Valley Folk Presents...

Saturday Concerts
begin at 7:30 pm

Sunday Concerts
begin at 2:00 pm

(except where
otherwise noted)

Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers

 

 


Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers have been at the music for four decades, often in solo ventures. Claudia has traveled easily between folk, jazz and theater, while Sally is well known in the folk world and has created celebrated children’s music as well as writing for community theater. Yet something about their musical chemistry, evident the first time they performed together 35 years ago, took them to new and different places.

They began touring together and recorded two albums to great acclaim in the folk community, “Closing the Distance” (Flying Fish Records) and “While We Live” (Red House Records). Then Claudia moved to Beaver Island, Michigan, to run a B&B and a restaurant with her husband and Sally moved to Connecticut, got married, and became a mother and teacher; yet they kept their deep musical connection going and managed to do a few concerts each year, learning and writing new songs to add to the old favorites.

Recently, with Claudia back on the mainland and Sally’s girls now grown up, they made their first CD in 22 years, with sparse accompaniment and focusing on the synergy of Claudia’s and Sally’s amazing vocals – which has led to more touring and writing and delving ever deeper into that wonderful heart-opening harmony showcased in their new and fourth CD together, “We Are Welcomed.”

Featuring their amazing vocals front and center, the voices are surrounded with wonderful textures and rhythm from the lively accompaniment of Duke Levine, Richard Gates and Dave Mattacks, with piano and strings, oboe, reed organ and even a Hammond B3 organ, if you purchase the CD.

Along with originals by both Claudia and Sally, there are a few choice songs by others such as “Love Call Me Home,” a beautiful, recent song by Peggy Seeger; “Star Girls” a Neal Hagberg song which addresses the plight of women and girls around the world; Jean Ritchie’s “Cool of the Day” and Sandy Denny’s beautiful “Who Knows Where the Time Goes.”

“We Are Welcomed” celebrates friendship, tenacity, and hope, as in the title song, and in “Jamaica’s Tree,” and the closing song “Quiet Hills.” Plus there is social justice featured in “Willful Ignorance” and “Still On the Bridge” and, as always, the power of love and music throughout the recording. It is an album from two women still deep in their art and growing creatively, a truly ageless activity. “We are Welcomed” is high-energy, fun, intense, whimsical, and full of catchy tunes. Two artists at the height of their powers...this will be a concert not to be missed.

For more information visit their websites: sallyrogers.com and www.claudiaschmidt.com

 

There is a self-running jam on concert nights beginning 90 minutes before each concert when we get in the building to set up. Bring your instrument and come jam with us!