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31st Season line up
Kate Campbellwith Caroline Cotter
Friday, September 21, 2018
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
$24 advance | $27 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A compelling talent with a rabid intellect
Kate Campbell has an endearingly clear vocal delivery and a gift for storytelling, with comparisons to such Southern literary masters as Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner. Originally from the Mississippi Delta and the daughter of a singer and piano player and a Baptist preacher, Kate's formative years were spent in the very core of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, and the experiences of those years have shaped her character as well as her songwriting.

With Campbell's compelling talent and rabid intellect that covers topics ranging from love to evolution, her show is sure to engage and delight.

"Possessed of the lyrical grasp of Lucinda Williams and the eloquent vocal timbre of Emmylou Harris, Kate Campbell is a major talent." TIME OUT LONDON

Official Websites: www.katecampbell.com
Song Samples: Crazy In Alabama
With a captivating soprano voice and award-winning songwriting, Caroline Cotter's travel inspired songs take listeners all over the world and into the depths of the human heart. Since her debut album, "Dreaming as I Do," released in 2015, Caroline has performed over 500 shows in 43 states and 12 countries.

Cotter was born in Providence, RI, into a household where American folk music was sang as lullabies and this impact can be deeply felt in the sweet expressiveness of Cotter's Americana songs. Currently touring to support her second major release, "Home on The River," Cotter returns to the Six String Concert Stage to open for Kate Campbell.

"Her well-constructed songs call to mind the early work of Mary Chapin Carpenter..." TOM WILK/ICON MAGAZINE

Official Websites: www.carolinecotter.com
Song Samples: Found at "The Patio"
Craig Carotherswith Shawna Caspi
Friday, October 19, 2018
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A singer-songwriter's songwriter
Craig Carothers hails from Portland and makes his home in Nashville these days. As a touring musician and a regular at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Craig has shared a stage with the likes of Richard Thompson, Janis Ian, David Wilcox, Patty Larkin, and Michael McDonald.

Expect thoughtful lyrics from this singer songwriter who is also an adjunct professor and teaches songwriting workshops regularly throughout the U.S. and Europe. Don't miss his beautiful lyrics and deadpan delivery when he joins SSC for its 31st season.

Official Website: www.craigcarothers.com
Song Samples: City Kids
Shawna Caspi performs solo, but there's a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer and a truth teller, she has toured across Canada and the USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels and weaves them into her songs.

Recently she has also taken to accompanying her musical reflections with paintings - she creates one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour.

"Some musicians make songwriting sound less of a craft and more of a life affirming obsession. Caspi's compositions stand out as beautiful, complex and intricate even in an increasingly crowded folk scene." - NOW Magazine

Official Website: http://www.shawnacaspi.com
Song Samples: Not So Silent
Joe Pugwith Brian Dunne
Saturday, November 17, 2018
McConnell Arts Center
777 Evening Street, Worthington OH 43085
$24 advance | $27 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A singer songwriter full of poetic stories
After shooting to fame in the early 2000s, Pug graced stages at the some of the country's most notable music festivals, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and The Newport Folk Festival. But he stepped back from the relentless pace of touring to reclaim the joy he once found in the music and we're so glad he did.

Pug's acclaimed narrative songwriting has led critics to draw comparisons between his work and that of John Prine and Bob Dylan. His literary approach drives Pug's work, expect songs with the lyrics at the forefront?

"One of the most trenchant and endearing songwriters working today." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Official Website: www.joepugmusic.com
Song Samples: Speak Plainly, Diana
Don't let his Brooklyn address fool you. Brian Dunne writes and sings songs in the folksy Americana tradition you'd expect from Nashville, Austin, or Hibbing, Minnesota. He describes his 2015 album, Songs from the Hive, as "a love letter to the music of The Band and Bob Dylan," and the devotion shows.

