The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse
offering quality entertainment.

~ Fall 2010 Season ~

  September 25, 2010:

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
South Africa’s pulsating rhythms, rich harmonies, guitar-driven maskanda and mbaqanga melodies, and spine-tingling Zulu dance fuse with funky basslines, intricate drum patterns, Afro-jazz horns, and compelling lyrics to take you from ancient traditions to today's unstoppable beat. Nominated for the Grammy’s “Best World Music Album” for their first US release, the exhilarating, multicultural, South African band of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train helped Nelson Mandela usher in the ending of apartheid. They take audiences on a joyride from the traditions of Mother Africa to the electrifying jazz-folk-rock fusions of today. Their driving beat will bring you to your feet cheering for more.

Walkabout Clearwater Chorus
The Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, founded by Pete Seeger in 1984 as a musical arm of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, has been going strong ever since, performing at venues as diverse as environmental festivals, peace rallies, the NYC subways, prisons and halfway houses, and a festival in Germany every two years. Their CD “We Have A Song!” features many songs written by their members and friends, and they are featured in two songs on Pete Seeger's Grammy-winning "Pete Seeger at 89" CD. Walkabout is a true “people’s chorus” made up of folks who love to sing and work hard at keeping alive the legacy of activist music. They run a monthly Coffeehouse in White Plains, whose performers include Pete Seeger, Magpie, Kim and Reggie Harris, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, of course Sharon Katz, and many more. Come join them at PVC to listen and sing-along! Check out their website at to find out more and get involved! And catch the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus in December on PBS, one of many performers featured in a Peter Yarrow PBS special.

  October 2, 2010:

Mahina Movement
Mahina Movement is a trio of women who combine poetry and song to create passionate music tied to flesh and bone. They tell stories of the personal and political wrapped in courage, strength and awareness of human struggle. Three voices and one guitar blend into a powerful mix of folk, rock and rhymes in English, Spanish, and Tongan, simmered with indigenous culture. Having deep roots from all over the world--Mexico/Tejas/Aztlán, Ireland, Tonga and Africa--Mahina Movement consists of a musician from Hollis, Queens; a dancer from Texas and a painter from Utah. Together they have crafted a world of artistic possibilities that cross borders and limits.
Annie Dinerman
Annie Dinerman's music is funny, frank and definitely female. She's an award-winning singer-songwriter whose lyrical style comes from two wildly different childhood fascinations: timeless, anonymous folksongs and her father's huge collection of Sinatra records. Her crossover blend of contemporary folk and storytelling pop has been played on over 35 Folk stations around the world and has earned her the 2006 Abe Olman Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Annie Dinerman walks in the footsteps of storytellers like Paul Simon and Wendy Waldman as she writes about unemployment, loss of friends to AIDS and 9/11, and the environment. Her singing may remind you of a young Carole King, but her warm, witty and womanly voice is distinctly Dinerman.

  October 9, 2010:

Jim Page
Jim Page has served as a model for many of today’s songwriters. "He cuts right to the heart," says longtime admirer Bonnie Raitt. He crusades for native Americans, native species, and civil rights, even for musicians. Because of him, says Seattle Metro magazine, musicians have the right to play on Seattle’s sidewalks. He has just released his 19th album, Ghost Bikes.

Dave Lippman
Audiences of all ages have thrilled to the post-corporate comic stylings of satirical songster Dave Lippman. The social justice troubadour afflicts the complacent, takes the air out of the windbags of the week, de-distorts history, and updates worn-out songs with parody and thrust. He is not your grandfather’s folksinger.

  October 23, 2010:

Jack Hardy
Jack Hardy has been a central figure in folk music since his arrival in Greenwich Village in the 70s, where he was instrumental in founding the Songwriter's Exchange, the SpeakEasy Musician's Co-op, and The Fast Folk Music Magazine. Mixing uncompromising politics with Celtic-inspired lyrics and mythic imagery, his brilliant songwriting has made him one of the most influential bards of contemporary folk music. Lucina Williams said, "Jack Hardy has written some of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard."

