October Songwriter Fest With Melissa Holland & Friends
Sat, Oct 28, 2017
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Melissa Holland refers to her music as “Eclectic Americana,” since she can’t seem to find any one category to fit into.
Classically trained, pop and folk influenced, her song topics range from social satire (Barbie 2000), to river songs, personal memoirs, and of course love songs. She even has a song about Yogi Berra!
She’s performed with Pete Seeger, David Roth, Brooks Williams and as principal flute with the Bronx Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
To her delight, she has been compared to her idols, Carole King and Joni Mitchell.
She is joined by three of the best singer/songwriters in the Hudson Valley: Pat Lamanna, Janie March and Amy Soucy.
Pat’s songs have been praised highly by Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, David Roth, and others. They have a strong folk influence, and cover issues such as peace, religion, and the environment, and many personal topics as well. She has two solo albums, Full Circle (2009) and Do I Know My Song Well Enough to Start Singing Yet? (2012).
Pat was Sonny Ochs’ pick to perform in the Folk DJ Showcase at the 2012 conference of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. One of her songs, “Peace Pilgrim,” is featured in part on Pete Seeger’s last album, Pete Seeger: The Storm King.
Janie has played guitar since she was in 8th grade, and wrote her first basic song at the age of 14. She has attended SummerSongs and Cedar Run songwriting camps, as well as several singer/songwriter workshops. Her latest CD release is called I Love to See You Smile, a collection of family-oriented educational stories and songs that span the seasons.
An advocate for special education, Janie recorded an Autism awareness EP, In His Eyes / Living with Autism. All the proceeds from both recordings will be donated to the Anderson Center for Autism, the organization that has helped her son for more than 13 years.
The winner of the 2016 CT Folk Songwriting Competition and a 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, Beacon-based Amy Soucy is well known for her vocal talents (“as comforting as a walk in the autumn woods” — Joe Pszonek, Radio Nowhere) and her timeless, poetic songwriting.
Amy has a lifetime of varied singing experiences (choral, musical theater, even opera) and has performed, recorded, written and harmonized with a wide range of musical artists.
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