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Saturday, August 2 - 8 pm
The Boston Globe has called John Coster (Jacob’s Reunion), "a songwriter of unusual eloquence and sensitivity who could become a national figure." With deep roots in traditional music as well as rock Coster is an accomplished singer and guitarist who is also one of the best contemporary Celtic harmonica players. He regularly mixes exhilarating instrumental pieces with highly crafted lyrics and melodies.
Coster's new compilation CD ‘Lost Horizon’ includes five new songs and a selection of ten tracks from previous albums. The collection includes collaborations with a wonderful array of musicians including: Jeff Pevar (Crosby and Nash, Ray Charles, James Taylor etc.), Dan Toler (Allman Bros.), Richard Crooks ( Bob Dylan and many more), Al Shackman (Nina Simone's music director) and many other great players from the Valley and beyond.
Chris Haynes (keyboards and accordion) and Tim Griffin (drums and percussion), both of whom contributed tracks to Lost Horizon, will be joining Coster for a performance and early CD release party at the Montague Book Mill on August 2, 2014.Tickets $10. CDs the night of the show only, $8 with price of admission.
Friday, August 15 - 8 pm
KATIE SACHS / CHRIS SCANLON / SPAN OF SUNSHINE
Katie Sachs is a singer-songwriter and community organizer who came into this world with a serious ear for music and relentless drive for social justice. Her voice has been described as having "a deliciously pure tone, with a calculated warble that displays a creamy melodic integrity." This, combined with complex melodies and vivid lyrical imagery, make her one of those artists that can silence a room before the first chorus. After a successful Kickstarter Campaign, where she raised 120% of her goal, Katie has begun recording her much anticipated second album "The Giantness of Little Things." Involved in this project are such notable musicians as Wilson Marks (New Folks Finalist, The Sparrow Makers, The Loveleighs) Brannen Temple (Chaka Kahn, Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks) and Andrew Pressman (Raina Rose, Ben Kweller). This will be her most intimate work yet, where she tackles such ambitious topics as Golgi Apparatuses, break ups, the foster care system, and even includes an ode to her vocal chords.
Chris Scanlon began his music career at the age of 5, performing along with his family’s copy of Magical Mystery Tour on his brother’s tennis racquet. He has won wide recognition in the area, having been chosen to participate in the singer-songwriter event juried by WRSI 95.3 The River in 2003, 2004 and 2007 (The River was named one of Rolling Stone’s top ten radio stations). Chris was also nominated for best singer-songwriter in the Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam and has performed with Dayna Kurtz, Pete Seeger, and most recently at the Cape May Singer-Songwriter conference in New Jersey featuring Geoffrey Gaines.
Span of Sunshine sounds like a wave of melodic vocal harmonies crashing somewhere along the California coast or the coast of Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts. Unexpected chord changes appropriately embellish images of strange familiarity in the lyrics.
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Saturday, August 16 - 8 pm
MARIEL BERGER / BROOKE HERR / EPHEMERAL STRINGBAND
After studying extensively and playing classical, jazz, brazilian, balkan, and experimental styles, Mariel Berger now likes to write music that sounds like the woods, smells of pine, and cries of heart-break. Mariel currently curates a monthly house concert series promoting women, trans, and queer musicians/artists, and helps create gardens all around Brooklyn. She loves to grow food and share it with her neighbors.
The Ephemeral Stringband draws from several branches of traditional American music including Oldtime Stringband music, Early country and bluegrass and Shape Note sacred hymns. They combine skillful instrumental playing with close harmony singing, creating a sound that grounded in the past, while creating new material to add to the living tradition of American music.
Saturday, August 23 - 8 pm
PETE DONNELLY (of The Figgs and of NRBQ)
BRETT NEWSKI and EMILY BOURQUE (from the Lady Killigrew)
Pete Donnelly is a Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia based musician/songwriter. His latest record “Face the Bird” 2013, is a return to the exploratory side of “home” recording. The result is a wide ranging exposition of songs, unabashedly displaying some far reaching influences.
Densely hypnotic, Mod RnB, Swinging Pop; The music is moody with it’s exuberance and desolation, childish romps and descriptive lyrics.
“Face the Bird” was recorded in an unused store front in Ocean City, NJ. Off season in Oct/2012. This city, a near desolate locale, offered the perfect place to retreat to and write/record. That was until Hurricane Sandy flooded the island and much of the North East. A harsh ending to a prolific month. As always, food, drink and love available at the Lady Killigrew If you are interested in performing your art at the Bookmill,
The record was finished in the home studio, as well a couple Philadelphia studios, including Waking Studio(owned by producer Bill Moriarty) where the single “Got Caught Up” was recorded. This song was written while out in California writing with friend Shelby Lynne. The current band is Fred Berman(Amos Lee), James Balga(The Excerpts, Botswanas) – Drums, Tony Reyes(TLC, Cee-Lo Green)-Bass, PD-Guitar/Vocals. Pete Donnelly, who was a member of the legendary band NRBQ, is also a founding and active member of The Figgs, which has a world-wide fan base, a hearty discography, and has toured and recorded several times with Graham Parker. As the ever active bass player and songwriter in The Figgs, founded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1987, Donnelly has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring with the band, as well as a number of other artists such as Soul Asylum, Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers and Tommy Stinson.
Living in the Philadelphia area for the past decade, when not on the road, Pete Donnelly has been performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including G. Love, Death Vessel, Carsie Blanton, John Legend, The Capitol Years and Amos Lee. Pete’s Music is built upon sturdy pop melodies, and played with a genuine sense of care, Donnelly’s songs are testaments to his artistry.
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