"A pure, expressive voice and a fondness for lonesome steel guitar" - CMT Edge

Official Website: www.briandunnemusic.net
Song Samples: I'm Gonna Die Down Here
An Evening with Three Women and The Truth
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater at Columbus School for Girls
56 South Columbia Avenue, Columbus, OH 43209
$30 advance | $33 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Lot & street parking and entrance on both Drexel Avenue and Columbia Avenue
Women who are legends on their own in a folk supergroup
Eliza Gilkyson

Twice Grammy Nominated folksinger Eliza Gilkyson has just released her 20th album, Secularia, a collection of songs old and new that reflect her ongoing search for meaningful spirituality without the constraints of traditional religious belief systems, replacing dominant ideology with a more inclusive perspective that embraces compassion, self-awareness and respect for the natural world in a culture she feels is "wavering between collapse and reinvention". Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder, (Nocturne Diaries, Roses at the End of Time, Red Horse), with a spare urban approach, the recording features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder, a call for accountability and a true moral compass for these divisive times.

"Secularia is a series of poems and hymns, deeply spiritual songs that praise the wonder and beauty of the world, that lament its destruction, and that celebrate the joy of the mystery that lies behind its wild wonder."
- No Depression

Gretchen Peters

For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014 by singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, who called her "a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes" Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. In 2015, The Telegraph (UK) named her one of the greatest 60 female singer-songwriters of all time.

"...songs that manage, with deft use of language, to cram a whole epic into three minutes. Astonishingly good writing." - Pop Matters

"With songwriting as powerful as hers, there's no need to go looking for qualifiers. She's a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there's never a surplus of those." - Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Time

The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette Mike Farris, Kathy Mattea, Bobby Bare, Amy Helm and Candi Staton, and have appeared extensively in Film and Television, most recently on Yellowstone. Her album, Filth and Fire (2002) was named Best Independent CD of the year by the New York Times, and Mary was signed to Universal Lost Highway. Her following 5 records were listed in both the LA Times and NY Times top three releases of the year. She was awarded New Artist of the year by The Americana Music Association in 2005, and her record Mercy Now was named in the top 5 records of the decade by No Depression magazine. Her most recent release, Rifles & Rosary Beads ( a collection of sons co-written with wounded veterans) was nominated for 2018's record of the year by the Americana Music Association as well she was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 for Best Folk Recording category.

Official Website and song sample: www.valdenn.com/three-women-and-the-truth/
Ellis Paulwith Kipyn Martin
Saturday, February 09, 2019
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
$25 advance | $28 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A troubadour road warrior and singular storyteller
Ellis Paul is an inordinately talented singer songwriter, a singular storyteller whose words express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another. With 19 albums and heaps of critical acclaim and more than 7 prior Six String Concerts' appearances under his belt, Ellis joins us for two shows - his traditional show plus a family show bonus, featuring songs for kids that adults will also enjoy.

"Paul is one of folkdom's most incisive and intimate songwriters." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

Official Website: www.ellispaul.com
Song Samples:World Ain't Slowing Down
Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk singer-songwriter whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She currently plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. One of our most well-received openers in recent years, Martin opens for Ellis Paul in 2019.

"Martin writes intensely personal songs whose music and lyrics call to mind a young Joni Mitchell, but the first thing you notice... is the voice." -Dallas Morning News

Official Website: www.kipynmartin.com
Song Samples: Keep Your Lantern Lit
Songwriting Seminar with Ellis Paul: The Arc of A Song
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Abbey Theater (Dublin Recreation Center)
5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
$25 advance and door
10:00am - 12:00pm
Minimum suggested age is 14
Experience the evolution of a song from a master storyteller!
Ellis Paul, a perennial Six Strings favorite will conduct a two-hour song-writing seminar on February 10, 2019 in Dublin, Ohio. Ellis will share how his songs go from an initial idea to building each block of melody, adding guitar, and lyrics until it finally lands on stage or on a recording. Attendees will learn more about Ellis' process through his interactive presentation style with plenty of room for questions from local songwriters and fans. Attendees need only bring a notebook and a pen.
Ellis Paul Family Show
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Abbey Theater (Dublin Recreation Center)
5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
$5 advance and door
2:00pm | Doors open at 1:30pm
Painfully personal songs that are a joy to listen to
Ellis Paul continues his tradition of making socially conscious and riveting stories by making "real music" for children. Inspired by the birth of his own daughter, Paul started with Dragonfly Races, dominated by themes of peace, unity, and a sense of the planet as a unified whole.

