Live events at Troubadour have been canceled through February. Check individual events for online availability.
Due to the recent rapid spread of COVID, we have taken a safety-first approach by proactively canceling our live events through the end of February. We will reassess this decision each month going forward, based on conditions prevalent at the time. Until we reopen live, we will attempt to schedule our featured act for a webcast to be held at the same time as their scheduled Troubadour appearance. We will attempt to reschedule our featured acts and opening acts for subsequent live shows once it is safe to do so. Those holding tickets for any live shows that have been canceled should receive a refund within a few weeks.

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.

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Artemisia

Tina Ross, an emerging NY Singer/Songwriter, is a fresh, timeless wind blowing from the 60s with an original contemporary vibe and flow.  Her songs are artful and authentic with deep themes and images.      

Tina’s songs have been recognized as a Folk/Country Category Finalist: UK Songwriting, Honorable Mention: John Lennon Songwriting and noted as a Top Five Finalist: International Blues & Roots Radio.

“Tina Ross is a singer songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.  Listening to her songs is a personal experience that I want to have again and again.”

Steve Seskin – Grammy-nominated Songwriter

Her music is honest and informed by a life lived; as a mother, wife, recently a grandmother, advocate raising awareness of food insecurity and hunger, public speaker, service to her Chiropractic patients, vocalist in a Jazz trio, and being a hopeless fan of music.  Tina’s desire is to connect deeply with people through music.  “I am my most authentic self when singing and writing music and am grateful that I did not let more time pass before I dove in.”

 

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Robinson & Rohe with Circle Round the Sun

EVENT CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Robinson & Rohe
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Louisa

Robinson & Rohe is the duo of Brooklyn songwriters, Liam Robinson (banjo & accordion) and Jean Rohe (guitar, and Folk Project member since she was eight years old.) Liam’s production and arrangement talents were displayed as the music director of Anais Mitchell’s smash hit Broadway musical, Hadestown.

And Jean’s vocal and writing skills are well known to Folk Project regulars. They have just released their second duo recording, Wait and See in 2021, which features some of their favorite NYC musicians, and displays their insightful writing and impeccable harmonies

Opening Act: Circle Round the Sun
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Small Town Saturday Night

Circle Round the Sun is an acoustic/Americana band comprised of vocalists Marie Trontell and Jay Wilensky, Chris Bukata and Joe Brice on guitars, and George LaVecchia on bass. This Folk Project – based quintet brings rich vocal harmonies and agile instrumentals to a mix of creative originals and well-chosen covers.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Windborne with Ken & Pat Rolston

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Windborne
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Photo of Windborne

Conjuring up echoes of the Canadian group “Finest Kind”, Windborne is a harmony-driven quartet of 20-somethings who revel in the vocal traditions of the British Isles and early American folk song. To this they add vocal harmony traditions around the world from the Balkans to South Africa. They sing either acapella, or with spare accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, and percussion.

Opening Act: Ken & Pat Rolston

Ken & Pat Rolston hark back to the founding days of the Folk Project. Their voices blend with the ease of two natural singers who have been singing together most of their lives. Their material ranges from acapella traditional ballads to swing to Corsican field hollers Randy Newman to whatever else suits their wide-ranging musical tastes. And the charming blend of Ken’s manic mad-wizard persona leavened by Patsy’s tolerant sanity makes them a joy to experience onstage.

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Ever More Nest
Major Tom

Ever More Nest, the music project from New Orleans-based songwriter Kelcy Mae, released its lauded debut album on October 12, 2018. As Ever More Nest, Kelcy has adopted a full-fledged Americana style that has drawn comparisons to Gregory Alan Isakov, Gillian Welch, and Nanci Griffith. Kelcy’s oft-lauded poeticism remains a calling card of her songs and is on full display on The Place That You Call Home.

Produced by 2018 Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier), the album accentuates the best of Kelcy’s emotive, authentic voice, delicate yet driving guitar work, and honest, observational songwriting that poses the universal question: “Just where do I belong?” According to Folk Radio UK, “The answer is clearly in any discerning Americana CD collection.” The album is available on all digital sales and streaming platforms.

Ever More Nest is currently touring the United States with band arrangements ranging from a guitar duo to a full seven-piece band with two guitarists, banjo & mandolin, pedal steel, fiddle, bass and drums.

Ever More Nest has performed at numerous music festivals and venues/listening rooms, including the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Milwaukee’s SummerFest, New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival, and more. Ever More Nest’s debut continues to garner praise from local, national, and international media. The album was nominated for Best Alt-Country Album in the 2019 Independent Music Awards and named to Offbeat Magazine’s list of Top 50 Albums of 2018. Ever More Nest and The Place That You Call Home were nominated for Best Country/Folk/Singer-songwriter Artist & Album in Offbeat’s Best of the Beat Awards. The single, “Major Tom,” was named a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition.

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Kipyn Martin
Keep Your Lantern Lit

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple GoldAwards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for “God Is Love” from her 2017 album release, DANCE ACROSS THE SKY), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association’s WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. Recent touring for Kipyn includes shows with Ellis Paul, Kirsten Maxwell, and Joan & Joni performances scheduled in New York, New England, and New Jersey.

“I’m pretty sure God wishes she could sing like Kipyn Martin.” — Susan Werner

CANCELED: Valentines Day Extravaganza

Admission: $12.00 includes refreshments

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Folk Project members sing songs of love (of all persuasions)

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Tom Chapin with Tina Ross
Featured Act: Tom Chapin
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Tom Chapin
City of New Orleans

Tom Chapin‘s music spans generations from the heady Greenwich Village days when he performed with his brothers Harry, and Steve, and dad Jim, through to today. He serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. With an agile fingerstyle guitar, gentle humor, audience inclusiveness, and a concern for the Earth and its resources, Tom puts on a memorable show.

Opening Act: Tina Ross
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Artemisia

Folk Project member Tina Ross is a singer/songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

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The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

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Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Trout Fishing in America with Carla Ulbrich

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Trout Fishing in America
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The Strangest Times

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing, and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. As individuals, they are about as different as one could imagine. But together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured audiences of all ages for over three decades.

A willingness to at once make fun of our most annoying daily habits, and then to touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life is what makes the connection between the Trouts and their audiences so compelling and poignant.

Opening Act: Carla Ulbrich
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If I Had the Copyright (The F-Word Song)

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living. With a love of wordplay, and some pretty impressive guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word.

She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

NOTE:  Carla will be headlining  at the Troubadour on May 6th!  You can get a sneak preview of her tonight.

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Beppe Gambetta with The Fermenters Trio

CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Beppe Gambetta
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Notes from the Road

Beppe Gambetta, the Italian bluegrass flatpicking champion. Sounds like an ethnic joke, but Beppe is no joke. Early in life he was captured by the music of such greats as Doc Watson and Tony Rice, and soon got to the point where he was sharing festival stages as an equal with his heroes.

Equally adroit on mandolin, he can blaze through a hot bluegrass tune or croon a lovely Italian traditional ballad. And all with an elegant continental charm that is a joy to witness.

Opening Act: The Fermenters Trio
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Fermenters Trio- Sample Clips

The Fermenters Trio show every sign of having spent endless hours in their youth grooving on their Grateful Dead albums. Drawn from sources both old and new, their music offers up a heady mix of Alt folk, bluegrass, gospel, country, and eclectic originals. It’s stomp and holler with all the blended vocal harmonies of the Americana musical tradition. Their sound embraces the dynamics of bluegrass and gospel, the fire indie folk, and the passion of the blues.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman with TBD

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
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Stroll On

To say that Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman play the Celtic Harp and guitar is like saying Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe pick out tunes on the banjo and mandolin. These two are past masters of their craft, and their craft is virtuoso performance on their chosen instruments. “Awesome” is a word overused these days, but I was drop-dead awe-struck by their performance.

Their forte is the Irish and Scots repertoire, but they take detours into old-time American tunes and swing (!!) This is a must-see show even for people who are not into harp music. They are jaw-dropping mind-bending out-freaking-standing.

Opening Act: TBD

Note:  Open stage is not the usual 2nd Friday this month.  (No April Fool)

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.

Featured Act: Tom Paxton
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Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton is returning to the Troubadour on Friday, April 8, 2022. This is more than a rare opportunity to see a performer of Tom’s musical and historical stature in a close-up, intimate setting. It’s also chance to share a folk music legend’s visit to the Folk Project’s home theatre, where the spirit, knowledge, and love of his music lives and thrives to this day.

