The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse
offering quality entertainment.

~ Spring 2011 Season ~

January 8, 2011:
Reggie Harris
Raised in the rich musical heritage of Philadelphia, Reggie Harris spices his folk and gospel style with elements of classical, rock, jazz and pop. For the past 30 years Reggie and his wife Kim have lent their soaring harmonies to songs of the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement as well as their own inspiring compositions. Tonight Reggie will give a unique and intimate solo performance while Kim studies for her Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary.

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 to 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.

January 15, 2011:
Tony Bird
With a mesmerizing intensity, a unique voice, vision, and style, Malawi-born songman Tony Bird is a complete original. Growing up in southern Africa in the era of colonialism and Apartheid, Bird developed a sharp, conscious eye. His repertoire ranges from topical and historical commentary to love songs, musical tone poems and exotic travelogues and stories that roam from bushmen to bicycles. Tony Bird has been called "The Father of African Folk-Rock." He's also an inventive, passionate, theatrical performer who delivers the moving, searching anthems of a mature poet. The Village Voice has called him "the finest, most impressive folk poet in years."

January 22, 2011:
John Roberts
English traditional folksinger John Roberts is best known for his continuing partnership with fellow Brit Tony Barrand, as well as their long-time seasonal program, Nowell Sing We Clear. But through the years John has always continued working as a solo performer, particularly in the areas of English balladry and songs of the sea. His repertoire also includes many traditional labor and industrial folk songs, and reflects the totality of the folk tradition. John accompanies himself on the banjo and concertina.

Sarah Underhill
Sarah Underhill is a resident of Kerhonkson, a small town in Ulster County, New York. She is known throughout the region as "Banshanachie", Gaelic for "Woman Bard", because of her vast repertoire of traditional songs from Scotland, Ireland, and Northern England. Sarah augments these with songs from the Hudson Valley and elsewhere in North America, as well as with contemporary songs composed in traditional style by writers such as Sandy Denny and Archie Fisher. Don't be surprised if she even performs a song or two she has written herself. Long active with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Sarah has appeared many times at the Clearwater's annual Hudson River Revival Festival.

  February 5, 2011:
Pamela Drake
"Princess" Pamela Drake has been writing "folk/rock/jazz/blues" in New York City for thirty years, running the gamut from witty dance tunes to heartbreak ballads and folksongs that reflect a strong sense of personal responsibility and the need for political change. In her spare time Pamela accompanies the NYC Metro Raging Grannies on guitar and contributes parodies which have become part of their repertoire.

Pat Lamanna
Well-known to NYC folkies since the 1970s, when she ran the Rainbow Sign Coffeehouse in the Bronx living in Poughkeepsie, Pat Lamanna has been performing in and around the Hudson Valley for the past two decades. Her CD of original songs, Full Circle, runs the gamut from spiritual to political to trivial.

Mercy Van Vlack
Mercy has been singing with the NYC Metro Raging Grannies for six years to promote peace, heal the earth, and bring the troops home. She also sang folksongs, show tunes, and humorous ditties with the Pennsylvania group Plain Song. Her art has been published in comic books and the Celtic Calendar.

February 12, 2011:
Rod MacDonald
A Rod MacDonald concert is an intimate, authentic, and uplifting experience. From the moment Rod begins to sing, he grabs his audiences and doesn’t let go. By turns wry and sentimental, then tart and silly, his music is infectious and inspiring, often humorous, sometimes reckless, usually thought provoking – and – always compelling, leaving his audiences wanting more. His sly humor and sharp ear make their way into many of his songs, exhibiting the talent for observation that led to a job as a reporter for a national newsweekly after he finished Columbia Law school.

His most recent CD is After The War. When not touring, Rod is an instructor with Florida Atlantic University through their Lifelong Learning Program, presenting an on-going and well-attended 8 week lecture/performance series on music history, most recently "The Great American Songbook."

