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The LYNNeS

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, January 18, 2019, 8:00 PM


Price: $18 regular, $15 members


May Memorial Unitarian Society
3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

The two witty songwriters play off each other live, often leaving the audience howling with laughter with their between-song banter. Lynn Miles has a slight edge in the humor department, not surprising given Lynne Hanson's burden of a lifetime of carrying the weight of a superfluous E. In addition to their beautiful harmonies, the two are skilled multi-instrumental musicians (acoustic and electric guitars, piano, harmonica, mandolin, percussion).

Miles is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters, with fourteen albums to her credit, the winner of four Canadian Folk Music awards (including 2011 English Songwriter of the Year), and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year. Her song "Black Flowers" appeared on Claire Lynch's Grammy-nominated album "North By South."

Hanson has been playing her brand of "porch music with a little red dirt" for the past 10 years, has released 6 albums, won the Colleen Peterson Award for songwriting, and been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award.


Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, February 1, 2019, 8:00 PM


Price: $18 regular, $15 members


May Memorial Unitarian Society
3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

Kieran Kane has been referred to as "the godfather of Americana music" for good reason. His seminal work in The O'Kanes and Kane Welch Kaplin laid the foundation for the contemporary world of Americana music. A successful solo artist, collaborator, and songwriter (with songs recorded by Alan Jackson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and many more), Kieran is a musician's musician: his playing is always understated, always groove-oriented, and always serving the song.

If Rayna Gellert seems a preternaturally gifted songwriter, it's because she's seen farther into the old songs than most. Growing up in a musical family, she turned to Appalachian old-time music at a young age, becoming a prodigious fiddler and leading a new revival of American string band music through her work with the acclaimed roots band Uncle Earl. An in-demand collaborator, she has toured and recorded with artists such as Scott Miller, Abigail Washburn, and Robyn Hitchcock.

Kieran and Rayna first met, fittingly, at San Francisco's celebrated Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which led to their co-writing songs for Kieran's recent album, Unguarded Moments. They joined forces again for Rayna's 2017 release, Workin's Too Hard, which they also co-produced. Fans of either artist will recognize the musical kindred-spiritedness in their restrained and roots-oriented approach to both songs and arrangements.


Mike Powell

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:00 PM


Price: $15 regular, $12 members


May Memorial Unitarian Society
3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

The stage is where Powell thrives. He's completed two nationwide tours and generally plays upwards of 150 shows a year where he not only delivers stories in song but also engages the audience with the narrative behind the writing of the music.

His songs are relatable and connect with the audience whether it's in an intimate listening room, over craft beer in a brewery tap room or speaking to larger audiences on a festival stage. Shows are less about Powell playing to an audience and feel more like he is playing with them.

His powerful silky voice is oozing with blue-eyed soul. He somehow blends folk with soul and country to create a sound that is as unique as his personality.


Laura Love

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, March 1, 2019, 8:00 PM


Price: $18 regular, $15 members


May Memorial Unitarian Society
3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

After taking nearly a decade off the festival/touring circuit, Laura Love is again returning to the stage to continue where she left off. She felt "compelled to get back on the road, reach out to other human beings, spread kindness and try to heal", from what she has described as a "savage couple of years." To that end, she exploded back onto the festival scene in 2017, taking the Kate Wolf, Strawberry, Valhalla and Philadelphia Folk Music Festivals by storm.

With these powerful performances, she and her stellar guitarist, Terry Hunt, showcased a whole new batch of songs that left audiences leaping to their feet, mid-set and some concert-goers telling her "she was even better than she'd been years ago." She has expanded her story-rich, socially conscious repertoire to include Field Hollers, Civil Rights era songs, and Gospel music into her deep catalog of original songs.

Media, fans and record labels have struggled to define this inimitable musician's colorful style, which embraces bits of the blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, gospel, reggae, and country. However, Laura Love has sometimes called her music "FolkFunk," "Afro-Celtic," or "Hip-Alachian."

Regardless of how she is described, Laura has an indisputable and uncanny knack for enthralling audiences from all walks of life, from octogenarians who line up to hear straight-ahead bluegrass to the pierced-and-tattooed set to their middle-aged parents.

A rare recording artist who is authentic and deeply rooted, Love exhibits timeless and diverse appeal. Droves of fans throughout North America, Australia, and Europe apparently agree. Her CDs have repeatedly made Billboard's annual Top 10 lists.


Joe Crookston

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, March 15, 2019, 8:00 PM


Price: $18 regular, $15 members


May Memorial Unitarian Society
3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

Joe Crookston has long been a Folkus favorite. Based in Ithaca, Crookston is a multi-instrumentalist, and his mastery of guitar, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and accordion fuses both contemporary and traditional elements.

