Performers

HARLYM 1TWO5 remains well known nationally and in multitudes poetry circles. Known as Harlym 125, He is a frequent and highly regarded figure in competitions, performance, concert and beyond.

125 has become a part of the Boston area poetry scene and joined teams of poets who have won numerous competitions regionally and nationally. 125 has also become well known in the Boston area for his work leading workshops dealing with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Several times in the last couple of years, Harlym has been called to local high schools, colleges and communities to help bring a calm and constructive unity after incidents of racial injustice have occurred.

Known for his work, Harlym 1Two5 is often asked to be a panelist or to give presentations on a broad range of topics regarding diversity and pluralism, and also is asked to prepare presentations in response to very specific incidents or conditions. Appearing at dozens of college campuses every year. He is the “HUMAN HIGHLIGHT OF POETRY AND EDU-ACTIVISM.”

HEINZ BACHMANN I am a singer/songwriter. Appalled by what is happening in the USA and, indeed in the whole world, I have decided to focus on protest songs. There don’t seem to be that many just when we really need them. Click here for Heinz’ YouTube Link.

DAN BRIELMANN started writing songs 40 years ago. Known as Daniel C., Musician for the Environment, he creates protest as well as motivating songs. e-Awakening.com was created 10 years ago by Dan and Marilyn Brielmann to bring attention to the Environment. We believe that getting people out into nature to love and care for it is the first step in making our Earth the place it should be. Clean, healthy and happy! Dan and Marilyn are retired working for a better world for us all!

BOB CHABOT is a songwriter based in Northampton, MA.  Over the years, he has performed his songs throughout the Northeast, has recorded with the Music To Life organization, and has appeared several times at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

MIKE DELANEY is a Boston-area singer-songwriter and part of the music group “The Tritones”, with Karen Sauer and Chris Lee. He is a founding member of the Roslindale Open Mike. He has released five CDs, including “Boston Harbor: No Longer Dirty Water”. In 2017, he recruited fellow open mikers to perform an evening of his songs as “Open Mike – The Musical”. Since November 2019, he has been releasing songs and videos on the theme “PERSIST-RESIST-2020” and is working on a production of a one-person show, “Petty Dictator – The Musical”. mikedelaney.org

CiCi EBERLE is an original singer/songwriter covering a range of musical styles, with influences drawn from folk, rock, blues stirred into the mix. CiCi relocated from Northern Colorado to the Boston Area. “I’m enthralled with the local music and open mic scene, and I have literally and figuratively found my voice since I moved here”. CiCi’s songs use stories and a splash of humor to illuminate social justice issues. cicieberlemusic.com

PEG ESPINOLA I have been playing the guitar since age fifteen–first teacher was fellow teenager Mike Seeger. Only sang Other People’s Songs until 2004, when a class with Bob Franke at WUMB’s music camp (SAMW) made me into a songwriter. My songs reflect my (long) life but also my lifetime concern for social justice and Democratic values. I am currently the Sudbury captain of the Metrowest for Biden campaign, as well as for our state rep, Carmine Gentile, for whom I just wrote a song. I’ve also written songs for Hillary, for Biden, and for “the Donkey.” And an anti-Trump rant (Resistance, on YouTube).

JENNIFER EVANS I am a fingerstyle guitarist and singer and perform the socially relevant compositions of my gifted songwriter brother, Griff Evans. NYC’s legendary radio host Oscar Brand featured our CD “The Last Cheap Hotel” on his tribute show to friend Pete Seeger saying, “These are songs that Pete would have sung.”  jennifer-evans.com

REGIE GIBSON has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. In Italy, representing the U.S., Regie competed for & received the Absolute Poetry Award & the Europa en Versi Prize. He appears in “love jones”: a film based on events in his life. He’s received the Walker Scholarship, an MCC Award, a YMCA Writer’s Fellowship & the Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation. Regie has served as a consultant for the NEA’s “How Art Works” initiative & the “Mere Distinction of Color”- an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier home examining the legacy of slavery & the U.S. constitution. He teaches at Clark University & works with members of the Red Cross-Red Crescent Climate Center (Hague, Netherlands) to craft language regarding issues of climate change. regiegibson.com

ART GROSSMAN Growing up in the late 50’s and 60’s, Art was greatly influenced by the folk music revolution.  He was attracted to the simplicity of these performers using only their voices and acoustic guitars to tell their collective stories through their songs. Among his favorites are Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver and Tom Paxton. He also admired artists of the 50’s like the Everly Brothers and the Kingston trio as well as lesser known local talents such as Bill Staines and David Mallett.

