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28th Season line up
The Pine Hill Project: Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky
Saturday, September 19th
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
A folk music "Super Duo"
What's better than having Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell scheduled to perform during Six String Concerts' 28th season? Having both of them appear together, in the form of a veritable folk super duo, The Pine Hill Project.

As solo artists, Kaplansky and Shindell have been making critically acclaimed albums since the early 1990s, and each has contributed harmonies to every one of those albums. But with the exception of 1998's one-off Cry Cry Cry album with Dar Williams, the two songwriters have never made an album together - that is, until now. And it's been worth the wait.

As The Pine Hill Project, the duo has released Tomorrow You're Going, an evocative, sometimes rollicking, deeply moving collection of songs from writers as diverse as Greg Brown, Nick Lowe, U2, and even Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton.

Shindell: "...the voice of a master." -- The Los Angeles Daily News!

Kaplansky: "the troubadour laureate of modern city folk." -- The Boston Globe

Official Websites: www.ThePineHillProject.com
Richard Shindell: www.richardshindell.com
Lucy Kaplansky: www.lucykaplansky.com

Song Samples: Wichita
David Wilcoxwith Caroline Cotter
Friday, October 23rd
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$24 advance | $27 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A trailblazer with pop and modern folk aesthetics.
David Wilcox's lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.

Considered a "songwriter's songwriter", his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

"brilliantly articulate guitar, an honestly pretty baritone, and deft lyrics" - BostonGlobe

Official Website: www.davidwilcox.com
Song Samples: Ocean Soul
With a captivating soprano voice and award-winning songwriting, Caroline Cotter is recognized as a rising star.

The Portland-based artist won the 2012 Maine Songwriters Association Songwriting Contest, her debut album reached #5 on the Folk DJ charts in February, 2015, and her song "Bella Blue was the second most played song of that month.

Dreaming As I Do, Caroline Cotter's first national release is both playful and profound. This collection of songs features a worldly yet personal breadth that belies this artist's still young years. Having lived, worked, and traveled all over the world, Cotter's music bears the marks of a storyteller with a unique set of tales to tell.

"Evocative, eclectic northern New England Americana." - New York Music Daily

Official Website: www.carolinecotter.com
Song Samples: My Evergreen
Diana Joneswith Mike Vial
Friday, November 13th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Authentic Appalachian tradition.
Diana Jones is an award-winning singer-songwriter based in New York and Nashville.

She grew up in the Northeast with no art or music in her home, the adopted daughter of a chemical engineer. During her childhood and adolescence, she felt an almost mystical, seemingly inexplicable attraction to rural Southern music, but it wasn't until her late twenties, when she located her birth family in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee, that her deep affinity for traditional folk and Appalachian music began to make sense.

Jones has earned high critical praise, including Best Emerging Artist at the Folk Alliance Awards, and her albums have been was named to lists of Top Americana Records by UNCUT Magazine, Top Overlooked Records by No Depression, and Top Country Records by BBC Scotland.

"A superlative storyteller, Diana explores themes that are as ancient as the hills yet at once as young as yesterday, both with the freshness of tomorrow." - FolkWords

Official Website: www.dianajonesmusic.com
Song Samples: Pretty Girl
Mike Vial sings about searching for true love, taking chances, and facing life's transitions.

These themes mirror the songwriter's last four years. He left his teaching position to pursue music full time, got married, celebrated the birth of their first baby (a girl!), and took on a songwriting challenge to write 30 songs in a year.

Vial discovered his love for music as a kid when he found a guitar at a family member's house and gave it a strum; since then, he has never seemed to put a guitar down. His vocal style is comparable to James Taylor and Ari Hest, but his guitar playing stands out with its own voice, mixing elements of jazz, folk, and rock.

"A songwriting talent!" ~Joe Gagnon, radio host for WJR and WAAM

Official Website: www.mikevial.com
Song Samples: Burning Bright
Rebecca Frazierwith Ken Yates
Friday, December 4th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A musical triple threat: strong lyrics, vocals, and pickin'
For bluegrass artist Rebecca Frazier, the guitar has always been a means of transporting her, whether to a different state of mind, to a campfire bluegrass circle, or onto the stage of one of the hundred-plus festivals at which she has performed.

