Farewell to Tin Angel: A Benefit for Soundgirls.org
Tue, January 31, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pmTin Angel
This event is 21 and over
You know the names, you’ve seen the faces on our stage over the years. We are honored that they are all coming together to pay tribute and say good bye to our Old City location.
Acts include: John Francis, Kufie Knotz, Laura Shay, Lily Mae, Ross Bellenoit, Hezekiah Jones, Stargazer Lilly, Brian Seymour and special guests!
John Francis and Jesse Lundy will cohost this not to be missed event. The proceeds from this show will benefit SoundGirls.org.
Soundgirls.org works to inspire and empower the next generation of women in audio. Their mission is to create a supportive community for women in audio and music production, providing the tools, knowledge and support to further their careers. Tin Angel’s sound engineer, Barb Adams, volunteers her time with this organization, mentoring and inspiring young women to enter the field of music production.
Tickets are non-refundable. Seating is unreserved. All shows 21 and over.https://www.tinangel.com/event/1417818/
Folk / Soul / Country artist, John Francis, has released two critically-acclaimed full-length records, 'The Better Angels', and ’Strong Wine & Spirits', The Better Angels’ was produced in the fabled studio of Johnny Cash, by his son John Carter Cash, and it climbed to the top 20 in the Americana radio charts. John Francis is now wrapping up his third album entitled ‘Maria, I Would Dance With You but My Hands Are On Fire’. To be exclusively released first in Switzerland through Echo Music. His new single, “Miracle” released in Switzerland received widespread radio play, poising John Francis for his much anticipated forthcoming LP. Produced in Nashville by Grammy Award winning producer, and original Wilco / Uncle Tupelo drummer, Ken Coomer.
The forthcoming album features JF’s band ‘The Midnight Choir’: Kenny Vaughan (Lucinda Williams, Ray Lamontagne), Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yokoam), and Ken Coomer. JF is the recipient of two national songwriting awards from the American Society of Composers, and he has performed upon invitation for the United Nations summit toward eradicating poverty. JF tours extensively in the US and Europe, and has performed with Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Suzanne Vega, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Josh Ritter, Rickie Lee Jones, Steve Earle, Sinead O’Connor, etc.
Filmmaker Wim Wenders, a John Francis fan, wrote, “With my iPod set to play my favorites, I noticed how many times John Francis comes up lately. He must be doing something right with only two albums.”
“Like the best story-songs from Springsteen, the tale and the telling haunt the listener.” ~ Sojourners Magazine
Raised in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, Bellenoit trained on classical guitar for ten years (and viola for five) before studying jazz guitar at the University of the Arts — but Bellenoit is not the sort of musician who lets his studies do the talking. A spontaneous, in-the-moment improviser and consummate team player, Bellenoit has spent the past six years training himself to stay on his toes, and to anticipate the un-obvious. "If there's one thing that I try to keep aware of," Bellenoit says, "it's the song's temperament. Whether you're playing 'How High The Moon' to a handful of jazz aficionados or singing a folk tune that you wrote yourself, you have to surrender yourself completely to the moment. Serve the song, and the song will serve you."
Bellenoit more often than not can be found in the recording studio. He has contributed to a wide array of albums — rock records, jazz records, gospel records, R&B records, even a song about cheeseburgers written for Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban. He's worked with renowned producers John Carter Cash, Phil Nicolo and Brian McTear — and now, working out of Turtle Studios in Old City, Bellenoit is producing records for singer-songwriters himself. His own group, The Little Rolling Thunder Revue, will release its full-length debut later this year, written and produced by Bellenoit start-to-finish.
Bellenoit has also racked up a considerable amount of touring experience, most notably touring with Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello as a member of Amos Lee's band in 2007. He's made multiple regional tours with honky-tonk group The Sweetback Sisters (with whom he appeared on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion") and fellow Philadelphian Birdie Busch, and he joined Joseph Parsons on tour in Europe in 2008.
Though he often collaborates with singer-songwriters, Bellenoit firmly believes it's important to keep mixing things up. He continues to hone his improvisational skills with local jazz combo the Jones Quintet, while keeping country chops sharp with the Sweetback Sisters. He is also likely to pick up any instrument and make music with it — banjo, mandolin, lap steel, bass, drums, piano, you name it.
"Versatility is the key," he says. "I've found myself playing all types of music, with all sorts of people, and there was something to be learned from each experience. I'm still learning today. I pray that I'll never get to the point where I think that I know everything — where's the fun in that?"
Passionate and introspective in her craft, Laura is known for her intense stage presence, awkward innocence, authentic humility, and confessional songwriting. Laura remains focused on the musical conversation she is sharing with the audience. Every song is personal for Laura, and she is hailed for creating an intimate space where it’s okay to laugh, cry, and feel everything.
Her latest record, Love & Other Things, is a continuation of Laura’s unique style of organic piano- and acoustic guitar-based tracks, coupled with honest lyrics and rich vocals. A collection of nine songs primarily focused on love in its various stages and forms, the album was independently produced and features select musicians and engineers who embraced Laura’s Do-It-Yourself, home-grown vibe.
With no manager or booking agent, little to no press, and one year of piano lessons when she was nine, Laura has managed to sell out venues in the Philadelphia area and has had her songs placed in various television shows, movies, and YouTube videos around the world.
“It’s overwhelming for me sometimes, but it’s incredibly humbling to receive emails/letters/hugs from complete strangers describing how something I created for me touched or comforted them in some way.”
Thank you for supporting an independent artist, and let the music play you.
songwriting is a labour of love so i am sincerely grateful to everyone who has ever taken the time to listen.
as a boy strumming my (where-is-it-now) green and black harmony rebel hollow body acoustic i already sensed how rock and roll could pick me up as easily as it might lay me low. i can't remember a time when i did not try to craft songs of my own.
my forthcoming cd "speak to me of young love" was produced in l.a. by gregg sarfaty of stewboss.
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