Evening Concert

Madison Violet | Charlie Mosbrook | Matt Watroba

Evening Concert at the Blue Sky, Saturday, August 17, 2019. At The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby OH 44094. Doors open 7 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 presale online, $25 at the door while they last.  Tickets

 

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MADISON VIOLET

Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern, singer-songwriter-musician duo from Toronto, headline the August 17, 2019 Blue Sky Folk Festival.

Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern, the singer-songwriter-musician duo Madison Violet from Toronto, headline the August 17, 2019 Blue Sky Folk Festival.

Madison Violet has been deemed one of the best female duos to come out of Canada. They continue to woo audiences and critics alike with their engaging performances and brilliant musicianship. With six studio albums under their belt and a bounty of awards and nominations (including a Juno nomination and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year), the pair has taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana. They play to sell-out audiences in the United Kingdom.

Armed with nothing more than acoustic guitars, fiddle and mandolin Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac let their voices soar and turned in a spellbinding performance. — John Anson, Lancashire Telegraph

Madison Violet released their latest album in March, “Everything’s Shifting.” It is an album to be listened to on the open road, with the windows rolled down: a love letter to their fans, from two wanderers who continue to follow the melodies wherever they lead.

For those who don’t know Madison Violet, it all began in 1999. Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern met over weak coffee and broccoli omelettes, in a restaurant called The Green Room in Toronto. It was a chance meeting, 1900 kms away from the small town in Nova Scotia where both Lisa & Brenley’s fathers were born. That was 17 years ago, and the pair have been writing & creating beautiful music together ever since.

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CHARLIE MOSBROOK

Charlie Mosbrook. Photo illustration by Darrell Branch

Charlie Mosbrook is an award-winning songwriter, performer, and advocate for American folk music. Beginning his career in 1988 as a street musician, he quickly became a popular open mic host throughout Northeast Ohio. As a folk music advocate Charlie continues to organize local open mics. His recordings of original and traditional songs have earned him rotation on many popular folk radio programs around the world.

There’s a familiar comfortable feeling that comes over you when you listen to the music of Charlie Mosbrook. The guy has a rich, worldly voice that sounds like it was broken in slowly, like a well-loved instrument. –CD Review

Charlie’s song “Remember Who We Are” earned him 2nd place in the 2018 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting contest in Okemah, Oklahoma. The honor included an invitation to perform on the mainstage during the festival.

A two-time Ironman triathlete and 12-time marathon finisher, Charlie suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury in 2010 and sometimes must perform in a wheelchair. He draws on his experience in endurance sports to continue moving forward as a performer, touring annually and independently by train, bus, or air. He performs monthly for patients at Cleveland’s Metrohealth spinal cord injury rehabilitation unit.

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MATT WATROBA

Matt Watroba, who will appear at the 9th annual Blue Sky Folk Festival, was inducted in February 2019 into Folk Alliance's International Folk D.J. Hall Of Fame.

Matt Watroba, who will appear at the 9th annual Blue Sky Folk Festival, was inducted Feb 2019 into Folk Alliance’s  International Folk D.J. Hall Of Fame.

Matt Watroba sings and writes songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and everyday living.  He has shared the stage with some of our greatest performers, including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Christine Lavin, Peter Yarrow, and Richard Thompson. He sings songs that you will feel and remember for a long time. You will love his music, you will love the journey that his music takes you on, and you will love the place that his music takes you to.

This is what folk should be.
–Detroit Free Press

Matt brings a unique set of talents to the stage as an educator, performer and master of ceremonies. His passion for bringing community together through music and education is infectious. Add to that Matt’s own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining and enlightening experience.

Folk Alliance International inducted Matt into the  International Folk D.J. Hall Of Fame at the conference in Montreal in February. Matt has hosted and produced thousands of radio shows since 1986. Now you can hear “Folk With Matt Watroba” on Michigan State Public Media, WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. You can listen live locally at 90.5 FM or stream it at wkar.org.

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