ANYTHING BUT GUITARS / DECENT EXPOSURE
PROGRAM for SATURDAY EVENING:
Anything But Guitars
We didn't have room for these, but please check them out!
Anything But Guitars
7:00 PT ... 8:00 MT ... 9:00 CT ... 10:00pm ET ... 11:00 AT
Erika Kulnys opens hearts with her powerful voice, songs and thirst for social justice. She won Music Nova Scotia’s Inspirational Recording of the Year and Rise Up, released at Copenhagen Pride, garnered awards and charted Top Ten on Folk/Roots Charts. Erika's won fellowships for music activism and is played on CBC, BBC, and NPR.
Veteran musician, educator and songwriter Paul Kaplan has been an enthusiastic participant in the folk music world since the late 1960s. Since then, his original songs have been covered by such folk music greats as Sally Rogers, David Massengill, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Nickelodeon stars Sharon, Lois and Bram, Claudia Schmidt, Priscilla Herdman, Len Chandler and countless others.
Paul has been honored with eleven ASCAP awards and has seen his songs included in many prestigious collections. Pete Seeger said of Paul: “I’m a big fan of Paul Kaplan. I love his singing; I love his songs.”
Two of a Kind
Body percussion, ukulele, electric bass
Two of a Kind is the husband-wife duo of David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans. Best known for their music for children and families, David & Jenny bring a similarly eclectic repertoire and engaging manner to “grown-up” audiences. Their harmonies blend seamlessly with David’s dynamic guitar work and Jenny’s varied use of percussion resulting in a compelling performance. Two of a Kind’s combination of original songs and well-chosen covers will touch your heart, tickle your funny bone, and give you hope in these difficult times.
Anything But Guitars
7:30 PT ... 8:30 MT ... 9:30 CT ... 10:30pm ET
Libby Hortop studied music at McGill University in Montreal. She released two piano-based albums of original music under the name Elizabeth Bruce: As We Sadden Each Other to Sleep in 2007, and The Silent I Know in 2013. In June 2021 she released Our Lady of Perpetual Hammer with the duo Libby & Cal. Libby regularly performs on autoharp, with support from Cal Tranner on 12-string guitar and vocal harmonies.
Tenor uke, mini-banjo, Uke-a-roni
Peter Lehndorff writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Some are humorous observations about everyday life, life in a small town and life in Massachusetts. In addition to his slice of life songs, Peter is now mixing the funny with the serious; the romantic with the eccentric.
• Finalist in the 2020 Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting competition
• Performer in the 2020 Philadelphia Folk Festival — virtual
• Selected for three Folk Next Door concert compilations at the University of Hartford CT.
• Car-related tunes on NPR’s “CarTalk.”
Electric piano, hand percussion, kazoo
NYC singer/songwriter Rachael Sage is a soulful vocalist & multi-instrumentalist who has earned a loyal international following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, & improvisational audience interaction. Winner of 6 Independent Music Awards & the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, she has toured with artists including Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, and Judy Collins – with whom she also recorded a critically-acclaimed duet of Neil Young's "Helpless". Paste dubbed her music "wildly expressive", and Stereo Embers described her as "the kind of performer you can't take your eyes off".
Anything But Guitars
8:00 PT ... 9:00 MT ... 10:00 CT ... 11:00pm ET
Violin and/or keyboard
Hailed as "madly original…playful, mischievous, and innocent all at once," Juilliard-trained violinist Diane Perry's music has moved audiences to tears. Her violin’s soaring tone, a voice rich with emotion, and shows that swing between hilarious and heartbreaking earned her FARM 2017 Official and NERFA 2018 Semi-Formal Showcases. She has recorded and performed shows with Tom Paxton, The DonJuans (Grammy-winning songwriters Don Henry & Jon Vezner), David Amram, Reggie Harris, The Trailer Park Troubadours, Scott Whitfield, the DMP Big Band, and Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks (another Grammy-winner)
Lisa Jeanette is a native Philadelphian and performing singer-songwriter who has recently released her second album, Jellyfish on the Moon which charted at #4 on the FAI Folk DJ Chart for March 2021 and whose single, Mrs. Claus, charted at #1 in December 2020.
Pre-Covid, Lisa performed at the Black Bear Festival, and local Philadelphia area festivals such as the Ladybug Fest, the Turks Head Fest, The Downingtown Arts Fest, the Wayne Porchfest, and the Chester County Restaurant Fest. Her music can be found on all the streaming services, such as Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon music.
Banjo, Ukulele, Harmonica
OrangeG is a dye used in molecular biology. OrangeG is also 1-person (he/they) DIY artist living in Pittsburgh PA, USA. His indie sound blurs boundaries between folk, rock, country and blues. Topics are often introspective as the artist seeks to process the complex world around them. Many themes stem from a day job in the sciences.
