Roots/Blues Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Steve James

November 11, 2017

Steve James

This hands-on session will start with a demonstration of some basic, blues song arrangements that contain the elements of syncopated fingerpicking techniques and blues harmony – chords, phrases and turnarounds – useful for both solo and accompaniment playing.  The second part of the workshop will include a Q & A session for guitarists; Steve will detail further elements of some blues guitar classics and arrangements from his own repertoire.  Some tab/handouts will be supplied and the program will be useful to guitarists of various levels and types of playing experience.
Steve James is a widely experienced teacher of guitar tecnniques and styles with decades of workshop experience and lessons in print (Acoustic Guitar),on video (Homespun) and on line.

This 2-hour workshop will be held at the New Fairfield Senior Center, 33 Route 37, New Fairfield, CT.  Please send an email to register at   $50 fee.  Space is limited.

Steve will also be doing a show as part of Groovin’ in New Fairfield’s 2017 season on Saturday, November 11 starting at 7:30pm.  Doors open at 6:45pm and tickets are $10.  Please for tickets.

Steve James is a blues musician, a notable songwriter (Talco Girl, Farewell The Roses, Sonny Payne, Birmingham Steel to name a few), one of the best modern bottleneck slide players, a storyteller and a compendium of interesting facts. In the  world of contemporary acoustic and roots music, he’s earned his reputation with decades of tireless international touring, a stack of solo recordings, a funny, kinetic stage presence and an unmistakable style of playing and singing.

His own recordings engage with other top notch musicians- Cindy Cashdollar, the Bad Livers, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Del Rey and a host of others.  As a sideman, both on stage and on record, he’s played with Howard Armstrong, Bo Diddley, John Hammond, Maria Muldaur, Furry Lewis and James McMurtry…he often gets a shout-out to “get on up here” from the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Hot Tuna or Chip Taylor.  Hehas appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion”,  “Austin City Limits Live”, “NPR Morning Edition” and many other syndicated broadcasts worldwide.

Groovin’ in New Fairfield presents Joe Crookston with special guest Marianne Osiel

September 23, 2017

Joe Crookston

Groovin’ in New Fairfield is thrilled to bring back to our stage, Joe Crookston.  Joe is a master storyteller, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. He was named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. His music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, weeping willows, cynicism, hope and the cycles of life and rebirth.  If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe delivers it all -the melodies, the lyrics, the energy and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.  You haven’t really experienced the magic of Joe Crookston until you have seen him perform live.

Marianne Osiel

Marianne Osiel began her career as an oboist with the Nashville Symphony and while there became immersed in the Nashville world of songwriting and pop music.  Marianne is a consummate musician with her music rooted in blues, rock and jazz and with a keen harmonic sensibility.  She has been a sought after “sideman” as a slide guitarist, oboist and singer, with such artists as Jackson Brown, John Hall (Orleans), Ashley Cleveland, Daryll Tookes and Joel Sinnier, as well as a member of several symphony orchestras.  She also has numerous original recordings, including a live album recorded at the infamous Bluebird Cafe.


Catie Curtis

April 22, 2017

Catie Curtis

CATIE CURTIS’ list of accomplishments spans 14 albums, songs featured on TV shows “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Dawson’s Creek”, and “Felicity”; and movies like “Finding Graceland” and “A Slipping Down Life”. For over 25 years, she has been a perennially popular headliner, appearing at Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, performing arts centers, concert halls, folk clubs, music festivals and the White House! She was even dubbed a “folk rock goddess” by The New Yorker. Curtis grew up in Saco, Maine and played trombone and drums in the school band. When she saw Suzanne Vega while attending Brown University, she thought “This is it; this is what I want to do”.  Rolling Stone wrote, “With her deceptively gentle voice, she can turn on a dime and thrill the listener with unforeseen power and emotion. Intricate acoustic picking sometimes recalling Joan Armatrading…but Curtis is very much an original.”

Catie looks forward to hitting the road with her new recording, “While We’re Here”.  She has announced that this will be her last tour, dubbing it “The Final Outing”. She will take one last road trip across the USA and beyond in 2017. While the concert stage has sustained her long career, Catie is finally giving in to her nesting instinct, saying “The themes of ‘While We’re Here’ involve endings and beginnings, change and resilience. After 25 years on the road I am ready for my own new beginning.”


Mike Herz

MIKE HERZ writes and performs in a style that is all his own.  A man of words, Herz was fond of writing poetry and was drawn to lyrics. He picked up the guitar in his mid- 20s, a little after he was introduced to the music of Bob Dylan through a friend. “I just realized that I had a better chance of people listening if it was to a song, rather than just telling people to read a poem.” At the same time, the music on mainstream radio sounded inauthentic to him, and he discovered a body of independent artists who produced powerful, poignant songs that resonated with him. “I thought, this is what I want to do.  His debut album “Overgrown” was released in 2013, duo album “Closer to Home” with Emily Barnes in 2015 and his follow up solo album “The Acrobat” was released in January 2017.

