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The Kennedys

Sept 25
Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they’ve taken Dylan’s dictum “don’t look back” to heart; writing and recording forty new songs.
In 2015, they each released solo CDs, and together, they released “West,” an instant classic Kennedys duo set that seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades; Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention.
Ultimately, Pete and Maura knit these disparate threads into a coat of many colors that sounds like a “best of The Kennedys,” but is in reality an all-new collection of songs. The road west is central to the American mythos; it’s the search for musical roots and the fulfillment of a personal American dream that takes shape in songs. Two decades on, The Kennedys are hitting a songwriting high point, and from that point they follow the well-worn American path West.

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TO BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON! STAY TUNED!

Oct/Nov




Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter joins forces with vocalist and Milwaukee native Carmen Nickerson to form Porter Nickerson—two unique artists, one unforgettable sound.
Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. His blistering guitar playing, rich songwriting, and warm, playful performance style make him a one-man triple threat. Nickerson is an ideal match. Her vocals add lush harmonies to Porter’s songs, making them feel both fresh and timeless. The pair collaborated on the 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and again on Porter’s 2015 record Human Kindness. In 2016 the duo performed as the featured musical guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Porter Nickerson are excited to bring listeners the new disc, Bonfire to Ash, their first album of original co-writes produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Wisch (March Cohn, Jonatha Brooke) slated for release November 2016.
Together these highly accomplished artists take audiences on a unique musical ride full of heart, grit, energy, and fun that showcases the best of what live music has to offer.

Press Quotes:

“He’s an amazing guitar player, singer and songwriter. His female accomplice (Carmen Nickerson) produces a very smooth, accurate harmonic blend with him. Did I say I liked this? I REALLY do.” –Al Kooper, music legend/producer on Cheeseburgers and Gasoline

“Willy is an entertaining performer, an excellent guitarist, and someone who obviously loves what he does.” –No Depression

“Willy bursts through our traditional ideas of singer songwriters by breaking through the clutter. Willy needs to be heard.” -Bruce Warren, WXPN

“Porter accentuates well - rendered tales with spit - fire - percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery color - chord picking." -Billboard



Named as to the 2016 Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Kate Copeland is a singer/songwriter composer/arranger based out of New York City. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in addition to putting out her own music. Her most recent credits include Abakis' "I'm One Too," the collaborative "Homecoming EP," General Mojo's "How Hollow A Heart," and DOUGMORE's upcoming debut LP, "Outerboroughs." She released her first solo album, "recollection room," in June 2015, and her follow-up EP "Red and Blue" in May 2016.

“…one of the most versatile, heartfelt and honest singer-songwriters…Kate’s sincerity is completely refreshing…a gem of musical discovery.” - Meander Blog

“With soft instrumentals, enchanting vocals, and gypsy-soul lyrics, Kate Copeland is remarkable.” – Planet Stereo

“Copeland will make you think about where you’re coming from and how you got there. For an artist, that’s getting the job done.” - Baeble Music

“Copeland has a beautiful rich and sultry voice and writes phenomenal and powerful songs.” -What I Read and Watched



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TBA

Feb/March/April
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Brother Sun

May 7
National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring 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.

From three major points on the map Boston, New York, and Chicago - Greg, Pat, and Joe have blended themselves into Brother Sun: a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the music of Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them – but rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki. Their performances are marked by outstanding original songs, ethereal harmonies, off-the-cuff humor, and standing ovations.

Brother Sun's self-titled debut CD announced to the world that these respected singer-songwriters had banded together to produce some of the most powerful male harmonies on the acoustic music scene. Brother Sun’s self-titled first release (2011), debuted at #2 on the Folk DJ Chart, and was named the #8 album of 2011 on FOLK-DJ. In addition, Brother Sun made the "Best of 2011" and “Best of 2012” lists for over a dozen radio stations in the US.

After their first two years of nationwide touring they released Some Part of the Truth, a CD that went a large step further in revealing Brother Sun not only as singers, but as complete musicians. Some Part of the Truth received such widespread and sustained radio play that it was the #1 CD on Folk-DJ for 2013, and also contained the #1 song for 2013, "Lady of the Harbor." Some Part of the Truth is cinematic in its sweep, each song like a short film. The CD takes listeners on an evocative and vivid journey through America's cities and heartlands, where unsung heroes struggle and sometimes win the daily battles of life and love. Grammy-winning Producer Ben Wisch shaped the mood and atmosphere of each song, with Greenway, Wictor, and Jencks all providing instrumental touches ranging from subtle to bold.

In 2016, Brother Sun released its third CD, Weights & Wings, a collection that confirms the trio’s dedication to extending its musical and artistic boundaries. The songs on Weights & Wings represent the evolution the group and its members have undergone. This is Brother Sun’s most emotionally immediate and musically diverse work yet, and it affirms the power of song to accompany each of us from grief and loss into new worlds of possibility, light and promise. Ranging from gospel and blues-inflected grooves through delicate ballads, with playful dips into zydeco and jazzy a cappella, the ensemble’s muscular and precise harmonies provide the optimism and uplift in every song.

Appearances at festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Old Songs, Vancouver Island, and a summer 2016 appearance at Mariposa attest that Brother Sun is regarded as a must-see live act. Brother Sun’s music and message appeal to mainstream listeners and dedicated folkies alike, to people of widely divergent spiritual and political leanings, and fans of both contemporary and traditional music. They offer the hope of people uniting to create beauty in uncertain and unsettled times.


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About River Spirit Music

Our House Concert Series presents the best in Americana, folk, bluegrass and roots music in an intimate setting in a private home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (unless otherwise noted)
Doors open/ Potluck dinner at 4:00 PM - Bring a dish!
Music starts promptly at 5:00 PM
All Shows – Suggested donation:
$20 in advance (plus processing fee) or $25 at the door
100% goes to the musicians

Open seating.
Online orders end at midnight the Friday before the concert.
Donations are not refundable.
All online orders will be confirmed by email.
Concert address will be provided when reservation is confirmed.
If a show is cancelled, special arrangements will be made and posted on this site.