SC22: Armand/Carter/Danny/Becky!
Apr
27
6:30 PM18:30

SC22: Armand/Carter/Danny/Becky!

A HUGE treat to host Armand Lenchek, Carter Minor, Danny Gotham and Becky Beeston Lenchek by the Haw…

doors open at 6:30p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 7:00p

a suggested offering of $20-$25 will be gratefully received at the gathering

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
for more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions visit the Say Hey page

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP

Armand Lenchek was a full-time musician for decades, from the 70’s, thru the 80’s & 90’s and into the 2000’s. He has performed all over North America & Europe, mainly on the blues scene, both with his own bands, Armand & Bluesology, Blind Date and 5 Guys Named Moe, and backing blues performers like Walter Lightnin’ Bug Rhodes, Nappy Brown, Skeeter Brandon and others. Besides recording as a sideman for many artists, Armand released two albums of his own on the Newmoon Music label in 1997 and 2001.

https://youtu.be/BkCfhipmnBM

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SC23: Songwriter Salon!
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

SC23: Songwriter Salon!

A VERY special Serenade Cozy featuring some of the prolific songwriters and writers of the SoLaTiDo retreat. Inspired by prompts and surrounding environment, these folks create some fabulous songs that are not often performed outside of the retreats. We’re making an opportunity here, and we hope you will join us and share in the joy these folks will offer with some of their most recent work.

Our performers will include Lise Uyanik, Mary Rocap, Randa McNamara, Georgann Eubanks, Stephen Barefoot and Alison Weiner.

Also, we will be featuring the breathtaking art of Sue Sneddon which will be gracing the studio walls.

doors open at 4:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 4:30p

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
for more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions visit the Say Hey page

no cover

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP

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SC24: ANDREW FINN MAGILL!
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

SC24: ANDREW FINN MAGILL!

Lizzy Ross sent Andrew our way. A huge treat for us, not to be missed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s16TmB85jHE&t=67s

https://www.andrewfinnmagill.com

doors open at 6:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin 7:00ish

a suggested offering of $20-$25 will be gratefully received at the gathering

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

It’s nice to see fresh, young musicians carrying on the traditions of Brazilian music. Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations! – Airto Moreira, percussionist with Weather Report, Miles Davis, Chick Corea

In 2014, Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro and plunged deep into Brazilian choro music, studying with some of the most accomplished in the genre including Luís Barcelos, Nicolas Krassik and Pedro Paes as he gradually absorbed other Brazilian traditions such as forró, samba, and bossa nova.

Composed, arranged, and produced by Magill, Canta, Violino! was released in 2018 and merges more than fifteen years of jazz study with the Brazilian musical language he is so deeply immersed in, and features some of the most exciting virtuosi of Brazil’s next generation including Lourenço Vasconcellos (drums), João Camarero (7-string guitar), Dudu Oliveira (flute), Fernanda Sant’Anna (vocals) as well as American mandolin god Mike Marshall.

Andrew Finn Magill is an extraordinary violin virtuoso who has taken a super deep dive into Brazilian music and culture. Check out his “muito calor” original tunes – they have all the energy and groove of Rio, with a healthy helping of American spin and improvisation! Meu Deus!!!!! – Matt Glaser, Artistic Director, American Roots Music Program, Berklee College of Music.

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OCRAFOLK FESTIVAL!
Jun
7
to Jun 9

OCRAFOLK FESTIVAL!

SO excited to be returning for the Festival’s 20th year! For this event, mahaloJazz will be Alison (piano/melodica/vocals), Casey (bass), Carter (harmonica/vocals) and Beverly (percussion)…

check out the website for more info...

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SC26: mahaloJazz:theSolstice
Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

SC26: mahaloJazz:theSolstice

It’s our annual summer solstice event, come celebrate with us…

doors open at 6:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 6:30p

a suggested offering of $20-$25 will be gratefully received at the gathering

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

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Improvised Music Harvest!
Sep
13
to Sep 15

Improvised Music Harvest!

Music for People is dedicated to re-vitalizing your music-making and promoting music as a means of self-expression. We welcome everyone – regardless of musical experience. This is the sixth year we will gather at Wildacres, a beautiful retreat nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains.  We can accommodate a total of 30 folks, and we have sold out each year, so do not hesitate to register promptly to take advantage of what is already a subsidized fee!

