Celtic for St. Patrick’s Day! Tonight’s concert features Philadelphia based Coracree. Coracree plays roots music from the heart, melding a mixture of Celtic, Old time, European and Original music with an old and contemporary sound. Coracree combines the talents of four great musicians with a lifetime of playing traditional music who also write new melodies and songs in the traditional style.
Featuring the playing of award winning fiddler, clawhammer banjo player Janie Rothfield, the silver throated singing (and bass playing) of Scotsman, Allan Carr, multi-instrumentalist extra-ordinaire, Bill Quern, and the inventive and driving guitar of clog dancer Sarah Gowan, Coracree sets the house on fire! With lively fiddle tunes, soulful Scottish and Appalachian ballads, great singing and harmonies, a bit of raucus southern Old Time and an occasional clog dance by guitarist Sarah Gowan, an evening with Coracree equals a fun evening of music, dance and humor!
Since 2010, Coracree has played at contra dances, concerts and festivals throughout the American East, spreading their unique and entertaining brand of Old and New folk music to audiences of all ages.
Opening the evening is Bob Mecklenburger.
Bob has been singing his folk music and performing with his acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars for over 40 years. Comfortable with both flatpicking and finger picking guitar styles, he sings his own music and that of numerous folk singers and singer-songwriters mostly of the 60s, 70s and 80s, and up to today.
He has been in the studio more than 2 years producing his debut album of his own songs, “Do It!”, just being released! This is a studio produced album (on the Slot-1 label, Ambler, PA) with a live performance feel to it, created with an array of top musicians from the tri-state (PA, NJ, DE) area performing behind Bob’s strong baritone vocals and unique guitar style.
Bob is an active member and past president of the Princeton Folk Music Society, and an active participant and performer in the Philadelphia Area Songwriters Alliance (PASA). Recently Bob has been a featured performer at house concerts in Philadelphia PA and Cherry Hill NJ for PASA, has played concerts at Twin Rivers NJ community center, McKinley Court (Montgomery NJ), Village Grande (West Windsor NJ), at Barnes & Noble Books for the West Windsor Arts Council, Book Marks in Montgomery NJ, Alpha Books in Pennington NJ, Failte Coffeehouse in Hopewell NJ, Mine Street Coffeehouse in New Brunswick NJ, and televised from the Café Improv at the Princeton (NJ) Arts Council. And you’ll see him on a Saturday now and then singing at the West Windsor Farmers Market.
He has lived in seven states, becoming part of the folk scene from Illinois and Ohio of the Midwest, to New York, down to North Carolina, up to Washington DC and then Boston, MA along the East Coast, and now has resided 18 years in Princeton Junction, NJ. Growing up in the Chicago area south suburbs, he first sang publicly at the home town “Twelfth of Never” coffeehouse, in his high school, and as a youth group song leader. Since then he was a fixture at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and later at the Leo Coffeehouse and concerts in Eden Park in Cincinnati, OH for the Queen City Balladeers.
Bob has been married to his beloved Judith for 36 years, and they have raised two grown up, beautiful daughters who are smarter than he is! Now that’s something to sing about!
March concert flyer.
The Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse is a ministry of the Perkasie Mennonite Church. The coffeehouse is warm and cozy, with lots of atmosphere. It is a place where people can enjoy fellowship and see some of the best performers available up close and personal, in an intimate setting. Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse is located in the church fellowship hall, which is air conditioned and handicap accessible.
Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for adults 65 and over; students 13 and up, $6; 12 and under free. All ticket sales at door, no advance sales, no reservations. Delicious desserts and drinks are available. The doors open at 7:00 and performances begin at 7:30.
A portion of our proceeds at each concert will be donated to a local or international social cause. This month’s benefit is Pennridge FISH (Fellowship In Serving Humanity), our local non-profit food pantry and clothing outlet here in Perkasie. You can also drop off donations of non-perishable food at Patchwork for Pennridge FISH at all our concerts.