Tom’s career has taken him from his days as a drama student at The University of Oklahoma to thousands of concerts in a variety of venues––from coffee houses in Greenwich Village to The Albert Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York; from festivals in Hong Kong to Denmark, from Tokyo to Oslo. He has done over 50 concert tours of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and has recorded over 50 albums of his own songs. Recordings of his songs by other artists number in the hundreds and include artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, John Denver, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary, to name just a very few. He began his performing career in Greenwich Village in 1960, coming in on weekends from Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he was toiling away in the Clerk Typist School. (He used his typewriter one day to compose his famous song for children, The Marvelous Toy, later a hit for The Chad Mitchell Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary). Upon his release he stayed in New York and put in several years playing in now-legendary coffee houses like The Gaslight and befriending other singers like Dave Van Ronk (The Mayor of Macdougal Street), Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Eric Andersen.
Opening Act: The DonJuans
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The DonJuans

The DonJuans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner – join Tom on stage, and the show these three masters present is will be a lifetime memory for all of us who can attend.

JON VEZNER: Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville-based Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant Where’ve You Been reflects his straight-to-the-heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.
Vezner was honored with a Grammy for Best Country Song and the Nashville Songwriters Association Song of the Year in 1990, for Where’ve You Been — the true story of Vezner’s grandparents — co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. Where’ve You Been was also honored as Song of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Jon was also voted Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Born in Minnesota, he began his musical career as lead singer and bassist for various groups in high school, going on to earn a B.A. degree in music education and music theory at Minnesota Southwest State University in the mid ′70s. Jon’s catalogue of songs reads like a songbook itself, interpreted and recorded by some of the greats in the business such as Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, The Wiggins, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio, BJ Thomas, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, and Native American recording artist, Bill Miller, to name a few. Jon’s production credits include artists such as Danny O’Keefe, Victoria Shaw, and singing legend Patti Page.
Jon Vezner writes about the details, the details of our hearts and feelings. His gift is in speaking to these ordinary things which connect us to one another. And in recognizing their simple beauty, he transforms them into something extraordinary. — Mary-Chapin Carpenter
DON HENRY: In Morgan Hill, California in the early 70’s, records like The Band by The Band and Honky Chateau by Elton John prompted Don Henry to begin writing his own lyrics to Jim Croce melodies. Then he learned to play guitar with a Paul Simon songbook. After that it was an education in The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and Joni Mitchell. Then Randy Newman’s Good Old Boys and Old Number One by Guy Clark changed his life. In April of 1979, at 19, Don made his way to Nashville. After spending 4 years as the tape copy/librarian for Tree Publishing Company, cataloging some of the best songs by some of the best songwriters in Nashville (Sonny Throckmorton, Bobby Braddock, Harlan Howard, and Curly Putman), Don’s own songs started getting recorded and he was moved to full-time staff songwriter. Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, the Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee and Kathy Mattea are just a few who recorded Don’s songs during this period.
In 1990, Don and Jon Vezner received song of the year awards for co-writing Mattea’s critically acclaimed hit, Where’ve You Been. Awards from the Grammys, as well as from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International culminated it Where’ve You Been becoming the first song ever to be so honored by all four organizations. In 1991, Wild In The Backyard was released on Sony/Epic Records. Billboard’s Ken Schlager chose the debut album as one of 1991’s Top Ten records, as did Larry McClain of BAM magazine. Rolling Stone liked it enough to profile Don in their New Faces column. Since, Don’s songs have been recorded by Lonestar, Rosie Flores, The Thompson Brothers Band, Bryan White, and Blake Shelton. A 2001 release, Flowers and Rockets, was followed quickly by Live At The Bluebird Café. In 2013 Miranda Lambert had a hit with Don and Phillip Coleman’s song All Kinds Of Kinds.
At Don’s shows, you’ll easily spot those who have yet to hear his songs. Upon first experiencing them, the listener is often moved to laughter or tears, sometimes both at the same time! And everyone leaves humming, because Don Henry songs stay with you.
The crowd was won over by this guy and his guitar. Long may he write. — Dirty Linen
This engagement of Tom Paxton is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

Featured Act: Joe Jencks
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Lady of the Harbor

A Joe Jencks concert is an occasion for singing; a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance. Joe’s animating purpose runs deep, tapping into the latent, nearly mystical beauty that a roomful of people can unleash by singing together. His songs touch on social justice and community building. He has been favorably compared to songwriters such as John McCutcheon, Holly Near, Fred Small, Tracy Chapman, and James Keelaghan.

Opening Act: The Levins
Dropping Keys

The Levins (pronounced The L’Vins), Ira and Julia Levin, combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s. Their original songs sound like The Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. They were the 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Low Lily with TBD
Featured Act: Low Lily
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Hope Lingers On

Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted Band” of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary.

The players are Lissa Schneckenburger (Solas, Long Time Courting) on fiddle, Flynn Cohen (John Whelan Band) on mandolin and guitar, and Liz Simmons (backing Livingston Taylor & Tom Chapin) on guitar. All three sing as well in harmonies that have drawn raves from dozens of reviewers and thousands of fans.

Opening Act: TBD
Featured Act: Carla Ulbrich
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Comedic singer-songwriter. A Dr. Demento favorite.

You may have seen Carla Ulbrich back in March when she opened for Trout Fishing in America.  And that’s probably why you’re here now checking her out for her headline show.  Carla is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living.

With a love of wordplay and some pretty fancy guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word. She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

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.

TBD
TBD
Dead to the Core with Opening Act TBD

No opening act

Featured Act: Dead to the Core
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Dead To The Core Trailer

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, assembled by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, a music journalist and accomplished performer in his own right.  The band pays tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are clips from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.

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.

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.

TBD
Folk Project Summer Songs

Folk Project Members regale us with songs for the Summer.  Details to follow.

 
Artemisia

Tina Ross, an emerging NY Singer/Songwriter, is a fresh, timeless wind blowing from the 60s with an original contemporary vibe and flow.  Her songs are artful and authentic with deep themes and images.      

Tina’s songs have been recognized as a Folk/Country Category Finalist: UK Songwriting, Honorable Mention: John Lennon Songwriting and noted as a Top Five Finalist: International Blues & Roots Radio.

“Tina Ross is a singer songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.  Listening to her songs is a personal experience that I want to have again and again.”

Steve Seskin – Grammy-nominated Songwriter

Her music is honest and informed by a life lived; as a mother, wife, recently a grandmother, advocate raising awareness of food insecurity and hunger, public speaker, service to her Chiropractic patients, vocalist in a Jazz trio, and being a hopeless fan of music.  Tina’s desire is to connect deeply with people through music.  “I am my most authentic self when singing and writing music and am grateful that I did not let more time pass before I dove in.”

 

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Robinson & Rohe with Circle Round the Sun

EVENT CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Robinson & Rohe
 
Louisa

Robinson & Rohe is the duo of Brooklyn songwriters, Liam Robinson (banjo & accordion) and Jean Rohe (guitar, and Folk Project member since she was eight years old.) Liam’s production and arrangement talents were displayed as the music director of Anais Mitchell’s smash hit Broadway musical, Hadestown.

And Jean’s vocal and writing skills are well known to Folk Project regulars. They have just released their second duo recording, Wait and See in 2021, which features some of their favorite NYC musicians, and displays their insightful writing and impeccable harmonies

Opening Act: Circle Round the Sun
 
Small Town Saturday Night

Circle Round the Sun is an acoustic/Americana band comprised of vocalists Marie Trontell and Jay Wilensky, Chris Bukata and Joe Brice on guitars, and George LaVecchia on bass. This Folk Project – based quintet brings rich vocal harmonies and agile instrumentals to a mix of creative originals and well-chosen covers.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Windborne with Ken & Pat Rolston

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Windborne
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Conjuring up echoes of the Canadian group “Finest Kind”, Windborne is a harmony-driven quartet of 20-somethings who revel in the vocal traditions of the British Isles and early American folk song. To this they add vocal harmony traditions around the world from the Balkans to South Africa. They sing either acapella, or with spare accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, and percussion.

Opening Act: Ken & Pat Rolston

Ken & Pat Rolston hark back to the founding days of the Folk Project. Their voices blend with the ease of two natural singers who have been singing together most of their lives. Their material ranges from acapella traditional ballads to swing to Corsican field hollers Randy Newman to whatever else suits their wide-ranging musical tastes. And the charming blend of Ken’s manic mad-wizard persona leavened by Patsy’s tolerant sanity makes them a joy to experience onstage.

Ever More Nest
Major Tom

Ever More Nest, the music project from New Orleans-based songwriter Kelcy Mae, released its lauded debut album on October 12, 2018. As Ever More Nest, Kelcy has adopted a full-fledged Americana style that has drawn comparisons to Gregory Alan Isakov, Gillian Welch, and Nanci Griffith. Kelcy’s oft-lauded poeticism remains a calling card of her songs and is on full display on The Place That You Call Home.

Produced by 2018 Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier), the album accentuates the best of Kelcy’s emotive, authentic voice, delicate yet driving guitar work, and honest, observational songwriting that poses the universal question: “Just where do I belong?” According to Folk Radio UK, “The answer is clearly in any discerning Americana CD collection.” The album is available on all digital sales and streaming platforms.

