The Focal Point
Traditional & Original Music Concert Series & Arts Center
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St. Louis is fortunate
to have in its home base an artist with
as many talents as Leroy Pierson. Not
only is he a gifted performer with
special talents on guitar and vocals,
but is also a noted scholar of early
black music history, both blues and
Caribbean-based reggae music. If that
wasn't enough, Leroy's skills as a
record producer and radio announcer
clearly point to a musical Renaissance
man. Focal Point is proud to call
Leroy one of our oldest and truest
Rising star Sarah McQuaid’s voice
has been likened to malt whiskey,
melted chocolate and “honey poured
into wine.” She seduces her audience
with cheeky banter and stories from
the road, as well as with stunning
musicianship. In her hands, the guitar
becomes much more than merely an
accompanying instrument. Her
musical output reflects her own
eclectic background: Sarah was born
in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual
US and Irish citizenship, and now
lives in rural England. Sarah
captivates listeners with her
beautifully crafted originals and her
interpretations of material from
around the globe and down the
Eric Lambert has been
pickin’ and grinnin’ his way into
people’s hearts for over 40 years.
Specializing in the fiery art of
flatpicking, he has built a
distinguished career writing,
performing, recording, and teaching
Americana music in and around
Chicago, IL and beyond. Traces of
rock, folk, bluegrass, country, and
blues can be detected throughout his
music, delivered with energy, soul,
and inspiration. H playful spirit and
warm sense of joy makes people feel
right at home.
T & A! Tom and Alice!
Two of the major voices in the Geyer Street Sheiks, Tom Hall and Alice Spencer, have been exploring their peculiar brand of American musical heritage for many years, and have collected a huge hoard of the coolest songs ever! The blend is superb, the aesthetic is one you'll appreciate, and the show will be incredibly good.
They're on Facebook!
When John Van Orman met Bill Furry
and Bill Rintz almost 41 years ago in
Springfield, IL, they discovered a love
of British, Irish, and American folk
songs that continues until today.They
first played at Focal Point, as best as
they can remember, back in 1975,
Focal Point's first year in operation!
They combine sea songs, murder
ballads, Ewan MacColl and Stephen
Foster songs with John Van Orman's
originals. Their wide-ranging
accompaniment includes guitars,
concertinas, and fiddles, hurdy-gurdy,
mandolin, shruti box, pennywhistle,
and celeste. Catch them now--don't
wait 39 years for their next
They're on Facebook!
Brian McNeill is one of the most
acclaimed forces in Scottish music. A
powerful singer, virtuoso
contemporary songwriter, Brian
combines the roles of performer,
composer, producer, teacher, musical
director, band leader, and novelist
with finesse, conviction and humanity.
He has performed around the globe,
both as a soloist and with some of the
era’s most influential bands, including
Battlefield Band, which he founded in
1969, and Clan Alba. We're delighted
to have him back!
(named, of course, after the legendary
Willie Nelson album) bring a
staggering knowledge of classic
country, traditional American,old Irish
and progressive songwriting to the
table. Maureen Sullivan takes the lead
with their amazing vocal harmonies.
Add in piano, drums, and tons of
strings from Brian Sullivan, Dan
Sullivan, Tim Sullivan (yes, that's four
Sullivan siblings), Mark Mason, Tom
Coryell, and Brian Wiegert. Then you
have a true, down-home, honkytonk
They're on Facebook and MySpace!
Amy is a vibrant,
delightful singer whose cheery, sassy
presence belies her impressive voice
and credentials! In 2007 she graduated
from the Royal Scottish Academy of
Music and Drama with an Honors
Degree in Scottish Music. Whilst
there, she studied under some of
Scotland's finest Scots singers and
traditional musicians. Shortly after
graduating, she was a finalist in the
BBC Radio Scotland Young
Traditional Musician of the Year
Competition in 2008. We're happy to
welcome her back to St Louis!
Songbird presents Singer/Songwriters In The Round ( surrounded by audience) Performing this month are:
Advance tickets available a www.songbird-stl.com
Many stories will be told, Many songs will be sung!!!
Johnny has been playing
professionally since the age of 13.
Originally rock-oriented, he made the
switch to blues and hasn't looked
back. His guitar work is impressive;
his lyrics soulful, his timing
impeccable. For this performancehe
will be joined by his brother Jim Fox
and Peewee Rootman. The new CD,
“Room to Move and Time to Think”
will be available for sale; be there!
John is a phenomenal guitarist/singer
who hails from St. Louis, Missouri,
USA, though most of his musical
career has taken place in and around
Bilbao, Spain. His music is quirky,
cosmopolitan, heartfelt and polished
with use in many venues and
situations all over the world. Nice to
see him back in town!
David Davis and the Warrior River Boys!
David Davis and the Warrior
River Boys have been traveling and
performing together since 1984. David
is recognized as one of the foremost
practitioners of the Monroe mandolin
techinique. His interest in old-time
and bluegrass music grew organically
from a musical family: both his father
and grandfather were players and
singers. His uncle, Cleo Davis, was
Bill Monroe’s original Blue Grass
Boy. We are thrilled to welcome them
back to Focal Point!
Coming in November/December:Jeff & Frank Fairfield 11-1
Colin Sphinctor Band 11-7
Richard Gilewitz 11- 8
Sins of the Pioneers! 11-14
Ben Bedford 11-15
Muriel Anderson 11-21
Dan Gellert 11-22
Bruce Molsky 12-6
Brooks Williams 12-12
Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee 12-13
Blue Fusion 12-27
At the door or in advance at:
The Maya Cafe and
First ticket price shown is for sale of advanced tickets, which can be purchased online
for a slight fee (only $1.50) at www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/85789.
Second price shown is for tickets purchased at the door. Doors open 45 min. prior to show.
Tickets go on sale one month prior to the concert unless otherwise noted.
Page updated 9/26/14