The Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn, NJ
NEXT AT THE HURDY GURDY
with Special Guests The Rix
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Dom Flemons earned the title of "The American Songster" with a repertoire that spans nearly 100 years of folk music and folklore. In March 2018, Smithsonian Folkways released his "Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys," a collection of African-American cowboy songs. The record sheds light on the prominent role African-American pioneers played in the westward expansion.
A music scholar, historian, record collector and instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, fife, harmonica, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. He has performed with such leading musicians as Mike Seeger, Taj Mahal, Guy Davis, Jr., Joe Thompson, Martin Simpson, Boo Hanks, and Old Crow Medicine Show. In 2005, he cofounded the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Five years later, in 2010, the group won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk. Dom left the group in 2014 to pursue a solo career. He has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, appearing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Cecil Sharp House, and the Grand Old Opry, among others. He performed at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Newport Folk Festival. In 2017, he represented the United States at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching Malaysia.
The Rix-Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri-are a duo rooted in traditional music. Both are singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Rick Nestler's love of performing blossomed on school stages, in local church basements, as a member of Glee Clubs and at YM and YWCA coffeehouses. While attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, he started writing his own songs and performing them at local colleges and bars. He is a self-taught guitarist, banjo and autoharp player.
In the late 1970s, Rick met Pete Seeger, and became "hooked" on sailing. By 1979, he was a member of the Hudson River Sloop Singers, He has served as Onboard Educator and teacher of the "Classroom of the Waves" program aboard the Voyager, a Clearwater vessel. Known as the "Troubadour of the Hudson," his well-known song, "The River that Flows Both Ways," has become an anthem for those wanting to clean-up the Hudson River. The song appeared on Rick's first recording, "Spending My Days," and was later included in Pete Seeger's "Family Concert" CD and on the video of the same name. In 1995, he received his 100-ton Masters License from the Coast Guard and has served as captain of several vessels, including the schooner "Argis," sailing out of Mystic, Ct.
Rik Palieri is an energetic performer who captivates audiences of all ages with his stories and songs. A member of the "Mythical Order of the Rose Tattoo," he plays fret less banjo, 12-string guitar, Ozark mouth bow, Native American flute and Polish bagpipes. He has performed throughout the continental United States and in numerous countries throughout the world, ranging from Canada to Mexico, from Argentina to Australia. He has performed at notable venues, including The Kennedy Center, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and The Philadelphia Folk Festival, to name a few. He is the host of and producer of "The Song Writer's Notebook," a TV show that is archived in the "Rik Palieri Collection at the American Folk Life Center in Washington, D.C. He has performed with numerous well-know folk musicians, including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Rambling Jack Elliott and U. Utah Philips. He was featured on the 2009 Grammy nominated tribute to Utah: "Singing Through the Hard Times."
Rik has recorded 8 albums and is the author of the book "The Road is My Mistress: Tales of a Roustabout Songster." He also is an occasional contributor to Sing Out Magazine.
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