News and Events

Shows in Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois - it’s been a busy year.  More and more library shows, private shows and house concerts.  Contact me if you’re interested in hosting a house concert or would like a folk singer for your library or private event.

WDCB’s Folk Festival/Lilli Kuzma has published her Fabulous Faves of 2014, and I’m honored to have made the list more than once: Fabulous Fave Originals - #1 Tell Me Now (most requested song of 2014), Fabulous Fifteen Fave Albums - #6  Dancing Through the Storm, Fave Arrangements of Traditional Material - #5 Auld Lang Syne (with Joe Jencks), Fave Covers -  Wash My Eyes (written by Greg Brown).  Thanks to Lilli Kuzma and to the listening audience of WDCB


Two new holiday songs available for download from CD Baby.  Auld Lang Syne 
with guest artist Joe Jencks from Brother Sun, and an original rendition of Angels We Have Heard on High .  Click on the song names and they will take you straight to CD Baby for a listen.  Click HERE to watch a video of Auld Lang Syne.


CD Release party for "Dancing Through The Storm" was held on January 17, 2014 at the Two Way Street Coffeehouse in Downers Grove, IL, to a sold-out, SRO crowd!  Apologies to those folks who were turned away at the door.  I was honored to be joined by album producer John Abbey, fiddler Jordi Kleiner, and singers Sue FinkPatti Shaffner and Dave Hawkins.  What a great night we had!  Thanks to Dave Humphreys at Two Way Street and Chris Kuhn on sound.  Here's a video put up on YouTube by Marshall H! 

Honors and Podcast:  Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) 2012 Folk DJ Showcase: On October 11, 2012, I will be performing as part of the Folk DJ Showcase at the FARM conference.  Each year, Folk DJs from the Midwest region are asked to put forth one or two names of artists they would like others to hear and to know about.  Lilli Kuzma, of the Folk Festival on WDCB, has picked me to be her showcase artist.  I'm thrilled to be part of such a wonderful gathering of performers.  As her artist pick, she also invited me to the WDCB studio for a short interview, recorded by jazz musician/producer Bruce Oscar.  She will broadcast the interview on October 16, but the podcast is available for listening now, here.

Honors:  2010 Music2Life Songwriting Competition: 
 I am honored to announce that my song "Rosa Sat" was first runner-up in the 2010 Music2Life: Songs for Social Change contest. Music2Life is sponsored by the Public Domain Foundation, established by Noel Paul Stookey to work with musicians and non-for-profit organizations.  Nine judges (including a number of my life-long musical heroes) whittled down three-hundred and forty songs to ten.

To have my song reviewed by such an auspicious group of judges and come in second is just wonderful.  The judges included: Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Buffy St. Marie, Christine Lavin, Paul Winter, Kathy Matea, Baby Jay and Amy Carol Webb. Congratulations to all the finalists.  Each and every song was fantastic, as were the writers.  You can find out more about Music2Life and the Public Domain Foundation by clicking on their names.  Click HERE to watch the video of all 11 finalists.


Sister Singer's Network Festival:
  The Water mass chorus (225 voices!) performed 'Rosa Sat' at the closing of their Festival in Chicago on July 4.  I was thrilled to be able to attend and hear my song being done by such talented singers.  Amazing!

WDCB's Folk Festival
 with Lilli Kuzma has chosen Now It's Time and Rosa Sat as favorites for 2009!

The Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) has chosen me to appear in their official juried showcase on October 10, 2009.  More information can be found at the FARM Gathering website.

The 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting contest and the 2008 Independent Singer-Songwriter Association Song Contesthave both recognized my song "Child of Three Mothers" with honorable mentions.  Since these are my first ventures into songwriting contests, I'm very happy with the honors.

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The San Francisco Art Exchange has put up a photo exhibit inspired by "Rosa Sat".  To honor Black History Month, SFAE has gathered photos never before exhibited together of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.  If you are in the San Francisco area February 1 - March 20, 2010, be sure to check out the exhibit.  More information here.
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August, 2009 - Northeast Tour
I had the great opportunity to do a few shows in Vermont and Maine in August.  Wonderful venues, wonderful hosts, wonderful audiences!!  As you can tell, the trip was all around fantastic.  Vermont and Maine are beautiful.  A few pics:
 
  
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March, 2008 I was interviewed by Michael Teach from Chicago Acoustic Underground  I had a great time talking with Michael and playing music.  The interview was just put up on-line.  Click HERE to play the interview.  Or you can download the podcast through ITunes.  Michael is a great supporter of local musicians and he has put up 146 interviews to date.  He told me they get more than 100,000 downloads per month.  Great fun!  (August, 2008)
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CD Release Party was great fun!!  
Thanks to all those who joined me at Bill's Blues on Sunday night, August 31st.  We had over 40 people at Bill's and it was a great night of music, food, friends and family.  I was honored to be joined on stage by three musicians whose music I admire - John AbbeySteve Dawson, and Mark Dvorak.  I don't get to play with a 'back-up band' much, and these guys were the best around!!  Here are a few pictures from the show.  (August 31, 2008)
                
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Jim Malcolm's house concerts are always fabulous!  We squeeze about 40 folks into the house for what is always a wonderful evening.  He is a favorite every time he comes through town. Some pictures from one of the events are below.  Check out Jim's website at <http://www.jimmalcolm.com> (March, 2008)

                                                                            
Here are links to videos up on YouTube of some of Jim's past performances:
Glenlogie

A Man's a Man For All That
Blindness of My Youth

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