MORRISTOWN, NJ -The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (also known as MUF) has been the long-time host for the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series and numerous other Folk Project events. The holiday concert will take place December 19 at 8:00 p.m . The money raised will go towards an expansion and upgrade of the facilities.
The festivities will have something for everyone, from soulful holiday ballads to traditional seasonal classics to original tunes. Sing along with Jeff (Big Jeff) DeSmedt, Liz Pagan (of Yankee Caravan), Bill Hall, Kathy Haynie, Jefferson Berry (of Urban Acoustic Coalition) and Christine DeLeon. Master Elf, Bob McNally, will be the MC.
All proceeds from the evening will go to the Fellowship's Building Fund (except CD sales). Suggested minimum donation is $10. Children 12 and under are free. And since the Fellowship is listed as a charitable religious organization, your donation is tax deductible. Please note that additional donations are always welcome. (MUF will send a written acknowledgment for check donations of $250 or more.)
If you will be out of town on the evening of the show, please consider making a donation anyway. Checks can be left at the Minstrel desk on any Friday evening prior to a Minstrel concert or mailed directly to the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. Please make your check payable to Morristown Unitarian Fellowship and please put “Folk Project” in the memo line.
Jefferson Berry was the producer of Urban Acoustic in 1999 and founder of Hippies and Hillbillies in 2004. He plays in a wide variety of guitar styles. As a published historian, he brings a perspective that is progressive and accessible. Jefferson’s latest project, the Urban Acoustic Coalition, brings this danceable style and contemporary point of view to a unique wing of the Americana/Folk Rock scene.
Christine DeLeon has been quite successful crafting songs that stir the heart and its memories, from a song about a young girl playing in her grandmother’s jewelry box to a song about the perplexing tragedy of September 11. She has been chosen as a winner in the 2014 Recording Artist Development Singing Contest, the 2008 New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, and was a three category nominee in the 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards.
Jeff “Big Jeff” DeSmedt is the hardest-working six-foot-six-inch singer-songwriter in family music. His blend of humor, learning and “super-interactive” audience participation has been captivating young audiences across the New York metropolitan area for the past ten years. Along the way, he’s toured up and down New England and California and sold over 10,000 CDs and DVDs.
Bill Hall is a songwriter’s songwriter. A Morristown, NJ native and Kerrville New Folk award winner, Hall has appeared on stages and recordings with icons Peter Yarrow and Pete Seeger. He fronted several high-profile NYC folk-rock and rock bands in the 70s and 80s before returning to his singer-songwriter roots in the 90s – where he has remained. He paints musical landscapes inside his “tasty word salads."
Kathy Haynie has spent a lifetime studying piano and French horn and has accompanied countless singers and instrumentalists. Her current passions and pursuits are jazz piano, funk, drumming, and making 32 feet of metal vibrate with her lips.
Liz Pagan is a woman of all trades. In addition to her musical endeavors, she ekes out a living as a graphic designer, writer/editor and Iyengar-certified yoga instructor.
The Folk Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of musicianship and performance skills in the northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.
For information about the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, call 973-540-1177, ext. 203.
MUF is located at 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ.
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