His second family album, The Hero in You, celebrates achievements of real life heroes and inspires kids to find the hero in themselves. Join Ellis for our very first SSC show at the Abbey Theater of Dublin.

"With Paul's discreetly metaphorical songs, there's enough for listeners of all ages to ponder and appreciate." -Catherine P. Lewis, The Washington

Official Website: www.ellispaul.com
Song Samples:The Dragonfly Races
Chastity Brownwith Ben Bedford
Saturday, March 09, 2019
McConnell Arts Center
777 Evening Street, Worthington OH 43085
$24 advance | $27 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Soul filled folk songwriter of power and conviction
An artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath, Chastity Brown melds folk, pop and soul in her role as a songwriter of power and conviction who isn't afraid to bare her heart as she sings of heartbreak, need and love. Hailing from Tennessee, but now based out of Minnesota, the influence of the soul music of her childhood is easy to hear in her poetic songs filled with emotion and lived experience.

"Chastity Brown approaches music with a troubadour's spirit, never content to rest in one place or on one style for too long.- NPR SONGS WE LOVE"

Official Website: www.chastitybrownmusic.com
Song Samples: Wake Up
Ben Bedford has established himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the 'old soul' quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison. Bedford's songs bear an indelible sense of place, no doubt owing to his roots - based in Illinois, Bedford finds his muse in the landscape, people, and diction of the midwest.

"Bedford displays a technical veracity in combining emotional morsels with actual facts to blend the truth of history with the truth of mystery. This makes for interestingly complicated songs that defy easy categorization or quick listens." -Tom Irwin, The Illinois Times"

Official Website: www.Benbedford.com
Song Samples: What We Lost
An Evening with The Ruth Moody Band
Friday, April 12, 2019
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
$25 advance | $28 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Multi-instrumentalist and incessant touring artist
Best known as a founder and current member The Wailin' Jennys, Ruth Moody's ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism and insightful songwriting are wrapped in intimacy and honesty.

Constantly touring both with the Jennys and as a solo performer since 1996, The Ruth Moody Band currently features Adrian Dolan on fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola and vocals; Adam Dobres on guitars, ukulele and vocals; and Sam Howard on upright bass and vocals.

"Moody possesses a fine clear voice, one that can swoop from a tremulous whisper to a full-throated holler and back again, and it has a smoothness and sweetness that is rare." - David Maine (Pop Matters)

Official Website: www.ruthmoody.com
Song Samples: Concerts from Blue Rock LIVE
An Evening with Sam Baker
Friday, May 10, 2019
McConnell Arts Center
777 Evening Street, Worthington OH 43085
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A true artist in every way sharing amazing life experiences through song and painting
West Texas singer-songwriter, Sam Baker, had to relearn how to walk, move and speak after being a victim of a terrorist bombing on a train on the way to Macchu Picchu in Peru. Many years and over 15 operations later, Baker sees beauty in everything around him and expresses his gratitude for life every day, sometimes with paint and canvas, or a camera, and sometimes with a guitar and song. He brings lyrics pared down to their essence set against the spare backdrop of folk-rock instruments used in a chamber-music way to SSC.

"With a sound both soaring and sad, the Texas-based Baker sings in a raspy talk-whisper that makes you stop what you're doing, sit down and listen." -Scott Stroud, The Associated Press

Official Website: www.sambakermusic.com/epk
Song Samples: Waves