Community Room #125
LEFF’s free community concerts are held from 1 to 6pm in an informal, intimate performance space.
Ballinloch, “our town on the lake,” connects the group’s home in Northeast Ohio to their heritage in Ireland, telling stories of their families, from rebellions to immigration, and trips back to “home.” Ballinloch blends traditional tunes with sometimes haunting, sometimes uplifting original lyrics by songwriter Marcus Dirk. Like true schanachies of old, Ballinloch’s tales keep the hearth’s fire lit with music that draws us back to our Celtic roots. Ballinloch has been playing music together around Northeast Ohio since 2015. Marcus Dirk is joined by seasoned Irish musicians Mary Ann Beach, Maureen Conway Reich, and Patrick Faith. Watch video
Young Singer Songwriters
2 – 2:45pm
LEFF introduces the next generation of singer songwriters: Ryan Kohn, Archer Frodyma, Maddie Fawcett-Dubow and Olivia Martinez.
Ryan Kohn is a senior at Kenston High School. He will attend Belmont University in Nashville in the fall to double major in music business and songwriting.
Archer Frodyma has shared her music with audiences from Nighttown in Cleveland to the Metropolitan Room in New York City, and she also performs in ensembles such as the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. The bassist looks forward to releasing a full-length original album in Spring 2018.
Maddie Fawcett-Dubow started piano at 7, guitar at 10, singing at 14, and just started writing songs two years ago. She loves to explore different genres and is a senior at Hawken School.
Olivia Martinez is a junior in high school who loves playing guitar and singing her original songs, which she has been writing since she was about 13. She can be found playing at local restaurants, open mics, and songwriter nights around Cleveland. She will be coming out with an EP of original songs later this year.
Sands & Hearn
3 – 3:45pm
Husband and wife Richard Hearn & Quinn Sands, an Americana duo, have been writing and performing together since 2015. Both grew up on the southwest side of Cleveland, but never met until decades later at the famous Barking Spider Tavern on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Similar life experiences led to each of them following the muse out of difficult times and toward one another. Their first CD “Time is a Line” was released in 2017. The duo is planning a vinyl release in 2018 from their Bristol recording session at The Earnest Tube. Watch video.
4 – 4:45pm
Singer songwriter Tom Evanchuck is a storyteller on stage, weaving through tales of love and heartbreak, friendship and the allure of the Midwest. But this is also a musician who seems born from another era, drawing on the influences of the likes of Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Neil Young and even the Beatles. Tom never strays too far from his Midwestern roots. You hear it in the raw guitar, and Tom’s ability to both croon and crank out a harder song at a moment’s notice on stage to provide a true experience, and a chance to envision the early days of folk, blues, or rock ‘n’ roll. Watch video.
The Silver String Band
5 – 5:45pm
The Silver String Band was born by way of the open mic scene around Cleveland in the late 1970s. At one such event, Dave Pethtel noticed a solo guitarist by the name of Rob Boudinou who was playing much more lively and refined than most of the other open mic performers. Dave teamed up with Rob and within a few weeks introduced George Hanna into their mix of western swing fused music. Together they formed The Silver String Band and have never looked back. Rob left the band sometime in the mid 80s and The SSB has had a number of excellent musicians come and go along the way. Most recently they lost their great friend and longtime bass player Paul Hamann to cancer. The current band includes Andrew Bonnis, bass; Mike Pereira, mandolin; George Hanna, guitar and Dave Pethtel, banjo.