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Concerts are Sundays at 7 p.m.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Mustard's Retreat
plus Kipyn Martin

Mustard’s Retreat (David Tamulevich and Michael Hough) met in Ann Arbor in 1974, as short order cooks, both on hiatus from their studies at the University of Michigan. Discovering a mutual interest in music/writing and performing, they put together three songs one day after work, and took them to the legendary Ark coffeehouse’s open mike night. They were a hit, and, on the spot, were invited back to do a 45-minute set two weeks later. Within a year and a half they had both quit the restaurant and were doing music full time. 40 years later, they have 12 highly acclaimed recordings of their own, plus 3 more CDs with their songwriting collective, The Yellow Room Gang. Mustard’s Retreat has performed more than 4,000 shows over those years and traveled more than 1 million miles.

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Mid-Atlantic singer/songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Her voice is gathering a reputation in the region, hailed by listeners as "an instrument of unrefined purity" (Leicester Bangs) and "the most pure voice I've ever heard" (Karin Fuller, he Charleston Gazette). She plays festival stages in Virginia and Maryland and delights audiences at vineyards, coffeehouses, and house concerts throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Her song Nightbird won the Director’s Choice Award at this year's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.

“David Tamulevich and Michael Hough’s engaging stage presence, myriad of subject matter, and the sheer joy that they take in playing has made Mustard’s Retreat one of the most revered bands in folk music today.”
- Madison Folk Music Society

“To say Kipyn's voice is angelic is an understatement, a cliche almost too tired to stand, and yet that is precisely how it must be defined. Crystal clear like a late winter stream coursing down the side of a mountain, rich and honeyed, mellifluous, dulcet tones spread out and filled the room.”
- Ginger Hamilton Caudill


Sunday, April 13, 2014
David Mallett
plus Thomas Gunn

As Sing Out has said about David Mallett, "Songwriting doesn’t get much better than this, and performing doesn’t get much more honest." David Mallett's songs are rooted in place and speak to the essential things that move us all. If you grow up in a small rural town, as Mallett did, you can't help but learn its stories. He knows about the people who shouldn't have stayed, but did, and those who shouldn't have left, but did. The loss of American towns and rural landscapes is the subject of many of his songs, as are the issues of wilderness preservation and the struggle of the common man.

David's classic songs have been recorded by Pete Seeger, John Denver, Marty Stuart, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss and others. But he also has created his own masterpieces in the past decade, with 5 CDs on his own North Road label. They include Artist In Me (acclaimed by Associated Press as one of the year’s best records), Midnight on the Water (a live cd), The Fable True (exploring the spoken word realm with a collection of Henry David Thoreau’s stories about his visits to Maine) and Alright Now (proclaimed “a masterpiece” by the Boston Globe.).

London-born Thomas Gunn was reared in Europe. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a degree in film scoring. He currently lives in the piedmont area of Central Virginia, where he performs with three bands, teaches music and makes homemade stout beer.

“He harks back to the earnest ambitions and heartfelt melodies of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, singing with the conviction that folk can still be heroic. David Mallet has a lustrous, melancholy voice that both engages and lulls the listener, never stretching too high or too low but always staying comfortable and believable.”
- The New York Times Syndicate