February 19, 2011:
Church Ladies for Choice
Since 1992, the Church Ladies for Choice have been the USO of clinic defense. In polyester flower-print frocks, sensible shoes, and earrings that pinch (that's what keeps them so angry), Sister Mary Cunnilingus, Bessie Mae Mucho, and rest of the Ladies lead abortion rights, queer, and AIDS activists in rousing choruses of "This Womb is My Womb" (sung to the tune of "This Land is My Land"), Amazing Grace ("I once was lost, now I'm pro-choice") and "God is a Lesbian" (to the tune of "God Save the Queen"), among many other hymns—er—herrs.

Rick & Andy
Rick Libert and Andy Buck began singing together in Rick's basement after discovering an old Weavers album. Since 1995, they have performed as Rick & Andy at the People's Voice Cafe, Dixon Place, the Baggot Inn, Back Fence, Sun Music Company, Rose's Turn, and other venues. They have been featured on Oscar Brand's long-running WNYC radio program Folk Song Festival and, for Manhattan cable television, Joel Landy's Songs of Freedom and Andy Humm and Ann Northrop's Gay USA. Onstage, they have been guests in Jeff Weiss's Obie-winning serial musical Hot Keys.

February 26, 2011:
Hawaiian Music & Dance Night
Come beat the winter chill with an evening of traditional Hawaiian music and dance produced by Evy Mayer, and co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc. You will hear ukuleles, slack key guitar, steel guitar and more, from some of the finest practitioners of authentic Hawaiian music around, including Jason Poole (The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner,) Claudia Goddard, Andy Wang, Chris Davis, Triboro, and Ping Chun. In addition, you will enjoy authentic hula dancing by the New York branch of Kumu Hula (Master Teacher) Vicky Holt Takamine's Pua Ali'i 'Ilima. And if you feel like dancing, you might even learn a hula yourself. Wear a Hawaiian shirt or other festive attire.

March 5, 2011:
Robin Bady & Deni Bonet:
Strong Women and Brave Girls.

Want to hear the stories the patriarchy never told? Passionate and provocative storyteller Robin Bady joins forces with alt-rock violinist Deni Bonet for "Strong Women and Brave Girls". Storyteller, actress, playwright, Robin Bady has been exploring the power of the spoken word for over 30 years, knowing full well that "She who tells the stories shapes the world!" Robin performs throughout the US and Europe. She is founder and director of Shirazad’s Children, a multi-cultural storytelling ensemble which is currently touring New York City libraries. Past lives include: director of the Storytelling Center of New York City, the Bread and Roses Theater, Rapid Transit Guerilla Communications, and Children's Theater Workshop of the 92nd Street Y. Her CD, Sustainable Storytelling, with Bash the Trash Environmental Arts, will be coming out in the spring.

Not every classically-trained musician plays the violin like an air guitar. Deni Bonet has performed with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, and Robyn Hitchcock. Robin fits her string & vocal skills into ironic, catchy alternative pop. Her latest obsession with the ukulele has brought her a headlining spot at the NY Ukulele Festival! Deni is currently in the studio recording a new CD with her band and producer Richard Barone (of the Bongos) for release in early 2011. The first single, "Girl Party", featuring Fred Schneider of the the B-52's, Peter Buck of R.E.M. and John Wesley Harding, is now available on iTunes.

The Brooklyn Community Storytellers
Women's voices have been loud and soft, righteous and gentle in the fight for social justice. We have used our wit, our strength, our humor and our solidarity to challenge personal and global injustice. Join the Brooklyn Community Storytellers, Robin Bady, and musician Deni Bonet as we celebrate the creativity of women in resistance.

Brooklyn Community Storytellers is an eclectic group of educators, performing artists, musicians, healers who tell stories that celebrate the connected-ness of all creatures and the shared history of the human family. Since 1997, we have told our stories in Brooklyn and beyond, spinning tales for neighbors, friends, and families on stone stoops, in parks, churches, libraries, and schools. Our repertoire weaves together folklore from many traditions, myth, history, and song.

