Sunday, October 6, 2019
Park Ridge, NJ
Joe Crookston in Concert
Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2 Fremont Ave (LOWER GATHERING SPACE), Park Ridge, NJ 07656
The Acoustic Café Music Series presents An Afternoon with singer/songwriter Joe Crookston!
Joe Crookston is a master songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player and believer in all things possible. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.
Joe is a consummate storyteller and skillful musician whose dexterity on guitar, claw hammer banjo and violin to name a few, is sure to astound you. His songs have been performed and recorded by Irish harpers, acapella gospel choirs, solo artists, bluegrass bands and even by a certain Buddhist sect in France! His heart-wrenching song, Blue Tattoo, based on the life of concentration camp survivor Dina Jacobson, was the inspiration for a documentary of the same name. Joe was awarded a year-long songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel throughout New York State, to collect stories and write original songs, and in 2016, he was named Artist-In-Residence by Folk Alliance International. Joe has appeared at countless festivals and venues here and abroad, playing alongside the very best including Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, David Francey, Dar Williams, John McCutcheon and Judy Collins. Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in, with unwavering courage to be himself.
Joe Crookston is seeking the creative edge. His music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, fiddle looping, weeping willows, drunk roosters, slide guitar bending, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of love and rebirth. If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe delivers it all - the melodies, the lyrics, the energy and a deep passion for well written songs. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired!
“This is wonderful, engaging and gorgeous music, born from an artist who fully deserves a boatload of acclamation."- No Depression
“With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good... and Joe does" - Sing Out Magazine -
Lower Gathering space
Tickets: $22 advance online, $25 door.
Doors open at 3:30 PM Refreshments, parking
Proceeds benefit St Vincent’s parish in Vallieres, Haiti