Alison will once again co-facilitate this fab event - if you want to chat with her about it, visit the SayHey page!

From one of our regular participants after the last event...Once again, thank you so much for letting us get into the Wildacres celebration under the wire this year.  It was really terrific, and we both felt stretched and satisfied.  It didn't hurt at all that the weather was spectacular, and the quality of the food at Wildacres has definitely improved over the past couple of years.  It was also great to be able to play with so many different people - both from the past and those brand new to MFP - and to watch the newcomers gain courage and momentum as the sessions went by.  I think lots of us dared to do something new this year.  Of course, just getting to work with Harold and Rob is exciting and inspirational for me - they are both wise in so many ways - but I was also so glad to be in sessions again with Alison, Christy and Patrick, each one embodying the spirit of MfP in her/his own way and doing something helpful that we could take away with us. It seemed that everyone there shared in the same sort of spirit this year. 

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HoHoHo at the BoilerShed
Dec
15
6:30 PM18:30

HoHoHo at the BoilerShed

our local holiday gathering, invitation-only

if you're looking for an invitation, give a shout on the Say Hey page

bring your holiday cheer (that includes food and beverage)
and willingness to sing the seasonal songs
and musical instruments to join in the HoHoHoBand

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SC21: mahaloJazz:spring
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

SC21: mahaloJazz:spring

we’re giving mahaloJazz (Alison + Robbie + Beverly) an opportunity to spread its wings in celebration of Spring.

doors open at 6:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin 7:00ish

a suggested offering of $20-$25 will be gratefully received at the gathering

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

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SC20: Ebeth Scott-Sinclair
Mar
3
2:00 PM14:00

SC20: Ebeth Scott-Sinclair

 

Welcoming the suggestions of springtime, we are so very pleased to welcome our friend Ebeth Scott-Sinclair as she debuts her contemporary mixed media paintings and experimental art from Studio E, the home for her creative practice.  Layering, sgrattito, brilliant color, texture, free-form and defined shapes, movement and mark-making are characteristics of her work. Visit her website for more information…

Expressing herself as a contemporary artist, poet, and singer/songwriter, Ebeth is fascinated and driven by the exploration (curiosity) and experimentation (play) of the creative process.  Her visual exhibitions, poetry readings, and vocal performances invite personal interpretation, imagination and reflection. Her work has been contracted by businesses and nonprofits, featured in magazines, books, and journals and represented by galleries in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Her visual art and reading of her poetry will inspire musical response from mahaloJazz (Alison Weiner, piano, melodica, vocals • Robbie Link, bass • Beverly Botsford, percussion • special guest Jay Miller, tenor sax)

doors open at 2:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 2:30p

a suggested offering of $20-$25 will be gratefully received at the gathering

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
for more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions visit the Say Hey page

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP

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SC19: Love's Best Language: Music
Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

SC19: Love's Best Language: Music

A VERY special Serenade Cozy, helping to kick off our Saxapahaw Black History Month events!

Presented by mahaloArtsCulture MillSaxapahaw Social Justice ExchangeThe Haw River Ballroom: Love’s Best Language: Music with I AM SOTERIA & Friends

doors open at 2:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 2:30p

a suggested offering of $20-$25 will be gratefully received at the gathering

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
for more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions visit the Say Hey page

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!


Poet, Musician, and Social Justice Advocate, I AM SOTERIA has traveled to several states and countries using poetry and music as a way to connect people from diverse cultures who have different lived experiences. Soteria collaborates with friends empowering the community through music and spoken word. She is passionate about bridging social, economic, and relational gaps in the hopes of creating uncommon friendships. She serves on several boards and works professionally to reduce recidivism and create opportunities and empower the voices of those who are marginalized. She strives to support people to live into their destiny.

For this project Soteria has asked a few friends to join her who have shared in her journey to stand up together for love, music, equity, justice and hope.
Chris Brown (Singer/Songwriter)
Alice Sarti (Author-Poet-Social Justice Advocate)
Kimberly Chantè ( Recording Artist-Singer-Songwriter)
Keisha McKane (Spoken Word Artist & Creator of Artist for Justice)
Asha Barnes (On site Photography)
Aniya Bourne (On site Videography)



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SC18: Danny Gotham
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

SC18: Danny Gotham

For our 18th Serenade Cozy, we are thrilled to host our great friend Danny Gotham, master musician who knows no genre boundaries. He will be offering us selections from his vast solo repertoire, and will also have Alison join him in duo fashion. It will be a most delightful evening!

doors open at 6:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 6:30p

a suggested offering of $20-$25 will be gratefully received at the gathering

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
for more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions visit the Say Hey page

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

Growing up in the 1960’s, Danny Gotham got the idea to play guitar when the Beatles were televised into his living room on the “Ed Sullivan Show”. Since that time, Gotham has developed into a master flatpicking and fingerpicking instrumentalist.

