Carroll Café hosts fabulous local, national, and international performers, mostly in the roots and folk traditions, on the second Friday of each month, October through June. It all happens at Seekers Church in Takoma DC. This is our last show of the season.

Coming up in our 2019-20 season are Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Greg Greenway, Crys Matthews, Tom Prasada-Rao, In Process, IONA Music, Scott Ainslie, and more!

Reunion Road—Eleanor Ellis & Carol Hausner

June 14, 2019

CD Release: Short Time to Be here

As REUNION ROAD, Carol Hausner and Eleanor Ellis mix and match their rich, emotive blend of voice and guitar with songs in the bluegrass and folk roots traditions. The two first met and began singing together in the musical haven of Takoma Park, MD, during the 1980s, in the early days of the Takoma Park Folk Festival. When festival founder Sammie Abbott was mayor, he and his wife, Ruth, hosted many musical parties where members of this vibrant community met and exchanged songs and ideas.

Eleanor was raised around New Orleans and, entranced by the local sounds, sang and played guitar in formal and informal settings, weaving together and exploring many melodic roots and genres. In addition to solo gigs on Bourbon Street and in various uptown venues, she played bluegrass and country with Luke Thompson and the Green Valley Cutups and with Dr. Bill Malone and the Hill Country Ramblers; she also performed as a duo with Hazel Schlueter. When she moved to Maryland and met local blues legends like John Jackson, she gravitated toward blues, while always keeping in touch with the variety of music that brought her there. “Although I’m more known now for playing blues,” Eleanor says, “I’ve always been drawn to many styles of music, and I love to sing these songs with Carol from my folk and bluegrass days.”

“Our name REUNION ROAD comes from the fact that, even though we don’t live in the same place anymore, we still share friends and memories, and we still continue to sing together every chance we get.”

Carol Hausner and Eleanor Ellis

Carol’s home was filled with music. Her mother sang and her father was drawn to the folk and traditional music scene in Greenwich Village, which he brought home with his guitar, records, and the radio. He gave Carol her first guitar and taught her to play when she was seven, and they often played and sang together at home. In high school she joined and performed with a bluegrass band started by her history teacher, an accomplished bluegrass musician. She is a noted songwriter who in 2009 won first place in the bluegrass category of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest for “Love Gone By,” co-written with Colin McCaffrey.

On Short Time to Be Here, Carol and Eleanor trade high and low leads and harmonies to excellent effect on numbers well crafted to match their distinct voices and lyrical styles, from the bittersweet “Flame in My Heart” to Kate Wolf’s somber, symbolic journey “Across the Great Divide” to the evocative Hausner/McCaffrey original “On My Mind.”

Reserve your seat now

$18 online • $20 at the door
Doors open at 7:00

We invite you to enjoy delicious refreshments from the Café at Carroll Café available before the show and at the intermission. A changing choice of savories enough for a light meal, topped off with fabulous desserts and beverages, will add to the happiness of the concert experience! Always vegetarian, with some vegan and gluten-free options most months, all lovingly provided by Sandra and Okima.

Thank you for your support of Carroll Café.


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