GREG GREENWAY Originally from Richmond, VA, Greg moved to Boston for its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. His “In the Name of Love,” a lead in to the U2 classic, “Pride,” was the #5 song on the Folk DJ list in 2013. It has become a defining piece on his journey to becoming an international artist capable of addressing sensitive topics like Race in a way that connects audiences to their humanity while entertaining them at the same time.

He has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music.” His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway’s own humanity and affinity for the audience.  He has legendary energy, couched in a presentation of high spirited give and take of such good humor that audiences unfailingly walk away uplifted. Please click here for Greg’s website.

ERIC GULLIKSEN, known to his friends and fans as “the Snake,” made his first commercial recordings in 1963, and was a founding member of the soft-rock group “Orpheus” in the late 1960s. In 2019 he tallied an impressive 384 performances in four states. Recently, he has primarily been restricted to virtual performances, in which he participates nearly every day. A “cover artist” rather than a songwriter, he contributes his versions of classic and modern protest songs, some of which are rewrites or adaptations of familiar, less pointed pieces.

REGGIE HARRIS is a songwriter, a storyteller, an educator, a Kennedy Center teaching artist, and travels the world presenting over 300 performances a year spreading hope and light through song to audiences of all ages. As Co- President and Music Education Director for the Living Legacy Project, he leads pilgrimages to sites of the Modern Civil Rights movement in the south. Reggie’s solo CD “Ready To Go” was the #5 CD on the Folk DJ charts for 2018. He is as an artist who entertains, educates and builds community throughout the world. reggieharrismusic.com

LARA HERSCOVITCH A singer-songwriter-poet-performer gem, The Boston Globe describes Lara as “a luminous voice and a buoyant stage presence… big-hearted lyrics embrace the sum of life… Herscovitch’s music blows on the embers of a lagging spirit…” Sound Waves Magazine calls her music “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul.” Acoustic Live in NYC adds, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect… It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.” LaraHerscovitch.com

A.G. HAMMOND was born and raised in Asheville, N.C. She has been performing as a singer, writing and producing music for about 30 years. She is a Survivor of Domestic Violence and is an advocate for DV Survivors, Human Rights, with a focus on Indigenous Peoples of the United States and the eradication of racism. She has a degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta, is a graphics and fine artist and a U.S. Army Veteran with a Broadcast Journalism degree from the Defense Information School, Ft. Meade, Maryland. Her favorite job is and has always been being a Mom of four children.  soundcloud.com/aghammond

TRISTAN ISRAEL is a Singer/Songwriter who lives on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and he has been performing in public since the early 70’s when he was with the band “The Penciltappers .” Tristan has been a fixture on the local music scene and his style of writing and playing is unique, blending many musical influences from old country blues to folk and rock and even some jazz. tristanisrael.hearnow.com tristanisrael.com

RON ISRAEL Ron Israel has been writing songs since he was 12. His work focuses on expressions of life, love, and world in which we live. His work has been praised by the late John Hammond Sr. of Columbia Records, Ritchie Havens, Barry McGuire, and NPR’s Susan Stamberg. www.ronisraelmusic.com

TERRY KITCHEN Called “one of New England’s best songwriters” by The Boston Globe, Terry Kitchen creates songs that are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. His new CD Next Time We Meet, which reached #5 on the national Folk-DJ chart, deftly combines the personal and the political, often within the same song. His songs have won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and been runner-up in the John Lennon Song Contest, and have appeared in numerous films. He’s been performing on folk stages across New England and beyond since the 1990s.

JOE JENCKS is an 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
https://joejencks.com/

ROBERTA LAMB rocks to the beat of a variety of musical styles, from blues and pop, to Americana. She picked her first guitar as a child in Texas and took to singing folk songs, Spanish traditional tunes, and ballads. Roberta honed her vocal craft as a classical musician. Her originals are harmonically sophisticated and her lyrics reflect her optimism and wry humor. She released her first album, Not Your Mama’s Blues in 2019. robertalamb.com

JOAN LANGE wrote her first book when she was 5 and continues to write driven by her lifelong commitment as an Environmentalist, Equality & Human Rights Advocate & poet & entrepreneur. She has been a spokesperson for UNICEF, worked with President Carter to promote solar energy & alternative fuels & writes to open eyes & open lives.

