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John Gorka - June 6

John Gorka

Godfrey Daniels is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions in eastern Pennsylvania. A small neighborhood coffeehouse and listening room, it has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians, and in the late 1970s, one of these was a young Moravian College student named John Gorka.

Though a long way from Godfrey Daniels, John Gorka is still honored to be a part of the folk tradition "energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life. After Yesterday is the embodiment of that expression" another classic release where his rich baritone voice and unique song craft weave together in a way that can only be described as "Gorka."

Cabin Dogs - June 12

Cabin Dogs

What started with two brothers (Rich and Rob Kwait) and two dogs on a mountain retreat has become a road tested working band - playing festivals, joints, coffeehouses and other odd venues for the last 10 years. Highlights include the Newport Folk Festival (twice), Appel Farm Festival in New Jersey and Full Circle Fair in Maine... playing with acts that include Wilco, Drive By Truckers, Richard Thompson, The Radiators and Donna The Buffalo.

CABIN DOGS play an original blend of American country roots wrapped in a subtle 70's grooviness which has been compared to classic works of The Band, Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan... with shades of Gillian Welch and Wilco. The band has released two well received full length records as CABIN DOGS and also two prior full length records as the Kwait Brothers Band.

Stu and the Gurus - June 12 Opener

Stu and the Gurus

Stu and The Gurus is a seven-piece original alt rock band, based in Media, PA. We offer a varied palate of styles, ranging from twangy Americana to blues, and standards to avant garde. Stu and The Gurus have produced two original CDs, plus a CD of ‘60s covers songs that they recorded as the music for an outstanding local stage production of "The Graduate." Our influences include Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Frank Zappa, Leonard Cohen and Steve Earle. The band is led by singer/songwriter/harmonica player Stu Skaroff, with arrangements and musical direction by renowned local guitarist Millard Brown. Stu and The Gurus have recently performed in local venues including The World Café, XFest, The Ardmore Music Hall, Chaplin's Music Cafe and The New Leaf Club.

Steve Poltz - June 13

Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. He is a lover of life; fascinated by all things large and small. As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go.

His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out - a SONG - and it's as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics. Oh, and he's a pretty good guitarist too.

Joe Crookston - June 13 Opener

Joe Crookston

From Ithaca, NY...
Artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. You'll be pulled in by the magic and musical world he creates and you'll end up in the moment, humming & buzzing with the rest of the crowd. He'll sing to you ~ you'll sing with him... He's plumbing for lyrical gold, like some kind of social archeologist. His story songs are universal, masterful and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us. Joe was recently signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with fellow songwriters John Gorka, Red Horse and Peter Yarrow.

Larry McKenna and the Girls of Summer - June 19

The Girls of Summer

The Girls of Summer

Larry McKenna and the Girls of Summer will bring their oldies show entitled The Great Girl Songs of the 60's to the Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts Series on Friday, June 19. The Girls of Summer feature Rachel Hendrickson (Philadelphia, PA), Deedee Mann (Norristown, PA), Cassandra Nary (Philadelphia, PA), Kate Nice (Telford, PA), Lauryn Obozian (Philadelphia, PA), and Maria Panvini (Pine Hill, NJ), The six young ladies were chosen from an elite group of all-star performers from the New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, PA.

The program will feature songs from the great female artists and groups from the 1960's such as Martha & the Vandellas, Lesley Gore, the Ronettes, Peggy March, the Chiffons, Shelly Fabares, the Crystals, the Toys, the Dixie Cups, Dusty Springfield, the Jelly Beans, Little Eva, the Angles, Mary Wells, Aretha Franklin, Betty Everett, Tina Turner, Connie Francis, the Supremes, and more.

McKenna, from Wayne, PA, is the producer of the New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse, which is now in its fourth season. His has written several shows that have been produced at area venues, as well as theaters all across the country. His first show The Next Reunion played at the Society Hill Playhouse. Burt & Me, a musical featuring the music of Burt Bacharach & Hal David, has been performed at Act II Playhouse, Society Hill Playhouse, and Delaware Theatre Company. His play Strictly Platonic was staged at Hedgerow Theater. His newest show entitled The Last Monogamous Man will have a reading at the Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, NJ on May 4 of this year.

To learn more about this wonderful show, check out their website and view this promotional=promotional video=video.

David Wilcox - June 20

David Wilcox

Cleveland-born David Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. He released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, 'How Did You Find Me Here', sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth. Now, 17 albums into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans, David continues to find and deliver joy, inspiration, and invention.

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, "Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me."

