Events

"VIRTUALLY GREEN NOTE" (live-stream)

Wed 9th December 8:00pm

While the doors to our beloved venue remain closed and the whole world as we know it seems to have turned upside down, we wanted to continue to do what we love doing! So…. we are very proud to present “Virtually Green Note… in the round”… a series of specially-curated, unique online musical events that will run every Wednesday and Friday evening at 8pm (UK time), streamed live to our website, our YouTube and Facebook page.

If you watch this show (and are able to) we would like to like to ask you to make a donation via our PayPal link and support the musicians during this difficult time. All the money raised for each show, will be divided  between the venue and the three artists playing on this date. Please know that we, and all the musicians involved, are incredibly grateful for the support of music-loving audiences… and it enables us to keep doing what what we do!

Suggested donation £10, but any donation will be much appreciated. Thank you!

 


 

CHRIS PUREKA: It’s rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of life in song has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity.

Chris’s elegant emotionality as a vocalist and her flair and immediacy as a lyricist have garnered her favorable comparisons to Gillian Welch and Patty Griffin. She’s earned accolades from such distinguished taste-making outlets as The New York Times, Paste, Magnet, Billboard.com, and The AllMusic Guide. She’s shared the stage with such diverse and esteemed artists as Dar Williams, The Lumineers, The Cowboy Junkies, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Ani DiFranco. Along the way, Chris has remained fiercely independent, selling nearly 50,000 albums through her own label, Sad Rabbit Records.

CRYS MATTHEWS: DC resident Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers — an award-winning, prolific lyricist and composer, blending Americana, folk, blues, bluegrass, and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies punctuated by honest, original lyrics. She’s made for these times across America. Of Matthews, ASCAP VP & Creative Director Eric Philbrook says, “By wrapping honest emotions around her socially conscious messages and dynamically delivering them with a warm heart and a strong voice, she lifts our spirits just when we need it most in these troubled times.” Justin Hiltner of Bluegrass Situation adds, her gift is a “reminder of what beauty can occur when we bridge those divides.”
Matthews was introduced to the national stage in 2013 through strong performances in song contests and wide radio play. She cemented her acclaim at Lincoln Center as the 2017 NewSong Music and Performance Competition grand prize winner and winner of the People’s Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. That year she also released two new collections — her album called The Imagineers of thoughtful songs on love and life, and her EP called Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers which tackles social justice themes. Loyal fans have quickly followed, and she racks up performances at large music festivals and prestigious venues across the country including the Sundance Film Festival, and locally The Birchmere, The Hamilton, Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and Jammin’ Java. Last year her newest album release These Old Hands captured the attention of Folk DJs and finished out the year in Folk Alley’s Fan Favorite Top Ten of 2019. This June, Matthews and collaborator Heather Mae completed their national “Singing Out Tour”, switching to virtual with the outbreak of Covid-19, promoting big loud love in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month. Coming up this winter, Matthews has her sights on release of a full-length social-justice album called Changemakers.
Crys Matthews’s thoughtful, realistic and emotional songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
BROOKE ANNIBALE shines by way of her magnetic voice and expressive songwriting capabilities. Her songs have been featured on Sirius XM radio and in TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars and more. She released her first record, Silence Worth Breaking in 2011, followed by 2013’s EP Words in Your Eyes, 2015’s The Simple Fear and 2018’s Hold to the Light produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter). Brooke’s new song “Home Again” was mixed by Peter Katis (Sharon Van Etten, The National).  It’s a new sonic development for Brooke who continues to work on new material in her home studio.