PFS Presents: Sloan Wainwright & Meghan Cary, Sat, Oct 19, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Rev Sekou with Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, Sun, Oct 20, at 7:30pm
This month the Philadelphia Folksong Society is delighted to continue to present world class folk artists as part of our “PFS Presents: Fall Into Folk” concert series at the PFS Venue in Roxborough, PA. This beautiful PFS space is a hub for all things Folk in Philadelphia, and the series showcases these performers at our intimate venue. Our PFS staff scours the globe to bring the very finest in folk music, not just to the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, but now offers music year round, in our home, located at 6156 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128.
Our shows are open to all ages.
PFS Presents: PFS October Monthly Concert with Moonfruits.
Friday, October 18, 2019, PFS Presents Canadian folk duo MOONFRUITS. Doors 7:30pm | Music 8pm. Free for Members *While Supplies Last* | $10 Not-Yet-Members | $15 Doors. Join the facebook event here, purchase tickets online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pfs-october-monthly-concert-with-moonfruits-tickets-68281400507.
Fronted by partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, Ottawa-based Moonfruits are makers of art-folk bilingue. In a forest of banjo, guitar, kalimba and glockenspiel, their voices burrow and soar. Here is a reverie, tender and powerful, beckoning listeners to elevate the stuff of everyday life.
Four-time 2019 Trille Or nominees¹, Moonfruits have toured Canada coast to coast, moving audiences with a live show that mixes French and English organically, playfully, intentionally. Their début full-length Ste-Quequepart (2017) \saint-kehk-pahr or Saint Somewhere\ is an elaborate small town fiction that explores the faces of gentrification, isolation and community.
What grows in the forest of Moonfruits’ imagination is a songcraft that is elastic and never fails to transport. Moonfruits have toured extensively as a duo and performed accompanied by double bass, drums, keys and chamber instruments. Whether as a larger ensemble or with naught but their log and lamp, changes of scenery inspire Moonfruits, for they are as at home in your living room as they are in a concert hall.
Notable past performances include the Canadian National Arts Centre (NAC) Fourth Stage, Place des Arts, CityFolk, Festival of Small Halls Ontario, La Nuit sur l’Étang, Blue Skies Music Festival, FrancoFEST de Hamilton (with members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra), Festival du Voyageur, Quality Block Party, Victoria Bicycle Music Festival and the first simultaneous bilingual CBC/Radio-Canada broadcast.
Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tObH0rqL39M
PFS Presents: Sloan Wainwright & Meghan Cary
Saturday, October 19, 2019 PFS Presents singer/songwriters SLOAN WAINRIGHT & MEGHAN CARY, Doors 7:30pm | Music 8pm. $10 for Members *While Supplies Last* | $12 Not-Yet-Members | $15 Doors. Join the facebook event here, purchase tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pfs-presents-sloan-wainwright-meghan-cary-tickets-68284415525
About Sloan Wainwright & Meghan Cary
Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid. 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. Sloan’s incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but also her dramatically voiced rendition of original songs.
“She’s folk influenced, but the real star here is her voice. Warm and smoky and smooth, it makes her earthy, ominous lyrics seem all the more intense.” With a solid and impressive discography of 10 original CD releases to her credit, Sloan continues to write, sing and perform live and has won two songwriting awards at the annual EmPower Posi Music Awards. In addition, Sloan has written numerous musical compositions for theater and dance and teaches at many of the best-known master songwriter series and workshops.
Sloan’s open spirit and first-hand experience is welcome –year after year– in the musical classrooms of such prestigious song camps as Richard Thompson’s Frets and Refrains, The Swannanoa Gathering, SummerSongs, WUMB Radio’s Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW), Winter Acoustic Music Weekend (WAMW), Moab Folk Camp, Cape Cod Songwriting Retreat and emPower Music & Arts Totally Cool Song School.
Watch “Dear George” by Sloan Wainright https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuDr0_642Xs#action=share
Meghan Cary didn’t mean to be a musician. When her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote my grief into song, and sang my way out of the abyss. I keep making music to help others connect with their own stories and find their joy.” Known for her unabashed willingness to connect with her audience, Cary brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics that resonate universally. After pushing pause on performing to raise two children, Cary launched back onto the scene at Philly Folk Fest and was awarded an Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing garner favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, and even Bruce Springsteen.
Watch Meghan Cary LIVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq1M6RUr_VI
PFS Presents: Rev Sekou with Bethlehem & Sad Patrick
PFS Presents REV SEKOU WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BETHLEHEM AND SAD PATRICK on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Doors 7:00pm | Music 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 for Members *While Supplies Last* | $15 Not-Yet-Members | $18 Door. Please note: only limited seating available for this show. Join the facebook event here, purchase tickets online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pfs-presents-rev-sekou-with-special-guests-bethlehem-and-sad-patrick-tickets-68202981955
About Rev Sekou - Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou: Osagyefo (oh-sah-GEE-fo) Uhuru (ooh-WHO-roo) Sekou (SAY-koo)
Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural, Arkansas Delta. Rev. Sekou's music is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar. In May 2017, he released "In Times Like These” produced the six-time Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars. AFROPUNK heralded the ”deep bone-marrow-level conviction” of his first album, “The Revolution Has Come”. The single, “We Comin'”--was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A consummate entertainer, Paste Studio celebrated his barn-burning performance saying: "Rev. Sekou delivers the spiritual performance we need now."
