Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Woodsongs Coffeehouse: Melody Youngblood

$8 for Adults

$5 for Students

Tickets can be purchased at the door 

Melody Youngblood is a singer-songwriter originally from the pacific northwest now living in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in berea Ky. Her songwriting expresses deep vulnerability and tenderness that cuts to the heart of old wounds and deep seated personal struggle. She participated in a program called “The Americana Project” Which is an innovative arts education program since she was 16. 
She has been performing since she was 15 at a range of music venues as well as intimate house concerts. She has performed at Sisters Folk fest, Clear Creek Festival, ocracoke Folk festival, First Friday Berea, Woodsongs Boone Tavern,Snowbird festival,Salt works festival,West 6th Brewery, EKU performing Arts center, and Union College
She is a frequent collaborator with Mitch Barrett.
They have opened for Nitty Gritty Dirt band,Darrell Scott, and Crystal Gale
She has collaborated with Clear Creek Creative on two different theatre projects called “Land Water Food Stories” and “Where's that power going to come from” at an Annual KFTC summit, West 6th Brew, First Friday Berea and Alternate Roots. 
She has received grant support to apprentice with Master Artist Sue Massak to develop her banjo skills and to harvest traditional songs written by working appalachian women whose songs need remembering. 
Her First Album “Sweet Isolation” will be released in the fall of 2017.

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Oct
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

A Night with Folksinger Michael Johnathan

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$8 Adults, $5 Students

Join us for a night with Michael Johnathan! 

Folksinger Michael Johnathon has a long-standing career in the arts as a
songwriter, playwright, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, and
as the host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio
Hour with a radio audience with over two million listeners each week on
500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, plus American
Forces Radio Network in 173 nations.

This ‘Woody Guthrie in a Cyber World’ grew up in upstate New York along
the shores of the Hudson River. At 19 years old, he moved to the Mexican
border town of Laredo, Texas and found a job working as the late night DJ
on a small radio station. One night, he played ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ by the
60’s folk rock group The Byrds. As the song played, he recalled seeing the
songs writer, his neighbor Pete Seeger, performing in his Dutchess County
hometown in New York. By the time the song had ended, he decided to pursue
a career as a folksinger.

Two months later, he bought a guitar and a banjo and settled into the
isolated mountain hamlet of Mousie, Kentucky. For the next three years, he
traveled up and down the hollers of the Appalachian mountains knocking on
doors and learning the music of the mountain people.

Michael experienced hundreds of front porch hootenannies where folks would
pull out their banjos and fiddles, sit on their front porches with him and
play the old songs that their grandparents taught them.

Soon enough, he began performing concerts at hundreds of colleges, schools
and fairs. He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the
homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children.
In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch.

Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter
is a prolific artist with twelve released albums, three published books
and several national projects. His play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has
been performed over 8,000 times in 42 countries. A tree-hugger at heart,
he performed two thousand Earth Concerts at schools and colleges, plus
benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered
women and children. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero”
and he has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo
and the BBC.

Recently, Michael helped organize the national WoodSongs Front Porch
Association to help organize rural and community music and a massive
educational program. Members of the WFPA are called “SongFarmers,” which
is also the title of his recent album, the very first national CD release
to be completely recorded on an iPhone. His new book WoodSongs III will be
released Spring 2017.

In addition to his albums, books, concerts and other projects the Martin
Guitar Company recently introduced the Michael Johnathon signature model
0000-28s “WoodSongs Quad” guitar.  He lives in a log cabin on a hill
surrounded by meadows, streams and woods outside of Lexington, Kentucky
with his wife Melissa and family.

Visit his websites:  WoodSongs.comWaldenPlay.com WoodyGuthrieOpera.com
SongFarmers.org

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Nov
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Woodsongs Coffeehouse with Josh Noland

Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Josh Nolan has collaborated his musical background of dance halls, high school gymnasiums, spare-room-recordings, bar-hopping fill-ins, and fireside jams with his experiences as a college dropout, blue collar, small town, restless soul to create a music that is more than heartfelt.

Performing live with an ever-changing lineup, Josh Nolan offers an energetic stage show that combines elements from some of their more theatrical influences such as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and The Who, with interests in improvisational performances such as The Grateful Dead and The Flying Burrito Brothers

Debut record Fair City Lights available on Spotify, iTunes, etc. 

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Aug
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Woodsongs Coffeehouse with Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes

$8 for Adults

$5 for Students

Tickets can be purchased at the door 

Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes play old time country music and newly written songs from the mountains.  Both natives of southwest Virginia, Sam and Tyler learned their craft from the finest traditional musicians of the region and in the music programs at Berea College and East Tennessee State University. Sam and Tyler’s programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of 

all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfooting, the percussive dancing of the Appalachians. As a duo, Sam and Tyler also perform contemporary songs that tell stories from today's Appalachia, which can be heard on Sam's critically acclaimed album Ain't We Brothers. Sam and Tyler have performed at many venues throughout the eastern United States and on programs such as West Virginia Public Radio's Mountain Stage and Lexington, Kentucky's Red Barn Radio (broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television). In June 2017, Sam and Tyler released their first recording, produced by Grammy winner Cathy Fink, and it has been reviewed by No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, Exclaim! and other media outlets. Folk singer and songwriter John McCutcheon 

says this new recording holds “heart-stopping anthems to everything that is the best in Appalachia and in each of us.”

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Jul
24
to Jul 29

Summer Playhouse/Summer Stock

JULY 24-29, $45 PER STUDENT

Summer Playhouse is for students ages 7-9. This group will meet from 9am-12pm.

Summer Stock is for students ages 10-12. This group will meet from 1pm-4pm.

The performance will be on Saturday, July 29 at 7:30pm. There are two scholarships available for each age group. Please email gracdirector@gmail.com for information.

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Jul
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Woodsongs Coffeehouse with Senora May

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Senora May is a singer-songwriter from Irvine, KY. Growing up in the hills of the Appalachians instilled an appreciation for nature, hard work and simple pleasures of the frugal life, she says. Her music is an exposé of these elements; It demonstrates the desperate constructs of the region with a playful hope for the redeemable qualities found in the folks of her small town. Her music has been grouped into Americana, Country, Folk and Independent genres as it combines characteristics of each.

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Jun
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Woodsongs Coffeehouse with Grace Ann Rogers

Photo by: Erika Litton

Photo by: Erika Litton

Grace Ann Rogers is a songwriter from Bath County Kentucky who strives to share experiences and stories with audiences through her songs. Grace plays folk and blues influenced original material, blending many audible influences from different genres with new ideas. Grace spent her young childhood singing along with Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, and the likes and more recently has become inspired by modern hip-hop, electronic music, and alternative rock. Her summers were spent gathering with traditional Appalachian “Old Time” musicians and learning their ballads and fiddle tunes, while her winters were spent being schooled by her uncle who experimented with open blues tunings on the guitar and pushed her to write improvisational songs and music. She is a recent graduate of Rowan County Senior High School and plans to attend the University of Louisville in the fall.

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