Community Room #125
Young Singer Songwriters
1 – 1:45 pm
LEFF starts the day of mini concerts with the next generation of singer songwriters. Maddie Fawcett-Dubow started piano at 7, guitar at 10, singing at 14, and just started writing songs last year. She loves to explore different genres and is a junior at Hawken School. At 24, Lea Marra of Chardon has been writing music since age 12 and performing since age 13. In 2015 she released her first EP titled “Heartbeat.” Lea’s writing is heavenly influenced by nature and current life events. Ryan Kohn is a junior at Kenston HS, a skilled singer and guitarist, and a songwriter who also pitches a mean baseball game.
2 – 2:45 pm
Brent Kirby has been called by many of his peers one of Cleveland’s hardest working musicians. In 2013 he was voted “Best Singer” and “Best Male Vocal” by the Cleveland Scene, and in 2012 he was voted “Best Musician.” When he’s not playing solo or with his band, called His Luck, he writes the tunes and fronts the Jack Fords (2007, 2009 Best Rock Band Cleveland Scene), leads the monthly revival of Gram Parsons with his band The New Soft Shoe, and plays drums for the talented Cleveland holiday band the Ohio City Singers. His weekly 10 x 3 Songwriter showcase at Brothers Lounge has created an encouraging, vibrant original music scene.
Poetry Summit with Ray McNiece, Dianne Borsenik, and Daniel Gray-Kontar and Breshea Sharonique
3 – 3:45 pm
Ray McNiece earned a national reputation as a poet and performer for almost two decades through his solo theater pieces, poetry and music shows, coaching two National Poetry Slam Championship teams, his “edutaining” children’s shows and workshops, and his annual country-wide tours of performance poems, stories and songs.
Daniel Gray-Kontar is a poet, rapper, journalist, educator, and youth mentor. He is the 1994 national poetry slam co-champion and has performed on over 30 international sound recordings. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the UC Berkeley’s department of Language, Literacy, Society and Culture, and is the current Chair of the Department of Literary Arts at the Cleveland School of the Arts.
Dianne Borsenik is active in the northern Ohio, Cleveland-area, poetry scene and regional reading circuit. In 2015, she produced BeatStreet Cleveland as part of the International Beat Poetry Festival. Her poetry has appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, anthologies, and more.
Bonnis and the King
4 – 4:45 pm
Denver duo Andrew Bonnis and Christine King, aka Bonnis and the King performs eclectic covers and dazzling original songs. Andrew, originally from NE Ohio, has been a professional musician for 12 years. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has played with many bands spanning multiple genres including Long Road Home from Boulder, CO featuring Pete Wernick of Hot Rize fame on banjo. Christine, originally from Denver, CO, began playing the violin at a young age through the Suzuki method. Later, she turned her focus to Texas style fiddle and competed in national competitions. She toured extensively with the progressive bluegrass band The Railsplitters.
The Auld Pitch
5 – 5:45 pm
The Auld Pitch is a band of Irish and Irish-American musicians who have settled in Cleveland. Brendan Carr plays percussion, Patrick Custy is on flute and vocals, Nikki Custy on fiddle, banjo and vocals, and Ruairi Hurley is on guitar and vocals. They are sure to bring the house down and end the day of LEFF mini-concerts on a high note.