A lifelong student of the guitar, Rolly Brown has been a National Fingerpicking Champion, a Philadelphia Music Award nominee, a solo performer, teacher, and sideman for many well-known artists. Over 50 years, folk, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, country, & jazz have each been his passions. Acoustic Guitar Magazine says, “an exceptionally melodic, articulate playing style that takes full advantage of the acoustic guitar’s beautiful tone.” Wise sage Bennett Hammond says, “He’s the real deal, the gen-you-wine article, the guitar picker’s guitar picker.” Rolly has sung, played, and taught at festivals, concerts, and guitar camps around the US and beyond.
LisaBeth Weber has been a noted singer/songwriter in the music world for over 25 years. She’s recorded three independent CD’s including one with Grammy winning producer Bil VornDick. She’s opened shows for Nanci Griffith, Ralph Stanley, Roy Clark, Dave Grisman and over 50 others, has been a guest multiple times on WXPN and two of her songs were featured on NPR’s CARTALK. LisaBeth’s song “TROUBLE MAN” was chosen as a top ten favorite on WXPN. A tribute to linemen working in storms, it is included in the move LIFE ON THE LINE with John Travolta and Sharon Stone. In 2011, she was invited by the band Blackberry Winter, (the musicians from the Oscar nominated film WINTER’S BONE starring Jennifer Lawrence) to sing one of her original songs during their national tour.
Mark Cosgrove has won the U.S. National Flatpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas and also the Doc Watson Guitar Championship in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. His flatpick guitar work is notable not only for power, precision, and tone, but for his fluid high speed improvisation.
His distinctive guitar sound is know and respected on both sides of the Atlantic, through both his own recordings and as a sideman and session player for Jerry Douglas and others. He is currently a member of the David Bromberg Band. Immersed in bluegrass and fiddle tunes from an early age, he has continued to make acoustic music his life’s work and pleasure.
Deva Troy’s original EcoSpiritual folk/indie music is inspirational, evocative message music that takes a stand for people, the planet and for peace. Deva accompanies herself on acoustic guitar and frame drum. She has been playing guitar since she was 15 years old and has been singing since childhood. Deva offers music at Environmental, Peace, and Holistic festivals, demonstrations and centers and at New Thought Churches and Synagogues. Her album “Light of Seven Mornings” is available at http://www.cdbaby.com.
Deva is joined by Elena Marino, who has been singing and performing since she was five years old – including professional theater, fronting rock bands, jazz, professional choirs and of course folk music. Her love of improvisational singing makes adding to Deva’s evocative songs exciting and fun. You can hear Elena’s improvisational music on Soundcloud under Intuitive Song.
Recording artist Carol Heffler is a singer, pianist and songwriter living in Lambertville. As a jazz vocalist, she shared the stage with Mercer Ellington and Woody Herman, and sang backup for Richie Havens.
Carol’s third CD “I Could See Peace” offers songs of inspiration, in which her pure voice, original melodies, and engaging grooves create a soothing space for contemplative listening.
KEN ULANSEY ENSEMBLE, WITH PHYLLIS CHAPELL
Ken Ulansey, Pennylvania Council for the Arts winner, plays alto and soprano sax and pennywhistle. He is a musical chameleon, having played contemporary classical music with Relache, jazz with his own award-winning band, Latin with Synthesis and Minas, and folk music with most of the area’s–and even the nation’s–leading songwriters. Besides leading his own wedding band (Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly!) that specializes in Swing, Motown, Klezmer, Latin, Pop, Zydeco and Oldies, Ken has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the States, played on nearly 200 recordings, and worked in collaboration with dancers, film-makers, poets and storytellers.
Phyllis Chapell plays guitar and sings songs from around the world. Her repertoire features songs in 13 languages from Brazil, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S. Her 3-octave vocals are supported and complemented by her acoustic guitar, capturing the essence of musical styles from percussive Brazilian sambas and explosive flamenco to elegant folk, jazz, contemporary, and original ballads. She has been named one of the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time by Scott Yanow (Downbeat, Jazz Times, AllMusic Guide) in his new book, “The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide”. The Inquirer raved, “Chapell is an elegant singer who will steal your heart away. She eludes all labels!”