Ever More Nest is currently touring the United States with band arrangements ranging from a guitar duo to a full seven-piece band with two guitarists, banjo & mandolin, pedal steel, fiddle, bass and drums.

Ever More Nest has performed at numerous music festivals and venues/listening rooms, including the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Milwaukee’s SummerFest, New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival, and more. Ever More Nest’s debut continues to garner praise from local, national, and international media. The album was nominated for Best Alt-Country Album in the 2019 Independent Music Awards and named to Offbeat Magazine’s list of Top 50 Albums of 2018. Ever More Nest and The Place That You Call Home were nominated for Best Country/Folk/Singer-songwriter Artist & Album in Offbeat’s Best of the Beat Awards. The single, “Major Tom,” was named a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition.

Kipyn Martin
Keep Your Lantern Lit

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple GoldAwards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for “God Is Love” from her 2017 album release, DANCE ACROSS THE SKY), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association’s WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. Recent touring for Kipyn includes shows with Ellis Paul, Kirsten Maxwell, and Joan & Joni performances scheduled in New York, New England, and New Jersey.

“I’m pretty sure God wishes she could sing like Kipyn Martin.” — Susan Werner

CANCELED: Valentines Day Extravaganza

Admission: $12.00 includes refreshments

 

Folk Project members sing songs of love (of all persuasions)

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Tom Chapin with Tina Ross
Featured Act: Tom Chapin
Tom Chapin
City of New Orleans

Tom Chapin‘s music spans generations from the heady Greenwich Village days when he performed with his brothers Harry, and Steve, and dad Jim, through to today. He serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. With an agile fingerstyle guitar, gentle humor, audience inclusiveness, and a concern for the Earth and its resources, Tom puts on a memorable show.

Opening Act: Tina Ross
 
Artemisia

Folk Project member Tina Ross is a singer/songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

 
The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

 
Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Trout Fishing in America with Carla Ulbrich

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Trout Fishing in America
 
The Strangest Times

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing, and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. As individuals, they are about as different as one could imagine. But together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured audiences of all ages for over three decades.

A willingness to at once make fun of our most annoying daily habits, and then to touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life is what makes the connection between the Trouts and their audiences so compelling and poignant.

Opening Act: Carla Ulbrich
 
If I Had the Copyright (The F-Word Song)

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living. With a love of wordplay, and some pretty impressive guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word.

She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

NOTE:  Carla will be headlining  at the Troubadour on May 6th!  You can get a sneak preview of her tonight.

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Beppe Gambetta with The Fermenters Trio

CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Beppe Gambetta
 
Notes from the Road

Beppe Gambetta, the Italian bluegrass flatpicking champion. Sounds like an ethnic joke, but Beppe is no joke. Early in life he was captured by the music of such greats as Doc Watson and Tony Rice, and soon got to the point where he was sharing festival stages as an equal with his heroes.

Equally adroit on mandolin, he can blaze through a hot bluegrass tune or croon a lovely Italian traditional ballad. And all with an elegant continental charm that is a joy to witness.

Opening Act: The Fermenters Trio
 
Fermenters Trio- Sample Clips

The Fermenters Trio show every sign of having spent endless hours in their youth grooving on their Grateful Dead albums. Drawn from sources both old and new, their music offers up a heady mix of Alt folk, bluegrass, gospel, country, and eclectic originals. It’s stomp and holler with all the blended vocal harmonies of the Americana musical tradition. Their sound embraces the dynamics of bluegrass and gospel, the fire indie folk, and the passion of the blues.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman with TBD

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
 
Stroll On

To say that Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman play the Celtic Harp and guitar is like saying Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe pick out tunes on the banjo and mandolin. These two are past masters of their craft, and their craft is virtuoso performance on their chosen instruments. “Awesome” is a word overused these days, but I was drop-dead awe-struck by their performance.

Their forte is the Irish and Scots repertoire, but they take detours into old-time American tunes and swing (!!) This is a must-see show even for people who are not into harp music. They are jaw-dropping mind-bending out-freaking-standing.

Opening Act: TBD

Note:  Open stage is not the usual 2nd Friday this month.  (No April Fool)

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.

Featured Act: Tom Paxton
Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton is returning to the Troubadour on Friday, April 8, 2022. This is more than a rare opportunity to see a performer of Tom’s musical and historical stature in a close-up, intimate setting. It’s also chance to share a folk music legend’s visit to the Folk Project’s home theatre, where the spirit, knowledge, and love of his music lives and thrives to this day.

Tom’s career has taken him from his days as a drama student at The University of Oklahoma to thousands of concerts in a variety of venues––from coffee houses in Greenwich Village to The Albert Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York; from festivals in Hong Kong to Denmark, from Tokyo to Oslo. He has done over 50 concert tours of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and has recorded over 50 albums of his own songs. Recordings of his songs by other artists number in the hundreds and include artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, John Denver, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary, to name just a very few. He began his performing career in Greenwich Village in 1960, coming in on weekends from Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he was toiling away in the Clerk Typist School. (He used his typewriter one day to compose his famous song for children, The Marvelous Toy, later a hit for The Chad Mitchell Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary). Upon his release he stayed in New York and put in several years playing in now-legendary coffee houses like The Gaslight and befriending other singers like Dave Van Ronk (The Mayor of Macdougal Street), Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Eric Andersen.
Opening Act: The DonJuans
The DonJuans

The DonJuans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner – join Tom on stage, and the show these three masters present is will be a lifetime memory for all of us who can attend.

JON VEZNER: Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville-based Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant Where’ve You Been reflects his straight-to-the-heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.
Vezner was honored with a Grammy for Best Country Song and the Nashville Songwriters Association Song of the Year in 1990, for Where’ve You Been — the true story of Vezner’s grandparents — co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. Where’ve You Been was also honored as Song of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Jon was also voted Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Born in Minnesota, he began his musical career as lead singer and bassist for various groups in high school, going on to earn a B.A. degree in music education and music theory at Minnesota Southwest State University in the mid ′70s. Jon’s catalogue of songs reads like a songbook itself, interpreted and recorded by some of the greats in the business such as Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, The Wiggins, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio, BJ Thomas, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, and Native American recording artist, Bill Miller, to name a few. Jon’s production credits include artists such as Danny O’Keefe, Victoria Shaw, and singing legend Patti Page.
Jon Vezner writes about the details, the details of our hearts and feelings. His gift is in speaking to these ordinary things which connect us to one another. And in recognizing their simple beauty, he transforms them into something extraordinary. — Mary-Chapin Carpenter
DON HENRY: In Morgan Hill, California in the early 70’s, records like The Band by The Band and Honky Chateau by Elton John prompted Don Henry to begin writing his own lyrics to Jim Croce melodies. Then he learned to play guitar with a Paul Simon songbook. After that it was an education in The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and Joni Mitchell. Then Randy Newman’s Good Old Boys and Old Number One by Guy Clark changed his life. In April of 1979, at 19, Don made his way to Nashville. After spending 4 years as the tape copy/librarian for Tree Publishing Company, cataloging some of the best songs by some of the best songwriters in Nashville (Sonny Throckmorton, Bobby Braddock, Harlan Howard, and Curly Putman), Don’s own songs started getting recorded and he was moved to full-time staff songwriter. Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, the Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee and Kathy Mattea are just a few who recorded Don’s songs during this period.
In 1990, Don and Jon Vezner received song of the year awards for co-writing Mattea’s critically acclaimed hit, Where’ve You Been. Awards from the Grammys, as well as from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International culminated it Where’ve You Been becoming the first song ever to be so honored by all four organizations. In 1991, Wild In The Backyard was released on Sony/Epic Records. Billboard’s Ken Schlager chose the debut album as one of 1991’s Top Ten records, as did Larry McClain of BAM magazine. Rolling Stone liked it enough to profile Don in their New Faces column. Since, Don’s songs have been recorded by Lonestar, Rosie Flores, The Thompson Brothers Band, Bryan White, and Blake Shelton. A 2001 release, Flowers and Rockets, was followed quickly by Live At The Bluebird Café. In 2013 Miranda Lambert had a hit with Don and Phillip Coleman’s song All Kinds Of Kinds.
At Don’s shows, you’ll easily spot those who have yet to hear his songs. Upon first experiencing them, the listener is often moved to laughter or tears, sometimes both at the same time! And everyone leaves humming, because Don Henry songs stay with you.
The crowd was won over by this guy and his guitar. Long may he write. — Dirty Linen
This engagement of Tom Paxton is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

Featured Act: Joe Jencks
 
Lady of the Harbor

A Joe Jencks concert is an occasion for singing; a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance. Joe’s animating purpose runs deep, tapping into the latent, nearly mystical beauty that a roomful of people can unleash by singing together. His songs touch on social justice and community building. He has been favorably compared to songwriters such as John McCutcheon, Holly Near, Fred Small, Tracy Chapman, and James Keelaghan.

