The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse offering live entertainment in New York City,
from folk music and protest songs to rap, jazz, poetry, storytelling, and dance.

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8pm:

Photo by Bob Trester

Bing Futch
With a big smile and wild dreadlocks, Bing Futch kicks off every performance with a buoyant energy that is inviting and energizing. Playing Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, drums, electronic effects, and a limber tenor voice, he deftly navigates the varied waters of traditional and modern Americana with passion, wit, and a huge heart for sharing music with a crowd. Known for his musical shape-shifting, Futch changes style with every new song. His casual way with any audience, coupled with a fierce originality on the dulcimer, makes each show a one-of-a-kind, good-time romp.

Community Church of New York U.U.
40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park)
New York, NY, 10016
Cafe entrance at far right of building, at street level.

to 33rd St. (2 1/2 blocks to the church)
to 34th Street/Herald Square (3 1/2 blocks)

All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays. Doors open at 7:30.
No reservations, so come early to be assured a seat.

$20 suggested contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away.
For PVC subscribers the suggested contribution is $12.

Wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms). For info call 212-787-3903.

Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 8pm:

Spoken Word Night

Thelma Thomas
Thelma Ruffin Thomas is artistic director of The Pearls of Wisdom, a touring ensemble of elder storytellers. In richly narrated presentations she tells stories that illuminate her own past and our collective histories. She has brought her lively, spirited, authentic presentations to Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica, The Gambia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Kenya, and (coming up this spring) Camaroon, continuing the tradition of elder folk art stories. Thelma is a founding member of The African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc. and a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers and the Harlem Arts Alliance.

The Bread is Rising Poetry Collective
Since 1994, The Bread is Rising Poetry Collective has spread consciousness through spoken poetry in numerous appearances in festivals and gatherings across the United States, Canada and England, as well as on radio and television. "Love is the motor that drives our engine."

Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 8pm:

Skinner & T'witch
Skinner & T'witch are an original, contemporary acoustic duo with strong vocals, driving rhythms, and a flash of flamenco. Their music moves through an eclectic range of styles, including folk, jazz, music hall, musical theatre, and the satirical tradition. Based in Leeds, England, they perform their own original material, assisted by the improvisational jazz guitar of Mike "The Woodman" Jordan.

Vincent Cross
With roots in Ireland and Australia, and now based out of New York, singer-songwriter Vincent Cross exemplifies the folk tradition, drawing inspiration from old and modern sources, and often writes powerful narrative ballads of real-life events. His recent release, Old Songs for Modern Folk, hit #2 in the Folk DJ album charts for 2016.
"Blends the old blues traditions of Mississippi Fred McDowell and Son House with the folk traditions of Dave Van Ronk and Tom Rush." --John Sillberg, CKOL's Small Time Radio Show.

Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 8pm:

Sweet Resistance: A Call to Carry On the Music and Causes of Jean Ritchie
Featuring Magpie, Ivy & Miranda, and Jon Pickow.
Come honor Jean Ritchie at this special celebration. Musicians will perform Jean Ritchie's songs and others that embody the causes she believed in – environmental protection, occupational health and safety, respect for working people, human rights, and equality for women. The tribute will also connect the struggles of the past with those of today.
Cosponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York (NY Pinewoods Folk Music Club).

Magpie is Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner. Since 1973 they have brought their unique sound and remarkable versatility to audiences everywhere, featuring traditional and vintage Americana to contemporary and stirring original compositions. With two strong voices in harmony and superb instrumental arrangements, their sound is powerful and moving.

Ivy & Miranda (Ivice Rose & Miranda Haydn) met at a singalong in Woodstock in 2009 and have been singing together ever since. Their repertoire includes songs of heartache, love, war & peace. From traditional to contemporary, their harmonies capture the music inspiring hope and clarity.

Jon Pickow is the son of Jean Ritchie, and performed with her frequently from his childhood until her retirement in 2009. Jon specializes in dulcimer and banjo and has appeared at folk festivals all over the world.

The Peoples' Voice Cafe's 2016-2017 season program is supported in part by an Ethelwyn Doolittle Grant from the Community Church of New York (Unitarian-Universalist).