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30th Season line up
An Evening with Dougie MacLean
Friday, September 22, 2017
Columbus School for Girls (Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater)
56 S Columbia Ave, Columbus, OH 43209
$30 advance | $33 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Legendary Scottish songwriter, storyteller, and composer
Dougie MacLean is a Scottish institution and always performs with energy and enthusiasm. A leader in the Scottish music scene, his song, Caledonia, has been called Scotland's "unofficial anthem."

MacLean credits the influence of traditional Scot music played by his equally talented family members for his unique blend of sounds both modern and historical. A performer with a gift for making something universal of his own experiences and of the sheer beauty of his native land, Dougie MacLean has been lauded by Time Out UK for songs that are "hauntingly evocative yet contemporary in feel."

""Scotland's greatest living songwriter" - Celtic World

Official Websites: www.dougiemaclean.com
Song Samples: This Love Will Carry (with RSNO)
Susan Wernerwith Kipyn Martin
Friday, October 06, 2017
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Sharp lyrics from the "Empress of the Unexpected"
Considered one of the most bold and creative forces on the acoustic music scene today, Werner's insightful lyrics and bold instrumentation are sure to please.

Werner is blessed with a wide-ranging talent that allows her to cross genres with ease, Werner has been influenced by an equally eclectic mix of artists - Judy Collins, Thelonious Monk, Keb' Mo' and Sting, among them. Werner's most recent album (Hayseed) is a tribute to her Iowa farm roots, which tackles topics ranging from pesticides to climate change.

"Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song." - The New Yorker

Official Website: www.Susanwerner.com
Song Samples: City Kids
Kipyn Martin is an Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple Gold Awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for "God Is Love" from her 2017 album release, Dance Across the Sky), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association's WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year.

Kipyn also tours in the duo show, Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell with duo partner Allison Shapira.

Official Website: www.Kipynmartin.com
Song Samples: Keep Your Lantern Lit
Steel Wheelswith Frances Luke Accord
Saturday, December 09, 2017
King Arts Complex
867 Mt. Vernon Avenue Columbus Ohio 43203

$25 advance | $28 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Event Parking
You may park at the following locations: King Arts Complex lots either directly across from theater entrance on Mt. Vernon Avenue or on the south side of the complex, Bethany Presbyterian Church at 206 N. Garfield Ave, AAAS Community Extension Center at 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. or surrounding streets.
Stunning harmonies and old time acoustic sounds from Blue Ridge Mountains.
Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels marry guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and bass with their Mennonite roots to create a sound that is the epitome of American folk music.

The Steel Wheels possess a catchy, old-time sound. In their songwriting, you'll find themes of discovery, perseverance, as well as ordinary moments, cleverly captured.

The name of the band connotes locomotives and the industrial revolution. Powered by close harmonies and exquisite musicianship, The Steel Wheels exude forward progress. They found early success, receiving seven nominations from The Independent Music Awards in 2010. With this acclaim they quickly began selling out shows and becoming festival favorites.

"Few groups have come as far in such a short period of time as The Steel Wheels..." - NPR's Mountain Stage

Official Website: www.thesteelwheels.com
Song Samples: We Got a Fire
Frances Luke Accord is a Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Frances Luke Accord claim inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock. A folk band who love harmony, their charming approach to low-key folk makes a perfect recipe for sitting on an open porch and sipping your morning coffee.

Frances Luke Accord formed during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, and have been embraced by audiences on NPR's Mountain Stage, in their national tour with Darlingside and in their support slot for Anais Mitchell. Their compositions take the listener by the ear, pull the rug from beneath her feet, and leave her deliciously airborne.

"... The definition of lean-in music." - Joni Deutsch, NPR's mountain stage

Official Website: www.franceslukeaccord.com
Song Samples: Over Your Roof
Richard Shindellwith Brian Dunne
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$25 advance | $28 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A compelling songwriter who gives voice to well-wrought characters
Since his first album, Sparrow's Point (1992), Shindell has developed a voice once described as "rich" and "reminiscent of REM's Michael Stipe," but also compared to James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot

Shindell's songs give voice to a myriad of fully-wrought characters. As one reviewer put it, "Richard Shindell often speaks for other people. Fictitious people, such as the jaded stockbroker of "Confession," or the emboldened refugee of "You Stay Here..."

