Windy City House Concerts

Past Shows

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  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 8 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Cosy Sheridan

    Cosy Sheridan and Charlie Koch Live

     

    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 contact Lee by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 312-810-3067

    Free child care provided (advance notice required)

    Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer/songwriters” She first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Since then she has released 10 cds, written a one-woman-show and her music has appeared in books and film. She has taught songwriting, guitar and performance workshops at music camps for the past 15 years, including The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering. She is the director of The Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.

    Cosy Sheridan first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won the New Folk songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival; The Boston Globe wrote “She is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters.”
    She has been on the road ever since, playing clubs, concert halls and coffeehouses from Seattle to Berkeley and across and across I-80 to Omaha, Chicago and then to Boston where she now makes her home. On her new CD, Sometimes I Feel Too Much, she writes of these years on the road in her song Woody Guthrie Watch Over Me.

    A Cosy Sheridan concert is a wide-ranging exploration: love songs for adults – and practical philosophy for a complicated world. She has written about the stock market crash of 2008 and fall-out from uranium mining in the American southwest. She has re-written greek myths: Persephone runs away with Hades the biker. And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women.

    Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, Sheridan’s concerts are full of energy and emotionality. Her songs are carefully crafted – and often shorter than the average folk song. “Cosy writes intelligent and clever lyrics with stickable melodies,” wrote Sing Out Magazine. She plays a percussive bluesy guitar style – often in open tunings and occasionally with 2 or more capos on the guitar.

    Throughout her 25 year career, Cosy has continued to win fans and also rave reviews: her 2014 release, Pretty Bird, was chosen as one of Sing Out Magazine’s “Great CDs of 2014.” For the past 20 years she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country. In 2008 she co-founded the Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.

    A buddhist monk in a 12-step program trapped in the body of a singer/songwriter– The Albuquerque Journal

    Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly Funny. She fuses myth with modern culture, Persephone with Botox – Cornell Folksong Society

    http://www.cosysheridan.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/cosysheridanmusic/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEKO7FbtLAC5QiYK6XqfoTw

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    * All funds go to the musicians

  • Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 14 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Abbie Gardner

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

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

    Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile toured with Americana darlings Red Molly for eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band took an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is having a blast stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs! No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt but remains pure Abbie. 

    Always keen on following the vocal part and trying to find the one really perfect note, instead of a dozen okay ones, Abbie is quickly compiling an extensive discography of recording credits. Her own CDs include Honey on My Grave (2006), Bad Nights/Better Days (2008, with Anthony da Costa), and Hope (2011), which features three different kinds of slide guitar (dobro, lap steel and National bottleneck). Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, with such accolades as; 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2nd place), 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for "The Mind of a Soldier" and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for "I'd Rather Be." "The Mind of a Soldier" was also featured on Lufthansa Airlines in 2010.

    Abbie has had the honor of being part of the songwriting faculty at the 2010 and 2011 Swannanoa Gatherings and assisting at Reso Summit, Nashville's Resonator Conference, for the past several years. She wrote and released a song per week for a year as part of the 2013 Real Women Real Songs project and continues to attend Jack Hardy’s Monday night Songwriter’s Exchange in NYC to hone her writing skills. She has been having a blast doing gigs with different bands, backing up her friends and stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs. Abbie has a brand new solo CD ready to release in January of 2018 and is excited to tour as a solo act in support of that CD.

    "Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, Hope. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie." — Richard Cuccaro, Publisher, Acoustic Live

    http://www.abbiegardner.com

    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlideSessions

    http://www.facebook.com/abbiegardnermusic

    http://www.twitter.com/abbiegmusic

  • Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 21 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Alice Howe

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

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

     

    With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and crafted poetry, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe is “at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal” (Mark Walton, Americana UK). Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters. Alice’s 2017 EP You’ve Been Away So Long features her original song “Homeland Blues,” which debuted at #1 on the April Folk DJ chart and came in as the #7 song of the entire year. She was a 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, and has performed at such venerable Northeast venues as Club Passim, Caffè Lena, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

    “A gem…at once of the moment and personal, timeless and universal.” – Mark Walton, Americana UK

    “Up there with the very best of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters and Dar Williams” – Folking.com

    “These are well crafted songs” – Country Music People (UK)

    “This music is visceral, real and simple” – Folkwords

    “…I could listen to her sing for hours. Her voice is beautiful as a bell, classic in that Joan Baez way, transporting, wistful…her vocal mastery and musicality are beyond her young years and her songs stay in my head for days.” -Antje Duvekot

    “How can a singer-songwriter have a voice like a broken angel’s bell and write songs that could be a week or a hundred years old all at once? Alice Howe, that’s how.” – Vance Gilbert

    “Classic emotive folk reminiscent of Kate Wolf, Alice Howe’s earnest lyrics and heart-melting vocals might be the musical equivalent of lying in the dark beneath a clear sky of stars.” – Robby Hecht

    https://www.alicehowe.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/alicehowemusic/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX8jC6IrUVOuqnyOs2fIs9g
    https://alicehowe.bandcamp.com/
    https://meandthee.org/interviews/alice-howe/

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 8 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Shawna Caspi

    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)

    I was introduced to Shawna when she played an Official Showcase at the FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) conference last October. I was blown away by the combination of her finely crafted songs, achingly beautiful vocals, and masterful guitar playing. I had a chance to interview her at the Folk Alliance International conference this past February. Click to read the interview.

    Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Shawna Caspi hadn’t done much traveling before tapering off a series of administrative jobs to start touring full-time. She had never even rented a car. She had never been camping before performing at the Blue Skies Music Festival in 2014.

    Since then, Shawna has toured throughout Canada and the United States, including performances at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, the Summerfolk Festival (ON), and the Deep Roots Music Festival (NS), and concert series including the Calgary Folk Club, the Nickelodeon, the Northern Lights Folk Club (AB), the Greenbank Folk Music Society (ON), the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (MA), On Your Radar (NY), and Six String Concerts (OH).

    Shawna’s fourth album Forest Fire, released in September 2017, is a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. Engineered and produced by Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith), the elegant arrangements draw the listener into the depths of haunting, atmospheric tracks, then lift them out with airy, bluegrass instrumentation and hopeful narratives for brighter days. It’s dark granite stone with a shot of glimmering quartz through the middle. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love, grace, and gratitude. With these songs, Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices, to tell the truth above all else.

    It’s an album about cycles, about playing the long game. That’s why it’s called Forest Fire – something that seems huge and devastating when it happens, but in the relative vastness of space and time, it’s just one small moment on a much grander scale, a necessary catastrophe that leads to new growth.

    Shawna’s vocals are brewed by years of classical training followed by years on the road finding her own voice singing folk songs. She combines power, intensity, character, and closeness. She has a whole band under her fingertips, with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Her performances capture audiences with grace and intimacy whether the setting is a living room, a festival stage, or the bar car of a passenger train.

    “Some musicians make songwriting sound less of a craft and more of a life affirming obsession. Caspi’s compositions stand out as beautiful, complex and intricate even in an increasingly crowded folk scene.” – NOW Magazine

    “Shawna taps into her Canadian folk roots to share songs with beauty, humor and a keen eye for the world around her. Add to the fact that she is a classically trained guitarist with a stunning voice, and you have an artist that is destined to be an important artist on the folk circuit.” – Ron Olesko, Sing Out! Magazine

    “Shawna’s songs have a way of making you feel at home, no matter where you are.” – Lynda Norman, Executive Director, Kelowna Arts Council

    http://www.shawnacaspi.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/shawnacaspimusic

    http://www.facebook.com/shawnacaspimusic

    http://twitter.com/shawnacaspi

  • Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Windy City House Concerts

    Postponed to the future: Annabelle Chvostek

    Show is postponed to some future date when we can make it work.

     

    Annabelle Chvostek is a Juno nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Toronto and Montreal. She is known for her rich singing voice, compelling lyrics and genre-spanning musicality, as well as her Juno-nominated work with harmony trio The Wailin' Jennys.

    In 2004, she was selected to replace Windy City House Concerts performer Cara Luft in the Juno-winning Wailin' Jennys, a gig that took her from obscurity to international acclaim. Chvostek's songs were repeatedly singled out by critics as highlights of the Jennys' Juno-nominated CD, Firecracker. "Devil's Paintbrush Road" was the most downloaded song from the album on iTunes for months. It was also the #1 Canadian song at U.S. folk radio in 2006, and it remained at #3 in 2007. During her two and a half years with the Jennys, Chvostek toured Europe, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, sang on the Juno Awards telecast and earned a Juno nomination for Best Roots and Traditional Album.

    In 2007, she left the Jennys and reprised her solo career, releasing 5 solo albums on Borealis Records and her own independent label, Massive Quantities Of Good Vibes. The albums showcase her genre-defying musical skills with varying themes and styles. 

    Make no mistake, this lady is a singer songwriter whose talent is so exceptional that her ability to explore and master any musical genre she wishes could actually work against her in commercial terms, simply because she is almost impossible to pigeon hole.” — American Roots, UK
    “Blissfully hard to classify... Ms. Chvostek won our hearts and minds... Her show was one of those magical, chemistry connected sets with a sense of discovery attached... Singing with pluck and precision (while backing herself up beautifully on a guitar, mandolin and fiddle), Ms. Chvostek exudes organic musicality, whether when digging into folky roots music or art-pop turf...” — Santa Barbara News, USA
    “Ridiculously talented ... Awe Inspiring... Incredibly sophisticated...” — Cam Fuller, Star Phoenix, Canada
    Both reflective and gutsy, this is music that takes your soul on the road.” — Western Morning News, UK
    “From the get-go she’s more than just another folk artist... Her way with melody and vocal style bring to mind artists as dissimilar as Kathleen Edwards and Imogen Heap” — !Earshot, Canada
    “Fiercely talented... Chvostek has a sultry voice you can’t and won’t forget.” — Suzy Malik, Xtra Toronto
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  • Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 14 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Mel Parsons

    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)

    Award-winning singer-songwriter Mel Parsons is well recognized as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars. With a dynamite live show, Parsons is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story. Her unique style simmers somewhere between indie/folk and alt/country, and her shows are as memorable for the spine-tingling songs as for Parsons’ dry banter delivery in between.

