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Rupert Wates was born in London and has been based in the US since 2007. His material is all original, acoustic melodic art/folk. He is the winner of well over 30 Songwriting and performing awards. In the last two years alone, two tribute albums to his material have been recorded by performers in Nashville and Los Angeles, and 25 of his songs were covered in 2016. He has released 9 solo Cds. He performs an average of 120 live shows a year, in every state in the US, in Canada and in Europe. Despite his British origins, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called Rupert Wates ‘a prime figure in American music’ and goes on: ‘If you’re not hip to this guy yet, you’re missing out’ (www.acousticmusic.com). He is delighted to be appearing at Community Cup.
Butter Queen Sister is a folk trio whose rich sound is infused with country, bluegrass and a bit of the blues. Lead singer and songwriter Rebecca Lang Fiorentino delivers melodies that are as memorable as they are beautiful in her distinctive, sweet and clear voice. When not anchoring songs with her guitar, Rebecca picks up her violin and provides another emotional voice to the arrangement. Though playing in a folk style, her classical training shines through. These original songs feature simple and heartfelt lyrics on life and love, which at times capture a classic folk sensibility. Harry Gambrill, a versatile musician, accompanies Rebecca on dobro, banjo, mandolin and harmony vocals. Harry’s tasty picking is just what the doctor ordered, adding texture and rhythm with a bluegrass & country vibe. Harry brings a couple of his amazing, original bluegrass tunes to the set which allows BQS great opportunities to jam. Mike McLane adds superb bass and occasional harmony on various tunes! From ballads to Americana folk-rockers to bluegrass foot-stompers, Butter Queen Sister’s consistently catchy songs appeal to a range of musical tastes. A serving of BQS helps to stir the soul.
Out of Darkness sprung to life in the early part of 2016 but it was many years ago when a mutual friend introduced the three at a church in Springfield, PA where Fran was pastoring. Many years had passed before they met again to form Out of Darkness. Rich, who is primarily a drummer and quickly learning guitar, began playing drums at the ripe old age of 11. Lisa has been performing since she was 12 years old and Fran has been playing guitar for over 40 years. One thing these three have in common: Their desire to honor the Lord with their music began around the same time.
The name, Out of Darkness describes Rich, Lisa and Fran’s lives in that once they were blind but now they see. God has taken them from darkness to light and “out of the darkness” and their desire is to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as they journey through life on earth, through music and through conversation. Most of their music is Christ-centered and they also perform some popular hit songs from their youth.
Out of Darkness includes: Rich Small: Drums, Guitar, Vocals / Lisa Small: Vocals / Fran Sankey: Guitar, Vocals
Mike McDevitt is a Delaware-based singer/songwriter performing regularly in the tri-state area. He is a self-taught guitarist and vocalist who has been performing live for many years. McDevitt’s songs tell real stories about real people. He has been singing and playing since “going public” in college and “songwriting came a little later when I realized I could capture something deeply personal and share it with others.” His unique treatment of favorite cover songs are highlights of his shows as well.
“Delaware Bay” is his most recent album. It is a chronicle of the unique McDevitt perspective on American life; the new album captures the angst of living today coupled with the love and hope only someone who has lost can really know.
“Delaware Bay” is a pleasant melding of genres with rich musical and vocal harmonies. Mike is well known for his melodies and this album does not disappoint. This generous helping of 17 songs run the gamut of stories of love and loss, to personal triumph and love rediscovered. The anthem “Delaware Bay” talks of a music road warrior longing to come home after many months on the road. “How” brings tears to the eyes with its exquisite harmonies and unforgettable melody. “Tired” is an amazing story of frustration brought to life by a march-like precision beat. Distinct harmonies on “How,” “Hammer& Nail” and “Angels” are just fantastic. Several violin-centered tracks round out the McDevitt sound most notably “How” and “All I Wanna Do.” In fact, “Delaware Bay” sounds like its right out of Nashville and is at home on any stage.
The album and his live shows are passionate highlighting his touching and personal songs. His songs are often described as “hauntingly beautiful and accessible chronicles of meeting life’s challenges head on, of self-discovery, of love lost, found and lost again.” McDevitt brings deep personal understanding and hope to a place where neither is known to exist for very long. His melodies are powerful, distinctive, tight and evocative of an age when melody was an important component in all music. As anyone who has ever heard him sing his songs knows, it’s his heartfelt performances, the lyrics, and the tunes that carry the moment. And carry the moment they most surely do. These shows are events! Fans everywhere frequently ask for Mike to perform “Delaware Bay,” a deeply personal song about coming home. It’s filled with references to Delaware, regional landmarks and personalities and McDevitt’s audiences frequently know and sing the words with him at shows. And then there’s “Never is a Very Long Time,” a look back at a love lost and of wondering why.
His songs come from a place deep in the human heart with unmistakable emotion and unforgettable hooks and atmosphere. The audience can often be seen bopping and swaying to his melodies at a show. He touches a place where we have all been at some time in our lives and McDevitt sings it as if he personally owns every inch of the terrain and knows every nook and cranny. “Hammer & Nail” is both a vivid description of vulnerability and interdependency in relationships and a declaration of hope through love.
