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Our Songwriter series in an intimate theater setting

to showcase amazing independent artists!

Presented in cooperation with the Roxbury Arts Alliance at RoxPAC

The Roxbury Performing Arts Center

72 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, NJ 07876

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We encourage our youth to experience live music: ​​​​​​​Under age 18 free!!

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Sunday February 18, 2018

Beat the Winter duldrums with Gathering Time!

Join us for a fabulous Songwriters Showcase!

 

Start with the 1960s folk tradition of Peter, Paul & Mary; add the vocal complexity and electric energy of Crosby, Stills & Nash, a dash of the Byrds and a jot of Joni Mitchell, and you have Gathering Time, a folk-rock/Americana harmony trio that has been turning heads for nearly a decade on the northeastern folk circuit and beyond.

 

Gathering Time swept the international folk radio chart Folk DJ-List in March, 2016, as their new original CD Keepsake took the #1 album and #1 song slots which, with five other songs in the top 25, landed them as the #1 artist as well. This followed on the heels of When One Door Closes (#3 album, January 2014) and Red Apples and Gold (#5 album, September 2012).

 

With a vocal blend oft-described as seamless, inspired guitar playing and precise percussion, Stuart, Hillary and Gerry evince deep roots in ‘60s folk-rock, with a healthy dash of traditional folk in the mix. Their stage chemistry makes clear that they take the music (if not themselves) very seriously, yet their infectious energy wins over even fans who never considered themselves folkies. To date, Gathering Time has had a record five juried showcases at NERFA (Tricentrics in 2009 and ’10, a Formal in 2011, a mini-NERFA showcase in 2013 and a Quad in 2015); they were one of the three Emerging Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2012 voted “Most Wanted” to return in 2013.

 

A night with Gathering Time will make evident why they were voted one of “Long Island’s Best” by the Long Island Press.

www.gathering-time.com

Chasing June will open the show! The indie folk collaboration of Judy Aron and Steve Coleman, their co-written, harmony-filled songs and spirited up tempo live performances will bring a smile to your face and happiness to your heart! Enjoy a few tunes from their new CD Practicing Quiet.
www.chasingjune.com

 

$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments

$15 for RAA and SSG members!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

An XPN welcomes event!

Songwriters Showcase with Craig Bickhardt and daughter Aislinn!

Craig Bickhardt is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of such '60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Add the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyric approach. “I admire songwriters like Woody Guthrie and poets like Robert Frost because they created functional art,” Craig says. “Too much music today is just for the singer, not for Everyman. I think of my work as a "Please Touch‟ museum – I want my songs to be sung until they‟re worn out.” "The characters in the stories I sing aren't heroic; they‟re very ordinary. But they're reaching for something beyond themselves, and I find nobility in that.”

His music reflects a life lived as a rock band lead singer, a solo troubadour, a dedicated songwriter, a husband and father. Dreams, heartaches and hard-earned lessons have fed his creativity.
http://www.craigbickhardt.com/

Lynn Hollyfield to open.
Blend a powerful singer, crisp acoustic guitar player and a heartfelt observer of the world and you will have singer-songwriter, Lynn Hollyfield. "Some artists are known for their voice or their delivery or maybe their songs or for their guitar playing. Lynn is not just "some artist." She delivers ALL of these, with depth and clarity, one gorgeous song at a time." 
Award Winning-Ruthie Logsdon-Ruthie and the Wranglers 
http://www.lynnhollyfield.com/


Doors at 3:30pm Show at 4:00
$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments

$15 for RAA, SSG & JAM members!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

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House of Hamill - Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.  

Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born. 

Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. 

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels, their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you'll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.

$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments

$15 for RAA and SSG members!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

An XPN welcomes event!


Past Riverside Shows

Sunday, December 17 - 3pm

Join us for a fabulous Songwriters Showcase! 

Our Holly-Daze show features Loretta Hagen with Amanda Duncan.

