Song Circle, with Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Dar Williams, Liz Queler, Pete Seeger and Seth Farber.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Harbor Stage 1:45PM-3:00PM
4 great singer-songwriters come together this year for a circle of songs and collaborations in the true spirit of Newport Folk.
John Gorka’s energetic acoustic music is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life. In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine called him “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement.”
Ellis Paul is a key figure in what has become known as the Boston school of songwriting, a literate, provocative and urbanely romantic folk-pop style that helped ignite the folk revival of the 1990s. His pop music songs have appeared in movies and on television, bridging the gap between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
Dar Williams’ career began in the New England folk scene of the mid-1990s but since then she’s become one of the premier singer/songwriters in America. An idiosyncratic songwriter who writes folk songs from a unique, often insightful perspective.
Liz Quler has been hailed by Billboard Magazine as “a singer’s singer”. A native New Yorker and the daughter of renowned opera conductor Eve Queler, Liz’s voice and compositions have been heard on countless jingles as well as TV and film soundtracks. Her folk/rock songwriting, a cross between Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow, has won her numerous awards.
Seth Farber (keyboards/accordion/vocals) was musical director to the late, great Odetta for the last decade, producing three CDs, two of which were nominated for Grammys. He was also assistant conductor at the Broadway musical “Hairspray” for it’s 6 year run.
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