Opening Act: The Levins
Dropping Keys

The Levins (pronounced The L’Vins), Ira and Julia Levin, combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s. Their original songs sound like The Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. They were the 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Low Lily with TBD
Featured Act: Low Lily
 
Hope Lingers On

Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted Band” of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary.

The players are Lissa Schneckenburger (Solas, Long Time Courting) on fiddle, Flynn Cohen (John Whelan Band) on mandolin and guitar, and Liz Simmons (backing Livingston Taylor & Tom Chapin) on guitar. All three sing as well in harmonies that have drawn raves from dozens of reviewers and thousands of fans.

Opening Act: TBD
Featured Act: Carla Ulbrich
 
Comedic singer-songwriter. A Dr. Demento favorite.

You may have seen Carla Ulbrich back in March when she opened for Trout Fishing in America.  And that’s probably why you’re here now checking her out for her headline show.  Carla is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living.

With a love of wordplay and some pretty fancy guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word. She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

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.

TBD
TBD
Dead to the Core with Opening Act TBD

No opening act

Featured Act: Dead to the Core
 
Dead To The Core Trailer

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, assembled by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, a music journalist and accomplished performer in his own right.  The band pays tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are clips from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.

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.

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.

TBD
Folk Project Summer Songs

Folk Project Members regale us with songs for the Summer.  Details to follow.

 
Artemisia

Tina Ross, an emerging NY Singer/Songwriter, is a fresh, timeless wind blowing from the 60s with an original contemporary vibe and flow.  Her songs are artful and authentic with deep themes and images.      

Tina’s songs have been recognized as a Folk/Country Category Finalist: UK Songwriting, Honorable Mention: John Lennon Songwriting and noted as a Top Five Finalist: International Blues & Roots Radio.

“Tina Ross is a singer songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.  Listening to her songs is a personal experience that I want to have again and again.”

Steve Seskin – Grammy-nominated Songwriter

Her music is honest and informed by a life lived; as a mother, wife, recently a grandmother, advocate raising awareness of food insecurity and hunger, public speaker, service to her Chiropractic patients, vocalist in a Jazz trio, and being a hopeless fan of music.  Tina’s desire is to connect deeply with people through music.  “I am my most authentic self when singing and writing music and am grateful that I did not let more time pass before I dove in.”

 

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Robinson & Rohe with Circle Round the Sun

EVENT CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Robinson & Rohe
 
Louisa

Robinson & Rohe is the duo of Brooklyn songwriters, Liam Robinson (banjo & accordion) and Jean Rohe (guitar, and Folk Project member since she was eight years old.) Liam’s production and arrangement talents were displayed as the music director of Anais Mitchell’s smash hit Broadway musical, Hadestown.

And Jean’s vocal and writing skills are well known to Folk Project regulars. They have just released their second duo recording, Wait and See in 2021, which features some of their favorite NYC musicians, and displays their insightful writing and impeccable harmonies

Opening Act: Circle Round the Sun
 
Small Town Saturday Night

Circle Round the Sun is an acoustic/Americana band comprised of vocalists Marie Trontell and Jay Wilensky, Chris Bukata and Joe Brice on guitars, and George LaVecchia on bass. This Folk Project – based quintet brings rich vocal harmonies and agile instrumentals to a mix of creative originals and well-chosen covers.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Windborne with Ken & Pat Rolston

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Windborne
Photo of Windborne

Conjuring up echoes of the Canadian group “Finest Kind”, Windborne is a harmony-driven quartet of 20-somethings who revel in the vocal traditions of the British Isles and early American folk song. To this they add vocal harmony traditions around the world from the Balkans to South Africa. They sing either acapella, or with spare accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, and percussion.

Opening Act: Ken & Pat Rolston

Ken & Pat Rolston hark back to the founding days of the Folk Project. Their voices blend with the ease of two natural singers who have been singing together most of their lives. Their material ranges from acapella traditional ballads to swing to Corsican field hollers Randy Newman to whatever else suits their wide-ranging musical tastes. And the charming blend of Ken’s manic mad-wizard persona leavened by Patsy’s tolerant sanity makes them a joy to experience onstage.

Ever More Nest
Major Tom

Ever More Nest, the music project from New Orleans-based songwriter Kelcy Mae, released its lauded debut album on October 12, 2018. As Ever More Nest, Kelcy has adopted a full-fledged Americana style that has drawn comparisons to Gregory Alan Isakov, Gillian Welch, and Nanci Griffith. Kelcy’s oft-lauded poeticism remains a calling card of her songs and is on full display on The Place That You Call Home.

Produced by 2018 Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier), the album accentuates the best of Kelcy’s emotive, authentic voice, delicate yet driving guitar work, and honest, observational songwriting that poses the universal question: “Just where do I belong?” According to Folk Radio UK, “The answer is clearly in any discerning Americana CD collection.” The album is available on all digital sales and streaming platforms.

Ever More Nest is currently touring the United States with band arrangements ranging from a guitar duo to a full seven-piece band with two guitarists, banjo & mandolin, pedal steel, fiddle, bass and drums.

Ever More Nest has performed at numerous music festivals and venues/listening rooms, including the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Milwaukee’s SummerFest, New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival, and more. Ever More Nest’s debut continues to garner praise from local, national, and international media. The album was nominated for Best Alt-Country Album in the 2019 Independent Music Awards and named to Offbeat Magazine’s list of Top 50 Albums of 2018. Ever More Nest and The Place That You Call Home were nominated for Best Country/Folk/Singer-songwriter Artist & Album in Offbeat’s Best of the Beat Awards. The single, “Major Tom,” was named a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition.

Kipyn Martin
Keep Your Lantern Lit

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple GoldAwards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for “God Is Love” from her 2017 album release, DANCE ACROSS THE SKY), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association’s WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. Recent touring for Kipyn includes shows with Ellis Paul, Kirsten Maxwell, and Joan & Joni performances scheduled in New York, New England, and New Jersey.

“I’m pretty sure God wishes she could sing like Kipyn Martin.” — Susan Werner

CANCELED: Valentines Day Extravaganza

Admission: $12.00 includes refreshments

 

Folk Project members sing songs of love (of all persuasions)

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Tom Chapin with Tina Ross
Featured Act: Tom Chapin
Tom Chapin
City of New Orleans

Tom Chapin‘s music spans generations from the heady Greenwich Village days when he performed with his brothers Harry, and Steve, and dad Jim, through to today. He serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. With an agile fingerstyle guitar, gentle humor, audience inclusiveness, and a concern for the Earth and its resources, Tom puts on a memorable show.

Opening Act: Tina Ross
 
Artemisia

Folk Project member Tina Ross is a singer/songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

 
The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

 
Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Trout Fishing in America with Carla Ulbrich

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Trout Fishing in America
 
The Strangest Times

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing, and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. As individuals, they are about as different as one could imagine. But together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured audiences of all ages for over three decades.

A willingness to at once make fun of our most annoying daily habits, and then to touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life is what makes the connection between the Trouts and their audiences so compelling and poignant.

Opening Act: Carla Ulbrich
 
If I Had the Copyright (The F-Word Song)

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living. With a love of wordplay, and some pretty impressive guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word.

She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

NOTE:  Carla will be headlining  at the Troubadour on May 6th!  You can get a sneak preview of her tonight.

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Beppe Gambetta with The Fermenters Trio

CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Beppe Gambetta
 
Notes from the Road

Beppe Gambetta, the Italian bluegrass flatpicking champion. Sounds like an ethnic joke, but Beppe is no joke. Early in life he was captured by the music of such greats as Doc Watson and Tony Rice, and soon got to the point where he was sharing festival stages as an equal with his heroes.

Equally adroit on mandolin, he can blaze through a hot bluegrass tune or croon a lovely Italian traditional ballad. And all with an elegant continental charm that is a joy to witness.

Opening Act: The Fermenters Trio
 
Fermenters Trio- Sample Clips

The Fermenters Trio show every sign of having spent endless hours in their youth grooving on their Grateful Dead albums. Drawn from sources both old and new, their music offers up a heady mix of Alt folk, bluegrass, gospel, country, and eclectic originals. It’s stomp and holler with all the blended vocal harmonies of the Americana musical tradition. Their sound embraces the dynamics of bluegrass and gospel, the fire indie folk, and the passion of the blues.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman with TBD

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
 
Stroll On

To say that Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman play the Celtic Harp and guitar is like saying Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe pick out tunes on the banjo and mandolin. These two are past masters of their craft, and their craft is virtuoso performance on their chosen instruments. “Awesome” is a word overused these days, but I was drop-dead awe-struck by their performance.

Their forte is the Irish and Scots repertoire, but they take detours into old-time American tunes and swing (!!) This is a must-see show even for people who are not into harp music. They are jaw-dropping mind-bending out-freaking-standing.

