The Young Novelists w/ special guest The Squirrel Hillbillies | November 4, 2017 | 7:30 PM

…folk-rock at its best
–Asheville Citizen-Times

What first began as a stack of songs that frontman Graydon James had amassed behind the drum kit in various bands during his university years eventually became a collection of recordings performed by the six-piece band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. But over time, as James’ wife Laura Spink became integral to the creative process and the band began performing and touring as a duo, the more succinct banner of The Young Novelists was born.

James’ words carry a weight and depth that demand repeat listens. The hope, he says, is having a listener connect with the sentiment he explores, if not the specific subjects. “As personal as the songs are,” he offers, “I hope they’re connecting to other people in a way that goes beyond the situations I was writing about.” That connection is perhaps most intense from the stage. From major festivals like Mariposa and CMW to iconic theatres like the Neptune in Halifax to trendsetting hotbeds like Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern, The Young Novelists’ show is as engaging as it is endearing. They’ve toured across Canada from Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia, and across the US from Minneapolis to Asheville to New York City.

beautiful, soaring, rootsy Canadiana
–herohill

unerringly classy country-rock
–Toronto Life

unpretentious brilliance
–-Exclaim! Magazine


The Squirrel Hillbillies will be opening the night. Hailing from deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh’s East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic repertoire of acoustic folk, country and blues featuring guitar, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and vocal harmonies. Here in Pittsburgh they’ve appeared on Saturday Light Brigade’s public radio show, at the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, at the Squirrel Hill Night Market, at South Side Works, and at the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild’s “A Fair in the Park.” They’ve also toured across the Northeast and throughout the United Kingdom, and in 2018 they’ll return to England and make their first tour of Australia and New Zealand. Through a collaborative, non-linear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to get to know their audiences before, during, and after their shows.

Laid-back Americana presented with charm and a touch of whimsical humour.
–David Ardus, Uxbridge Folk Club, Uxbridge, England

…a talented, sophisticated, acoustical duo, with wonderful harmonization, crisp instrumentals, and intriguing lyrics. Be prepared for a lovely evening.
Paul Hill, Host, The Hill Chapel Concert Series, New Market, MD


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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Antje Duvekot w/ special guest Kayla Schureman | September 23, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Antje is the rare artist who can write about the social and the personal in the same breath. She is as understated as she is wise, and her songs go down mentally as well as soulfully. Her voice has a sound of innocence and naivete which makes razor-sharp insights into the human condition. – Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul

Antje Duvekot solidified her reputation as one of Boston’s top singer-songwriters with Big Dream Boulevard, her debut studio release. Produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group SOLAS, the project was released on songwriter Ellis Paul’s label and quickly attracted international attention for Antje. It was voted “#1 Folk Release of 2006” by the Boston Globe and was named to the “Top 10 Releases of the Year” by NPR’s Folk Alley.

antje256antjesandiegoTwo follow-up albums, The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer and New Siberia, were produced by Richard Shindell. In October 2016, Antje released Toward the Thunder, produced by Scott Petito and recorded at NRS studios in Woodstock. This newest album centers around themes of courage, resilience and striving for something better, and it features an impressive cast of folk royalty from Shawn Mullins to Anais Mitchell, Liz Longley, John Gorka, Martyn Joseph to Kris Delmhorst and Richard Shindell. In addition to nine originals and the traditional tune The Parting Glass, the album includes a Dar Williams cover, The Light and the Sea, from which the record title, as well as the album art, is derived.

Antje holds three of the top prizes in the singer-songwriter world: Kerrville New Folk Competition’s Best New Folk award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Artist and a grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. In December 2007, The Bank of America featured Duvekot’s song Merry Go Round in a national TV advertising campaign seen by millions, including a Super Bowl audience.

imgallery-2011_asia_kepka_antje_duvikot-9702Antje has extensive touring experience, criss-crossing the US and Europe many times. She is a compelling live performer and has been invited to play some of the top festivals including The Newport Folk Festival as well as the Mountain Stage, Philadelphia and Kerrville Festivals. Internationally, she’s headlined the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark.

Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice. She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community. — The Boston Globe


Opening the evening is Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Kayla Schureman. “Kiss the Ground,” the first full-length album from Kayla, is a windows-down ,whatever the weather, drive through the Americana soundscape. Subtle nods to artists like Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Jason Isbell, and Kathleen Edwards abound, but the songs are fresh, focused and pulling their own weight. At times dark and desperate, each track still glistens with the hope of the great wide open, territory that Schureman narrates and navigates with one eye on the rearview and her foot on the gas. A little bit country, and never short on rock and roll, the album tells a story that’s there and back and gone again with plenty of guitar along the way. Read about her new CD in the review by Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

The ghosts of Bakersfield and Laurel Canyon are haunting us here, for
sure. But there’s a difference between being retro and being timeless,
and what makes this collection of songs truly remarkable is their ability
to hold up outside of any era. — Sound Scene Express


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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Matt Nakoa w/ special guest Brad Yoder | May 13, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Between his piano chops, charismatic stage presence, and heartfelt originals on guitar, Matt Nakoa drops jaws. — The Boston Globe

Matt Nakoa is an internationally touring singer/songwriter, recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush. Growing up on a small goat farm in rural New York State, Matt discovered music as a means of teenage escape and trained to be a concert pianist. Matt was ultimately accepted as a vocalist to Berklee College of Music where he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding, among others. After school, Matt landed in NYC’s vibrant piano bar scene. There he quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s famous Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines waiting outside the door each Saturday night.

5444997_orig-402x603As if illustrating two sides of himself, Matt’s first album, Light In The Dark (2012), is a sweeping pop opus, while A Dozen Other Loves (2014) explores an intimate acoustic palette. Across the board his song craft has garnered awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. Though not easily pinned down, as a recent review on CoverLayDown.com put it, “Matt Nakoa is a musical adept, one of those well-kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate: intimate and genuine, soulful and bittersweet, a rich poetic songbook sung in praise to a complicated, emotionally present world.”

His command of the musical environment; playing, writing, stage presence, is wonderful. — singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor


Brad Yoder believes musical success should be measured in more than just the obvious ways. Being voted in the top three slots multiple times since 2002 for Best Acoustic/Solo Artist by Pittsburgh City Paper readers is great; playing Poughkeepsie, New York, and having a college freshman from Los Angeles request songs shes only heard via internet downloads is actually cooler. Brad is also 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.


Advance Tickets for Matt Nakoa with Brad Yoder are available from our partner at Brown Paper Tickets.  Suggested admission is $15 general / $10 students & reduced income.

At the Door: $20 general / $15 students & reduced income

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