The Peoples' Voice Cafe

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~ Spring 2012 Season ~

January 7, 2012:

Lewis Family Tricentennial Exposition
Professor Louie and his musical partner Fast Eddie, two of PVC's most beloved performers, have invited other members of Louie’s family to join them for an eclectic evening of music and poetry. Jeffrey Lewis and his brother Jack have been touring with their songs in Australia, Russia, China (!), all over Europe and the USA. Jordan Carlos is featured in the MTV series, starting in January, called I Want My Pants Back. Joshua Sol Lewis and Shayna Lewis play in 4 different bands (2 each) performing all over the great American heartland of Brooklyn. Professor Louie says, "Fast Eddie and me are getting so old our bones creak, but we still jump for joy to see these young people continuing to keep the flame alive."

January 14, 2012:

Marie Mularczyk O'Connell & A Joyful Noise
A women’s quartet singing songs of love, peace, and joy! Joyful Noise has appeared in concert at St. Peter’s Church, Citicorp, Greenwich Music House, the Speakeasy, the Centerfold, the New York Folk Music Society, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, and the Huntington Folk Music Society. About the performers:
Judy Meiselman: Her rich, full voice and talent for getting inside a lyric give a special artistry to her singing of the blues, gospel, and contemporary songs. She sings with deep feeling and verve.
Marie Mularczyk O’Connell: A multi-talented performer who sings with strength and richness, she brings her delightful instrumental skill and vitality to each and every performance. Marie has also performed with Soldier’s Fancy and The Broadside Balladeers, and she can be heard on the CD, Ballads, Broadsides and Bad News.
Linda Prager: Linda's powerful yet floating voice has delighted audiences from New York to London, singing everything from the blues to Gilbert and Sullivan. She has performed with the Village Light Opera Group.
Robbie Wedeen: A singer/songwriter of warmth and wit, her songs express a modern view of women within the creative vitality of the American folk tradition. She has released a CD of original songs, Bluejay Gold, and a CD of 18th century folk music, Freedom’s Proud Song. She also performs with the country and bluegrass string band Triple Play All-Stars, which released a CD titled Having a Ball.

Songs of the People from the English Music Halls
with Heather Wood, David Jones & Jerry Epstein
Mr David Jones, Miss Heather Wood, and Dr. Jerome Epstein (piano) will present songs of exquisite taste from the Music Halls of Victorian and Edwardian England. Music Halls provided the entertainment of the labouring classes.

January 21, 2012:

emma's revolution
Join us for the NYC CD Release Concert for emma's revolution's latest recording, Revolutions Per Minute! emma’s revolution is the duo of Washington, DC-based, award-winning, activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Known to motivate and inspire, bring people to tears and back to laughter, their music has been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near. emma's revolution tours more than 200 days a year, bringing their uprising of truth, hope, groove and humor to concert halls and peace & justice events throughout the US and abroad. They're smart, funny, and informative -- like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. Order tickets online or pay at the door.

February 4, 2012:

Kim & Reggie Harris
Kim and Reggie Harris are a dynamic and superbly talented duo whose captivating stage presence and unique harmonies has earned the respect and love of audiences throughout the US, Canada and Europe for over 30 years. They are unique in their ability to entertain audiences of any age and background as they blend their talents as singer-songwriters, educators, interpreters of history and cultural advocates. Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music.

Jon Fromer
Jon Fromer is an award-winning singer/songwriter who has been at the center of social movements in the San Francisco Bay area for decades. His song "We Do the Work" is has become an anthem of labor struggles and is the theme song for the PBS series of the same name. Jon is known for his poetic lyrics, rich, soulful voice, and rhythmic guitar style that blends folk, blues and country. His new CD Gonna Take Us All speaks to the power of working together, and features Mark Russo of the Doobie Brothers.

February 11, 2012:

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 Songs of Freedom. When not touring, Rod is an instructor with Florida Atlantic University through their Lifelong Learning Program, presenting an ongoing and well-attended eight-week lecture/performance series on music history, most recently "The Great American Songbook."

February 18 , 2012:

Randy Noojin in Hard Travelin' with Woody
Step into a union meeting for striking mine workers in 1940 and sing along with Woody Guthrie as he takes you on a musical journey by box car out of the Dust Bowl through Los Angeles' Skid Row and into the hobo jungles in search of work. Woody's songs tell the story, along with authentic wit and wisdom culled from Woody's vast writings.

