Bios of Phil Ochs Song Night Performers
KIM & REGGIE HARRIS' performances are characterized by rich harmonies,
percussive guitar and a warm, upbeat presence. In 20 years of working
together, they have written and sung in styles ranging from traditional to
adult-contemporary. Their first cd, In the Heat of the Summer, (title song
by Phil Ochs) showcases the depth and passion of their songwriting. Their
first album, Music and the Underground Railroad, has been praised in
musical, cultural and historical circles. A large part of this album has
been recreated on a new cd titled Steal Away which is getting heavy
airplay nationwide. Originally from Philadelphia, Kim and Reggie live in
upstate New York.
MAGPIE consists of Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino, a husband-and-wife duo
from Tacoma Park, Maryland. Originally from northeast Ohio, they met while
attending Kent State University in 1973. Their repertoire of largely
topical songs encompasses traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, blues,
country and ragtime styles, and includes many original compositions.
Magpie has a high-energy sound, characterized by tight harmonies and expert
work on guitar, concertina, harmonica, mandolin and fretted dulcimer. They
have released several cds including Spoken In Love, a collaboration with
Kim and Reggie Harris.
JOHN FLYNN Kris
Kristofferson praises John Flynn's songwriting: "The truth
is in the details; the gifts are an ear for accurate dialogue, an eye for
powerful imagery and anything funny, and a heart open to surprises and the
possibilities of moving the emotions." As a young father Flynn left a Nashville
staff writing gig and began writing songs for his kids and for his life. These
songs yielded CDs that are informed by the trademark humanity and humor that
Flynn sees as the essential tools for parenthood and living. Recently the 51
year-old Delaware resident has turned his attention, and his songwriting, to the
world his four children will one day inherit.
- Landslide top vote-getter at the
Falcon Ridge (NY) Folk Festival's "Most-Wanted" competition (1996) and NAIRD "Indie"
nominee (singer-songwriter album of the year - 1994) for Digging Through My
Closet, DAVID ROTH has gained national attention for his unique songs, moving
stories, and powerful singing and subject matter. David's material ranges from
outright hilarious to poignant - taking his audience on an emotional landslide
through well-crafted songs.
GREG GREENWAY'S music blends the passion of Richie Havens, the lyrical
guitar of James Taylor, and the rhythmic and political influences of Peter
Gabriel, the Police and a wealth of Third World Artists. His debut
recording, A Road Worth Walking Down, was nominated for two Boston Music
Awards and is still receiving national air play. His third cd,
Mussolini's Head, was released this year to very favorable reviews. He
performed at Carnegie Hall in the New York Singer/Songwriter Festival which
was broadcast on NPR's World Café in 1994. Greg was born in Virginia and
now makes his home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator,
based in Chicago, IL. From venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New
York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe
Jencks has spent the last 12 years touring full time. His songs have traveled to
every continent via his own performances, radio, CDs, web casts, and other
Pat Wictor In a
remarkably short period of time, Pat Wictor has become the name that is being
chatted about on the acoustic, blues, folk and Americana circuits. Steeped in
American "roots" music, Pat is a contemporary songwriter and interpreter drawing
on the rural country, gospel, and blues traditions of our nation.
An American by birth, Pat was raised outside of the United States until his
teenage years, living in Venezuela, Holland, Norway, and England. This time
abroad gave him an unusually deep awareness of being a resident of a country
while also a world citizen. Through these early experiences, he gained an
appreciation for taking different paths to arrive at the same destination.
-- Pat Wictor, Greg Greenway, and Joe Jencks have
formed a dynamic new male trio. Their harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell
what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as
a call to arms. Calling upon contemporary songwriting, and informed by the deep
roots of gospel, blues, and folk, the trio weaves a tapestry of harmony that is
brilliantly fresh and yet familiar.
Pat Humphries & Sandy Opatow
powerful, passionate songs about the lives of real people
JUST ANNOUNCED (2/17/03): If I Give Your Name, by Sandy Opatow and Pat
Humphries is the Grand Prize Winner in the Folk Category of the
prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest
. The song sheds light on the silent suffering of family members of undocumented workers lost on 9/11 in
the World Trade Center and was one of 12 grand prize winners out of 24,000
entries. Hear "If I Give Your Name" at www.pathumpries.com
and find out more about the situation of undocumented workers at
Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow are award-winning, activist songwriters
whose songs "Keep on Moving Forward" and "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" have
defined peace and justice events worldwide. #1 on Amazon.com after a May
2002 feature on NPR's "All Things Considered," fROOTs Magazin called Pat's
CD, Hands, "an acoustic, insightful delight in the tradition of Seeger and
Rutstein's songs combine powerful melodies with poignant thoughts.
She has the rare ability to fuse poetic imagery with an eclectic and vibrant sound.
Her lyrics address a wide range of social and emotional issues, including racism,
community togetherness, and world peace. The driving force behind disappear fear,
a group she formed with her sister Cindy, Sonia now also records and performs under
her own name. She was Female Artist of the Year at the 1999 Gay and Lesbian Music Awards
(GLAMA) and received a Best Album award from Stereo Review, among other honors. |
Sharon Katz Back in 1992, Sharon made
history in her home country of South Africa when she formed the country's
first-ever, 500-member multi-cultural and multi-lingual performing group and
staged the production called "When Voices Meet."
Then in 1993, Sharon rocked the nation with
her concert tour, "The Peace Train." She took 150 performers, including her
friends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on tour by train, giving concerts at every stop
along their route. As the performers played, sang and danced to promote a
peaceful transition to democracy in South Africa, TV and radio crews rode on
board The Peace Train and broadcasted all the events to the nation.
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