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Joe Crookston to play 333 Coffeehouse

| October 13, 2017, 08:18 AM

333 Coffeehouse presents Joe Crookston

The 333 Coffeehouse, Annapolis’ monthly listening space for folk and acoustic music, is pleased to present renowned songwriter Joe Crookston.

“We’re so excited to have Joe Crookston returning to 333. His songs are wonderful, his playing and singing are great, and he can draw the audience into the emotional arc of his show in a way few performers can.”  — Tom Rhoads, 333 Concerts Host

Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. He’s not afraid to walk outside trends and create his own version of magic. He will surprise you and he’ll awaken the cynics. His songs are being made into films and are being printed in songbooks. Joe’s live performances are multi-media celebrations of art and possibility with looped fiddle, video, slide guitar and SONGS. He’s a bard in the modern world, plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His story songs are universal, his slide playing infectious, and on stage he’s funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

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Come to a show. Travel mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through lush sonic landscapes along the way.  Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, Taoist parables and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.

A few of Joe’s many career highlights:

  • In 2017 his song “Brooklyn in July” is being made into a short film by NYC based DelanoCelli Productions.
  • Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence. He collaborated with the World War I Museum in Kansas City, drawing on its collection and archives of letters, field recordings, and photographs to write an original song and create a painting. This work, “The Letters of Florence Hemphill” tells the story of a nurse from Kansas who was a courageous medical presence during some of the most intense fighting of the war.
  • In 2015 three of Joe’s songs were included in Rise Again, the second volume of the Rise Up Singing collection, the most widely used print collection of the modern American folk repertoire.
  • Signed to Tamulevich Artist Management with fellow songwriters, John Gorka, Red Horse, and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary).
  • Joe made the Top 10 Artists of 2014 list on the Folk DJ charts, along with Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, John McCutcheon, John Gorka and the Stray Birds.
  • Joe’s 2008 CD, “Able Baker Charlie & Dog” received the most airplay of any folk acoustic recording and was awarded: “Album of the Year” by Folk Alliance International.
  • Joe received a year-long songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel throughout New York State, collect stories, and write original songs.

The Long Note, in Irish culture, is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite. There IS a “Long Note” and Joe Crookston is courting it fiercely.

Now in its 26th year, the 333 Coffeehouse is an acoustic concert series held the third Friday of the month at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House. It features traditional folk performers and songwriters. 333 is listener-centered, volunteer powered, non-profit, and smoke- and alcohol-free. Inexpensive hot and cold beverages, desserts and snacks are offered. With an intimate performance space and a modest admission price, 333 is a terrific entertainment value.

333 is a program of the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society, an Annapolis 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting tradition-based music and dance.

  • Event: 333 Coffeehouse Concert
  • Who: Joe Crookston
  • When: Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00)
  • Where: Annapolis Friends Meeting House
  • Admission: $12 (students, senior citizens and members $10).
  • 351 DuBois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401 (off N. Bestgate Rd)

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