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from folk music and protest songs to rap and jazz, and poetry, storytelling, and dance.

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~ Spring 2020 Season ~


The 2020 season was suspended in mid-March in the interest of keeping our audience, volunteers, and performers safe from the COVID-19 corona virus.

Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 8pm:

Benefit Concert for WBAI FM Radio

Writer and actor Malachy McCourt will have you laughing to tears; the legendary David Amram will thrill you with his world music and stories of his illustrious career; plus The Raging Grannies, Mike Glick & Lindsey Wilson, and Joel Landy will all be on hand to entertain and help WBAI celebrate sixty years of listener-supported non-commercial radio. WBAI recently found its way back on the air from a hostile takeover, and like many non-profit organizations that serve the people, they need the people's support. Keep your listener-sponsored radio on the air! The evening will be MC'ed by Ken Gale, host of the environmental show Eco-Logic, airing on alternating Tuesdays at 8pm.

Malachy McCourt
Author, actor and raconteur Malachy McCourt has written a dozen books, including A Monk Swimming and Voices of Ireland. He has acted in scores of movies and TV shows, and even recorded an album in 1970. Born in Brooklyn in 1931, he grew up in Limerick and returned to New York in 1952, where he worked as a longshoreman, opened a tavern, hosted various radio shows, and ran for New York governor in 2006 as a Green Party Candidate. He is currently co-host of WBAI's New York, We and Thee Edition on Wednesday mornings.

David Amram
Composer, conductor, author, and multi-instrumentalist (piano, french horn, flute, guitar) David Amram is one of America's most honored and beloved musicians. He began his career as a French hornist for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington in the 1950s, and later introduced the French horn to jazz, collaborating with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and others. He created film scores for Splendor in the Grass (1961), Manchurian Candidate (1962), and the beat film Pull My Daisy (1959). He also wrote scores for Arthur Miller's plays and for Shakespeare in the Park in NYC. Working with Jack Kerouac, Langston Hughes, and others, Amram experimented with combining jazz and poetry.

The NYC Metro Raging Grannies
In the tradition of wise women elders, the mission of The Raging Grannies is to promote global peace, justice, and social and economic equality by raising awareness through song and humor. With snappy hats and snappier lyrics, the poets, singers and puppeteers of The Raging Grannies often perform at protests and rallies. Started in 1987 in Victoria, BC, there are now more than 60 gaggles of Raging Grannies throughout Canada, the U.S., and Scotland.

Mike Glick & Lindsey Wilson
Two powerful voices. Two powerful songwriters. Now exponentially united in song in a unique blend, greater than a duo. Mike Glick is a multiple award-winning songwriter/singer/satirist. He’s played in Europe, India, Canada and the USA. Pete Seeger called him "one of the best songwriters going." Robert Palmer, NY Times: "More rousing and musically substantive than the music of previous city folksingers." Guitar International Magazine, May 2019: "A singer/songwriter of wit and clever songs... He has a way with lyrics and can twist and turn them on a dime."

Lindsey Wilson is a superb singer/songwriter who has her feet planted in several worlds; first with her jazz group Lindsey Wilson & The Human Hearts, and widely in the folk world both solo and with Dian Killian, Lara Herskovitch, Bev Grant and many others. Lately she has hooked up with Guinean singer Natu Camara to tour throughout the US and Africa.

Mike is finishing up a new CD, Alternative Facts & Other White Lies, featuring both Lindsey and his son, Aleksi, along with guest artists David Amram, Cole Quest and Si Kahn. It is due out in February.

Joel Landy
An active member of the Peoples' Voice Cafe community for years, both as a performer and as a videographer, Joel Landy is known for his energetic stage performances and clever songwriting. His voice has been heard on WBAI on Ken Gale's Eco-Logic and Bob Fass' Radio Unnameable. Joel produces the award-winning Songs of Freedom television show, celebrating the dignity of human struggle.

Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 8pm:

Jess Clinton
An introvert fluent in extrovert, Jess commands a shape-shifting soprano that ranges from bell-tone purities to sultry secrecies. She weaves strands of Appalachian, Celtic, rock, and classical influences on electric, acoustic, and 12-string baritone guitars as she sings of love, nature, and quiet outrage.

"Real Glass Heart"

Diana Jones
Diana Jones is a songwriter and folk singer whose "clarion alto," The New York Times says, evokes the "rich timbres...of a cello or viola." She takes us from the depths of a doomed coal mine to the heights of universal longing, with stories of hard times, Native Americans, tortured loss, murderous urges. With the careful eye of a portrait painter, Jones merges private and timeless imagery. She divides her life between Nashville and New York City, drawing on both those iconic American worlds to bring a modern edge to the old-time ballad tradition. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez and Gretchen Peters.