CHRIS LEE My musical journey began in elementary school, singing in church. I discovered rock and roll early on, and sang with older musicians. I attended UMASS at Amherst, where I really discovered folk and blues, and I began to learn to play the guitar. I left UMASS and transferred to what is now BSU (Bridgewater State University). There, I began to perform, primarily as a solo performer, and my musical interests became broader, playing rock and roll, folk, and songs of contemporary writers of the time. Not being a prolific writer, I borrowed heavily from established writers, covering their songs, and some of friends such as Jim Palana. Once in a while, I will find myself writing a song that I feel is worth keeping and added to my repertoire. Usually the songs are from my own experiences or autobiographical.

THE LIED TO’S are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two MA-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014. Their self-titled debut cd, released in 2015, rose to the top of the roots rock charts and landed in the top 100 of the prestigious No Depression readers’ poll. Their second cd, The Lesser of Two Evils, released in May 2018, received universal praise for its gritty instrumentation, impeccable harmonies and honest songwriting.  Tom Haugen of The Daily Vault called it, “…nothing short of brilliant.”  liedtomusic.com

JOHN LORETZ, a lifelong antinuclear and environmental activist, was program director at International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War until his retirement in 2017. He represented the organization on the steering committee of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate. John continues to consult with IPPNW, and frequently performs at local (virtual) open mics, sometimes with his wife, Anne Sandstrom.

JAN LUBY is a storyteller known for her engaging stage presence and a voice full of passion, range and power.  Her original songs range from socially relevant, to irreverent, heartbreaking to humorous.  She is every bit as comfortable on a festival stage in front of thousands as she is in more intimate settings like coffee houses or singing from her cell in in solitary confinement. www.janluby.com

JIMMIE LUNSFORD cut his teeth in songwriting and performing in San Diego, where the music and the artists are plentiful and deeply influential and inspirational. Playing guitar since college, regular live performance and songwriting are relatively new for this late bloomer, having begun in 2006. He considers himself very blessed to have worked with some of the most amazing musicians in the studio, recording two full-length, fully produced cds of original songs, the eponymous “Jimmie”, released in 2009, and “Be. Love.”, released in 2012. He’s kept steadily writing and hopes to have his third record out within 6 months, a double album of original material tentatively titled, “Ballads and Bullets.” He plays acoustic guitar and his music reflects the sound of the major artists that have inspired him, most especially Dan Fogelberg, John Denver, Jackson Browne and James Taylor.

LINDA MARKS is a piano playing singer-songwriter and recording artist who writes and sings from the heart to the heart of the audience. Her music has been featured in the Boston Globe, in Boston Magazine and on NPR.  Linda is a the co-founder of artist-alliance group Women In Music Gathering, and is a LadyLake Artist. lindamarksmusic.com

STEPHEN B MARTIN Singer/songwriter/journalist/author Stephen B Martin is a lifelong activist who can sing Anne Feeney’s “Have You Been to Jail for Justice” with authority, having been arrested more than once during direct actions. A one-time member of Boston Sound band Orpheus, Stephen still writes, performs, and records  and produces. He produced Liberator, a Redress of Grievances, a compilation of Massachusetts artists performing songs of social justice, available on MGG Records.

ANGELA MASCIALE is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, with a powerful, wide-ranging, versatile voice. In addition, she is a poet, and her lyrics reflect her poetic language. She has performed widely in the Boston area, as both a singer-songwriter and a poet. She is also a psychiatric nurse practitioner and is inspired by her clients’ triumphs in overcoming the hardships and injustices of everyday living. She has travelled world wide with her husband, Daniel Zampino, as her travels have influenced her musical writing and poetry. AngelaMasciale.com

JOHN MCDAID is a folk/filk singer-songwriter from Portsmouth, RI. Over his 40 years of performing, he’s played his geek-inflected songs at political events, science fiction conventions, and venues including NYC’s Speakeasy and Folk City. The New York Times called him “A mischievous guitarist and vocalist with a gift for the inimitable phrase.” An award-winning science fiction short story author, he brings a writerly focus to his
lyrics, complemented by a guitar style that draws on contemporary and traditional folk. New album, “Trail Of Mars” released September 2020. johnmcdaid.com

STUART MARKUS is a member of Gathering Time, an internationally touring folk-rock harmony trio in the spirit of the ’60s. Like a co-ed CSN, GT is known for astute songwriting, accomplished musicianship, and a stellar vocal blend. Gathering Time swept the international folk radio chart in March, 2016, as their CD ‘Keepsake’ took the #1 album, #1 song and #1 artist slots. They’ve followed up with four top-5 singles; their latest, “Get Together,” was #1 in July, 2020. Named “Long Island’s Best” by L.I. Press in 2011, they were voted Most Wanted to return among the 2012 FRFF emerging artists.