Groovin’ in New Fairfield presents Chris Trapper and Matt Turk with special guest Jacob Bernz

January 28, 2017

Chris Trapper

CHRIS TRAPPER began his career as the front man for late-90’s alternative rock band THE PUSH STARS (Capitol Records). With four CD releases and several high profile national tours — including a run with Matchbox Twenty — The Push Stars served to establish Chris as an authentic talent.   As a singer /songwriter, Chris is most known for his original song THIS TIME, the #1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for AUGUST RUSH (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers /Warner Bros Pictures). His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories.   Chris can boast high profile film placements including There’s Something About Mary (Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz), The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep), Say It Isn’t So (Heather Graham) Gun Shy (Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson) and most recently, Some Kind of Beautiful *Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek) as well as significant television placements including All My Children, Women’s Murder Club, Malcolm In The Middle, a coveted placement in George Clooney’s final episode of ER, the theme song for WB Networks dramedy Pepper Dennis and a cameo on-screen appearance with the show’s star, Rebecca Romjin. The New York Times has called his work “classic pop perfection.”


Matt Turk

Web music authority All Music Guide calls MATT TURK “…an artist to be reckoned with.” A seasoned recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, eternal idealist and peace loving realist, Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as a rocking bandleader and an acoustic folk troubadour. He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple, The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Keller Williams, David Bromberg, Ellis Marsalis, Del McCoury and more. He has performed throughout the USA, Europe, Israel and the Caribbean, appearing at festivals and venues including Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, Caramoor’s American Roots Festival, the Gathering of the Vibes, Atlanta’s Music Midtown, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Beacon Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl.

Jacob Bernz

Hudson Valley singer-songwriter JACOB BERNZ has spent his entire life surrounded by the musical friends and colleagues of his father, two-time Grammy winning producer/musician David Bernz.  Pete Seeger was a family friend and frequent presence in Jacob’s life.  Through his friendship with Pete, and as a member of

Clearwater’s Power of Song, Jacob has had the opportunity to play at many distinguished venues including The Guthrie Center, The Tarrytown Music Hall, New York’s Symphony Space and Lincoln Center Out Of Doors. He’s been fortunate to share the stage with notable musicians including David Amram, Guy Davis, Livingston Taylor, Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin and Arlo Guthrie. “A young man in my town has a beautiful tenor voice… Want to feel more optimistic about the world? Listen to young people. Here’s one of them.” – Pete Seeger

Terry Robb with Special Guests Lauren Sheehan and Danielle Miraglia

November 12, 2016

Terry Robb

TERRY ROBB is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music critics and his distinguished peers. Incorporating elements from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime, country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues sound that has made him a legend in his over 40 year music career.  Robb has been inducted into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame. He singlehandedly defined the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar, winning the honor over 19 consecutive years from 1992 until 2011.  Upon his retirement from the competition in 2011, the award was changed to the “Terry Robb Best Acoustic Guitar” Muddy Award to honor his landmark contributions to blues music. Robb was born in British Columbia, raised in the United States and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. He achieved greatness at an early age, performing with Ramblin’ Rex of Frank Zappa / Captain Beefheart fame, Canned Heat’s Henry Vestine, and steel string guitarist icon John Fahey.  At age 24, Robb’s collaboration with Fahey included producing several of his critically acclaimed recordings including “Let Go”, an album which Rolling Stone gave four stars and named one of the top three of the year in 1984. As an acclaimed producer and session guitarist Robb has contributed to many Award-winning projects, including Alice Stuart’s Grammy and W.C. Handy nominated album, “Can’t Find No Heaven”. He went on to collaborate with Eddy Clearwater, Maria Muldaur, Ike Willis, Curtis Salgado, Glen Moore, toured with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller, and performed with B.B. King, Albert Lee, Joe Cocker, Robert Cray, Leo Kottke, Rick Wakeman and more.

Lauren Sheehan

Roots musician LAUREN SHEEHAN begain her recording/performing career in 2002 and has been sailing on to critical acclaim, national/international radio charts and “encores” at festivals, concerts and venues across the country and in Canada. From fronting a 9-oieces band to solo acoustic work, this vivacious “songster” delights audiences with the breadth of her material, evocative artistry and musicianship. Recent appearances on NPR, four CD’s that charted in the top 20 on folk radio, a 2012 Portland Music Award for outstanding achievement in Folk, are some of the many accomplishments that attest to her growing significance as an artist, performer and teacher.

Danielle Miraglia

DANIELLE MIRAGLIA comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. On her latest “Glory Junkies” she’s joined by a killer cast of musicians blending the classic rock vibe of The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin with Danielle’s signature lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst.  Danielle was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.  Danielle has toured and played major venues across the United States and beyond, and  has shared the stage with the likes of Johnny Winter, Bettye Lavette, John Hammond Jr., Joan Osborne, John Mayall, Sonny Landreth, John Oates, Colin Hay, Robert Cray, Rodney Crowell and many more “Straddling the line where folk/roots meets rock/blues, Miraglia has a voice that can go from a raspy come-hither purr to an Etta James-esque powerhouse belt, although she may be best known for her lead thumb — a heavy, thumping strike on her Gibson that’s backdrop percussion in itself.” – Lauren Daley – The Boston Globe