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Mariposa Folk Foundation co-presents Eric Andersen

November 18, 2015 @ 8:30 pm

$30 - $32.50

Opening set by
James Bruce Moore

Layah Jane & Oliver Johnson

“Andersen is the most elegant of singers. (Rolling Stone)

“A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” (The New York Times)

“Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer.” (Bob Dylan on stage at the Oslo Spektrum)

“Eric Andersen is one of our finest singers and songwriters, in the most literal sense of that tradition.” 
David Fricke, (Rolling Stone Magazine)


Eric Andersen first came to prominence as a performer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and immediately became part of the Village folk and songwriter scene along with Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan, and became one of the founders of the singer songwriter movement. He’s co-written songs with Bob Weir, Townes Van Zandt, Rick Danko, and Lou Reed. His songs have been covered by many artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, Linda Ronstadt, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Blues Project, Gillian Welch and Linda Thompson. Bob Dylan’s version of Eric’s song “Thirsty Boots” was released as a single on Record Store Day and also appears on the recently released Dylan CD Another Self Portrait.

Over the past 45+ years, Eric has released over 25 CDs of original music. His first live album Blue Rain (released in 2007 on Appleseed Recordings) was recorded at a concert in Oslo with members of the blues band, Spoonful of Blues.

In the early 1990s Andersen recorded 2 trio-harmony albums with The Band’s Rick Danko and Norwegian singer Jonas Fjeld. He’s featured in the Joni Mitchell documentary, the Wildflower Festival DVD with Judy Collins, Tom Rush, and Arlo Guthrie, the rock film Festival Express and the documentary Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation.

In 2003 Eric won the Premio Tenco award with Patti Smith in San Remo, Italy. It is an award given to outstanding songwriters. Previous awards have gone to Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Lou Reed.

The Eric Andersen and Friends Webcast was launched 6/8/11 by Nevessa Production Woodstock.   The webcast concert subscription included viewing of the video on demand for a month. The webcast originated from an intimate soundstage near Woodstock NY and included Special Guests Happy Traum, John Sebastian, Joe Flood and Inge Andersen. Eric featured songs from his CD The Cologne Concert (The live CD features Eric’s wife Inge Andersen on harmonies and he is accompanied on violin by Michele Gazich.) Due to outstanding reviews of this webcast we are considering making the webcast available in DVD form in the future.

Shadow and Light of Albert Camus (Meyer Records) was released 2014 on vinyl and 2015 on CD) Poem texts were extrapolated by Eric from Camus’ works. He filtered them poetically to make them into (4) songs while retaining the meaning of the originals. In an interview he said, “From vineyards of Camus I tried to create four bottles of vintage wine that tasted deep and true.”

Eric has finished recording a new CD with newly written material and other great songs that are a continuation of his Great American Song Series The Street Was Always There and Waves.

Eric Andersen’s poetical songs have entertained and captivated audiences worldwide. He plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano/keyboard in concert and performs songs which span all his albums including his early classics “Thirsty Boots” and “Violets Of Dawn” as well as new songs.

Photo of Eric Andersen by Carol Rothman

“A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” (The New York Times)

James Bruce Moore is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter who has just released his second album, Soul’s Journey Home.  It is a labour of and about love, an eloquent exploration of different facets of love and life, and a gentle balm for the ears and the soul.

After a long absence from the music scene, Moore re-introduced himself in 2013 with his debut record, Lisbeth. A deeply moving collection of songs, it was inspired by and dedicated to Moore’s late wife, Lisbeth Marian Moore. Lisbeth showcased his warm honeyed vocals and his songwriting skill, while the production and instrumental work of an elite group of local musicians was of the highest order.

It is testimony to James’ skill as a songwriter that his compositions shine whether they’re embellished with lavish strings or recorded simply with his guitar and voice. Two tunes on Soul’s Journey Home, the narrative-driven “Roy Benavidez” and the tender closing song, “Sigh Unto The Universe,” are played in this sparse fashion, a setting that matches their content perfectly.

Three other songs here, “Bridges To Love,” “Gentle Witness,” and “Open Your Heart,” feature Moore and a band comprising Koller (bass), Steve Briggs (guitar), Denis Keldie (piano and organ), Mark Mariash (drums), and Kirsten Rea (backup vocals). Mariash, Rea, and guitarist David Piltch are also featured on the strings-accompanied tunes.




November 18, 2015
8:30 pm
$30 - $32.50
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