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AcousticMusicScene.com Editor’s Choices Among Concerts in Late March 2008

Hi –

With Spring just around the corner, here are a few Editor’s Choices among acoustic concerts taking place on Long Island in late March —

  • the LI debut of Ellis, a sparkling and thoroughly engaging singer-songwriter from Minnesota, at Garden City’s Our Times Coffeehouse on Friday, March 21;
  • a not-to-be-missed duo performance by 17-year-old singer-songwriter & Falcon Ridge Folk Festival fave Anthony da Costa and Red Molly’s Abbie Gardner at Acoustic Long Island in St. James on Wednesday, March 26;
  • and an intimate house concert in Babylon featuring the talented Canadian husband & wife duo The Laws, with gifted guitarist and conservatory-trained singer-songwriter Randall Williams opening on Friday, March 28.
  • Also of note, Gathering Time — the LI-based trio of Glen Roethel, Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong — that has been gathering well-deserved plaudits for its wonderful three-part harmonies, fine musicianship and songwriting, plays the intimate Song Box series in Seaford on Saturday, March 22. They share a bill with Gina Forsyth, a talented songwriter and fiddler from New Orleans .
Details appear below, while information on these and other concerts and musical happenings on Long Island this month appear in the AcoustiCalendar section of AcousticMusicScene.com.
Friday, 3/21
Ellis, a wonderful 30-something singer-songwriter from Minnesota who was part of last year’s Falcon Ridge Preview Tour and has been captivating audiences ever since with her music, bubbly personality & infectious laugh, makes her LI debut at the Our Times Coffeehouse, Ethical Humanist Society building, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City. 8:00 p.m. www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org. $15. The doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, 3/22
Gathering Time (a spirited folk and acoustic music trio with wonderful harmonies featuring Glen Roethel, Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong) and Gina Forsyth, a talented singer-songwriter and fiddler from New Orleans , perform in a basement studio in a private residence in Seaford . 8 p.m. For reservations and directions, call 516-579-5365 or send an e-mail to songbox@optonline.net $10.

Wednesday, 3/26
Acoustic Long Island’s hour-long open mic, followed by a 45-minute set by featured performers Anthony da Costa with Abbie Gardner (prolific and talented 17 year-old singer-songwriter from Pleasantville, NY who was a winner in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition last year and was voted as the emerging artist “most wanted” to return to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, is joined by Red Molly’s very talented dobro player and singer-songwriter), Deepwells Mansion, Route 25A (just west of the Moriches Road intersection), St. James. 8-10 p.m. www.acousticlongisland.com. Free.

Friday, 3/28
The Laws (a talented Canadian husband & wife duo who now make their home in Nashville ) and opener Randall Williams (a gifted singer-songwriter & pioneering guitarist who is particularly partial to the use of partial capos; indeed, he wrote the book on them) perform in the intimate Finch Mountain House concert series in Babylon . 8 p.m. concert is preceded by potluck dinner. For reservations (required) and further information, call (631) 661-1278. $20 suggested donation plus a dish to share.

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