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Bob FrankeBob Franke
A songwriter's songwriter. One of the very best craftsmen of original song, and one with very deep Folkus roots.

Friday, October 10, 2014
(note special second Friday date)
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (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

I always think of Bob Franke as if Emerson and Thoreau had picked up acoustic guitar and gotten into songwriting - Tom Paxton

Bob Franke is at the peak of his considerable craft, brimming with the wise and spiritually generous songs for which he is best known. His are the kind of songs that really do have the power to change the world by being taken into the lives of people. Franke often deals with political and personal themes, touching hearts with his emotionally driven, yet understated songs. He also excels at inspirational tunes that carry a strong message without being preachy. The deep compassion and humility of Franke's songwriting makes him a moving performer.

Many of Franke's songs, such as "Hard Love" and "Beggars to God," are considered classics, fueled by his deep faith and the life lessons learned from his 30-odd years of playing everywhere from concert halls to street corners in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England. Acclaimed by his peers as a "songwriter's songwriter," Franke has written songs that have been recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary as well as David Wilcox, John McCutcheon, Sally Rogers, Lui Collins, Garnet Rogers, and June Tabor. Perhaps more important, they've been sung in song circles, at weddings, at funerals, and around campfires all over the world. Seasoned veterans and novices alike are drawn to the complex, warm-hearted spirituality and captivatingly clear-cut melodies of Franke's songs.

Bob Franke writes the kind of songs that will still be sung a hundred years from now - Christine Lavin

Franke began his career as a singer-songwriter in 1965 while a student at the University of Michigan. He was one of the first to perform at the now famous Ark Coffeehouse in Ann Arbor. After graduating in 1969 with a degree in English literature, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has made New England his home. Franke has recorded a number of albums with much well-deserved critical acclaim. Brief Histories was named one of the ten best albums of 1989 by Boston Globe critic Scott Alarik and was nominated as an Outstanding Folk Album by the 1990 Boston Music Awards. In This Night was named #1 Acoustic Recording of 1991 by WUMB-FM (Boston) and was nominated as Outstanding Folk Album by the 1992 Boston Music Awards. His The Heart of the Flower was named one of the Boston Globe's top ten folk albums of 1995 and Long Roads, Short Visits became one of WUMB-FM Boston's top ten recordings of 1997. The Desert Questions was released in 2001. His latest, The Other Evening in Chicago, was released in 2005. it is a double-length live CD with new and old songs spanning Bob's entire career. Among his live radio credits are A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, Our Front Porch, Sandy Bradley's Potluck, Folk Scene, West Coast Weekend, and Bound for Glory.

When he isn't writing or touring, Franke leads workshops in songwriting at music festivals and music camps. He was the artistic director of the Singer-Songwriter Project of 1999's Bethlehem Steel Festival. In August of 1990 Bob wrote a set of songs for a ballet of "The Velveteen Rabbit," commissioned by the ODC Dance Company of San Francisco. He has composed three cantatas and a number of hymns for the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead, Mass. He also wrote a harvest cantata for the Marblehead Eco-Farm in 1996.

"I believe that [Bob Franke’s] 'Hard Love' is one of the best songs written between 1980 and 2000. And that includes Dylan and Joni" — Rich Warren, host of WMT’s Midnight Special

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Westcott Center "Second Saturday" Series . . .

 
 

Westcott Sessions / Alison & Zoë
A talented and entertaining old-time string band ensemble, co-billed with the heavenly harmony of two Irish-born sisters.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
8 p.m. • $10

Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 476-8634

Westcott Community Center
826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

Sessions Facebook / Alison and Zoë Facebook

This special show at the Westcott Center combines two great Central New York Acts . . .

Members of the Syracuse Old-Time Sessions group share a love of Appalachian old-time string band music. They play fiddles, banjos, guitars, bass, dulcimers, and other instruments, mostly in informal groupings. But for this concert they take the stage for an entertaining showcase of their varied instrumental and vocal talents.

The music they play comes mostly from the repertoire of traditional Southern fiddle tunes, although some numbers are newly composed pieces, played in older styles. Among their many influences are artists such as Bruce Molsky, Dan and Reyna Gellert, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

The Syracuse Old-Time Session began when group leader, hammer dulcimer master Deb Justice, moved to Syracuse last year. Deb has played old-time music for many years and sought out other players in the Syracuse area. Veteran Central New York multi-instrumentalist and vocalist David Deacon rallied the forces, and fiddlers David Karam and David Roberts now join in the Sessions' weekly jams at the Beer Belly Deli on Westcott Street, Monday nights from 8 to 11 PM. This is the core of the Sessions group that will perform at the Westcott Community Center.

Alison and Zoë, two Irish-born sisters, are acoustic singer-songwriters who create enchanting harmonies and weave stories with their poetic original songs. Now residing in Central New York, they have shared their songs on trains and buses, in living rooms, around fires, by the water's edge, in the rain, in nooks and snugs, on stages, at song circles, and mostly anywhere else that you might meet them.

They recently showcased their onstage talents at a Folkus Concert at May Memorial in Syracuse and at the Auburn Public Theater, as well as performing live-in-the-studio on the Common Threads radio program on WAER-FM (88.3 Syracuse).

These talented and engaging performers are currently working on their first all original album entitled "Emerge".
They hope one day to travel the world, sharing their music and learning songs from different cultures.