He has received glowing reviews in prominent publications (the New York Times, the Boston Globe) and South of Delia landed on Folk Alley's Best of 2007 list. Shindell collaborates with some of today's best singer-songwriters, including Lucy Kaplansky, Dar Williams, and Eliza Gilkyson.

"Richard Shindell has emerged as one of the folk circuit's most quietly lucid songwriters, with a compassionate intelligence that gleams through his songs."

Official Website: www.richardshindell.com
Song Samples: Atlas Choking
Don't let his Brooklyn address fool you. Brian Dunne writes and sings songs in the folksy Americana tradition you'd expect from Nashville, Austin, or Hibbing, Minnesota. He describes his 2015 album, Songs from the Hive, as "a love letter to the music of The Band and Bob Dylan," and the devotion shows.

As one reviewer said Dunne's music is, "characterized by sharp lyrical prowess and country-influenced vocals, his roots winding through the sound and style of his songwriting and performing."

In addition to Dylan, he lists Sam Cooke, Tom Waits, and Bruce Springsteen among his early influences.

"A pure, expressive voice and a fondness for lonesome steel guitar" - CMT Edge

Official Website: www.briandunnemusic.net
Song Samples: I'm Gonna Die Down Here
Lucy Kaplansky
with Lucy Wainwright Roche
Friday, February 09, 2018
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$25 advance | $28 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Weaving family ties into enchanting songs
Lucy Kaplansky started out singing in Chicago bars, then - barely out of high school - took off for New York and its fertile community of singer/songwriters: Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, The Roches, and - most crucially to Lucy's career - Shawn Colvin.

People envisioned big things for Lucy & Shawn as a duo, but then Kaplansky dropped it all to pursue a doctorate in Psychology. Upon completing her degree, Dr. Kaplansky took a job at a New York hospital working with chronically mentally ill adults, and also started a private practice. Thankfully, she continued to sing.

And now - after numerous solo projects and stints in Cry Cry Cry and The Pine Hill Project with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell - Kaplansky brings her talents back to Columbus. In Lucy's case, clinical psychology's loss is definitely music's gain.

"...troubadour laureate of modern city folk." - TOM PAXTON

Official Website: www.lucykaplansky.com
Song Samples:This Morning I am Born Again
After leaving her job as a 3rd grade teacher, Lucy Wainwright Roche made what some might consider an almost inevitable decision - to enter the family business, the business of making music.

She hails from a long line of talented Roches, including her father, the witty and acerbic singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright, her mother, Suzzy Roche who is one third of the harmonious Roche sisters and her half-siblings (Rufus and Martha Wainwright). Roche deftly carries the mantle of the insightful singer-songwriter and comes by it honestly, despite her initial reluctance to resume her childhood life full of touring in vans and hanging out backstage.

"She possesses a voice as clear as rainwater; she writes insightful, introspective poetic lyrics, and spare, simple melodies that linger in the listener's mind long after the music has stopped." - San Diego Troubadour

Official Website: www.lucywainwrightroche.com/
Song Samples: Call Your Girlfriend
An Evening with Mary Gauthier
Friday, March 09, 2018
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Painfully personal songs that are a joy to listen to
Mary Gauthier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to a mother she never knew... adopted at age one, by 15, she had run away from home. She spent the next several years in drug rehabilitation, halfway houses, and living with friends; she spent her 18th birthday in a jail cell.

These experiences provided fodder for her songwriting later on. Spurred on by friends, she enrolled at Louisiana State University as a philosophy major, dropping out during her senior year. After attending the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, she opened a Cajun restaurant in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, Dixie Kitchen (also the title of her first album).

Mary ran, and cooked at, the restaurant for eleven years and didn't write her first song until she was 35.

"...Louisiana-raised Mary Gauthier has become one of Americana music's most admired artists-across the U.S. and in her regular tours around the world." - Wall Street Journal

Official Website: www.marygauthier.com
Song Samples:Mercy Now
An Evening with Cheryl Wheeler
Saturday, March 24, 2018
King Arts Complex
$25 advance | $28 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Event Parking
You may park at the following locations: King Arts Complex lots either directly across from theater entrance on Mt. Vernon Avenue or on the south side of the complex, Bethany Presbyterian Church at 206 N. Garfield Ave, AAAS Community Extension Center at 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. or surrounding streets.
A master storyteller with a wicked sense of humor
With Cheryl Wheeler the question is always "what will she say next"? One minute she's singing about her cat speaking in French, she then gives you "... a surprisingly entertaining song ..." featuring only the word "Potato", and then leaves you on the verge of tears with a relationship song.