Loretta Hagen:
Reviewers describe award winning singer-songwriter Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, Folk Americana.‘ Loretta’s rich alto voice and strong songwriting skills have led her to win many awards, including a JAM Awards’ (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) “Top Female Songwriter of the Year,” JAM nomination for “Album of the Year,” winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and 2 time designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist.

In every life, there are inevitable times of darkness and of light. Loretta Hagen's fourth CD "Lucky Stars," takes the listener on a personal journey through loss, healing, and ultimately the promise of hope. 

"Loretta's manner and voice are imbued with such quiet, unassuming grace that you don't realize at first that she has completely stolen your heart!" - Laura Foord, Heights House Concerts.

www.lorettahagen.com

Amanda Duncan:
"Just a gal with a colorful wardrobe and happy songs to sing."
"There are so many songs out there that are reflective of negative issues of people's lives. I want to connect with the positive," says Duncan. For those listeners looking for something refreshing, Amanda delivers. As a spectator, you'll probably be impressed by her hummable melodies and powerful vocals but what she'd rather is that you find a little bit of yourself in her lyrics and leave a little happier than when you came in.
www.amandaduncan.com/

A presentation of Skylands Songwriters Guild and Roxbury Arts Alliance.
https://skylandssongwriters.org/  http://roxburyartsalliance.org/
$20 Adv. Tix for early admission (best seats) & light refreshments

$15 for RAA and SSG members!

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

An XPN welcomes event!

Sunday, October 22 - 3pm

Join us for a fabulous Songwriters Showcase!

Special Double-Bill featuring popular emerging artists Nalani & Sarina and one of PA's swiftly rising stars, Joy Ike.

Nalani & Sarina: Sibling synergy at it's finest. These two audacious young artists have developed a distinctive blend of traditionalist soul-rock and modern pop, and their stylistic alchemy is likely to keep their faces in the spotlight for years to come.

"Not altogether pop, not quite the soul of yesteryear, and not quite the typical singer-songwriter archetype, it’s difficult to place the sisters in any one genre, but that’s what makes them so listenable: There’s a little something for everyone." ~ Allie Volpe, Philadelphia Daily News    www.nalanisarina.com

Joy Ike: Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.

NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small."   www.joyike.com

A presentation of Skylands Songwriters Guild and Roxbury Arts Alliance.

https://skylandssongwriters.org/ http://roxburyartsalliance.org/ 

Tix are $20 - advance purchase for early admission (best seats) and light refreshments.

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$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

RR&R is an "XPN Welcomes" event!

The RR&R Songwriters Showcase featuring Denny Tilton!

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends!
Join us for Denny Tilton & Friends - Sunday, Nov. 26th, 4pm

Denny Tilton:
"Hometown Hero" Denny Tilton's thought provoking songs touch the heart and speak to fans of all ages. 

Denny will be joined by Tom Askin on keys and Don Elliker on "many strings" plus other surprise guests!!

Denny's 2015 release "Anticipating Flowers" has a warm inviting feel and encompasses an array of styles including folk, country, pop, and ragtime. The album features members of Railroad Earth and From Good Homes - so you never know who might be part of this night's "friends"!

"Reportedly one of the nicest players in the area music biz, Tilton tells his tales ...in a sincere, 'this is the way it is' zen fashion. A mature songwriter, he has an uncanny ability to capture that moment we call real life. Tilton is a traveler who takes the road less taken and comes back with stories to tell. And we're more than happy to listen."
David Strange - Music Head Magazine
http://dennytilton.com/


A presentation of Skylands Songwriters Guild and Roxbury Arts Alliance.
https://skylandssongwriters.org/  http://roxburyartsalliance.org/
 

Tix are $20 - advance purchase for early admission (best seats)

$15 for Roxbury Arts Alliance & Skylands Songwriters Guild members

Youth under 18 free!!

See PayPal Button on this page!

$20 at the door, if available. 3:45 seating

RR&R is an "XPN Welcomes" event!