Saturday, November 16, 2002

on the same program with

Aengus Finnan

Aengus Finnan is songs have been collected and written at truck-stops, graveyards, orchards, nursing homes, derelict barns, old railway lines, and a lover's door - songs of life that beckon us to "remember what was forgotten, restore what was lost, and redeem what might have been".

engus thrilled our audience tonight with his sensitive heartfelt ballads performed with his clear sonorous voice. This young man is destined to achieve international fame and acclaim, — his talents are transcendent, with echos of James Taylor.

engus Finnan, Irish by birth and raised in a Canadian farmhouse since he was three with a love for legends and lore, has been touring and writing for five years - and this past summer he won the new songwriting award at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

is latest CD, North Wind, is a raw, dramatic, tender, and wild glimpse of the day-to-day, historical, and gripping inspiration of a young artist, experienced by struggling to make a meaningful life, perpetually poor across Canada. With his plaintive voice and acoustic guitar, the dark-haired Finnan sings his way through songs that had the audience laughing one moment and shedding tears the next.

hrough 5 years, 4 cars, 3 guitars, 2 albums, and countless miles and snippets of songs Aengus has chased 1 dream. The path he stands on is well blazed by songwriters before him, but he has found a home and a voice.

his was Aengus' debut performance at our Hard Luck Café stage, and the audience demanded his first American encore. We look forward to being able to bring Aengus back to our First Saturday stage for a full evening together with his recording/performing partners, David Rogers and Trevor Mills. Stay tuned.

Link to Aengus' music clips:             Link to Aengus' web site:

and on the same program

Caroline Doctorow

CAROLINE DOCTOROW losing this blustery evening's exciting concert, Caroline Doctorow brought her voice, her guitar and her band to our stage.

aroline Doctorow's voice has been described as "part Emmylou Harris, part Victoria Williams". Her style of contemporary folk blends bluegrass, traditional country, pop, rockabilly, and even some jazz to create a compelling sound.

orn and raised in New York, Caroline began playing guitar at the age of eight, and as a teenager spent countless summer weekends traveling to folk festivals. Caroline began performing professionally while in college in Amherst, MA. She later moved to Seattle, to perform with The Barking Dog Bluegrass Band.

fter several years on the west coast, Caroline moved back east to Sag Harbor, NY and began touring extensively, opening for Alison Krauss, Michelle Shocked, The Band, Phoebe Snow, Eric Weissberg, Eddie Rabbit, Tom Paxton and many others. In 1998, Tom Paxton asked her to join him in headlining a concert at the Stephen Talkhouse, which led to Caroline's recording of his song Passing Through Tulsa on her record of that name.

aroline is an outstanding songwriter, and has just released her third recording, That Changes Everything, which has been well received. Caroline, the daughter of famed writer E. L. Doctorow, was well received by tonight's audience.

Link to Caroline's web site: listen to song clips from That Changes Everything.

Our open mike tonight featured solo performances by Rich McElvoy, John Giambalvo, Richard Barnhard, Bill Lauter, Andy Romanoff, Alan Michaelson, Scott MacDonald, Ed Luhrs, James O'Malley, Mark Yodice, and Amy Tuttle.

If you weren't here tonight, you missed another of the very best programs of the year ...