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An alternative coffeehouse offering live entertainment in New York City,
from folk music and protest songs to rap and jazz, and poetry, storytelling, and dance.

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~ Fall 2016 Season ~

September 17, 2016:

Hudson Valley Sally
Hudson Valley Sally is Terry Colliton, John Fisher, 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

Photo by Gordon Nash

Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine
Terry and Mara blend like velvet and honey, joining Terry's brilliant lyrics and Mara's shimmering alto, reminiscent of Judy Collins. Mara has been called "one of the best singers of her generation" by Christine Lavin, and The Boston Globe named Terry "one of New England's best songwriters." His lyrics create portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. He has released ten CDs and has written a novel, Next Big Thing, set in the 1980s music scene.

September 24, 2016:

Owens Brothers Band
The Owens Brothers Band are Chris Owens (vocals, keyboards, recorders) and Geoffrey Owens (vocals, guitar, viola). With influences as varied as Pete Seeger, Beethoven, Bach, Prince, Jethro Tull, Kansas, Parliament Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron, and John Lennon, The Owens Brothers deliver an intense set full of great grooves and lyrical punches. Tonight's performance includes Barry Kornhauser, Darryl Clark, Selah Spruiell, Wendy Ward, Jay Jonathan Hoffman, and special guest performers.

The Filthy Rotten System
The Filthy Rotten System is a folk/rock/protest band grounded in the values of the Catholic Worker Movement, supporting peace and justice for all people. They can be found out front at New York and New Jersey peace vigils, immigrant support marches and rallies, and a variety of events for progressive causes and for individuals who have devoted themselves to serving others. Activists all, the members of the band rock and will move you with their spirited versions of familiar songs and some powerful originals.

October 1, 2016:

Dani Savyon
Dani has been writing, singing and storytelling since the “good old days” of the folk revival in the Village. Many of his ballads are based on life’s experiences and travels, and some are about the world today – or maybe, as he hopes and wishes, it will one day be. You will find yourself smiling even as you nod your head in agreement. Those of you who have heard him before know that the stories he tells between the songs are worth the admission price by themselves.

Gerry Segal
Gerry Segal has performed at the legendary clubs of the Greenwich Village Folk Revival including Gerde's Folk City, The Village Gate and The Bottom Line. After a long career in education and computer science, Gerry is writing, performing and recording music full time. The music of his first YouTube Video, "Jacques: The Wall Street Tailor", won first prize on The Brian Lehrer show's Satire Slam on WNYC. The video, which he created, was featured at New York City's Blackout Film Festival. A bunch of political, love songs and satire will fill up the evening.

October 8, 2016:

Fred Arcoleo & Amy Soucy
Hard-hitting, and fiercely original, yet cradled in tenderness, Fred Arcoleo’s award-winning music invites audiences to confront the difficult truths of our society with grace, optimism, and determination: "We are the ones we are waiting for!" Amy Soucy is a contemporary folk chanteuse who writes evocative songs exploring the kaleidoscope of human experience in a voice that's been called "powerful" and "angelic." Her debut album, This River, was among the top Folk albums of 2015 on the Folk DJ Chart and the Roots Music Report. Fred and Amy have been charming audiences together since 2007 with heartwarming chemistry and fresh, captivating arrangements.

Please Note: Bill & Eli Perras, originally scheduled to share the bill with Fred & Amy, cannot appear tonight because their flight from Florida was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew. They will be rescheduled later in the year.

October 15, 2016:
Benefit Concert for Peoples' Music Network and Peoples' Voice Cafe

Three dynamic young performers (Jeremy Aaron, Joshua Garcia, Kirsten Maxwell) will join three longtime Peoples' Voice Cafe veterans (Bev Grant, Anne Price, Professor Louie) in a special benefit concert to support the People's Music Network and the Peoples' Voice Cafe. PMN grew out of a retreat for progressive political singer-songwriters that Charlie King initiated in 1977. PVC was founded two years later by several PMN activists who lived in the New York metro area. Now in their fourth decade, both groups need your support to continue their mission. The six performers have generously donated their time and talent, so 100% of the proceeds will be shared equally by PMN and PVC. Please come and give your support.
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Jeremy Aaron is a singer, storyteller, community organizer, bluesman, poet, guitarist, violinist, and the creator of Greenwich Village Showcase. Warm and real, his music evokes nights around the campfire with old friends.

