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September 15, 2001


Martha Trachtenberg is a founding member of the Buffalo Gals, the first all-female bluegrass band. She has sung on records by Marty Stuart, Tony Trischka, Stacey Phillips, Lewis London and Bottle Hill, as well as on commercials for everything from Miller Beer, Campbell's Soup and Kudos to Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants and Easy Bake toy ovens. Her solo for Folger's Coffee brought calls from friends and fans across the country who recognized her distinctive voice.

An accomplished songwriter as well, Martha has had songs recorded by the Buffalo Gals, Tony Trischka and Skyline, Kathy Chiavola, Eileen Sharkey and Colleen Grace. Two of her songs were chosen by Robbie Wolliver of the Long Island Voice for its local-artist compilation CDs, Those Damn Folkies and Jilted. The Better Half, a collaboration with her husband, Tom Griffith, was named one of the top ten albums of 1997 by the Long Island Voice. Her composition "Ticket Back" was chosen as the title cut for the Skyline compilation Ticket Back: A Retrospective, released by Rounder in 1998.

It's About Time is Martha's first solo album. Produced and arranged by award-winning producer and composer Tom Griffith, it features as guest artists the internationally renowned jazz bassist Eddie Gomez; chart-topping singer Michael Johnson ("Bluer Than Blue," "Almost Like Being in Love," "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder"); Grammy award-winner Marty Stuart (member of the Grand Ole Opry and mandolinist extraordinaire); and world-famous banjo innovator Tony Trischka.

Martha returned to the FMSH stage as a featured performer for her first time in three years. Her performance wowed the audience, and we were happy to welcome her back.

Link to Martha's web site  


Peter Spencer was a founding member of New York City's Fast Folk Musicians cooperative in the 1980s, and his brilliant guitar-playing and his songs' oddball lyricism enlivened many of the group's compilation albums. For the last decade-plus he has been a distinguished music critic and author. New Hope and Wise Virgins, his first commercial release since the 1982 LP Paradise Loft, is the most complete showcase yet of this prodigious talent.

New Hope and Wise Virgins is a combination of poetry, melody and mood that incorporates his knowledge of roots music and his ability to write and perform music that evokes deep feelings. You will laugh at "Wolverines" and "Godzilla Feet" while wondering at his guitar virtuosity. "Casanova's Waltz" is a haunting song based on the life of the great lover while "Chinatown" dips and sways, full of New York imagery.

This was Peter's first time visit to our stage, and his performance was thoroughly enjoyed by an appreciative crowd.

Link to Peter's web site