JASON RINGENBERG, Saturday, 3/9, 7pm at The Varsity Center

JasonJason 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.

For more info about Jason, CLICK HERE

Ben Bedford, 7:30PM **THURSDAY** FEBRUARY 7th, at The Church of The Good Shepherd

00158Bedford_Ben_2017-xnbn“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!

For more info about Ben Bedford CLICK HERE

Small Potatoes, 7:30pm Friday, December 14th, at Redbud Hill – a Cousin Andy’s event

TINY TUBERS YELLOW MOON 15622536_10154238027461313_4662580224134333283_nTiny 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

For more info about Small Potatoes CLICK HERE

Andrew Finn Magill and Dave Curley, Friday 11/9, 7:30pm, at COGS — a SoIL Irish Festival and Cousin Andy’s Event

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.

AFMAndrew 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.

DCDave 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

DAVE DERSHAM – SATURDAY, October 13th, 7:30pm at The Church of The Good Shepherd


Born in Eugene, Oregon, Dave spent his formative years in Amherst, Massachusetts, eventually attending Oberlin College. After a summer cooking beneath Wyoming’s Tetons, teaching in the Dakota Black Hills, learning Spanish in Guatemala, and conducting treks across Idaho, the muse pulled Dave to the luster of the Cambridge folk scene where he completed his first CD, “The Burn of Summer.”  The album enjoyed regular airtime on folk radio, and produced a finalist selection for the nationally syndicated Mountain Stage’s Emerging Artist competition.  His second CD, “Gilding the Lilies” was released in the fall of 2011 and was distributed internationally. He is currently working on his third CD to be released in 2019.

For more info about Dave, CLICK HERE

DICK HENSOLD and PATSY O’BRIEN, Friday, May 4th, 7:30pm – The Church of the Good Shepherd

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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”.


For more info about Dick Hensold CLICK HERE

For more info about Patsy O’Brien CLICK HERE

SALLY BARRIS – Friday, April 13th, 7:30pm at The Church of The Good Shepherd

SallyB-Press2_DSC_6191Cousin Andy’s is excited to welcome Sally Barris back to the Cousin Andy’s stage.

Sally has become a Grammy-nominated A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by several top-level artists.  While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano.  Dirty Linen says “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality”.  The Minnesota native has performed Mountain Stage, New Bedford Summer Fest, Wildflower Arts & Music Festival, and The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally is currently touring with her new cd “The Road in Me”. 

For more info about Sally CLICK HERE

TOM NEILSON – Thursday, March 29th, 7pm – Church of the Good Shepherd

TOM NEILSON 2018-03-14_21-13-57Cousin 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

PAUL BROCK BAND – Thursday, March 8th, 7:30pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Carbondale

Paul-Brock_17Come hear the best Irish music this side of St. Patrick’s Day! This 4-person band from Ireland will be playing at Cousin Andy’s Coffeehouse, in association with the Southern Illinois Irish Festival, on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30, at Church of the Good Shepherd in Carbondale. Adults $15; children admitted for whatever you’d like to donate.

A beacon of passion and precision, integrity and diversity, the Paul Brock Band is steeped in the Irish musical tradition and yet manages to seamlessly, effortlessly blend and fold in elements from American old time and bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions to create something accessible, recognizable, beautiful, and entirely unique. This ability is exemplified in the band’s most recent album, Green Grass Blue Grass, featuring 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs.

For more info about The Paul Brock Band CLICK HERE

For more info about Southern Illinois Irish Festival CLICK HERE


Groundhog Revival III – Friday, February 2nd, 7pm – The Church of The Good Shepherd Fellowship Hall

Groundhog Revival III returns as an evening to benefit Cousin Andy’s Concert Series

Some of our favorite local musicians will gather to sing an original song or two, and then each will spin The Wheel of Misfortune to learn which song of interestingly paired music and lyrics is to be sung.  To add to the hilarity, a roll of The Dice of Despair may determine the required key.








Our Groundhog Reivivaliers for 2018 include Honey & Tar . . . Tim Crosby & The Lightning Strikes . . . Curt Wilson . . . Marshall Anderson . . . Kindred Moon . . . Chris Brown . . . Andrea Stader . . . For Healing Purposes Only . . . Rog ‘n’ Bob

Doors open at 6:30pm

All proceeds will benefit Cousin Andy’s Concert Series