CHRIS MORGAN is a folk singer who has been performing since the 1970s both as soloist and as a member of The Morgan’s, a Connecticut-based folk music group he confounded with Don Sineti in 1972. They perform Irish, Scottish, English, and American folk music, and specialize in humorous songs.

SUZANNE MROZAK and BRIAN CARTWRIGHT have been performing off and on for the twelve years we’ve been together. We are regulars at the Roslindale Open Mike, now thriving online.

MUSTARD’S RETREAT (David Tamulevich & Libby Glover) Formed in Ann Arbor in Spring 1975, Mustard’s Retreat has performed owner 7,000 concerts throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Mustardsretreat.com

JOHN OLIVERE Author, educator and singer-songwriter John Olivere was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds suffered during the Tet Offensive in 1968. He spent 11 months in Chelsea Naval Hospital and is now on the front lines of the Peace Movement here at home. John can be heard on WATD (95.9 FM) each Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day and he hosts an annual Veteran’s Day Observation at the Catbird Cafe in South Weymouth, MA. John has lectured on the history of the Vietnam War at numerous Boston-area colleges and universities.

CHERYL PERRAULT is a poet and spoken-word artist who has two cd recordings of original poetry accompanied by the guitar music of Steve Rapson. She has worked as an educator with people of all ages and with hospice patients writing their stories of life in review. Cheryl has also hosted programs of poetry, story and song for community and HCAM-TV.

TOM PRASADA-RAO is a musician’s musician – an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with its homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty, Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. In the fall of 2007 Tom quit the road to produce records, raise two stepdaughters, and walk a rather large Golden Doodle named Thurman twice a day. In addition to producing, he took a job teaching music at White Rock Montessori in Dallas. From headlining major festivals 20 years ago, to the relative obscurity of a recording studio – Tom continued to mature as an artist. That work blossomed into an impressive resume of producing credits as well as cuts (his songs covered by other artists). In 2014, Tom’s returned to the road. His new release “ADAGIO” – features bass guitar legend Chuck Rainey, and piano virtuoso Julie Bonk who was Norah Jones teacher – all masterfully produced by Jagoda. https://tomprasadarao.com/

ASPIE CHRIS ROBBINS is an eccentric artist who celebrates individuality, racial and gender equality and promotion of autistic spectrum acceptance. aspiechrisart.blogspot.com

DAVID ROTH’S David’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA’s Space Shuttle “Atlantis”, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, (and 15 of his own), 5 Positive Music Awards, the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again (sequel) songbooks, and countless venues in this
and other countries (and now other WORLDS) for more than three decades. (photo credit: econosmith) davidrothmusic.com

ANNE SANDSTROM is an inventive singer/songwriter/guitarist who uses poetry, carefully crafted melodies, and open guitar tunings to sing of social justice and personal experience. annesandstrom.com

KAREN SAUER – After I retired from my career as a collaborative pianist (“classical” music), a friend talked me into taking a free on-line songwriting course. I started singing because who else was going to sing my songs? As I write mostly political rants and love songs, there’s no shortage of topics. I make videos of some of them and they can be found on Youtube at Karen M Sauer.

KENNY SELCER is a warm, eclectic performer that plays a wide range of material: folk rock, blues, country and reggae and more! The stunning guitar work and intimate vocals keep audiences asking for more. He plays known classics with original spice, as well as originals that will get you tapping your feet and singing along. He has 4 solo cds to his credit and is working on another with Steve Gilligan. kennyselcer.com

JAN SEIDES Singer/Songwriter Jan Seides (sigh-deez) writes and performs original, lyrics-driven, award-winning songs that combine uptown sophistication with  down-home truth. They have been presented with style and spirit  in prestigious venues in the U.S., the Middle East and Europe. janseides.com

SHANNA IN A DRESS Shanna in a Dress is a rising star in the folk scene who can bring you to tears whether it’s with her clever hilarity or detail-ridden heart wrenching ballads. A 2020 Kerrville New Folk finalist among many other accolades, she says what everyone is thinking but didn’t have the guts to say. www.youtube.com/shannainadress

DEBORAH SILVERSTEIN Singer-songwriter, Deborah Silverstein, has been performing in the Boston area and beyond since the mid-seventies.  Her first album, “And Ain’t I a Woman,” recorded with New Harmony Sisterhood Band, resides in the American Folk Life Collection at the Smithsonian Institute.  Her repertoire is filled with songs of social justice. “Draglines,” has been recorded by numerous artists and sung around the world. Most recently, she’s been working on a full length musical tribute to the generation of women who served as “Rosie the Riveters” during WWII. debobiz.com