Opening Act: TBD

Note:  Open stage is not the usual 2nd Friday this month.  (No April Fool)

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.

Featured Act: Tom Paxton
Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton is returning to the Troubadour on Friday, April 8, 2022. This is more than a rare opportunity to see a performer of Tom’s musical and historical stature in a close-up, intimate setting. It’s also chance to share a folk music legend’s visit to the Folk Project’s home theatre, where the spirit, knowledge, and love of his music lives and thrives to this day.

Tom’s career has taken him from his days as a drama student at The University of Oklahoma to thousands of concerts in a variety of venues––from coffee houses in Greenwich Village to The Albert Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York; from festivals in Hong Kong to Denmark, from Tokyo to Oslo. He has done over 50 concert tours of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and has recorded over 50 albums of his own songs. Recordings of his songs by other artists number in the hundreds and include artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, John Denver, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary, to name just a very few. He began his performing career in Greenwich Village in 1960, coming in on weekends from Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he was toiling away in the Clerk Typist School. (He used his typewriter one day to compose his famous song for children, The Marvelous Toy, later a hit for The Chad Mitchell Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary). Upon his release he stayed in New York and put in several years playing in now-legendary coffee houses like The Gaslight and befriending other singers like Dave Van Ronk (The Mayor of Macdougal Street), Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Eric Andersen.
Opening Act: The DonJuans
The DonJuans

The DonJuans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner – join Tom on stage, and the show these three masters present is will be a lifetime memory for all of us who can attend.

JON VEZNER: Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville-based Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant Where’ve You Been reflects his straight-to-the-heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.
Vezner was honored with a Grammy for Best Country Song and the Nashville Songwriters Association Song of the Year in 1990, for Where’ve You Been — the true story of Vezner’s grandparents — co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. Where’ve You Been was also honored as Song of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Jon was also voted Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Born in Minnesota, he began his musical career as lead singer and bassist for various groups in high school, going on to earn a B.A. degree in music education and music theory at Minnesota Southwest State University in the mid ′70s. Jon’s catalogue of songs reads like a songbook itself, interpreted and recorded by some of the greats in the business such as Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, The Wiggins, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio, BJ Thomas, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, and Native American recording artist, Bill Miller, to name a few. Jon’s production credits include artists such as Danny O’Keefe, Victoria Shaw, and singing legend Patti Page.
Jon Vezner writes about the details, the details of our hearts and feelings. His gift is in speaking to these ordinary things which connect us to one another. And in recognizing their simple beauty, he transforms them into something extraordinary. — Mary-Chapin Carpenter
DON HENRY: In Morgan Hill, California in the early 70’s, records like The Band by The Band and Honky Chateau by Elton John prompted Don Henry to begin writing his own lyrics to Jim Croce melodies. Then he learned to play guitar with a Paul Simon songbook. After that it was an education in The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and Joni Mitchell. Then Randy Newman’s Good Old Boys and Old Number One by Guy Clark changed his life. In April of 1979, at 19, Don made his way to Nashville. After spending 4 years as the tape copy/librarian for Tree Publishing Company, cataloging some of the best songs by some of the best songwriters in Nashville (Sonny Throckmorton, Bobby Braddock, Harlan Howard, and Curly Putman), Don’s own songs started getting recorded and he was moved to full-time staff songwriter. Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, the Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee and Kathy Mattea are just a few who recorded Don’s songs during this period.
In 1990, Don and Jon Vezner received song of the year awards for co-writing Mattea’s critically acclaimed hit, Where’ve You Been. Awards from the Grammys, as well as from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International culminated it Where’ve You Been becoming the first song ever to be so honored by all four organizations. In 1991, Wild In The Backyard was released on Sony/Epic Records. Billboard’s Ken Schlager chose the debut album as one of 1991’s Top Ten records, as did Larry McClain of BAM magazine. Rolling Stone liked it enough to profile Don in their New Faces column. Since, Don’s songs have been recorded by Lonestar, Rosie Flores, The Thompson Brothers Band, Bryan White, and Blake Shelton. A 2001 release, Flowers and Rockets, was followed quickly by Live At The Bluebird Café. In 2013 Miranda Lambert had a hit with Don and Phillip Coleman’s song All Kinds Of Kinds.
At Don’s shows, you’ll easily spot those who have yet to hear his songs. Upon first experiencing them, the listener is often moved to laughter or tears, sometimes both at the same time! And everyone leaves humming, because Don Henry songs stay with you.
The crowd was won over by this guy and his guitar. Long may he write. — Dirty Linen
This engagement of Tom Paxton is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

Featured Act: Joe Jencks
 
Lady of the Harbor

A Joe Jencks concert is an occasion for singing; a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance. Joe’s animating purpose runs deep, tapping into the latent, nearly mystical beauty that a roomful of people can unleash by singing together. His songs touch on social justice and community building. He has been favorably compared to songwriters such as John McCutcheon, Holly Near, Fred Small, Tracy Chapman, and James Keelaghan.

Opening Act: The Levins
Dropping Keys

The Levins (pronounced The L’Vins), Ira and Julia Levin, combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s. Their original songs sound like The Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. They were the 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Low Lily with TBD
Featured Act: Low Lily
 
Hope Lingers On

Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted Band” of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary.

The players are Lissa Schneckenburger (Solas, Long Time Courting) on fiddle, Flynn Cohen (John Whelan Band) on mandolin and guitar, and Liz Simmons (backing Livingston Taylor & Tom Chapin) on guitar. All three sing as well in harmonies that have drawn raves from dozens of reviewers and thousands of fans.

Opening Act: TBD
Featured Act: Carla Ulbrich
 
Comedic singer-songwriter. A Dr. Demento favorite.

You may have seen Carla Ulbrich back in March when she opened for Trout Fishing in America.  And that’s probably why you’re here now checking her out for her headline show.  Carla is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living.

With a love of wordplay and some pretty fancy guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word. She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

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.

TBD
TBD
Dead to the Core with Opening Act TBD

No opening act

Featured Act: Dead to the Core
 
Dead To The Core Trailer

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, assembled by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, a music journalist and accomplished performer in his own right.  The band pays tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are clips from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.

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.

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.

TBD
Folk Project Summer Songs

Folk Project Members regale us with songs for the Summer.  Details to follow.

 
Artemisia

Tina Ross, an emerging NY Singer/Songwriter, is a fresh, timeless wind blowing from the 60s with an original contemporary vibe and flow.  Her songs are artful and authentic with deep themes and images.      

Tina’s songs have been recognized as a Folk/Country Category Finalist: UK Songwriting, Honorable Mention: John Lennon Songwriting and noted as a Top Five Finalist: International Blues & Roots Radio.

“Tina Ross is a singer songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.  Listening to her songs is a personal experience that I want to have again and again.”

Steve Seskin – Grammy-nominated Songwriter

Her music is honest and informed by a life lived; as a mother, wife, recently a grandmother, advocate raising awareness of food insecurity and hunger, public speaker, service to her Chiropractic patients, vocalist in a Jazz trio, and being a hopeless fan of music.  Tina’s desire is to connect deeply with people through music.  “I am my most authentic self when singing and writing music and am grateful that I did not let more time pass before I dove in.”

 

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Robinson & Rohe with Circle Round the Sun

EVENT CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Robinson & Rohe
 
Louisa

Robinson & Rohe is the duo of Brooklyn songwriters, Liam Robinson (banjo & accordion) and Jean Rohe (guitar, and Folk Project member since she was eight years old.) Liam’s production and arrangement talents were displayed as the music director of Anais Mitchell’s smash hit Broadway musical, Hadestown.

And Jean’s vocal and writing skills are well known to Folk Project regulars. They have just released their second duo recording, Wait and See in 2021, which features some of their favorite NYC musicians, and displays their insightful writing and impeccable harmonies

Opening Act: Circle Round the Sun
 
Small Town Saturday Night

Circle Round the Sun is an acoustic/Americana band comprised of vocalists Marie Trontell and Jay Wilensky, Chris Bukata and Joe Brice on guitars, and George LaVecchia on bass. This Folk Project – based quintet brings rich vocal harmonies and agile instrumentals to a mix of creative originals and well-chosen covers.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Windborne with Ken & Pat Rolston

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Windborne
Photo of Windborne

Conjuring up echoes of the Canadian group “Finest Kind”, Windborne is a harmony-driven quartet of 20-somethings who revel in the vocal traditions of the British Isles and early American folk song. To this they add vocal harmony traditions around the world from the Balkans to South Africa. They sing either acapella, or with spare accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, and percussion.