“Every day brings more opportunity to explore why we need love and each other, why we often hurt those closest to us and toss away the good that’s there surely is in life for something that we don’t really need and can’t use…I want people to hear my songs and be affected by them,” said Mike. “It’s what good music does.”
Mike McDevitt’s music, news, performance schedule and information is available on ReverbNation.com at http://www.reverbnation.com/mikemcdevitt. Music is also available on http://cdbaby.com/cd/mikemcdevitt . Contact Information: 302-834-5214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening for Mike is Tracy Colletto. Tracy Colletto is a singer/songwriter whose poetic and story-telling lyrics weave into an eclectic range of melodies, from orchestrated ballads to rock anthems. Her delivery is straightforward and vulnerable and with an emotive, versatile range. Based in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Tracy has been creating songs and performing most of her life. She is a classically-trained coloratura soprano who decided to perform her own music with her own voice. Tracy’s voice is clear and boldly honest and her music invites interpretation and reflection.
Tracy’s first CD, Home, was well received. Her single, “The Promise” won an Honorable Mention in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest. Another single, “Too Many”, was voted on to the Top 20 Indie Songs (September 2015) by the listeners of Women of Substance Radio & Podcast.
Her sophomore release, Chocolate Happy Cake, was released in March 2016 and emphasizes more on Tracy’s songwriting and performances from the keyboard. Her singles, “It’s Over,” “Stay” and “Complete Peace” were voted on to the Top 20 Indie Songs (April 2016 through September 2016) and have been added to the playlists for radio stations around the world.
“I can express myself so much easier through my music because of its mysterious complexity and subtlety that speaks beyond words,” explains Tracy. “It’s a language I use each day. The biggest satisfaction is when my music connects to others and brings them joy or makes them think. I’m just returning the favor music has given me, hoping to create lasting impact.”
Tracy’s clear voice with its versatile range and emotions, cuts through to grab the audience’s attention. She wants to affect her audience in a positive way, even if the subject matter may be hard to swallow. Her music exposes the fears and dreams we all share.
“Tracy Colletto’s music is a powerful symphonic blend of piano-based pop with authentic lyrics and a voice that is unique, yet somehow familiar.” Bree Noble #1 Award Winning Women of Substance Radio & Podcast
“Falcone is a talented composer who manages to write contemporary fingerstyle guitar melodies with a strong connection to the past. His polished performance only serves to enhance what he has written”. (Sound Bytes Review)
Within the Philadelphia musical community few can capture and share the imagination hidden within the world of fingerstyle guitar like David Falcone. Descriptions:” … a heady stew of fingerpicking pyrotechnics,” “hauntingly beautiful,” and “a guitar virtuoso.”
David Falcone is a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist/vocalist whose influences include the styles and techniques of artists such as Leo Kottke, John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan. His original compositions reflect a unique synthesis of Celtic, traditional, and classical sounds and forms. His vocal works are often backed with the intricate details blended from these sources of inspiration.
Falcone plays regularly in the Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania and, New Jersey areas at various coffeehouses, bookstores, clubs and venues. He regularly performs at World Cafe Live and has played XPN’s Music Festival (2007), The Painted Bride, The Tin Angel, The Point, and Steel City Coffeehouse, The Minstrel coffeehouse, The Fire, The Landsdowne Folk Club, The Fortissimo House Concert, some of Philadelphia area’s premiere venues. He has shared billings with notables such as Pierre Bensusan, Leon Redbone, John Renbourn, Erik Taylor, Francis Dunnery, Julie Foster, David La Motte, Antje Duvekot and Bill Staines. His songs have been aired on WXPN’s program Sleepy Hollow and John DiLiberto’s nationally syndicated program, Echoes.
Falcone’s first CD, recorded at Longview Studios in Philadelphia, “Secrets of Sherwood” was released in 1997. His second CD, “Behind Your Eyes”, was mixed by Emmy Award winning Tim Craven at Gen-X studios. Both CD’s successfully mirror the intensity and passion that characterize the Falcone live performance.
When not writing, practicing or performing music, David is busy teaching in the Psychology Department at La Salle University.
The Baldwin B-Flats are an auditioned a cappella group from The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA, and they are the oldest ensemble in the school, at over 40 years old! The ensemble consists of girls ages 14 to 18 who practice about 4 hours a week and perform 20-25 gigs through out the school year. They sing a variety of musical styles, including pop, music theater, classical, and contemporary choral works. The group travels for European tours and is also involved in an annual music exchange program with Ordrup Gymnasium from Denmark. In addition to singing as a select ensemble, each of the members of the B-Flats is also a part of the Baldwin School Chorus. They are under the direction of Lee Hagon-Kerr, the Upper School choral director at Baldwin.
For more information about the B-Flats and for updated information about their performances, please visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/baldwinbflats