"Noojin delivers with aplomb, getting even an uptight New York crowd (not least of all me) singing along from the start. This is solid, entertaining work that should travel far and wide in these hard times, just like Guthrie himself." --Huffington Post.

"Noojin’s skill with the rural, storyteller’s dialect is a constant delight."

Elena Skye & Boo Reiners
As leaders of the Demolition String Band, Boo and Elena have recorded four albums of rousing bluegrass music. Elena has won songwriting awards and grants and has contributed music to film and TV shows. Boo is a Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist who has moonlighted with The Klezmatics, Charlie Louvin, Al Kooper, and Dispatch.

February 25, 2012:

Pearls of Wisdom ~ Elders Who Tell Personal Stories
The Pearls of Wisdom are a touring ensemble of elder storytellers led by artistic director, Thelma Ruffin Thomas from Elders Share the Arts. In richly told presentations, the Pearls tell stories that illuminate their individual pasts and our collective histories. Their lively, spirited, interactive, and authentic presentations continue the tradition of elder folk art stories and inspire listeners to share stories of their own.

James Cannings & The NYC Streetsingers
International recording musician/businessman, accomplished guitarist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, songwriter, producer, TV host and studio engineer, and ex-bandleader of J.C. Intruders, James Cannings of Guyana is a virtual one-man band. He travels with his guitar and amplifier to hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, hospices, schools, colleges, libraries, universities and international festivals to share his reggae/world beat renditions. He plays Reggae, Ska, Calypso, Latin, Funk, Blues, R & R, Pop, Highlife, Jazz, and more. CDs, DVDs, Cassettes, Videos, and T Shirts will be on sale.

James Cannings has invited the New York City Streetsingers, renowned for their spirited performances of peace, environmental and freedom songs, to join him in this very special concert. Founded by Pete Seeger in 1991, this self-directed musical group combines the individual talents of its members to create its very own sound. Over the last 20 years, the Streetsingers have been heard in venues throughout New York City.

March 3, 2011:

Carolyn Hester
Carolyn Hester was one of the first women folksingers of the Urban Folk Revival of the 1950s. Born in Waco, Texas, she came to New York in 1955 and released her first album, Scarlet Ribbons, in 1956. Throughout her long and illustrious career she has sung traditional ballads, political songs, and songs by her friends Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton. Her own compositions draw on all these influences, from her earliest song, "Three Young Men" (about the murder of civil rights activists Schwerner, Goodman & Cheney), to her latest CD, We Dream Forever, in 2010. Join us for a special night with a living legend!

March 10, 2012:

Alix Dobkin
Alix Dobkin started out as a professional folk singer in 1962 and came out ten years later. Since then she's been writing, singing, and performing over several continents, focusing on women in general and Lesbians in particular. A controversial figure dubbed "Womyn's music legend" by Spin Magazine, and called "The Head Lesbian," and "Her Dykeness" in her community, Alix has released six albums, three CDs, a songbook (out of print), and a memoir, My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement, published by Alyson Books. She loves PVC and is delighted to be back.

KJ Denhert
KJ’s performances will move you to laugh, dance and even cry. Her special blend of urban folk & jazz has earned her four Independent Music Award nominations, and in 2009 she was named as one of’s top female vocalists. She has appeared at scores of festivals and has residencies at the 55 Bar and Smoke in NYC, the Baz Bar in St. Barth's, and the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Born in Grenada, she cites as her influences Sergio Mendes, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell. Her latest CD, Album No.9, is a collection of 60s jazz, pop and rock standards. Consistently praised for her pathos, originality and impeccable musicianship, KJ is a one of a kind songwriter, guitarist and performer, not to be missed.

March 17, 2012:

Women’s Voices for Peace in Ireland
with Maryellen Costello, Mia Theodoratus, Gina Tlamsa & Sarah Underhill

Four seasoned musicians gather for a lively performance of Irish traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, airs, and songs, to commemorate the Feast of St. Patrick and Women's History Month.

Maryellen Costello
Maryellen Costello has played Irish fiddle in the New York, New Jersey, and Boston areas. She hosted a long-standing session at Hennessey's of Boston. Classically trained, she is a member of the Hunterdon Symphony Orchestra and played for many years with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.

Mia Theodoratus
Mia Theodoratus is a composer, improviser and harpist, using classical technique infused with the dynamics of free bop and rock rhythms. She grew up on folk music and loves Celtic music. She has worked with Charlie Hayden, Roscoe Mitchell, Cormac Debarra, Leona Naess, Ray Chew, Antony & the Johnsons, Susan Allen, the Citizen's Band, Baikida Caroll and Avery Brooks. Her groups include Adam & Mia, Hanuman Sextet, La Konga Russe and solo electronic harp.