Opening Act: Ken & Pat Rolston

Ken & Pat Rolston hark back to the founding days of the Folk Project. Their voices blend with the ease of two natural singers who have been singing together most of their lives. Their material ranges from acapella traditional ballads to swing to Corsican field hollers Randy Newman to whatever else suits their wide-ranging musical tastes. And the charming blend of Ken’s manic mad-wizard persona leavened by Patsy’s tolerant sanity makes them a joy to experience onstage.

Ever More Nest
Major Tom

Ever More Nest, the music project from New Orleans-based songwriter Kelcy Mae, released its lauded debut album on October 12, 2018. As Ever More Nest, Kelcy has adopted a full-fledged Americana style that has drawn comparisons to Gregory Alan Isakov, Gillian Welch, and Nanci Griffith. Kelcy’s oft-lauded poeticism remains a calling card of her songs and is on full display on The Place That You Call Home.

Produced by 2018 Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier), the album accentuates the best of Kelcy’s emotive, authentic voice, delicate yet driving guitar work, and honest, observational songwriting that poses the universal question: “Just where do I belong?” According to Folk Radio UK, “The answer is clearly in any discerning Americana CD collection.” The album is available on all digital sales and streaming platforms.

Ever More Nest is currently touring the United States with band arrangements ranging from a guitar duo to a full seven-piece band with two guitarists, banjo & mandolin, pedal steel, fiddle, bass and drums.

Ever More Nest has performed at numerous music festivals and venues/listening rooms, including the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Milwaukee’s SummerFest, New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival, and more. Ever More Nest’s debut continues to garner praise from local, national, and international media. The album was nominated for Best Alt-Country Album in the 2019 Independent Music Awards and named to Offbeat Magazine’s list of Top 50 Albums of 2018. Ever More Nest and The Place That You Call Home were nominated for Best Country/Folk/Singer-songwriter Artist & Album in Offbeat’s Best of the Beat Awards. The single, “Major Tom,” was named a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition.

Kipyn Martin
Keep Your Lantern Lit

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple GoldAwards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for “God Is Love” from her 2017 album release, DANCE ACROSS THE SKY), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association’s WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. Recent touring for Kipyn includes shows with Ellis Paul, Kirsten Maxwell, and Joan & Joni performances scheduled in New York, New England, and New Jersey.

“I’m pretty sure God wishes she could sing like Kipyn Martin.” — Susan Werner

CANCELED: Valentines Day Extravaganza

Admission: $12.00 includes refreshments

 

Folk Project members sing songs of love (of all persuasions)

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Tom Chapin with Tina Ross
Featured Act: Tom Chapin
Tom Chapin
City of New Orleans

Tom Chapin‘s music spans generations from the heady Greenwich Village days when he performed with his brothers Harry, and Steve, and dad Jim, through to today. He serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. With an agile fingerstyle guitar, gentle humor, audience inclusiveness, and a concern for the Earth and its resources, Tom puts on a memorable show.

Opening Act: Tina Ross
 
Artemisia

Folk Project member Tina Ross is a singer/songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

 
The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

 
Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Trout Fishing in America with Carla Ulbrich

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Trout Fishing in America
 
The Strangest Times

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing, and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. As individuals, they are about as different as one could imagine. But together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured audiences of all ages for over three decades.

A willingness to at once make fun of our most annoying daily habits, and then to touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life is what makes the connection between the Trouts and their audiences so compelling and poignant.

Opening Act: Carla Ulbrich
 
If I Had the Copyright (The F-Word Song)

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living. With a love of wordplay, and some pretty impressive guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word.

She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

NOTE:  Carla will be headlining  at the Troubadour on May 6th!  You can get a sneak preview of her tonight.

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Beppe Gambetta with The Fermenters Trio

CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Beppe Gambetta
 
Notes from the Road

Beppe Gambetta, the Italian bluegrass flatpicking champion. Sounds like an ethnic joke, but Beppe is no joke. Early in life he was captured by the music of such greats as Doc Watson and Tony Rice, and soon got to the point where he was sharing festival stages as an equal with his heroes.

Equally adroit on mandolin, he can blaze through a hot bluegrass tune or croon a lovely Italian traditional ballad. And all with an elegant continental charm that is a joy to witness.

Opening Act: The Fermenters Trio
 
Fermenters Trio- Sample Clips

The Fermenters Trio show every sign of having spent endless hours in their youth grooving on their Grateful Dead albums. Drawn from sources both old and new, their music offers up a heady mix of Alt folk, bluegrass, gospel, country, and eclectic originals. It’s stomp and holler with all the blended vocal harmonies of the Americana musical tradition. Their sound embraces the dynamics of bluegrass and gospel, the fire indie folk, and the passion of the blues.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman with TBD

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
 
Stroll On

To say that Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman play the Celtic Harp and guitar is like saying Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe pick out tunes on the banjo and mandolin. These two are past masters of their craft, and their craft is virtuoso performance on their chosen instruments. “Awesome” is a word overused these days, but I was drop-dead awe-struck by their performance.

Their forte is the Irish and Scots repertoire, but they take detours into old-time American tunes and swing (!!) This is a must-see show even for people who are not into harp music. They are jaw-dropping mind-bending out-freaking-standing.

Opening Act: TBD

Note:  Open stage is not the usual 2nd Friday this month.  (No April Fool)

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.

Featured Act: Tom Paxton
Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton is returning to the Troubadour on Friday, April 8, 2022. This is more than a rare opportunity to see a performer of Tom’s musical and historical stature in a close-up, intimate setting. It’s also chance to share a folk music legend’s visit to the Folk Project’s home theatre, where the spirit, knowledge, and love of his music lives and thrives to this day.

Tom’s career has taken him from his days as a drama student at The University of Oklahoma to thousands of concerts in a variety of venues––from coffee houses in Greenwich Village to The Albert Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York; from festivals in Hong Kong to Denmark, from Tokyo to Oslo. He has done over 50 concert tours of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and has recorded over 50 albums of his own songs. Recordings of his songs by other artists number in the hundreds and include artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, John Denver, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary, to name just a very few. He began his performing career in Greenwich Village in 1960, coming in on weekends from Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he was toiling away in the Clerk Typist School. (He used his typewriter one day to compose his famous song for children, The Marvelous Toy, later a hit for The Chad Mitchell Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary). Upon his release he stayed in New York and put in several years playing in now-legendary coffee houses like The Gaslight and befriending other singers like Dave Van Ronk (The Mayor of Macdougal Street), Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Eric Andersen.
Opening Act: The DonJuans
The DonJuans

The DonJuans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner – join Tom on stage, and the show these three masters present is will be a lifetime memory for all of us who can attend.

JON VEZNER: Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville-based Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant Where’ve You Been reflects his straight-to-the-heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.
Vezner was honored with a Grammy for Best Country Song and the Nashville Songwriters Association Song of the Year in 1990, for Where’ve You Been — the true story of Vezner’s grandparents — co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. Where’ve You Been was also honored as Song of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Jon was also voted Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Born in Minnesota, he began his musical career as lead singer and bassist for various groups in high school, going on to earn a B.A. degree in music education and music theory at Minnesota Southwest State University in the mid ′70s. Jon’s catalogue of songs reads like a songbook itself, interpreted and recorded by some of the greats in the business such as Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, The Wiggins, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio, BJ Thomas, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, and Native American recording artist, Bill Miller, to name a few. Jon’s production credits include artists such as Danny O’Keefe, Victoria Shaw, and singing legend Patti Page.
Jon Vezner writes about the details, the details of our hearts and feelings. His gift is in speaking to these ordinary things which connect us to one another. And in recognizing their simple beauty, he transforms them into something extraordinary. — Mary-Chapin Carpenter
DON HENRY: In Morgan Hill, California in the early 70’s, records like The Band by The Band and Honky Chateau by Elton John prompted Don Henry to begin writing his own lyrics to Jim Croce melodies. Then he learned to play guitar with a Paul Simon songbook. After that it was an education in The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and Joni Mitchell. Then Randy Newman’s Good Old Boys and Old Number One by Guy Clark changed his life. In April of 1979, at 19, Don made his way to Nashville. After spending 4 years as the tape copy/librarian for Tree Publishing Company, cataloging some of the best songs by some of the best songwriters in Nashville (Sonny Throckmorton, Bobby Braddock, Harlan Howard, and Curly Putman), Don’s own songs started getting recorded and he was moved to full-time staff songwriter. Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, the Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee and Kathy Mattea are just a few who recorded Don’s songs during this period.
In 1990, Don and Jon Vezner received song of the year awards for co-writing Mattea’s critically acclaimed hit, Where’ve You Been. Awards from the Grammys, as well as from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International culminated it Where’ve You Been becoming the first song ever to be so honored by all four organizations. In 1991, Wild In The Backyard was released on Sony/Epic Records. Billboard’s Ken Schlager chose the debut album as one of 1991’s Top Ten records, as did Larry McClain of BAM magazine. Rolling Stone liked it enough to profile Don in their New Faces column. Since, Don’s songs have been recorded by Lonestar, Rosie Flores, The Thompson Brothers Band, Bryan White, and Blake Shelton. A 2001 release, Flowers and Rockets, was followed quickly by Live At The Bluebird Café. In 2013 Miranda Lambert had a hit with Don and Phillip Coleman’s song All Kinds Of Kinds.
At Don’s shows, you’ll easily spot those who have yet to hear his songs. Upon first experiencing them, the listener is often moved to laughter or tears, sometimes both at the same time! And everyone leaves humming, because Don Henry songs stay with you.
The crowd was won over by this guy and his guitar. Long may he write. — Dirty Linen
This engagement of Tom Paxton is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

Featured Act: Joe Jencks
 
Lady of the Harbor

A Joe Jencks concert is an occasion for singing; a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance. Joe’s animating purpose runs deep, tapping into the latent, nearly mystical beauty that a roomful of people can unleash by singing together. His songs touch on social justice and community building. He has been favorably compared to songwriters such as John McCutcheon, Holly Near, Fred Small, Tracy Chapman, and James Keelaghan.