Recess Monkey - June 27

Recess Monkey

Seattle's own Recess Monkey is the nationally acclaimed trio of teachers who make music for kids and families that truly rocks. Seamlessly meshing their indie-rock roots with their keen awareness of childhood themes, the band continues to make waves coast to coast. "Wired" is the band's eleventh album, inspired by the breathtaking creativity of today's DIY kids. It's no wonder they're known nationally for their high-energy performances and equally contagious live albums.

Meg & Liz - July 11

Meg & Liz


Found Wandering - July 11 Opener

Found Wandering

Found Wandering is a gospel folk band which performs both original music and unique arrangements of songs by The Stanley Brothers, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Gillian Welch and more. On July 11, they will be performing as a trio featuring Sarah Comstock (vocals, mandolin), Colin Comstock (guitar, banjo) and Jake L'Armand (fiddle, guitar). This special stripped down set represents a more intimate incarnation of the larger group. They recently released their self-titled album which is available to stream and download at

Steve Forbert - July 25

Steve Forbert

Nearly 28 years since breaking into pop consciousness with his second album Jackrabbit Slim and its infectious Top Ten single "Romeo's Tune," Steve Forbert remains a master of songs offering clear-eyed insight and plain-spoken, heartfelt eloquence. On his 429 Records/SLG debut, the well-traveled Nashville-based troubadour, who maintains a busy touring schedule of over 100 dates a year " explores his ongoing fascination for Strange Names & New Sensations with characteristic wit, a sense of social consciousness and the ever-present romantic optimism that has endeared him to two generations of folk/rock fans.

Beyond launching an exciting relationship with a new label, the vibrant collection finds Forbert in the midst of a true career renaissance at the wonderful age of 52"a time in his life he reflects upon wistfully on the sly narrative of the up-tempo, horn driven tune "Middle Age."

Denise Moser- July 25 Opener

Denise Moser

Denise Moser is an engaging, deeply authentic singer-songwriter. Her songs are insightful, intimate and clever, and have been compared with the early work of Joni Mitchell, Kate Wolf and Dar Williams.

Songs from Here Right Now, Denise's second CD, have been enjoying increased airplay on various traditional and internet radio stations, including WXPN in Philadelphia. In response to Here Right Now, No Depression's review called her "the Norman Rockwell songwriter."

"Denise's songs shine a mindful light on the everyday things of our lives, reflecting on their deeper meanings. Her voice is direct, honest, lovely and she leaves you feeling like you've found a new friend." (Anne Hills, singer/songwriter)

Dar Williams - August 1

Dar Williams

Dorothy "Dar" Williams was born in April, 1967, in Mount Kisco, NY. She began playing guitar at age nine, and wrote her first song by the time she turned 11.

After studying theatre and religion at Wesleyan University, Dar moved to Boston in 1990 to try out a career in theatre. She quickly got a job as a stage manager, and began writing songs and taking singing lessons on the side. Her voice teacher encouraged her to perform in coffeehouses in the thriving Boston Folk music scene.

Three years later, Dar moved to Northampton, MA, and began performing in coffeehouses. After she opened for Joan Baez, Joan helped to further Dar's career by performing covers of Dar's witty, insightful songs about life's idiosyncrasies.

Her first record, which she made independently, was quickly picked up by Razor & Tie, who re-released it in 1995.

Since then, she has release six more solo CDs on the Razor & Tie label, including 2005's My Better Self. She also did a brief stint with the all-star trio she co-created, Cry Cry Cry (1998-2000), which included fellow singer/songwriters Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell. Her music has received praise from media and fans alike, and she has become known for her lyrical phrasing and intuitive observations.

Jonathan Doh - August 1 Opener

Jonathan Doh


Christine Havrilla - August 8

Christine Havrilla

Portland based, Philadelphia native, Christine Havrilla, brings her "well-built, catchy, smart tunes" (Upstage Magazine) back to Bryn Mawr's Twilight Concert Series! Touring nationally in support of her new project, GYPSY FUZZ, Christine utilizes the soft gritty texture of her vocals to express warmth and honesty audiences quickly embrace. Named "One of the Top Ten Indie Artists" by The Advocate Magazine, The Washington Post writes, "(Havrilla's) songs are intelligent and moving, the arrangements are incisive and colorful, and, best of all, Havrilla consistently comes across as a confident and seasoned performer." Gypsy Fuzz's premier album titled "Searching. Finding. Living." was listed on Advocate Magazine's "Best Overlooked Albums of 2011!" (Advocate -November 2011) and She Wired's Top Ten Albums of the Year! Nominated for 2012's Reader's Choice Awards, WXPN calls her music "a terrific big sound" & Philadelphia Magazine says, "She rocks!".