w/Jen Cork, Austin MacRae, Janet Batch, & Andrew Alling
Doors open at 7:00pm
Music starts at 7:30pm
$10 Suggested Donation at the door
On Friday, Feb 16, in partnership with Homer Center for the Arts, we will be hosting a Singer/Songwriter Showcase highlighting the talents of four local musicians: Jen Cork, Austin MacRae, Janet Batch and Andrew Alling. Each artist will perform a set of original music, as well as participate in a round-robin style song circle. Please join us for a night of singing, laughter and stories behind the music.
Jen Cork is the kind of powerful singer/songwriter who silences barrooms with one vocal phrase. A well-known contributor to the robust Ithaca, NY music scene, Cork enjoys ruminating on the history of objects, spaces, and emotions, and attempts to harness their energy through her music. It has been said that her voice sounds like history–that one can hear legacy in her songs.
Known as the bandleader of folk/jazz outfit Jen Cork & the Good Hope, Cork is also a solo singer/songwriter–(“…stands out among the top tier…of talented singer songwriters in the region”-Finger Lakes Music Press) as well as an enthusiastic collaborator. Named Ithaca’s “Best Female Singer” of 2015, she has also been called “a superb vocal stylist” by Finger Lakes Music Press and was most recently selected to play with her band at the 2017 Confluence benefit for the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
Cork is currently crafting her first solo record out of sticks and some dirt, an old baritone uke, and the 1904 upright grand piano she learned on at age 6. Found sounds, furious instrumental and vocal layering, and a rougher, more honest edge define Jen’s current work. She sounds like sad days with happy endings.
Austin MacRae is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY, whose music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity. With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story. He has showcased his music regionally at venues such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Picnic and other area venues. His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015. He was recently selected to showcase his work in the Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference in Stamford, CT. His work has also been featured on a variety of radio stations and shows, including the Sundilla Radio Hour, hosted by Kelly Walker. In 2017 MacRae was one of three winners of the Vic Heyman Songwriting Award from the South Florida Folk Festival. He recently released his sophomore album, entitled Keeper, which was recorded at Electric Wilburland and co-produced by Cass Medcalf.
Janet Batch is a singer-songwriter based near Ithaca, NY. She has been playing around Ithaca and central NY since 2015. Her first album “A Good Woman is Hard to Find” was released in early 2017. The album was recorded holed up in a cabin on a winter weekend and features a collection of tunes of loss and leaving, all backed by a full band. Janet’s musical style has been referred to as “country with an art degree” and she has been endeared as “the voice of the hills”. She sings, unabashed, of death, romance, and the wondering of what went wrong. Her lyrics and harmonies are an illustration of the pendulum that sings between joy and heartache.
Andrew Alling is a singer songwriter from Upstate, NY who resides in Ithaca, NY. He has traveled and performed while living in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, California, Nashville, TN, Guatemala and places in between. Andrew writes his own music and performs live playing the acoustic guitar, with organ bass foot pedals and the harmonica. He’s a one man three piece singer songwriter band! He has written well over one hundred songs and has self-produced over four CDs. Balanced with his current yoga practice, his music speaks of politics, love, hardship, truth, adversity and hope. You can buy his music but you should really come see and hear him! Live is what it is all about!