Growing up, musicians Joe Newberry & April Verch absorbed traditions of home and hearth–in his Missouri Ozarks and her Ottawa Valley of Canada. The holidays have always been a special time of year for both, with the lure of family and friends, festive decorations, gifts under the tree, and always…. music. So now, each year the duo sets out in a modern day sleigh (with four-wheel drive) to perform their eagerly anticipated holiday tour. Original songs join timeless hymns. Stories warm the heart and give a twinkle to the eye. Lively fiddle and banjo numbers combine with traditional dance steps to illustrate happy times when people made their own fun at the holidays, and all year long. Make your holiday concert list, and check it twice… Newberry & Verch are coming to town!
Presented in cooperation with Witness For Peace — Renowned Honduran resistance singer, feminist organizer, poet and performer Karla Lara performs with virtuoso jazz musician, pianist and composer José Antonio Velásquez. Their music addresses the struggle for justice and self-determination against the forces of capitalism, racism, and patriarchy in Honduras and globally. They sing to free those who have been unjustly incarcerated and denied their right to protest, about our world, and about this powerful time when women continue to be present and to “live life singing”!
May 16th, 2018 at 7:30 pm Potluck and doors at 6:30 pm Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY $10 donation (100% to the artist)
Ten years ago, Sarah Lee Guthrie (daughter of Arlo), her husband Johnny Irion and their two young kids rolled into my small town of South Haven, MI to help celebrate the first birthday of Foundry Hall, the community performance venue I’d been running in an old factory building downtown. Sarah Lee and Johnny played a beautiful show, and left me with a signed 45 of Irion’s original music. It’s one of only a few records I kept in the move to Binghamton from the Midwest.
Now, Johnny Irion is preparing for the May 17th release of his long-awaited solo album, Driving Friend, recorded with his friends from Dawes, Wilco, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, produced by Tim Bluhm and renowned filmmaker/cinematographer Alan Kozlowski, and backed by Blackwing (the makers of the pencils with which Irion’s great-uncle John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath). The album is lovely — California influenced folk-rock reminiscent of the best of Gram Parsons, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Neil Young and the Beach Boys. This Binghamton houseconcert is Irion’s only Northeast performance before he heads to California for the album release tour with Jay Farrar of Son Volt, and it’s your chance to own Driving Friend even before it’s featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition on May 18th!
April 28th, 2018 at 7:30 pm Potluck and doors at 6:30 pm Chenango Craftsman HC in Binghamton, NY $20 donation (100% to the artist)