||Michael Jonathan||Tom Vincent|
Max Ochs still teaches conflict resolution to people. He has been running the 333 Coffeehouse in Annapolis for six years, and it is still fun. He also volunteers as a Friend of Quiet Waters, each summer, to host the free concerts in Annapolis' biggest park. Like his hero, Pete Seeger, he loves to get people singing, and he loves to play really old folk blues. Once in a while he still writes a new song.
His wife Catherine is Outreach Coordinator for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. His son Collin attends Sudbrook Magnet middle school in Baltimore County as a drama major. When not performing or writing music, Tom harbors a secret passion about the game of Golf, for which he offers absolutely no explanation at all.
In 1994, Michael recorded his critically acclaimed Dreams of Fire with Grammy winners Joe Bogan, Dave Burgess and Bill Cuomo. In 1995 and 1996, Michael returned to the studio to record Assassins in the Kingdom which included a duet and music video with blues/folk legend Odetta. He hit the road to perform with Judy Collins and to tour as one-third of the Acoustic Rainbow Tour with Billy Dean and David Gates. The New Wood video with Odetta aired nationally on CNN, Headline News, The Nashville Network, TNN and the Bravo Movie Channel.
Michael has always believed that folk music is a very unappreciated,
misunderstood art form and continues to prove that it is the most exciting,
vital and passionate style of music in America. Recently appearing
on the Americana charts, was Michael's latest release, WoodSongs. WoodSongs
is a combination of traditional songs and original compositions which also
features such artists as J. D. Crowe, Jean Ritchie, 14 year-old fiddle
sensation Kati Penn, mountain musician Homer Ledford and Ruth McLain.
In addition to the CD, Michael wrote WoodSongs: A Folksinger's Social Commentary,
Cook Manual & Song Book. During 1997 he completed a promotional tour
of over 250 concert halls, venues, coffeehouses and book superstores to
publicize the publication of the WoodSongs book and the joint release of
the book and CD. 1998 finds Michael recording a new CD called The Road
to be released in the fall, continuing his national tour in support of
his WoodSongs project and successfully introducing "folk music" and the
idea of a "folksinger" to a whole new audience.
The printed word will never quite be able
to capture the presence that is Erin McKeown in performance, but
Caryn Ganz's description comes pretty close. To experience
the music of Erin McKeown is to be invited to penetrate her surface and
find your own descriptions. Beginning her career as a Semi-Finalist:
Modern Rock/ Alternative Category in the 1995 Songwriter's Association
of Washington DC's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, McKeown has steadily
evolved into a dynamic performer, an accomplished guitarist,
and an innovative songstress (and she's still not finished growing).
Using the framework of her own start-up record label, TVP Records of Providence,
and a licensing affiliation with Waterbug Records of Chicago, Erin
McKeown is rapidly making a name for herself, redefining contemporary
folk music- her way.
With a raucous blend of emotion, thought, and pure fun, McKeown commands the stage, engaging her audience in a roller-coaster journey of interaction. Supported by powerful lyrics attacking complex subjects, Erin's emotive guitar playing can be fast and intricate or deceptively sparse, even within the same song. "It's all about forging your own style... building your own mold," says the 20-year-old McKeown.
"She's going to conquer the world," says Ann Rabson, widely-acknowledged as one of the best boogie-woogie pianists in the country and a member of Alligator Records blues trio Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women. However, before conquering the world, McKeown plans to graduate from Brown University with a degree in Ethnomusicology.
In addition to making time for study, McKeown also manages to find herself playing and promoting her self-titled independently released cassette in some of the most well-known acoustic rooms on the East Coast, including Blue Hill, Maine's Left Bank Cafe; Boston's Club Passim; Providence, RI venues Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, and AS220; New York City's Postcrypt; and on the mainstage at the Virginia Women's Music Festival. She has performed with such diverse acts as Bob Franke, Pamela Means, Rose Polenzani, Jonathan Richman, Saffire- The Uppity Blues Women, Martin Sexton, Jules Shear and Dar Williams.
From live radio performances in New England to numerous colleges, whether serenading coffeehouse crowds in her hometown or plugging in her electric guitar to open for a top act in a large club, McKeown's passion for her music is infectious. Come dive deep into her world and experience folk music on the cutting edge.
Upcoming Events. . . The summer of 98 finds McKeown making her first trips to North Carolina, Florida, and Chicago as well as her usual East Coast schedule. Festival dates for the summer include the Columbia Folk Festival, Hear in Rhode Island, and a return to the Virginia Women's Music Festival. In October, Erin will open for Dan Bern.
September 25 with Bill Parsons, Christina Muir, Barbara Martin, and
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