The Cranberry Coffeehouse 2017-2018 First Half of the Season
September 16, 2017– Past Present and Future:
This September, the Cranberry Coffeehouse will begin our 45th Season with Past Present and Future: Charlene Thomson and Friends, Shepherd and Ewe, Andru Bemis, and Chris Koldewey will present and evening of traditional and contemporary Folk Music. Charlene Thomson, playing piano, accordion and autoharp,along with Banjoist extraordinaire Rob Siegers, ran the Cranberry for over 20 years; they are joined by mandolin player Jeff Bronfeld. As performers, they are all accomplished musicians; Each contributing to and preserving the Folk Traditions. Charlene is a major contributor, as a composer and performer of the music used in the world of English Country Dance.
Shepherd and Ewe is composed of Julian Shepherd, cello, and Lee Shepherd, piano and violin. The duo plays elegant and exuberant music from the classical and English folk tradition. Julian, a biology professor at Binghamton University, is an expert in birds and bugs, flora and fauna. Lee is a retired Press & Sun-Bulletin feature writer. They are an essential part of the current workings of the Cranberry. Singer-songwriter and string instrumentalist Andru Bemis recently arrived on the Southern Tier to the delight of audiences at the Cranberry and the area. Bemis—who tours nationally, regularly impresses with his driving clawhammer banjo playing, old-time Irish fiddling, nimble finger-picking on the guitar, humorous and heartfelt songs, and crowd-friendly personality. Welcome Andru! Chris Koldewey has been actively involved with traditional folk music since his teens. For the past 17 years, he has worked with the Chantey/Interpretation Department of Mystic Seaport Museum, performed concerts and workshops as singer and multi-instrumentalist, solo and with his wife Joy Bennett, and has been honored to act as coordinator of the Cranberry Coffeehouse for the past few years
October 21, 2017 – Magpie - With a career that has spanned more than forty years, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. From traditional songs to vintage blues, swing and country to folk classics to contemporary and stirring original compositions, they cover a lot of musical ground. With their powerful voices and harmonies and their excellent instrumental arrangements on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, dulcimer, and concertina, their sound is much bigger than just two people. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians, and social activists, Terry and Greg always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving
November 18, 2017 - The Vox Hunters - Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi are musically bound by a shared love of traditional folk music. Though originally united through Irish instrumental music, they share an enthusiastic affinity for an ever-growing amalgam of songs both inside and far outside the realm of ‘folk music’. With a pair of oft-harmonizing voices accompanied by fiddle, free reeds, and tenor guitar, The Vox Hunters present an exciting and eclectic repertoire of traditional folk songs, driving dance tunes, sean nos dancing and other musical varia.(Lot's of great stuff!)
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