Emma Graves
Miss Marie-Emma Graves, known as Emma by her friends and fans, only looks like a fresh face on the scene. She has been actively participating in folk music scenes from Upstate New York to the Jersey Shore since the early 90s and has performed in such unique locations as the Nobel Institute (Oslo, Norway) The Institute for Social Equality (San Francisco, CA) and Jalopy Theatre (Brooklyn, NY). Emma is known for her witty and somewhat pedantic musical tales. She is pleased to be returning to the People’s Voice Café and sharing the evening with Jack Hardy--a personal folk-hero of hers.

  October 30, 2010:
Joel Landy
Pete Seeger calls him "A real live wire!" and audiences say he reminds them of Phil Ochs. He has sung in coffeehouses and at demonstrations around the country, and his songs are heard on Pacifica Radio. Joel Landy is a familiar friend and spirit at the PVC, known for his topical songwriting, clever parodies, and energetic stage performances. He is perhaps best known as the producer and host of Songs of Freedom (, an award winning cable television program celebrating the dignity of human struggle, seen in New York City and on the internet since 1996. Joel says, "My shows are about creating a safe and fun place for people to express themselves." It’s what he does best.

Tom Neilson
Born and raised on an upstate dairy farm, Tom left the US during the Vietnam War and spent over a decade working around the world, mostly in Africa and South America, culminating in a doctoral dissertation examining US political hegemony in the Horn of Africa. He is also a writer, actor and director of stage and street theater. All these experiences are reflected in his music as he tells the stories of people’s struggles against greed and violence. Tom's lyrics are celebrated for their sophistication, political astuteness and wit. Combining art with activism, he has appeared with Cynthia McKinney, Amy Goodman, Cindy Sheehan, César Chávez, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Ray McGovern, and Howard Zinn.

November 6, 2010:
Roy Zimmerman
Roy Zimmerman writes fiercely funny songs about ignorance, war and greed. In twelve albums over twenty years, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Roy’s YouTube videos have garnered over four million views and tens of thousands of comments, many of them coherent. The Los Angeles Times says, “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer." Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection."

Harmonic Insurgence
Harmonic Insurgence is an a cappella vocal ensemble. In four-part harmony, through songs from many cultures, we respond to the dramatic events of our times, passionately crying out for justice, freedom, and peace. We sing the extraordinary arrangements of Gene Glickman, alternately powerful and shocking, mournful, sweet, and joyous. We are: Chris Carlson, Ellen Davidson, Gene Glickman, Mara Goodman, Bobby Greenberg, Nancy Hoch, Mark Karwowski, Jenny Knight, Nicholas Panken, Don Raphael, Marie Robinson, and Charenee Wade.

November 13, 2010:
Judy Gorman
Judy Gorman's songs get their wings from her imagination and their roots from the folk, blues, jazz and gospel music she's been surrounded by all her life. Her earliest memories are of hearing the music of Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson and Leadbelly, all of whom influenced her passionate vocals and songs energized by the vision that another world is possible. Pete Seeger sums up Judy Gorman like this: "She came, she sang, she conquered. No two programs that she gives are the same. She is always thinking how to find the right phrase, the right song to hit the nail right on the head, to shoot the arrow straight to the heart of the matter. I hope she lives to be 100 and is able to bring her songs to every nook and cranny of this suffering world."

David Laibman
David Laibman brings together an exciting variety of people's music. His program contains songs from many places and times, songs of struggle, singalongs to lift spirits, and colorful commentary, all integrated with creative instrumental guitar styles. He is a founder of the fingerpicking ragtime guitar movement, with CDs from Folkways-Smithsonian (The New Ragtime Guitar), Rounder (Classical Ragtime Guitar), and Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop (Adventures in Ragtime). His recent DVD, The Guitar Artistry of David Laibman, was also produced by SGGW. Inspiration for this evening's set comes from Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Scott Joplin, British ballads, American blues, bluegrass, old-timey, and the radical song movement. He will play some new ragtime compositions, and may even flirt with fingerstyle (not classical!) renditions of Chopin and Wagner! David recently retired from teaching economics at CUNY; he serves as Editor of Science & Society.