Bev is a folk veteran, a topical songwriter with heart and edge, telling stories that celebrate South African grandmothers on a soccer team, or a solitary old man who won't leave his West Virginia mountaintop.

Joshua Garcia is a folksinger / songwriter influenced by his heroes Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua now lives in Astoria, Queens. A firm believer in "the album" as an artistic format, Joshua is currently recording his first CD.

Anne Price sings many songs from folk-based songwriters, such as Jean Ritchie, Peggy Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Si Kahn, and many others, and she writes a few fine songs of her own.

Influenced by Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot, Kirsten writes sweet, intimate songs about love and longing. She won first place in the Rhode Island Songwriters Association contest. Her first album is Crimson.

Professor Louie performs at meetings, rallies, benefits and demonstrations in Russia, Australia, China, Europe and the USA. He raps hard-hitting, punchy songs about race, class, injustice, and rising up.

October 22, 2016:

Kevin Nathaniel and Friends
Kevin Nathaniel returns to Peoples' Voice Cafe for an interactive healing resonance, "Songs of the Awakening." His music ranges from meditative to dance frenzy, featuring the ancient Afrikan instruments mbira and shekere. Be ready to sing and move, and experience the healing vibrations coming from all directions through circle singing, and breath and body music, as "Songs of the Awakening" is about the big picture of unity and love. Special Guests: Marsha Perry Starkes and Lakshmi Marfil Delgado.

MaryNell Morgan
MaryNell Morgan is an inspirational a capella singer of traditional spirituals, blues and pop. Her music has taken her to Caffe Lena, Peoples’ Voice Café, Folk Factory, and colleges across the nation. MaryNell has been a member of the People’s Music Network for over 20 years. When not singing, she is a professor of political science at Empire State College at Saratoga Springs, NY.

October 29, 2016:

Martin Daly
Martin Daly was born in County Cork, Ireland, and came of age during the folk revival of the early 60's. He became fluent in the singing of traditional Irish and English songs, later adding traditional American songs to his repertoire. He was heavily influenced by the singing and writing of Ewan McColl and Woody Guthrie. Later, he was a founding member of the legendary Stoker's Lodge. After a few years Martin returned to solo work and won first place in the songwriting competition at the Cork Folk Festival two years in a row. He emigrated to the United States in 1986 and currently lives in Queens, NYC. Martin has appeared as a guest artist on several albums and is currently recording his own. This will be his first performance at Peoples' Voice Cafe.

Carrie & Michael Kline
Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar. They live and breathe Appalachian music and culture. Their voices carry the songs with truth and authenticity. The Klines present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. They have spent years recording music and spoken narratives from Cherokee, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They have documented the southern mountain experience and music in industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at 8 pm:

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 local practitioners of Hawaiian music, including Jason Poole (The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner,) who will be joined by Tommy Cheng, Kristabelle and dancers Dara Faust & Lisa Herlinger-Thompson from Na Lehua Melemele, plus Triboro (Evy Mayer, Don Friedman, and Phyllis Elkind.) We will also have hula dancing by members of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima o Nuioka, under the direction of kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine of Hawai'i, and the musicians of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima o Nuioka (Claudia Goddard, Chris Davis and Andy Wang). And if you feel like dancing, you might even learn a hula yourself, taught by Ping Chun. Wear a Hawaiian shirt or other festive attire.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at 8 pm:

Pam Parker
Pam Parker is a labor musician, activist and union electrician. She is the founder of the Charm City Labor Chorus and a member of the DC Labor Chorus, The Pride of Baltimore Chorus and a mixed quartet. “The chanteuse blends Billie’s precision with Aretha’s brand of Soul and has been using her perfect classic voice to lure in crowds for years – it’s the combination of sweet tone and spot on vibrato that makes seeing her live addictive.” --The Washington Post

Judy Gorman
Judy Gorman's songs get their wings from her imagination and their roots from folk, blues, jazz and gospel. Her passionate vocals remind us 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."

