Richard Shindell

Thursday
18
Jan

Ambitious and Lush Bluesy Folk Gems

Vividly Evokes Entire Worlds with His Songs

 

 

Why you should see this show…

In his 25 years of making music, Richard Shindell has made his way to the top of the folk blues world. His songs contain real life stories and moments in time that make him one of the most powerful songwriters of his generation. If you’re a fan of electrifying blues and folk you’ll enjoy this concert.
 

Richard Shindell Bio
Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York’s Hudson Valley, Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow’s Point (1992) to his current release, Careless (September 2016), Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song.   

The path that led him to songwriting was both circuitous and direct. Taking up the guitar at the age of eight, he listened but imagined that composing a song was out of the question.

After college and a nine month stint in a Zen Buddhist community in Upstate New York, he headed to Europe with his guitar, finding something not approaching a livelihood performing in the Paris Metro, where he discovered “I loved the acoustics in those tunnels, but only when they were empty.”

Upon running out of money he entered Union Theological Seminary, where the celestial acoustics of the chapel inspired his first “keeper” composition: On a Sea of Fleur de Lis. Ostensibly a paean to the Virgin Mary, the song marked his rupture from the church and the beginning of his creative life. Its underlying themes – immanence and transcendence, human love and divine love, the particular and the general – have continued to resonate through subsequent work, right up to the present. In many ways, his new album Careless, represents a further exploration of those ideas.   

Joining the songwriter scene in New York City led to a deal with Shanachie Records for Shindell’s first three albums: Sparrows Point (1992), Blue Divide (1994), and Reunion Hill (1997). The latter, produced by multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, won the AFIM (NAIRD) award for “Best Contemporary Folk Album” in 1998. Its title track was covered by Joan Baez on her 1997 release, Gone From Danger. In 1998, Shindell joined forces with his friends Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky to make CryCryCry (Razor and Tie), a collection of covers. The group toured in support of this highly acclaimed album, leaving audiences spellbound by their gorgeous three-part harmonies.

By then Shindell was beginning to stretch out as a harmony singer, guitarist and performer. In 1999, Shindell released a live band album, Courier (Signature Sounds) that remains a fan favorite. The year 2000 brought the release of a new collection of originals, Somewhere Near Paterson (Signature Sounds), produced by Campbell. That year also saw a major life-change: with his Argentine wife and their two small children, Shindell moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Taking a few years to get acclimated and learn the language, in 2004 he followed up with Vuelta (Koch Records), joining with Argentine band Puente Celeste. The decade’s next release was a collection of covers, South of Delia (2007), Shindell’s first foray into production. More than simply a cover record, the song-selections and performances of South of Delia were that of an expatriate looking back at the country and culture he moved away from. His next collection of original songs, Not Far Now, was released by Signature Sounds in 2009. For 13 Songs You May or May Not Have Heard Before, which The Telegraph (UK) called “a stunningly good record,” Shindell revisited some of his earlier material, giving fresh interpretations to old favourites.

In 2015 he joined forces again with Lucy Kaplansky to record another collection of covers, Tomorrow You’re Going (Signature Sounds), also produced by Larry Campbell. Consisting mostly of love songs, or love lost songs, it provided Shindell and Kaplansky an occasion to revel in their distinctive, two-part harmony with the backing of a top-notch band (Byron Isaacs, Dennis McDermott, Bill Payne, and Campbell) – all thanks to the participation of a committed community of fans who financed the project via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The campaign more than doubled its funding goal in less than 48 hours.

Shindell continues to tour nationally in the United States, with the occasional forays into Canada, the UK, and Europe. Although known primarily as songwriter, Shindell takes a more holistic view of his career. Producer, writer, singer, guitarist, interpreter: it all adds up to a life in music.

 

 

Charlie Mosbrook Bio
For over 25 years, folk music has had an enthusiastic and dedicated voice in Charlie Mosbrook. His rich baritone voice and noteworthy fingerstyle guitar work highlight his performance of original and traditional folk songs, along with his nimble and candid stage presence.

A native and resident of Northeast Ohio, Charlie began his career as a busker, performing familiar and original folk songs on street corners and subway platforms throughout the eastern US. After returning to Cleveland, he began hosting open mics at area coffee shops and performing regularly throughout the great lakes region. Today he travels the country sharing his and many of the songs that have shaped our collective musical history. His recordings have found voice throughout the world on internet and terrestrial radio. As an advocate of folk music, Charlie serves as president of Folknet (Northeast Ohio’s Folk Music Society) and as vice president of FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest). In addition to his responsibilities to the greater folk music community, he continues to host a local open mic, supporting his belief that the music needs fertile grounds for continued growth.

In the early 1990’s Charlie found some success with his band The Electric Monkey, but ultimately wanted to pursue folk music in more traditional forms. His focus landed him an appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum during its weeklong conference, “Hard Traveling: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie”. His performance was later noted in a book of the same title by Robert Santelli (R&R HOF, Grammy Foundation, Guthrie Archives).

He has performed on the same bill as CSN, Jewel, Iris Dement, David Bromberg, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Chris Whitley, Dan Bern and many others. Bio Charlie

In early 2010, Charlie suffered a spinal cord injury, limiting his mobility significantly. The injury forced him to adapt as a guitarist. This need to reinvent his technique led to a burst of creativity resulting in five new CDs. The new music has received acclaim, including spotlights from FolkAlley.com, No Depression, WFMT’s Midnight Special, and many other outlets. In 2011, Charlie was voted Best Singer-Songwriter in Scene Magazine’s Best of Cleveland edition.

Though he primarily uses a wheelchair, he is not limited in his abilities to spread his musical message. He often travels alone throughout the country, performing his music faithfully to audiences near and far. No stage is too big or tall. As the message of many of his songs suggest, Charlie rises to challenges great and small. Once a month he performs for the patients at MetroHealth Cleveland’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit, where he was treated, sharing his experience and message of strength and hope.

 
ATTENTION: Purchasing a ticket will admit you to the Supper Club. If you have a party of 4 or more, we strongly recommend you separately make a table reservation so that your party can sit together. To reserve seating for 4 or more, please have one member of your party call (216) 242-1250 or visit opentable.com.