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Mari Black Trio, Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mari Black Trio

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

You will not be able to sit still for this concert! Your feet will be tapping along at the very least and most likely you’ll be dancing in your seat!

Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world.

Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015 & 2013 US National Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 & 2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, the 2011 Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, a 1st Prize Winner at the 2010 American Protégé International String Competition, and a 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers’ Association Alternative Styles Awards.

On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world.

Press

“One of the brightest young fiddlers around today”
— Brian O’Donovan, host of WGBH radio’s “A Celtic Sojourn”

“She is superb, inspiring, and unforgettable. Her magic is such that she
sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.”
— Willie Ruff, Professor of Jazz and Artistic Director of the Ellington
Fellowship Series, Yale University

“Particularly impressive”
— The Boston Globe

Watch and Listen to Mari Black and Her World Fiddle Ensemble

“Castlerock Road” on the beach in San Diego, CA
A set of original Celtic-style tunes at Boston’s Club Passim
Mari’s original composition, “The Purple Butterfly and Other True Beginnings”
Preview of Mari’s solo album “Flight”

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* All funds go to the musician

The Young Novelists, February 12, 2017

the young novelists

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

Have you ever seen a glockenspiel played with a bow? Then you’ve probably seen The Young Novelists! If not, you’re in for a treat!

Toronto based Americana husband and wife duo The Young Novelists are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. After the release of their second full-length album “made us strangers”, they’ve been touring Canada and the US relentlessly, earning accolades wherever they go, including a recent appearance on Chicago’s own WFMT-FM Folkstage show. They were recognized as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the Connecticut Folk Festival, and were recently named finalists at the NewSong Music Competition.

The Young Novelists’ sound resembles but doesn’t mimic the Decemberists and Mumford and Sons. It’s original and quirky and it’s a delight to hear. Graydon James is the frontman and he’s been touring as a duo with his wife, Laura Spink. Their stage show is honest and pure and their rapport with each other and with the audience is as real as you can get. The newest record “hinges on interpersonal relationships” and has an underlying theme which includes both traditional and non-traditional ones — from brothers in a band to a torrid love triangle to a new father missing the sound of his son’s voice when they’re apart. The Young Novelists show is as engaging as it is endearing.

“Like the Decemberists but rockier and less quirky, like Americana but quirkier and rockier, a talented Toronto outfit.”
~ rock nyc

“beautiful, soaring, rootsy Canadiana”
~ herohill

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrQTKdLeIj23G3xW8geVJ5m37lVtf9R9-

https://soundcloud.com/theyoungnovelists

https://www.facebook.com/theyoungnovelists

https://www.instagram.com/young_novelists/

https://twitter.com/young_novelists

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* All funds go to the musician

David G. Smith, Sunday, November 13, 2016

David G. Smith with guitar

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$15-20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

David G. Smith was raised in a musical family in the hills of northeastern Iowa. He started writing songs and played in a variety of bands, locally and then touring the Rockies for 10 years. He moved to Nashville to follow his passion for songwriting. His song catalog began to explode, but at a price.

“I started losing my soul writing material that didn’t speak to me in the name of writing songs for others to sing. It was an insidious process and eventually the muse was not showing up and I didn’t know why. “

He ventured on a song-writing retreat to Costa Rica with Americana all-stars Darrell Scott, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Mary Gauthier. He recalls both Darrell and Mary looking him straight in the eye and challenging him to stop writing songs to pitch to others. Their advice: To stop chasing the Nashville music scene and start performing his own songs. But their real challenge cut to the bone: Write the truth!

He took their advice and five albums later, he’s following his own path, touring nationally, winning song writing competitions and taking his story songs to audiences around the country.

[Smith] “comes across with the same sort of weathered resolve that best exemplifies fellow travelers like Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt.” -Lee Zimmerman/No Depression

Check out David G. Smith at the links below:
http://davidgsmithmusic.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/davidgsmith33/videos
https://www.facebook.com/heydavemusic
https://www.facebook.com/davidgsmithmusic

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* All funds go to the musician

Jenn Grinels – Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jenn Grinels

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

Award-winning musician Jenn Grinels is a dynamic songwriter, powerhouse vocalist and all-round entertainer who will absolutely dazzle you.

Last year the rising star spent time on the road opening for famed band the 10,000 Maniacs, at one point prompting San Francisco Examiner reviewer Kenneth Fish to write, “Grinels steals the show. She is a rock and roll temptress conjuring musical spells that no one could resist. Whether quietly purring into the microphone or seriously belting out a tune, the audience was hanging on every note and lapping up every well crafted phrase. (She) has the rare gift of being a well-rounded performer who engages the audience fully and openly, sharing the performer as much as the performance. And her performance was nothing short of amazing.”

The self-described “soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock artist” has released three critically acclaimed full-length albums, built a loyal fan base all over the world and won numerous awards for her electrifying live performances. Her single “Right From The Start”(brokenHEARTbreaker) can be heard on radio stations nationwide and music from her full length albums has been featured on several major television networks and in films all over the world.