Anything But Guitars
8:30 PT ... 9:30 MT ... 10:30 CT ... 11:30pm ET
Ukulele, Upright Bass
As a multi-Instrumentalist, songwriter, and educator, based in Philadelphia, Davis-Shannon maintains a steady tour schedule with his own music as well as a sideman for various acts. He brings to the stage not just the pure joy of music, but a vast knowledge of the history behind the songs that he holds close to his heart. His intricate instrumental work and plaintive vocals are infused with soulfulness which cannot be faked, and a respect for his predecessors which is rarely equaled.
Imagine a grittier piano-playing Belle - full of curiosity, compassion, verve, wit, and intelligence, but also bearing battle scars from living unapologetically and with intention, Genevieve has a gift for true, deep connection. Her soulful voice, thoughtful lyrics, and catchy songs combine folk, pop, country, blues, and roots to create a timeless aesthetic that moves your soul and touches your heart. Also an accomplished author, educator, and wildlife photographer, she weaves her colorful life stories into her shows, creating a uniquely compelling experience.
Sam Edelston is one of the handful of performers actively working to bring mountain dulcimers into the spotlight for contemporary music. His YouTube videos of "Whole Lotta Love" and "I Wanna Be Sedated" went viral, and his video of "Sweet Caroline" is shown in the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Based in Connecticut, Sam has headlined festivals as far away as Louisiana, Minnesota, and virtual California. Sam also performs on guitar, banjo, and occasionally hammered dulcimer, and has written nearly 700 songs.
Anything But Guitars
9:00 PT ... 10:00 MT ... 11:00 CT ... 12:00mid ET
Dan & Faith
acoustic bass, banjo, dulcimer, harmonica, mandolin, ukulele
Dan and Faith are an award-winning, New England-based husband and wife singer-songwriter duo who describe their music as dream-inspired folk. Daniel Senie (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals) and Faith Senie (mandolin, bass guitar, dulcimer, ukulele, vocals) tap into dreams and everyday life in crafting their original songs. The duo has released five albums. The most recent three are available: Simple Grace (2014), Seeking (2016) and Then and Now (2020). Photo credit: Rik Palieri.
Jason Baker is a songwriter & performer from Burlington, Vermont. Jason started recording and performing in 2018, releasing his debut, “America Dreams”, followed by “Common Man Blues” in 2019, and "The Lighthouse" in 2020. His most recent release is "Liberty", a 4 song EP of original folk-roots songs with topical lyrics.
piano, loop pedal
Nico Padden is a one-woman folk-rock riot. Ben Folds said she has “a big voice, gorgeous voice,” and that her song Pirate Queen is “original and classic at the same time.” Of Pirate Queen, her new single, Glide magazine said she "displays her vocal range as she belts out the chorus with soulful affirmation." Full album is coming in 2022!
9:30 PT ... 10:30 MT ... 11:30 CT ... 12:30pm ET
Erin Ash Sullivan
Erin Ash Sullivan is a Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter whose deeply personal songs harness the power of story to build connection. After a long hiatus to focus on her family and her career as an educator, she recently returned to writing and performing. In May 2021, she released her first solo album, We Can Hear Each Other, which reached #10 on the Folk Alliance International Chart this summer, and her single, “Fireflies,” reached #8. This fall, she was named a finalist in the 2021 Rose Garden Performing Songwriter Competition.
Mike & Aleksi Glick: Generations
Urban duo w/soulful vocals/killer guitar. Mike's an award-winning singer/songwriter/satirist, trading 1st LPs w/Lucinda Williams. Pete Seeger: “one of the best songwriters going.” His Alternative Facts & Other White Lies was on Folk charts June-Nov. '20 w/guests David Amram, Si Kahn, Cole Quest. Aleksi, a world class blues/jazz guitarist plays w/guitarists like Peter Bernstein & Paul Bollenback. David Amram said “It was a special treat to be on (their) songs.. & play so fluently it's easy to be part of their band..” Intl Gtr Mag, (Mike’s) “wit & clever songs get audiences humor in2 the rafters..”
A singer songwriter with unique influences, Roberta Lamb draws on her classical vocal training, her love of blues and pop, and her appreciation for a timeless tune to entertain at a variety of venues. A native Texan, she’s based out of Rhode Island, and she can be found performing gigs at cafes, folk festivals, farmers markets and wherever artists share their voices in New England, New York and now, since Covid-19, in Israel, the UK and Germany, so far. Her music, including her album, Not Your Mama’s Blues, is streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Bandcamp.
10:00 PT ... 11:00 MT ... 12:00 CT ... 1:00pm ET ... 2:00 AT
Cambridge-based Rick Drost writes songs of depth and heart—songs likened to impressionist paintings. He sings from a long background in folk, classical, and choral traditions.
