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Fri Sep 25th 2015:  Oh Pep!opening our Fall Into Winter season we are delighted to present this excellent Melbourne Australian duo comprising of two of Australia’s brightest young talents Olivia ‘Liv’ Hally and Pepita ‘Pep’ Emmerichs who are touring the US with additional band members Liam O’Leary on drums and Christopher Coleman on bass. Not even 23 years old, Oh Pep! have been awarded Young Folk Performer of the Year 2014 and nominated for Best Folk Roots Album by The Age Music Victoria. They have released two EPs to date and gained rapid momentum, touring Australia, the USA and Europe. Amongst others, they’ve been invited to play at The Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival the National Folk Festival in Canberra, and Folk Alliance International, Kansas City.

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Sat Oct  24th: Loren and Markjaw-dropping US-New Zealand guitar duo comprising Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians. Their diverse repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar instrumentals as well as vocal duets, giving them wide appeal and strong audience connection. Influenced by Americana, Jazz, Country Western and Classical music, Loren and Marks unique style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals with some beautiful harmonies from Mark. Guitar playing like you've never heard before!

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Sat Nov 7th: Jim Malcolm - is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style.” Though he now works solo, Jim was lead singer with the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Old Blind Dogs for eight years, a fantastic experience with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, taking him to the most prestigious festivals in North America and around Europe..

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Sat Dec 5th: Jon Brooks - It was in 1997, at 28 years old, and at the end of a year of travelling throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and particularly, throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina – it was during this time Jon discovered what kind of song he wanted to write. In 2006 he began singing that song. In 2014 Borealis Records released his 5th album, The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside. Jon is Kerrville New Folk Winner and a three-time “Songwriter of the Year” nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside crashes the folk/roots party in late 2014 with a death count of 75. It’s an album of rural Canadian murder ballads and was recorded in Toronto by well-awarded and oft-acclaimed producer/engineer, David Travers-Smith. Jon’s 5th full length release is an intrepid solo set that defies categorization and resists any ‘folk,’ ‘singer-songwriter,’ or ‘solo acoustic’ description. Equal parts local Canadiana and universal horror, this is a collection that has buried all the trademark Jon Brooks social commentary in a shallow, roadside grave. Philosophical paradox, gallows humour, impossible love, titillating gore, adulterous sex, serial killers, gun dealers, rampage killing, missing women, First Nations catastrophe, necrophilia, Shakespeare, and John Milton: The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside is neither an album for casual fans nor is it music that will ever be heard in your dentist’s waiting room. Why record such a violent set of songs? In Jon’s words, “because: a) I wanted to write an album from which nobody indifferently escapes, an album that can only be loved or hated; b) if courage is a muscle, it needs to exercised with a healthy dose of fear today; and c) I’ve already done four albums that inspire: it’s now time to offend.”

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Sat Jan 9th: Still On The Hill – the Ambassadors of the Ozarks return bringing their superb collection of songs about the Arkansas Ozarks and its inhabitants and will present Kelly’s book True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art Of Ed Stilley. In 1979, Ed Stilley was leading a simple life as a farmer and singer of religious hymns in Hogscald Hollow, a tiny Ozark community south of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Life was filled with hard work and making do for Ed, his wife Eliza, and their five children, who lived in many ways as if the second half of the twentieth century had never happened. But one day Ed’s life was permanently altered. While plowing his field, he became convinced he was having a heart attack. Ed stopped his work and lay down on the ground. Staring at the sky, he saw himself as a large tortoise struggling to swim across a river. On his back were five small tortoises—his children—clinging to him for survival. And then, as he lay there in the freshly plowed dirt, Ed received a vision from God, telling him that he would be restored to health if he would agree to do one thing: make musical instruments and give them to children. And so he did. Beginning with a few simple hand tools, Ed worked tirelessly for twenty-five years to create over two hundred instruments, each a crazy quilt of heavy, rough-sawn wood scraps joined with found objects. A rusty door hinge, a steak bone, a stack of dimes, springs, saw blades, pot lids, metal pipes, glass bottles, aerosol cans—Ed used anything he could to build a working guitar, fiddle, or dulcimer. On each instrument Ed inscribed “True Faith, True Light, Have Faith in God.” True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley documents Ed Stilley’s life and work, giving us a glimpse into a singular life of austere devotion.

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Sat Feb 6th: Caroline Doctorow - Caroline Doctorow, whom No Depression.com., the music publication finds “akin to Nanci Griffith and Judy Collins…” just released her latest Americana/folk album with Narrow Lane Records. It’s called “Raven Girl-Retrospective Vol. One” produced by Pete Kennedy. It traces Ms. Doctorow's twenty five year career as a folksinger, songwriter and record producer. Ms. Doctorow has also recently released several retrospective albums interpreting the songs of earlier American Folk Songwriters. Another Country…The Songs of Richard and Mimi Farinã received critical acclaim and was called by critic Steve Maddeo “an album that enters the folk canon as one of the best collections of the recording of specific artists” Her western-themed release "I Carry All I Own...The Songs of Mary McCaslin" appeared on both the Americana, and Folk Radio airplay charts reaching #12 on Folk Radio. She has released a total of nine albums all of which continue to receive much airplay on folk and Americana stations worldwide. Her recent appearances include The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington MA., Pete Seegers's Beacon Sloop Corn Festival, The Katharine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook CT, Infinity Hall in Norwalk CT, The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River MA, the Gold Hall Theater in Hewlett New York, and at The Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts sharing a bill with Suzanne Vega and Amy Helm. She is the daughter of world renowned author E.L.Doctorow.

