Lee Herman

House Concert Host, Senior Technical Architect, SAS Institute, Inc.

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LIVE from Scotland via Zoom: Jim and Susie Malcolm - Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 4:00 P.M.

Music at 4:00 p.m. Central Time LIVE on Zoom
$10-15 suggested artist donation*

To attend, please RSVP here or contact Susie Malcolm at susie@jimmalcolm.com 

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contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Traveling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

Jim Malcolm’s voice has been described by Dirty Linen magazine as “one of those pure warm Scottish voices one never tires of listening to”. He was the 2004 Scots Trad Music Awards Songwriter of the Year and a 2008 nominee for Scots Trad Music’s Singer of the Year.  For seven years he was the front man for the legendary Scottish group the Old Blind Dogs.

The Scotsman said, “Jim Malcolm will just melt you in your seat.” They are absolutely right. I first saw Jim Malcolm in Las Cruces, NM at another house concert and was just blown away. His singing and playing are magnificent, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of Scottish and Celtic music and he writes wonderful songs. He is also a fine storyteller with a great sense of humor. His wife Susie joins him, bringing beautiful singing and harmonies. You will enjoy this show even if you are new to Scottish music.



October 04, 2020 at 3pm
Windy City House Concerts
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rsvped +1 for Friction Farm - Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 3 p.m. 2020-02-23 15:55:38 -0600

Friction Farm - Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.

Friction Farm’s lyrically rich, harmony-driven songs have earned them spots as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. They are winners of the South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competition and have performed as official showcase artists at the Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences.

Performing internationally and throughout the US, Friction Farm feels at home on the road and on stage. Audiences lean into their stories, laugh at their humor, are inspired to do a little good in the world, and sing along once in a while.

“They were utterly charming. Their well-written songs cover a wide gamut and their delivery is spot on. They should be much better known“. Rich Warren, Host of WFMT-FM Folkstage and The Midnight Special

“Contemporary folk duo Friction Farm – aka husband-and-wife duo Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay – weave timely topics and humor into soaring harmonies and finely crafted songs” -Tallahassee Democrat

“What a delightful evening… our patrons fully enjoyed the blending of soulful acoustic guitar playing with the sharp and witty storytelling of Friction Farm’s lyrics. An engaging performance!’ – East Baton Rouge Parish Library

“…harmony, charm, energy, sheer talent, outstanding songwriting” – Wanda Fischer, WAMC





November 22, 2020 at 3pm
Windy City House Concerts
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rsvped +1 for Rupert Wates - Sunday, December 13, 2020 2019-10-12 13:51:33 -0500

Rupert Wates - Sunday, December 13, 2020

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. In London he worked with some of the best performers in the city. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado. Since coming to the US, he has won more than 40 songwriting and performing awards (https://www.rupertwatesmusic.com/awards).

His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released nine solo CDs. They have received outstanding reviews in the international online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. In addition, Wates' songs have been covered by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US. Two full length tribute CDs to his material have been recorded: 'Crazy Puzzle' (2015) by Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers, and 'Wide Open Heart' (July 2017) by Los Angeles vocalist Susan Kohler. Both these CDs were initiated and funded entirely by the artists themselves, and comprise exclusively songs taken from Rupert Wates' back catalog. Over 20 recordings featuring Wates's songs by other artists were made in 2016, and more are scheduled for 2017 (full list at www.rupertwatesmusic.com/covers).

In 2010 Wates released Joe’s Café, an album of 15 original songs based on true stories, each interpreted by a different vocalist, retelling the stories of ordinary American people. Through them we trace the story of America itself: through two world wars, the Dust Bowl depression, Vietnam and the struggle for Civil Rights, all the way to the present day. Recorded live in the studio in a single weekend, the album's warm sound evokes the welcoming atmosphere of an all-night café, where friends gather to share their stories. Featured virtuoso musicians on the recording include Darol Anger on violin and Michael Manring on bass.

Joe’s Café has been presented very successfully at Festivals throughout North America, and in other venues in New York City and in the southeastern United States. The show won Best Music Revue in the 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival. More information about Joe's Cafe is at www.bitemusiclimited.com.

In 2014, Wates joined forces with Toronto-based virtuoso pianist Bartosz Hadala to form a piano/guitar duo called The Nightwatchers (www.thenightwatchers.com). The duo tour Canada and Europe regularly. In March 2015 they recorded and released a debut CD entitled The Nightwatchers, featuring some of the standout songs of Wates' extensive catalog.

Rupert Wates averages 120 live shows every year, in front of audiences totaling more than 3,500, in acoustic venues in every state in America, in Canada and in Europe. He performs sometimes alone, sometimes with his trio or his quartet. He prefers smaller listening rooms where the audience is up close and the emphasis is on the music. He was voted an Artist Of The Year in both 2013 and 2016 by the international house concert network Concerts In Your Home (www.concertsinyourhome.com). He is the only artist on the entire CIYH database to have been honored with this title twice. In 2018, Wates was a Finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Song Contest, and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge Folk Festival.

Despite Wates' British background, and underpinning the universality of his music's appeal, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him "a prime figure in American music'' (https://www.acousticmusic.com) and goes on: "This is one gifted sonofabitch... If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out."

Audiences everywhere respond to Wates' brand of melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true.

Discography: The Lights Of Paris (2017), Colorado Mornings (2016), The Nightwatchers (2015), The Rank Outsiders Ball (2014), At the Losers’ Motel (2012), Joe’s Café (2010), Dear Life (2008), Coast to Coast (2007) and Sweet or Bitter Wine (2005).





December 13, 2020 at 3pm
Windy City House Concerts
Chicago, IL 60640
United States
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