The First United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Warwick Ave and Main Street in Newport News.
=== 2007 Sessions ===
Friday, Jan 26, 7:30 pm:
Songwriter "Round Robin"
Local songwriters will be featured performing their original songs. Artists include Robert Matter, AdrianWhitcomb, Tom and Mary Beth Carreiro, .. and Greg Anderson.
Gerry Laverty Folksinger / Songwriter
Influenced by the Great Folk Scare of the 1960's, Gerry Laverty was fortunate to receive early encouragement from fabled Columbia Records producer, John Hammond who described several of his early efforts as "quite moving." An award winning songwriter, (Mid Atlantic and VOCAL) he has appeared on several compilations such as Richmond Local 641 and The Floating Folk Festival, Volumes 1 & 2. His first solo release was Zion Crossroads (1999) recorded in his Wolfhound Studio. His newest release is entitled Songs For The New Dark Ages.
The songs evoke spiritual images, the lone wanderer and rail against social injustice.
For more information in Gerry, visit "www.gerrylaverty.com"
When Fran Metzger immerses herself in a
ballad, she is in her element.
Her passion for timeless tales extends to songs
masterfully crafted by contemporary songwriters. A typical performance will
include a mix of traditional songs thoughtfully blended with the works of Nanci
Griffith, Dar Williams, Woody Guthrie, Lucy Kaplansky, James Keelaghan, Mary
Chapin Carpenter, Stan Rogers, and Mark Knopfler, to name just a few.
While living in Michigan in the 1980s, Fran performed at coffeehouses, house concerts, and art festivals, both solo and with the duo Barbyellen. Since she transplanted to Virginia in 1992, her local performances have included First Night of Williamsburg, the coffeehouse scene, and ten years as a balladeer for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Fran also toured around Virginia with the traditional trio Potpourri with funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Her discography includes vocals on Dave Crossland's Her's to the Ride, as well as her own work-in-progress, Ancient Waters, Timeless Rhymes.
ROBERT MATTER has been playing guitar and singing for over forty years. His musical roots are founded in contemporary folk music of the late 50's and early 60's.
For the past fifteen years he has been performing throughout the state of Virginia and has recently decided to follow his passion of performing on a full time basis. He is ready to broaden his base of performance venues. His performances are sprinkled with a rainbow of different musical selections touched with his own unique style.
Audiences are struck by the intense and moving renditions of songs that they thought they had forgotten. In addition to performing many of his own compositions, he covers songs from artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary.
The Glass Brothers
The Glass Brothers are a duo from Richmond.
Clips from their self-titled CD are available at CDbaby.com.
To here some of the clips, please visit http://cdbaby.com/cd/glassbrothers
Singer/songwriter Greg Trafidlo has been performing solo and with folk group, Trifokal, since 1989. His music is an eclectic blend of original and traditional favorites, along with tunes by some of today's best songwriters, including Steve Gillette, Kate Long, David Roth, Steve Key, and others. His witty songs have delighted audiences from the U. S. Capitol to Baja California. Greg's first solo CD, Old Dog, New Tracks earned two WAMMIE nominations from the Washington Area Music Association. With Lara Poole and Neil Phillips, he has made 15 recordings as a trio with Lara Poole and Neil Phillips.
For more information on Greg, please visit his website at
All shows are on a Friday eveningand start at 7:30 pm.
Admission is free and donations are accepted.
Refreshments will be served at the intermission.
For more information, call Greg
Anderson at 868-4761.
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