"If I Had a Gun"

Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 8pm: Transatlantic Hoot

Skinner & T'witch
Steve Skinner and Sandra Twitchett, known together as Skinner & T'witch, return to the Peoples' Voice Cafe after an absence of nearly three years. Based in Leeds, England, they are an original, contemporary acoustic duo with strong vocals, driving rhythms, and a flash of flamenco. Their original music moves through an eclectic range of styles, including folk, jazz, music hall, musical theatre, and the satirical tradition. This Peoples' Voice Cafe performance will be their only New York City stop on an American tour that takes them from New England to the Deep South.

"Queen of the Ocean"

Mike Lee

Vincent Cross
Steve Suffet

Lee, Cross, & Suffet
Mike Lee, Vincent Cross, and Steve Suffet all now live in Queens, New York City's most culturally diverse borough. Each is an accomplished multi-instrumental folk musician in his own right. Mike came to Queens from the Upper Midwest, Vincent arrived from the Republic of Ireland after a detour to Australia, and Steve has lived in Queens nearly all his life. Tonight the three will swap songs in a spontaneous jam, accompanying one another with voices and instruments as they see fit. Be prepared for something wonderful.

Saturday, January 25, 2020:

Closed for the People's Music Network Winter Convergence

Saturday, February 1st, 2020, at 8pm:

Jenna Linbo
Singer-songwriter. Dog-lover. Bike-rider turned banjo player somewhere along the way. Jenna is a multi-instrumentalist who makes room for the sweetness and sorrow life brings, shining a light on the sacred in the ordinary and finding magic in the mundane. Jenna’s lively energy is infectious -- of which a New Yorker recently proclaimed, “That is genuine joy.” Hold onto your hats for an engaging performance, peppered with poetry, spoken word, and melodies that will follow you home.

"Harbor and My Boat"

Photo: Susan Wilson

Ruth Hill
Songwriter, singer, storyteller, Ruth Hill has roots that run deep in the hills of New England. She is inspired by the gritty joy of growing up in a working-class family, and by a wandering spirit that’s taken her to both poles of the globe. She accompanies herself expressively on guitar, but it’s when she opens her heart and sings from a place of depth and compassion that you are compelled to lean in closer. Ruth was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Great American Song Contest.

"Bitten by the Wolf"

Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 8pm:

Rod MacDonald
Rod MacDonald rose to prominence in Greenwich Village in the 1980s, where he headlined Village clubs and co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. A recording and touring artist since 1983, he has released twelve CDs and and gives a hundred performances annually, dazzling audiences with his passionate singing and thought-provoking writing. His songs have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Jonathan Edwards, Dave Van Ronk, Happy Traum, David Rowe, Four Bitchin’ Babes, Garnet Rogers, Joe Jencks, and many others. His latest CD, Beginning Again, was released in 2018. In 2014 he published his first novel, The Open Mike.

"American Jerusalem"

Joe Jencks
A 20-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Joe Jencks delivers compelling musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending vivid songwriting with well-crafted instrumentals, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. He is deeply rooted in social justice work, and draws on many cultural and artistic reference points in his concerts. Co-founder of the band Brother Sun, Joe has also penned several #1 songs, including the ever–relevant "Lady of The Harbor." His latest CD is the award-winning The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures From The Pen of Si Kahn.

"Everybody Sings the Blues"

Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 8pm:

Gary Allard & Friends
Gary Allard is a soulful contemporary singer-songwriter. He continues to build his unique sound by extracting inspiration from a plethora of genres, including folk-blues, gospel, R&B and Caribbean music. He composes his lyrics from his own personal and social experiences, striving to connect with his audience through tender yet powerful emotional singing.

Bob Brashear
Bob Brashear is a singer-songwriter in the Americana tradition who performs both solo and with his "floating musical collective" Home (Away) Band. The "We Love Songwriters" blog has described him as "foremost an American artist" who creates "down to earth American roots music...with even a hint of magic." His songs tell stories ofthe journey towards personal and societal transformation. Bob performs in bars, clubs, churches, living rooms, festivals, rallies, and even the occasional laundromat. His greatest joy as an artist is collaboration with others in both creation and performance.

"Everything's Gonna Be Okay"

Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 8pm:

Lonnie Harrington
Guitarist, percussionist, singer, songwriter, and author Lonnie Harrington has been strumming, hitting, and singing his way throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada for more than 45 years, spanning many musical genres, including rock, soul, R&B, worldbeat, and Native American styles. He has been a member of Grooves of the Hemisphere and Kandia Crazy Horse's Cactus Rose, and was a guest on Martha Redbone's album Garden of Love. He sings with several New York City Native American Drum Groups. His album Northern Tropicale and Other Romantic Illusions was released in 2017. He is also the author of Both Sides of the Water: Essays on African-Native American Interactions.

Clare Horgan
You will never forget the first time that you hear Clare sing a traditional Irish unaccompanied song, where she seems to lose herself completely in the powerful, ancient landscape of her native Ireland. In one song, she will draw you into the mystical world of pre-Christian Ireland; in the next song, you will find yourself sharing a laugh, hearing her admonish a misbehaving man in a raunchy blues number, and before you know it, you have stepped into a dimly-lit jazz club in 1940s New York, sharing in the heartache of lost love.