During an eight-year stay in Colorado, Rebecca co-founded Hit & Run Bluegrass, an award-winning, Boulder-based outfit, which made history by becoming the first band to win both prestigious band competitions at Rockygrass (2002) and Telluride Bluegrass Festival (2003).

By 2007, Rebecca had married and relocated to Nashville, where Hit & Run took advantage of a more centralized touring base. Months later, her husband John was offered a position in the John Cowan Band. "I knew I couldn't make the leap into motherhood while I was practically living on the interstate and at festivals." A baby boy was born and Hit & Run continued to tour, albeit not full-time. Rebecca continued her studio work and she used her spare time to write.

"Rebecca Frazier is a triple threat. She is a wonderfully engaging singer, a compelling songwriter and an accomplished guitarist to boot." - Alison Brown

Official Website: www.RebeccaFrazier.com
Song Samples: When We Fall
Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music.

It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, "The Backseat EP", and received the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer. Mayer even posted a full page blog about Yates' ability as a writer stating, "Ken Yates wrote a song called "I Don't Wanna Fall In Love"… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today".

Yates' EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has toured with many notable names including veteran singer/songwriter and mentor, Livingston Taylor, Sister Hazel, Peter Katz, and Liz Longley and has songs in heavy rotation on Sirius XM's The Coffee House where he was nominated for The Coffee House Songwriter Discovery of the Year.

"Ken Yates' music is solid as stone and clear as mountain air." - Livingston Taylor

Official Website: www.kenyates.com
Song Samples: Once More to the Lake
Catie Curtiswith Chad Elliott
Friday, January 8th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
"A Folk-Rock Goddess" - The New Yorker
Catie Curtis is a veteran on the singer/songwriter folk scene, crisscrossing the US for 20 years and counting, with devoted fans following her every move.

In a career that boasts 13 CDs, Curtis has several stand-out moments. She has performed at the White House several times, at two Presidential Inaugural Balls, with Lilith Fair, and at Carnegie Hall. The winner of more than her share of Boston Music Awards, she also took the Grand Prize in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, out of 15,000 entries.

Her 13th album, Flying Dream, continues her songwriting signature of being deep and soulful, telling honest and universal truths of the experience of living. Flying Dream is a start-to-finish collaboration with Sugarland co-founder and modern folk songwriting luminary Kristen Hall.

"Any fool can write a love-gone wrong song; it takes a real genius to write a love-gone-right one. No urban songwriter does that better than Curtis." - BOSTON GLOBE - Scott Alarik

Official Website: www.catiecurtis.com
Song Samples: Troubled Mind
Chad Elliott combines soulful, well-crafted songs with laid-back storytelling and skillful fingerpicking to deliver a memorable experience.

Averaging close to 200 shows per year, Elliott has been on the road for more nearly 20 years performing a blend of Americana, roots and country music. Along the way, he has released 19 full-length albums and received accolades and awards.

His song, "Same, Old Way," which features Pieta Brown, was the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner and a 3rd place winner in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest for the Americana category. Two other songs, "Redemption Man," and "Illinois," won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival. More recently, Elliott was a Mountain Stage NewSong Regional Finalist in 2014 and Leaf Newsong Finalist in 2015.

"a timeless and genuine musical poet with supple-strong roots" - NoDepression.com

Official Website: www.chadelliott.net
Song Samples: Same Old Way
John Gorkawith Sarah Peacock
Friday, January 22nd
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$24 advance | $27 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Sophisticated intelligence, provocative originality and endearing humor.
New Jersey native John Gorka, famed for his rich, expressive, baritone is one of the leading lights of the new folk movement.

His deeply emotional lyrics and self-deprecating humor endeared him to audiences and won a loyal following that spread among his peers, who have covered his songs and collaborated on tour and in the recording studio.

In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John has released a collector's edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

On his most recent release, So Dark You See, Gorka returns to his roots with his most compelling and traditional album to date.

