Songwriter Saturdays is pleased to announce our April Show and first ever:
“Songwriters in the Round”
SATURDAY APRIL 27th 8:30-10:30 PM The EXIT Theatre 156 EDDY ST -San Francisco
Steve Key, Kyle Alden, Karaj, Jim Thompson, Gary Rosenberg, Richard DeWilde
An enchanting evening as these great local story-tellers share the stage and their songs
Steve Key is a performing songwriter whose songs have been recorded and performed by dozens of country, folk, blues and rock artists. He is also a well-traveled artist in his own right, performing at major concert venues and festivals across the U.S. and Canada. He now resides on the Central Coast and hosts a series of live music events called Songwriters At Play, as well as continuing to play solo concerts.
karaj is a bay area songwriter with a taste for spare arrangements and insightful lyrics. many songs are inspired by open spaces and western states. playing along the pacific coast and beyond, new and old original songs, plus more by great songwriters near and far.
Singer/songwriter and folk musician Kyle Alden’s third full-length CD– Songs From Yeats’ Bee-Loud Glade—a collection of folk music setting of poems of beloved Irish poet W. B. Yeats, has received world-wide radio airplay and rave reviews, and was on three “Best of 2011” lists among folk music DJs in the U.S. Strains of traditional American and Irish folk music can be heard in these original musical settings of Yeats’ poems. “Kyle Alden’s melodies and performance rank with the most-pleasing-to-hear of any settings of W.B. Yeats I’ve heard. Excellent work!” says Andrew McGowan, president, W.B. Yeats Society of New York. Kyle was awarded grand prize in the 2012 Y Tunes Song Contest, Sligo, Ireland, Yeats’ hometown. “Those Images” is this year’s award winning song. He was invited to perform at the annual Yeats Festival in Sligo in Summer 2013. Fluent on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, Kyle performs solo and with two roots-based bands– The Mild Colonial Boys (Irish/Americana) and The Gas Men (Irish Trad). He has performed on stages and at house concerts throughout California, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and Ireland. Recordings include Hello Again Kind Stranger (2008), Tangletown (2008) and Songs From Yeats’ Bee-Loud Glade (2011).
Also know as James Michael Thompson, or Jimmy T, was born and raised in the bay area and has recently returned after a 10 year absence. Jim’s early days as a lead guitarist, and some occasional finger picking, have now morphed into his current love of the acoustic guitar as a singer/songwriter.
Gary Rosenberg is best described as a Troubadour or Minstrel. His story is one of a character in a ballad: tradesman, animal rescuer, homeless advocate, street singer, organic farmer and horse shoer. He was a crew member on Pete Seeger’s Clearwater, the flagship of the movement to reclaim America’s waterways. He followed Hurricane Katrina and traveled to New Orleans to rescue abandoned pets. He has performed his music in bars in Italy and hospitals in Russia, on the streets of Israel and resorts in the Caribbean, at festivals in Brazil and ashrams in India. Gary has always used his music to convey a message of social reform and the hope of a better world. It is through his travels that he came to realize the common spirit that is shared by all peoples and a deep commitment to use music to bring people together. Gary began playing music and singing as an infant. He studied several instruments throughout his childhood and picked up the guitar at age 12. By 15 he was playing weekly in a bar on New York’s upper west side. Through his early years Gary played for tips on the streets of New York and late at night on benches of Central Park in the area that has come to be known as Strawberry Field where his audience consisted mostly of rats, junkies and drunks. He heard the shots that killed John Lennon from his parent’s dining room across the street and was indelibly touched during the four days that followed when the street outside his apartment building was packed with mourners repeatedly singing, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” Gary’s deep connection with animals is expressed in his songs, many of which are in some way related to one or another of the 75 dogs he has fostered and re-homed over the last twenty years. His songs, Olivia, Gus, and Women That Bite (and dogs who don’t) are all based on canine relationships. Little Bird is a dedication to a rescued, featherless Coyer that lived on Gary’s shoulder and under his covers for three years. The sound of horses at the beginning of Gary’s song Blue Delta Fire took four days to record and is an homage to his love of horses acquired over the ten years he worked as a horse shoer. Every morning he can be found near the racetrack overlooking the Bay where he feeds about 1,000 seagulls food scraps gathered the previous night.
Richard De Wilde
Rich DeWilde is a San Francisco musician who has been involved in the local scene with bands for, shall we say, more than a few years as a guitarist and songwriter. Five years ago, he decided he wanted to learn piano and went off on an entirely new tangent. In that time, he has developed an intensely intimate yet revealing sound, a sound that is heartfelt and achingly bittersweet. This music has been described as a lifeline he throws to the crowd and everyone just hangs on. Enjoy.
The EXIT Theatre – 156 Eddy St. San Francisco
Saturday April 27th
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