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Saturday, October 14, 2017                                                                     John York                                                                     Donation: $15

April 21, 2018                                                                                            Billy Kemp                                                                             Donation: $15                                                      Donation: $15

 

James Hurley has spent most of his life with a guitar by his side.  He writes songs that have the sophistication of jazz, the immediacy of blues, and the imagery of film.  With a smooth passionate voice and tasteful guitar playing  intertwined with humor and honesty, his music tells of celebrations of life lived and stories of love won and lost.

Described by Folkworks magazine as "One of the Top Ten Live Acoustic Male Singer-Songwriters in L.A." James Hurley's eloquent guitar, smooth voice, and masterful writing combine in a jazzy, bluesey, pop-folk that has been called "Americana, on-the-rocks....with a twist". 

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John York is a multi-instrumentalist and musical eclectic who is perhaps best known for his work with the Byrds..John's vocal and instrumental talents have kept him in the company of such musical luminaries as Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Clarence White, Mac Rebenack (Dr. John,) Doug Sahm (The Sir Douglas Quintet,) The Mamas and Papas, Johnny Rivers, and Richard and Richard Manuel (The Band)……and  many others. Continuing in the Byrds tradition, John sings with a rich emotional voice and favors the 12 string guitar. His music is strongly rooted in America. 

January 20, 2018                                                                                       James Hurley                                                                 Donation: $15

Billy Kemp has been playing guitar for over forty five years and also plays the banjo, bass, harmonica, piano and anything else he can get a sound out of.  He hangs his hat in Nashville, Tennessee though doesn’t spend much time there since he is on the road averaging five or six tours annually taking him all over the United States, Canada and the British Isles.  Making things out of music is what he does best by creating a life cycle of songs which are first written, then recorded and finally shared with an audience when a whole new journey begins. Over the past 40 years, Billy has recorded five solo albums and written over two hundred songs. He has played at the Grand Ole Opry and played rock and roll on international rock tours.   He has worn the hat of producer, facilitator, teacher and  composer.   Other accomplishments include running a successful studio,  facilitating a music program at the Baltimore City Detention Center, teaching at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and composing music for Maryland Public Television.