The Cranberry Coffeehouse 2016-2017 Second Half of the Season
January 21, 2017 – John Kirk & Trish Miller with Ed Lowman - Lively fiddle tunes together with fancy footwork and folksongs are featured in a concert from Quickstep. Highlights of their program include John's fiddlin' and Trish's dynamic clog dancing, and Ed’s steady bass, guitar and vocals. Selections are traditional folksongs & fiddle tunes, originals, historical, sentimental & funny pieces. Some tunes are toe-tappin' barn-burners! Sing Out magazine said,"John Kirk is a fine player on all his instruments and he sings quite well. With such a widely varied repertoire, there's really something here for everyone. These folks are worth seeking out." The duet has the drive of an old-time stringband, the depth of moving ballads and show-stopping clog dances to boot! February 25, 2017 – Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen- Sally Rogers performs an evening of traditional, contemporary and original ballads and song, interwoven with stories taken from her life as a performer, wife, and mother. Throughout her concerts, she accompanies herself on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer, or performs without accompaniment in a voice that needs no further enhancement. Reviewers have described her voice in superlatives ranging from “remarkable” to "mesmerizing.” Much of the material performed by Sally includes compositions of her own; many are considered classics of the folk and popular genre. Howie Bursen is a world renowned banjo player and all around wonderful musician. His style is unique, creative, and nothing short of virtuosic. His background in folk music spans decades, is deep and expansive, and when combined with his warm, inviting performances makes for an evening that is an enjoyment on so many levels. The combination of these two wonderful musicians will make for a delightful evening of traditional and contemporary music. March 18, 2017 -Scott Ainslie - armed with a variety of instruments – vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South – Scott brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive. On stage, Scott explores the African and European roots of American music and culture. His easy, conversational way with audiences and cross-disciplinary approach to the music consistently garners rave reviews. He is a masterful and thoughtful historian, storyteller, and musician. As a traditional musician with expertise in Piedmont and Delta Blues as well as Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, Scott specializes in performing and presenting programs on the European and African roots of American music and culture in community and educational settings. aHis performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart.
May 20, 2017 - Anne Hills - Simply put, Anne Hills is a remarkable performer. Having performed shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, Priscilla Herdman, jazz drummer Peter Erskine, Michael Smith, to name only a few, Anne weaves musical tapestries of poetry and instrumental beauty. As a singer, actress, writer, and musician Anne Hills has continuously built a reputation of merit. During her career, she has received numerous honors. Her musical influences are as far reaching as big band jazz to traditional folk which helps to make her own songs that much more varied and delightful.
Middle Set - The Cranberry Coffeehouse encourages all musicians, vocalists, story tellers, and dancers to share their talents in the middle set. Middle set performances are limited to 5 minutes