The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse
offering quality entertainment.

~ Fall 2011 Season ~

September 10, 2011:
Founded by Pete Seeger in 1984 as a musical arm of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, The Walkabout Clearwater Chorus has been going strong ever since, performing at venues as diverse as environmental festivals, peace rallies, the NYC subways, prisons and halfway houses. They were headline performers at a festival in Germany and performed with Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary fame) on a PBS special and at the Clearwater Festival. Their CD We Have A Song! features many songs written by their members and friends, and they are featured in two songs on the 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, and Sharon Katz & the Peace Train. Come join them at PVC to listen and sing along!

Lydia engages her audience in live acoustic performance with compelling original songs, traditional folk songs and standards. The New York Times calls her "one of our finest folk composers," and Peter Yarrow says "Lydia combines warmth and magic to bring the long history of folk music home to your heart." Tonight she will be accompanied by guitar maestro John Guth.

September 17, 2011:
Fifty or Sixty Years Down the Line

We celebrate the life and achievements of the legendary songwriter and civil rights activist Matt Jones with an evening of music and memories by Marshall Jones, Wazir Peacock, Kim & Reggie Harris, Magpie, Avon Rollins and Errol Maitland. A project of the Cultural Center for Social Change.

September 24, 2011:
SONiA and her band disappear fear play folk, rock, blues and country, and she sings in English, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic. Though best known as a protest singer, SONiA's lyrics and melodies reflect one simple truth--that when you disappear fear between people, what you have is LOVE. A veteran of Sonny Ochs' Phil Ochs Tribute concerts, her latest release is Get Your Phil, a collection of ten classic Ochs songs.

October 1, 2011:

Such As Us
The various members of Such As Us have been musical journeymen for several decades. They have played their music long distances down legendary paths of song and styles, and through it all they have always kept their music true to the relevant, the honest, and the edgy frontline concerns of the times. The maturity of their songs speaks more to the universal questions that we all ask ourselves rather than the pat answers of popular opinion or political agendas. Such As Us invites you to listen to their music in the belief that it will get your feet tapping and your emotions engaged. Featuring Melissa Connell, Chris Kitlan Burns, Vivian Stoll, Gina Tlamsa, Carl Fortunato, Michael Lengyel, and Joni Note.
Jay Byrd
Jay Byrd creates and performs "cerebral music you can dance to" including folk, folk-rock, blues, country and rock and roll. He learned his technique from Woody Guthrie and his style from Stephen Foster. His songs run the gamut from modern political commentary ("Like a Rock") to 16th-century seafaring songs ("Buccaneer"). They have been recorded by Leigh Harrison and performed live by Peter Pasco, Buddy Grecco and Michael McHugh.

October 15, 2011:

Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters
A dynamic trio led by Bev Grant, award-winning singer/songwriter/cultural activist and recording artist on lead vocal and guitar. Angela Lockhart and Carolynn Murphy, also artists/activists in their own right, contribute harmonies and lead vocals as the Dissident Daughters. The trio offers an eclectic mix of Bev Grant originals and other contemporary songs of social justice with a distinct, and sometimes "sassy", woman�s point of view.

Sharleen Leahey
Sharleen Leahey is a songwriter, singer and guitarist known for speaking truth to power in a strong, distinctive voice. Her immersion in the revolutionary music of Bob Dylan, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Phil Ochs at a young age profoundly influenced her stirring and heartfelt songwriting. Performing new songs from her upcoming CD, Rumors of Peace, she takes on journalistic malpractice ("Corporate News"), muses on a legendary topical songwriter's response to our current economic crisis ("What Would Woody Write?"), and chronicles the dramatic Battle of Seattle uprising ("New World"). She�ll be joined onstage by long-time friend and collaborator Gina Tlamsa on flute and fiddle.

October 22, 2011:

Dave Lippman
Satirical songster Dave Lippman brings along the Bard of the Bankers, Wild Bill Bailout, in a Fairly Unbalanced program of rhyming commentary. Current victims of his parody and thrust include climate change, Uprisings in the Mideast and Midwest, Money vs. Speech, and of course fracking. Get ready for high-end pop rewrites and some very wise cracks.

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.

October 29, 2011:

David Laibman
David Laibman brings together an exciting variety of people's music: songs from many places and times, songs of struggle, singalongs to lift spirits (sorely needed nowadays!), and colorful commentary, all integrated with creative instrumental guitar styles. He is known as an innovative ragtime guitarist, with CDs from Smithsonian Folkways (The New Ragtime Guitar, with Eric Schoenberg), 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 peoples' song movement. He will play some new ragtime compositions, and may even flirt with fingerstyle (not classical!) renditions of Bizet and Carl Orff! David recently retired from teaching economics at CUNY; he serves as Editor of Science & Society.

