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Amy grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh listening to AM and FM radio, and moved to New York City in 1976 to attend Parsons School Of Design. She saw all the bands at CBGB, followed the Pop Group and Raincoats to London, and stumbled into lower Manhattan club Tier 3 with a group of friends, forming no wave band Stare Kits with Angela Jaeger (Pigbag). She began writing songs, singing harmony and playing guitar in country band Last Roundup with her brother Michael McMahon, putting out one album on Rounder in 1987. Her next band the Shams, post-modern girl group beloved by Richard Hell and Robert Quine, released one album (produced by Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye) on indie label Matador in 1991 and an EP in 1993. The Shams toured the US, opening for both the Indigo Girls and Urge Overkill (possibly the only group on earth who can make that claim) and Amy began playing solo shows and sending out cassettes of an early version of Diary. She was signed to the Koch label and worked with producer/guitarist Elliot Easton of The Cars to complete what dean of rock writers Robert Christgau called 1996’s “concept album of the year”.
She’s been a panelist and performer at CMJ, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Lilith Fair, Rockrgrl, Folk Alliance and Southern Festival Of Books conferences, and has had her portrait drawn for the New Yorker. She was also a staff songwriter for Welk Music in Nashville and has had songs covered by They Might Be Giants, Ronnie Spector, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Laura Cantrell and used in film and TV.
“Her whimsical, often autobiographical songs are masterful. Funny and enticing, she is up there with the likes of Paul Simon and Randy Newman.”— New York Times
“Rigby combines formidable aural craftsmanship with blunt, self-deprecating honesty.”— Village Voice
Saturday January 5th
“One of the most captivating songwriters around today” by Relix Magazine.
John Platt of WFUV radio said, "Patrick has such a melodic gift and crystal clear voice...a singer-songwriter of the first rank".
"Haunting and beautiful...the songs are a cut above most… very well thought out and put together”~Steve Lemcke - Burlington Free Press
"Deliciously rootsy … as meaningful as it is melodic.”~ Bob Makin - The Courier News
"This man can really sing! The songs are carefully crafted and range from pop/folk anthems to a number of masterful love ballads."~Robert Resnik - Seven Days Vermont
Vermont singer/songwriter, Patrick Fitzsimmons is a 2011 and 2012 Solarfest national songwriting contest finalist and a three time Ploughshares national songwriting contest finalist.
Patrick has shared the stage with some of the acoustic music scene's biggest names including Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, Roger McGuinn, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert.
Fitzsimmons is a founding member of From Good Homes, a roots rock band signed to RCA Records in the mid to late 90's . He began his solo career in 2001 and continues to tour throughout the northeast building a large and loyal following with his soulful, captivating performances.
Saturday February 2nd
Greg Klyma is one of our favorite performers! His performances, so captivating and entertaining that you can be laughing and crying all by the second verse!
Greg Klyma puts his heart, soul, and right foot into every song. A versatile performer who's just as comfortable laying down the rock 'n' roll & honky tonk country as he is in the role of folk troubadour, tellin' songs and singin' stories.
Klyma, a multi-instrumentalist and accomplished guitarist can channel his heroes Woody Guthrie and Tom Petty, telling stories about his songs and displaying a sly sense of humor. Klyma wrote his first song at age 18 and booked his first gig at 22. He had a rock band called Stone Church in the mid-’90s, evidence of which comes at shows when he straps on an electric guitar.
Klyma is now based in the Boston area. When he’s not on the road, he presides over an ever-changing group of players for Americana Sundays at the Thunder Road club in Somerville.
“Greg Klyma is a home-cooked meal and a vaudeville show in a fast food karaoke world. He is beyond definitions of style and arbiters of cool. He is precisely who he is, no additives or fillers.”~CJ Watson
“The stories blend seamlessly into songs, evoking a flavor of Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie, and David Sedaris.”~Sarah Craig,Caffè Lena
Saturday March 2nd
We welcome back Ana Egge to The Ripton Community Coffee House!
When Ana Egge got bit by the music bug as a teenager, she took matters into her own hands, building her own guitar, and moving to Austin, TX to observe, absorb and take musical risks. The striking depth and unusual maturity of her singing, playing, and songwriting got her noticed, and she recorded her first album, River Under the Road (1997) with the legendary western swing band, Asleep At The Wheel. The Austin Music Awards named her “Best Singer/Songwriter” and “Best Folk Artist.” Over the ensuing years and 8 subsequent CDs, Ana has made good on that promising debut. She has worked with producers Martin Terefe, Jason Mercer, Joel Plaskett, Steve Earle, and Stewart Lerman, and recorded full albums with The Stray Birds and The Sentimentals. Now, in 2018, she has released White Tiger, her tenth album, a new batch of Egge originals of such singularly articulate and affecting honesty and sensitivity, as to once again deserve USA Today’s accolade, “[Ana] can write and sing rings around” her contemporaries.
Shawn Colvin says ‘Ana Egge has the rare gift of being so eloquent and simple, she takes your breath away,” and Lucinda Williams exorts us to”listen to her lyrics. Ana is the folk Nina Simone,” you know this is an artist with fire in her belly, sensitivity, compassion and ability.