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

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~ Fall 2021 Season ~

Fall 2021 was our first season at Judson Memorial Church.

Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 8pm:
Welcome Back! Fundraising Concert

Pamela Jean Agaloos, Gary David Allard, Fred Arcoleo, Sally Campbell, Bev Grant, Cleo Carol Knopf, Joel Landy, Diane Perry, Gerry Segal, Steve Suffet, and Thelma Ruffin Thomas welcome you back as the Peoples' Voice Cafe resumes our regular program of weekly in-person concerts after an 18-month hiatus. This fundraiser will be our first concert at our new location, the Assembly Hall of Judson Memorial Church at 239 Thompson Street in the heart of Greenwich Village. All proceeds will go to help the Peoples' Voice Cafe cover the costs of relocating from Community Church to Judson Memorial.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at 8pm:

Joshua Garcia
Joshua Garcia is a folk-singer-songwriter whose music and writing style draw from the influences of his musical heroes Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. He sings in a strong, confident baritone that harks back to the more purposeful voices of earlier folk, and his guitar picking is fluent in several bluesy styles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua now resides in Astoria, Queens.

Lydia Adams Davis with Barry Kornhauser
Lydia's repertoire includes traditional American folk music, American Songbook standards, fresh interpretations of Hudson River/Pete Seeger songs, and poignant, often funny, originals, including songs about historical women. She accompanies herself on a variety of instruments including guitar, ukulele, and piano. Lydia has recorded five albums for adults and children. She invites you to sing along on "Lake Erie" and other favorites.
"Lydia combines warmth and magic to bring the long history of folk music home to your heart." --Peter Yarrow.

Photo: Robert Berkowitz

Barry Kornhauser is a composer, arranger, teacher and multi-instrumentalist (cello, guitar, bass guitar and mandola) in a wide variety of musical environments. He has performed on stages ranging from Merkin Hall and NJPAC to the Bronx Zoo and Hippo Playground; from Saint John the Divine and Trinity Church to Sing Sing Prison and Creedmoor. Barry was a founding member of Peoples' Voice Cafe and has performed there more than a few times.

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 8pm:

Dilson Hernandez
Dilson is a genre-merging artist from the Bronx. His talents include creative writing, playing various instruments, spoken-word poetry, singing, audio engineering, and beat making. Dilson wishes to change the world with his art and community work, striving for a more progressive and creative future. His adventures towards that end include music workshops in public schools, advocating in courtrooms for incarcerated youth, teaching English in Haiti, and building dorms for children in rural India.

Photo courtesy of Pioneer Valley Folklore Society

Ben Grosscup
Ben's powerful voice and energetic guitar style inspire action toward a freer society. His songs pull at your heart and provoke laughter and critical conversation, making no apology for a biting critique of the social order. He sings at concerts, rallies, and picket lines, and works with peace and social justice organizers to raise political consciousness and help people sing together for a common purpose. Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben serves as Executive Director of People's Music Network (, a diverse community of singers, artists, activists and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at 8pm:

Photo by Robert Corwin

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 in New York City and as far away as the 15th century Black Swan Public House in York, England. Her repertoire includes everything from traditional folk ballads to country songs, songs of the sea, cowboy songs, songs about work and the labor movement, and love songs. She 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. Her voice is strong, rich, and expressive.

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. Gerry is writing, performing and recording music full time. His first YouTube Video, "Jacques: The Wall Street Tailor" won first prize on WNYC's Satire Slam and was featured at New York City's Blackout Film Festival.

"Jacques: The Wall Street Tailor"

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at 8pm:

The Ranzo Boys
Lafayette Matthews (he/him) and Jules Peiperl (they/them) have been singing together since 2013. They are dedicated to honoring the tradition of the songs they sing while making the folk community a more inclusive and welcoming space for all people. Their repertoire includes buzzy English harmonies, Appalachian ballads, sea chanteys, and any traditional song that can be remotely construed as queer. Join them for a crisp autumn night of folkly fun, with a special guest appearance by the legendary Heather Wood.

"Mariner's Hymn"

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at 8pm:

Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway: Deeper Than The Skin
Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of History, Richmond, VA, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are on a pilgrimage together - one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues. The musical and spiritual blooming of this history has become Deeper Than The Skin, the telling of their stories through words and music. It is a great American story, informative, inspiring, and uplifting all at once.
This concert is co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

"Hickory Hill"

This event will also be livestreamed on Facebook for $11.99.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at 8pm:

Joel Landy
Known for his energetic stage performances, witty parodies and insightful lyrics, Joel Landy is the host of Songs of Freedom Television, an award winning cable program celebrating the dignity of human struggle. Joel is a Peoples' Voice Cafe volunteer and fan favorite. A public school teacher during the day, Joel continues to get into good trouble organizing and appearing at rallies and demonstrations in addition to playing at coffeehouses and clubs. "He's a real live wire!" --Pete Seeger

"I Can't Help Falling In Love With Me"

Pat Wictor
Pat Wictor's convoluted path to roots music - passing through rock, heavy metal and jazz on a variety of instruments, and living abroad for much of his youth - has shaped his panoramic approach to the blues and gospel-influenced folk music he now writes and sings. His skills as harmonizer, improviser and accompanist have made him a sought-after collaborator and session musician. Pat's newest album is Counterpoise, a collaboration with jazz vocalist Deborah Latz. His most recent solo album is This Is Absolutely Real: Visions and Versions of Phil Ochs, which was nominated for Best Tribute Album by The Independent Music Awards.

Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 8pm:

Sol y Canto
Rosi and Brian Amador founded the pan-Latin ensemble Sol y Canto in 1994, and before that were co-founders of Flor de Caña. They perform songs from the Nueva Canción tradition, creative arrangements of beloved Latin classics, and Brian's originals, which are distinguished by poetic lyrics, diverse styles and surprising twists. The Amadors can make you dance, laugh, cry and sigh all in one concert.

Pamela Jean Agaloos
Pamela Jean is an active musician in the Irish/Scottish trad scene in New York City. Born to Filipino parents in a US Naval Base in Chicago, she has a background in musical theater in the Philippines, where she lived until 2011. She participates in folk sings like Exceedingly Good Song Night and the Sunnyside Singers Club, and is also a guest vocalist for the band New York Brogue. Although a frequent figure in the Manhattan trad scene, Pamela makes Iona Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn her session home, which has hosted and attracted top-notch talent from the city and around the world.

Tonight's concert is co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 8pm: In Person or Livestreamed

Mike & Aleksi Glick
In another lifetime, singer/songwriter/satirist Mike Glick swapped first LPs with Lucinda Williams, and had Pete Seeger call him "one of the best songwriters going." Aleksi Glick is a World Class jazz and blues guitarist and composer as well. His first solo jazz guitar album is due out soon. Mike's CD, Alternative Facts & Other White Lies, was high on the Folk DJ charts six months straight (June - November 2020.)

Pat Lamanna
Pat Lamanna is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Hyde Park, N.Y. Her 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 and the environment, and many personal topics as well. She has three solo albums, and is a 2019 winner of the South Florida Folk Festival songwriting contest.

"Keep Him Singing"

Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 8pm: In Person or Livestreamed

Suzanne Schmid
Jamaican-born singer-songwriter Suzanne Schmid was raised in Albany, NY, and educated in Chapel Hill, NC. While Suzanne Vega, Natalie Merchant, Paul Simon, Ani Difranco and Tracy Chapman formed the soundtrack of her teen and young adult years, her songwriting was also influenced by the North Carolina song-scape, especially old-time, bluegrass, and country music. Suzanne's solo release, The Field Hand (BMI, 2016), is a foray into folk, old-time, roots, reggae, and light rock. Together with Philadelphia indie-folk group Your Reckless Mind (Benjamin Le and Sam Leibowitz), Suzanne performs original songs, songs by favorite artists, and traditional songs learned along the way.

Tyler Darden Photography

Carrie & Michael Kline
Michael and Carrie Kline present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. They have spent years recording music and spoken narrative in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Appalachian coalfields and mountainside farms, along with industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England. The Klines' high mountain harmony vocals meld with their intertwining bass lines on two guitars, with Michael Kline's melodic flat-picking guitar playing and Carrie's dynamic backup. As folklorist-musicians they weave songs and stories, wrapped in a patchwork quilt of vivid imagery. Their oral history and musical podcast is Talking Across the Lines.

"Coal Tattoo"

Tonight's concert is co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 8pm:

In Person or Livestreamed!

Charlie King
Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as "One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time." Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for more than half a century and has been writing songs for over 40 years. In October of 2017 he received the annual Phil Ochs Award, in recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs. Other honors include: an "Indie" award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League's 1998 Peacemaker Award; the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award; and the 2014 Joe Hill Award. Charlie's songs have been recorded and sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. Charlie has recorded over twenty solo albums since 1976, as well as three albums with Bright Morning Star.

Rick Burkhardt
Rick Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning songwriter, composer, playwright, and performer whose original music and theater pieces have been performed in over 40 US cities, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Taiwan. As a songwriter and accordionist, he has shared stages with folk legends such as Utah Phillips, Holly Near, The Indigo Girls, Emma's Revolution, Moxy Früvous, and of course Charlie King. He is one-half of the satirical duo The Prince Myshkins, who have released two CDs of his original songs which have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition and Pacifica's Democracy Now! He also plays a 100-year-old robot accordionist in the Off-Broadway musical Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future.

Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 8pm:

In Person or Livestreamed!

Cleo Carol Knopf
Cleo Carol Knopf is a poet, singer, dancer, performance artist. She presents work under the name of her PoemDance Company, morphing from one medium of artistic expression to another, depending on what story needs to be told. Her themes are humanitarian and social justice harkening back to when she learned to sing from her sister, Ellen, who ran the Hey Brother Hey Sister Coffee House under the leadership of the late Rev. Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick. Cleo has an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, where she also studied and performed music.

Alice Farrell-Pearlman & Jay Pearlman
Alice and Jay met at a singing session in 2014. Their love of music brought them together and grew into marriage. They both come from a deep tradition of song. Alice Farrell-Pearlman has appeared Off Broadway, been a featured singer at traditional sessions around NYC, and has appeared twice at PVC. She studied with noted Irish song collector Frank Harte and spent much of the pandemic learning new songs from virtual singing sessions, including Dublin's An Goilín. Alice also hosts the Sunnyside Singers Online. Jay Pearlman grew up with folk (and other) music and frequents singing sessions in the NYC area. He's an occasional songwriter who tends to look for the lighter side. Tonight marks his professional debut.

Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 8pm: Kwanzaa Celebration!
In Person or Livestreamed!

Thelma Ruffin Thomas & Friends
Thelma Thomas, our own renowned and beloved storyteller, has gathered together storytellers of many ages to help us learn more about Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa, by listening to stories that will lift them up and lift us up as well. Thelma is the artistic director of Pearls of Wisdom, a touring ensemble of elder storytellers. She has brought her lively, spirited, authentic presentations to Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica, The Gambia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Kenya, and Cameroon, continuing the tradition of elder folk art stories.

Please note that Atiba Wilson had to cancel due to an emergency.

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