Concerts at the Crossing

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Folk at the State

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Season Preview: Folk Music

Folk-blues artist Dave Van Ronk returns to Princeton

to help usher in the 35th anniversary season of the Princeton Folk

Music Society with a concert at the Christ Congregation Church on

Friday, September 15, at 8:15 p.m.

Performing for PFMS in September 1998, U.S. 1’s Richard Skelly called

Van Ronk, "a genuine folk-blues singing legend." Van Ronk,

who performed with Odetta in the late 1950s, certainly holds some

kind of record for longevity on the New York music scene.

"There aren’t many folksingers who have been around the New York

music scene as long as Van Ronk," says Skelly. "Like a mad

painter or an obsessed sculptor, Van Ronk is on a never-ending quest

for perfection in his songwriting and guitar playing. And as anyone

who has seen him in concert can attest, he damn near reaches that

perfection within his own arena of expertise."

In the ’60, Van Ronk could be heard at the Newport Folk Festival

alongside

the young Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Peter, Paul and Mary. His

unique style of singing and guitar has influenced a generation of

performers. With two dozen albums released, he still lives in the

Village, teaches guitar, and tours. He recently was awarded an ASCAP

lifetime achievement award.

Elizabeth Cotton and Mike Seeger, Muddy Waters, Tom Paxton, Bill

Staines,

Bruce U. "Utah" Phillips, Oscar Brand, Roy Bookbinder, and

Eric Bogle are just a few of the folk luminaries who have performed

for the society over the years.

Founded in 1965 by the late Yvonne Aronson, the folk music society

will officially celebrate its 35th with an all-day birthday bash on

Saturday, October 28, beginning with an afternoon family concert at

Christ Congregation featuring Mae Robertson and Eric Garrison. The

gala evening show, presented at Nassau Presbyterian Church, at 8 p.m.,

will feature Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Debby McClatchy, and Les Sampou.

"I’m not exactly sure where we would rank amongst other folk

organizations

throughout the U.S. in longevity, but I assume we are probably in

a group of the oldest," says Peter Kernast, a research chemist

at Cyanamid Agricultural Research Center who currently serves as the

group’s president.

Kernast discovered the folk music society when he started presenting

his folk music radio program, "Legacy," at Trenton State

College

in 1989, and the show endures, having passed the 10-year birthday

mark, broadcasting every Monday, from 6 to 9 p.m., on WTSR at 91.3

FM. Once Kernast heard about the area folk group he made an effort

to actually attend a concert. "It was Priscilla Herdman,"

he recalls today.

Arlene and Arthur Miller, who have been involved with the society

almost from its inception, have each put in time as its president.

"In the middle and late ’60s, the folk boom was sufficiently in

sway that it was not considered un-hip for college students to play

acoustic guitar and sing folk songs," says Arthur Miller. "A

number of our members were students at Princeton, and the society

held both its concerts and its monthly member sings on the university

campus."

"There was more emphasis on hosting big-name performers than there

is today," he continues. "Those were exciting days. We were

paying the artists more money than we had, and speculating that the

audience would make it up." Arthur Miller also served as treasurer

in those years, "I was losing more sleep over something that was

just a hobby than I should have been."

Today the acts are selected by a committee of four. "The only

rule is that our by-laws state we must give every performer the same

deal," explains Justin Kodner, editor of the group’s monthly

newsletter.

"That’s why our admission price is the same for Tom Paxton and

Dave Van Ronk as it is for the least known performers, and every one

of them gets the same guarantee and the same percentage of the

gate."

This season’s guarantee is $500 and a T-shirt against 75 percent of

the gate. If the gate is less than $500, the society pays the

difference

out of its treasury; if the gate exceeds $667, the performer gets

75 percent of the gate.

With its history dating back to the wild and wooly 1960s, it was not

until the ’90s that the society came under fire from the P.C. brigade.

Kodner recently reported, "We have been told that the word

`society’

in our title is a put-off because some people see it as elitist.

That’s

too bad. We used the name for over 30 years before anyone pointed

that out and it doesn’t seem to make sense to change the name now.

We are not elitist." Kernast, Miller, and Kodner all invite

new members to come out and listen to the music — and volunteer.

Dave Van Ronk, Princeton Folk Music Society, Christ

Congregation Church, 55 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944. The

society opens its 35th season with an encore appearance by folk blues

guru Dave Van Ronk who got his start in Greenwich Village during the

1960s. $12 at the door. Friday, September 15, 8:15 p.m.

35th Anniversary Gala, Princeton Folk Music Society,

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

Mae Robertson and Eric Garrison present the family concert with music

from their newest recording, "Sweet Dreams of Home." Adults

$5; children $3; or $12 per family. Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m.

35th Anniversary Gala, Princeton Folk Music Society,

Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, 609-799-0944. The

organization

celebrates its 35th anniversary with a gala show featuring Ramblin’

Jack Elliott, Debby McClatchy, and Les Sampou. $18. Saturday,

October

28, 8 p.m.

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammar, Princeton Folk Music

Society ,

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

Traditional country music from the young singer-songwriter duo. $12.

Friday, November 17, 8:15 p.m.

The Joe Elias Ensemble, Princeton Folk Music

Society,

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

Traditional Ladino music performed by Spanish expelled Jews who

settled

in the Balkans and Turkey, performed on authentic Turkish folk

instruments.

$12. Friday, December 8, 8:15 pm .

