OUR ANNUAL SHOWCASE CONCERT
Every year, members of the FMSH contribute their varied and impressive talents to produce a very special concert.
This year we had a wide variety of our gifted member local artists who showed us their talents. The outstanding group of star artists for this year's concert were (listed in appearance order):
Stuart has been playing professionally for 15 years. He has shared the stage with Tom Paxton, Oscar Brand, Christine Lavin and many others. He is half of the music duo Strike the Bell and is reknowned for his amazing repitoire of sea chantys. Recently he joined with Glen Roethel and Hillary Foxsong to play as the very harmonious trio Gathering Time.
Andy professes that "He just love to play" and we just love to marvel at his playing.
Ron has made a living from music since he taught himself to play guitar as a teenager in The Bronx. He's currently in the process of recording his 6th CD, entitled Late Bloomer, due to be released in the Spring.
Singer/songwriter Suzanne Ernst combines folk, folk/rock and pop influences with her lifelong interest in philosophy and spiritual studies to produce thoughtful and sometimes humorous songs that point to an inward look for truth.
Known as The Rocket, Ken is not only a fantastic harmonica player but also an accomplished mandolin, guitar, tin whisle, washboard and clarinet player (it's been reported that he can play them all at once). His band, the Red River Ramblers performs all over Long Island, and last year with Bruce MacDonald, he represented the Long Island Blues Society in the duo category for the International Blues Challenge.
Glen Roethel is a singer/songwriter who has been heard on many radio shows. He has performed in Europe, China and Japan. John Platt of WFUV calls him a great performer with a great voice. He is the founder of the hot new folk harmony trio Gathering Time which also features Hillary Foxsong and Stuart Markus who opened our show.
Bob has been writing and recording songs since the late 70's. After recording pop and country music, Bob was written up in the New York Times for his recent CD with folk songs about his hometown, Levittown for it's 60'th anniversary. Performing in schools, libraries and outdoor events, Bob is happy to be on our stage tonight, and we found his songs exciting.
Larry Moser & Mary Nagin
Larry Moser and Mary Nagin play old time traditional music at concerts, dances, parties and other events.. You can hear them at the OLd Bethpage Village Restoration in the warmer weather and around the Winter holidays. They feature the hammered dulcimer, an instrument with a long history and distinctive charm, which Larry played in their opening number, accompanied by Mary on her fiddle. Larry switched to guitar and then closed with a rousing number on his accordian.
Ed was accompanied by Tom Wilson on the harmonica
Ed is a singer/songwriter who has performed on stage and in studios spanning the 60's thru the 80's when he appeared with a number of rock 'n roll legends. He currently heads up the Birch Creek Band, a local classic/country rock band. Lately, he has also been returning to his original folk roots and penning a number of songs of personal interest using that musical form and inclination.
James has opened and performed with a veritable Who's Who from the folk music world. He's been a finalist in the Plowshares Songwriting Contest not once, but twice. His songs have been played on WUSB, WFUV, WSHU, and WFDU. He has two CD's out and he's working on a new one AND, what's best of all, he still loves to write songs.
The performances tonight were terrific each one every bit as good as all of the others, and every one incomparable, unique and superlative a perfect balanced program!
Our host this evening was Larry Lewitt