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Tribes Hill brings Joe Crookston and Julie Corbalis to Urban H2O on May 15th at the Beczak in Yonkers

Tribes Hill brings Joe Crookston and Julie Corbalis to Urban H2O on May 15th at the Beczak in Yonkers
Moving songs delivered with magical madness!

"Joe Crookston blends folk, country and bluegrass with the effortless artistry of Picasso mixing paint. That's not just reviewer's hype … this guy is flat out good."—Roger Nichols, The Dalles Chronicle

Crookston's music is honest and real, rooted in the grand celebration of life, ancestry, and the interconnectedness of us all. A native of Ohio, now resident of Ithica, NY,  Crookston is a multi-instrumentalist who accompanies himself on banjo, accordion, fiddle and piano. His acoustic guitar-picking is a true wonder, the most fleet-fingered work this side of Richard Thompson.

Two of Joe Crookston's songs were runner-up winners in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. One was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered. His last CD, Able Baker Charlie & Dog went straight to #1 on the US folk/acoustic DJ Charts and was awarded 2009 Album of the Year by the International Folk Alliance.

Joe Crookston also collaborates with at-risk teens as a path to empowerment. Funded by The Cease Fire Foundation, he  facilitated a yearlong writing and recording project with detainees at the King County Juvenile Detention Center in Seattle, Washington. The youth he worked with recorded 3 full length CDs of original songs, spoken word, raps and poems using a mobile recording unit set up in a 6′ x 6′ jail cell.

"A treasure! Loving and mischievous … playful spirit and multi-instrumentalist." —Scott Sheldon, Sanctuary Concerts, NJ

"If you get a chance to see him anywhere, locally or abroad, I'd say take this opportunity to see this man perform."—Victory Review, Acoustic Music Magazine

"With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good, and Joe Crookston does."—Sing Out! Magazine

2008 Falcon Ridge "Most Wanted" Artist & Preview Tour
Rockefeller Foundation Songwriting Grant Recipient

Top 12 DIY Recording-Performing Songwriter Magazines

Mountain Stage New Song Finalist

Westchester's own soulful singer-songwriter, Julie Corbalis opens for Joe

"Julie Corbalis is a fine singer-songwriter whose lyrics betray a gentle, tender sensitivity, while her delivery reveals brass balls, if you will." —Elliott Glick, Starving Artist Cafe and Gallery, NYC

By day, this Yorktown Heights native teaches sixth and eighth grade social studies and environmental action at Manhattan East Middle School in Harlem. After school, however, Corbalis jams. Until recently, she had been performing in a quartet called Jules and the Family, playing originals songs and select covers of Beatles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Elvis Costello. Now solo, Corbalis is both writing and recording and spear-heading a project that entails covering Bob Dylan's Desire album with a group of her favorite musicians.  
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The Urban H2O concert series was launched last October by the Beczak Environmental Center in collaboration with Tribes Hill.  Steps from the Downtown Yonkers Amtrak and MetroNorth station, and with ample free parking, the Center is a non-profit facility that presents exhibits and programs for all ages to raise environmental awareness and to encourage informed stewardship of the Hudson River, the Saw Mill River and the Bronx River.

Doors open at 7 PM. A half hour Tribes Hill Collaborative Song Circle will start the night.

updated: 12 years ago