Tongue in Groove Poetry Music Jam

1 – 2pm, Band Room 158 

Join Ray McNiece, Nancy Redd, and Al Moses and others for a poetry music jam.

The Craft of Songwriting
Mark Freeman, Rachel Brown, John McGrail   

2:15 – 3:15, Band Room 158 

Join three talented, veteran songwriters as they talk about their creative process and share examples of their work.

Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman is a singer/songwriter focusing on Celtic, folk and blue guitar styles. He plays in open D or DADGAD and the core of his songs has always been the lyrics. Mark has three original albums and is hoping to have another by year’s end.

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown is the frontwoman of the band Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys. They have been performing regionally for the last 14 years. Currently Rachel has three original albums and also an album showcasing the songs of Patsy Cline. Rachel is hoping to release a fourth original album in the near future.


John McGrail

Cleveland based singer songwriter John McGrail has been writing music for the last 40 years and performing for over 35 of those years. Categorized as a folk musician he accepts that and on some level even agrees, but his influences range far beyond that and they all contribute to the ‘folk’ music that he creates. Analysis of his tunes would find things like odd meters, Floydian textures, and the occasional stinging guitar solo. Then there are the lyrics… well there are those who have described him as the Dark Prince of Cleveland Folk.


Guitar Genius
John Doyle (Irish), Jon Banuelos (flamenco), Anthony Papaleo (Americana). Moderator: Mark Laskey     

3:30 – 4:30pm, Band Room 158 

Dublin-born John Doyle was exposed to music at an early age through his family. A dare from a childhood friend and lack of formal training allowed him to develop his signature left-hand finger picking style. Since then, Doyle has continued to hone his craft on the road and in the studio, earning a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with fiddler Liz Carroll in 2010 on Double Play (Compass Records).



Jon Banuelos is a Flamenco guitarist, composer and songwriter living and performing in Pittsburgh, PA. He started his musical studies in Tucson, Arizona under Ismael Barajas where he played in the Ismael Barajas Latin Jazz band. Jon then went on to study at the American Institute of Guitar in New York City followed by three years in Jerez de La Frontera, Spain studying and performing Flamenco.


Anthony Papaleo is a Cleveland, Ohio native. He has been a freelance guitarist in the area for nearly a decade and has traveled internationally to several countries. His musical influences have ranged widely over the years, but early on took a deep interest in styles such as Blues, Ragtime, Old Time, and Country.


What is Old-Time Music?
Dave Rice & Friends   

4:45 – 5:45pm, Band Room 158 

Dave Rice has been playing guitar, harmonica and fiddle in several contra dance bands for over 30 years. He is also a luthier on staff at Family Learning Center for Music in Twinsburg.





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