Cheryl has been recording albums since 1984 but about half of the songs she performs in concert have never been recorded. She is a master storyteller in song with a wicked sense of humor. It's a cavalcade of entertainment all wrapped up in the person of one Cheryl Wheeler.

"Cheryl had me laughing from the gut -- almost to tears -- with her personal tales of family, friends, pets and other unspeakable subjects!"

Official Website: www.cherylwheeler.com
Song Samples: Feel Good Hotel
An Evening with Cheryl Wheeler
November 26, 2017 - Cancelled
We regret to inform you that Cheryl Wheeler is still ill and is unable to perform Sunday, November 26 at 7:00pm at the King Arts Complex. We deeply regret that the concert has been CANCELLED. We hope to reschedule this concert either later in the season or early next season.

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Please accept our sincere apology for this cancellation.



Official Website:www.cherylwheeler.com
Song Samples:Feel Good Hotel
John Gorka and Cliff Eberhardt
Friday, April 20, 2018
King Arts Complex
867 Mt. Vernon Avenue Columbus Ohio 43203

$25 advance | $28 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Event Parking
You may park at the following locations: King Arts Complex lots either directly across from theater entrance on Mt. Vernon Avenue or on the south side of the complex, Bethany Presbyterian Church at 206 N. Garfield Ave, AAAS Community Extension Center at 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. or surrounding streets.
A rootsy storyteller with songs full of mirth and meaning
John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who delivers rich, multifaceted songs, full of depth, beauty and emotion. Gorka covers a wide range of topics, from aging gracefully (People My Age) to the various ways to serve "scrapple" (a traditional mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and wheat flour, often buckwheat flour, and spices). John's banter between songs is comedic and legendary as he weaves the genesis of a song into the listener's ear. He will also share his family's recipe for pierogis if you ask him!

"Listening to John Gorka sing, one can get goosebumps all over. There are many reasons fresh lyrics, a stunning, emotional baritone voice, his twisted humor but to focus on one limits the experience." - New York Times

Official Website: www.johngorka.com
Song Samples: Blue Chalk
Cliff Eberhardt is a double-threat - a passionate, gutsy voice and guitar virtuoso. As one review points out, he is a "highly intelligent and articulate artist whose penetrating and profound lyrics are sometimes overshadowed by his extraordinary guitar playing."

Reared on folk music and with an early sound bent toward rock, in the vein of Springsteen, Eberhardt delivers spare, soulful songs full of complex emotions and sensitive storytelling.

"Eberhardt is as welcome as iced tea in August." - People

Official Website: www.cliffeberhardt.net
Song Samples: I Love Money
Joe Crookstonwith Rj Cowdery
Friday, May 18, 2018
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Digging for lyrical gold like a social archeologist
Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. He'll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He's digging for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious.

Whether he's picking his 1948 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny. As Joe himself puts it, "I'm learning to trust my voice as a songwriter. Be who I am. Trust the stories and follow no trends. More and more I find that when I tell my true story, it has wider breadth, deeper impact, and resonates more clearly."

"At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance stand out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Stunning performance, great songs, and not a word wasted! I LOVE that!" - David Francey, Songwriter Ontario

Official Website: www.joecrookston.com
Song Samples: Fall Down as the Rain
Rj confesses to being a late bloomer; while she's been writing songs for three decades, she only made the life-altering decision to focus on music full-time within the past few years. She's quickly made up for lost time, garnering songwriting awards at some of the most prestigious festivals in the U.S., including wins at the Mountain Stage NewSong, Kerrville New Folk, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Wildflower! Arts and Music and Sisters Folk Festival/Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest.

"Rj plays a clean guitar, flat picking or strumming and stringing chords together to build melodies built like a proverbial brick house and pours over it all with a voice like butter. Her lyrics are sincere and plainspoken, as one might expect from someone who grew up in small town Ohio." - Vancouver Island Music Festival

Official Website: www.rjcowdery.com
Song Samples: I'll keep trying