Crookston is an honest and authentic folk singer and songwriter. His songs have a way of cutting through the outside noise and right to the core of a person's soul and conscious.

If you come to a show, you'll ride along mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through personal stories along the way – stories of amber eyes, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Grandmother Moons, Galway heather, meter maids, and silver crowns. His story songs are universal, masterful and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us.

Crookston's music is deeply rooted in the grand celebration of life, death, ancestry, and the interconnectedness of us all. You'll be pulled in by the musical world he creates, and you'll end up in the moment, humming and buzzing with the rest of the crowd.


Matt Nakoa

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:00 PM


Price: $15 regular, members free


All Saints Church
1340 Lancaster Ave., Syracuse

Please note: This Saturday concert is being held at All Saints Church, not May Memorial.

Nakoa is an internationally touring singer/songwriter. He grew up on a small farm in Smyrna, NY, and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Nakoa won a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spaulding, among others. After college, Nakoa toured with his band, The Fens, and eventually landed in New York City's vibrant piano bar scene. Matt quickly became a star performer at Manhattan's Brandy's Piano Bar, with lines outside the door each Saturday night.

As if illustrating two sides of himself, Nakoa's first solo album, Light In The Dark (2012), is a sweeping eclectic pop opus. In contrast, A Dozen Other Loves (2014), explores a simple acoustic palette. This intimate collection has earned many songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival's prestigious New Folk Competition. In 2015, Nakoa was dubbed "Most Wanted Artist" at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Additionally, Matt's piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured by Disney. Matt continues to tour internationally, has performed at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush.


Ryanhood

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:00 PM


Price: $15 regular, $12 members


May Memorial Unitarian Society
3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

Hood's rich and folky lead vocals, Green's explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them "a match made in radio heaven." Ryanhood has collectively performed more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states, where their cross-generational sound has been equally at home in colleges, coffee-houses, concert halls, churches, and living rooms.

And now, 12 years after their street start, Ryanhood's star is still on the rise as they were named "Best Group/Duo" at the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, 2017 Falcon Ridge Festival Emerging Artist, and 2018 Falcon Ridge Festival "Most Wanted".

They have since relocated back to their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including "Best Folk Band" and "Best Rock Band" (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).


Eliza Gilkyson

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, May 3, 2019, 8:00 PM


Price: $20 regular, $17 members


May Memorial Unitarian Society
3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father. Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by such notables as Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush, and Rosanne Cash.

Gilkyson's music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is "poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy."

The Grammy-nominated songwriter has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, XM Radio, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dan Fogelberg, as well as with the Woody Guthrie review, Ribbon of Highway-Endless Skyway, alongside the Guthrie Family, Jimmy Lafave, Slaid Cleaves, and special guests Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson.

She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside such legends as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle's various music awards, as well as Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year.

Her CD Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Eliza's meditative "Requiem," written as a prayer for those who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, was recorded by the nationally recognized choral group Conspirare, whose version was nominated for a Grammy and won the prestigious Edison Award in Europe. The song has become a standard in choir repertory the world over.

Two of her songs appeared on Joan Baez's Grammy-nominated CD, Day After Tomorrow. In addition to touring in support of her previous release, Roses at the End of Time, in 2011 and 2012 Eliza and label-mates John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky performed as "Folk Super Trio" Red Horse, a side project whose CD stayed for months at the top of the Folk Music Charts.

Eliza was invited to contribute a track on the 2014 Jackson Browne tribute, Looking Into You, along with Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Sara Watkins, Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin and others. She received her second GRAMMY folk nomination in 2015 for her album The Nocturne Diaries. In early 2018, Joan Baez covered Eliza's song "The Great Correction" on her covers album Whistle Down the Wind. Eliza's 20th album, Secularia, was released this past summer.


Durham County Poets

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, May 17, 2019, 8:00 PM


Price: $18 regular, $15 members


May Memorial Unitarian Society
3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

They are five seasoned musicians, all of whom are songwriters, working together individually and collaboratively in composing their music. Delving into a variety of styles and genres, their musical influences include a broad range of artists. From The Band to Dire Straits, Leon Redbone to James Taylor and Neil Young, they have managed to put it all together to create their own musical style.

Fronted by Kevin Harvey, a self proclaimed blues crooner on lead vocals, The Durham County Poets also feature David Whyte (electric and acoustic guitars and vocals), Neil Elsmore (acoustic guitar and vocals), Carl Rufh (double bass and vocals) and Rob Couture, formerly of The Echo Hunters (drums and percussion).

The obvious joie de vivre expressed while performing together is reflected in the good-time feel that the band creates, which has been captivating their audiences consistently since their inception 6 years ago. Popular at music festivals and venues across eastern Canada, the band is branching more and more into the U.S. market.


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