Opening Act: The Levins
Dropping Keys

The Levins (pronounced The L’Vins), Ira and Julia Levin, combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s. Their original songs sound like The Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. They were the 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Low Lily with TBD
Featured Act: Low Lily
 
Hope Lingers On

Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted Band” of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary.

The players are Lissa Schneckenburger (Solas, Long Time Courting) on fiddle, Flynn Cohen (John Whelan Band) on mandolin and guitar, and Liz Simmons (backing Livingston Taylor & Tom Chapin) on guitar. All three sing as well in harmonies that have drawn raves from dozens of reviewers and thousands of fans.

Opening Act: TBD
Featured Act: Carla Ulbrich
 
Comedic singer-songwriter. A Dr. Demento favorite.

You may have seen Carla Ulbrich back in March when she opened for Trout Fishing in America.  And that’s probably why you’re here now checking her out for her headline show.  Carla is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living.

With a love of wordplay and some pretty fancy guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word. She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

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.

TBD
TBD
Dead to the Core with Opening Act TBD

No opening act

Featured Act: Dead to the Core
 
Dead To The Core Trailer

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, assembled by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, a music journalist and accomplished performer in his own right.  The band pays tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are clips from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.

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.

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.

TBD
Folk Project Summer Songs

Folk Project Members regale us with songs for the Summer.  Details to follow.

 
Artemisia

Tina Ross, an emerging NY Singer/Songwriter, is a fresh, timeless wind blowing from the 60s with an original contemporary vibe and flow.  Her songs are artful and authentic with deep themes and images.      

Tina’s songs have been recognized as a Folk/Country Category Finalist: UK Songwriting, Honorable Mention: John Lennon Songwriting and noted as a Top Five Finalist: International Blues & Roots Radio.

“Tina Ross is a singer songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.  Listening to her songs is a personal experience that I want to have again and again.”

Steve Seskin – Grammy-nominated Songwriter

Her music is honest and informed by a life lived; as a mother, wife, recently a grandmother, advocate raising awareness of food insecurity and hunger, public speaker, service to her Chiropractic patients, vocalist in a Jazz trio, and being a hopeless fan of music.  Tina’s desire is to connect deeply with people through music.  “I am my most authentic self when singing and writing music and am grateful that I did not let more time pass before I dove in.”

 

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Robinson & Rohe with Circle Round the Sun

EVENT CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Robinson & Rohe
 
Louisa

Robinson & Rohe is the duo of Brooklyn songwriters, Liam Robinson (banjo & accordion) and Jean Rohe (guitar, and Folk Project member since she was eight years old.) Liam’s production and arrangement talents were displayed as the music director of Anais Mitchell’s smash hit Broadway musical, Hadestown.

And Jean’s vocal and writing skills are well known to Folk Project regulars. They have just released their second duo recording, Wait and See in 2021, which features some of their favorite NYC musicians, and displays their insightful writing and impeccable harmonies

Opening Act: Circle Round the Sun
 
Small Town Saturday Night

Circle Round the Sun is an acoustic/Americana band comprised of vocalists Marie Trontell and Jay Wilensky, Chris Bukata and Joe Brice on guitars, and George LaVecchia on bass. This Folk Project – based quintet brings rich vocal harmonies and agile instrumentals to a mix of creative originals and well-chosen covers.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Windborne with Ken & Pat Rolston

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Windborne
Photo of Windborne

Conjuring up echoes of the Canadian group “Finest Kind”, Windborne is a harmony-driven quartet of 20-somethings who revel in the vocal traditions of the British Isles and early American folk song. To this they add vocal harmony traditions around the world from the Balkans to South Africa. They sing either acapella, or with spare accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, and percussion.

Opening Act: Ken & Pat Rolston

Ken & Pat Rolston hark back to the founding days of the Folk Project. Their voices blend with the ease of two natural singers who have been singing together most of their lives. Their material ranges from acapella traditional ballads to swing to Corsican field hollers Randy Newman to whatever else suits their wide-ranging musical tastes. And the charming blend of Ken’s manic mad-wizard persona leavened by Patsy’s tolerant sanity makes them a joy to experience onstage.

Ever More Nest
Major Tom

Ever More Nest, the music project from New Orleans-based songwriter Kelcy Mae, released its lauded debut album on October 12, 2018. As Ever More Nest, Kelcy has adopted a full-fledged Americana style that has drawn comparisons to Gregory Alan Isakov, Gillian Welch, and Nanci Griffith. Kelcy’s oft-lauded poeticism remains a calling card of her songs and is on full display on The Place That You Call Home.

Produced by 2018 Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier), the album accentuates the best of Kelcy’s emotive, authentic voice, delicate yet driving guitar work, and honest, observational songwriting that poses the universal question: “Just where do I belong?” According to Folk Radio UK, “The answer is clearly in any discerning Americana CD collection.” The album is available on all digital sales and streaming platforms.

Ever More Nest is currently touring the United States with band arrangements ranging from a guitar duo to a full seven-piece band with two guitarists, banjo & mandolin, pedal steel, fiddle, bass and drums.

Ever More Nest has performed at numerous music festivals and venues/listening rooms, including the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Milwaukee’s SummerFest, New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival, and more. Ever More Nest’s debut continues to garner praise from local, national, and international media. The album was nominated for Best Alt-Country Album in the 2019 Independent Music Awards and named to Offbeat Magazine’s list of Top 50 Albums of 2018. Ever More Nest and The Place That You Call Home were nominated for Best Country/Folk/Singer-songwriter Artist & Album in Offbeat’s Best of the Beat Awards. The single, “Major Tom,” was named a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition.

Kipyn Martin
Keep Your Lantern Lit

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple GoldAwards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for “God Is Love” from her 2017 album release, DANCE ACROSS THE SKY), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association’s WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. Recent touring for Kipyn includes shows with Ellis Paul, Kirsten Maxwell, and Joan & Joni performances scheduled in New York, New England, and New Jersey.

“I’m pretty sure God wishes she could sing like Kipyn Martin.” — Susan Werner

CANCELED: Valentines Day Extravaganza

Admission: $12.00 includes refreshments

 

Folk Project members sing songs of love (of all persuasions)

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Tom Chapin with Tina Ross
Featured Act: Tom Chapin
Tom Chapin
City of New Orleans

Tom Chapin‘s music spans generations from the heady Greenwich Village days when he performed with his brothers Harry, and Steve, and dad Jim, through to today. He serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. With an agile fingerstyle guitar, gentle humor, audience inclusiveness, and a concern for the Earth and its resources, Tom puts on a memorable show.

Opening Act: Tina Ross
 
Artemisia

Folk Project member Tina Ross is a singer/songwriter who combines evocative, inventive guitar playing with superb poetry that weaves colorful, emotional imagery around her beautifully sung, gorgeous melodies.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

 
The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

 
Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Trout Fishing in America with Carla Ulbrich

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Trout Fishing in America
 
The Strangest Times

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing, and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. As individuals, they are about as different as one could imagine. But together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured audiences of all ages for over three decades.

A willingness to at once make fun of our most annoying daily habits, and then to touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life is what makes the connection between the Trouts and their audiences so compelling and poignant.

Opening Act: Carla Ulbrich
 
If I Had the Copyright (The F-Word Song)

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living. With a love of wordplay, and some pretty impressive guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word.

She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

NOTE:  Carla will be headlining  at the Troubadour on May 6th!  You can get a sneak preview of her tonight.

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.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Beppe Gambetta with The Fermenters Trio

CANCELED DUE TO COVID

Featured Act: Beppe Gambetta
 
Notes from the Road

Beppe Gambetta, the Italian bluegrass flatpicking champion. Sounds like an ethnic joke, but Beppe is no joke. Early in life he was captured by the music of such greats as Doc Watson and Tony Rice, and soon got to the point where he was sharing festival stages as an equal with his heroes.