If you can't make it to the evening show, Clare will be leading a workshop earlier in the day right here at PVC:

Sean-Nós Singing Workshop with Clare Horgan
Saturday; February 22, 2020; 3:30pm
Same address, same room as the evening performance

Sean-Nós is Irish for Old-Style. Sean-Nós songs are by definition pieces of ancient Irish music passed on through the ages from parent to child, and Clare Horgan is an acknowledged master of the genre. The melodies, stories, and words often preceded literacy, musical or otherwise. And yet they have survived, and their value lies in their beauty of tone, timbre, rhythm, melody and implied harmony as well as inimitable ornamentation and the stories which serve as a time-capsule into a life that is disappearing quickly. The nostalgic themes of love of place, romantic love, political upheaval, and celebrations of sporting events from hunting and rowing to fishing and football games, to poaching, dancing, making music, and making potato cakes, form the fabric of Irish rural life then and to a lesser extent, now.

This two-hour workshop will begin with Clare Horgan introducing songs from each of the five Irish speaking areas of Ireland in both Irish and English. Two of these songs will then be chosen as the focus for the workshop. These songs will be learned and sung together, with copies of words and some background information supplied. All levels and ages welcome. No prior knowledge of Irish is required.

Cosponsored by Folk Music Society of New York. $35 fee payable on-site. Reservations required. For reservations and information please e-mail Clare Horgan at clarniargain (at) or call her at 1-347-968-3059.

Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 8pm:

Judy Gorman with special guest artist Mario Cancel
Judy's songs get their wings from her imagination and their roots from the deep traditions of blues, folk, jazz, and gospel that defined her childhood. Her earliest memories are of hearing the music of Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson and Leadbelly. 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." Tonight Judy will be accompanied by cello virtuoso Barry Kornhauser and special guest Mario Cancel. Mario is a classically-trained musician, a gifted singer-songwriter, and an ethnomusicologist at Columbia University. He studies the anticolonialism of 60s and 70s-era Puerto Rican nueva canción and the chançon québécoise of Québec. He will join Judy on the cuatro (Puerto Rican guitar).

Barry Oreck & Friends
Barry Oreck, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, writes and performs ear-catching songs that bring new, thought-provoking, often ironic perspectives to a range of topics: politics, ecology, the perils of aging, long-lived and long-forgotten love, and the power of music to connect and inspire. Barry writes songs in a variety of styles from bluesy finger picking to driving bluegrass, sweet harmonies, and a touch of funk.

"60's Hippy's Psychedelic Nightmare"

Saturday, March 7th, 2020, at 8pm:

Women Songwriters Night
A Benefit Concert for Peoples' Voice Cafe

Come hear amazing women songwriters and musicians from New York and New Jersey make magic in honor of International Women's Day and the Centennial of Women's Suffrage. Pat Lamanna, Carolann Solebello, Lindsey Wilson, and Sharleen Leahey will sing and play classic, original, and herstoric folk music about our struggles and victories with drama, humor and passion! Come hear songs to uplift, inspire and strengthen us for a transformational year ahead! Also featuring Diane Doolittle (flute & saxophone), Robin Burdulis (percussion), and Linda Phillips (percussion).

Pat Lamanna
Pat’s songs have been praised highly by Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, David Roth, and others. They have a strong folk influence, and cover issues such as peace, religion, the environment, and personal topics. They are carefully crafted and lyric-driven, with tunes that are eminently singable. She has released three albums, most recently 2017's Something Beautiful.

Carolann Solebello
Carolann is best known as a founding member of the Americana trio Red Molly. She now tours solo and with the modern folk quartet No Fuss and Feathers. Carolann's smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar style nod to rural folk traditions, yet her urban sense of rhythm and sophisticated vocal phrasing bend those traditional forms into more contemporary shapes. She is a proud member of the Jack Hardy Songwriters’ Exchange and has won numerous songwriting awards. Carolann released her fifth solo album, Shiver, in 2018.

Lindsey Wilson
Lindsey Wilson, leader of the Human Hearts Trio, is a singer-songwriter with a flair for nostalgia and a memorable mix of 70s-style urban folk rock and conscientious lyrics. She embraces issues of the heart and mind through love songs, protest tunes and lyrics of empowerment. Her influences include Odetta, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Carole King, and Karen Carpenter.

Sharleen Leahey
Sharleen is a singer, songwriter and guitarist known for speaking truth to power in a strong distinctive voice. Her stirring and heartfelt lyrics hark back to the New York coffeehouses where she grew up immersed in the revolutionary songs of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan. Sharleen founded Songs for Peace magazine in 1993 with her mentors Sis Cunningham and Pete Seeger. Inspired by the healing power of music in her own life, Sharleen believes we are all profoundly affected by music in mysterious ways.