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Slaid CleavesA very special season-opening concert . . .

Slaid Cleaves
This keenly observant songwriter, spinning working class stories from the heart, makes a rare CNY appearance to open our fall 2014 season.

Friday, September 12, 2014
8 p.m. / $20
Member price: $17 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Link to Facebook Event

artist's website

YouTube clip
Rust Belt Fields


One Good Year

Still Fighting the War
YouTube clip
Black T-shirt
YouTube clipCry


Texas Love Song

Slaid Cleaves is one of America’s most accomplished and cherished singer/songwriters — a songwriter that Stephen King (yes, that Stephen King) describes like this: “I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. . . . Go to one of Slaid’s shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: Not all the good guys wear hats.”

Cleaves is also one of the most important songwriters never to have played in Syracuse as part of the Folkus Project — until now.

“He phrases like a grifter trying to croon his low-down past away…and writes like he knows he never will.” — Roy Kasten, River Front Times, St. Louis

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2013-14 season . . . another great year of folk and acoustic music.

Here are a few highlights of the end of the season . . . courtesy of Larry Hoyt.


Tony Trischka  

• Photos of Tony Trischka concert

• YouTube of Rani Arbo concert

Rani Arbo on YouTube
YouTube: See recent Rani Arbo appearance at Folkus
  Alison & Zoe


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Songwriter WoodshedA meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page. Next Meeting: Aug. 6


Later This Season

The Acoustic Guitar Project Concert
Acoustic Guitar Project artistsA unique celebration of original music in Central New York — and around the globe.

Friday, September 26, 2014
8 p.m. / $10

Member price: $8 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Link to Facebook Event

project website

“One guitar. One week. One song.” That’s the tagline of the Acoustic Guitar Project, an international songwriting project that originated in New York City and has spread around the world. In each city, a guitar circulates from songwriter to songwriter, and each person has one week to write a song on that guitar and capture it on a handheld recorder.

Projects launched this year in 35 cities, from Buenos Aires to Boston, Minneapolis to Moscow — and, this summer, Syracuse. Syracuse-area songwriters who are taking part include Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Colin Aberdeen, Tim Burns, John Cadley, Dana “Short Order” Cooke, Ashley Cox, Gary Frenay, Colleen Kattau, Arty Lenin, and Wendy Ramsay. On September 26, all ten will gather for a special Folkus Project concert in which they will play their Acoustic Guitar Project songs on the project guitar, handmade in Maryland by Minor Bird Instruments and signed by all the artists.

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Sparky TownLinda Sparky Mortimer
Thanks Sparky Town
. . . great supporters of Folkus

The good folks at Sparky Town restaurant provide meals for visiting artists and lots of other little favors to Folkus. We love Sparky Town! (Their website.)

 


Ways to Help

Volunteer for Folkus. Help staff a show. Help manage Folkus. For info, e-mail volunteer@folkus.org

  Bring Baked Goods to a Show!
The snack counter at Folkus shows features a mixture of store-bought and homemade goodies, but of course everyone prefers the homemade stuff! If you're a baker, next time you come to a show, bring a plate of cookies, brownies or such. Thanks.
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Past Shows on Facebook
Photos, videos, and recordings of some recent Folkus shows have been posted by Larry Hoyt:

Mike PowellMike Powell / Feb. 21 . . . Video at YouTube . . . Photos on Facebook MP3 recording of Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand, 3/8/14, at the Westcott Center: "Til the End of the World Rolls 'Round" More photos on Facebook:

 


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The Venues
May Memorial UU Society
First and third Friday of the month
All shows at 8 pm (doors open at 7:15)
3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse / website / how to get there

Westcott Community Center
Second Saturday of the month
All shows at 8 pm
Corner of Euclid Ave. and Westcott St., a half-mile east of SU / website / how to get there


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Elsewhere in the Region

Clarke McAllister, Diamond Someday, Canvas Moon, Dave Robertson, Colleen Kattau, Dusty Pascal, Ted Shepard & Paul Adams Shepard, The Trio (Charley Orlando), and many others • Sa 7/19 • Kellish Farms • website


Friends of Folkus

Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble. Bill's bluegrass radio show (and associated events) date back almost as far as Bill Monroe himself! / website

CNY Bluegrass Association. Folk music's mountain-bred second cousin / website

"Common Threads." Folk music on the radio. / website

Guitar League. Talk and workshops about your ax. Meeting monthly / website

Irish Sessions. A great, ongoing jam of Celtic and old-timey types. Every Sunday / website

Kellish Farms. This Pompey Center farm has been converted into a music center, featuring concerts and jams of folk, bluegrass, and country types / website / Syracuse.com blog article

Oswego Music HallOswego Music Hall. One of upstate New York's most venerable music venues, in a beautiful location to boot! / website

Syracuse Community Choir. Songs of peace and social justice / website

Syracuse Country Dancers. Contra dances and the like / website


Join the CNY Friends of Folk listserv. For info: website