Equally adroit on mandolin, he can blaze through a hot bluegrass tune or croon a lovely Italian traditional ballad. And all with an elegant continental charm that is a joy to witness.

Opening Act: The Fermenters Trio
 
Fermenters Trio- Sample Clips

The Fermenters Trio show every sign of having spent endless hours in their youth grooving on their Grateful Dead albums. Drawn from sources both old and new, their music offers up a heady mix of Alt folk, bluegrass, gospel, country, and eclectic originals. It’s stomp and holler with all the blended vocal harmonies of the Americana musical tradition. Their sound embraces the dynamics of bluegrass and gospel, the fire indie folk, and the passion of the blues.

CANCELED LIVE, ONLINE TBA: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman with TBD

CANCELED DUE TO COVID.

Featured Act: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
 
Stroll On

To say that Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman play the Celtic Harp and guitar is like saying Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe pick out tunes on the banjo and mandolin. These two are past masters of their craft, and their craft is virtuoso performance on their chosen instruments. “Awesome” is a word overused these days, but I was drop-dead awe-struck by their performance.

Their forte is the Irish and Scots repertoire, but they take detours into old-time American tunes and swing (!!) This is a must-see show even for people who are not into harp music. They are jaw-dropping mind-bending out-freaking-standing.

Opening Act: TBD

Note:  Open stage is not the usual 2nd Friday this month.  (No April Fool)

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.

Featured Act: Tom Paxton
Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton is returning to the Troubadour on Friday, April 8, 2022. This is more than a rare opportunity to see a performer of Tom’s musical and historical stature in a close-up, intimate setting. It’s also chance to share a folk music legend’s visit to the Folk Project’s home theatre, where the spirit, knowledge, and love of his music lives and thrives to this day.

Tom’s career has taken him from his days as a drama student at The University of Oklahoma to thousands of concerts in a variety of venues––from coffee houses in Greenwich Village to The Albert Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York; from festivals in Hong Kong to Denmark, from Tokyo to Oslo. He has done over 50 concert tours of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and has recorded over 50 albums of his own songs. Recordings of his songs by other artists number in the hundreds and include artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, John Denver, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary, to name just a very few. He began his performing career in Greenwich Village in 1960, coming in on weekends from Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he was toiling away in the Clerk Typist School. (He used his typewriter one day to compose his famous song for children, The Marvelous Toy, later a hit for The Chad Mitchell Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary). Upon his release he stayed in New York and put in several years playing in now-legendary coffee houses like The Gaslight and befriending other singers like Dave Van Ronk (The Mayor of Macdougal Street), Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Eric Andersen.
Opening Act: The DonJuans
The DonJuans

The DonJuans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner – join Tom on stage, and the show these three masters present is will be a lifetime memory for all of us who can attend.

JON VEZNER: Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville-based Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant Where’ve You Been reflects his straight-to-the-heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.
Vezner was honored with a Grammy for Best Country Song and the Nashville Songwriters Association Song of the Year in 1990, for Where’ve You Been — the true story of Vezner’s grandparents — co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. Where’ve You Been was also honored as Song of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Jon was also voted Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Born in Minnesota, he began his musical career as lead singer and bassist for various groups in high school, going on to earn a B.A. degree in music education and music theory at Minnesota Southwest State University in the mid ′70s. Jon’s catalogue of songs reads like a songbook itself, interpreted and recorded by some of the greats in the business such as Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, The Wiggins, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio, BJ Thomas, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, and Native American recording artist, Bill Miller, to name a few. Jon’s production credits include artists such as Danny O’Keefe, Victoria Shaw, and singing legend Patti Page.
Jon Vezner writes about the details, the details of our hearts and feelings. His gift is in speaking to these ordinary things which connect us to one another. And in recognizing their simple beauty, he transforms them into something extraordinary. — Mary-Chapin Carpenter
DON HENRY: In Morgan Hill, California in the early 70’s, records like The Band by The Band and Honky Chateau by Elton John prompted Don Henry to begin writing his own lyrics to Jim Croce melodies. Then he learned to play guitar with a Paul Simon songbook. After that it was an education in The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Cat Stevens, and Joni Mitchell. Then Randy Newman’s Good Old Boys and Old Number One by Guy Clark changed his life. In April of 1979, at 19, Don made his way to Nashville. After spending 4 years as the tape copy/librarian for Tree Publishing Company, cataloging some of the best songs by some of the best songwriters in Nashville (Sonny Throckmorton, Bobby Braddock, Harlan Howard, and Curly Putman), Don’s own songs started getting recorded and he was moved to full-time staff songwriter. Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, the Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee and Kathy Mattea are just a few who recorded Don’s songs during this period.
In 1990, Don and Jon Vezner received song of the year awards for co-writing Mattea’s critically acclaimed hit, Where’ve You Been. Awards from the Grammys, as well as from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International culminated it Where’ve You Been becoming the first song ever to be so honored by all four organizations. In 1991, Wild In The Backyard was released on Sony/Epic Records. Billboard’s Ken Schlager chose the debut album as one of 1991’s Top Ten records, as did Larry McClain of BAM magazine. Rolling Stone liked it enough to profile Don in their New Faces column. Since, Don’s songs have been recorded by Lonestar, Rosie Flores, The Thompson Brothers Band, Bryan White, and Blake Shelton. A 2001 release, Flowers and Rockets, was followed quickly by Live At The Bluebird Café. In 2013 Miranda Lambert had a hit with Don and Phillip Coleman’s song All Kinds Of Kinds.
At Don’s shows, you’ll easily spot those who have yet to hear his songs. Upon first experiencing them, the listener is often moved to laughter or tears, sometimes both at the same time! And everyone leaves humming, because Don Henry songs stay with you.
The crowd was won over by this guy and his guitar. Long may he write. — Dirty Linen
This engagement of Tom Paxton is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tonight we present an evening of classic 60s harmonies. The Everly Set and Forever Simon & Garfunkel are both creations of Sean Altman and Jack Skuller, two enormously talented singers. Sean (Rockapella) combines “…the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer.” (Boston Globe) is at least close to an an age to have appreciated both the of the duos whose music they sing first hand. Jack, a full generation younger, fell into the music of that era at age 14, and in 2014 was awarded the Buddy Holly prize by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Together they channel both the Everlys’ and S&G’s essence in stellar performance.

The Everly Set

In 1957, teens Phil and Don Everly supercharged the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, and the Bee Gees. The Everly Set brings this music back to life for all those who remember it fondly from their youth, as well as to new audiences.

Forever Simon & Garfunkel

Forever Simon & Garfunkel celebrates the best selling duo in rock’n’roll history. With humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmony, Sean Altman & Jack Skuller lead the audience on a journey through Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s teenage roots, their early success as a groovy folk act, their global dominance as hit-makers, and the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, and many more!

Featured Act: Joe Jencks
 
Lady of the Harbor

A Joe Jencks concert is an occasion for singing; a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance. Joe’s animating purpose runs deep, tapping into the latent, nearly mystical beauty that a roomful of people can unleash by singing together. His songs touch on social justice and community building. He has been favorably compared to songwriters such as John McCutcheon, Holly Near, Fred Small, Tracy Chapman, and James Keelaghan.

Opening Act: The Levins
Dropping Keys

The Levins (pronounced The L’Vins), Ira and Julia Levin, combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s. Their original songs sound like The Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. They were the 2011 Winners of the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Low Lily with TBD
Featured Act: Low Lily
 
Hope Lingers On

Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted Band” of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary.

The players are Lissa Schneckenburger (Solas, Long Time Courting) on fiddle, Flynn Cohen (John Whelan Band) on mandolin and guitar, and Liz Simmons (backing Livingston Taylor & Tom Chapin) on guitar. All three sing as well in harmonies that have drawn raves from dozens of reviewers and thousands of fans.

Opening Act: TBD
Featured Act: Carla Ulbrich
 
Comedic singer-songwriter. A Dr. Demento favorite.

You may have seen Carla Ulbrich back in March when she opened for Trout Fishing in America.  And that’s probably why you’re here now checking her out for her headline show.  Carla is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist with a rapier wit and a keen observational eye for the absurdities of everyday living.

With a love of wordplay and some pretty fancy guitar chops, she creates songs on topics as diverse as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word. She is a longtime favorite on the Dr. Demento show, and puts on an utterly hilarious live show.

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.

TBD
TBD
Dead to the Core with Opening Act TBD

No opening act

Featured Act: Dead to the Core
 
Dead To The Core Trailer

Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, assembled by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, a music journalist and accomplished performer in his own right.  The band pays tribute to the Grateful Dead, illuminating the masterful song craft of one of America’s most original bands. Interspersed with the music are clips from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.

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.

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.

TBD
Folk Project Summer Songs

Folk Project Members regale us with songs for the Summer.  Details to follow.