The Peoples' Voice Cafe

An alternative coffeehouse
offering quality entertainment.

~ Fall 2012 Season ~

September 15, 2012:

With a mesmerizing intensity and a unique voice, vision, and guitar 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, universal eye. His expansive repertoire ranges from topical and historical commentary to love songs, musical tone poems, and exotic travelogues that roam from bushmen to bicycles. Considered the Father of African Folk-Rock, Tony Bird is an inventive, passionate, theatrical performer who delivers the moving, searching anthems of a mature poet.
"The finest, most impressive folk poet in years." -The Village Voice

September 22, 2012:

SONiA of Disappear Fear
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.

September 29, 2012:

with Special Guest Artist Mario Casartelli

Hudson Valley Sally is Terry Colliton, John Fisher, Jenny Murphy, Laurie Siegel, and David Tarlo. Their music is rooted in the tradition of activist folk music--an unending chain that goes back centuries and spans the globe. They are dedicated to keeping alive some of the oldest songs, and introducing some of the newest.
"Hudson Valley Sally sings with a freshness and innocence that reminds us why we fell in love with folk music in the first place." --Si Kahn

is a progressive Paraguayan artist, well known as a political cartoonist, poet, songwriter, and recording artist.

October 6, 2012:

After a year-long battle with ovarian cancer, singer-songwriter and activist Jolie Rickman died in January 2005. A dedicated student of feminism, nonviolence and direct action, Jolie was in part inspired to music after studying with Coretta Scott King at the King Center in Atlanta. Years later Jolie left a doctoral program at Syracuse University to devote herself to music and social change. As a result, Jolie's music and spirit reached out, offering her revolutionary spirit of creativity, love and compassion to untold thousands around the United States and abroad. This tribute concert will feature Colleen Kattau and Some Guys, Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters, Barry Kornhauser, and Jamie McCallum, as well as surprise guest artists.

October 13, 2012:

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 Womenís International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

The Occuponics is founded in the energy, experience and values of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Stephen Carl Baldwin (guitar, percussion, and vocals) and Paul Stein (accordion, melodica, and vocals) met at the OWS encampment in Manhattan in October 2011 and have been leading music at OWS events around the city ever since. Steveís background is in rock, blues, and pop music, while Paulís wide-ranging repertoire includes klezmer, labor, folk and show tunes. Steve was a member of The Meetles, and Paul appeared as a guest member of the Kirov Orchestra in the first Lincoln Center Festival. The Occuponics are the house band for The Tax Dodgers street theatre troupe and have appeared on Pacifica, NPR, BBC World News.

October 20, 2012:

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 Soldierís Fancy and Joyful Noise at most of the folk venues in New York. Her energetic and engaging style have pleased crowds for decades. She has released two CDs, Ballads, Broadsides and Bad News and Fresh From The Vault. Tonight she will be joined by Nancy Montgomery on guitar and vocals and Madelaine Dillon on fiddle.

David Laibman brings together an exciting variety of people's music: songs from many places and times, songs of struggle, singalongs to lift spirits, and colorful commentary, all integrated with creative instrumental guitar techniques. He is 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 DVDs, The Guitar Artistry of David Laibman and Play the Classic Rags of Scott Joplin, James Scott & Joseph Lamb, were also produced by SGGW. Inspiration for this evening's set comes from Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, British ballads, American blues, calypso, old-timey songs, and the peoples' song movement. He will play some new ragtime compositions, and may even flirt with fingerstyle renditions of Mozart, Sibelius, or Puccini.

October 27, 2012:

Jenny Amanda Hurwitz & Talbot "Topkatz" Katz been messing with music for decades--she on guitar and bass; he on bass-- writing and hollering politically progressive and sometimes humorous songs in clubs and at rallies. Their "subversive pop", a mash-up of folk, alternative and reggae, is melodic with intriguing chord changes and jazzy, funky bass. Tonight they will be joined by the scintillatingly creative Wizard of Roz on drums and the tremendously talented songwriter, singer, and guitarist Peter Pasco.

Jay Byrdís last concert before the End of the World! Prophesies from the Bible, the Mayans, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce and many other diverse cultures say there's an Apocalypse coming on 12/21/12. So this is your last chance to see Jay Byrd & The Blue Jays, featuring Peter Pasco (lead guitar, piano & banjo) and Buddy Grecco (harmonica), and Special Guest Appearance by Judy "Get an Afterlife!" Livingston. Ten songs to usher out the last day of the rest of our lives!

