“Wandering through the halls during a music conference last fall, I was drawn like a moth to a flame by some funky finger picking, striking melodies, and clever lyrics . . . [John William Davis] is a writer who deserves more than passing comparison with the likes of Randy Newman and Tom Waits, albeit with slightly stronger connection to blues and folk roots than either of those guys. Davis has the same kind of eye and ear though. . . . And ability to take snapshots of the world around us and the peculiar characters who inhabit it with clever, razor sharp wordplay . . . I’m finding him my favorite songwriter at the moment.” –Mark Moss, editor of Sing Out! Magazine
John describes his musical journey as, “…basically a turnip raised in South Georgia migrates westward and picks up acoustic guitars after burning out on the rest of life.”
That “turnip” has won a number of songwriting awards, including the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters.
We’re excited to welcome John to the Cousin Andy’s stage.
Possessed of an elegant grace, on ‘The Art of Forgetting,’ her latest CD, Kyle Carey weaves together resonant threads of Celtic and American roots music into a rich tapestry of acoustic storytelling.
Carey showcases fluency with the Gaelic language and command of the secrets of pronunciation and tone when performing traditional Gaelic songs. In her original material, however, she breaks new ground in her ability to make that style the pulse of a new Gaelic American sort of folk music.
Kyle has gone back to the graves of her ancestors, learned the language they spoke, the songs they sang, and used this knowledge in creating a new sort of American folk music, one that continues to cross boundaries, to forge alliances.
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Cousin Andy’s welcomes Dana and Susan Robinson back to our stage, this time at Redbud Hill in Murphysboro (411 N. 9th St.).
From Cabot, Vermont – Americana-roots and folk duo, Dana and Susan Robinson are celebrating the release of their new recording, The Town That Music Saved with a 24 concert, six-week tour across the United States.
Dana and Susan combine vivid, songwriting and storytelling, with fiddle tunes, banjo grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing. Their compositions have been featured in Ken Burns’s “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea” and “The Dust Bowl.”
Drawing upon experiences of more than twenty years of touring, Dana and Susan craft a performance that conveys the mystery and wonders of their journey. Their unique blend of original songwriting and traditional Appalachian music, bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.
“Rural America explored with elegant simplicity. Their music and cleanly poetic songwriting bring to mind the great folksingers of our times.”
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Redbud Hill is located at 411 N. 9th St., Murphysboro. For more info, call 618-565-1238.
Cousin Andy’s welcomes Tom Neilson back to the Cousin Andy’s stage!
Tom provides a voice for those who believe in the power of folk music to effect change. His award-winning songs of humor and compassion have been performed in 21 countries on 5 continents. His lyrics are celebrated for their sophistication, political astuteness, & wit. His travels are reflected in his songs, intertwined with farm roots and a fervent commitment to social justice, as he writes about historical and current events. He has been at the for-front in helping communities organize against water privatization, mountain top removal, nuclear energy, incinerators, GMOs, fracking, & toxic waste. Known locally as the Bard Insurgent, Tom is a veteran of stage and street theater with his writing, acting, and directing. His songs draw the listener into his musical response to globalization.
“Does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it.” – Michael Stock, WLRN, Miami, FL
“consummate and gifted performer with a human & compassionate touch…one of the most savvy political songwriters I know.” – Derrick Jordan, Vermont Citizens Awareness Network
“Tom’s contemplative and moving critique of the media’s manipulation of the news is perceptive, intelligent, and right on. Using a blend of lyrical humor, stark fact, and compelling rhythm, he speaks to all of us who struggle towards truth.” – Sarah Underhill, People’s Music Network
For more info about Tom Neilson CLICK HERE
Jason Ringenberg returns to Carbondale for his latest solo release – Stand Tall!
Stand Tall was recorded and co-produced by Mike Lescelius at Misunderstudios in Murphysboro and included local musicians Andrew Staff, Stace England, Robbie Stokes, Gary Gibula, Tom Miller, Adam Fletcher, Robert Bowlin, Beth Koehler, Kathy Livingston, Kyle Tripplett and Mike Kartje. Many of those musicians will be joining Ringenberg for the concert.