 Gotham cut his musical teeth playing in various rock, blues, bluegrass and country bands. In 1980, Gotham took Second Place in the prestigious National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS. Since then he has opened for many major acts, including Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson, David Bromberg, Leo Kottke and John Fahey. He also performed as accompanist for Tom Paxton, Peter Ostroushko, and Maura O'Connell. 

Gotham has performed on the nationally syndicated radio broadcast Michael Feldman’s “Whad’ya Know ?”. He composed the soundtrack of the PBS documentary “Hungers of the Soul”. And in one of his more unusual gigs, Gotham was the ukulele tutor for Tom Selleck as the actor prepared for the Broadway production of “A Thousand Clowns”.

In addition to working as a solo artist, Gotham performs with the North Carolina–based groups Triple Fret and The Nashvilifiers, as well as occasional reunion gigs with the Racquette River Rounders and Barb Heller. Gotham has recorded a dozen albums, both solo and with others, that cover the gamut from folk to blues to country to jazz----with everything else in between.

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SC17: mahaloJazz + Ann Ehringhaus + winter solstice
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

SC17: mahaloJazz + Ann Ehringhaus + winter solstice

A VERY special collaboration to celebrate wintertime as Alison, Robbie and Beverly respond to the photography and spoken word of Ann Ehringhaus. A lovely way to enter into the holiday season!

Solstice Gathering: Honoring Darkness

Poems celebrating loss and reverence

New images of life and death from Cape Lookout National Seashore

doors open at 2:00p for enjoying Ann's art and schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 2:30p

a suggested offering of $20-$25 will be gratefully received at the gathering

studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

Ann Ehringhaus has been sharing the ways she sees the world since 1977, showing her fine art photography around NC and the South, as well as in Massachusetts, California, and Virginia. These new images are from time on North Core Banks ( Portsmouth island), working with her Android cell phone in this National Park off the NC coast. In the last two years she has worked in three other parks as an artist in residence. She will also be reading some of her poetry honoring loss and reverence.

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SC15 Molasses Creek!
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

SC15 Molasses Creek!

This evening’s show is SOLD OUT!

seats still available for the AFTERNOON SHOW Doors open at 1:30p, Show begins at 2:00p!

We are thrilled to have our great friends of Molasses Creek come over to our side of the Piedmont!

For 25 years, their high-energy performances and heartfelt songwriting has brought the love of their coastal home to the stage. The band's elegant harmonies and arrangements, stellar songwriting, blazing instrumentals, and quirky sense of humor have won loyal followers throughout the United States and around the world.

Molasses Creek’s inspiration arose amidst exotic fig trees and rich tidewater marshes of isolated Ocracoke Island, NC. Only accessible by ferry, Ocracoke is an enchanting step out of modern times into a world of captivating natural beauty, rich maritime history, ghostly shipwrecks, heroic lifesavers, crafty pirates, and a community of 900 independently minded residents.

Award winners from Garrison Keillor's “Prairie Home Companion,” Molasses Creek has recorded 16 albums, reaching the #4 and #5 spots on the National Folk Radio DJ Charts in 2012 & 2014. Their latest releases, Waterbound and People Get Ready, have received acclaim from audiences across the country.

Molasses Creek includes Gary Mitchell (vocals, guitar), Fiddler Dave Tweedie (vocals, fiddle), Kim France (vocals, acoustic bass), and Gerald Hampton (mandolin, mandola, guitar, acoustic bass).

Doors open at 6:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 7:00p.

A suggested offering of $20-25 will be gratefully received at the gathering.

Studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
Visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

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SC14 Violet Bell!
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

SC14 Violet Bell!

