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Christine Lavin & Gathering Time 8/2/08

CHRISTINE LAVIN - photo by MARK AMRHEIN
FREE — on SATURDAY AUGUST 2
Our third annual free festival in …
HUNTINGTON’S HECKSCHER PARK,The Chapin Rainbow Stage,Rte. 25A & Prime Ave.
Featured evening performer
Folk zinger CHRISTINE LAVIN
with opening act at 8:30pm Tight Ear-pleasing Harmonies GATHERING TIME (Glen Roethel, Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong)
Beginning at 4:00 pm there will be an open jam and sing along
Supper break to 8:30pm
Come early and picnic on the lawn …
… chairs behind the white line or blankets closer to the stage
Alternatively, walk/drive into Huntington Village and enjoy dinner at one of its many fine restaurants before returning to the park for the evening concert at 8:30pm
For more details call 631-425-2925, email info@fmshny.org,
Christine Lavin is a New York City-based singer, songwriter, and promoter of contemporary folk music. She has recorded numerous solo albums, and has also recorded with other female folk artists under the name Four Bitchin’ Babes. She has also put together several compilation albums of contemporary folk artists, including On a Winter’s Night.

She is known for her sense of humor, which is expressed in both her music and her onstage performances. Many of her songs alternate between emotional reflections on romance and outright comedy. Two of her more famous songs include Sensitive New Age Guys and Bald Headed Men.

In her youth, Lavin was a cheerleader in Geneva, New York and she still has impressive baton-twirling skills; she often ends a concert by twirling a glow-in-the-dark baton with the house lights turned off as she leaves the stage.

Lavin worked at Caffe Lena in Saratoga, New York until Dave Van Ronk convinced her to move to New York City and make a career as a singer-songwriter. She followed his advice and accepted his offer of guitar lessons. She has lived in the City ever since. Christine was the original host of Sunday Breakfast on WFUV in New York City, now hosted by John Platt. Lavin was a founding member of the Four Bitchin’ Babes when they were formed in 1990.

Gathering Time is a new acoustic vocal trio with strong hints of CSN and Peter Paul & Mary, consisting of members Glen Roethel, Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong — three emerging talents on the acoustic music scene. Their first recording together, a lively cover of Peter Yarrow’s holiday classic Light One Candle — just released in December 2007 — within one week made rotation on numerous folk radio stations from New York to Israel.

Glen Roethel‘s credits (guitar, vocals, bass) include more than 100 copyrights, scores of co-writes and production on 15+ records (including 2 self-produced, indy, full-length CDs), national syndicated airplay, radio play spanning the globe and background music for TV. His live shows delight audiences with acoustic guitar wizardry, vocal proficiency and soothing melodic tones. A songwriter contest finalist for the Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival in 2007, Glen also saw his song Namaste’ (from his debut CD From Beginning to End) featured in a Presidential Museum exhibit in Texas and a new song, “People of the Earth” published in a New Thought songbook for The Association of Unity Churches International this very same year. Release of his second CD, Smaller Things is imminent.

Stuart Markus (guitar, vocals, bass) is a journalist, musician, songwriter, community organizer and so much more. Known as the creator of LI’s official Groundhog’s Day theme song, Stuart has also organized several noted songwriter concerts including the Malverne Songwriter Festival in 1998, the Thanksgiving Benefit Concert that marked the debut of Huntington’s Song Box in 1999, and a benefit to rebuild the Broadway Beanery, a well-known coffee house and music venue that was destroyed by fire in 2001. He is also the organizer of Wild About Harry: The Harry Chapin Tribute Concert since 2004.

GATHERING TIMEHe’s an avid singer of sea chantys and one half of the traditional maritime music duo Strike the Bell, but Stuart has also shared the stage with Tom Paxton, Oscar Brand, Christine Lavin, Dan Bern, David Buskin, Dar Williams, Ashford & Simpson, David Johansen, and John Hall of the band Orleans. 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. “When we sang along with the radio in my house, we sang harmonies. You always had to find your own part and fit in with everyone else.” Those early lessons polished her 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.

Hillary met Glen in 2005 at an Oyster Bay street festival where he immediately recognized her vocal talent and invited her to join him at the mic. She hasn’t stopped singing since, and she even began writing songs in 2005 at Glen’s urging — now she’s already amazing audiences with her lush, vivid lyrical poetry and pleasing melodies.


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