Gina Tlamsa
New York native and long-time PVC member Gina Tlamsa plays a number of instruments and sings with a variety of performers, including the Ray Korona Band, Such As Us, Sharleen Leahey, The Crooked Road, Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash, The Renaissance Street Singers, and others. She has been playing Irish traditional music around the NY metropolitan area since the 1970s.

Sarah Underhill
Singer and song collector Sarah Underhill learned to sing on her mother's knee and has been amassing a folk repertoire ever since. Active with the Hudson River Sloop Singers and the People's Music Network, she also runs a traditional Irish/Celtic session in the Hudson Valley. Tonight she will be accompanied by singer, multi-instrumentalist and activist Dan Einbender, longtime troubadour with the sloop Clearwater and co-producer of the Grammy-winning Tomorrow's Children, by Pete Seeger & Friends.

March 24, 2012:

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 595-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 many songs he has written himself in traditional style.

Beth Kotkin
Beth Kotkin's love of folk music began with playing music with the Seeger family when she went to their summer camp in Vermont as a child. From there, she expanded her repertoire and added songs from Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Hank Williams, Kate Wolf and many others too numerous to name. After playing many venues in New York, she relocated to the West Coast for several years and continued her passion for performing there. She recently moved back to her hometown of NYC, and is happily reconnecting with her folk roots on the East Coast.

March 31, 2012:

Toby Fagenson
Toby Fagenson is a New York singer, songwriter, and parodist who plays six and twelve-string guitar and five-string banjo. He has performed in a wide variety of venues since the 1970s, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., The Folk Project of New Jersey, the Pinewoods Folk Music Club, and the Community Cabaret. His three great influences are Frank Sinatra, Pete Seeger and Allan Sherman. Toby's original songs in the folk and pop styles will get the ears listening, the toes tapping, and the funny bones tickling.

Caroline Cutroneo & Mara Levine
Mara & Caroline have gorgeous voices which blend in uncannily beautiful harmonies. They have been singing original, traditional and contemporary folk and blues together for over ten years and have made repeat appearances at The Minstrel Coffeehouse, The Good Coffeehouse, WRSU, and WVBR's Bound For Glory. A Mara & Caroline show is always entertaining and moving. Tonight will be a fun-filled collaboration with their friends Toby Fagenson and Gathering Time.

Gathering Time
Miraculous three-part vocal blends uplifted by acoustic, electric and bass guitar and light, precise percussion create the wall of sound and wave of memories we now know as Gathering Time (Glen Roethel, Hillary Foxsong, and Stuart Markus). With styles ranging from the folk sound of Peter, Paul & Mary to the harmonic complexity of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Gathering Time is a trio that's "getting a whole beehive-full of buzz" on the Long Island and national folk scene right now. Their original songs reveal the influences of The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles and many more harmonizing favorites from 60s folk-rock and 70s acoustic rock. They are fast becoming known for their memorable melodies, meaningful lyrics and fun, easy-going chemistry on stage.

April 14, 2012:

The Ray Korona Band
Band members Barry Kornhauser, Ellen Davidson, Gina Tlamsa, Ivice & Ray and piano virtuoso Rick Ulfik send you a big shout out invitation to the Ray Korona Band’s annual homecoming concert for friends and activists! This will be an evening of music that lifts sprits, empowers, talks back, laughs out loud and parties. Hear powerful new songs about the 99%, the 1% and what Robin Hood might do today, not to mention long term favorites like "Globalization Blues" and the band’s recent musical attack on fracking. All of this is produced with a double digit collection of acoustic instruments and a big stack of vocal harmonies.

Plus a special guest set featuring LORI PIRONE
Lori Pirone is a multifaceted artist-educator who is a promoter and motivator of multicultural projects. She’s a poet, storyteller and visual artist who inspires the building of bridges across multiple global cultural and technological divides. An electrifying performer, she excited and energized all those around her in recent appearances at Occupy Wall Street and other NYC gathering places and venues. Lori’s work has been nurtured through extensive travels to diverse neighborhoods in Costa Rica, Hawaii, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Europe, Canada, Mexico and around the US.

