2020-21 Season 11 Line-Up
Joe Jencks is a 22-year veteran of the international folk music circuit, an award-winning songwriter, a gifted guitar master, and a celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area. He is known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Joe delivers engaging musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, he serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel!
Co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun, Jencks has also penned several #1 folk songs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor. From Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to Festivals across the U.S.A. and Canada, he has become a fan favorite throughout North America and beyond. Joe is also a dual U.S.-Irish citizen and has served as a Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. State Department. For more info, please visit: www.joejencks.com and www. ucdsm.org/concerts.
Past Concerts in our 2019-20 Season:
Sample Music Video: “Fusebox” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZmH3ChEZ2E
Raised by wolves, taught by squirrels, friend of the owl- Matthew Wilburn Skinner sings songs of happiness and sorrow. As one-third of the band Tallgrass, he’s done his part to expand the possibilities of the banjo beyond a bluegrass instrument. “I used to just try and play really fast,” he admits. “Which was a challenge, but then I realized you can’t move the soul with that many notes, heh. Just the feet.” He still plays fast sometimes, “I can’t help it, haha, it’s fun,” but it seems to have moved beyond a sport for him somehow. (more…)
Sample Music Video: “Hurricane Angel” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGwMD8HoOkE
A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller — all are fair labels for this artist, but they do not quite suffice. However, the tattoo of Woody Guthrie worn proudly on his arm is a good starting place from which to grasp Ellis Paul, for it is from the Woody Guthrie tradition that he hails, and Maine as well. Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and James Taylor are also listed among his influences, and their spirits seem to occasionally grace his work. With an acoustic guitar in hand, he weaves intimate, provocative, and romantic tales of lives that were obviously witnessed by a most-talented voyeur. (more…)
Sample Music Video: “Lonely” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vB1ioUaOlU
Originally from South Carolina, Kyshona has been resident in Nashville since 2014. Her songwriting skills and powerful, emotional voice are taken to new heights on her latest two albums, Go and The Ride. The buzz that followed her latest tours in the U.S.A. and U.K. can certainly be understood when listening to her songs and voice. (more…)
On tour from the U.K. and a winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ards International Guitar Festival located there as well, Sarah McQuaid draws on both traditional British and contemporary folk styles with her captivating, unorthodox songwriting and layered, satin vocals. Her mellow,warm tones will be an excellent compliment to a crisp, golden autumn evening! (Click here for more information: http://www.sarahmcquaid.com/)
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Bonus Pre-Season Add-on Show
In the current turmoil and upheaval in the world, we need to laugh, and we need to hope. Roy Zimmerman’s signature blend of musical comedy with both heart and hilarity has never been more necessary.
In a career spanning more than thirty years, Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views on social media. With his satirical folk quartet, The Foremen, he recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. Roy has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, The Roches, Andy Borowitz, The Chambers Brothers, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. (Click here for more information: https://mailchi.mp/5512e25aa204/roy-zimmerman-returns-in-bonus-pre-season-show )