VINCENT CROSS @ THE HURDY GURDY FOLK CLUB (NJ)

It was with great joy that I finally get over to New Jersey for a show at The Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club. For over thirty years the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club been devoted to bringing the best in folk music to the Northeastern New Jersey area.  I'll be opening for the wonderful Garnet Rodgers who cut his musical teeth on the country music broadcasts from the Grand O;' Opry with his older brother, Stan.  

For further details head over to  the Hurdy Gurdy Website.

For further details:
http://www.hurdygurdyfolk.org/index.htm

The New York City Folk Music Scene...

The New York City Folk Music scene has been keeping me busy since returning from the road. On Sunday, October 2nd I took the stage for my first performance at the Good Coffee House in Brooklyn. This legendary house of folk has moved venue, and has a lengthy career hosting some extreme folk musicians: John Cohen (New Lost City Ramblers), Reverend Gary Davis, Alice Gerrard, David Grier, Ernie Hawkins, Woody Mann, Bruce Molsky, etc.(The list is almost endless). I was also fortunate to have two York Old-time and Blue Grass legends join me for some fine harmony singing (Gene Yellin & Bill Christopherson). 

Sunday October 9th brought me back to the Scratcher Sessions. This Irish pub in the East Village still holds onto many of the lost touches of what a pub is about. Firstly, there's not a noisy TV screen to seen anywhere, and conversation is heard in all its forms. That is accept during the live performances by the songwriters every Sunday. The list of artists to perform in this relatively obscure venue is just as impressive as the Good Coffee House. Recent Performers include this years Irish contingent from the Newport Folk Festival, Glen Hansard as well as Mark Dignam, Brendan O'Shea, Roesy, Jarrod Dickenson, Mundy and Damien Dempsey.

 

VINCENT CROSS LIVE AT THE GOOD COFFEE HOUSE, NYC

The Good Coffeehouse has been good enough to ask me to open their coming season of events this coming October 2nd. It is a great honor to do so, as some of my favorite artists have performed in this lovely intimate room (Woody Mann, James Reams etc). It's also one of the longest continuously running acoustic-music listening rooms in New York City, and has been holding concerts for over 40 years.

UPDATE: I'm thrilled and delighted to announce two fantastic guests that'll join me for The Good Coffee House show. Gene Yellin (guitar) and Bill Christophersen (fiddle). These guys are incredible talents and are two of the top old-time and blue grass musicians on the NYC scene. Their voices blend beautiful and I'm very excited that they'll be able to join me for a tune or two.

Full Details: https://t.e2ma.net/.../dea19973722b15d518b7fdf51dfca1c5

SUMMER TOUR...END OF THE ROAD...

The summer months have certainly been a trip, as I finally slow down and take stock of the miles covered. I must have traveled 10,000 miles on the USA & Canadian tour alone, and that's without a thought to Australia in July. If I think about that too long it makes my head ring. At times I was wondering what in the world I thought I was doing driving across America. Then I thought that about those folks that flew into space, and began to think of my car as my little space ship. I think I was probably hallucinating some of the time as towns flashed past like distant stars. 

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NEW YORK TO LONG ISLAND, HUNTINGTON

Thanks must go to the wonderful Toby Tobias, and the talented folks out in Huntington. I have to say they sang up a storm on "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad."

(Thanks also to Michael Kornfeld for snapping this pic.)

SOLD OUT SHOW IN ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

Thanks to the many folks who turned out to support my first show in Asheville, North Carolina at the Isis Music Hall. Hosted by the wonderful Louise Baker It was a special night. To actually be playing in such a musically influential area in relation American roots music was humbling and exciting. Friction Farm opened up the night with a wonderful blend of stories, and instrumental harmony which clearly indicated why they have become so popular on the folk music scene. It's always great to make new friends when you're touring. A big thank you to the local press Mountain Express who wrote a lovely piece about the new album, Old Songs for Modern Folk. 

SYDNEY, NUNDLE, BRISBANE...

We're at the halfway mark on the Australian tour, and life off the road continues.

                           Saturday July 16th: House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Sunday July 17th: Hump Hall: Allambie, NSW

Tuesday July 19th: The Bug: Brisbane, Queensland

Wednesday July 20th:The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, Queensland

Thursday July 21st: Ground Control Coffee,Tweed Heads, NSW

Thursday 21st: July: The Treehouse: Byron Bay, NSW

Friday July 22nd: Nundle Memorial Hall, Nundle, NSW

Saturday July 23rd: Troubadour Folk Club: Woy Woy, NSW

Sunday July 24th: House Concert: Wingham, NSW

Thursday July 28th: The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Friday July 29th: The Manley Fig: Sydney, NSW

STORIES FROM THE ROAD: STEPPING STONES

I've been hanging out with poet lorikeats and lagging behind the love jet. Sharing tall tales at the Hotel Blue, the Shack, and Illawarra Folk Club. Staying in Woy Woy. "Woy it's called Woy Woy," said Spike Milligan, "I don't know." It's an aboriginal name for water, and there is plenty of it on this peninsula. I'm happy to be lost in nostalgia as my childhood comes back to me, like a splinter that needs digging out.

These are the stepping stones of my childhood. 

THE AUSTRALIAN TOUR CONTINUES...

A big shout out to Russell Hannah, and the crew at the Illawarra Folk Club in Wollongong. It was a windy chilly Aussie night, but great sets by Claire Roberts and Emma Nixon/Ian McKenzie from the Black Bear Duo warmed us all up. Thanks for the walloping fine playing. 

Special thanks to Claire for the pic and for digging a splinter out of my clawhammer finger. I cannot remember how it got there, but it had to come out. 

Till the next time!

The tour continues tonight at The Shack.
Details below

https://t.e2ma.net/webvi…/…/a969cb0006e92c21cee00647defa33e3

ON THE ROAD: SUMMER TOURS, 2016

Greetings!

I just wanted to remind folks that I'll be hitting the road (well the airport) tomorrow for the start of this summer's tours from Australia to Texas, and into Canada. I look forward to meeting many familiar faces, and new friends as I ramble around. Spread the word!!

-Vincent

Here's the link to the newsletter for all the details.

VINCENT CROSS:CLUB PASSIM CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL, 2016- BOSTON-(MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND)

Hey Folks!

This Memorial Day weekend head up to Boston and check out the "single-biggest talent hot spot" the Club Passim Campfire Festival.

This will be my first time to play in the Boston area, so folks come up, come out and have a listen to what can only be more songwriters in one room than you've ever seen (maybe). I'll be playing on the Saturday 28th, 3:45-5:05pm and sharing the stage with three fine songwriters: Carl CachoBill ScorzariRob Siegel.