2016-17 CALENDAR
LAUNCHING our 50th year!
all shows 7:30 unless noted
Age: 17
Birthday: November 28
School: Westside
Favorite vacation: Whistler
Favorite book: Skaters rule 
Favorite movie: Hit the dirt
Favorite quote: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetuer adipiscing.


Sat Mar 4 - 7:30 pm...GE Theatre
An Evening with 
“Lush soundscapes breathing wetly beneath her elegant, operatic groove and seductively conversational vocals feels like one long, loving lullaby for lives in trouble, peppered with useful wisdom” BOSTON GLOBE


Every new album from Dar Williams represents her thoughts and feelings about both her own life and larger forces in the world. But her ninth studio record, Emerald (2015), marked a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture—and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history.

In the past few years, Williams has been involved in a wide range of different efforts and projects: teaching a course titled “Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy” at her alma mater, Wesleyan University; working with children at several summer camps; leading songwriting workshops; getting involved with the workings of her village; and writing a book about the ways she’s seen towns becoming more independent and prosperous over her twenty years of touring. In addition, in the face of dramatic transformations in the music industry, she is released Emerald on her own after choosing to part ways with Razor & Tie, her label for almost twenty years.

“I’m now experiencing the fruits of the alternative culture I was part of in the ‘90s,” she says. “I think I’ve made choices about how I lived my life, outside of the world that was going to fit me among the mainstream norms, and I chose to stay with my friends, to stay with my culture.

“That turns out to have been the sturdiest structure I could have built for myself. And that’s in my songs, it’s in my teaching. I’m a believer in what can happen when we make music together.”

We presented her to the region as a young singer-songwriter at the beginning of her career, and are pleased to welcome her back as one of America’s finest singer-songwriters!


"...Young, talented, daring...helping to transform the way the instrument is being played around the world..."
                               ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE (naming 
                               Hall to Top 30 Guitarists under 30)

His music ranges from edgy driving rhythms to soft melodic phrases. His original instrument, the “kalimbatar” combines guitar and kalimba (African thumb piano), opening up for Hall new possibilities for solo instrumental music. 
He has been featured on various national radio stations including NPR, and national and international television networks including NBC, PBS and German national television. 

                             **Tix $26 Advance; $28 day of show;
                                $40 Gold Circle

Sat Mar 11 - 7:30 pm...Underground
Sheridan: “Frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny...fuses myth with modern culture, Persephone with Botox”      CORNELL FOLKSONG SOCIETY

Wainwright: “[That] regal voice could fell a redwood”
                            BOSTON GLOBE

An exciting evening with two richly talented singer-songwriters, who often intersect at such master songwriting and performance camps as Swannanoa Gathering and Puget Sound.

COSY SHERIDAN writes about wide-ranging subjects like the stock market crash of 2008, and fall-out from uranium mining in the American southwest. She re-writes Greek myth whence, for instance, Persephone runs away with Hades the biker. And then there are her funny parodies on aging and women; all-in-all, she writes love songs for adults and practical philosophy for a complicated world. Her impeccable, distinctive percussive guitar style magnifies her lyrical dexterity. 

She took top songwriting honors in 1992 at both Kerrville Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has written songs, performed and toured ever since. Her latest CD, Pretty Bird (2014) charted in the Top 100 songs of 2014 on American radio’s "Folk DJ" list, and was named as one of  Sing Out! magazine’s “Great CDs of 2014.”

SLOAN WAINWRIGHT boasts a striking contralto and a unique songwriting ability. Her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues—binds together the melodiously sultry tones of her rich voice. 
Seven solo CDs to her credit, she has appeared with such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Rufus Wainwright, and Martin Sexton. Recent performances include  NYC’s The Bottom Line and the massive “Gathering of the Vibes.” She has received ASCAP’s Special Award every year consecutively since 1996.

Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary folk music. But Wainwright’s own incredible gift is not only her fine songwriting ability but also her dramatically voiced rendition of original songs. 

“Her melodies are the tantalizing equivalent of smoky aromas emanating from a soul kitchen"    iTUNES

                    **Tix $24 Advance; $27 day of show; $40 Gold Circle
Sun Apr 9 - 4 pm...GE Theatre
EMMA’S REVolution          GREG GREENWAY         JOHN FLYNN         KIM & REGGIE HARRIS    

A familiar face and voice at The Eighth Step, the inimitable Sonny Ochs - sister of the legendary Phil Ochs -  will be feted and no doubt roasted by a stellar troupe of celebrated folk performers gathering for this auspicious occasion

From WRPI’s “Mostly Folk” and “Face the Music” to Sirius Radio; from WAMC to Winnipeg Folk Festival, she’s introduced us to innumerable talented and magical performers. Come help us say thanks and Happy Birthday!

        **Tix $28 Advance; $30 day of show; $50 Gold Circle
                           GE Theatre