Voices, Princeton Folk Music Society, Christ

Congregation

Church, 55 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944. The unique vocal

trio featuring the awesome voices and compositional artistry of

Priscilla

Herdman, Anne Hills, and Cindy Mangsen. $12. Friday, January 12,

8:15 pm .

Jez Lowe, Princeton Folk Music Society, Christ

Congregation

Church, 55 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944. Songs from the

northern

British Isles. $12. Friday, February 23, 8:15 p.m.

Gordon Bok, Princeton Folk Music Society, Christ

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

Traditional

and contemporary music from New England. $12. Friday, March 16,

8:15 p.m.

Neal and Leandra, Princeton Folk Music Society,

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

The singing and songwriting duo. $12. Friday, April 20, 8:15

p.m.

Geoff Muldauer, Princeton Folk Music Society, Christ

Congregation Church, 55 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944. Final

show of the season features urban and rural blues of Geoff Muldauer.

$12. Friday, May 18, 8:15 p.m.

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Concerts at the Crossing

Suzzy & Maggie Roche, Concerts at the Crossing,

Unitarian Church at Washington Crossing, Titusville, 215-862-1917.

Concert features two-thirds of the Roche sisters trio. Now embarking

on individual careers, the sisters will sing solo and together. $15.

Saturday, September 23, 8 p.m.

Sons of the Never Wrong, Concerts at the Crossing,

Unitarian Church at Washington Crossing, Titusville, 215-862-1917.

The Titusville folk series celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Saturday,

October 7, 8 p.m.

Lynn Miles, Concerts at the Crossing, Unitarian

Church at Washington Crossing, Titusville, 215-862-1917. Saturday,

November 4, 8 p.m.

Grey Eye Glances, Concerts at the Crossing,

Unitarian

Church at Washington Crossing, Titusville, 215-862-1917. The folk-rock

group of five featuring lead singer Jennifer Nobel. The band got its

start in 1992 at a Borders bookstore in Marlton where organist Dwayne

Keith worked his day job. Also features Eric O’Dell on bass and

vocals,

Brett Kull on acoustic and electric guitars, and Paul Ramsey, drums

and percussion. Saturday, December 2, 8 p.m.

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Delaware River Mill Society

Beppe Gambetta, Delaware River Mill Society,

Prallsville

Mill, Route 29, Stockton, 609-397-9470. The Italian virtuoso guitarist

and singer who combines American bluegrass with traditional and

original

Italian tunes. Reservations. $15; $5 children. Saturday, October

14, 8 p.m.

Tom Dundee & Deborah Holland, Delaware River Mill

Society,

609-397-9470. Double bill features two singer-songwriters, one from

Chicago and one from California. Reservations. $15; $5 children.

Saturday,

November 11, 8 p.m.

Holy Modal Rounders & Adam Brodsky , Delaware River

Mill Society, 609-397-9470. Double bill features the wonderfully

weird string band that has played together since 1963 and a young

Philadelphia songwriter who missed the ’60s. Reservations. $15 adult;

$5 children. Saturday, November 18, 8 p.m.

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Outta Sights & Sounds

Ellis Paul, Outta Sights & Sounds, Grace Norton

Rogers School Theater, Hightstown, 609-259-5764. Tenth anniversary

season opens with Ellis Paul. The acclaimed singer and songwriter

from Boston has just released a 2-CD set, "Ellis Paul Live,"

and has the featured song on the outrageous new Farrell Brothers

comedy

that stars Jim Carrey, "Me, Myself and Irene." Also Don

Conoscenti

and Christopher Williams. $15. Saturday, September 16, 8 p.m.

Darryl Purpose, Outta Sights & Sounds, Twin Rivers

Community Room, Abington Road, 609-259-5764. Coffeehouse performance,

$8. Saturday, September 23, 8 p.m.

Jennifer Kimball, Outta Sights & Sounds, Grace

Norton

Rogers School Theater, Hightstown, 609-259-5764. Saturday, October

7, 8 p.m.

Phil Ochs Night, Outta Sights & Sounds, Hightstown,

609-259-5764. A celebration of the late great folkie features Magpie,

Kim and Reggie Harris, Pat Humphries, Sonia, and Greg Greenway singing

Ochs’ songs. $15. Saturday, October 21, 8 p.m.

William Ackerman, Outta Sights & Sounds,

609-259-5764. Saturday,

November 4, 8 p.m.

Don Conoscenti, Outta Sights & Sounds, Twin Rivers

Community Room, Abington Road, 609-259-5764. Coffeehouse performance,

$8. Saturday, November 18, 8 p.m.

Cheryl Wheeler & Lucy Kaplansky, Outta Sights &

Sounds,

Grace Norton Rogers School Theater, 609-259-5764. Two stalwarts of

the folk movement share the Thanksgiving Show. All seats reserved,

$20. Saturday, November 25, 8 p.m.

Susan Werner, Outta Sights & Sounds, Grace Norton

Rogers School Theater, 609-259-5764. Featured with guest artist Vance

Gilbert. $18. Saturday, December 2, 8 p.m.

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Folk at the State

EmmyLou Harris, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue,

New Brunswick, 877-782-8311. The folk and roots star on tour promoting

her latest CD. $35 & $42. Wednesday, October 18, 8 p.m.

Peter, Paul & Mary, State Theater, 877-782-8311.

Grammy award winning band, Peter, Paul & Mary, turned folk music into

’60s pop. For this performance, they will sing the songs of today’s

poets as well as ballads of this nation’s rich folk heritage. $25

to $50. Saturday, November 18, 8 p.m.


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