2021-2022 Concert Plans

The Folk Legacy Trio

Fall 2021

Folk Legacy

The Folk Legacy Trio sings the songs of the great Folk Era from the ‘50s through the mid-‘70s, including songs from The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, Peter Paul & Mary, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, and many others.

The Folk Legacy Trio are George Grove, formerly with the Kingston Trio for 41 years, Rick Dougherty, former member of the Limeliters and Kingston Trio for 25 years and Jerry Siggins, former lead singer of the legendary doo-wop group The Diamonds for 27 years.

Jerry sang with several bands before joining The Diamonds, the ground-breaking group that recorded Little Darlin’ and American Bandstand favorite The Stroll. Rick has written dozens of songs, arranged for vocal groups and even directed opera (only under duress, he says), and hit the international stages first as Glenn Yarbrough’s replacement in The Limeliters for fourteen years and later adding his ringing tenor voice to The Kingston Trio for twelve years. George went from being a background picker at The Grand Ole Opry almost directly into a forty-one year career as banjoist extraordinaire with The Kingston Trio.

Along the way, all three gentlemen shared stages with the best known names of the folk era: Peter Paul & Mary, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Barry MacGuire, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Mamas & The Papas, The Association, John Sebastian, The Limeliters, Glenn Yarbrough, The Kingston Trio, Pete Seeger…a list of musical icons, but also a list of people with whom they’ve performed, traveled, written songs and shared meals. These are the friends and memories The Folk Legacy Trio bring to life with the memorable music of the Great American Folksong Book.

Web Site: folklegacytrio.com

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Janoska Ensemble

Fall 2021

Janoska Ensemble

Musical passion – that nicely sums up the spirit of the “Janoska Style”, with which the Janoska Ensemble has shot to international fame in no time. At each performance the four artists dazzle their audience with their music and their vast reserves of creative energy.

True art knows no frontiers, and the music of the three brothers from Bratislava, Ondrej, František and Roman Janoska and their Konstanz-born brother-in-law Julius Darvas, proves that in remarkable fashion. Their musical creations happily harmonize or colorfully contrast their classical fach with the music of other genres – from jazz and Latin to pop music. The consequence is not a mix of styles, however, it is a creative synthesis: the Janoska Style.

Janoska Style is not static; it is a spontaneous phenomenon. Five creative forces shape its profile: the unmistakable handwriting of the arrangements and the talents of the four skilled musicians. There is no template, no set formula, for this special ability of the Janoska Ensemble to create imaginative music. Nothing is adapted; every note, every motif, is lovingly and playfully reinvented. Janoska Style is far more than just a “sound”, it is “music to be lived” – you have to listen to it and feel it live.

Great talent, abundant joy at shared music-making and unforgettable stage presence has given the Janoska Ensemble its unique signature. Their expertise, precision, timing and spontaneous invention rewards their audiences with a memorable evening which leaves them inspired, energized and with a smile on their lips.

Web Site: janoskaensemble.com

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America’s Sweethearts

Fall 2021

Americas Sweethearts

The amazing women of America’s Sweethearts sing the music of The Andrews Sisters. The ‘Sweets’ were founded by Carly Kincannon – an Indiana girl who came to New York City with big Broadway dreams. The moment Carly met the inspiring girls who eventually became the trio, she knew these remarkable singers were perfect for a revival of a classic musical genre.

Join us for a very special evening of musical harmony from the Big Band era with America’s Sweethearts – a fantastic quartet led by a harmonizing vocal trio plus piano. Come along on a musical adventure to the days of the Andrews Sisters, an era of beautiful harmonies and memorable swing music as the trio brings joy and human connections through music

To Quote Carly:
“The Andrews Sisters were such a huge hit, and not only because they were good looking, classy dames in the 1930s. Their music and their incredible, intricate harmonies were an inspiration in a time when there was much darkness. Our goal is to spread nostalgia, joy, and human connection through harmonies and music. I believe that this connection can span many decades, and our repertoire reflects that. The women in this group are remarkable human beings, who happen to be some of the greatest talent New York City has ever seen.”

Join us for a memorable evening to include numbers such as: Bei Mir Bist du Schoen, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, Tico Tico, Hold Tight – Hold Tight, Armed Forces Medley, Sentimental Journey, Get Happy, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Cry Me A River and many more!

Web Site: www.americas-sweethearts.com

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Will Martin

Spring 2022

Acclaimed recording artist and live entertainer Will Martin is a born and raised “Kiwi”, currently working all over the globe. He has achieved phenomenal success in his home country of New Zealand, as well as in Europe. When his debut album “A NEW WORLD” launched in The United Kingdom at Number 1, he became the youngest man in history to top the Classical Charts.