    Parsons is a two-time NZ Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year; Winner of the 2016 NZCMA Country Song of the Year; Winner of the 2016 MMF award for Best Independent Tour; A finalist for the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll award in 2015; and ‘Drylands’ won the NZ Music Award in technical category for Best Engineer (Lee Prebble, Oliver Harmer).

    “The true star here is Parsons' voice.” 5/5 stars - The Aucklander

    “Keeping the crowd was a measure of the power and intimacy of her performance as much as how her songwriting grips for its intensely personal touch.” - Graham Reid, Elsewhere

    “Parsons is in possession of a wonderfully rich voice. There is a smoky quality that makes it impossible not to be drawn into her lyrics” - Marty Duda, The 13th Floor

    http://melparsons.com

    http://facebook.com/MELPARSONSMUSIC

    http://youtube.com/melparsonsofficial

    http://instagram.com/melparsonsmusic

    http://twitter.com/caperoad

    * All monies go to the artist.

  • Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 16 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Ordinary Elephant

    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)

    International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. The collaboration of husband and wife, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. You see it, hear it, and then you find yourself truly feeling it. “As genuine as it gets” says legendary Texas producer Lloyd Maines.

    Crystal and Pete Damore have been performing together since 2011, when they called Texas home. The two took to full-time nomadic life with their dogs in 2014, and are still finding home and music wherever they go. The duo was both a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2017, and their release ‘Before I Go’ was No. 7 on the Folk DJ Chart for the year.

    "Their harmonies, singing, the whole presentation...as genuine as it gets" -Lloyd Maines

    "These are elegant, warm and engaging songs delivered and played with instant warmth and beautiful, instinctive intensity.” -Mike Ritchie, Celtic Music Radio

    “I didn't know Ordinary Elephant..really, really enjoyed this beautiful and subtle music...the perfect vocals, the delicate arrangements are killers” -Michel Penard, Radio ISA France

    http://www.ordinaryelephant.net

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP-Pm7GWgByfwTkhCEWb-Rg

    https://www.facebook.com/ordinaryelephant

    http://instagram.com/ordinaryelephant/

    https://twitter.com/ordinarelephant

    * All monies go to the artist.

  • Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 05:00 PM · 15 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Talisk

    Music at 6:00 p.m.
    Socializing and potluck at 5:00 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)

    Winners of the 2017 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards’ Folk Band Of The Year, 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Young Folk Award and nominees of the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Horizon Award, Talisk are one of the fastest rising bands on the UK folk scene in recent years.

    Mohsen Amini (concertina), Hayley Keenan (fiddle) and Graeme Armstrong (guitar) create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that, in just a couple of years, has earned them multiple award wins, unwavering nationwide media praise, and standing ovations far and wide. Atop their collective titles, Amini was the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and is now the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year, adding to a trophy cabinet that far belies their years.

    So too does their touring history, though – with appearances at world-leading festivals including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, Celtic Colours in Cape Breton, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Celtic Connections, as well as countless others alongside live sessions on both BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship folk programmes. With further tours and showcases throughout Europe and the US on the horizon, theirs is a star firmly, and rapidly, on the ascent.

    "a rockin’ powerhouse" - The Herald

    "Doubling the power of three" - The Scotsman

    "The musicianship is phenomenal, the enthusiasm infectious" - Folk Radio UK

    "Setting scary standards" - Simon Mayo,
    BBC Radio 2

    "Extraordinary" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

    http://www.talisk.co.uk

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG-AsgBzENpt8BVio-MXmKw

    http://www.facebook.com/taliskmusic

    http://www.soundcloud.com/taliskmusic

    http://www.twitter.com/taliskmusic

    * All monies go to the artist.

  • Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 10 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Johnsmith

    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)

    I first heard Johnsmith perform at the FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) conference in 2016. He was one of 14 artists selected from a field of 130 submissions to play an Official Showcase for everyone at the conference. I knew immediately I wanted to book him! He's a quintessential folksinger/songwriter and storyteller. His songs tell stories, paint pictures, and capture the feelings of living life - not just his own but people from all walks of life.

    After learning to play the guitar at 19, he began writing songs, leading to a career that found him playing over 150 dates a year. A winner of the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, he has also won songwriting awards at the Telluride, Rocky Mountain Folks, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals.

    In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released eight solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.

    With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.

    “Johnsmith extends his growing, glowing reputation . . . beautiful, high tenor voice, excellent guitar playing, and spirited, uplifting songs. His music is open-hearted, unpretentious, grounded in the personal, yet always accessible and universal." - Sing Out! magazine

    "John's plays and sings so well you almost don't notice how good his songs are. It's all there, and he's this nice regular guy you want to hang out with. Watch out, his music will sneak up on you." - Tim O’Brien

    "Your gift of writing deceptively simple songs that spring from a deep place in the soul is a rare one." - Bob McWilliams, KPR (Kansas)

    http://johnsmithmusic.com

    https://www.facebook.com/johnsmithmusic

    http://johnsmithmusic.com/videos

    * All monies go to the artist.