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Saturday October 5th

Kolonien

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This family band from Sweden makes irresistible rootsy pop heavily influenced by reggae. Their rich four-part vocal harmonies wrap around activist lyrics, backed by guitars, violin, trumpet and tribal percussion. The sound is playful, creative and clear as a bell. Since forming nearly a decade ago, Kolonien has toured the globe, picking up new sounds along the way. You can hear the influence of time spent in Tanzania, Cyprus, Israel/Palestine, the British Isles and all of Europe. They’ve been named Sweden’s “Best Young Folk Act” and “Best Upcoming Act of the Year.”The band grew up with the traditional music scene, deeply embedded in the family. As Kolonien they reinvent their roots with their rich Swedish harmonies, both instrumentally and vocally.

Their journey started in their teens, when they left their countryside home to travel around Sweden as protest singers in the Swedish Green movement. When they got invited to perform at a Zanzibar festival in Tanzania in 2010, things really started taking shape.
It was meant as a one-time gig, but the songs and the conversations of change fell in place unexpectedly well and they decided to start a band and write their own songs.
Kolonien have released two albums. Twice prized and awarded at the Swedish Folk and World Music Awards. Also twice nominated for one of their offspring projects Världens Band for which they’ve gathered thirteen musicians from six countries.

“THE MOST UPLIFTING PROTEST MUSIC I’VE EVER HEARD” – LIRA MUSIC MAGAZINE (SWE)

“Kolonien creates their own world on the folk music map. A generous world that is both playful and serious. They want their music to go beyond the usual stories.” – Jury Swedish Folk & World Music Awards

Saturday November 2

Moors & McCumber

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Moors and McCumber create that rare chemistry that happens when two gifted singer- songwriters and multi-instrumentalists perfectly complement each other’s strengths, a modern day version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places and listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, you name it. But when they met ten years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumental proficiency. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines puts it, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.”

Sat. December 7th

Mark Tolstrup & Friends

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Mark Tolstrup plays traditional and original songs that meld blues, folk, ragtime and jazz but sticks closest and most authentically to the sounds of the Mississippi Delta blues. His slide guitar and unaffected raw real vocal sound show him to be the genuine article. He has assembled a talented group of musical cohorts at the crossroads where Dixieland Jazz meets Delta Blues. At this performance he will be joined by Jill Burnham on vocal, Woody Strobeck on trombone, Frank Orsini on fiddle and Tony Markellis on bass.Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional jazz of New Orleans.

Mark and his band mate Jill Burnham were also recent winners of the Regional International Blues Challenge held at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY. They will travel to Memphis in January 2020 to compete in the upcoming Blues Challenge competition.

"An acoustic blues master with a genuine feel for the classic works of such blues legends as Robert Johnson, Son House and Leadbelly, Tolstrup slides and slashes up and down the neck of his National Steel guitar as effortlessly as if he was born with it in his hands.-Greg Haymes - Albany Times Union  

“....a rousing, heartfelt, virtuoso-level new album “Street Corner Holler” Michael Hochanadel - Schenectady Daily Gazette 

Coming up in 2020:

Sat. Jan 4th-Katie Trautz with Julia Wayne and Michael Roberts

Sat. Feb 1st Paul Asbel

Sat. March 7th Rosier (formally Les Poules à Colin)

Sat April 4th Scott Cook

Sat May 2nd- 25th Anniversary Party- details tba