Ringenberg, a northern Illinois native, moved to Nashville in 1981 to pursue his dream of “making a band that could kick American Roots music into the modern age.” He formed Jason & The Scorchers and never looked back. In 1999, the “Godfather of Americana,” as Mojo magazine dubbed him, went solo. He has released five albums, with everyone from the BBC to USA Today lauding his songwriting. His high-octane, one-man show prompted The Times (UK) to call him “one of the most exciting performers of his generation.”
Tickets are $10 in advance HERE
and at Plaza Records, 816 E. Main St., Carbondale. Tickets at the door are $15 and will be available beginning at 6 p.m., when The Varsity Bar opens.
The concert is presented by Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse and produced by Black Acre Productions.
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“Ben Bedford isn’t gunning for poet laureate of Illinois but if ever there was an equivalent honor for a singer-songwriter he’d have to be in the running.”
-Roy Kasten, The Riverfront Times-St. Louis
In the past twelve years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his songs for audiences all over the United States and Europe. Ben’s albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts and his music has been played on National Public Radio’s Car Talk and syndicated programs such as “River City Folk” (syndicated by WFMT), “The Midnight Special” (syndicated by WFMT), BBC-Scotland, and the SIRIUS XM station “The Village”, all helping to gain Bedford a wider geographical audience. In May of 2018, Bedford was named one of the six Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.
We are most pleased to welcome Ben back to the Cousin Andy’s stage!
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Tiny Tubers? Negligible Nightshades? No matter what you like to call them, you have to put Small Potatoes at the top of the Cousin Andy’s favorites list. Jacquie and Rich return to the Cousin Andy’s stage at Redbud Hill (411 N. 9th St., Murphysboro) for their annual Christmas and more show.
The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as “Celtic to Cowboy.” Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.”
Call 618-565-1238 for info or directions to Redbud Hill
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Cousin Andy’s partners with the Southern Illinois Irish Festival to welcome Andrew Finn Magill and Dave Curley to the stage at The Church of The Good Shepherd on Friday, November 9th, at 7:30pm.
Andrew Finn Magill is one of the leading Irish fiddle players in America. Tim O’Brien, multiple Grammy-winning artist says, “He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches [a recent CD] you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.” Finn has performed and recorded with some of the leading names in Irish music, and he also crosses over into jazz violin, and bluegrass and old-time fiddle.
Dave Curley, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from Corofin, Co. Galway, has been making big waves in the Irish music scene in Ireland, Europe and the U.S. in the last number of years. After graduating from the University of Limerick’s groundbreaking Irish Music and Dance programme with a 1st class honours, Dave became a creative member of award-winning bands SLIDE, a high energy quintet described by The Irish Times as “Irish music with attitude,” and RUNA, one of the most exciting and invigorating acts to grace the Irish music scene in the U.S., blending Celtic with Folk and Bluegrass music.
For more information on Andrew Finn Magill, CLICK HERE
For more information on Dave Curley, CLICK HERE
Traditional Celtic music with unique and innovative arrangements, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland, accompanied by guitar, Northumbrian smallpipes, and whistles. Traditional and historical tunes from Cape Breton Island, Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland, with a good measure of original music in the traditional style. This program will feature an impressive range of expression, from the jaunty and humorous to soulful, led by Patsy’s warm and multi-colored baritone voice, Dick’s variety of pipes and whistles, and the nimble instrumental virtuosity of both musicians.
The leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, for the past 20 years Dick Hensold has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the US. He is an active composer, writing both music in the traditional Celtic idiom, and in more elaborately-scored pieces. He is also a studio musician and theater musician, and is a 2006 Bush Artist Fellow. “The piping is fluent and assured…his technique is impressive…delightfully interpreted” — FolkWorld CD Reviews
As well as supplying the driving guitar rhythms of Celtic/World Music diva Eileen Ivers’ last European tour, and collaborating with many giants of the Celtic/World music scene, award-winning Irish artist Patsy O’Brien hosts guitar workshops all over the country, and NPR saw fit to feature one of his song arrangements on the prestigious All Songs Considered. Patsy’s songwriting reflects his penchant for seamless genre-hopping, and a strong interest in roots Americana as well as jazz. Veteran Irish music critic Paul Dromey declared Patsy “Ireland’s best-kept musical secret”.