Sunday, May 4, 2014
Fred Gillen, Jr. & Friends "Farewell Show"
(Address to be provided after ticket purchase), Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 United States
Fred has recently announced that he will be leaving Westchester to brave the cold winters in Utica, NY. This "Farewell Show" will feature some of Fred's friends and collaborators, to help us wish him well at our last show of the season.
Since his first solo concert in 1996, Fred has traveled all over the U.S. and Europe singing his songs of hope and struggle at all types of venues, building a devoted following along the way. He feels at home performing at any type and size of venue, from a "house concert" in Indiana to Irving Plaza in New York City, to the main stages of festivals, and everything in between. He has played at many prestigious and famous venues, and at many farmers markets, coffeehouses, pubs, and union rallies. With his sometimes partner Matt Turk, he played for several years in the New York City subways as part of the MUNY (Music Under NY) program. At every performance, he opens his heart and pours out the unglamorous but compelling tales of the marginalized and forgotten. His songs have often been described as both painfully intimate and universal, and this is what he strives for in writing them. His live performances are spontaneous celebrations of all that it is to be human; the joy and the pain, the comedy and the tragedy.
Fred's songs have appeared on ABC's All My Children and MSG Network's NYC Soundtracks, and he was awarded a NY Foundation For The Arts grant. In 2008, his song Fall Down was featured on the CMJ Music Marathon sampler CD, given to 11,000 CMJ conference attendees and radio programmers. He has been voted "best folk artist" for three straight years in Westchester Weekly. Last year, Fred's version of Woody Guthrie's song I Ain't Got No Home, was featured on the Appleseed Records CD Pete Remembers Woody, a recording of Pete Seeger telling stories about Woody, interspersed with various artists' versions of Woody's songs.
Fred is a prolific songwriter, recording artist, and producer. He has released eight independent studio solo albums, one live album, two albums with Hope Machine, and one as half of the duo "Gillen & Turk," all to substantial critical acclaim. His music has also been played on independent, commercial, public, and college radio all over the world. His latest album, Silence Of The Night, brings him back slightly to his rock roots, while also retaining a folky message and delivery. Sixteen tracks long, it features his first spoken-word piece on record in ten years and his first instrumental in sixteen years. The new record, while being truly an "album" and not a collection of singles, dips a big, colorful bucket into the wellspring of American music, touching on folk, Americana, rock, roots, and even funk. One of its songs This Old Car was featured, before its official release, on the NPR syndicated show "Car Talk."
Suggested Donation - $20 in advance ($20.88 after PayPal processing fee) or $22 at the door
100% goes to the musicians
Pot-luck dinner 1 hour before show – bring a dish!
Tickets at www.riverspiritmusic.com