Richie and Rosie

January 18, 2019

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With the fated combination of unique skill, varied musical influence, and honest storytelling, RICHIE AND ROSIE play music that people can connect with.

Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton grew up 150 miles and a few decades apart. Having originally met at Saratoga Springs’ Flurry festival, the two reunited in the Ithaca old-time scene, where Richie grew up and Rosie had moved for college. During Rosie’s freshman year, they began touring together regionally as members of the Evil City String Band and eventually decided to pursue a more intimate project as a duo. In 2013 the duo released their first album, Tractor Beam, a 12-track mix of originals and classics, designed to mirror the experience of a live performance.

Before joining forces, both members were well established within the old-time community. Rosie has toured with multiple bands, including an appearance while she was in high school with folk-rock band The Mammals. In 2010, she released a self-titled album as part of the duo The Pearly Snaps. In addition to two solo albums, Richie’s discography includes collaborations with Natalie Merchant, Jim Lauderdale, Donna the Buffalo, and Carrie Rodriguez. He has performed internationally with Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, David Byrne, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Joan Baez. He is president of the iconic GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance.

As musicians in two very different parts of life, Richie and Rosie are proof of two things: the power and magic of two people making music, and that the universal messages that lie within their songs remain timeless.

Phil Wiggins — National Heritage Fellow

PHIL WIGGINS with THE CHESAPEAKE SHEIKS
December 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.


PHIL WIGGINS
 is a versatile traditional harmonica player, continuing the Piedmont blues tradition, a gentle and melodic blues style of the mid-Atlantic region. He plays the diatonic ten-hole harmonica in the country blues style, cupping both hands around the instrument and playing acoustically. His sound is not shaped by the gear, the microphone or amplifier when performing on stage, instead by his complex syncopated patterns, breath-control and rhythm, stylistic virtuosity and fiery solo runs.
A Takoma Park, Maryland, resident, blues musician, teacher and artistic director, two-time winner of the prestigious WC Handy Blues Foundation awards, Phil is only the third harmonica player to receive the lifetime honor of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Today he is the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of being a “Master of Traditional Arts.” Often referred to by its unofficial designation as “Living Cultural Treasure” award, the fellowship honors and preserves the diverse cultural heritage in the United States. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) annually awards one-time-only NEA National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists, to recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage.
Phil is joined by the Chesapeake SheiksMatt Kelly on guitar, Marcus Moore on violin, Ian Walters on piano, and Steve Wolf on bass—playing blues from the Piedmont and Delta as well as the music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, Louis Jordan, Slim and Slam, and  originals.

“Phil is among a very small handful of virtuosos whose command of his instrument takes my breath away. His talent rivals that of any artist I’ve encountered in my career in Classical music, in my view placing him in the company of the Yo-Yo Mas and the Joshua Bells of the world.”

– Scott Freck, Vice President for Artistic Operations & General Manager North Carolina Symphony

Thank you for your support of Carroll Café.

In Process… A Capella Magic

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NOVEMBER 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

IN PROCESS…, an African American women’s a cappella ensemble, originated in the DC Metropolitan Area from a Sweet Honey workshop. For over 30 years the rhythmic, harmonic, consciousness-raising music messages of In Process… have been heard locally and in venues from Arizona to West Virginia. Her blended repertoire includes spirituals, gospel, jazz, blues, and historic and original contemporary songs of love, freedom, peace and justice. In Process… has two CDs, IN PROCESS… and MISSION: LOVE and her original music is featured in the Anacostia Watershed Society’s documentary “The Anacostia: Restoring the People’s River.” More than 50 women have passed through In Process…, which today features Nketia Agyeman, Pam Rogers, Paula Pree, and Tiya!

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

 

OCEAN Celtic Quartet—The Lusty Month of May!