A leading public intellectual, Rev. Sekou is releasing 5 books with Chalice Press—a publisher of progressive religious thought. Chalice Press is republishing Rev. Sekou's "Urbansouls: Meditations on Youth, Hip Hop, and Religion" and "Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the Future of Democracy". His new titles are "The Task of the Artist in the Time of Monsters"; "This Ain't Yo' Daddy's Civil Rights Movement: Ferguson, Black Lives Matter and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr"; and "A Liberation Theology of Ferguson"; He has written widely on the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan by British police and the subsequent London riots, and is the author of the forthcoming "Riot Music: Race, Hip Hop and the Meaning of the London Riots 2011" (Hamilton Books).
Rev. Sekou was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute at the time of Michael Brown Jr.’s killing, and traveled to Ferguson in mid-August 2014 on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization) to organize alongside local and national groups. With the Deep Abiding Love Project, he has helped trained over five thousands activists in militant nonviolent civil disobedience through the United States. He spent 6 weeks on the ground in Charlotteville, VA training clergy in response to the Unite the Right rally.
Watch Rev Sokou on NPR Tiny Desk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Majbw74o1I
About Bethlehem and Sad Patrick
Bethlehem and Sad Patrick combine soul, jazz, folk, vocals, guitar and percussion to deliver powerful songs on universal themes - the struggles of modern society, life in the city, and love and heartbreak.
Hailed by WXPN's John Vetesse for their "focused minimalism and poetic lyrics, slick guitar, soaring vocals and nuanced melodies", the Philadelphia duo releases 2016's "Did You Ever Do?", a polished set showcasing their skills in the studio realm.
But they are best experienced in person, with raw energy, solitary guitar, hand and foot percussion, and direct, heartfelt vocals. This year that's what they've been concentrating on, playing events like the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the State Street Blues Stroll, the Heartwood Music Festival, and the Ladybug Music Festival.
When not performing, they've been writing and polishing songs for a record they hope to record in the fall, tentatively titled "Love and Other Struggles".
Watch Bethlehem and Sad Patrick - "Mother of Exiles": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O3PaJcTAZ4
TICKETS to ALL SHOWS: The full “PFS Presents: Fall Into Folk” schedule is below and we invite you to join the Facebook events. Tickets are available for purchase to all shows via Eventbrite, HERE.
“PFS FALL INTO FOLK” 2019 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
PFS Presents: PFS October Monthly Concert with Moonfruits Fri, Oct 18, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Sloan Wainwright & Meghan Cary, Sat, Oct 19, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Rev Sekou with Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, Sun, Oct 20, at 7:30pm
PFS Presents: Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Sat, Oct 26, at 8pm
PFS Presents: PFS November Monthly Concert with Abigail Lapell Fri, Nov 1 at 8pm
PFS Presents: AJ Ghent, Saturday, Nov 2, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Bruce Sudano, Friday, Nov 3, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Alice Howe and Freebo, Thur, Nov 14, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Front Country with Noah Derksen, Fri, Nov 15, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Irish Mythen with Andrea Nardello, Sat Nov16, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Kirsten Maxwell and Rachael Kilgour, Fri, Nov 22, at 8pm
PFS Presents: The River Drivers Big Oak Road Release Tour, Sat, Nov 23, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Molsky's Mountain Drifters, Thur, Dec 5, at 8pm
PFS Presents: Hank, Pattie & the Current, Sat, Dec 7, at 8pm
About the Venue
Our space is an architecturally renovated storefront on bustling Ridge Avenue, amid local shops and eateries and easily accessible by car or public transit from both the Greater Philadelphia area and Center City. A cozy and intimate venue, PFS is a listening room and gathering space that feels like home.
The main floor is a welcoming retail storefront and two-story performance venue with flexible seating (~80 seated capacity on 1st floor); fully retractable, floor to ceiling accordion window overlooking the Avenue; restroom with changing table; and plenty of character. The performance space also includes a mezzanine level outfitted with built-in benches for a birds-eye view and casual seating (total performance space seated capacity: 115), as well as an additional restroom. One-of-a-kind stained glass ceilings tipping a hat to original owner, Albert Forster and his custom shoe store, and an intricate chandelier hold immense charm.
PFS Venue has been noted for its warm, enveloping sound and can easily facilitate acoustic performances. A full sound system ensures high quality experiences regardless of the activity, and has received accolades for its special blend and sound.
PFS Venue is a BYOB venue and is conveniently located steps from local beer distributors. There is ample free parking around PFS, including metered parking on Ridge Avenue directly in front of the venue, with additional free municipal lots available just one half block away.
The main floor of PFS is accessible to wheelchairs, including the first floor restroom. There is a short step to access the front retail space, but this is not required to enter or move about the venue. To ensure we can accommodate storage of large mobility aids for a given performance or event, please call the
PFS moved into third floor offices at 6156 Ridge Avenue in 2017. The space was in need of renovation and overhaul to transform into a performance venue, and its unique character can be attributed to the thoughtful deference to its original details while facilitating a stage, sound system, and of course a comfortable space for audiences.
PFS is grateful for all the work by many, many hands that have lovingly brought this special place to life. PFS looks forward to presenting music in Philadelphia’s home for all things Folk.
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About Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS):
The Philadelphia Folksong Society, or PFS, is a non-profit organization committed to increasing access to folk music and related forms of expression. PFS presents concerts and musical education events all year, including the 59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, which occurs Aug 13-16, 2020. Most concerts and events are low or no cost thanks to the generous support of many donors, and all revenue is reinvested into the organization to make the concerts, events, and educational programs happen. PFS is actively developing numerous access programs and scholarships, and welcomes your support in this endeavor to make sure folk music is for all. Please visit PFS.org for updates on new programs, “like us on facebook, “follow” us on twitter or instagram @folksongsociety.