Early songwriting inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; now a retired engineer he loves to play open mics, songwriting workshops and small live shows and festivals, from New England to the Southeast, Midwest and West Coast.
His 2017 album “Turning the World”, which a European reviewer called “a true folk album with a universal style” still gets airplay on Folk Radio.
Nova Scotian funeral director-turned-songwriter Terra Spencer is a late bloomer, discovering a knack for crafting detailed portraits of other people's lives and her own with '70s wood-paneled warmth and wit. Since her 2018 solo debut, she has quickly won over audiences on festival mainstages and in blanket forts with her onstage ease, lyrical agility, and butterscotch voice. With a fresh nomination for CFMA Contemporary Singer of the Year, Terra is at work on her third album and set to tour across Canada with producer Ben Caplan in spring 2022. "The real deal" - Ron Sexsmith.
Tina Ross, an emerging NY Singer/Songwriter, is a fresh, timeless wind blowing from the 60s with an original contemporary vibe and flow. Her songs are artful and authentic with deep themes and images.
Tina’s songs have been recognized as a Folk/Country Category Finalist: UK Songwriting, Honorable Mention: John Lennon Songwriting and noted as a Top Five Finalist: International Blues & Roots Radio.
9:30 PT ... 11:30 MT ... 12:30 CT ... 1:30pm ET
The Vibe: An Intertwine of Old-Time Tunes & Twangin’ Folkin’ Rock!
New 2022 CD: John Cawood was murdered in a mountain feud in 1889. Cheryl takes listeners on a trip through a rustic era, back to her homeplace via “Bullet in the Cabin Wall”. Her ancestors Eastern Kentucky settlement was named “Cawood” for the first white child born in indigenous Cherokee land. Cawood’s roots are as deep as music’s heart and as long and as a cast iron skillet is strong. This gal has let her hillbilly hair down on this upcoming release!
2019 CD: “Love, ~Pearl” a peek into roots, rivers, and lost love.
"Most of my songs start with a question" says award-winning Maine-based singer songwriter Doug Kolmar, " about the nature of the world , why people do what they do...If the question rolls around in my head long enough, and it starts to connect with other ideas, it grows, like a snowball...and may become a song… or a snowman!" Doug is currently finishing work on a fourth solo record and is hoping to share these new songs with new audiences across the Northeast.
Joe Matzzie is an award-winning songwriter and accomplished guitarist and singer. He was a finalist in the 2021 International Acoustic Music Awards for the song Home. Music Connection Magazine described his voice as “a signature, high register rasp that conveys the ever-present feeling of love in his lyrics”. Although his genre as a recording artist falls within Americana Folk, his authentic charm has been likened more than once to that of Jazz legend Cab Calloway. His fourth full length album Baby Steps was released in September 2021. Joe currently lives in Pittsburgh PA.
We didn't have enough stage time for them, but please check them out anyway!
Jessica Smucker is the kind of performer who can lull a noisy room into a hush with a single line. Wrapped in catchy melodies, her lyrics appear simple and relatable on the surface, but each listen will uncover more hidden pockets of nuance. Across a 14-year career she has released 3 full-length albums, 2 EPs, and a handful of singles; toured nationwide; and won or placed in national songwriting contests like SolarFest's Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition, the Connecticut Folk Festival Song Competition, and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. She is also a published poet and essayist.
John Stano is an award winning musician from Wisconsin who performs Folk and Blues on acoustic guitar with rack harmonica. In 2020 John’s song ‘This Old Guitar’ from his album “Digging Out in the Heartland” was the #2 out of 100 top played new single on a compiled Folk DJ Playlist for two months and was a Great American Song Contest finalist. His songs were featured on NPR’s ‘Car Talk.’ “His vocal resemblance to John Prine may be a plus for some but Stano’s songwriting voice is his own, apt for the songwriter’s task of chronicling the local while relating it to the Universal.” Shepherd Express
Nina de Vitry
Prepare to be captivated by the storytelling of a folk-inspired songwriter, yet the soul and allure of a voice rooted in jazz. Nina de Vitry is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Weaving influences ranging from Norah Jones and Aoife O'Donovan to Lake Street Dive, she manages to create a sound that is both soulful and refreshingly unique. She has won international acclaim as a two-time jazz category finalist in the 2017 and 2018 John Lennon International Songwriting contests. Keep your ears open for this emerging artist at NERFA 2021!
A motley collection of reformed band geeks, Noble Dust creates dynamic, lyrically-driven progressive folk pop, blending ethereal vocal harmonies with intricate horn and string melodies. The group received a grant from Club Passim's Iguana Music Fund to complete their first full length album, And The Tide Rises released in April of 2018. They have since shared stages big and small (a sold-out Club Passim, City Winery Boston MainStage, The Grey Eagle) with Christopher Paul Stelling, Adam Ezra Group, and Session Americana.