We are absolutely thrilled the Greg is coming back! As one of the leading performers on the national folk circuit, Greg brings a level of polish to his performance that is rarely acheived. His songs are moving and thought-provoking, and many have shown their appreciation for Greg’s writing by performing their own versions of his work. It’s always a pleasure to be able to share Greg’s performance with my friends here in Evansville.
|Ever since moving to Indiana, I’ve been hearing about this guy hamed Grey Larsen. Until recently, this is the extent of what I knew. He plays Irish flute, he lives in Bloomington, and he’s a really nice guy. Since then I’ve learned that Grey is considered one of the world’s leading masters of Irish flute, that he has recorded with world renouned musicians and plays a variety of styles and a number of instruments. He has more than a dozen recordings featuring his music, a couple of books on playing whistle, and he teaches music workshops across the country and across the ocean. Enough already, you’re coming, right?|
Last summer I had a free day and pointed the pick-up toward Iroquois Park in Louisville for a day’s worth of mountain-biking and music at Kentucky Music Weekend. While waiting for Bill Staines and Jean Ritchie to take the stage, I sat back to enjoy a picnic basket of brie and cabernet while taking in the opening acts. That’s where I discovered Wild Carrot. Pamela Temple and Spencer Funk make up this duo from Cincinnati, and they’re both highly talented performers blending jazz vocals with superb fingerstyle guitar.
We really had a blast hosting Pamela and Spencer. I found out that I am not alone in my music instrument obsession, as it turns out Spencer is just as much under the spell of “musical instrument acquisition syndrome” as I am. Why do I keep meeting these people that I want to take guitar lessons from, and they live hours away?
This show really should have given equal billing to Tim’s talented wife, Jan Lucas. We really enjoyed the banter, camradre, and counter-point of these two well matched companions. Both veterans of the L.A. television and film industry, They’re equally self-confident as creative individuals in front of a crowd. The show was very engaging, and it was the first time I got to take in a performance from the back of the room, having just had my foot worked on a few days earlier. Listening to Tim talk about the inspirations for his songs was a treat, and talking about visiting author and essayist Wendell Berry at his home was a rare treat.
Alan has been releasing solo collections since 1981, with his latest release titled “Journey”. He’s a terrific performer, a successful songwriter and talented painter who creates some really great T-shirts and artwork that he sometimes sells along with CDs after the shows. Alan’s an exceptional stage performer, in that he makes it all look easy. He has many stories and experiences to share, and his songs are well crafted. And living in Nashville for so many years, he knows the business from the inside out, and knows how to keep from getting trapped in the middle of it.