November 10, 2012:

Such As Us is an alternative rock band founded by Chris Kitlan Burns (guitar/vocals) and Melissa Connell (bass/vocals). 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. Through it all they have always kept their music true to the relevant, the honest, front line concerns of the times. Featuring Gina Tlamsa (flute, violin, mandolin & Vocals), Carl Fortunato (keyboards & Vocals), Joni Note (percussion & vocals), and Vivian Stoll (drums), Such As Us will get your feet tapping and your emotions engaged. Their latest CD is Up Against the Wall, F.C.!

AMALGAMATED MUCK: Proud to be Americana
What started as the core group for Chester, CTís Small Town Concert Series grew into an Americana-playing quintet with a great pedigree who play old-timey, folky-country Carter Family-inspired songs. Appropriately, the name, Amalgamated Muck, though somewhat self-deprecating, shows a keen sense of ironic humor. With "the Muck," several musical stylists joined forces with over 160 collective years of professional musicianship: Lauren Agnelli (ex Washington Squares -- Grammy nominated -- Agnelli & Rave, Dave Rave Conspiracy), Matthew Male (Small Town Concert Series), Rodney Maxwell (ex Presidential Targets, Train Wreck Society), and Brian & Rose Wolfe (still sometimes Ebin-Rose). Ultimately, the group's amalgamated musical styles are truly "AMERICANA" music: folk, country, roots, rock, blues -- even a little reggae. As long as itís acoustic, real, and stirring, Amalgamated Muck plays it.

November 17 , 2012:

Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday passed this July 14th, but the centennial celebrations continue all year long. Come join us on November 17th when we present this concert of Woody Guthrie songs featuring six of our regular performers who have generously donated their time and talent: Toby Fagenson, Ray Korona, Joel Landy, Anne Price, Steve Suffet, and Gina Tlamsa. Also donating their time and talent will be our special guest artists, the Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council. All proceeds will go to benefit the Peoples' Voice Cafe.

December 1, 2012:
Over the past dozen years, Charlie & Rick have developed a joint repertoire of incendiary satirical songs by their favorite contemporary artists - primarily Rick & Charlie.

CHARLIE KING is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century. His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger & Chad Mitchell. Charlie, in turn, has recorded an embarrassingly large number of Rick's songs. "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried." --Peggy Seeger.

RICK BURKHARDT is an Obie-award-winning playwright, performer, composer, and songwriter whose original chamber music and theater pieces have been performed all over the world. He has toured as songwriter/accordionist for the Prince Myshkins, a political cabaret / folk duo, and he is a founding member of the Nonsense Company, an experimental music/theater trio. Their 2008 performance in NYC's Frigid Theater Festival was reviewed as "the must see show of the festival" and won Best Show and Audience Choice awards. In 2011 he was listed as an "Off Off Broadway Innovator to Watch" by Time Out New York.

December 8, 2012:

Peoples' Voice Cafe Hanukah Celebration with

Come celebrate the first night of Hanukah in Peoples' Voice Cafe style! Robin Greenstein and Cecilia Kirtland will lead us in Songs of the Season, including a few celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the Wintertide, as well as Hanukah. There will also be lighting the menorah, spinning the dreidel, and -- of course -- eating the latkes!

December 15, 2012:

NY Pinewoods Benefit
(The performers' share of the gate receipts will go to benefit the Folk Music Society.)

has been involved in folk music for most of her life. As a member of the quartet Water Sign for 13 years and the all-female a capella group the Johnson Girls for the past 15 years, she has explored the close-knit harmonies of both traditional and contemporary folk music. Joy has performed solo, with Water Sign, the Johnson Girls, with Chris Koldewey, and with guest artists in the US, UK, Canada, and across Europe.

has been singing and playing folk music, and sea music in particular, since he was a teenager. He comes from a family rich in maritime traditions, and his lullabies as a child were traditional songs of the sea. A public school music teacher by trade, Chris spends his vacation time as a shantyman at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, one of the few places left where shanties are used for their original purpose--coordinating shipboard tasks.

has been a singer for over 40 years, dating back to her days with the Young Tradition and the English folk music revival. She has a great repertoire of ballads, historical songs, love and agricultural songs, and a lot from the humorous side. In addition to the old songs, she has written some exceptionally fine new ones.