Past Seasons 2012-2016

SEASON ONE: 2012-13



Sons of the Never Wrong: Sue Demel, Bruce Roper, Deb Lader:

For Her:  Kate McDonnell, Nancy Walker, and Rosanne Raneri

Everest Rising:

Anne Hills & Michael Smith:

Jim Scott:

Cindy Mangsen; Steve Gillette:

SEASON TWO:  2013-2014

Six wonderful shows showcasing a wide range of styles for your pleasure.

Thank you for coming and making it a success.  We appreciate your support!

Friday night, October 25, 2013 at 8pm Claudia Schmidt

We had a great time! Thanks, Claudia! Imagine an artist with jazz sensibilitieså and a folk music soul. Add superior musicianship and a crackerjack voice… Voila! Claudia Schmidt is performing just for you. A prolific singer-songwriter, Claudia Schmidt has recorded fourteen albums of mostly original songs exploring folk, blues, and jazz genres. She accompanies herself on 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer. For more information:  YouTube:åÊ<a style=”color: #000000;” href=”;list=TLmvtTw8g4fPs” target=”_blank”>”Broken Glass”

Friday night, January 10, 2014 at 8pm – Hope you were there. Ritchie-Parrish-Ritchie

Thanks, Guys!” target=”_blank”>Watch them perform “Home Tonight” They rocked the folk/roots music scene as the rhythm section of Tanglefoot, a hard working band with a massive presence and a relentless tour schedule that earned them a fanatically loyal following throughout Canada, the US & Britain.  Now Rob Ritchie, Al Parrish and Steve Ritchie have re-connected as RPR. Together with master percussionist Beaker Granger, the new configuration affords the four veteran performers the opportunity to stretch their wings outside the framework of their former band, indulging in musical whims and creating a memorable experience of arresting music, stories, laughter and reminiscence. It”s light and shade, irreverent and poignant, gentle as a whisper and rampantly energetic.

Friday night, February 21, 2014 at 8pm – Debra Cowan & John Roberts

FANTASTIC CONCERT! Debra Cowan and John Roberts have been successfully touring throughout Great Britain and the US since joining forces several years ago.  Strong solo vocalists with Celtic roots they are delightful together giving a new dimension to the other”s traditional music. Local audiences know John as an integral part of Nowell Sing We Clear and for his songs of the sea. Debra is a master song interpreter with a captivating warm alto that rings clear and true. Whether performing ballads or drinking songs, they engage their audiences and everyone has a good time.” target=”_blank”>Watch John & Debra at Leeds College (Music starts about 2:30 in)

Friday night, March 21, 2014 at 8pm Jay Ungar &  Molly Mason

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason are one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene. Their consummate musicianship, incomparable warmth and wit, and obvious love of the music have delighted audiences worldwide. Thank you Jay &  Molly for making such beautiful music for us. We sang, we danced, we had a wonderful evening!  COME AGAIN SOON!

Friday night, April 25, 2014 at 8pm We had a great time with Dan Berggren and Ed Lowman

Thanks for coming! “Dan Berggren is the sound of the Adirondacks, as much as the water lapping against the granite shore of the lake or the loon echoing in the sunset or the wind tossing the spruce tops.” Bill McKibben, author and activist

Saturday night, May 3rd, 2014 7- 8:30 pm – Pete Seeger Birthday Party Sing-Along With Wanda Fisher, host of “Hudson River Sampler

We celebrated the man and his music with a lively evening of family fun to pass this heritage along. We packed the house–183 people. The concert was FREE–all musicians donated their time and music. Free-will donations raised $845 after expenses to promote and protect the Mohawk River through a Pete Seeger memorial gift to ECOS: the Environmental Clearinghouse. Thank you to Wanda Fisher, George Ward, Addie & Olin—Unleashed!, Sybil Allyson and Mark Smith of Roots of Change, Randy Jennings of 13 Feet of Bluegrass and everyone who came out to sing and pay tribute to Pete!

SEASON THREE: 2014-2015

Friday, January 30, 7:30 pm – Everest-Rising

Long a series favorite, Everest Rising is back to kick off our third season with their lively mix of acoustic folk, rock classics, and jazz.  This tightly knit quartet bring an energy and spirit to their stage performances that carries over to their recordings. Great show for all ages.

Friday, February 27, 7:30 pm – Vance Gilbert

With ten critically acclaimed albums, VANCE GILBERT continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy. Vance is now on tour with his brand new CD, BaD Dog Buffet

Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm – Small Potatoes with Addie & Olin Unleashed!

Are we going to have a good time tonight or what? These impresarios of laughter and music will be sure to double our fun! Who doesn’t need an evening out like this?

Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm – Kate McDonnell & Andrew Calhoun

Andrew Calhoun is the bard of Chicago, a master of story songs, traditional and his own. The lady with the upside down and backward guitar, Kate McDonnell’s intriguing voice compliments her unusual songs and lyrics. These two Waterbug Label solo recording artists are joining us in a rare double bill.

Sunday, May 3, 10:30 am- noon Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger, Sing-Along with Jeffrey Hedquist!

The second annual fundraiser for ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse’s Pete Seeger Memorial to protect and promote the Mohawk River.

SEASON FOUR: 2015-2016

Friday, October 9, 2015 Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

This popular couple returned to the APFF stage with their beloved classic brand of folk music with Molly on piano and guitar and Jay on guitar and violin. Their songs are timeless yet original. The most famous is Jay”s original tune, “Ashokan Farewell,” which became the signature song for Ken Burns’s “The Civil War.”  Thank you, Jay! Thank you, Molly! Last night”s concert was filled with so many wonderful moments. Thank you for sharing stories like the evolution of a new song that Ken Burns “married.”  Thank you for playing so beautifully. Thank you for for singing so fair.  Most of all, thank you for turning our Great Hall into an intimate friendly gathering where we all felt like family.

Friday, November 20, 2015 – Sons of the Never Wrong

What a great concert!  The Sons were AWESOME.  Come back soon! Chicago’s premiere contemporary trio, Sons of the Never Wrong, will perform on our stage on November 20. Hip lyrics, complex harmonies and great voices combine with high energy and a strong stage presence to make this turbo-charged band the hottest ticket on the contemporary folk circuit. Don’t miss this show!åÊ It’s lots of fun. Sons shows have their own unique style with avant-garde artist and singer, Deb Lader.  Bruce Roper is the lead writer/arranger in charge of their sound, though all three Sons contribute original songs.  Sue Demel’s stunning vocals are crazy good.

Friday, March 18, 2016 – Phil Henry Acoustic Trio

Vibrant and fun, PHAT energized the audience with songs that turn everyday memories into relatable drama that touched our hearts and engaged our minds.  If you missed it, don”t despair.  We will definitely have them back!

April 22, 2016 What a Great Evening with Tracy Grammer!

Tracy charmed the audience with songs and stories new and old, invoking the magic of her partnership with the late Dave Carter but weaving in her own unique style and grace, keeping the material fresh and engaging.