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Coming Monday Dec 7, 2015 – LYRIC THEATRE

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THE WOOD BROTHERS began as something of a side project between Chris Wood (Medeski Martin & Wood) and brother Oliver (Tinsley Ellis and King Johnson) in 2006. Adapting the blues, folk and other roots‐music sounds they loved as kids into their own evocative sound and twining their voices in the sort of high‐lonesome harmony blend for which sibling singers are often renowned, it’s become quite clear that The Wood Brothers is indeed the main act. With the addition of drummer Jano Rix, the band have become a stalwart on the Americana scene and “Masters of Soulful Funk” (Paste Magazine). ‘Paradise’ is the band fifth album and it’s their most sophisticated and rocking work to date.
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THE CLAUDETTES reate a fantastic fusion of blues and jazz. It reminded us of Ray Charles performing in a vaudeville club, amazing! Fronted by Nigerian-American singer and dancer Yana who sings in french. You’ve never seen an a band quite like this. http://theclaudettes.com
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Coming Monday Dec 14 – POETRY & SONG SPECIAL EVENT

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IRIS DeMENT is considered “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” (NPR), Beginning with her 1992 debut, ‘Infamous Angel,’ which was hailed as “an essential album of the 1990’s” by Rolling Stone, DeMent released a series of stellar records that established her as “one of the finest singer-songwriters in America” according to The Guardian. The music earned her multiple Grammy nominations, as well as the respect of peers like John Prine, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris, who all invited her to collaborate. ‘The Trackless Woods’ is her latest and unlike any other in Iris’ illustrious career. Featuring original music and melodies, the record brings 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Iris recorded the album in five days, immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. http://irisdement.com
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LEYLA MCCALLA is a multi-instrumentalist, a powerful cellist and singer whose distinctive sound is impossible to replicate. Leyla toured and recorded with the renowned African-American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops and now is focused on her solo career. Living in New Orleans, she released her debut album ‘Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes’ in 2014. The album consists of compositions she has written to Langston Hughes poetry, Haitian folk songs and original pieces.

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Welcome To The All-Volunteer Run WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.
We believe that love is the greatest transaction of the arts, that the heart is more important than some chart, and that passion transcends payment every time. Our show airs on over 500 radio stations, American Forces Radio network worldwide and in millions of homes on PBS stations across America. You can watch our live show taping every Monday night on Folk-Book.com



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folksinger Michael Johnathon – michael@woodsongs.com