  Barnes & Noble Thank You!
Our awareness-raising event (w/ a day-long concert) was a great success!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Acoustic Music Celebration and Bookfair at Barnes & Noble on September 6. Lots of people got their first glimpse of the Folkus Project and picked up schedules. Our day-long slate of local performers brought their gift of music. And many of you who already know Folkus came out to listen and say hello. We are also receiving a generous donation from Barnes & Noble for the increased business generated by you, our Folkus family. We'll put every dollar right back into our mission of bringing you the best of acoustic performers far and near.

Thanks also to all the performers. And thanks to Barnes & Noble.

At right: John and Cathy Cadley at the B&N event. For more photos by Larry Hoyt, visit this Facebook page.



Songwriter WoodshedA meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page. Next Meeting: Nov. 5


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Later This Season

Natalia ZukermanNatalia Zukerman
After she opened for Garnet Rogers last winter, this roots-oriented singer songwriter was an obvious choice for a headline appearance.

Friday, October 24, 2014
(note special fourth Friday date)
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (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

With diverse influences that include folk, jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, country, and even classical, Zuckerman has been described by public radio as “an example of the finest Americana.” She combines her unique slide guitar playing style with seductive vocals, a painter’s observing eye, unapologetic writing, and sharp wit. She'll be supporting her new album -- her seventh -- called "Come Thief, Come Fire."

No less than the New Yorker said, “Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.”

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Boxcar LiliesThe Boxcar Lilies
The darlings of last year's Falcon Ridge new-talent showcase make their Folkus debut.

Friday, November 7, 2014
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (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

The Boxcar Lilies have quickly made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music featuring spine-tingling, innovative harmonies and top-notch songwriting. Accompanying themselves on guitar, clawhammer banjo, ukulele, electric bass, and washboard, they have brought their uniquely warm sound and energetic stage presence to venues up and down the Eastern seaboard, including The Birchmere Music Hall, Club Passim, and Philadelphia's Tin Angel, and opening for legendary performers like Bill Staines and The Seldom Scene. In 2012, they were selected to perform an official showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference and in 2013 won the audience voting in the Emerging Artist Showcase.

Based in Western Massachusetts, The Boxcar Lilies are Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall, and Katie Clarke — three singer-songwriters that met through a local musicians’ cooperative and discovered a shared passion for three-part harmony. They joined forces and in 2011 released their debut CD Heartwood, recorded with producer Dave Chalfant (Erin McKeown, The Nields). In 2013 they released their second studio album Sugar Shack which they recorded with producer Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis). The album debuted on the Folk DJ Charts at #2 this May and it was highlighted by both CMJ.com and eMusic.com in their roundup of exciting new releases.

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At the Westcott Center . . .

  Upsouth

Upsouth
Old-time classic country and western swing, featuring Ithaca's Marie Burns & Mac Benford.

Saturday,November 8, 2014 • 8 p.m. • $15
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 476-8634

Westcott Community Center • 826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

 


Karen SavocaKaren Savoca & Pete Heitzman
Our favorite Munnsville-based funk-folkers return to the Folkus Project stage.

Friday, November 21, 2014
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (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

Musical partners for more than twenty years, Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman got their start here in Central New York, performing at many a local joint as Mind's Eye. Then, thanks to a breakout appearance at Falcon Ridge, Pete and Karen became stars of the folk world, and now travel hither and yon (from their home base in Munnsville), performing for appreciative audiences. Every couple years they come home to Folkus.

Karen and Pete mix soul, r&b, roots and world rhythms, with Karen pouring her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role. Pete, a Syracuse native, was playing in clubs at the age of fifteen, carving out a reputation as an ace guitarist capable of playing many styles, touring across the country with a variety of bands. They met one night while Karen was at Syracuse University and performing locally; they jammed the night away and Pete joined Karen's group the next day.

Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Heitzman "a true virtuoso of groove, with a sly touch that, combined with Savoca's in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful vocals, gives the duo the impact of a four-piece band." Said Greg Brown (with whom they have toured extensively): "If [Karen] were a Native American, her name would be Sings Like Two Birds." The duo have released eight CDs on their own Alcove Records label, the latest of which is "Promise," recorded in their 19th century church studio.

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Holiday Show
Christine Lavin & Don White
Two of the funniest performers in folk music reflect on the lighter side of the holidays.

Friday, December 12, 2014
(note special second Friday date)
8 p.m. / $20

Member price: $17 (see members link below)

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

Lavin website / White website / YouTube clip

Christine Lavin is simply an institution within the singer-songwriter scene. Her zany wit and goofy antics have made her one of the most popular performers on the contemporary folk scene for two decades or more. She now makes frequent appearances with Don White who, like Lavin, walks the line between folk music and comedy. Audiences for their joint shows find their hearts lifted — and their guts split with giggle, snorts, and guffaws.

“As you watch Christine and Don, you tend to feel like you're making a friend, rather than admiring some distant star,” Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe wrote.

For their Folkus appearance, Lavin and White will mix some of their regular material with selections and observations especially chosen for the impending holidays.

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At the Westcott Center . . .

  Ruddy Well

Ruddy Well Band
This up-and-coming contemporary acoustic string band — from Bluegrass to the Blues — is becoming one of the hottest folk/Americana acts in Central New York.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 • 8 p.m. • $10
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 476-8634

Westcott Community Center • 826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

 





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:

Rani Arbo on YouTube
YouTube: See recent Rani Arbo appearance at Folkus
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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 / 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

Danan Tsan • singing workshop • Westcott Community Center • We 10/1 • Community Choir website

Dave Gunning & James Keelaghan • Oswego Music Hall • Sa 10/11 • website

Russet Trio, Seaglass, Squash Family, Tony Hernandez • Phylla Mae Festival • First United Church, Fayetteville • Fr-Sa, 10/17-8 • Country Dancers 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 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


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