Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
plus Tiffany Thompson
Joe Crookston lives in Ithaca, NY, and tours regularly in the United States, Ireland and Canada. He is an artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world he creates and you’ll end up in the moment, humming and buzzing with the rest of the crowd. You’ll ride along mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through personal stories along the way. Amber eyes, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Grandmother Moons, Galway heather, meter maids and silver crowns. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired, with a renewed sense of what’s possible.
D.C.-based Tiffany Thompson has a rich, clear voice -- reminiscent of Adele, Jewel or Norah Jones -- that brings to life her poetic and personal lyrics. Playing both piano and guitar, Tiffany has a dynamic stage presence and storytelling style that wins her fans of all ages.
Tiffany has called a lot of places home. The daughter of a minister, she was born in Iowa, then lived in Moscow, Russia, in the early 1990s. She spent her adolescence in Austin, Texas, where she recorded her first record and graduated high school. Then she was off to Wheaton College in Illinois to major in political science, while playing out at cafes in around Chicago. Since 2008, Tiffany has been touring the East Coast and Midwest as a solo artist, fusing together story-telling folk and pop songs with an often jazzy sound.
“At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance stand out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Stunning performance, great songs, and not a word wasted!”
- David Francey
“Thompson’s textured voice—part crooner, part folkstress—sings of golden dreams and sculpts broken spirits into polished songs of beauty.”
- Northern Virginia Magazine
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
and Julie Clark
Lara Herscovitch’s music is an original blend of
modern acoustic/folk with blues, jazz, and pop
influences. Former State Troubadour of Connecticut
(2009-2010), Lara brings a charm, authenticity, and
love of performing that immediately resonates with
diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A
Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Her
latest CD, "Four Wise Monkeys" (produced by John
Jennings), is about facing adversity and undergoing
transformation — personal, social, political. While
the proverbial three wise monkeys see no evil, hear
no evil and speak no evil, Lara's message is clear:
Take a stand. Make a choice. Pick a side. Do
Lara is trained as a policy social worker. She has
worked in the United States, Latin America and
Asia, on behalf of disadvantaged communities —
focusing on education and juvenile justice, themes
that also echo in her music.
To listen to Julie Clark's music is to plunge into emotion: sometimes splashing playfully on the surface of light-heartedness, sometimes diving deeply into more complex feelings. Regardless of which emotion is stirred, you’ll find her unique voice and lyrics to be remarkably expressive.
Julie's songwriting addresses a broad range of human experience with surprising honesty and insight. Many of her songs share an underlying theme of hope and speak to the strength and resiliency of our dreams and desires. Her songwriting also has garnered her considerable acclaim: She won the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition, took first place in the Great American Song Contest, and was Folk/Acoustic Artist of the Year at the Virginia Music Awards.
“Lara has become a force on the folk scene of the northeast with a winning stage presence that charms audiences while she makes them sit up and listen to songs of personal and social meaning.”
- Review, GroundsAndSounds.org