Cliff Eberhardt, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler and Christine Lavin celebrate the 25th anniversary of the long-running folk music project “On a Winter’s Night” at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, February 4 at 8 p.m..
According to the format of the evening, each performer does a short set, then everyone comes back together to close it in the second half. For folk fans, it’s an opportunity to see five legendary artists during a great evening of music and storytelling. This concert is part of 068 Magazine Singer Songwriter Series, sponsored by The Ridgefield Press. Visit Ancient Mariner (451 Main Street, Ridgefield) for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer when you purchase admission with your ticket! The media partner for this event is WMNR Fine Arts Radio.
You may know veteran singer-songwriters Christine Lavin and Patty Larkin from their band Four Bitchin’ Babes; John Gorka, who has been called “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement”, by rolling stone magazine; Cheryl Wheeler, who has released over 13 albums and tours regularly with Jonathan Edwards and Cliff Eberhardt. But you’ve never seen them all together like this! On a winter nightt celebrates the CD that was produced with many folk and Americana veterans 25 years ago. These artists released dozens of recordings and toured individually regularly over the decades. They are now back together, for one night, to celebrate the magic that was created in 1994!
The Orlando Sentinel calls Christine Lavin, “a folkZinger”, while the new yorker calls it “wildly entertaining”. John Gorka is perhaps the quintessential singer-songwriter of the folk scene of the 90s. John apprenticed at the Godfrey Daniels cafe in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, then on the Fast Folk scene in Greenwich Village, winning the prestigious award New Folk at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1984. You may not know Cheryl Wheeler, but you’ve probably heard his music. Highly respected as a songwriter by his peers, Wheeler’s songs have been covered by artists like Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks and many more! Patty Larkins redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with his inventive guitar magic and uncompromising lyrics and vocals. Acoustic Guitar Magazine greets her, “soundscape experiences” while rolling stone la loue, “evocative and sonorous shading.” One of the most original composers currently on tour, Eberhardt Cliff is a highly intelligent and articulate artist whose penetrating and deep lyrics are sometimes overshadowed by his extraordinary guitar playing.
What a gift to see all these talented artists sharing the stage at the Ridgefield Playhouse, don’t miss it!
For tickets ($49.50), call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a nonprofit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.