Fresh from an appearance at Mariposa, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor of Brother Sun will take the stage at Our Times Coffeehouse on Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m. (Third member Joe Jencks will not be appearing.) This duo celebrates the amazing power of two-part male harmonies, singing contemporary folk with touches of gospel, blues, jazz and pop. Brother Sun’s second album, Some Part of the Truth, received such widespread and sustained radio play that it was the no. 1 CD on Folk DJ for 2013, and also contained the 2013 chart-topper, “Lady of the Harbor.”
Greg Greenway is an internationally-known artist who has been described as “one of the strongest and finest voices in folk music.” His “In the Name of Love,” a lead-in to the U2 classic “Pride,” was the number five song on the Folk DJ list in 2013. The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.” Musically, his guitar, piano and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over the map: gospel, rock, blues, jazz and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces its roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie.
Pat Wictor first burst onto the folk and acoustic scene as an innovative slide guitarist known for fresh and memorable interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs. He has since made his mark as a singer/songwriter, penning lean and poetic songs that incorporate—and subvert—rural blues and gospel traditions. An American by birth, Pat’s early years were spent in Venezuela, Holland, Norway, England and East Texas. His time abroad gave him the perspective of a world citizen, and set him on a journey to understanding America through music. Through these early experiences, he gained an appreciation for taking different paths to arrive at the same destination.
The duo will be taking concert-goers on an evocative and vivid journey through America’s cities and heartlands performed by two of the best folk musicians around. The suggested donations are $20 adults; $10 students with ID. Tickets will be on sale at the door; sorry, no pre-sales are available. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Our Times Coffeehouse is in the Ethical Humanist Society building on 38 Old Country Rd., two miles west of Meadowbrook Parkway next to the blue water tower. For more information, visit www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org or call 516-741-7304.