The Fanwood Performance Series Presents

The 2018 Spring Lineup

March 31st                                                                                                   

Jason Spiewak, based out of Westfield, NJ, is a singer-piano player whose songwriting has been compared to other piano rock performers of the modern era.  Spiewak tackles themes surrounding relatable experiences in life, love, and loss with a sharp tongue and an eye toward social unrest and boozy personal upheaval.  His writing is generally pop-sensible, but can deliver elements of blues, rock and Americana.  

Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles. Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.  Check them out at www.franceslukeaccord.com.

April 14th                                                                                                          

Kevin Neidig has been described as a singer-songwriter and maestro of guitar, banjo, mandolin.  His influences include Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Tony Rice – heroes one and all.  Rare is the musician with the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Kevin brings all three with eloquent effortlessness.  Check out his music at http://www.kevinneidig.com

Annalise Emerick, a singer-songwriter, has been on the road virtually non-stop. Choosing to leave behind any semblance of a normal life for that of a traveling musician, was a no-brainer for the Nashville spitfire. In 2011, Emerick released Starry-Eyed, to critical acclaim after it debuted on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Three years later, Emerick returned with Field Notes. With Field Notes, Emerick situated herself among fans of Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, and Eva Cassidy alike. Www.annaliseemerick.com

May 12th                                                                                                            

Rachel Marie is a cunning wordsmith, and precociously sophisticated. Clear and mature vocal production colors songs that are relevant, relatable, and far-reaching. The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. This Bethlehem, PA native has made regular appearances at Musikfest and at the acclaimed folk venue Godfrey Daniels where she has shared the stage with Antje Duvekot and the Kennedys.  Www.rachelmarie.com

Debra Cowan left her job as a California middle school teacher in 1997 and went to live in Edinburgh, Scotland for six months where she learned the art of unaccompanied singing. Upon returning to the US she began traveling across New England performing at open mics within 100 miles of her home in Springfield, Massachusetts. Two decades later, she is a full-time performer with a refreshing stage presence. Her four recordings and a collaboration with musician John Roberts have garnered world-wide acclaim.  She tours extensively in the UK and North America.  Www.debracowan.com

June 9th                                                                                                             

Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. A singer-songwriter-poet, performer and advocate, her highly original contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop and jazz influences. She writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, and delivers performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain diverse audiences. Www.laraherscovitch.com

Nashville based singer/songwriter, Ryan Harris Brown, uses his love of intimate storytelling and his expert, classic musicianship, to create songs that are both thought provoking and unforgettable. Influenced by songwriters such as John Mayer, Ben Folds, and James Taylor, Ryan strives to take his listeners on a journey of his own self-discovery, growth, love, and adventure, while inviting listeners to reflect on their own along side him.  Www.ryanharrisbrown.com

                

 


All performances run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center, "The Old Carriage House,"75 North Martine Ave., Fanwood. For more information, email info@fanwoodperformanceseries.org, visit the Website at  www.fanwoodperformanceseries.org or Facebook, at www.facebook.com/Fanwood-Performance-Series-303135519706/