John Flynn
Deeply rooted in the traditions of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, John Flynn paints vivid, lasting images of our common shared humanity, drawn from a palette of awareness, irony, humor, and compassion. A socially driven singer/songwriter not afraid of writing about the shadows, John lets his listeners come to their own conclusions. With nothing but a harmonica and an old Martin D-28, John's powerful voice and open heart turn strangers into friends.

November 5, 2011:

The Mermaids & Rod Alonzo
The Mermaids are Hillel Arnold (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals) and Josh Gardner (acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals). Since they began playing together in 2004, they have released a successful self-titled EP, played at several New York venues, and they have been profiled on Indie Sounds from Harris Radio. The Mermaids also appeared in the 2005 independent film Gonzo Music Diaries. In 2010, they released their first full-length album, The Mermaids on Wolfe Island, which was produced by Chris Brown (who is also performing tonight) and features Andrew Whiteman, Tony Scherr, Jason Mercer, Anton Fier, Kate Fenner, and the Abrams Brothers. Drawing on murder ballads, psychedelic rock, country soul and bluegrass, the record has earned comparisons to Neil Young, Nick Drake, and the Velvet Underground.

November 12, 2011:

Cecilia St. King
After running from the falling towers of the WTC, and discovering cancer in her throat six months later, Cecilia decided to dedicated her life and music to being a voice for peace. Sponsored by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence, and in partnership with The National Peace Academy, Cecilia St. King is a charismatic Peace Troubadour who performs original songs with positive spiritual messages. Translating her esoteric studies of The Ageless Wisdom Teachings into song, she wraps captivating vocals around Philosophy. Her concerts blend rock, blues, folk, spirituals, and a hint of Jazz, offering a powerful antidote to the turmoil of our times. She has brought her music to audiences in America, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. Cecilia St. King is a warm, nurturing spirit who connects with her audience. You will laugh; you will cry; but most importantly you will be left feeling a sense of hope.

David Massengill
Songwriter, storyteller, guitarist, and a brilliant innovator on the mountain dulcimer, David Massengill has been captivating audiences for nearly 30 years. Born in Bristol, Tennessee, on the Virginia border, he creates music deeply rooted in folk traditions but sparkling with keen observations of modern American life. His records are on Flying Fish and Gadfly.

November 19, 2011:

Sharon Katz & Wendy Quick of the Peace Train
CD Release Concert! Sharon Katz & The Peace Train's new CD Double Take is set to rock the nation. "These songs go far beyond questioning the stories we're told to believe; they make you want to dance, laugh, cry, shout and hug somebody." Sharon Katz, founder of the Peace Train, has earned a Grammy nomination and has been featured on a CD with Paul Simon and Sting. Wendy Khethiwe Quick, founder of a youth empowerment project in Philadelphia, joined the Peace Train three years ago. She is a singer, poet, dancer and an ambassador of peace.

Triboro hails from the boroughs of New York, but looks beyond the Hudson to other places and other times for songs and inspiration. They are an acoustic vocal trio that applies fine three-part harmony to an eclectic mix of musical genres: old-time, new-time, Carter Family, country, Western, bluegrass and beyond. Phyllis Elkind (Manhattan) plays guitar. Don Friedman (Brooklyn) plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Evy Mayer (The Bronx) plays guitar, ukelele and percussion.

December 3, 2011:

Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt
Over the past dozen years, Charlie & Rick have developed a repertoire of incendiary satirical songs by their favorite contemporary artists - primarily Rick & Charlie. Charlie is a musical storyteller and political satirist, singing passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. He has been at the heart of American folk music for nearly half a century, and his songs have been recorded and sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, and Chad Mitchell. Peggy Seeger says, "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried.

Rick Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning playwright, performer, composer, and songwriter. He began touring as songwriter/accordionist for the Prince Myshkins, once the "War on Terror" had provided an alarming overflow of material to satirize. They recorded two CDs of his original political songs which have been covered and recorded by musicians across the US. He is a founding member of the Nonsense Company, an experimental music/theater trio, and in 2011 he was listed as an "Off Off Broadway Innovator to Watch" by Time Out New York.

December 10, 2011:

Utah Phillips Tribute Concert & CD Release
With Duncan Phillips, Dan Schatz, Paul Rasmussen, Doug Wintch, and Anke Summerhill.
Long Gone: Utah Remembers Bruce "Utah" Phillips is a regional recording by artists from, in, and around the state of Utah. The eclectic group of twenty or so artists includes former music students and band mates of the late Utah Phillips, as well as artists that have been influenced by his vast body of work over the years. Just as Bruce did, all of the musicians on this recording still call Utah home, and are well established artists in their own right. Many of the songs tell the story of the West as �Utah� saw it. All of the guitar work was performed on "Utah's" old road-worn Guild guitar, the same guitar that his son Duncan Phillips now uses on stage to pay tribute to his father, "The Golden Voice of the Great Southwest."