The Woods Hole Folk Music Society's 41st season will continue on Sunday, January 13 with a performance by folk singers and songwriters Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers. The concert takes place at 7:30 PM in Woods Hole Community Hall on Water Street. Doors open at 7 PM. Admission is $15 with discounts for members, seniors, youth and children.
Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers are two seasoned professional singers who have toured widely, both independently and together. Their variety-filled, family-friendly performances include traditional, contemporary and original songs accompanied by 6- and 12-string guitar, banjo and mountain dulcimer. Audiences are often encouraged to sing along. Ms. Schmidt and Ms. Rogers will be celebrating the release of their new album "Evidence of Happiness," their first collaborative recording in 22 years.
Claudia Schmidt has commanded stages large and small for over three decades and produced a dozen albums, singing everything from jazz, blues, gospel, country and world music to American folk classics. Over time she has added original songs and stories to this wide repertoire. Ms Schmidt has been featured on Public Radio International's “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Mountain Stage,” and in the TV documentary “I Sing Because I Can't Fly.” She has written music for and acted in the musical “Bag Lady Tendencies” in Milwaukee, and starred in the award-winning production of “Good Person of Szechuan” in Chicago.
Her live performances have been described by reviewers as a one-woman revitalization movement, featuring songs and stories full of humor, heartbreak and wonder, delivered in a powerful voice that touches audiences immediately and deeply.
Sally Rogers is a performer and songwriter who sings Anglo, Celtic, old timey and original songs and plays guitar, banjo and mountain dulcimer. Reviewers describe her voice as “captivating” and “mesmerizing.” Her 15 albums have been recognized with many awards including Parents' Choice Gold.
Ms. Rogers began her musical career in 1979, encouraged by the late Canadian folk legend Stan Rogers and Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion.” Her songs and warm stage presence reach audiences of all ages, offering particular empowerment to young people.
In 1994, Ms. Rogers released “Songs for Children,” a video produced by Academy Award-winning cinematographer George Pickow, and embarked on the first of her many beloved children's books. Today she teaches music in Connecticut public schools, serves as Master Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and makes fine quilts in her home studio.
United by a sense of social justice and harmony, these two powerful singers have kindled a deep friendship over the years, and their duo albums have become beloved classics. Their latest, “Evidence of Happiness,” was released in May 2012 to the delight of fans who had waited 22 years since their last collaborative recording.
Upcoming performances put on by the Woods Hole Folk Society include: January 27, singer & songwriter Bill Staines; February 10, young instrumental and percussive dance group 4tet; March 10, fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt and l'Esprit Creole; and several more concerts to be announced.