and her music have received numerous songwriting honors, including Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Rose Garden Performing Songwriter competition (finalist), and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (finalist.)

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The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

No Fuss and Feathers with Glen Coleman
Featured Act: No Fuss and Feathers
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No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by award winning songwriters Carolann Solebello (Original member of Red Molly), Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas It’s like getting three bands for the price of one when these friends share the stage: a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers that have appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals and venues. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.

Video: Bridges
Opening Act: Glen Coleman
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Glen Coleman has been an active member of the Jersey City music scene for the past 20 years. His “jam” is to bring love to audiences by engaging them to sing along and find humor in the unexpected. This often results in breaking down the “fourth wall,” the one between audience and performer.

Featured Act: The Kennedys
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When not serving as Nanci Griffith’s backup band, The Kennedys have been joyfully rocking the folk world with their own unique brand of high-energy performance. It’s more than the powerful close-harmony singing. It’s more than the hot guitar work. It’s more than the driving rhythms and power chords. It’s the obvious chemistry between Pete and Maura Kennedy that is so charming and so contagious that the listener can’t help but grin and join in their fun.

Opening Act: Andrew Dunn

Our opener, Andrew Dunn is also a Folk Project member. Andy’s unassuming stage demeanor belies a performer with strong writing skills. He makes astute observations of the world around him, and translates those observations into songs filled with personal contact, passionate language, and a gentle view of the world.

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Culomba with Opening Act TBD

Those who’ve seen and liked Windborne will love Columba

Featured Act: Culomba
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Columba (“dove” in Corsican) is a professional vocal quintet specializing in close harmony folk singing. Their repertoire includes American folk traditions, music of Georgia (Eastern Europe), Corsica, and the Balkans, renaissance music, and original compositions. They sing mostly unaccompanied, but occasionally with acoustic instruments appropriate to the song. Culomba has toured internationally and studied with masters of these traditions, bringing their eclectic specialties to this unique ensemble. The group is rooted in New England singing communities, such as Village Harmony, and passion for close harmony in all its forms.

Video: Croatia
Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Christine Lavin with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Christine Lavin
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Christine Lavin is the Folk World’s long-reigning Queen of the Intelligently Absurd. The title of one of her earlier albums, “I Don’t Make This Stuff Up, I Just Make It Rhyme” says it all. She has an eye for the ironic and the absurd in the news and everyday life, and puts it into song. And dresses it all up in skillful guitar work, electronic loops, and wonderful gimmicks like baton twirling. She’s irrepressible, and ya gotta love her.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Andy Cohen with Jean Farnworth
Featured Act: Andy Cohen
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Since forever, Andy Cohen has been a serious student, preserver, and performer of the acoustic country blues traditions from the ’20’s to the ’40’s. The fact that he is a kick-ass fingerstyle guitarist and stride piano player hasn’t hurt that effort. In addition to the standard 6-string flat-top, he also plays resophonic guitar, banjo, and the Dolceola (a zither-based keyboard instrument). He combines his performance skills and knowledge base to present a a show that is at once a highly entertaining whirlwind to experience and informative to boot.  This show will be a rare opportunity to see one of those grand masters of the art while they’re still touring and playing at their peak!

Opening Act: Jean Farnworth
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Jean Farnworth was one of the founding members of the Folk Project, although she has since moved to upstate NY. She’s a multifaceted artist, with a distinctive voice, performing on 12-string guitar, autoharp, Celtic harp, and other instruments. Her repertoire is as varied as her instrumentation, playing traditional songs and tunes, blues, originals, novelty songs, and whatever else strikes her fancy.

E.T.E. with Opening Act TBD

An “Agranoff Imperative“!  This is one you won’t want to miss, says Program Chairman, Mike Agranoff.

Featured Act: E.T.E.
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When E.T.E. took the stage at the 2022 Old Songs Festival, it was like a tsunami hit the audience. Everyone, including myself (Mike Agranoff, Troubadour Program Chairman), was simply bowled over and swept away. Their music is steeped in the Quebecois (French Canadian) tradition, performed with the fire and power of the best bluegrass or Celtic bands, and yet with the precision and complexity of chamber music. They do it all with fiddle, guitar/bouzouki, cello, feet and voices, eschewing the electric instruments, drum kit, and electronic enhancements of so many “acoustic” traditional bands. This is exciting, foot-tapping, heart-thumping, music, whether you’re a fan of traditional string-band music or not.

(Note: “E.T.E.” is the initials of the bandmembers’ names, Elizabeth Moquin, Thierry Clouette, and Elisabeth Giroux, and also spells “summer” in French.)

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Enrico Granafei with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Enrico Granafei
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Enrico Granafei has taken the harmonica from the simple instrument played by bluesmen and folksingers like Bob Dylan, and expanded it into genres from jazz to classical to folk and beyond. He plays a unique “hands-free” chromatic instrument that allows him to accompany himself on the guitar, at which he is also no slouch. His prowess on both instruments is recognized worldwide, especially among jazz aficionados, although one does not need to be a jazz enthusiast to be knocked out by his virtuosity. And he sings, too. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear someone who is arguably the best in the world at what he does. “For many years I have appreciated Enrico both as a classical guitarist and a jazz harmonica player, but what he does playing the two instruments at the same time is absolutely amazing.” — Bucky Pizzarelli

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD

The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Troubadour Closed

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The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

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Folk Project Members regale us with songs of Summer

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The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

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Folk Project members celebrate the 48th anniversary of the first show of the concert series that was to become the Troubadour.

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Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
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The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

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The Folk Project Open Stage, North Jersey’s premier open  stage, is back live on the second  Friday of every month. The  Main Stage features two-song (or  ten  minutes, whichever is shorter) sign-up slots for our audience. To sign up to perform email Chairman Todd at openstage@folkproject.org.

Admission: $5 at the door only (tickets for the live show not available online.)  Vaccinated children 12 and under free but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

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Sam Robbins with Opening Act TBD
Featured Act: Sam Robbins

Sam Robbins is a familiar name to many Folk Project regulars. He opened for Trout Fishing in America in 2022, and has appeared on our “Streaming Tuesdays” video series. Sam plays a nice mix of originals and interesting covers. He is possessed of a lovely voice, good guitar chops, and an engaging stage personna. One might call him a “Sensitive Singer-Songwriter”, but if so, he wears the title well.

Opening Act: Opening Act TBD
Troubadour Closed

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