Our Sweet 16 All-Star Season

Heather Styka & Friends – Award-Winning Songwriters in the round

featuring Wes Collins and Clint Alphin

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)

Heather Styka, Wes Collins, and Clint Alphin met swapping songs around campfires as finalists in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s venerated “New Folk” competition, a Texas songwriting contest whose former finalists include Lyle Lovett, Nancy Griffith, Steve Earle, and John Gorka. United by an instinct for honest and thoughtful songwriting, Heather, Wes, and Clint collaborate with harmonies and guitar. Heather Styka, who hails from Chicago, is our returning “All-Star” player; in 2014 she captivated the Indy Folk Series audience with her engaging songs and sweet voice. Wes Collins, a native of North Carolina, has gained recognition for innovative and image-rich writing. Clint Alphin, a North Carolinian who now hangs his hat in Nashville, blends country, folk, and bluegrass in tunes that are equally melodic, honest, and insightful.

Red Tail Ring

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)

The musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. Red Tail Ring was introduced to a delighted Indy Folk Series audience in 2014, and we welcome their return to our stage.

Open Mic Night Benefit

Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. (Performers arrive at 6:00 p.m. to sign up)

Our annual Thanksgiving weekend tradition continues. Up-and-coming performers enjoy a warm, receptive audience, and pros try out new material.

Proceeds benefit WITT FM Community Radio.

Tim Grimm & Krista Detor

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)

Tim Grimm is a bit of a Rennaisance man in the performing arts world. For the past 15 years he has blended his love for songwriting and travel with acting in theatre, film and television. He has composed music for the theatre, most recently To Kill a Mockingbird at the Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, and also had a role in the play. He has toured and recorded with his friend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, about whom the song “The King of The Folksingers,” the #1 song on the Folk DJ chart in January 2014, is based.

Krista Detor is a pianist and singer-songwriter whose music defies easy categorization. With her expressive, sultry voice, artful song crafting, and intelligent, heartfelt lyrics, Krista’s performances paint mental pictures of mystery and wonder that you won’t soon forget. Based in in Bloomington, she tours extensively throughout the U.S., Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Tim and Krista have each performed multiple times at the Indy Folk Series — solo, with their bands, and for the past several years together at our very popular Holiday concerts. Join us for a magical evening with these amazing singer-songwriters, served up with a side of Holiday cheer!

Hogeye Navvy and Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)

Two great acts team up for a lively evening of traditional American, Irish, and Scottish music, along Irish language, culture, stories and dance.

Hogeye Navvy, an Indianapolis favorite, plays a wide variety of acoustic traditional music, including sea shanties and music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. They have played together in various formations, and for more years than its members care to admit, throughout the Midwest at festivals and events, and have toured Ireland and Scotland with their fans and friends.

The Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis is committed to a multi-generational approach to developing traditional Irish musicians, singers, linguists and dancers. Open to all ages and levels of experience, the Academy promotes Irish culture and arts through education and performance. The audience loved Irish Arts Indy last season, and we are looking forward to more!

Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)

Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers living along the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Dennis is now the authority on this regional pocket of American antiquity. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this unique music bridges gaps between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down over three centuries.

Dennis and the band first played the Indy Folk Series in 2012, and the audience hasn’t stopped asking about them since!

Harpeth Rising

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)

Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.

Unapologetic genre-benders, the band made a whole lot of new fans when they played the Indy Folk Series in 2015 and the audience experienced the fusion of Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique.

Joe Crookston

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)

From the first strum of his 1948 Gibson, through stories of Polish farmers, Dylan Thomas, Taoist parables, ex-slaves and drunken roosters, you’ll be drawn in and deeply moved by Joe’s music and stories. He is literate and poignant, with a stage presence that will make you feel as if you’ve been friends for years. Based in Ithaca, NY, he has headlined at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival, was named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence, and tours regularly in the U.S. and Europe. The audience was mesmerized by Joe’s first Indy Folk Series performance in 2013, and since then he’s returned twice to share the stage as part of “The Good Bad Luckys” with his friends Tim Grimm and Krista Detor.

Carrie Newcomer

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)

SOLD OUT: 200 tickets were sold in 12 hours.

We wrap up our “Sweet 16th All-Star Season” with one of Indiana’s brightest stars. Described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and “a soaring songstress” by Billboard, Carrie Newcomer is a Grammy winning songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. Weaving her life and her art together – with music, community activism, and personal concerns all playing a role – Newcomer’s music explores the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. With a keen ability for observation, she has attracted a devoted following with a voice as rich as dark chocolate, exquisite melodies, and an irreverent yet spiritual view of the world.