Songs of Love, Lust, and the Arrival of Spring
May 10, 2019

The ancient Irish festival of Beltane (May Day) signaled the end of winter and the coming of summer. Come hear Washington, D.C.’s award-winning Celtic ensemble the OCEAN Celtic Quartet in a program of traditional and original music celebrating the return of the sun and the greening of the land. OCEAN’s soaring vocals, fiery fiddle tunes, and rollicking button accordion will have your heart swelling and your toes tapping, while you sing along with songs that stretch back for centuries . . . songs of love, lust, and everything in between. In addition to seasonal music, enjoy dramatic readings of May poetry from the Middle Ages up through the 1800s . . . even a special guest appearance by the ancient Green Man, also known as Jack-in-the-Green!

OCEAN’s members are bandleader/multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Cutting (a Washington Area Music Association Musician of the Year); mesmerizing vocalist Chris Noyes (formerly of the maritime music group Crab Alley); champion Scottish fiddler Andrew Dodds; and traditional singer/Ph.D. folklorist Stephen Winick.

“Nothing short of spellbinding.”
The Washington Post

Join us for this joyful celebration to mark the end of the cold and dark and the return of the light and warmth. If you don’t have spring fever when you come, you’ll definitely catch it by the time this concert is over!

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Magpie 45th DC Anniversary Concert

October 12, 2018 

MAGPIE (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner) have been playing music together since 1973, and this concert marks their incredible 45th anniversary of playing in D.C. Since their last appearance at Carroll Café they have released a new CD–When We Stand Together: Songs of Joe Hill, the IWW and Fellow Workers.

A gifted singer of jazz and blues in the tradition of Connie Boswell and Billie Holiday Terry is equally comfortable with the subtle beauty of traditional folk and contemporary songs and has an uncanny ability to find the perfect harmony line. She is also an excellent player of the harmonica, mandolin, fretted dulcimer, and rhythm guitar.

Greg is an outstanding guitarist whose fingerpicking forms the solid basis of Magpie’s sound, providing whatever is called for, from slow Scots airs and plaintive ballads to rollicking ragtime blues and infectious swing. His high baritone voice has equal range, and his captivating interpretation gives power and beauty to the full spectrum, from growling blues, to a Chilean lament, to a sweet croon.

From the beginning Terry and Greg’s interests in various musical styles have led them to be eclectic in their repertoire. Internationally known for their musical work in the environmental movement, Magpie is also well known for their performances of hard-hitting topical songs and are regular performers on Phil Ochs Song Nights, organized by Phil’s sister, Sonny Ochs.

Magpie has been on hiatus since early June, so come help welcome them back to the stage!

Solidarity Concert for Nicaragua

August 24, 2018

 


Elena & Los Fulanos

Since 2011, DC-based bilingual folk-rock band ELENA & LOS FULANOS has been creating music that ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin rock. Influenced by front-woman Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures (Nicaraguan and American), Elena & Los Fulanos creates a world where language and tradition meld with catchy melodies and inventive chords to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multi-cultural world.

Funds will be used by the ADN to support Nicaraguans in the country and continue solidarity actions in the U.S.

 

Thank You (2017-2018 )

Thank you to all our musicians, guests and volunteers!

The last concert of the 2017-2018 Carroll Café season was a few weeks ago, and it is long since time to offer our thanks to all who have been part of this terrific collaboration of and for the community.

To the wonderful and gifted musicians who have graced our stage, please know how incredibly grateful we are that you shared your time and talents with us. You have contributed immeasurably to how Carroll Café fulfills its call:

We believe:

  • that music is a gift that brings a deeper understanding and experience of the Creator and ourselves in a way different from any other discipline;
  • that music is a gift for everyone, and everyone’s own music can be good and useful;
  • that music from other places, cultures, and times can be important for everyone to bring us to mutual understanding.
  • that music can promote cooperation, compassion, empathy, and friendship amongst all people.
  • that roots music is a living tradition that grows out of the relationships between an artist and an audience.

