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Schedule - 2016/2017 Season
All shows begins at 8:00 pm. Doors open 45 minutes before performance time.
|Saturday, March 4, 2017 —
Debra Cowan and John Roberts
Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior
For over 45 years, British expatriate John Roberts has been singing and playing old songs, meaning that many of the songs and tunes in his extensive repertoire can be traced back at least one hundred years. He is also considered one of the foremost Anglo concertina players
in the English-speaking world and uses the banjo for unique settings in many of the songs he sings. He can give the background of any song he performs, often telling the listener the circumstances from which it might have been written and from whom the song was collected.
It all started with a question in 2009: "How are you getting to Chicago?" And with that, folk musicians John Roberts and Debra Cowan decided to team up for a series of small concerts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois before arriving as separately booked artists
at the Fox Valley Folklore Society annual festival. The combination of car-pool and mini-tour was successful enough that John and Debra continue to do more performing together both in the USA and in 2011, with a successful tour in the United Kingdom. "Wonderful! I could do
an entire two hour show with just John and Debra" -- David Guzzetti, host Woody and Friends KZFR 90.1 Chico, CA "Two of the finest voices in folk music" -- Ron Olesko, Sing Out! Magazine
A show of traditional and original songs by either John or Debra is wonderful. Put them together and it's truly magical.
|Saturday, April 1, 2017 —
with special guest Scott Cook
Tickets: $20 adults/$18 student/senior
From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania.
Folk meccas like Texas. Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him -- Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey,
Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin -- had become his peers. Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka
songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits,
Mountain Stage, eTown and has appeared on CNN. His new song "Where No Monuments Stand" is featured in the upcoming documentary "Every War Has Two Losers", about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993). John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on
the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. We are thrilled that we could get him to play for us in Hinsdale, as he tours the world.
A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada's Scott Cook has managed to distill the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious finger style guitar and claw hammer banjo arrangements. His release "One More Time Around" was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track "Pass It Along" won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest.
|Saturday, May 6, 2017 —
Claudia Schmidt and
Tickets: $18 adults/$16 student/senior
More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival
stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing. There is no doubt in any concert goer's mind that Sally Rogers can sing. "Boy, can she sing!" But not all singers are also gifted songwriters: Sally Rogers also has that gift. Several of her songs have been mistaken for traditional material, with memorable tunes that follow you wherever you go. Claudia and Sally celebrate 35 years of singing together on their powerful, fun, high energy new CD entitled: "We are Welcomed".
Saturday October 8 2016, 8pm - Michael Smith!
(Roy Zimmerman was forced to cancel)
Saturday November 12 2016, 8pm - Joel Mabus with special guests
Ask Your Folks $18/$16
Saturday January 7 2017, 8pm - Beth Wood AND
Saturday February 4 2017, 8pm - Ellis Paul with special guest
Heather Styka $20/$18
Saturday March 4 2017, 8pm - Debra Cowan AND John Roberts $18/$16
Saturday April 1 2017, 8pm - John Gorka with special guest
Scott Cook $20/$18
Saturday May 6 2017, 8pm - Claudia Schmidt AND Sally Rogers $18/$16
Season tickets at $112/$100 (seniors)
Dinner before the show?
Vistro Restaurant .
Check out our friends at:
112 S. Washington Street
Mention Acoustic Renaissance Concerts (or ARC) for a
10% discount on your meal!
| This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency