The Focal Point
Traditional & Original Music Concert Series & Arts Center
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(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!
Diesel Island is St Louis' best Outlaw
country cover band, featuring Brian
Henneman, Kip Loui, Richard Tralles,
Carl Pandolfi and Spencer Marquart.
The band formed in 2004 as a just-forfun
side project where key members
of the Bottle Rockets could relax and
play some classic country faves on
their own terms. Since then, the band
has performed countless gigs in
various clubs, bars, wedding halls,
funeral parlors and divorce courts
across the St Louis region.
They're on Facebook!
The Colin Sphinctor Band!
Louis tradition by now, the Colin
Sphincters were formed in 1973, by
Jay Schober, who generated the idea
while driving a VW microbus across
Wyoming under a full moon. Jay
wrote a ridiculous song and talked a
bunch of friends into coming over and
recording it at his house. They have
since invited some of the finest
rock/folk musicians in St Louis to
accompany them. Outrageous
parodies, silly songs, great sounds;
For over three decades, American
fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz
has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-
string finger gymnastics while
spinning enchanting yarns of a
seasoned raconteur. His signature
playing style delivers a technical
diversity of banjo style patterns and
classical arpeggios with a rhythmic
percussive approach, exploring the
history of guitar with sounds of folk to
Americana, the blues to the classical,
ragtime to pop, and somewhere in
Sins of the Pioneers!
A multi-generational, Roots Music
band featuring some of St. Louis's best
musical veterans. Band members
include Mark "Sunnyboy" Mason,
Tom Mason, "Wild" Bill Mason, John
"The Conqueror" Webb, Geoff Seitz,
and Gentleman Jim Brennan.
You may hear songs from the likes of
Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Louis
Dewey Balfa, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills,
Chuck Berry, or anything else that
suits their fancy-- it goes on.
They're on Facebook!
Ben Bedford delivers intriguing
sketches of America, its individuals,
their victories and their struggles.
Bedford’s songs tackle scenarios
including homelessness, the plight of
a Confederate soldier’s wife during
the American Civil War, the aerial
triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of
Jack London, the murder of Emmett
Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet
Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973
standoff between members of The
American Indian Movement and
federal agents on the Pine Ridge
One of the world’s foremost
fingerstyle guitarists and harpguitarists,
Muriel Anderson is the first
woman to have won the National
Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An
engaging performer, her obvious joy
of music, humor, and facility across
musical genres is revered by guitarists
and audiences worldwide. She has
recorded with country legend Chet
Atkins, performed in New York with
Les Paul, across the globe solo, in
ensemble and with orchestras. She is a
prolific composer of music on guitar
and harp guitar.
Dan is one of the finest old-time
musicians working today. Familiar
with traditional styles of music from
old recordings, he developed his own
style of fiddle, banjo and voice. Dan's
performances bring to life the spirit
and atmosphere of old-time music as
heard on old 78 rpm records. While
Dan is playing, the audience gets the
sense he had entered another world
which combines all his influences, yet
it is his powerful playfulness and
improvisational sensibilities which
make his style powerful and instantly
recognizable. Dan Gellert is a
commanding and uncompromising
Coming in December:Switchback 12-5
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 10/15/14