The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series ™

Location: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ, a smoke & alcohol free environment

Time: 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted. 2nd Friday usually Open Stage/audition night

Admission: $10 on your way in plus the balance of what you think the show was really worth on your way out. Children 12 and under free.

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April Verch
Sep 28, 2012

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Friday, November 23: Windborne with Maia McCormick

Windborne

I Can HewThis is Windborne's return for a headline set, which was awarded them by audience acclaim after their stellar opening act for Frank Vignola in June.
Conjuring up echoes of the Canadian group "Finest Kind", Windborne is a harmony-driven quartet of 20-somethings who revel in the vocal traditions of the British Isles and early American folk song. To this they add vocal harmony traditions around the world from the Balkans to South Africa. They sing either acapella, or with spare accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, and percussion.

Maia McCormick

Maia McCormick came to folk music by way of the folk dance scene, through the unaccompanied song tradition. Her wide repertoire, gleaned from years of pub sings and song swaps, encompasses both the classic and contemporary; she performs touching ballads, rousing shanties, and some songs more ridiculous than sublime. (And the occasional dirty ditty). Maia with her warm, resonant voice offers her listeners choruses in abundance to sing with.

Friday, November 30: Reeds, Rhythm, And All That Brass with Frank & Hank

Reeds, Rhythm, And All That Brass

Jumpin' At The WoodsideLaunched in 1973, Reeds, Rhythm, and All That Brass is an 18-piece band playing the classic American Songbook repertoire of the Big Band era and beyond. Comprised of professional and semi-professional players, they perform the music made famous by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, and the like. The band includes Folk Project members Jeff Rantzer and Hen3ry Nerenberg on trombone, Darrell Courtley on sax, and Jay Wilensky on vocals.

Frank & Hank

Tonight's opening act is comprised of two members of our headline act. An eclectic mix of music from bluegrass to jazz to standards comes from the agile musical minds of Folk Project members Frank Sole and Hank (Hen3ry) Nerenberg. Frank is a skilled guitarist both in lead flatpicking styles and in Django-inspired jazz. Hen3ry (the 3 is silent) has one of the widest ranging musical minds in the Project, and is a genius at innovative and appropriate arrangement.

Friday, December 7: Chorus Song Night

Chorus Song Night

If you like to sing, this is the show for you. Four experienced song-leaders will take turns leading the audience in songs for all to sing. Songs with choruses, familiar favorites, choruses easily learned on the fly. Lots of chances to add harmonies if that's your style. The songleaders will be

  • Ken Schatz Renowned singer of traditional songs
  • Carrie Cantor:: Familiar folk and pop standards
  • Jerry Krantman: American Songbook, classic folk, & gospel
  • Mike Agranoff Purveyor of singable songs of all genres, and Program Chairman of the Minstrel

Saturday, December 8: A Folk Project Event
Tony Trischka Presents Of A Winter's Night   Special Event / Tickets $20adv / $25door

Tony Trischka Presents Of A Winter's Night

Of A Winter's Night is Tony Trischka's acoustic celebration of the holiday season. Based on his 2015 CD release of the same name, recorded at Levon Helm's Barn in Woodstock, NY this show features Trishka's considerable melodic inventiveness on a wide variety of seasonal tunes. He turns his inventiveness loose on Bluegrass and Americana music for the holidays. Tickets $20adv / $25 door

Friday, December 14: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, Open Stage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, December 21: A Folk Project Event
Folk Project Holiday Benefit Concert for the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship   $15 admission includes refreshments.

Folk Project Holiday Benefit Concert for the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship

Celebrate the Seasonal Holidays with The Folk Project. Come on by around 7:00PM to a sing-along with some favorite holiday carols. The concert starts at 7:30PM featuring, Mark Dutton, Randie O’Neil, Ken Chin, Pamela Zave, Dave Sherman, and Katherine Rondeau.

Friday, December 28: Karyn Oliver with Pepper & Sassafras

Karyn Oliver

Drag Your Angel UpKaryn Oliver has one of the finest voices in the Contemporary Folk / Americana field. Part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris, she effortlessly oscillates between bluesy and country. Minstrel audiences will recognize her as one quarter of the band "No Fuss and Feathers". Her musical inspirations come primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C.

Pepper & Sassafras

FlyPepper & Sassafras is the duo of Jeffrey Pepper Rogers and Wendy Ramsay. What the Kennedys do for folk rock, P&S do for straight folk. Well written songs with agile guitar accompaniment and really sweet harmonies and an old-timey feel.

Friday, January 4: Susan Werner with Zoe Mulford

Susan Werner

Did Trouble MeIt is rare performer who covers all the bases the way Susan Werner does. She scores off the chart in intelligence, heart, instrumental and vocal chops, and enough charisma to make Radio City Music Hall feel like your local coffeehouse. She writes with the stylish craft of a Cole Porter and the spirituality of a Bob Franke. She plays sophisticated, effortless and perfectlly tasteful accompaniment on piano and guitar. And she makes you feel a better person for having spent the evening in her presence.

