Robin and Linda Williams
Friday • September 11 • 8 PM
Admission: $20 • KAC Members: $17
As live performers they are second to none. Their stirring concerts have earned them a huge body of fans over the years. But as gifted songwriters Robin and Linda have earned an even rarer honor, the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers. As The Washington Post put it, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness.” The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music, names like Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea and The Seldom Scene.
“Among contemporary country performers,, Robin and Linda Williams shine like a diamond amid rhinestones …” __ David W. Johnson, The Boston Globe
Linda is a native of Anniston, Alabama and Robin (the son of a Presbyterian minister) was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. They met and fell for each other in 1971 on a visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina while Linda was teaching school and Robin was a full-time musician on a national coffeehouse circuit. It wasn’t long before they discovered additional magic when they combined their voices in harmony.
For more info on Robin and Linda Williams check out their website
Friday • October 23rd • 8 PM
Admission: $18 • KAC Members: $15
Founded in 1981, two-time SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) winners Delaney Brothers Bluegrass is one of central NY’s oldest and best-loved bluegrass bands. However, their music is more than just bluegrass – it’s influenced by many other acoustic traditions such as country, folk, gospel, and celtic. From the smooth, warmvocals of lead singer John and tight family harmonies with his son Jonathan, to Nick’s smokin’ banjo (and fiddle!) playing, fans are treated to a musical experience that puts a smile on their faces and sets toes to tapping!
The band’s latest CD release entitled “Generations” reflects not only the passing of the musical torch from one generation to the next, but also the melding of the two found within the band itself. This is represented clearly in the project’s tracklist, which includes several songs written by their youngest member, banjo player Nick Piccininni, as well as traditional selections composed by bluegrass forefathers like the late Bill Monroe.
For more information on the Delaney Brothers, visit www.delaneybrothers.com.
Thursday • November 5th • 8 PM
Admission: $18 • KAC Members: $15
Whittled down, the name Patchy Sanders becomes a mythical muse, an unknown source of inspiration and beauty. Based out of Ashland OR, they are 6: Danielle (banjo…) and Jacqui Aubert (vocal), Dan Sherrill (guitar…), Sara Wilbur (violin…), Ian Van Ornum (mandolin…), and Eric Jones (bass). Working with ecclectic themes from dreams, fairy-tales, after-life, wild lands etc… Patchy crafts stream-of-conciousness story music with an emphasis on melody and lyrics. These aren’t songs as much as they are musical emotional experiences which conjure other worldly journeys. By and large their music fits as well in an acoustic art-house as it does in a farm house hootenanny hoe-down or main-stage at a pop festival.
Touring behind their debut record & The Wild Peach Forest Patchy’s momentum has been building during their extensive NW concert season in 2014. Notable festival appearances include, Kate Wolf Music Festival, Oregon Country Fair, The Britt, Beloved, Northwest String Summit, CA Worldfest… They’ve also played historic venues in the Bay Area like the Great American Music Hall and The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.
Seeking to broaden modern folk’s traditionalist approach, Patchy has new material in the works for 2015. Fresh original music bending towards avant-folk, with folk-orchestral arrangements blending diverse genres and musical styles. This is contemporary, independent, eclectic, eccentric, folk music which critics have been, with effort, trying to categorize. Like many things which remain hard to classify, Patchy Sanders’ music comes from their mythical muse, their unknown source of inspiration, and from here it will continue to flourish
“Great musicianship, harmonies, and feel. A really warm vibe that makes wherever you are standing feel like the center of a Gypsy Caravan.”
“Timeless. I could hear this band in the 16th, 18th, and 21st Centuries.”
~Sedge Thomson (West Coast Live, Host)
Friday • May 15th • 8 PM
Admission: $18 • KAC Members: $15
“There is truly a mystical quality to their playing. They create a lyrical sound that is at once unique as well as seamless.” – Lori Lander Murphy, Irish Philadelphia
RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound.
“Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else.” – Travis Rogers, Jr., Music Life and Times
Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, and the Guy Mendilow Band.
RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie Estes White of Kentucky on the fiddle. The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, Chessboxer) on fiddle, Matt Mancuso (Cathie Ryan Band) on fiddle, and Isaac Alderson (The Yanks, Comas) on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles.
RUNA was recently recognized on an international level in the Irish Music Awards for 2013, winning Top Group (US, IRE, EU, UK) and Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, Concert, and a nomination for Best Female Vocalist (2013, 2012), and in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards, winning both the fan ballot and judges’ votes for Best Song in the World Traditional Category for “Amhrán Mhuighinse” (Somewhere Along the Road). The band, also, appeared as the featured Cover Artist in the October Issue of the Irish Music Magazine this year!
Jim Allford of PA Music Scene writes, “The band is going to be reckoned with and I really feel they are Grammy bound within time.”
RUNA recently released their fourth album, “Current Affairs” – hailed by The Celtic Crier as “an incredible masterpiece”.
“For contemporary Celtic music at its very best – do yourself a favor and check out RUNA.. brilliant!”– Gene Shay, co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival; WXPN-FM