April 21, 2012:

Terry Kitchen
Award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen's songs are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. His heartfelt songs (from "99," which challenges assumptions about where and how lines are drawn between us, to "German Violin," about a lost WWII heirloom), superb guitar playing and wry stage presence guarantee a memorable performance. His songs have won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and have been runner-up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and his latest CD, summer to snowflakes reached #27 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart. Tonight Terry will be joined by New Jersey harmony singer Mara Levine.

Pat Lamanna
Pat Lamanna has been playing folk music and writing songs most of her life. In the 1970s she ran a coffeehouse, The Rainbow Sign, in the Bronx, and Bev Grant and Toby Fagenson were among those who graced that stage. She now lives in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and serves on the Steering Committee of Peoples Music Network. She has an album of original songs, Full Circle.

Fred Arcoleo
Fred Arcoleo’s deepest desire in life is to help influence the way the world changes. He writes songs and poems that strive to reveal the contradictions in our society between appearance and reality, and spends most of his time channeling his anger over the conditions of life that exist for so many into productive activities. He is particularly interested in the role music and the arts can play in raising awareness of societal issues and inspiring people to study and act on the pressing challenges of our time. His debut CD, Seeds, was released in 2011. He lives and works in Washington Heights, where he also teaches English, Creative Writing, and Art at George Washington High School.

Fred Arcoleo, Pat Lamanna & Terry Kitchen

April 28, 2012:

Rachel Stone, Joel Landy, & Marc Crawford Leavitt

The Peoples' Voice Cafe will be musically "OCCUPIED!" by three satiric political singer/songwriters humorously taking on the presidential candidates and issues of the Occupy Movement, turning the room into an indoor "People's Park."'s Joel Benjamin described the trio's last show at PVC: "In the honored tradition of Tom Lehrer, Oscar Brand and even--God help us!--Weird Al Yankovic and Alan Sherman... master satirical singer/songwriters [in] an evening of wickedly funny topical songs... They pretty much covered and brilliantly savaged all the evils of the day... Rachel Stone ( has a charmingly folksy, slightly ragged soprano, quite an effective tool with which to communicate her ideas. Mr. Leavitt ( is the charming, straightforward everyman with a natural sweet baritone, and Mr. Landy’s voice ( is a cross between Tim Buckley and Phil Ochs, particularly warm when singing his own, original songs." Music Director Paul Johnson accompanies on piano.

May 5, 2012:

Four Shillings Short
The Celtic/Folk/World music duo Four Shillings Short play traditional and original music from Ireland and Scotland, Indian Ragas, Folk Ballads, Old-Time songs, Medieval & Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers on a fantastic array of instruments, including Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn. Aodh Og O’Tuama of Cork, Ireland, sings in English and Gaelic, while Christy Martin of California sings in English, Irish, Spanish and Sanskrit.
"Their musical virtuosity makes old songs sound new and new songs sound like time-worn Celtic spells." --City Pages, Wausau WI.

Rise Up Singing: Peter Blood & Annie Patterson
Annie & Peter’s songbook has had a vast impact on the folk community, as a folk fake book and a staple at monthly sings & song circles, selling over a million copies. They have led hundreds of singalong concerts together across North America and around the world over the past thirty years. Now they are returning to PVC to weave their songleading magic.

May 12, 2012:

New York City Labor Chorus
Now in their 21st year, the New York City Labor Chorus has 75 members, representing over 20 labor unions and District Councils. The Chorus promotes union solidarity through song by expressing the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Their 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.

May 19, 2012:

Liz Zelvin's Outrageous Older Woman
Liz Zelvin is a psychotherapist, mystery writer, and poet who’s been singing her whole life. Her childhood repertoire included murder ballads, Spanish Civil War and union songs, and Girl Scout campfire sing-alongs. Liz became a shrink in midlife and has worked with homeless alcoholics. Her first novel, Death Will Get You Sober, came out on her sixty-fourth birthday. Her latest mystery is just out, and she practices online therapy at Her CD Outrageous Older Woman distills a lifetime’s experience into songs that are personal and political, funny and moving. Tonight she will be accompanied by Gina Tlamsa and Robin Greenstein.

Colleen Kattau's In My Name
Ever since childhood, Colleen has been imbued with a voice that haunts with its range and clarity. Now she has teamed up with the band Some Guys featuring virtuoso musicians Mike Brandt (bass), Jamie Yaman (sax, native flutes, vocals), and Ben de la Garza (electric guitar). Together they brew up a Latin-influenced folk and socio-environmentalist music that can only be described as "power and beauty steeping in a fine tea."