Concerts at the Crossing

McCarter Theater

Princeton Folk Music Society

State Theater

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This article was prepared for the September 18, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Folk Music is About Everybody’s Roots

Roots and folk music fans have been whooping and hollerin’

ever since they heard the late-breaking news that McCarter Theater

will bring Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys from Coeburn,

in Virginia’s Appalachian mountains, to Princeton, on January 21,

2003. Stanley’s a cappella rendering of the old Anglo-American dirge

"O Death" brought him widespread acclaim when it became the

highlight of the hit soundtrack of the Coen brothers’ film, "O

Brother, Where Art Thou?" But you haven’t really heard America’s

most high lonesome voice until you’ve heard Dr. Ralph with his own

inimitable Clinch Mountain Boys, a group that includes both brilliant

younger mountain musicians, such as fiddle player James Price, and

veterans like bass player Jack Cooke who has been with Stanley’s "boys,"

on and off, since 1955.

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Concerts at the Crossing

Unitarian Church at Washington Crossing, Titusville, 609-406-1424.

$12 to $20; children half-price. Most shows 8 p.m.

Sharon Katz & the Peace Train. "African music that

rocks." September 28, 7:30 p.m.

Grey Eye Glances. "Folk shaken and stirred with some

pop and rock." October 12, 8 p.m.

Sons of the Never Wrong. Tenth anniversary show for the

Chicago-based trio of magnificent musicians with a misleading name

(two of the three are women). November 9.

Summer in December. Susan Werner, Nerissa & Katryna Nields,

and Pete and Maura Kennedy, perform individually and collectively.

This concert only is at Princeton Community Church, 2300 Pennington

Road, Pennington. December 7.

Terri Hendrix. Vivacious singer-songwriter and entertainer

from Texas. February 22.

GrooveLily. Pop-folk-rock band fronted by lead singer

and electric violinist Valerie Vigoda. March 15.

Cherish the Ladies. The women’s Irish music ensemble par

excellence. April 12.

Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem. Rani Arbo, former fiddler and

lead singer for Salamander Crossing, leads her group Daisy Mayhem

in country blues, swing, gospel, Appalachian funk, and folk. May 10.

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McCarter Theater

91 University Place, 609-258-2787. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

Shawn Colvin. The Grammy winning singer-songwriter presents

an acoustic solo concert. October 28.

Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. From Virginia’s

Appalachian mountains, bluegrass great Dr. Ralph Stanley and his own

inimitable Clinch Mountain Boys. January 21.

The Blind Boys of Alabama. Founded in 1939, this 2002

Grammy-winning ensemble has been performing impassioned renditions

of gospel songs around the world for over 60 years. February 25.

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Princeton Folk Music Society

Christ Congregation Church, 55 Walnut Lane, 609-799-0944.

Tickets at the door: $15 for non-members; $10 members; children $3.

All shows Fridays at 8:15 p.m.

Bill Staines. New season opens with veteran singer-songwriter

Bill Staines, a New England native who has toured across North America

for over 30 years singing traditional folk tunes and original contemporary

folk ballads. September 20.

Eileen McGann is a Canadian singer with a beautiful voice.

An excellent writer, she plays her own songs and some traditional

Irish songs. October 18.

Pete Morton, a young singer with a great personality who

specializes in interesting interpretations of songs of the British

Isles. Friday, November 15.

The Mammals. Trio of young musicians features Tao Rodriguez-Seeger

(Pete Seeger’s grandson), Ruth Ungar (the daughter of Jay Ungar and

Molly Mason), and Michael Merenda. December 6.

Cathie Ryan makes her third PFMS appearance (the first

time was her solo debut after having sung with the group, "Cherish

the Ladies"). She has a gorgeous voice and sings mostly in English

with a few very beautiful songs in the Irish language. January 17.

Beppe Gambetta returns from Genoa, Italy, by popular demand.

He’ll play and sing Italian songs, but his specialty is Appalachian

style flatpicking which he taught himself back in Italy, listening

to Doc Watson records. February 21.

Michael Smith is one of America’s great songwriters ("The

Dutchman," "Spoon River," "Sister Clarissa").

He is the only performer to ever get a standing ovation at a PFMS

concert. Friday, March 21.

Joel Mabus is a brilliant songwriter and guitar player

with a wonderful mid-western, folksy personality. April 25.

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen are fine individual performers

who are perfect together, singing traditional, contemporary, and original

songs. May 16.

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State Theater

15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 877-782-8311.

Peter, Paul, and Mary. Grammy Award winning trio. $25

to $55. November 14, 8 p.m.

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