Friday, August 16, 2013

2013-2014 Roots Cellar Concerts Series

For Immediate Release                  
Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Coordinator
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
(412) 361-1915,  
(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society is proud to announce its 2013-14 Roots Cellar Concerts Series, featuring the best in acoustic music, from legends of American music to up-and-coming artists who are making a mark on the genre.

Held in the acoustically-sound subterranean room at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Roots Cellar presents a unique and intimate atmosphere for an up-close experience with the best folk musicians the world has to offer.

The club-like environment allows for high-top or low-top tables situated around the room, or take a seat in one of the couches placed throughout. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).

Tickets can be purchased on our website at, or by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915.

All concerts are held at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Shadyside)


September 19, 2013—Tim Farrell
Singer songwriter who has mastered the intricacies and melodic grace of fingerstyle guitar.

October 3, 2013—Christopher Mark Jones
A soulful country and blues-inflected Americana artist who plays across the globe.

October 10, 2013—The Honey Dewdrops
The Virginia-based roots duet of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish who blend new Americana and traditional folk music.

November 1 & 8—Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD Release
2-Part EventPSC will release their newest annual collection of songs by local songwriters from the Pittsburgh Area in a two-part event with different artists performing each night.

December 12—Christine Lavin & Uncle Bonsai: Just One Angel
The Anti-Holiday Concert putsthe spotlight on fresh, new holiday-themed songs along with audience favorites from their repertoires.

January 30, 2014—John Gorka
World renowned contemporary folk musician with 11 critically acclaimed albums.

March 20, 2014—Hey Mavis
Timeless stories, traditional instruments, soulful energetic and edgy tapestry of love, life and laughter, a colorful weaving of Americana-style music and song.

March 27, 2014—The Kruger Brothers
Award winning trio of musically sophisticated and technically accomplished folk musicians.

April 3, 2014—Del Ray
Dynamic American blues, jazz and ragtime singer, guitarist and ukulele player.

May 2, 2014—Common Threads
A talented ensemble of singers, songwriters and musicians well known to the Pittsburgh folk music scene for three decades.

September 19, 2013—Tim Farrell                                    
With so many guitarists trying to make their mark these days, it’s not easy being a “trailblazer.” Yet, that perfectly defines Tim Farrell.  His fingerstyle playing and original compositions display an elegant simplicity that celebrates the purity of the acoustic guitar. Tim is a rare kind of musician, with the ability to both entertain an audience and inspire future generations of players.

 As a performer, composer and educator, Tim entertains audiences internationally. He maintains an active performing schedule, appearing in a variety of concert venues such as the Kimmel Center, Montreal Guitar Show, Carnegie Center, Hard Rock Live and many more. Tim performs as a solo artist and also has shared the stage with such notable artists as Les Paul, George Benson, Jean Luc Ponty, Rick Wakeman, Alex DeGrassi, Jake Shimabukuru, California Guitar Trio and many more. In addition to his solo performances Tim offers several different concert programs such as "StringSongs" that includes bass player extraordinaire Michael Manring and Grammy Award winner Pat Robinson on keyboards. Tim also offers live multimedia programs such as "America The Beautiful" and "Hearts Content."

October 3, 2013—Christopher Mark Jones             
Christopher Mark Jones’ long musical itinerary includes busking in Paris, the English folk club circuit, tours of Denmark and Holland, the Bristol and Rotterdam festivals, BBC and Capitol radio appearances in London, electric clubs in Boston and showcase clubs, house concerts and coffeehouses in Pittsburgh. His 1978 album for Transatlantic was No More Range to Roam, released in five countries and distributed in the U.S. by Rounder. After forays into rock, jazz and swing, and time off to raise two sons, 2010’s Heartland Variations marked a return to the soulful country and blues-inflected Americana narratives of the first recording. The dozen new songs of Suburban 2-Step were released in April, 2012 and have found favor with folk DJs nationally and internationally.

October 10, 2013—The Honey Dewdrops                    
The Honey Dewdrops are the Virginia-based roots duet of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. With a blend of new Americana and traditional folk music, they create inspired songs that are rooted in the experience and lives of people. Their sound is transcendent; they write all their own songs and yet no one could ever peg them as just another singer-songwriter couple, not when they’ve embedded a sparse Appalachian clarity on every track that is accessible to listeners everywhere. The songs they write shine with energy and emotion through intimate performances with a handful of acoustic instruments and tightly layered harmonies.

On stage, the Honey Dewdrops focus on dynamically blending the sounds of instruments and voices by singing and playing into a single microphone. There is a high lonesome quality to the way their voices blend that is familiar, yet the mixture is unique. Their music covers the ground between hand crafted folk songs, Appalachian fiddle tunes, and a cappella spirituals. In their own way, the duo fills up a room with sound and feeling that lingers long after the show is over.

