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Brother Sun at the me&thee coffeehouse

Posted by Christina Jedra  February 27, 2013 10:00 AM

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On Friday, March 22, nationally touring folk artists from three major points on the map – Boston, New York, and Chicago – Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks celebrate the amazing power of singing together in their trio, Brother Sun. Their combined musical skills should make for an unforgettable evening – three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, and piano. Former Boston Globe folk columnist, now novelist, Scott Alarik will also read a couple of selections from his novel, Revival.  Doors open at 7:30 PM for this 8:00 PM show at the me&thee coffeehouse which is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street.

National touring artists, Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway, and Pat Wictor have made their mark as veteran singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter’s round.  The trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms.  Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. They will be celebrating the release of their new CD at this show.

Pat Wictor first burst on the folk and acoustic scene as an innovative slide guitarist known for doing fresh and memorable versions of traditional and contemporary songs.   He’s become a well-regarded singer and songwriter, writing material grounded in the rural country, gospel, and blues traditions of our nation.

Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open.

A rare combination of instrumental expertise, a soulful and moving singer, powerful poet, and sparkling entertainer, Greg Greenway is one of those difficult-to-categorize performers who have found a home in the modern acoustic genre. Musically, he draws inspiration from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie.

The response to Brother Sun has been tremendous.  After main stage performances with standing ovations at both Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals in 2011 and sold out concerts throughout the US, this past summer they earned not only return invitations to Kerrville and Falcon Ridge but also invitations to Old Songs Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival and Kerrville Wine & Music Festival. The trios self-titled debut CD debuted at Number 2 at the Folk DJ Charts.  It stayed on the charts for eight months.  
 
Scott Alarik covered folk music in the Boston GlobeI for over 20 years.  Pete Seeger called him”one of the best writers in America” and the Library Journals called his first book Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground “an essential primer of the continuing folk revival.”  Alarik will read some excerpts from his novel, Revival at this show.
 
Tickets for the performance by Brother Sun with Scott Alarik are $20 in advance and $23 at the door.  Tickets are available online at www.meanthee.org and can be purchased in person in Marblehead at either the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery As at all me & thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas.  The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and a brand new accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus.  The me & thee is the oldest continually running acoustic coffeehouse in New England, and probably the country.   The me & thee has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead.  For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website www.meandthee.org.

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