We are called:

  • to offer excellent music to the community at the nexus of Takoma Park, Montgomery County, and the Greater DC area for education, inspiration, enlightenment, and joy so everyone can receive the gifts that music offers.
  • to provide a venue for musicians to present their music and thoughts; where they can be paid a fair wage for their skill and dedication.
  • to help visitors learn more about, and experience the hospitality of, Seekers Church.
  • to use music to create a world of equality, fellowship, and justice.

To each and every person who came to a single concert or many to support the music and musicians, and the team that forms the foundation of the venue, our gratitude knows no bounds.

Then there are the volunteers who come out to help at one concert or many, there enough that we can say to convey the thanks of the community. Without you we couldn’t offer this venue to anyone.

We are pleased to say that our 2018-2019 season will be another great opportunity to immerse yourselves in music, music, music! Please see the schedule  and look for the email announcing that registration is open for concert number 1 with Magpie!

With sincere thanks,

Glen Yakushiji, Denise Leclair, Margreta Silverstone, Doug Dodge, Sandra Miller

Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues

Friday, June 8, 2018

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Eleanor Ellis & Back Porch Blues is an all-star down-home acoustic trio consisting of the incredible guitar and vocal work of Eleanor Ellis, the blues harmonica virtuosity of Jay Summerour, and the percussion talents of Eric Selby. Together they deliver real-deal acoustic blues, from the Piedmont to the Hills to the Swamp, blues without compromise in a relaxed, fun musical atmosphere…just like sittin’ with friends having a jam session on the back porch. Back Porch Blues has performed at various venues throughout the country including the Greenwood Blues Cruise in South Carolina, the Music Center at Strathmore, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

ELEANOR ELLIS, a native of Louisiana, has performed at clubs, festivals and concerts in the United States, Canada and Europe and has and has developed a distinctive and personal approach to the music. According to one reviewer, “More than copying one artist or another, Ellis distills the elements of the originals and transmits them, intact, in her own expressive way.” She has a long involvement with the blues scene; has traveled and played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and bluesman Archie Edwards, and sometimes accompanied Delta Blues great Eugene Powell. She is a founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, has written about the blues for several publications, teaches guitar privately and at various blues camps, and is producer and editor of the video documentary Blues Houseparty, which features well-known Piedmont blues musicians such as John Jackson, John Cephas, and Archie Edwards. She also worked at the Archive of New Orleans Jazz at Tulane University in New Orleans, and at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. www.eleanorellis.com

ERIC SELBY is a much sought-after producer/drummer/percussionist for many genres of music with concentration on the blues. Eric has performed live and recorded with many talented artists, including: Billy Thompson (Little Milton, Albert King, Art Neville), Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie,
The Allman Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Tedeschi/Trucks), Daryl Johnson (The Neville Brothers, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, U2, Bob Dylan), James East (Elton John, Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton), Guy Davis, Warner Williams (Piedmont blues legend, 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Winner), Drink Small (Piedmont blues legend, 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Winner), Bill Payne (Little Feat, J.J. Cale, The Doobie Brothers), Lenny Castro (Adele, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder) and Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker) to name a few. Eric has been named Blue411‘s Drum Thumper “Jimi” Award winner, been nominated for multiple WAMMIE awards, inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, #1 on Blues411‘s charts multiple times and was featured in Modern Drummer for his approach and perspective in their “Drummer Blogs.” For more information: www.ericselby.com

Hohner Harmonica endorser JAY SUMMEROUR has been involved with music for well over 40 years. Beginning his musical education on the trumpet at age 7, Summerour learned the harmonica from his grandfather Smack Martin, an accomplished blues harmonica player.

Largely self-taught, Summerour picked up bits and pieces from “folks he ran into”—like Sonny Terry, James Cotton, and Magic Dick. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Summerour took the traditional harmonica into the popular arena, joining the Starland Vocal Band and playing with Nils Lofgren and his band Grin. Four of the Starland Vocal Band’s records went gold during Summerour’s tenure. He also plays with blues artist Warner Williams to perform at folk festivals, blues festivals, and Smithsonian concerts under the name Little Bit of Blues.

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