Zoe Mulford

The President Sang Amazing GraceSinger-songwriter Zoe Mulford plants one foot on either shore of the Atlantic, with homes in Pennsylvania and Manchester England. She tackles the big eternal themes - love, death, food, laundry, etc. - with wit and honesty. Backing her clear vocals with guitar or clawhammer banjo, she serves up well-told stories seasoned with everything from old-time picking to Irish ballad, plus a dash of the blues. Her song, "The President Sang Amazing Grace" has been recently recorded by Joan Baez.

Friday, January 11: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, January 18: John Forster with Opening Act T.B.D.

John Forster

A Mismatch Made in HellJohn Forster obviously fell asleep one too many times as a child to the sound of his Tom Lehrer albums. This is evidenced by his twisted sense of humor, his delightfully skewed view of the human condition, and his prodigious skills as a pianist. His songs have a knack for taking the plausible but improbable, and leading that to its implausible but inevitable conclusion by way of unlikely rhymes, horrible puns, and ironic satire. John is a very funny man.

Friday, January 25: Joan & Joni with Opening Act T.B.D.

Joan & Joni

WoodstockJoan & Joni is a musical tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, performed by Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin respectively. Each of these singer-songwriters is possessed of a voice (and hair color) eerily reminiscent of that of their role models, and was heavily influenced by their predecessors' music in their own writing. This show explores the music and history of these two seminal figures in contemporary folk from the 60s to the present. Sprinkled in the program will be occasional samples of Allison's and Kipyn's own writing as well.

Friday, February 1: Folk Project Valentines Day Extravaganza

Your hearts will skip some beats at the Valentines Day Extravaganza, a wildly popular Folk Project fundraiser event. Folk Project Member performers will sing, dance and/or recite their way into your hearts as they perform their love-themed musical numbers on their own, or backed up by our terrific Lovin' Hearts Big Boogie Band, or our sophisticated Jazz ensemble. You will be treated to special Valentine sweets (or other more cardiac-friendly snacks if that's your desire) included in the $12 admission for this very special folk Project event. Come out and have your hearts throbbed!!

Friday, February 8: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, February 15: T.B.D.

Friday, February 22: Todd Dennison with Julie Parker Edelston

Todd Dennison

For the past 4 years, Todd Dennison has been the go-to guy when it came to supporting his fellow musicians' performing careers. His prodigious guitar and vocal skills and instinctive musicality made him a valuable musical partner to any number of member performers. But he's also a skilled songwriter, and it's time he had a show of his own at the Minstrel. So he and his various musical collaborators will make this a brilliant evening of music

Rhode Island RhodesThe youngest member of the Folk Project’s vaunted Edelston clan, Julie Parker Edelston, embarks on her songwriting career. She combines the sounds of musical theater and rock on piano, reminiscent of Sara Bareilles and Queen. She wrote her first song in 6th grade, and graduated from Berklee College of Music, majoring in Songwriting and minoring in Musical Theater Writing. She has been working closely with Livingston Taylor to perfect her songwriting and performance skills.

Friday, March 1: Mike & Ruthy (of The Mammals) with The Asaran Earth Trio

Mike & Ruthy (of The Mammals)

Simple and SoberMike Merenda & Ruthy Ungar are the front couple for the great contemporary stringband, "The Mammals". Mike plays guitar and banjo, and Ruthy guitar and fiddle. Ruthy in particular is an apple that fell real close to the tree of her father, Jay Ungar, with fiddle chops right up there with her legendary dad's. They play mostly original music, but maintain their traditional roots with some spirited fiddle tunes of all genres. The duo features great instrumental virtuosity, wonderful songs and stories, and an over-the-top high-energy performance.

Friday, March 8: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, March 15: T.B.D.

Friday, March 22: Tom Chapin with Opening Act T.B.D.

Tom Chapin

City of New OrleansTom Chapin's music spans generations from the heady Greenwich Village days when he performed with his brothers Harry, and Steve, and dad Jim, through to today. He serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, family music, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. With an agile fingerstyle guitar, gentle humor, audience inclusiveness, and a concern for the Earth and its resources, Tom puts on a memorable show.

Friday, March 29: Phil Ochs Song Night

Phil Ochs Song Night

When I'm Gone (From the 2012 performance at the Minstrel)An all-star cast consisting of Greg Greenway, Reggie Harris, Tom Prasada-Rao, & Pat Wictor will perform the songs of Phil Ochs. Phil was one of the seminal figures of the 60's Folk movement and penned dozens of classics that live today in the hearts of fans and performers alike. The evening will be hosted by Phil's sister, Sonny Ochs, who is still an active figure in the folk community. The performers will also include some of their own songs, and Sonny will add historical and biographical notes to put these songs in the context of the era and the times.