What a treat this is! Alison heard Violet Bell at The Eddy last year, and then met them as they were winning festival hearts at Ocrafolk. As of this writing in September, Lizzy and Omar have just finished playing at Americanafest in Nashville, they have been touring this year like there’s no tomorrow. We hope they will be able to relax a bit at our Serenade Cozy!

Doors open at 6:00p for schmoozing with everyone; performance will begin at 7:00p.

A suggested offering of $20-25 will be gratefully received at the gathering.

Studio events are generally email and word-of-mouth invitation-only.
Visit the Say Hey page to receive more info, RSVP, driving and parking directions.

space is limited so PLEASE consider your RSVP a commitment
as it will guarantee you a seat
if life gets in the way and you are not able to attend,
please email or text Alison at 919.928.6886 ASAP!

More accolades follow…

“Violet Bell have toured extensively throughout the country, earning fans with their fiery live performances, thanks in large part to the chemistry between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez.” -The Boot

Folk, country and bluegrass with elements of classical, jazz, blues, and psychedelic flair. The first thing that struck me was the talent that is spilling over the sides. The talent smacks you in the face it is so prominent. All the elements come together perfectly to form something that burns brightly.” – Harry Kaplan, Twangri-La

“Making the best possible use of the atmospheric, captivating vocals of Lizzy Ross, Durham folk duo Violet Bell puts an eerie, vaguely avant-garde twist on traditional roots music, suggesting the lovely but slightly askew early John Cale releases. Garnished with beauty but fraught with an underlying menace, tunes like “Dream the Wheel” under score the interplay between Ross and multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez.”  – Indy Weekly

Violet Bell cites a wide range of influences – from Debussy to Nina Simone, D’angelo to Lou Reed, their unique sound blends folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, and classical.  On stage, the energy between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive.  Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has played over 250 shows, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road.

Violet Bell’s live performance is the heart of their work in the studio. On their 2017 debut Dream the Wheel  Ross sings and plays guitar, as Ruiz-Lopez adds violin, viola, cello, keys, guitar and vocal harmonies. The result is alchemical; emotionally evocative music that at times “sounds like a beautiful dream” (IndyWeekly).

The album’s title track, “Dream the Wheel,” speaks to a fearlessly inclusive view of life’s cyclical polarities. “Sing, sing, everything/ Comes and goes and comes again/ Let it out and let it in/ Let it be your medicine.” The album cover, a medicine wheel that Ruiz-Lopez and Ross crafted from local NC flora, speaks to the origins of the music. Violet Bell is rooted in the natural world and the community from which they’ve grown.

Violet Bell’s outreach efforts include teaching workshops to to community and youth orchestras in NC and beyond, and collaborating with youth and community musicians whenever possible. The September 15, 2017 release show for Dream the Wheel featured three students of the Durham nonprofit Kidznotes All-Star string ensemble, whom Ruiz-Lopez has helped to teach since 2011. Violet Bell has worked with the Wake Forest Youth Orchestra, Ocrafolk, and Kidznotes to present workshops to students K-12 as well as older audiences.

In May 2018, Violet Bell recorded a full-length debut album, Honey in my Heart, at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville with Jason Richmond (Dom Flemons, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Avett Brothers). Honey in my Heart is set for international release in early 2019 and features 11 original songs.

Prior to forming Violet Bell, Ruiz-Lopez toured with Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, Steph Stewart, and Chocolate Suede, and composed several original pieces for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Ross has been a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist and won Floydfest’s On the Rise contest, a Carolina Music Award, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council.

photo by Jeremy Ryan Creatives

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Murphey School Radio Show
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Murphey School Radio Show

It’s time for another one! Created by the Shared Visions Foundation and produced by Minnow Media, this family-friendly variety show has been compared to The Grand Ol' Opry, Saturday Night Live, and A Prairie Home Companion.  Local writers and musicians volunteer their talents to benefit two non-profits from Orange and Durham Counties.

Alison will be with fabulous musical friends in the pit.  Huge fun!

check out the website!

 

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Murphey School Radio Show
Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

Murphey School Radio Show

It’s time for another one! Created by the Shared Visions Foundation and produced by Minnow Media, this family-friendly variety show has been compared to The Grand Ol' Opry, Saturday Night Live, and A Prairie Home Companion.  Local writers and musicians volunteer their talents to benefit two non-profits from Orange and Durham Counties.

Alison will be with fabulous musical friends in the pit.  Huge fun!

check out the website!

 

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