March 18, 2017: Greg Greenway, Reggie Harris 8:00 p.m. $20

greg-greenwayBeneath the radar of the corporate music world there are gems to be found. Greg Greenway is a multi-faceted one.  A rare combination of instrumental expertise, a soulful and moving singer, powerful poet, and sparkling entertainer, Greenway is one of those difficult-to-categorize performers who has found a home in the modern acoustic genre. His collaboration with Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor as Brother Sun has taken him all over North America for the last five years.  “Some Part of the Truth’” their second CD was the number one CD on the Folk DJ list for the year 2013. Both Brother Sun and Greg Greenway are planning new CDs for release in 2016.

Originally from Richmond, VA, Greg moved to Boston for its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. His “In the Name of Love,” a lead in to the U2 classic, “Pride,” was the #5 song on the Folk DJ list in 2013. It has become a defining piece on his journey to becoming an international artist capable of addressing sensitive topics like Race in a way that connects audiences to their humanity while entertaining them at the same time.

He has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.”  Another reviewer perhaps described it best, “A profoundly rich poet and musician. Folk Music is too narrow a description.”

Musically, his guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music.  But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie.  His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway’s own humanity and affinity for the audience.  He has legendary energy, couched in a presentation of high spirited give and take of such good humor that audiences unfailingly walk away uplifted.

reggie-harris-square-2Steeped in the tradition of African American spirituals, folk, gospel, rock and the music of civil and human rights, Reggie Harris is recognized as one of the foremost presenters of songs, who, in the spirit of his mentors Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte and Bernice Johnson Reagon, gets people smiling and singing.Reggie’s performances showcase a fluid vocalist, arranger, guitarist whose open spirit and wide angle smile, creates an atmosphere that rewards the ears, opens the heart and consistently earns trust and joyful admiration from audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

A well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Reggie has earned wide acclaimed and respect from peers and audiences alike throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and around the world. He combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Knowing this, audiences have bestowed upon him a fitting slogan: “Songs of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.”

Known for over 40 years as one-half of the eminently prominent duo, Kim & Reggie Harris, Reggie continues to criss-cross the country, carrying the message of joy, unity, tolerance and peace through the powerful medium of live music.