"The pre-eminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk movement" - Rolling Stone

Official Website: www.JohnGorka.com
Song Samples:Ignorance and Privilege
Sarah Peacock is a country-rock powerhouse. Her performance style is reminiscent of Ann Wilson and Sheryl Crow.

First impressions of the Nashville country-rock singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist center around her distinctive, powerful "smoky" voice, as it was aptly described by renowned music journalist, Craig Havighurst, following a performance at the famed Music City Roots show.

Peacock delivers intensity and passion while her memorable melodies soar over heartfelt lyrics. And any diehard Peacock fan will tell you she is just as infectious off the stage as she is on it.

In addition to her standout performance style, she has received high accolades for her songwriting. Her song "Hurricane" a tribute song to Hurricane Sandy victims, won best song in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards and she performed the song on the CBS Morning Show in New York City. "Beautiful" was a winner in the 2014 Unsigned Only Competition. Peacock was also named The Listening Room Network's Artist Of The Year.

"a vocal powerhouse who plays with conviction" - San Antonio Current

Official Website: www.sarahpeacockmusic.com
Song Samples: Hurricane
The Steel Wheels with Honey Dewdrops
Friday, February 12th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$24 advance | $27 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
The best of new Americana with a reinvigoration of traditional music.
Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels is a band that marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound.

Trent Wagler's one-of-a-kind weathered tenor is joined by bell-clear four-part harmonies. Add Eric Brubaker's lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel's grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp's signature mandolin style, and it's no surprise that The Steel Wheels have burst onto the Americana scene, becoming festival favorites and selling out venues across the country.

Wagler's voice has been compared to Darrell Scott and John Fogerty and is often accentuated by the group's delicate four-part gospel-esque harmonies. "Imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers and the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show, then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers," says John Walker from Americana Roots.

"The Steel Wheels break down some bluegrass stereotypes, bringing youth and thoughtfulness to a vibrant American art form." - Rich Warren, Folkstage WFMT

Official Website: http://www.thesteelwheels.com
Song Samples:Promised Land
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling roadway, and a lot of songs.

With tight harmonies and an musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation.

Their 2012 release Silver Lining was a Top Ten record on national Folk and Americana stations. After a year and a half of living on the road, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore, MD, home and it's where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, released in May, 2015. The set of songs is raw and engaging, with characters and images from kindred people and places. And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down.

Official Website: www.thehoneydewdrops.com
Song Samples: Lowlands
David Myleswith Young Novelists
Friday, March 4th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
One of Canada's most highly regarded singer-songwriters.
David Myles' unabashed joy at being on stage is infectious. His enthusiasm, along with his ability to entertain audiences with his humorous anecdotes, wins him fans instantly.

Hailing from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Myles has taken the Canadian music scene by storm.

Like his trademark suit, Myles' music is timeless. Regardless of quickly passing trends and fads, it will persevere. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, his only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting, and his exceptional ability to entertain. His surprising and intricate songwriting has garnered him wins in the International Songwriting Contest, song placements in film and television, and a place on CBC's Great Canadian Song Quest.

"One of Atlantic Canada's most highly regarded singer-songwriters." - The Guardian (PEI)

Official Website: www.davidmyles.com
Song Samples: Run Away"
Through their rich but rustic sound, Toronto roots-rock outfit The Young Novelists deliver a dose of honesty in audible form.

What first began as a stack of songs that frontman Graydon James had amassed behind the drum kit in various bands during his university years eventually became a collection of recordings performed by the six-piece band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. But over time, as James' wife Laura Spink became integral to the creative process and the band began performing and touring as a duo, the more succinct banner of The Young Novelists was born.

Now, with their second CD, made us strangers, the band showcases a significant sonic progression. Ripe with raw but elegant instrumentation and stacked multi-layered harmonies, their pure take on folk-tinged rock translates equally well from the stereo or stage.

