Chuck Brodsky, 2/15/2014 at UU Coffeehouse

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huck Brodsky: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Part of the 20th Season of the UU Coffeehouse music series

 

The Man Who Blew Kisses

 
Chuck Brodsky: The Man Who Blew Kisses - Stanfest
Stan Rogers Folk Festival, 2006. Canso, NS.
Video courtesy of CTV/ASN, Halifax.



Chuck Brodsky is a storyteller
, a songwriter, a troubador, a modern day bard. His acoustic guitar and voice draw you in with genuine, down-to-earth warmth and quirky, rootsy, finely crafted songs. Chuck’s wit and irony, set to haunting melodies delivered over syncopated guitar strumming or sweet fingerpicking, tells stories of oddball and underdog characters.

His songs celebrate the goodness in people, the eccentric, the holy, the profound, the courageous, the inspiring, the beautiful. They poke fun at what needs poking, and sometimes challenge what needs to be challenged. They’re sworn to tell the truth.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, a very young Chuck fell in love with the piano and despite taking lessons, still managed to teach himself to play. Years later, on his first day at university orientation, gazing out the window he was inspired by two guys playing guitars. Chuck bought a guitar and enrolled in the school of life. Influenced by Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Lowell George, John Hartford, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Greg Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Nic Jones, Chuck began writing songs in a unique style of his own while paying homage to the traditions.

After hitch-hiking to San Francisco and performing weekly at the Tattoo Rose Café open mic, Chuck spent a few years singing for tips on the streets of Europe, and worked as a fruit picker back in the USA. He played in coffeehouses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1980’s. Chuck won the "Emerging Songwriter Award" at the Napa Valley Folk Festival in 1992, and was warmly embraced at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas the following year.

Over the past 20 years Chuck has performed at festivals and in concert all across the USA, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, England, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Wales, and the Shetland Islands of Scotland. His ten albums have received world wide critical acclaim, including Chuck’s recent release “The Baseball Ballads 2” (2013). Early cds were produced in Atlanta by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. His most recent four studio recordings were produced in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, by J.P. Cormier.


Chuck Brodsky: Dock Ellis' No No

Chuck Brodsky plays "Dock Ellis' No No" on 89.7 WNKU's Studio 89 June 11, 2007. 

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The Coffeehouse is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. We offer a family friendly, smoke-free listening environment for the appreciation of original singer/songwriter music. The majority of the musicians who play at the UU tour nationally and internationally.

The UU Coffeehouse, which opened its 20th season in September 2013, presents a range of acoustic music with connections to folk, blues, Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, and international music. Featuring musicians who tour nationally and internationally, the UU is a favorite performing and listening room for musicians who bring unique original music to the Columbia area.


  • Roy Book Binder

    Roy Book Binder
    September 17, 2016 8:00pm



    SINGER-SONGWRITER-STORYTELLING-BLUESMAN..... Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the past 45 years!   He gave up his Greenwich Village "pad” in the early 1970's and lived in his "Tour Bus" for the next 15 years criss crossing the US and appearing at festivals throughout Canada & Europe.

        

    Book Binder, traveled with the legendary Rev. Gary Davis in the late 60's..... The Book, recorded his first solo acoustic Blues album in the 70's, which was the first to receive  5 stars in DOWNBEAT magazine!  In the late 80's 'The Book' was part of Bonnie Raitt's East Coast Tour, which included an appearance on The Grand Old Opry which led to almost 30 appearances on NASHVILLE NOW's, Ralph Emory Show!   In the 90's he often appeared with JORMA KAUKONEN (who recorded 2 of Roy's songs)

     

    Last Aug. 19th, THE GOOD BOOK, Roy's latest release of all original songs, reached #3 on AirPlayDirect's Americana charts!  #1 was Guy Clark & #2 was the late Townes Van Zandt.  Folkdj.org had Roy in the top 3 artists for July.

    Posted Aug 27, 2016, 1:38 PM by Patrick Saucier
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