On A Winter’s Night

On A Winter’s Night

Friday, February 23, 2024

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to present “On A Winter’s Night,” featuring four award-winning acoustic artists on Friday, February 23, 2024. The bar open at 7:00 p.m. and the Show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Presenting the Reunion Tour of On A Winter’s Night from veteran singer-songwriters that remain among the brightest stars of the singer-songwriter movement for the past three decades. In 1994 Christine Lavin gathered them together, along with folk and Americana artists to showcase music of the Winter Season on the now-classic On A Winter’s Night CD, followed by several years of touring collaborations. These artists have released dozens of recordings and toured steadily through the decades, with fond memories of their touring days together. The winter season is again celebrated by these unique and popular performers, back together by popular demand.

“Wild Perfection. Patty Larkin Transmits with eccentric magic.” — Boston Globe

“Eberhardt is better than ever, Steve McQueening his way into your heart …kicking ass with fresh insight.” — Philly Rock Guide

“Gorka …the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement.” — Rolling Stone

“Kaplansky weaves fragile lives together making even tenuous connections as palpable as flesh and blood.” — USA Today

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  • $40 in Advance / $45 at the Door
  • Seated Show
  • Two sets with intermission

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Four of the brightest stars of the singer-songwriter movement from the past three decades will come together for a night of songs when the compilation group, On A Winter’s Night makes a stop in Nevada City.

An all-star lineup of acoustic artists — Patty Larkin, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Cliff Eberhardt — will perform on Feb. 23 at The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, as part of a 24-show nationwide reunion tour that kicked off in January.

“It’s going amazingly well. We’ve sold out a majority of the shows,” said Patty Larkin, known for her folk-urban pop music. 

“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s basically a love fest. These are people I’ve known for 30 years. It’s been a really wonderful tour so far, “ said Larkin, speaking from her home, during a break in the busy winter tour. The tour started in Alaska, winds its way to the east coast and will conclude in California with only two shows in the state: Nevada City and Berkeley. 

It all started back in 1994 when Christine Lavin gathered 20 or so folk and Americana artists to showcase music of the winter season on the now-classic CD, “On A Winter’s Night.” The recording was followed by several years of touring collaborations. Years later, these artists have released dozens of recordings and toured steadily through the decades. 

A 25 year anniversary show was canceled in 2020 due to Covid.

Now, this winter season, four popular performers are happily back together again by popular demand, in what has become a celebrated musical reunion, a kind of mini folk party with friends.

“I think we’re really appreciative of being able to get out there and sing again,” said Larkin. 

A songwriter who loves to perform and has been featured by Cher and numerous films, Larkin says touring with the other artists is a winning combination. With John Gorka, the quintessential singer-songwriter of the ’90s folk scene, Lucy Kaplansky’s iconic voice and songs that blend country, folk and pop styles and Cliff Eberhardt’s penetrating guitar playing and singing, there is a chemistry that works on and off the stage. 

Each member of the band has a strong following in their own right and the audience is growing through the crossover of fans between artists. 

“There’s this sort of greater than the sum of its parts,” said Larkin. “ really vocally driven. It has this combination of people that works well.” 

More than a year ago, Patty Larkin suffered a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Doctors told her she would be a quadriplegic for life and never again play the guitar. After surgery and months of rigorous rehabilitation and therapy, she defied all odds and is excited to return to the stage with good friends. Her band members were there for her through tough times and called her every day. Larkin is grateful for the healing power of music and friendship. 

“I want my legacy to continue to believe you can create beauty and believe in the support of friends and family.”

Learn More About the Artists

She redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising lyrics and vocals. Acoustic Guitar Magazine hails her, “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her, “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as, “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly), and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter).

Recently an Artist-in-Residence at Berklee College of Music – and now on the faculty at Fine Arts Work Center – Larkin reflects, “I have been energized by the poets, writers, and artists I have met while teaching, and find myself on a journey to break down some of the predictable pathways that songs can travel.” Bird in a Cage, her 14th album now available, puts poems from ten notable poets to song, including US Poet Laureates William Carlos Williams, Stanley Kunitz, Kay Ryan, Robert Pinsky, and Billy Collins, for a new and haunting collection that pulses with the magic of lyricism. Poems are made to be shared aloud, and with Bird, Patty takes up that tradition and sets it aglow.

One of the most original songsmiths currently on tour, Eberhardt is a highly intelligent, articulate artist whose penetrating and profound lyrics are sometimes overshadowed by his extraordinary guitar playing. Upon close listening, the Philadelphia-born singer’s gift for the English language is abundantly clear. The words that tumble from his mouth are framed by a raspy yet deeply elegant voice. Like John Hammond and Richie Havens, Eberhardt continues to carry the torch for traditional and contemporary folk music through his strong live shows. Whether he’s out on tour solo or with a small band, Eberhardt’s guitar playing, singing, and original folk songs and blues make for a compelling, thought-filled, emotional roller coaster of a concert.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement,” John Gorka is perhaps the
quintessential singer-songwriter of the ’90s folk scene. Originally from New Jersey, John served an apprenticeship at Godfrey Daniels coffeehouse in Bethlehem, PA, then the Greenwich Village Fast Folk scene. Winning the prestigious New Folk award at the Kerrville Folk Festival, in 1984, he was then signed to Red House Records on which he released his landmark first of 17 recordings, I Know.

Boston Globe penned Gorka “for the sophisticated intelligence and the provocative originality of his songs.” Recent accolades include 2016’s Indie Acoustic Project’s Best Singer/Songwriter CD of the Year for Before Beginning (Red House Records). 2018 brought his latest release, and 14th of his career, True In Time (Compass Records). True In Time (Compass Records).

“A truly gifted performer … full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, Lucy has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons, or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. Lucy’s iconic voice has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet’s iconic “Heartbeat of America” jingle.

A Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, she has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning. One of the most in-demand harmony singers, Lucy has sung on countless records, performing with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith, and Shawn Colvin.