Invitation to Performing Artists
The visual artists in OASIS Fine Art & Craft are eager to host our performing arts colleagues who wish to perform in our art-filled venue. If you are a Virginia musician or spoken word artist, we invite you to contact Elaine Hurst [email protected] to:
> Submit CD’s to be approved and sold on consignment
> Perform a concert or presentation at OASIS — on a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th Friday, 6-8pm
> Provide background music for an OASIS exhibit opening — on a 1st Friday, 5-7pm
> Volunteer for OASIS activities
OASIS Fine Art & Craft Offers CDs by The Following Musicians
Greg Allen Morgoglione is a do-ru(trademark), philosopher, poet, writer, and singer-songwriter. He is the founder and Director of the Virginia-based SongSharing, a non-profit organization dedicated to Making Music More Accessible(trademark) through Audience Inclusion(trademark). He and his co-writer Alice the Canine Messiah have recently published their first book, The Now Exspirientuality: the Way of Unity – Conversations with Dog, Book I.
blue stone sky
Julie Caran, Kevin Caran and Sarah Cheverton make up the band, blue stone sky. All three band members work at JMU (James Madison University) and enjoy opportunities to entertain at University events and other venues in Harrisonburg, Staunton and the surrounding areas. Their repertoire of original and cover songs is rich with intricate 3-part harmonies carefully orchestrated with a blend of acoustic guitars, electric bass, drums, shakers and small wind instruments. From whimsical to deeply serious, and classic folk to modern hits, their growing setlist is, as one listener said, “at once laid back and thoughtful.” blue stone sky has been performing since the fall of 2006.
Guitarist and vocalist Bob Bersson performs a wide range of music, from blues and jazz to rock and singer-songwriter genres. He is also a guitar instructor and leader of music workshops. He is a member of the local group, Traveler/s, that plays regularly at the Earth and Tea Cafe and Local Bar.
Steven Biko Thomas
Activitist and rap artist Steven Biko Thomas performs original lyrics.
Down to earth, inspiring storytelling. Captivating original Bluegrass and Country. It’s like a bag of Lays Potato Chips, you can’t eat just one. Each lyric keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next lyric to come.
The folk duo Simply Folk features Mike Simpson and Becky Glick. They have a varied acoustic repertoire that includes folk, seasonal, and religious music. You may recognize old favorites like “You Gotta Walk That Lonesome Valley”, but they also spice their performances with original compositions.
Booking: 540 421-5166 or [email protected]
Highlanders String Band
The Highlander String Band is a collection of Rockingham County musicians playing traditional Appalachian Mountain music. We play the Top Ten Tunes of the 50’s and 60’s – 1850 that is. We play all types of music from instrumental dance tunes, such as jigs, reels, hornpipes and waltzes, to the slow, mournful and powerful tunes depicting the sorrow and tragedy of frontier mountain life. We also include lots of songs that provide a vivid portrayal of the history of the early settlers throughout the Appalachian Mountains. Members of the band have been collecting tunes for most of their lives and truly enjoy sharing their love of the music with you. The band members include Jim Gaskins on fiddle and viola, Phyllis Gaskins on Appalachian dulcimer, Allen Kennedy on mandolin, Suzanne Kennedy on upright bass and fiddle and Gene Bowlen playing clawhammer banjo, mandolin and octave mandolin.
The Clymer Kurtz Band
Born of classical and jazz training, bluegrass radio disc jockeying, Mennonite hymns, and classic rock, The Clymer Kurtz Band performs original songs as well as an eclectic array of covers at coffee houses, church gatherings, weddings, and just about anywhere else.
Me and Martha
With on-stage presence second to none, Me & Martha bring together their passion for life and musical fervor to every performance and delight audiences everywhere. Their blended voices lift your spirit and fill your heart. Don DePoy and Martha Hills are members of America’s Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame and are on the Young Audiences of Virginia and the Virginia Art Commission artist rosters as traditional musicians. To bring the Valley’s rich musical traditions to everyone, they have established the Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Makers Trail & Heritage Centers. Don’s family settled in the Shenandoah Valley in the early 1740s. He is a 5th generation mountain music maker and can trace his musical roots back to the 1850s. He also holds a Ph.D. in American Music and Popular Culture and has over 15 years experience as a college professor. Martha, originally from Maine, is steeped in the rich New England music tradition. She is an early childhood educator and certified MusikGarten teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience.
Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Makers Association: http://www.svmmma.org
Harmonizing voices and a varying mix of over a dozen string, woodwind, and percussion instruments provide energetic, richly-textured interpretations to 14th to 19th century traditional songs and tunes gathered from Europe and North America.
Most of Nonesuch’s members have long played dance tunes and songs from the US, Ireland, and the UK. They came together to explore new ways of presenting the old music while respecting its traditions and innate qualities.
Booking: Mel Lee 540-828-3011
Mel Lee has been singing and playing since shortly after the invention of music, and many of his songs are nearly that old. Mel’s repertoire consists largely of ballads and story songs, old and new, serious and silly, but all decidedly outside the range of a juke box. The songs may or may not be accompanied by guitar, cittern, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp, and/or the audience. A life-long student of traditional music, Mel has led various workshops, produced concerts, and is producer/host of “Mel Lee’s Songbag” on public radio WEMC. He has played with a variety of bands and is currently with the eclectic folk band Nonesuch. Expect to hear songs to make you think, grin, and sing along.
Booking: Mel Lee 540-828-3011
Plum Jam plays traditional music with a kick. Songs with sweet harmony vocals by guitarist Sandy Goodson and bassist Janice Malec, who are sisters, alternate with tunes and songs led by multi-instrumentalist Paul Rosen. All of this is fueled by the infectious drumming of Drayton Turner, Sandy’s son. Plum Jam traverses the folk landscape from old-time to Cajun to Western Swing as casually as a stroll through the park.
Bart lives and works full time in his recording studio, Electric Arts Recording, where he’s engineered and helped produce over 400 album projects for public sale, as well as some 1800 radio spots, and countless other projects. Bart’s guitar work shows up on about a third of these projects. He’s also had work as a composer and producer for a few national projects for PBS television.
Bart made playing the guitar a full time venture in 1981, playing as a hired side-man musician for various dance bands, concert appearances, and studio session dates. Bart estimates that he played 2200 dances and concerts before retiring from live performance in 1993, when he transitioned to full-time as a studio owner and operator. Once Upon A Guitar is his first solo release, a studio album of his own original guitar songs. It features guitar as a versatile instrumental voice across a range of genres. Stylistic influences include smooth jazz, ethnic/world, blues, classic rock, swing, folk and others.
Celtic music with an Appalachian twist. ShenFine members are Cheryl Tobler on Olwell flute and Burke whistles; Shannon Dove, songwriter, drummer, vocal and guitars; and Brent Holl, arranger, guitar and vocals. Shen Fine plays tunes and songs from Ireland and Scotland as well as contemporary acoustic folk music. We cover songs of Gordon Lightfoot, Mike Scott, John Prine, George Strait, and Corb Lund. Our Sailor Sets are legendary for lusty sing-a-longs and our stirring pub songs get everyone involved. Shannon, Brent and Cheryl are often joined by special guests at their gigs where they can incorporate even more sounds and stylings from the Celtic lands.
Trent Wagler & The Steel Wheels
Trent Wagler & the Steel Wheels perform Original Americana Roots Music. Their acoustic music ranges from old time, country folk, infused with elements of gospel, blues, and rock and roll. Trent has been singing since the age of 4. He grew up Mennonite, singing four part harmonies in a family gospel quartet. His musical training since then includes punk rock, jam bands, select university choirs, traditional Arabic music, and his grandfather’s harmonica. The Steel Wheels joined Trent in January of 2005, adding a fresh sound and exciting energy to his songwriting.
The Steel Wheels are Brian Dickel on Bass, Eric Brubaker on Fiddle, and Jay Lapp on Mandolin. Trent and the Steel Wheels have toured internationally and across the US. They’ve shared the stage with Robin and Linda Williams, Tim Reynolds, Marshall Crenshaw, Carrie Newcomer, Over the Rhine, John McCutcheon, and Adrienne Young & Little Sadie among others. Together Wagler and the Wheels have assembled a loyal following that appreciates the honest, deceptively simple sound, with raw emotion and strong musicianship.