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at 8 pm:

Sally Campbell
Quaker singer/songwriter, Sally Campbell, returns with her autoharp to celebrate her 75th birthday. She'll be singing her sometimes funny, sometimes deep, always friendly songs and inviting you to sing along.. Since she feels these songs were given to her, she wants to pass them along. So far she has given away almost 3,000 copies of Gift Songs and Blessings, the CD of her 70th birthday concert/party. If you don't have one yet, come pick one up and hear her live.

Jay Mankita
Jay Mankita writes and performs songs about animals, ecology, nutrition, baseball, peace, dogs, and time travel. He’s won some awards (Parents’ Choice), seen his songs Grammy-nominated, and watched his music travel around the world (Putumayo). He’s recorded six albums, performed in over 1500 venues, and has recently seen three of his iconic songs, "Living Planet", "I Am A Dolphin", and "From A Dog's Stance", published in the brand new Rise Again songbook. He's a dad, a tetherball champ, a strange and wonderful guitar player and foot percussionist, and is presently studying the piano.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at 8 pm:

Charlie King & Bev Grant
After 40 years of friendship and mutual admiration, Bev Grant and Charlie King are joining forces and taking it on the road. Both grew up in singing families and share roots in the musical and political uproar of the 1960s. With Bev’s powerful guitar work, Charlie’s haunting harmonica accompaniment and a rich array of vocal leads and harmonies, they present a repertoire of songs that stands the test of time. It’s a show not to be missed.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 8pm:

Adele Rolider
Come join the fun as singer-songwriter/music therapist Adele Rolider weaves a new and passionate web of original and cover tunes to inspire, warm and nurture through song. From sweet to somber, from rap to calypso, she’ll sing of building community and get you singing, too! With Barry Kornhauser on cello and guitar, Mara Goodman on vocals, and Adele on vocals and guitar. "And we’re all connected, gotta have that now, more than ever, to just allow, and breathe... believe."
"Adele’s beautiful voice and empowering songs make me know a better world really is possible." --Ray Korona

Dave Dersham
Emerging from the contemporary Cambridge folk scene after many years of travel out west, Dave creates original songs with poetic lyrics and his uniquely expressive voice. Dave has recorded two CDs, The Burn of Summer and Gilding the Lilies on Constant Clip Records, that sound like your favorite records from the seventies.
"Dersham taps hopeful melodies and reverses lyrical expectations at every turn... exudes a brand of humane charm that sets him apart from every other songwriter you’ll see this year." --Club Passim

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at 8pm:

Mai Hernon & Celtic Font
Mai Hernon was born in County Sligo, Ireland, in a hamlet rich in musical culture where singers, flautists, and fiddlers abound. A set dancer as a child, in adulthood Mai turned to singing and has recorded three albums of traditional Irish songs, some unaccompanied and some with guitars, concertina, and flutes. Besides singing in Celtic Font with her husband, she also performs with the all-female quartet Beeswing.

Photo by Clyde Berger

Marie Mularczyk O’Connell & Friends
Three voices blended in splendid harmonies that will lift your spirit and warm your heart. They sing folk, country, gospel, and songs of social justice, accompanied by guitars, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, spoons and castanets. Inspired by Appalachian music, they have brought the deep modal harmonies of this tradition to their repertoire. They also sing rich madrigals, Sacred Harp Music and hymns, and Irish songs. Marie plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, dumbec, bones and spoons, and sings British and American folksongs and Jewish music. Candice (Candy) Baranello plays dulcimer and sings traditional, Old Timey, classical and gospel. Lorraine Berger plays guitar and flamenco castanets, and sings in a beautiful alto. Special guest Alice Backer is a classically-trained violinist who plays bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, and Klezmer music.