November 1 & 8, 2013—Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD Release 2-part Event                                 
Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle is releasing its annual compilation album – a collection of songs written and performed by amateur and semi-pro songwriters from Pittsburgh and throughout Southwest Pennsylvania. The collection is a two-disc showcase of songs by local songwriters from middle school age through retirement, blue collar and white collar, men and women from throughout the region who share a love of writing songs.

Produced by Doug Wilkin of Wilkin Audio in Regent Square, the album series gives amateur and semi-pro songwriters an inexpensive, nurturing experience in a professional recording studio, and is intended to serve as a springboard to the songwriters’ independent recording. Since the project’s debut in 2005, the series has showcased the work of over 80 individual Pittsburgh amateur songwriters.

December 12, 2014—Christine Lavin & Uncle Bonsai’s Just One Angel:    
The Anti-Holiday Concert      
You don't want to miss what will very likely be this year’s only Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, New Year's concert as multi-award winning  Christine Lavin and folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai celebrate winter’s holidays with a grain of salt and a lot of laughter.  With the spotlight on fresh, new holiday songs along with audience favorites from their repertoires, Christine and Uncle Bonsai deliver a holiday concert of you’ll never hear in an elevator.

January 30, 2013—John Gorka                                               
John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of John’s greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

March 20, 2014—Hey Mavis                                             
"This crew could single handedly ignite a whole new folk music scare. Killer stuff." -Midwest Record

Hey Mavis is Laurie Michelle Caner (banjo/vocals/songwriting), Eddie Caner (fiddle/viola), Brent Kirby (guitar/vocals/kick drum/harmonica) and Bryan Thomas (upright bass/Chank-o-matic 6000).
REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers producer Don Dixon “discovered” Hey Mavis when they were featured on a 2009 Christmas compilation. Four months later, Dixon produced their debut CD, Red Wine. The CD immediately climbed the national Folk DJ-L radio charts, peaking at #5 for overall artist while the songs Red Light and Red Wine peaked at #5 and #9. The CD finished the year at #13in Folk Alley’s "Top CD's of 2010" alongside new releases by Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, and Bob Dylan.

March 27, 2014—Kruger Brothers                            
In an ever expanding body of work, Jens Kruger (banjo, vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass, vocals) personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition.

Although initially staying fairly close to a traditional repertoire, the Kruger Brothers later turned to song writing and composition in order to draw more closely from their personal experiences. The result is a catalog of songs and music distinguished by its rich detail and an insight into the delicacy and complexity of everyday life. The honesty of their writing has become a hallmark of the trio’s work. Another is the banjo playing and composition of Jens Kruger. Happy Traum has described Kruger as “one of the world’s most musically sophisticated and technically accomplished five-string banjo players.” Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, workshops, and collaborative efforts, the Kruger Brothers continue to provide a unique voice in the world of folk, Americana, and classical music.

April 3, 2014—Del Ray___________________________
Del Rey plays solo concerts worldwide and also presents a concert/lecture on women musicians called Women in American Music. She collaborates and tours frequently with Austin guitarist Steve James and with fiddler Suzy Thompson. Her latest solo album, Four and Six came out in April 2012. She has recorded five solo albums, Blue Uke (Hobemian 2008), When The Levee Breaks (Hobemian 2006), X-Rey Guitar (Hobemian 2000), Hot Sauce (Hobemian 1995) and Boogie Mysterioso (Hobemian 1993). In 2003 she released a collection of performances Del Rey: Live. Her guitar playing is influenced by country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie-all filtered through the sensibility of an autodidact trailer-park aesthete. Her live show is full of complex grooves and sly humor. "Virtuosic in just the right way, which is to say, in order to realize a musical idea. A very nice, unlikely blend of things, accessible, slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful. "(CD Baby review, "At The Ukeshack #1)

May 2, 2014--Common Threads___________  _
Common Threads is a talented ensemble of singers, songwriters and musicians well known to the Pittsburgh folk music scene for three decades. Known for their creative renditions of old, new and original folk music with signature harmonies and unique arrangements, CT breathes new life into the great American folk tradition. Initially formed in 1988, CT became an enduring 27 year partnership. Disbanded in 2006 following the death of dear friend and founding member D.C. Fitzgerald, the original members Bob Banerjee, Jan Boyd and Casey Deely have reunited with the exciting addition of Nathan Zoob, Dave Pellow, Bryan Rubican and special guest, Eric George.

Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs. As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope’s mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts. Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, J. Robert Izod Memorial Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of  Pittsburgh  Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.

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