March 12, 2011:
Brooklyn Women's Chorus
With the conviction that any woman can sing, the Brooklyn Women's Chorus brings together women of many different levels of musical experience under the direction of founder, Bev Grant. Now over 13 years old, the chorus is flourishing as a place where women use music and spoken word to express their individual talents as well as their collective belief in social justice. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the chorus will present We Were There, a multi-media program about women's labor history, for their first set. The second set will be a concert performance of old and new songs.

March 19, 2011:
Dan Schatz
Folksinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Dan Schatz combines a deep respect for folk tradition with a poetic creativity and a strong sense of social justice and community. In addition to his solo recordings, Dan conceived, produced and performed on the highly acclaimed double CD Singing Through the Hard Times - a Tribute to Utah Phillips, which featured Dan along with Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, Tom Paxton and many others, and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album. For his new CD and book, The Song and the Sigh, Dan is supported by the talents of Magpie, Lisa Null, and others.

Alan Friend & Chris Seymour:
Workers' Plight / Workers' Fight

Alan Friend and Chris Seymour join forces for a set of traditional and contemporary songs of ordinary people's struggles. Armed with their voices and a pile of instruments, they will sing of mine disasters, battles with bosses lost and won - and some of the absurdities of the struggles between haves and have nots. Alan has been playing banjo, guitar and concertina, and singing traditional songs from America and the British Isles for many years. He is a member of the NYC-based old-time band The Chelsea String Band. His CD, Had a Dog, features songs and old-time tunes from the southern mountains. Chris will bring along his warm baritone voice, banjo, dulcimer, guitar, eclectic repertoire and sense of humor.

March 26, 2011:
Adele Rolider
Tonight singer-songwriter Adele Rolider weaves a new web of healing and inspiring music. She'll sing original and cover tunes about love, building community, social justice and keeping the faith. Joined by special guests and drawing from a wide range of sources, she will involve her audience in rhythm, song and spirit. "Adele's beautiful voice and empowering songs make me know a better world really is possible," says Ray Korona, folksinger and activist.

The Raging Grannies
The Raging Grannies is an international movement which started in 1987 in British Columbia, Canada, and has formed chapters (or gaggles) all over the world. Raging Grannies promote global peace, justice and social and economic equality by raising consciousness through song parodies and satire. The local gaggle, NY Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters, was started and sponsored by the New York City chapter of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

April 2, 2011:
The Johnson Girls
The Johnson Girls are an energetic all-woman a cappella group specializing in sea songs, which they consider the first real “world music”: a bubbling stew of styles culled from many lands. Crashed through the barrier of male-dominated maritime music, each of the Johnson Girls brings a specialty and style to the ensemble, including Afro-Caribbean sounds, songs of the inland waterways, Irish, Scottish, American, English, Italian and French ballads, and work songs. With an exciting sound full of harmony, the Johnson Girls bring audiences to their feet wherever they perform.

Dan Milner
When it comes to Irish traditional song, Dan Milner is the real thing! Blessed with a keen ear for a fine song and a clear sense of its cultural context, Dan is the son of a traditional singer. Partly raised in Ireland, England, Canada and the United States, he is former National Park Ranger at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and, currently, both a columnist-reviewer for Visions: the Journal of New York Folklore and an adjunct professor at NYU. His performance credits include Lincoln Center, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Cecil Sharp House, the New York Historical Society, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His latest CD is Irish Pirate Ballads & Other Songs of the Sea on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. This will be Dan's first appearance at the Peoples' Voice Cafe.

April 9, 2011:
Joanne Shenandoah
Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D, is one of America's most celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians. She is a Grammy Award winner, and a 13-time Native American Music Award winner with 15 recordings to date. She has captured the hearts and souls of audiences all over the world, in North and South America, South Africa, Europe and Australia, and has been praised for her work of peace and hope. Shenandoah has performed at prestigious events such as Woodstock ’94, The Parliament of the Worlds Religions, The White House, Carnegie Hall, three Presidential Inaugurations, Madison Square Garden and more. "Joanne Shenandoah is one of the finest tributes to Native American Music and Culture." --Neil Young.

