MORRISTOWN, NJ - Cliff Eberhardt will headline at the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series on Friday, August 3 at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown. Louise Mosrie, a frequent collaborator and fellow songwriter, will open.
The event is part of the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, sponsored by The Folk Project most Friday evenings at the Fellowship. Admission is $10.00 per adult at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
Cliff Eberhardt has been described as both a songwriter’s songwriter and the missing link between Cole Porter and Paul McCartney. His songs elicit strong emotions with tightly crafted lyrics and melodies that instantly feel classic, but it’s Cliff’s signature soulful performance that sparks them each to critical mass. “Eberhardt sings with passion and with wit,” notes the New York Post, and Sing Out magazine singles out Cliff Eberhardt’s “palpable intimacy and passion” while calling him “an outstanding writer.” With a gravelly voice richly steeped in feelings, Eberhardt unfailingly sings his heart out, whether on a fragile love ballad, a simmering blues smoker, or a wry snippet of everyday commentary.
Eberhardt has been at his craft for quite some years now. He was fifteen when he and his brother began touring as an acoustic duo. Cliff’s calling has taken him through some colorful settings. Early in his career television viewers heard Cliff Eberhardt sing advertising jingles for Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America” campaign, and last spring theater goers saw Cliff perform his original music for a Helen Hayes award winning production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew set in America’s Wild West, with Eberhardt featured as “the Blind Balladeer.”
Louise Mosrie has garnered significant accolades and attention for her songwriting and performances in recent years. She was a 2009 winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition. She followed up by winning the 2010 Wildflower Festival Performing Songwriter Contest, and in 2011 she was voted “Most Wanted” in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist contest.
Mosrie’s songs are expressive sketches, usually centered on daily life, that linger on peripheral details pointing toward deeper meanings. Louise sings with exquisite phrasing that serves to heighten the immediacy of the stories she tells, instilling a sense of emotional truth into all her compositions. They might be gentle, joyful, angry or horrific, but the feelings that she summons are palpably intimate, even when her portraits are cast on an epic canvas, which she is wont to sometimes do with her historic ballads. Rich Warren, host of The Midnight Special for WFMTFM in Chicago, describes Mosrie’s songs by saying, “. . . basically, she’s William Faulkner with a guitar.”
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