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Gretchen Witt, and Gathering Time Sat 1/12/08

Please note our starting time: 7:30pm for the open mike and 8:30pm for the featured performers.

Our next concert is on Saturday January 12, 2008 featuring:

Gretchen Witt
Gathering Time

Gretchen Witt

Gretchen Witt grew up aahwl-sweet-n-peachy in the nice countryside of Ohio before moving at age 18 to the barbarous streets of New York City where she soon thereafter developed culture shock. It’s been a great shock. She graduated from N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts, an education during which she scribbled lots of rhymes on the corners of her classroom notebooks (where she should’ve scribbled exam notes) .

She has studied classical piano and voice for years, has recently taken up the guitar, and has sung under her breath (to the annoyance of nearby others) all of her life. Since her joyous departure into song-writing, no one has yet been able to pull her away from the strings, the keys, or lyric-inspiring pencil set.

Her vocal style is frequently compared to that of Alison Krauss, Neko Case, Patty Griffin, Norah Jones and Natalie Merchant, however the music remains firmly unique.

She performs regularly in New York City at venues such as The Living Room, Makor, Pianos, The Bitter End, The Knitting Factory, and The Cutting Room. She also has played well-known national festivals such as the NEMO Festival in Boston, MA and The Dewey Beach Americana Festival in Dewey Beach, Delaware.

Recently, she was selected as a New Folk Finalist in The Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville, TX) and as a Troubadour in the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Competition (Telluride, CO).

More at gretchenwitt.com

Gathering Time

Gathering Time is a recently formed acoustic trio consisting of local artists Glen Roethel, Hillary Foxsong, and Stuart Markus. With strong hints of Peter, Paul & Mary and CSNY, their tight harmonies add a fresh aspect to their cover songs while their originals are inspiring, energetic and entertaining.

“One of my favorite moments (at 2007 NERFA) was hearing local singer songwriters Glen, Stuart and Hillary jamming in the lobby before dinner on Saturday, with a host of folks joining in on their killer version of ‘Suite Judy Blue Eyes'” — John Platt (WFUV)

Glen Roethel (guitars/vocals/bass) acquired his first guitar at the age of six. Through college Glen played guitar, bass and keyboards in various bands and wrote songs about heartbreak and the emotional train wreck of youth. But later, to better express his heart, Glen turned his pen toward gratitude, encouragement and hope. In 2004 Glen released his well-received 12-track debut solo CD “From Beginning To End” on Inspireline Records. Its followup “Smaller Things” is nearing completion.

Stuart Markus (guitars/vocals/bass) is a native of Rochester, NY who now makes Long Island his home. Stu is an active member of the Island Songwriters Showcase and has also organized several noted songwriter concerts. Known as the creator of LI’s official Groundhog’s Day theme song, Stu has a repertoire of hundreds of cover songs which he performs, along with his originals, at private and corporate events, country clubs, coffee houses and restaurants around the region. His 1996 CD release, “Not the Only One Who Feels This Way” has enjoyed college and commercial radio play across the eastern U.S. and his second CD, “The View from the Side of the Road” continues to command college and folk radio support.

Hillary Foxsong (vocals) grew up in a musical household. “The whole time I was growing up, when we sang along with the radio in my house we sang harmonies. It was just understood that you had to find your own part and fit in with everyone else.” This early informal training bred into Hillary a fine ‘ear’ and a musical sense that stood her in good stead through years of school and church choirs, and even a long infatuation with karaoke bars. She met Glen in 2005 at Oyster Bay’s weekly ‘Cruise Night,’ where Glen was the event’s strolling musician. As he strolled by, playing and singing, she jumped in uninvited on harmony… and the rest was history. She began writing songs in 2005 at Glen’s urging.

More at myspace.com/gatheringtime
Also glenroethel.com, stuartmarkus.com, and myspace.com/hillaryfoxsong.

The Eclectic Café is held on the second Saturday of the month, September through May at:

The Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk
28 Brentwood Road
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Parking is available along Brentwood Road. We ask that you please AVOID parking in the medical offices’ parking lots south of the church or in the Sinai Reform Temple parking lot.

The open mic starts at 7:30pm. Performers wishing to participate should sign up by 7:30. The featured artists begin at about 8:30pm.

Admission is $10 for non-members ($5 for High School students with ID), and $8 for members. Membership is $12 a year. You can become a member at any time and your membership will be for a full calendar year, starting that month. Family memberships are also available. Ask at the ticket table for details.

Refreshments are available.

We would also appreciate a donation of canned or dry food for local charity.

The Eclectic Café is an all-volunteer, non-profit committee of the UUSSS.

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