When Craig Bickhardt steps onto a concert stage, he comes equipped with his trusty acoustic guitar. He’s also accompanied by something invisible, yet ever-present: the stories of a lifetime, vividly translated into words and melody. From the boisterous club scene of Philadelphia to the country-rock milieu of Los Angeles, to the picking parlors of Nashville, Craig has immersed himself in the sights and sounds of American music. Craig is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of ‘60s artists such as Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb, Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Also crucial to Craig’s art is his virtuosic guitar work, interweaving folk, blues, country and ragtime influences into his unique style. “The guitar isn’t just an accompanying instrument for me – sometimes it’s the front man and my voice is the accompanist.” The Philly club scene shaped his emerging musical style. “I was lucky to grow up in a town that was a melting pot for musicians,” Craig says. “I got to hear lots of R&B as well as the great folk performers of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.” Craig later secured an assignment to write and sing songs for the Robert Duvall film Tender Mercies. This led to a lengthy residency in Nashville, where his songs were recorded by such legends as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, the Judds, Tony Rice and Alison Krauss. All the while, Craig continued playing his music live at the Bluebird Café and other clubs in the Nashville area. The call to the stage grew stronger after he released his first solo album, Easy Fires, in 2001. Five years later he returned to his Pennsylvania roots, coming into his own as a solo performer and winning a new legion of fans opening gigs for the likes of Judy Collins, Kathy Mattea and Billy Joe Shaver and club dates on his own.
Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on her old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm, and her trusty harmonica. She has released 4 CD’s and her latest one, “Box of Troubles”, a bare-bones expression of the highs and lows that life has to offer, has been receiving rave reviews. Raised just outside of Boston in Revere, MA, Danielle was exposed to a variety of popular music, from her parent's Motown records to the classic rock influences like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin that encouraged her to learn to play guitar at thirteen. A passion for the arts and an outstanding gift for writing led her to Emerson College in Boston's downtown theater district. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing, she turned towards songwriting and began performing at open mikes throughout the Boston area, setting in motion what would become a full-time career in music.
DEUCES WILD (Gigi Tanglewood and Lou Patrick) create a unique and lively musical program with their acoustic guitar interplay and amazing harmonic vocals. As veteran performers coming from different musical backgrounds, they have combined forces to perform memorable songs that focus on The Greatest Generation and Baby Boomer experiences with a unique and fresh perspective. Armed with engaging voices and vivid, rich lyrics, DEUCES WILD has rocked the Tri-State music scene for over 20 years, captivating their audience with great melodies, interwoven with witty and tongue-in-cheek humor along with an abundance of contagious energy.
Eggplant Rollatini, Chicken Marsalaand Pizza are provided by Bruno’s Restaurant. Coffee, Tea, and homemade desserts are also available for purchase Advance Tickets can be purchased from Mon. April 22 to Friday April 26 from 9am-4pm at the NF Sr. Center or by mail. Payments made by mail must be received by THURSDAY April 25, payable to Groovin in New Fairfield, and sent to GINF c/o New Fairfield Sr. Center 33 Rt.37 New Fairfield, CT 06812
Eggplant Rollatini, Chicken Marsalaand Pizza are provided by Bruno’s Restaurant. Coffee, Tea, and homemade desserts are also available for purchase
Advance Tickets can be purchased from Mon. April 22 to Friday April 26 from 9am-4pm at the NF Sr. Center or by mail. Payments made by mail must be received by THURSDAY April 25, payable to Groovin in New Fairfield, and sent to GINF c/o New Fairfield Sr. Center 33 Rt.37 New Fairfield, CT 06812