“When you end the night standing and cheering with all of your friends and 200 strangers, you know something wonderful just happened. If the stars made music they would be jealous of Jenn Grinels. …an unbeatable live experience. Goosebumps all around.” – GuerillaCandy.com (Seattle, WA)

“Her voice is just absurd. Two artists kept coming to mind – Martin Sexton and Fiona Apple. Sexton because of her vocal focus & control; Fiona Apple because of her tell-off confessional and conversational lyrics, her penchant for complex rhyme schemes, and her powerful, listen-up-buster delivery.”
– Crazytalk.com (San Francisco, CA)

“A folksinger of uncommon strength and vitality, who puts the lie to most popular notions about women with guitars who sing of life and love’s injustices. She achieves the energy of rock without subverting the melody and lyrics, and the effect is electrifying.” – Wenzel Jones, Back Stage West

Recent videos of Jenn playing a house concert:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpFzFTFVdPMrbqYlGUV1mWA

Jenn on the web:
http://www.jenngrinels.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jenngrinelsmusic/

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* All funds go to the musician

Ernest Troost – Cancelled for Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ernest Troost

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Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$15-20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

Update: We had to cancel this show – please join us for a future show.

I’m thrilled to host Ernest Troost in his return to Chicago. He played WFMT Folkstage last year in June and this year we get to host him. He’s also playing Two Way Street Coffee House on Friday, September 9 before heading north to Wisconsin for several shows. We’ve hosted Ernest previously in New Mexico and gotten to know him a bit. Some of his songs are a bit dark, but he’s a lovely person to spend time with.

Ernest is an Emmy-winning film and television composer as well as a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting. He also composed and produced two award-winning albums of songs for Judy Collins using the words of Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, Gertrude Stein, and others. Los Angeles-based Troost’s scores for films include the cult classic Tremors and HBO’s award-winning Lesson Before Dying.

As a solo performer, Ernest brings his amazing songs to life with a spare singing style and some amazing guitar chops, all in service of story-songs that tell a story – aural movies, if you will, that will draw you in time after time.

“Troost’s style and subject matter recall Dylan, Dave Alvin, and (especially for his concentration on life’s darker side) Richard Thompson —enviable company indeed.” – Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine

“Ernest Troost’s music is a perverse and diverse celebration of American folk music. . It’s a vibrant festival of tragedy and comedy, a wind-blown crossroads of American culture where Piedmont blues meets modern literature in the darkest of themes.” – Terry Rolands, Folkworks.org

“Imagine a bayou-bred John Steinbeck taking up a fret board instead of a pen and you’ve pretty much got the picture.” – Don Grant, Freight Train Boogie

http://ernesttroost.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ernest.troost
https://soundcloud.com/ernest-troost

Videos:

“Pray Real Hard” from Ernest’s most recent album, “O Love”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgMnKbFxhxU
“Switchblade Heart” is one of my favorite Ernest Troost songs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wLhoc2tem0

* All funds go to the musician

Joe Jencks, Sunday, August 28, 2016

Joe Jencks

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$15-20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

It’s a great privilege for us to host Joe Jencks and a rare opportunity to see him solo. While he’s based in Chicago, he’s usually out on the road solo or as part of the blockbuster trio, Brother Sun. He’s also appearing on Folkstage, the nationally syndicated folk show on WFMT-FM 98.7 Saturday, August 27.

Joe has an amazing voice, fabulous guitar chops and writes great songs. Besides, that, he’s one of the nicest, warmest people I know. He was really the first to welcome me to the Chicago folk music community, before we even moved here. So I’m thrilled to share his music with you and get a chance to spend some time with a great musician.

Please don’t take my word for it. Here are a few comments from other folks, some of whose names you may recognize. Then check him out online at the links at the bottom of this post. You really have to hear Joe perform!

“Joe Jencks is the type of musician that will cause you to drop that morning newspaper or pull your car to the side of the road when you hear his songs. He is the type of artist that will turn heads in his direction when he walks onto a stage. His voice will instantly draw you into his passionate songs. He is the type of musician whose music will become a part of you.” – Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM, Teaneck, NJ

“In these times, we need the singers who will do the homework and tell the stories! Joe Jencks is among the fine next generation singers who are ready to carry on the tradition as well as look into the future” – Holly Near, Ukiah, CA

“The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions.” – Pete Seeger

“The next time someone says that folk music has lost its conscience, lacks great protest songs, or has lost its connection with its causes, I will sit them down and play Joe Jencks’ CD, I Hear Your Voice. Jencks sings with a superb tenor voice, and picks flashy guitar… that doesn’t obscure the beauty of his voice or the words of his well-crafted songs.” – Sing Out! Magazine, Rich Warren, Host of ‘The Midnight Special’ and ‘Folkstage” on WFMT-FM 98.7, Chicago, IL

http://www.joejencks.com/
https://www.facebook.com/JoeJencks/
https://twitter.com/joejencksmusic

Videos:

“Love is the Reason” is one of my many favorite Joe Jencks songs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRq4gaoxlEw

“Come with Me” is one of my top favorites.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfamE-b44K0

Joe performing on Horses Sing None of It, a non-commercial cable TV show. Don’t be put off by the silly intro (a little over a minute). This gives a good taste of Joe in concert.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fertPVgXxXY

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