Saturday, February 4, 8pm: Joe Crookston and Imagine Nation

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Common Ground Community Concerts
presents at Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington NY

Joe Crookston

Imagine Nation

 A Night of Orchestral Folk Songs, Stories, and Visual Art

With Support from Valued Arts Partner Acoustic Cafe

 “At every Festival, I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance really stands out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival … Stunning performance, great songs … and not a word wasted. I love that!” — David Francey, multi-Juno Award Winner

“With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good…and Joe does.”
Sing Out Magazine

Internationally touring artist, songwriter, painter and believer in all things possible, Joe Ccookston, is bringing Imagine Nation to Irvington Town Hall Theater. Lush sonic landscapes, slide guitar, fiddle, projected art, original paintings, harmonies, hilarious stories, transcendent moments and pure music magic.

Joe, from Ithaca, NY, was named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence, and his 2008 recording Able Baker Charlie & Dog was awarded Folk Alliance’s Album of the Year. He’s not afraid to walk outside trends and create his own version of magic. He will surprise you and he’ll awaken the cynics.   His songs are being made into films and are being printed in songbooks. Joe’s live performances are multi-media celebrations of art and possibility with looped fiddle, video, slide guitar and SONGS. He’s a bard in the modern world plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist.  His story songs are universal, his slide playing infectious, and on stage he’s funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

Come to the show. Travel mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through lush sonic landscapes along the way.  Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Taoist parables and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. The Long Note in Irish culture is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite. There IS a “Long Note” and Joe is courting it fiercely.

Joe Crookston & Imagine Nation will begin at 6:30 PM with an Art Reception in the Lobby. The reception will include wine, beer and light fare, plus some surprises! The concert will begin at 8:00 PM. Advance tickets are $25 Early Bird, $28 after January 1.


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