"Like the Decemberists but rockier and less quirky, like Americana but quirkier and rockier, a talented Toronto outfit." ~ rock nyc

Official Website: http://www.theyoungnovelists.com
Song Samples: Waste of Time
Tracy Grammerwith Angela Easterling
Friday, April 15th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
One of folk music's most beloved artists.
Tracy Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic American folk" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer.

From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums featuring Carter's mytho-poetic Americana songcraft. In 2002, the duo toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's band members. Called "the new voice of modern folk music," the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while the duo was on tour. He was 49; Grammer, 34.

Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Carter's reclusive accompanist.

"Tracy Grammer has that elusive quality of being able to speak directly to another person's heart - instantly bypassing all of the usual infrastructure - the moment she starts singing. She's great." - Richard Shindell

Official Website: www.tracygrammer.com
Song Samples: Hard to Make It
"Angela Easterling is a shining star on the country / folk / alt music horizon." Those are the words of Roger McGuinn of The Byrds.

Recognized as a top-notch songwriter in roots music circles, Easterling was selected for an official Americana Convention Showcase and is also a three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a Telluride Troubadour, and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist.

Easterling has embraced Americana her heritage in a big way as a writer and an artist. Her debut album, Earning Her Wings, was chosen as Americana Pick of the Year by Smart Choice Music. Her second album, BlackTop Road, debuted on the Americana Top 40 chart, where it remained for seven weeks, and it was chosen as a top pick in both Oxford American and Country Weekly. One of its songs, "The Picture", was named the year's best political country song by the Boston Herald.

With her new album, Common Law Wife, Easterling clearly spells out the direction her life has taken in recent years, tackling subjects of settling down with longtime musical collaborator Brandon Turner, motherhood, and taking on other subjects ranging from murder to civil rights.

"tradition meets youthful exuberance." - Roger McGuinn

Official Website: www.angelaeasterling.com
Song Samples: Black Top Road
Special Family Show Featuring Tracy Grammer
Saturday, April 16th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Van Fleet Theater)
10:00am | Doors open at 9:30am
One of folk music's most beloved artists.

Official Website: www.tracygrammer.com
Song Samples: Hard to Make It
Peter Mulvey and John Elliott
Friday, May 13th
Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A pair of sharp-witted songwriters with captivating stage presence
Critical acclaim has been consistent and enthusiastic over the years for Peter Mulvey.

The Boston Globe sums it up, "His voice feels like fine old leather, and his guitar sounds like it's on steroids... a superb technician..."

Mulvey has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and prolific discography. He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style.

He began as a self-described "city kid" from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He played, wrote, and sang in bands while studying theatre at Marquette University. After graduating, he traveled to Ireland, where he learned the trade of busker on the streets of Dublin. Returning to the U.S. a few years later, he settled in Boston, building an audience through street and subway performing, while also immersing himself in the thriving musical community.

Mulvey has amassed a catalog of inventive albums with creative approach to lyrics and musicality.

"His voice feels like fine old leather, and his guitar sounds like it's on steroids... a superb technician..." - The Boston Globe

Official Website: www.petermulvey.com
Song Samples: What Else Is It
John Elliott writes gripping stream-of-consciousness songs that often take unexpected turns en route to delivering a powerful message. Chuck Schiele of The San Diego Troubadour wrote about Elliott's lyrics: "They get in, make their statement, kick you in the teeth, and get out before they start talking too much...And this lends to the urge of rolling any track to its beginning for another spin."

A native of Minnesota who now resides in California, Elliott began playing at various Hollywood venues in 2001 and had expanded throughout southern California by 2003, and later became a nationally touring artist. His music has been featured on hit TV shows including Grey's Anatomy and Californication, as well as in PASTE Magazine, on NPR and Neil Young's "Living With War" website.

Elliott first performed for us in 2012 along with friends, collaborators, and fellow emerging artists Anthony da Costa and Raina Rose. The trio was the subject of a documentary film called Folk, which details a year in the lives of up-and-coming performing songwriters.

"stylistic melancholy tone and charisma." - The San Diego Troubadour

Official Website: http://thehereafterishere.com
Song Samples: The American West