BurghSongSpace! | January 27, 2018 | 7:30 PM

A collaboration of BurghSong & SongSpace, featuring Christopher Mark Jones, Heather Kropf, Ben Shannon, Emily Pinkerton and Brad Yoder.

In 2017, Christopher Mark Jones released Incantations, his fifth album, and the book Smoke On The Meadow: Selected Lyrics 1977-2017.  A former pro basketball player and French professor, Christopher spent his early career busking in Paris, touring the UK, Denmark, and Holland, and upon his return to the US, Boston-area clubs.  These days he tours regionally from his base in Pittsburgh.

Heather Kropf has been a musician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for almost two decades, earning acclaim for her lush, literate blend of Americana and jazz-influenced pop that captures the complexity of modern life and romance. Of her 2017 release Lightsbabysue.com says “This music is timeless,” and WYEP 91.3 FM says “Beautifully detailed songs.”

Ben Shannon is a national award winning songwriter born in Nashville but based in Pittsburgh. A multi-instrumentalist with formal training in poetry, he writes and performs folk songs that attempt to speak to the human condition on a personal, global and emotional level.  His upcoming release, The Finalist, is a collection of folk songs recorded in the span of two days in Woodstock NY.

Emily Pinkerton‘s driving artistic force is to explore the musical and social ties that bind the Americas. She has traveled extensively between the U.S. and Chile, playing fiddle, banjo, guitar, charango and guitarrón. Her band The Early Mays repeatedly tops the national Folk DJ charts.  Her 2017 collaboration Rounder Songs, co-written with husband composer Patrick Burke and performed with the NOW Ensemble, blends post-minimalist classical and Appalachian old-time musics.

Brad Yoder‘s pop inflected acoustic music charms and offers insights on the moments that make life worth living. He is a leader and sideman in myriad musical projects, and a key builder and maintainer of musical community, in Pittsburgh, at regional and national meetings of performers and presenters, and in the many cities he visits as a touring musician.  He is putting the finishing touches on a new CD to be released in 2018.


Advance Tickets will be available four weeks prior to the show, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.

Ticket Prices:
Advance: $15 general, $10 student/reduced income
At Door: $20 general, $15 student/reduced income

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Amythyst Kiah with special guest Mark Williams | March 3, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Kiah is an important and innovative presence in contemporary traditional music. Describing herself as a “Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter,” Amythyst has a repertoire that honors tradition while crossing genres to illuminate many common threads. — Sam Gleaves, The Bluegrass Situation


The commanding stage presence of Amethyst Kiah is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. A professed Southern Gothic songster based in Johnson City, Tennessee, and a graduate of East Tennessee State University where she studied old time music and music performance.  It proved to be a pivotal moment in her life, as she transformed from a long-time closet musician into a well-rounded, captivating performer.

Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).

Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.

Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.

In delivering her own mature, carefully-structured songs, Amythyst displayed the confidence to exploit her impressive vocal range without inhibition, assuming an almost spiritual presence. The tenor of her delivery held the room, with a welcome absence of audience chatter which blights so many gigs, her well-judged rhythmic percussive guitar picking the ideal accompaniment for her set. — David Innes, Bluesandmoreagain

Singer-songwriter Mark Williams  opens with heartfelt songs and stories from his experience as a public school teacher on Pittsburgh’s North Side.


Advance Tickets will be available four weeks prior to the show, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.

Ticket Prices:
Advance: $15 general, $10 student/reduced income
At Door: $20 general, $15 student/reduced income

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Rachael Kilgour with special guest Chris Hannigan | May 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM

…a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others. — Chris Payne, Billboard


Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. A versatile performer, Kilgour has shared stages with the likes of indie artists Haley Bonar & Jeremy Messersmith as well as folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler & Catie Curtis.

Married in her early twenties, Rachel devoted her young adulthood to parenting her stepchild and building family and community. Her work from that time — Self-Titled (2008), Will You Marry Me? (2011), and Whistleblower’s Manifesto (2013) — chronicled her life as a young parent in a same-sex partnership and addressed sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality and religious hypocrisy. Rachel ’s music career took a backseat during those years as she lived a slow, home-focused life.

In 2014, divorce brought an unwanted end to her role as a member of the family she had helped to grow. In the months following, Rachel found solace in songwriting. Rabbit in the Road was born out of that time: the love, loss, betrayal, disorientation and the profound sense of resilience that followed. “While I have always felt a strong pull to address social injustices from the stage, this new collection of work requires something new of me,” she shared. “I feel called to use my platform to address emotion and grief and forgiveness in a way that is not often done in our culture.” Though the album was instigated by a particular event in her life, each track explores a different aspect of Rachel ’s emotional journey. “I was taught from a young age that a person’s hurtful behavior is almost always a sign of inner pain and not a reflection of your self-worth. The second track on the album, ‘Deep Bruises’, was my attempt to put that belief into practice under the most difficult circumstances.”

Rabbit in the Road was released in March 2017 on NewSong Recordings, produced by Catie Curtis, engineered by Crit Harmon in his home studio and mixed by Gar Ragland at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC. Kilgour’s writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Sorrow, rage, resilience and compassion exist side by side within a series of honest and memorable melodies. The collection of work stands tall on a foundation of vulnerability and opens the door to moments of profound connection.

Minnesotan songwriter Rachael Kilgour writes lyrics that you want to hold onto forever. — Sophie Kemp, Impose Magazine

Pittsburgh singer/songwriter Chris Hannigan opens.  Chris blends folk, soul, and pop melodies with gentle, fingerpicked acoustic guitar parts to create memorable songs that range from the light and whimsical to the brooding and melancholic. Listeners find his music relaxing, down to earth, and refreshing. Hannigan has opened for nationally touring acts like Joe Firstman and Steve Poltz, and he continues to build a loyal, local following.


Advance Tickets will be available four weeks prior to the show, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.

Ticket Prices:
Advance: $15 general, $10 student/reduced income
At Door: $20 general, $15 student/reduced income

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