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Burns & KristyBurns and Kristy
Indie folky pop with a spiritual, whimsical attitude.

Friday, May 6, 2016
8 pm / $15
Member price: $12 (see link below)

May Memorial UU Society
3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse

"Fine songwriting, married to excellent singing and performing with thoughtful arrangements" - John Apice, No Depression music blog

Terry Burns and Ron Kristy met after many years as independent musicians and singer/songwriters in Nashville, Tenn. They were married in 2004, but it was not until 2011 that they made the decision to become a musical duo and produce a CD. Terry and Ron launched their debut CD in July 2012 to rave reviews. The single "Blue Paper Boat" from that CD was a Top 3 Finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards. They have made their home in Ithaca, NY and are currently recording a new CD. Their live show is one of a kind, with fine songwriting, deeply rich harmonies and great musicianship. As entertaining as it is moving, the show ranges from the deeply touching to the hilarious in a split second.

Terry Burns's music has been described as "fresh, contemporary, moving, melodic and fun". Her songs have been recorded by many artists, including David Kersh, Lari White, River Road, Alecia Elliott, Ruby Lovett, Pam Rose, Dawn Sears, Jason Sellers, The Burns Sisters, and many more. Her music has been featured on various TV shows, including "The Fosters", "Alecia", and "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?". While in her Early 20's, Terry recorded 2 CDs on Columbia records with her sisters, "The Burns Sisters". She has also recorded an independent CD of some of her favorite tunes that she has written.

Ron Kristy has been composing music for Film/TV for many years. You can hear Ron's music everyday around the globe on shows such as "20/20", "Good Morning America", "Inside the NFL”, and "Dancing With the Stars" to name just a few. He has composed award winning music scores for "Angel Stories", "Miracle Stories", and "Life after Life" on the Discovery Channel, and "Soul of the Senate - The Robert Byrd Story" on PBS, among many others. Ron is a former staff writer at Warner Chappell Music in New York.

They are joined by the multi-talented Janet Cotraccia on vocals and keyboard and Doug Robinson on guitar and vocals. Janet Cotraccia has been making beautiful music since she started singing solos in the fourth grade. She says that singing with the Burns and Kristy Band nourishes her soul. Doug Robinson is a guitarist, bass player, and singer. He has had a lengthy career as a performer and studio musician. In addition to being a key member of the Burns and Kristy Band, Doug has toured frequently in the US, Canada, and Europe with the Burns Sisters Band and others.

“Burns & Kristy's 'Caravan' is an amazing journey through some of the best songs I listened to this year…I didn't know 'em and I'm glad to have the chance to give coverage to their music.”- Remo Ricaldone, American Roots DJ, Italy


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Songwriter Woodshed
A meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page / e-mail list. Next Meeting: Wed., May 4

Beer Belly DeliThanks to the Beer Belly Deli

. . . for providing meals for our visiting performers. The Beer Belly is a fun little Brooklyn-style gastro-pub on Westcott Street (in the former Seven Rays location). They have great ambience, an eclectic menu, reasonable prices, and (last we heard) a Monday night old-time music jam. Please stop by, have some sweet-potato tots and eggplant "wings," and tell them you appreciate their helping Folkus. > website

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May Memorial UU Society
3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse

Susan WernerSusan Werner
Spend an evening with the “Empress of the Unexpected”

Friday, May 20, 2016
8 p.m. / $20
Member price: $17 (see link below)

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

Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” singer/songwriter Susan Werner has a reputation as an artist that is as changeable as the weather. Werner keeps her audiences guessing and laughing simultaneously, lending her wry humor and passionate voice to subjects such as farmer’s markets, climate change, and longing for a sense of place.The characters and perspectives are varied and colorful, the lyrics are sharp as thistles, the music is handmade and hoppin’. Werner continues her reign as one of the most bold and creative forces on the acoustic music scene today.

