Sat. April 30, 7:30 PM: ERIN McKEOWN

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COMMON GROUND COFFEEHOUSE
at The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson

presents

ERIN MCKEOWN


Erin McKeown is an internationally known musician, writer, and producer. With 9  full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, she has spent the last 15 years crafting a reputation as an original musical voice and compelling live performer.

An active voice on social justice issues and culture, Erin was a 2011-12 fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Recently, she’s also added radio to her resume- blogging and hosting for WNYC New York Public Radio. A former board member of the Future of Music Coalition, McKeown also works closely with Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) on immigration issues.

2015 finds McKeown in high demand as a teacher with a full studio of private students, and she has three records for other artists in production. She is currently writing an original musical with Tony & Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes for the world renowned La Jolla Playhouse. Her most recent record, MANIFESTRA (2013), is her seventh studio album and the first to originate on her own TVP.

Given McKeown’s well known activism around musician compensation and technology, the choice of how to fund MANIFESTRA was obvious. Using the PledgeMusic platform, McKeown’s fans funded her project in a mere 6 days. In addition to covering recording and promotional costs, the fundraising campaign allowed Erin to make the first music video of her career.Fingers crossed for a new solo record in 2016. Meantime, read about her latest record, MANIFESTRA.

McKeown concludes, “At this point in my career, I am most concerned with cultivating relationships that are mutually fufilling. I want to give my fans the best possible music and experience. I have loved getting to know them better and better. I want to work with musicians who inspire me, and I want to provide opportunities for artists to collaborate in new ways. I want to learn how to be a better activist, and I want to be a part of my community. It is no longer enough for me to just make records and tour. I’ve got to do more.”

Saturday, May 21, 7:30 PM: SLEEPING BEE

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COMMON GROUND COFFEEHOUSE
at The First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson

presents

SLEEPING BEE


Sleeping Bee is the new musical endeavor of four longtime friends and multi-instrumentalists, Lindsey Horner, Andy Goessling, Randy Crafton and Timothy Hill. Their style can best be described as “Transcendent Acoustic Alt Folk Jazz Celt Grass” and their music showcases their wide range of musical expertise and a depth of feeling gathered from years of experience.

The first instrumental recording, Heyday Maker, exists in that unique early 21st century area where Folk, Jazz, Celtic song forms, melodic improvisation, and original ideas all happily co-exist and vitalize each other. The recording features original pieces by both Andy and Lindsey, one by the great Keith Jarrett, one by the also great Bob Dylan and a rethinking of two compositions by the 18th century Irish bard, Turlough O’Carolan. Lindsey plays bass and various tin whistles while Andy is heard on guitars, mandolins and bouzouki. Valued friend and percussionist, Randy Crafton, adds his artistry to the proceedings.

While Andy and Lindsey have known each other since they were teenagers, their musical careers have moved in somewhat different orbits over the intervening decades. Andy grew up in rural New Jersey and Lindsey in the heart of New York City so it is perhaps not surprising that Lindsey has been more associated with Jazz and improvised musics of that urban center while Andy has been more involved in the bluegrass and roots music scenes. They have talked for years about pooling their talents and resources and doing something together but could never quite find the right time to get that promising idea off the ground – until now. Indeed, it could be fairly said that both of these musicians have spent most of their careers making other artists sound good. This recording could be seen as their chance to have their say.

With Heyday Maker completed and released, Andy, Lindsey and Randy expanded the concept by adding singer and guitarist, Timothy Hill. Timothy is a unique artist who specializes in harmonic singing whereby two or more notes can be sung at once – as well as the more conventional types of singing.

About Common Ground

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Common Ground Community Concerts is the producer the long-standing Common Ground Coffeehouse  at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester at 25 Old Jackson Avenue, outside of Hastings-on-Hudson NY. 
On occasion, we also present concerts at historic Irvington Town Hall Theater at 85 Main Street in Irvington NY and partner with community groups and non-profits to produce concerts in other locations as well.

All Common Ground locations are wheelchair accessible.

Common Ground was founded as an effort to build community and to support regional and national musicians and other artists. Since 2005, Common Ground has used its profits to operate the Common Ground Microcredit Fund. The fund raised has raised over $25,000 for local, regional and global community groups and organizations that provide either much needed social services or work toward progressive, nonviolent social change. For more information on Common Ground’s social justice mission, and to learn more about the Common Ground Microcredit Fund, please click here.

Now preparing for our 11th year, Common Ground has hosted such beloved national and regional artists as Richard Shindell, John Hammond, Eliza GilkysonEllis Paul, Red Molly,  Chris Smither, Andy Statman, Susan Werner, and many more. For many years, Common Ground was a regular stop on the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Annual Most Wanted Preview Tour. In addition to traditional and modern folk artists and singer-songwriters, we frequently feature other musical genres, such as jazz, blues, cajun-zydeco, popular song, and even the occasional evening of avant garde gamelan music!