April 16, 2011:

Special guest Cecilia St. King
The Ray Korona Band
There’s a rush of excitement about this year’s annual homecoming concert for friends and activists! The Ray Korona Band (Barry Kornhauser, Ivice, Ellen Davidson, Sharon Abreu, Gina Tlamsa & Ray) just released a new 14-song CD, A Little Too Much Sunshine. The enthusiastic response has exceeded all expectations! Hear some of its best songs come alive on stage and take home the CD or a digital download card for a very friendly price during this evening of musical celebration. Plus, hear Ray’s new songs on immigrant rights, hydraulic fracking and more, sparked by a dazzling array of acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies. Special guest set: Peace Troubadour Cecilia St. King, featuring her stirring "Water Not Weapons" song. Bring social justice flyers, petitions and handouts to share.

April 30, 2011:
Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino have toured North America and abroad for 37 years. Hailing from the northern Catskills, Magpie is famous for the humanist message in their hard-hitting songs in defense of justice, peace, freedom, and the protection of the earth. With a sound bigger than you would expect from two people, their transcendent harmonies and arrangements take the listener into deep realms of emotion. Greg plays a brilliant, driving guitar, and Terry’s harmonica, mandolin, dulcimer and rhythm guitar are also excellent. Magpie's latest CD--their 11th--is In This World.

Marie Mularczyk O'Connell and Friends
Marie plays just about every string and percussion instrument there is (guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, dumbec, bones and spoons). She's an avid fan of British Isles and American folk and contemporary music, and performs Jewish music at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck. Marie has performed solo and with the groups Soldier’s Fancy and Joyful Noise at most of the folk venues in New York. Her energetic and engaging style have pleased crowds for decades. Tonight she will have many surprise guests as well as some extremely talented students. She has released two CDs, Ballads, Broadsides and Bad News and Fresh From The Vault.

May 7, 2011:
Sally Campbell
Quaker singer/songwriter, Sally Campbell, longtime PVC activist and supporter, will perform her own songs accompanying herself on the autoharp. Her songs range from a tender lullaby for her mother, "Rest Here in My Arms", to a friendly decluttering anthem "Beloved Belongings", to a rousing resistance song: "I Don’t Wanna!" She's delighted to be sharing the evening with her friend, Bruce Markow. Along with Adele Rolider they wowed the 2010 PMN audience with her song "Hug a Friend". That might happen again tonight.

Bruce Markow
Bruce Markow’s Folk'n'Roll sows lyrical melodies and a poetic, uplifting message in a soul-gratifying garden of smart and evocative songs. His multi-instrumental prowess is steeped in traditional folk, 60’s pop, gypsy swing, JS Bach and Afro-Brazilia, and his expressive voice invites fans’ comparison to Van Morrison, James Taylor and Todd Rundgren. Bruce’s performances evoke the wonders and woes of growing more fully alive; he conveys both the deep human capacity for joy and our hunger for a world of greater peace, truth and love. Besides his solo CDs and soundtracks, he has recorded and performed with Paul Winter, Pete Seeger and many others. Singer Vance Gilbert calls Bruce’s music "Hot! Amazingly tasty!" and filmmaker Mitch Teplitsky declares it "infectious, irresistible, memorable and tons of fun."

May 14, 2011:

Raise Your Banners!
Songs of Struggle Throughout the Ages

Come hear Folk Music Society of New York members David Jones, Bob Malenky, Chris Seymour, and Heather Wood perform the songs that have been sung throughout the centuries to protest, inspire, and gather support for a good cause, from the English Peasants Revolt of 1381 to the struggles of the present day. There will be plenty of stirring choruses, so come prepared to sing along, clap, shout, holler, and show everyone which side you are on. The proceeds of this night will benefit both the Folk Music Society (NY Pinewoods Folk Music Club) and the Peoples Voice Cafe.

  May 21, 2011:
  New York City Labor Chorus
Now in our twentieth year, the New York City Labor Chorus has 75 members, representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils. Our Chorus promotes union solidarity through song by expressing the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Our dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions. Join us to celebrate solidarity with people’s struggles for a better tomorrow.
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