At age five, Werner made her debut, playing guitar and singing at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa; she learned both piano and guitar by ear. After earning a degree in voice from the University of Iowa, she attended Temple University in Philadelphia, performing in numerous recitals and operas while completing her graduate studies. On occasion, Werner, who calls Chicago home now, still closes any one of the 125 club dates she plays annually throughout the US and Canada with “Un Bel Di” from Madame Butterfly or “Habanera” from Carmen, but ultimately, she opted to forgo a career as an opera singer, dedicating herself to songwriting instead, building a reputation at jazz clubs, coffeehouses, and folk festivals along the Eastern Seaboard.

“When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon.” - No Depression

After launching her career with the self-released “Midwestern Saturday Night” in 1993, her second recording “Live at Tin Angel” impressed executives at Private Music/BMG, which released her critically acclaimed major label debut “Last of the Good Straight Girls” in 1995. She also received critical accolades for her subsequent recordings “Time Between Trains” (1998) and “New Non-Fiction” (2001). “Hayseed” (2015) is the fourth in a series of concept albums, beginning with “I Can’t Be New” (2004), which features original songs in the style of Cole Porter and George Gershwin, followed by “The Gospel Truth” (2007) and “Classics” (2009). “I like concept albums because they give the audience and the artist a place to meet, something in common to talk about, right from the word GO”, Werner says.

She has toured the nation with acts such as Richard Thompson, and Joan Armatrading, and was featured in a 1998 Peter, Paul, and Mary PBS special as one of the best of the next generation of folk songwriters.

“One of the most innovative songwriters working today.” - Chicago Tribune


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Double Bill
Golden Novak Duo and Kevin Barrigar
Spend an evening full of passion, attitude, and exceptional talent.

Golden NovakFriday, June 3, 2016
8 p.m. / $15
Member Appreciation Night:
This show free to Folkus members

Jess Novak and Brian Golden felt an instant connection when they first jammed together in July 2013. Within weeks of meeting, the two worked together on Novak's solo album, Bad Habit, and have continued their musical connection — one where passion and talent meet. The powerhouse duo brings blues, rock and singer/songwriter choice covers and soulful originals to life through guitar, percussion, violin and voice. As a duo, Golden and Novak perform their large catalogue of original music as well as covers spanning B.B. King to Bruce Springsteen to Amy Winehouse to TLC.

Golden has been playing guitar for 24 years and been in bands including Bad Weather Blues, The Pub Crawlers, Fools at Play, Master Thieves, The VooDoo Mystics and Lunar Stew. Novak has been playing violin since the age of seven and performed throughout the Northeast with bands including Master Thieves, Shining Star Band and Jess and The Beards. Her album, “Bad Habit” was nominated for a SAMMY Award and she has been nominated twice for Best Female Vocalist in the Best of Syracuse competition.

”I was immediately floored by the dynamic range of this duo. There have been many perfect pairs in the past, but the vocal combination of Jess Novak and Brian Golden can only be described as an ultimate unity of spirit in song..." - Xombiewoof

Kevin BarrigarKevin Barrigar brings exceptional guitar skills and a whole lot of attitude to his own unique arrangements. Born ninth in a musical family, Barrigar’s talent showed early - singing Elvis with his families band The Christophers. Kevin has shared the stage with the likes of Joe Whiting, fiddle great Hal Casey, world class guitar great Tommy Emmanuel, and 5 time grammy winner Lloyd Maines. Besides a solo act, Kevin performs with his brother Loren, a world class fingerpicker.

Barrigar released his debut CD in 2009 entitled Since I Got You. He was also the 2013 WOLF Radio Local Winner of the Texico Country Showdown.

About the CD: “The sweet voice and acoustic guitar from Barrigar carry this 11-song solo project to lofty places. Barrigar’s writing pen etches a vibe that’s emotional and reflective.” — Mark Bialczak/The Post-Standard,


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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 7:30)
3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse / how to get there
(Please do NOT call May with questions; see above.)

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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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 Post-Standard 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

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