By no means a strictly classical singer, Will is renowned for his engaging performance style, alluring personality, and expressive voice across multiple musical genres. He is internationally sought after as an entertainer and vocalist, as well as producer for various creative projects.

He has performed classically with Philharmonic Orchestras as well as singing a true variety of popular music, from Josh Groban and Il Divo, to Les Miserables, to Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and Simon & Garfunkel. Among his favorite numbers are Cinema Paradiso, Everytime I Look At You, You Raise Me Up, Strangers In The Night, Nature Boy, Volare, Your Song, Fields Of Gold, Piano Man, Walking In Memphis and many more. His is a voice you must hear to believe with standing ovations across the globe and audiences everywhere falling in love with his funny storytelling and amazing personality

Web Site: http://www.willmartinofficial.com/home

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The Everly Set

Spring 2022

The Everly Set

In 1957, Phil and Don Everly teamed up with songwriters Felice and Boudleaux Bryant to supercharge the vocal sound of Rock’n’Roll with hits such as “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”, unleashing the sparkling vocal harmonies that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Eagles, Peter Paul & Mary, the Bee Gees and many more.

Today, two acclaimed NYC singer-songwriters with a mind-bending three-decade age difference combine millennial pluck with baby-boomer wisdom to present The Everly Set: Sean Altman & Jack Skuller Celebrate The Everly Brothers.

Altman (Rockapella founder, Carmen Sandiego theme song composer) and guitar-slinger Skuller (ex-Disney recording artist, Songwriters Hall Of Fame “Holly Prize”) met on stage at the famed NYC tribute series “The Loser’s Lounge” in 2010 when Jack had just celebrated his 14th birthday and Sean had just celebrated his shiny new AARP card. Their December-January musical bromance blossomed in 2017, when—as a lark—they learned a bunch of Everly Brothers songs for a one-off gig in Manhattan.  Sean & Jack effectively channeled Phil & Don, and the audience effectively channeled nostalgic hysteria. Within months The Everly Set had bought the first of ELEVEN sets of matching western shirts on EBay and hit the road.

The Everly Set’s vocals and keen wit will have you singing, laughing, and dancing in the  aisles! Sean  and Jack will take you back to 1957 when teens Phil and Don Everly revolutionized the vocal  sound of Rock’n’Roll with their unique sibling harmonies. Sean and Jack will revive the vibe of Don and Phil  Everly  with many of their charted hits from 1957 to 1988 and many great stories from the brothers successful careers.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEverlySet/

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Miss Myra and the Moonshiners

Spring 2022

Myra and the Moonshiners

Miss Myra and The Moonshiners are a formidable 5-piece swing band bringing a fresh female-driven perspective to traditional New Orleans and hot club jazz. They play a broad repertoire of classic tunes from the ‘20s and ‘30s as well as inspired originals. With powerful vocals, a smoking horn section, and sweet rhythm, they are guaranteed to lift spirits and fill the dance floor.

Miss Myra is a threat on every level. Her golden voice will bring you from rock bottom to ecstasy and back while her driving guitar rhythm holds the Moonshiners together. Her style of hard hitting swing guitar is reminiscent of Django Reinhardt. She also draws influence from legendary blues guitarists such as Leadbelly and Blind Boy Fuller. If you let her near a piano, you’ll hear virtuosity from ragtime to Lizst. In addition to her musical talent, she is known for lighting up the dance floor with traditional American jazz dances such as lindy hop, charleston and blues.

Nathan Berry – Brings an infectious enthusiasm to the stage, singing harmonies and leading the horn section with swinging cornet melodies and New Orleans tailgate trombone. He also performs regularly with the Afro-Cuban group Malamanya.

Sam Skavnak – A virtuosic devotee of traditional jazz, “Silky” Sam rounds out the Moonshiner’s horns with his ever tasty clarinet and baritone sax stylings.

Michael Carvale – Heavily influenced by traditional jazz and blues bassists, Michael has performed all over the world. He has toured with such artists as Gunhild Carling, CW Stoneking and Pokey LaFarge.

Beth Varela – Beth studied film scoring at Berklee School of Music and completes the band’s swinging rhythm section. She is a music educator specializing in percussion, piano and cello.

Web Site: www.missmyrasmoonshiners.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/missmyrasmoonshiners

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC5A1ZaSco46ioajR1XIeWEA

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