Friday, April 5: Cheryl Wheeler

Cheryl Wheeler

ArrowThere are two Cheryl Wheelers, actually. There's the Good Cheryl Wheeler, who stops you in your tracks with the most beautiful poignant ballad that can bring you to tears. And there's the Evil Cheryl Wheeler whose biting wit and relentless probing of the foibles and foolishness of society reminds you of Jon Stewart or George Carlin and leaves you helplessly rolling on the floor with laughter. And watching those two Cheryl Wheelers vie with each other on stage is what has made her a top drawing talent in the Folk World for over 3 decades.

Friday, April 12: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, April 19: Del Rey with The Green Planet Band

Del Rey

Livin' in a Great Big WayThose who attended our 2018 Spring Getaway will long remember the bravura performance they saw by Del Rey.She hits the stage like a miniature tornado with blues, ragtime, jug band, and novelty numbers played on steel guitar and ukulele. Her instrumental prowess approaches, but does not quite cross the borderline of being flashy. And it's all delivered with a twinkle in the eye, and a sense of humor that's a cross between Will Rogers and Monty Python. The woman is a pistol!

The Green Planet Band

The Green Planet Band is a family band comprised of siblings Kylee (13), Tyler (10), and Anna (10), along with Mama Lisa. It started with an elementary school talent show, and has grown to be a credible semi-professional folk-rock act with strong vocals by the kids and lead guitar work from Mama. They do music by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Journey, Neil Diamond, Buddy Holly, Linda Ronstadt, Elvis Costello, and others, and have been a big hit at numerous Folk Project and other local events.

Friday, April 26: RPR with Opening Act T.B.D.

RPR

Temporary SongThose who mourn the demise of the great Canadian band Tanglefoot will rejoice at the emergence of RPR, which might justifiably be called "Tanglefoot II". Three of T'foot's members, Rob Ritchie (keyboard), Steve Ritchie (guitar), and Al Parrish (bass) form the core of the band, and are joined by Beaker Granger (percussion & guitar). The full-throated folk sound is still there, along with some of the old band's repertoire. But the focus is broader and the musical palette more varied. The vocal harmonies are powerfully evident as ever, as is the energy, the finely-honed songwriting, the penchant for humour and the twinkling eyes.

Friday, May 3: The Kennedys with Jaclyn Fraser

The Kennedys

Midnight GhostWhen not serving as Nanci Griffith's backup band, The Kennedys have been joyfully rocking the folk world with their own unique brand of high-energy performance. It's more than the powerful close-harmony singing. It's more than the hot guitar work. It's more than the driving rhythms and power chords. It's the obvious chemistry between Pete and Maura Kennedy that is so charming and so contagious that the listener can't help but grin and join in their fun.

Jaclyn Fraser is a 18 year old singer we've discovered via our OpenStage. She’s been playing the guitar for four years and singing ever since she could talk. Jaclyn has performed as a soloist at Madison Square Garden, Prudential Center, and has toured with the “Paper Mill Playhouse’s Children All Stars on Tour" Company. She loves all genres of music especially pop and folk, and writes her own original music as well. She will be accompanied on guitar and vocals by her guitar teacher, Jeff Bourlier.

Friday, May 10: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, May 17: Closed for the Folk Project Spring Getaway

Friday, May 24: T.B.D.

Friday, May 31: T.B.D.

Friday, June 7: T.B.D.

Friday, June 14: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, June 21: David Roth with Opening Act T.B.D.

Practice Makes ProgressIn describing David Roth, Peter Yarrow (Of Peter, Paul, & Mary) writes, "With voices like his still singing, there's a certainty that the candle will remain lit, the hope reasserted, and the dream still sung," David has sung everywhere from headlining the Kerrville Folk Festival to presenting the National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls NBA game. He has great vocal chops, an engaging stage presence, and the ability to inspire a belief in a brighter future with his songs.

Friday, July 5: Closed

Friday, July 12: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, July 19: T.B.D.

Friday, July 26: The Minstrel's 44th Birthday Show   Tonight: $$12 admission includes birthday cake & refreshments.

Friday, August 2: T.B.D.

Friday, August 9: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, August 16: T.B.D.

Friday, August 23: Minstrel Closed for Uke Fest

More information to come

Friday, August 30: T.B.D.

Friday, September 6: T.B.D.

Friday, September 13: OpenStage   Admission: $10 general, $5 for age 21 & under, OpenStage only.

The Minstrel OpenStage is the place where a diverse collection of acoustic musicians perform for a welcoming, supportive, and attentive audience. We’re a listening room, not a noisy bar. We've often seen previews of our regularly scheduled opening acts for the first time at our Open Stage. ( For information on how to sign up to perform at our next Open Stage, visit www.OpenStage.FolkProject.org.

Friday, September 20: Garnet Rogers with Opening Act T.B.D.

Garnet Rogers

Sailor's RestWith his smooth, dark baritone, his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet Rogers is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. He became a touring musician right out of high school as a member of his brother Stan's band. His music is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.