 

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Sat Jan 3rd 2015: Still On The Hill – kicking off our 26th year in support of their brand new Arkansas themed album Once A River, about the creation of the Beaver Lake watershed, we are delighted to welcome back the excellent Fayetteville-based, multi-instrumental, harmony vocal duo, whose first LRFC concert brought them a roomful of instant converts to their beautifully constructed musical histories of mainly obscure but wonderful citizens of our fine state.

Sat Feb 7th 2015: Flashpoint – making their LRFC debut, Flashpoint is a trio of young musicians performing contemporary folk music rooted in the traditions of Ireland and Scotland. With a sound that is both sophisticated and spontaneous, they put on a stirring live show that is engaging to a variety of audiences. Flashpoint’s music is rich with a variety of instruments, featuring David Mehalko on fiddle, piano/keyboards, accordion, and lead vocals, Daniel Mehalko on banjo, mandolin, and flute, and Joseph Carmichael on guitar and whistle. They have opened for some of the finest bands in the genre, including Solas, The Tannahill Weavers, and FullSet, and have performed with the likes of Liz Carroll, James Kelly, and Cormac de Barra. Their latest project, an EP titled “A Timely Misadventure,” highlights the unique and genre-blurring sound Flashpoint is creating for themselves, incorporating subtle elements of jazz, post-rock, Americana, and pop, but always in a tasteful manner that colors and enhances their background in traditional folk music. Please come out and welcome Flashpoint, they come to us highly recommended by Brian McNeill who has an ear for both a tune and its players!

Sat Mar 28th 2015: Kate Campbell - making her second LRFC appearance... Eudora Welty with a guitar about sums up her extraordinary ability to compose songs that are of, for, and about the South – though the rest of the world are smart enough to know special when they see it so it is no surprise that Kate is hailed and revered around the world… and now she’s going to be just up the street from you (gasp!) come on down y’all!

Sat Apr 4th 2015: Jeff Black - yet another musician making his LRFC debut. It's the truth behind what an artist does and the way they choose to do it that defines their art. And while the ways in which audiences get their music has changed, the reasons why a certain kind of artist makes music have remained the same. Call it an uncompromising commitment, an inspired motivation, or just the need to share with and connect to those who listen. For Jeff Black, it is his life's work that has driven him to build a career like few other singer/songwriters in the business. Boston's WUMB listeners voted Jeff Black as one of the top 100 most important Folk artists of the last 25 years. Black's songs have earned GRAMMY recognition, radio chart-topping stats and numerous BMI awards. Although flying below the radar as a performer himself, he has been recognized by NPR as a musical pioneer in the digital age and his catalogue of critically acclaimed albums continues to grow. Composing music for film and television, his credits include numerous indie-film soundtracks and a repertoire of songs cut by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Waylon Jennings, Blackhawk, Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall, John Oates, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. Black has forged a reputation as a true folk troubadour entertaining audiences globally for over three decades. A master songwriter and performer in the tradition of the great storytellers, his passionate, soul driven live performances of songs from his vast catalog are not to be missed.

"His words and voice hold down center stage with a craft so deeply in the artistic pocket that it obscures anything outside"

- No Depression

Fri May 15th 2015: Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore – making their LRFC debut, Grammy Award winner Mollie O'Brien became known to the rest of the world as a singer's singer when, in 1988, she and her brother Tim released the first of three critically-acclaimed albums for Sugar Hill Records (Take Me Back, Remember Me and Away Out On The Mountain). Eventually, Mollie recorded five equally well-received solo albums (Tell It True, Big Red Sun and Things I Gave Away for Sugar Hill Records, and I Never Move Too Soon and Every Night In The Week for Resounding Records). Additionally, she was a regular on the nationally-syndicated radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion” from 2001 through 2005. She's long been known as a singer who doesn't recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. O’Brien has primarily focused her efforts on the fading art of interpretation and the end result is a singer at the very top of her game who is not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses. Husband Rich Moore has busied himself in the Colorado music scene for many years. While staying home with the kids when Mollie & Tim toured, he held a day job and continued to perform locally with a variety of Colorado favorites, including Pete Wernick and Celeste Krenz. Not only is Moore known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, he's also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O'Brien's twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership. (N.B.Tickets for this concert are $20.)

Sat Jun 6th 2015: Smokey & The Mirror is the husband and wife duo of Bryan and Bernice Hembree who have spent 7 years as members of the folk trio 3 Penny Acre, (and co-founding Fayetteville’s excellent Roots Festival along the way!) but have branched out with Smokey and the Mirror to express their Rock and Pop influences. Echoes of Buddy Holly, The Indigo Girls and Bruce Hornsby are all evident. Building on the critical success of 3 Penny Acre, Bryan and Bernice leaned back towards their early rock, country, and R&B influences to create Smokey & The Mirror. With a fine catalog of original songs from Bryan on guitar, augmented by Bernice’s sympathetic double bass and vocals shared jointly, please join us in welcoming them to LRFC.

 

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