Friday, January 9, 2009

Back to the Folk grind for Folkies.

Back to the Folk grind for Folkies.

Now all the partying and celebrations are over we go into normal life and look forward to some good folk arts entertainment in the year to come.

I have two very important messages so please keep the following in mind.

Columbus Folk Music Society

The January Coffee House will be on February 7th. I know that is a contradiction, but there is a reason. On the last Saturday in January there is a special event at the bookshop. See the calendar.

The guest on the 7 January is R J Cowdery a young lady with an amazing voice and superb self penned songs.

The evening starts with a jam session at 7pm and open mic at 8pm followed by the guest at 9pm. An evening of outstanding value.

Storytellers of Central Ohio.

The Storytellers start their winter Speak Easy on January 21.

A wonderful night of Storytelling each month at the Maennerchor on S High St. If you have never been to a Storytelling event then this is your chance to hear some of the best Tellers in Ohio. Information below. See the calendar for future events.

Speak Easy is in the Rathskeller of the Columbus Maennerchor located at 966 South High St. They have lots of parking and a great bar with beer and other libations as well as a menu featuring great German dinners. We will be gathering the third Wednesday of each month until May. Each month you will hear a different featured teller for the first 30 to 40 minutes. After that, we invite anyone who has an 8 to 10 minute story to sign up and tell. The Speak Easy audience is always encouraging and interested. Don't be shy. Give it a try. Take A Look At This Lineup of Great Tellers
January 21-Granny Sue Holstein Granny Sue comes to us from West Virginia where she has been telling stories from Boston to Bellingham for a good many years. For the past three years she has been a performer for the WV State Parks summer Performance series. Take a look at to learn more about this excellent teller.

A message from Ed Smith worth a special mention.

Six String is bringing in a couple of fine folk acts from our near-Ohio region next Friday. Consider giving a plug for this on your blog in the coming week.
I enjoy Folkie Haven whenever I find time to read it.
Friday, January 16th
Columbus Performing Arts Center
8:00pm (doors open 7:30)
$15 advance, $18 door
Under 18 yrs just $5
or call (614) 470-FOLK
Steppin' In It is a band out of Lansing, MI with roots in country blues, folk and maybe a dash of cajun spices. Most of their music, however, is original. They are: Josh Davis (songwriter/vocals/guitar), Dominic Suchyta (upright bass), Joe Wilson (steel guitar/Dobro/trombone), and Andy Wilson (harmonica/trumpet/cajun accordion). They've appeared on national programs like public radio's Mountain Stage and have toured pretty much everywhere, but I think this is their first time in Columbus.
I saw these guys years ago at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. They put on a helluva show.
The opening act, Ellery, are husband and wife duo Justin and Tasha Golden apparently have origins in Cincinnati.
I haven't heard them before. They have lots of samples online though including a free "holiday" ep download. They have a folk/pop sound with Tasha on vocals and Justin providing instrumental backing.
or call (614) 470-FOLK

Avalon Nine

Happy New Year, Live Music Presenters and Fans!
Think of Avalon Nine in 2009!
Just a reminder that our acoustic duo (Avalon Nine) donates up to 12 concerts a year to non-profits and community arts events.
Want to get your organization in on a 1 to 4 hour concert for your fundraiser or non-profit event?Book early, and if we don't already have a freebie scheduled that month, you're in!
Qualifying non-profits include animal welfare, arts, education, environmental and peace efforts, and public radio fundraisers. We're open to others--can't hurt to ask. Even if you miss out on our monthly freebie, we still offer big discounts to non-profits.
We play a rocky mix of retro and Americana that fits a lot of venues, is upbeat and fun for all ages. We have a great song list (150+ songs) and can go from easy/mellow to a rocky party mix to fit your event. See our web page at:or

How To Promote Yourself Seminar.

Sorry to say this is now off. Thank You to the people who e mailed me to confirm a booking, but there were not enough to justify it. If the people who said verbally they wanted to attend had confirmed by e mail as they said they would we would have had plenty. Perhaps at another time.

A Message from that work machine Nancy Baley

Happy New Year to all!

Just a reminder that our second steering committee meeting is this coming Sunday, January 11 at 2:00 at the bookstore. Please try to make it--there are many things to talk about. I promise to keep discussion efficient and brief so we can have our Sunday evenings to ourselves. (Famous last words!).

I will try to get an agenda to you before the meeting, but I'm not promising--I have two new twin great grandsons and I'm distracted!

Try not to slip and slide too much1


A message from Me.
Please help me promote the following by passing the information on to any friends who may be interested. I am trying very hard to create a central place for the passing of information by working on this blog. It is a labor of love because I enjoy the friendship we all bring to each other. I know there are others out there who would find this blog and other places on line of interest if they new about them.

Please help me by doing a little promotion for me and pass on the following links.

This blog

The web site of Ashville Open Mic

You Tube and enter Englishmanjohn (One word)

For videos of Ashville Open Mic performers.

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