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Joe Crookston and Spuyten Duyvil reunite at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, NY May 16th

May 1 | Posted by: Mark

Two community minded artists come back together for a evening of collaborative musical magic at the center of Brooklyn's vibrant music scene.

(718) 395 3214 | March 16th | 8:00PM

Ithaca based troubadour Joe Crookston is an astonishingly good songwriter. He received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to travel through New York State, collect stories and write original songs. The resulting CD, "Able Baker Charlie and Dog" received the most airplay of any folk acoustic recording and was named "Album Of The Year" by his peers in the International Folk Alliance in 2009. Recognition of Joe's unique talents have extended as far as recently departed folk icon Pete Seeger, who wrote him a letter to say “Thank you for writing songs that are human. It propels us to remember who we are.” His latest CD, "Georgia, I'm Here," was released earlier this year.
Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced "SPITE-en DIE-vul") is an amped-up seven piece American-roots band out of Yonkers, NY. WFMT Chicago DJ and "Midnight Special" host Rich Warren once compared seeing his first Spuyten Duyvil to the enjoyable shock of “tossing a cherry bomb into a lake when I was a kid.” The band’s take on original and traditional music blends old-time, blues, bluegrass, and folk rock with a pinch of punk-rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. "They're a mighty powerhouse,” says Stephen D. Winick of The Huffington Post. “All the playing is hot."
While an intense, insightful singer/songwriter and a band of rabble-rousing provocateurs seem like an unlikely match, they have a long history of mutual admiration and support based on shared community values.
They met in 2009 when Spuyten Duyvil played their first real gig, a two-song “local artist” spotlight opening for more established performers in a former Westchester bank building. According to Spuyten Duyvil's Mark Miller, "Joe was the only artist on the bill who said anything to us other than 'Hey, can you move over? I was sitting there." Joe was incredibly supportive. He saw that we were a little lost and a little overwhelmed. He also saw that we might end up being an interesting band, so he handed me his card and told me I could call him if I needed any help." The band reached out to Joe in advance of their heading to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. He responded by featuring them in one of his showcases.
As their respective careers evolved, they remained in touch and Mark was able to return the favor by presenting Joe to sold-out crowds at the Westchester music series Urban H2O in 2010 and 2013. Started by Mark and his wife, Spuyten Duyvil singer Beth Kaufman, Urban H2O is a community-focused, not-for-profit listening room in Yonkers, NY that provides a venue for regional and national artists in the lower Hudson Valley and New York Metro area. More recently, Crookston and Spuyten Duyvil found themselves back-to-back on the schedule at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and decided, on the spot, to share some stage time.
On May 16th, Joe Crookston and Spuyten Duyvil will come full circle and share the bill at Brooklyn's fabulous Jalopy Theatre. In addition to presenting regional and national acts, Jalopy actively supports Brooklyn's vibrant music scene providing a home base for numerous local bands, jam sessions, and community-focused music classes. With such a strong commitment to the idea that the rising tide lifts all boats, Jalopy was clearly the venue of choice for two such community-minded artists.
http://joecrookston.com | www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com | www.jalopy.biz
Contact: Mark Miller | Spuyten Duyvil Music Ltd | (917) 331-6664 | Musicanon@gmail.com

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