Here is the October lineup for Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse. Shows are held at Christ Unity Chuch, 105 McBrien Road at 8 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door. For more information call 504-7258 or visit www.christunity.org. All shows are family friendly.
Reviews for performers:
Oct. 5 Claude Bourbon
This French-born guitarist grew up in Switzerland where for a time he was classically trained, but he soon felt the need to explore the guitar without the limitations of written music and delved headlong into folk, blues, jazz and rock music. Now based in the U.K., he has become a world-renowned player, highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style—plucking, picking and strumming at such speed that his fingers seem to appear just as a blur. This latest album utilises strains of folk, western, jazz and blues through such melodic delights as the traditional English Dance, the hypnotic Rodrigo and a gorgeous version of the Rolling Stones’ Angie. Claude also adds vocals to some tracks such as Rhyme or Reason and The End of the World displaying a slightly gruff, world-weary voice.
Oct. 12 Neptune’s Car
Mix together a singer-songwriter from Massachusetts (Holly Hanson) with a guitarist-songwriter from New Hampshire (Steve Hayes), blend in a dollop of Contemporary Folk with a dash of Alt-Country, a shared passion for lighthouses and historical biography songs, and you’ll have the nautically named duo Neptune’s Car. (Neptune’s Car was a clipper ship with a female captain — a true adventure of heroism on the high seas in the 1800s.)
Oct. 18 A night of music and fun with Bob Carty and Friends
Performances by Jerre Haskew, Tabitha Hensley Cox, Martha Ann Brooks, The Real Bob Carty with Matthew Kerns and special appearance by Andrew Kelsay. This is a benefit show for a mission trip to work on a home for children who have no one. Donations appreciated. All welcome. Preview on 88.1 WUTC with Richard Winham at 3:15 p.m. the day of the show.
Oct. 19 Curtis and Loretta
Curtis and Loretta's music comes straight from the heart. The husband and wife duo's extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs, and carefully chosen traditional pieces from the British Isles, America, and beyond. The current menagerie includes Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, clawhammer banjo, and National steel ukulele, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica, and shakers.
Oct. 26 Doug E. Reese and Corinne Chapman
From Doug: People say that one of the best parts of my live show is that it is like sitting around a campfire with a bunch of good friends. I enjoy meeting new folks and sharing my songs. I am a fortunate person to be doing something I truly love to do. My songs are about real life and real people. You will know these people for they have been a part of your life too. They may have different names but the relationship will be somewhat the same. I look forward to meeting you in the future. Chapman, who claims to blend her own folk and rock tinged country music with the influences of her mom’s “hippie rock” and her dad’s old-school country, is also a compelling storyteller. She draws from her roots growing up in California, to working for the U.S. Congress during high school, and finally to studying in Paris before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Dirty Pretty Things is Chapman’s first release in five years, and her first with producer Ken Coomer (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco). The album showcases Chapman’s smooth but powerful voice, and some of her best work yet.