TOM SMITH grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960’s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over forty years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old. In the words of Dave Palmater of WUMB-FM Boston, Tom “writes songs that seem like they’ve always been there. […] a true folksinger.” TomSmithMusic.com

SOL Y CANTO–Rosi and Brian Amador–Latin roots music to change the world; passionate, poetic, playful and honest. Sol y Canto features Rosi Amador’s crystalline voice and husband Brian Amador’s sumptuous Spanish guitar playing and unique compositions from the Nueva Canción tradition. Powerful and often humorous songs in richly diverse Latin rhythms touch on themes of hope, social justice, food and love in genres ranging from gentle ballads to churning Latin dance tunes. www.solycanto.com New live CD ¡En vivo, en familia! available now.

CRAIG SONNENFELD Born in southern New Jersey, Craig Sonnenfeld has performed at many venues in greater Boston, New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio in recent years. His music has been played on several radio stations.Craig plays finger-style guitar and performs both original songs and covers of American music. craigsonnenfeld.net

GARRET SWAYNE is a master song craftsman.  Widely recognized for his expressive voice, tasty guitar licks, and an easygoing comfort onstage, what truly sets him apart is his songwriting. Swayne’s iconic songs are arresting, infectious, so smartly crafted, so immensely appealing, you can’t help but break into a smile when you hear them!  Some are broadly political; others deeply personal. Some are funny; some sad. They engage the Heart and the Mind. So you usually leave a Garret Swayne show touched on some level…and with his songs resounding pleasantly in your head on the way home! www.garretswayne.com

BOB UVELLO Active in the Folk scene from the late sixties, into the eighties.
Toured England as opening act for John Martin and Pentangle. Recorded for a Swedish company in 1980. Album sold enough to go gold in Sweden.
Returned to music several years ago. Recording of an album of new material interrupted by Covid. Hope to complete recording soon.

BO VEANOR Performing in a non-performing pandemic band TMBB with Ken Porter and John Zaia. Raised on Woody Guthrie, nurtured by Dylan and currently on my own.

SANDRA WADDOCK is a singer-songerwriter who tends towards country folk. When times are good, she can be found at local open mikes and, in summers, at SAMW music camp.

CAROLYN WATERS is a performing singing/songwriter based in Worcester, MA. Her style, described as “socially conscious soul”, reflects her deep connection and love for all things music as well as her commitment to use music and the arts as a tool to promote healing and positive social change. As a songwriter her original music not only looks to support and encourage, but also challenges people to actively examine and change the world in which they live.  carolynwatersmusic.com

MATT WATROBA is a song leader, a song writer, and a custodian of American folk and roots music. He is committed to getting the world to sing, one town at a time. He has shared his compassion for the music as a writer, performer, and radio host for more than 30 years with one goal in mind: to leave the audience feeling better than they did when they got there. www.mattwatroba.net

SHERMAN WHIPPLE Singer, songwriter and political activist since 1968 beginning with the anti-war movement, music and folk festivals in New York, Long Island Cares benefits, relocating to Massachusetts in 1976.

CHRIS WILHELM is known for bringing positive vibes and an uplifting message. His indie folk rock is infectious and insightful. Based in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, he loves to play in Western North Carolina and abroad. In his new album Chris Wilhelm reveals new layers of vulnerability that had previously been unexpressed. Chris also speaks to the pandemic with a sense of hope. His first album in five years, This Too Shall Pass is a record for survivors, outsiders & dreamers. Musicians include Co-Producer Chris Rosser (Free Planet Radio), Zack Page & Josh Maddox, Debrissa McKinney and Asher Leigh. Hear the new album at: chriswilhelm.hearnow.com

LINDSEY WILSON Throughout her musical career, Lindsey Wilson has embraced issues of the heart and mind within her original music. Love songs, protest tunes and lyrics of empowerment have all been a true representation of her style and sensibilities. Her songs “Stand for the People” and the “People Shall Rise” have caught the attention of culturally diverse audiences throughout the country.

Her influences stem from a myriad of musically conscious voices such as Odetta,
Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Armatrading. However, Lindsey’s message is truly her own! Click here for a video of Lindsey performing.

DANIEL ZAMPINO is a poet, stone sculptor, lawyer with a long history of social activism. He has travelled around the world in search of inspiration, incorporating his experiences into his art. He has also performed as a spoken word artist widely in the Boston area.