SOUTHBURY — Blues Cafe will launch its sixth season in Southbury on Sunday afternoon, February 9, with an appearance by Boston-based singer-songwriter Greg Greenway at the George Newton VFW Hall, 150 Lee Farm Dr. Doors will open at 1 p.m. with a potluck. An open song circle will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the main act scheduled for 3.
Originally from Richmond, Va., Greg Greenway moved to Boston for its rich folk music tradition and has become one of its most unique emissaries.
His “In the Name of Love,” the #5 song on the folk DJ list in 2013, has become a defining piece on his journey to becoming an international artist capable of addressing sensitive topics like race in a way that connects audiences to their humanity while entertaining them at the same time.
He has been described as one of the strongest and finest voices in folk music.
The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.” Another reviewer called him “a profoundly rich poet and musician,” adding that folk music might be too narrow a description of his work.
Musically, his guitar, piano and ukulele reflect inspiration from gospel, rock, blues, jazz and world music but his center is in the singer-songwriter tradition that traces it roots to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie.
Since 2010, Greenway has been one-third of Brother Sun, one of the most successful folk trios in North America.
Among Greenway’s solo highlights are a show at Carnegie Hall in the New York Singer-Songwriter Festival which was rebroadcast on NPR’s World Cafe, an appearance on nationally syndicated Mountain Stage, and a show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoring Phil Ochs.
Greenway was seen worldwide on CNN’s World Beat in a segment on socially conscious artists. He was filmed at the Clearwater Hudson River Revival Festival performing along with folk legend Pete Seeger and others.
He has been featured on the weekend edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, and his dreams were fulfilled when “Driving in Massachusetts” was played on Car Talk.
With eight critically acclaimed solo releases, he has also been included on numerous compilations as well, including Putumayo World Music’s “Shelter,” Christine Lavin’s “Big Times In A Small Town” and “Laugh Tracks,” Sliced Bread’s Phil Ochs tribute CD, “What’s That I Hear,” and the compendium of disrespectful car songs from NPR’s Car Talk, “CarTalk CarTunes.”
Blues Cafe is a semi-regular, all-volunteer, nonprofit live music venue, a community event featuring the best in eclectic folk-blues-roots-rock music in a casual setting.
Admission to Blues Cafe is $20 per person, cash at the door, with net proceeds going to the artists.
Tickets are limited and reservations are highly encouraged as events frequently sell out.
“We also have a few nuggets lined up for the show,” said organizer Bruce Martin.
“If you are planning on coming, I would suggest making your reservation soon as Greg was a founding member of the very popular Brother Sun trio and has a large regional following.”
Those wishing to attend may email Bruce Martin at Bluescafebm@gmail.com.