The KAC Coffeehouse, a program of the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY,
grew out of a response to an Irish music concert held in February, 1981.
The audience turnout was so strong, it was clear that Central New York
had a hunger for folk music.
Over the past 16 years, the KAC Coffeehouse program has grown
to become a nationally-recognized music series featuring some
of the top names in folk and bluegrass music.
Performances are usually held in the gallery space of the KAC, amidst
the current exhibits.
The concerts, when space permits, are cabaret-style with candlelit
tables, fresh flowers, and refreshments.
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1999 Winter Schedule
||Pam Gadd & Long Road plus Savory & House
Two Kentucky women split the bill for one great
evening. Singer-banjoist Gadd, formerly with the
acclaimed Wild Rose Band and New Coon Creek Girls
blends old-timey bluegrass and '90s-girl sass.
Tonya Savory pays a return visit to KAC with two
acclaimed, award-winning recordings under her belt.
||Beppe Gambetta w/ Carlo Aonzo
A unique duo, featuring internationally-acclaimed
acoustic guitarist Beppe Gambetta and Carlo Aonzo,
mandolinist for La Scala Orchestra in Milan, Italy.
||The Burns Sisters
Brimming with energy, fun, captivating voices and
great sister harmonies, the Burns Sisters have been
stunning audiences since childhood, weaving their infectious
vocal blend of Rock, Pop, Gospel, a capella, R&B,
and Country and Folk styles.
||The Dady Brothers
Veteran performers from Rochester, John and Joe
Dady present wide ranging authentic folk roots music
including bluegrass, folk, Irish, and country blues.
Special guest: Steve Chute.
||Lambert & Yeomans
Ted Lambert (Creek Bend) and Doug
Yeomans (formerly Creek Bend) keep alive
the tradition of bluegrass duet acts from the 40's and 50's,
bringing to mind the tight harmonies of the Louvin Brothers.
1998 Fall Schedule
Toronto's hottest band is coming back!
This quartet of immensely likeable chaps is
known for perfect four-part harmonies, quirky
but intelligent songs, and a most energetic
New England's liveliest new young bluegrass band
returns for the holiday weekend.
||Wood's Tea Company
An acoustic power trio, known for dry humor,
spirited folk songs, and fiery Celtic instrumentals.
||Kate McDonnell & Kevin So
Two up-and-coming singer/songwriters will each
perform a set, illustrating why acoustic music fans
are buzzing about their talents.
||Dry Branch Fire Squad
Bluegrass, old time, and Southern gospel music
-- the very best of traditional music plus
Ron Thomason's humorous commentary.
Well-crafted songs sung by one of New England's
finest songwriters. Her latest album, The Harvest
received accolades by the acoustic music world.
A risk-taking bluegrass, newgrass band returns
with a sound the originates in the Kentucky hills.
1998 Spring Schedule
||Tony Trischka Band
Master of the banjo, Tony returns once again to the KAC
Coffeehouse in his latest configuration, which he calls,
"Electrocrunch, jazz, rock."
Paddy O'Brien (button accordean), Pat Egan (singing and guitar),
and American-born Tim Britton (flute, uillean plumbing, tin
weasel) combine to form the band. Presenting a lively evening
of traditional Celtic music that will, "Tich the Irish in yer soul."
A master storyteller through songs, reflecting the
adventurous life of a strong, gutsy woman in her 60's
who is hip, youthful, and for whom age is inconsequential.
One of the grand dames of folk music, she lives in a
cabin in the mountains outside Boise, Idaho, and has
been described as, "As far from the misty-eyed folkie
stereotype as good bourbon whiskey is from pink lemonade."
From Alabama to Zimbabwe, Odetta has captivated music lovers
in many lands and from all facets of music world.
||Memphis Blues Bash Jimmy Wolff and his band
Bring your dancing shoes, your southern drawl and get out
of that mid-winter funk.
Susan has it all.
Don't miss Ithacan Jody Kessler's
Our favorite blue grass band from Buffalo.
Robin Williams described Skip Gorman as a master of the mandolin
and fiddle, and this is on top of his expertise
in the "real" history of the American cowboy.
||Cliff Eberhardt and Lisa McCormick
Cliff is a contemporary singer/songwriter who has come
a long way since he sang such memorable advertising jingles
as the Heartbeat of America for Chevrolet in the 80's.
Lisa, a Vermont singer/songwriter, is taking the acoustic
music world by storm and was one of the three new musical
groups chosen by popular vote to return to the main stage for
next summer's Falcon Ridge Festival.
1997 Fall Schedule
||Robin and Linda Williams and their fine group
The masters of harmony singing and songwriters who get
to the heart of life's stories.
Robin and Linda are often featured on the public radio
show Prairie Home Companion.
Opening act: Dave Parker
Flatpicking is virtually unheard of in Italy, so Beppe travels
annually to the U.S. to perform his favorite music, along with
a multicultural tapestry of traditional and original acoustic
||Hugh Blumenfeld and
the Sload Wainwright Band
Hugh has been called the "songwriter's songwriter," for
creating melodies of great beauty and with poet's command of
Sloan (who happens to be Loudon the III's sister) is known for
her chesty alto voice, powerful repertoire, multi-talented band,
and straight-shooting, gutsy music.
Opening act: Kevin So
Mississippi-born Kate is an original voice from the American South.
Critics have praised he strong, smoky vocals and compare the
literary sensibility of her lyrics to the of the great southern
writer: Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, and Tenesee Williams.
Opening act: Breakaway
Tim, known as the lead singer of Hot Rize and Red
Knuckles and the Trailblazers, is one of the finest
vocalists in today's new traditional bluegrass.
|Directions from the Ithaca area:
Take Route 13 northward past Cortland to Sheds.|
At Sheds, you could turn left with Route 13 and continue
until you meet Route 20 in Cazenovia.
Alternately, at Sheds, you could go straight (off the map),
through a very nice state forest, and end up on Route 20,
having saved a few miles.
Either way, turn right (east) on Route 20 and continue
past Pine Woods.
Turn left (north) on Route 12B.
Continue to the town of Clinton, to the Village Green.
You're there. If you still can't find it,
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