November 20, 2010:
Anne Price
New York City native Anne Price has often been compared to Joan Baez. Anne began performing when she was a student at Hunter College in the Bronx in the 1960s, and since then she has appeared at venues as close as the Peoples' Voice Cafe and as far away as the 593-year old Black Swan in York, England. Her repertoire includes socially conscious traditional folk songs, as well as many songs from politically progressive folk based songwriters such as Jean Ritchie, Peggy Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Si Kahn.

Steve Suffet
Well known to Peoples' Voice Cafe audiences, Steve Suffet is best described as an old fashioned folksinger in the People's Music tradition. Steve's repertoire is a mixture of railroad and trucker songs, miner songs, cowboy songs, union songs, Woody Guthrie songs, old time country music, outlaw ballads, blues, ragtime, Gospel, bluegrass, topical-political songs, and whatever else tickles his fancy, including a few songs he has written himself in traditional style. His new Live Performances CD, recorded over the past five years in the USA, Israel, and the UK, will be released the night of the concert.

Hillel Arnold
Special guest artist Hillel Arnold was born and raised in an Anabaptist community in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where he grew up on English folk dances, the children’'s songs of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, South African protest songs, and the Psalms. He is currently a member of the indie-rock band The Mermaids. Hillel’'s day job is at NYU, where he can be found archiving the photo morgue of the Daily Worker.

December 4, 2010:
Charlie King & Karen Brandow
Charlie King and Karen Brandow are musical storytellers who perform with the sweet and precise harmonies of life partners. They sing and write passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Their central vision as entertainers is to leave audiences with a sense of optimism and possibility about the future. "We try to cover a broad emotional landscape in our concerts. The stories we collect and the songs we write take the listener on a journey of humor, heartache and hope. What we most value in a song is the way it helps us see an old reality in a totally new light."

Rick Burkhardt
Rick Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning playwright, performer, composer, and songwriter whose original chamber music, theater, and text pieces have been performed in over forty U.S. cities, as well as in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a founding member of the Nonsense Company, a touring experimental music / theater trio, and songwriter / accordionist for the Prince Myshkins, a political cabaret / folk duo.

December 11, 2010:
Songs of the Season:
A Winter Solstice Celebration

An evening of songs, stories, and rituals that celebrate the arrival of winter and its associated festivals: Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and more. Every Northern Hemisphere culture has folklore that in the bleak winter celebrates life and love, drives dull care away, and promises that spring will indeed return. Come join us in our own Peoples' Voice Cafe four-part celebration led by Dr. Joyce Duncan, Mara Goodman, Heather Lev, and Heather Wood.
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Joyce Duncan is a professional storyteller who performs as part the African Folk Heritage Circle. For many years she has joined with other members of the troupe to lead a beautiful celebration of Kwanzaa in Harlem.

Mara Goodman sings folksongs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Arabic, and she also sings classical songs. She is a member of the a capella group Harmonic Insurgence. Tonight she will be accompanied by Laura Liben (many instruments and voice), Barry Kornhauser (guitar and cello), and Sarah Safford (tap and flute), singing songs about Chanukah, celebration, the strength to go on, and peace.

Heather Lev is a Seattle-based folksinger and songwriter whose songs of inspiration and protest have been heard worldwide. She plays lightening-fast finger-picking guitar as well as numerous other folk instruments. Her two CDs, Reason for Rain and On the Train to Babylon, include songs that touch on nature, philosophy, and political themes.

Heather Wood sings English traditional folksongs and contemporary songs. She was a member of the English a capella group the Young Tradition, which toured extensively in the U.K., U.S., and Canada in the late sixties. Heather has also performed solo and in the groups No Relation, Crossover, Poor Old Horse, and TradMore. Heather’s recordings include a solo CD, four albums with the Young Tradition, a CD with Poor Old Horse, and appearances on recordings by Judy Collins, Dave van Ronk, Mike Heron, Steve Goodman, and others. Heather retains the Young Tradition's attitude to traditional music, that it should be enjoyed, and not enshrined.