The Candlelight Concert Series for Epilepsy Awareness is a concert series in Pennington, NJ designed to raise awareness about epilepsy. It's grown out of a very popular house concert series and is now held at Trinity United Methodist at 1985 Pennington Rd, Ewing NJ. When you purchase your ticket using Paypal below, you will be added to the list; no physical tickets are printed or sent. You can bring you receipt to be safe. All shows are general admission. For more on this series, check out this article from The Times of Trenton here. The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey will be on-hand for most of these events to provide information and accept donations.
Sunday September 7th 2014
Live at Trinity THE YOUNG DUBLINERS
7:00PM Doors / 8:00PM Show $20 Advance/$25 Day-Of Show
About The Young Dubliners
The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock's hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as The Flaming Lips, Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.
Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called 'Celtic Rock', that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. "That was always the idea", Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. "The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you'll end up with when you start on a new album.
The band has just released their brand new studio album, NINE. It contains ten brand new original songs with the usual blend of themes and tempos to keep the listener captivated. This was a unique experience for the band as they released it independently for the first time in their career.
"We had a few offers but decided we were well overdue to take things into our own hands," says Roberts, "After eight albums on various labels it just seemed right to go it alone for once and maintain full creative control."
However 'going it alone' did not mean without financial support and for that they turned to their fans. After only two weeks the band had received over half the necessary funds to complete the recording, manufacturing and marketing plan for the album and work began on February 1st, 2012. The road intervened as is usual for this non-stop touring band and the recording process was put on temporary hold as they commenced a long US summer tour followed by a month long European Fall run.
Now, with the Album finally hitting the streets in March, the Dubs are out on the road again in support.
"Having a whole album of new songs really invigorates the live show for us and makes it exciting all over again" say Roberts. "It's like a shot in the arm every time we go through this process".
About Paula Cole
Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. In April 2013, she released her seventh solo album titled Raven. The release comes on the 20th anniversary of her performance debut on Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World Live” tour/album (1993-1994) and her solo debut Harbinger.
With Raven, Paula returns to her Harbinger-styled, storytelling roots. Her songs "Life Goes On" and "Eloise" tell the tales of family, heartache, love; "Sorrow-on-the-Hudson" paints the image of the river as Self; mighty, yet lonely. The anthemic "Strong Beautiful Woman" is Cole's mantra for mothers, partners and daughters. Fear and the danger of losing one's voice in "Scream" resolves in finding her voice through the cathartic writing and singing, not unlike Cole's personal journey. Longing, sex, fantasy and feminism are all themes evoked in Raven.
Paula has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton (and many more.) Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee to name a few.
From a small town in Massachusetts Paula Cole was raised in a musical family with whom she and her daughter remain close. Cole is a scholarship alumna from Berklee College of Music with a background in jazz, received her first record deal with a jazz label (which she declined), and has collaborated with many jazz artists. Paula teaches and gives clinics in a spirit of giving back to the circle of music. With a loving allegiance to her fans, she maintains loyal communication online and after her live shows. And it is her fans that helped Raven take flight, as she turned to fan-funding via Kickstarter and achieved 150% of her goal. Raven will mark her first independent release on her own 675 Records with distribution through United For Opportunity (UFO).
As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the best Producer Grammy nomination for her work, This Fire, Cole has broken boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. From her top ten hits of the 1990’s to her more recent critically acclaimed albums, Paula Cole continues to write, produce, record and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music that defies categorization.
About Emily Kinney
Emily Kinney is an actor and songwriter best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC's hit television series "The Walking Dead." Kinney's musical talents have been featured on TV, in musical theater, and in her own releases. A Nebraska native, she studied theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University and New York University, staying in NYC to pursue her acting and music career. Kinney worked in theatre off-Broadway and regionally before landing a role on Broadway in the musical adaptation of "Spring Awakening" in 2008 and the first national tour of "August: Osage County." In 2011 she released her debut EP, "Blue Toothbrush," and started working on "The Walking Dead" where she would later become a series regular. Her singing has been prominently featured on the show, notably a moving cover of Tom Waits' "Hold On," and a haunting rendition of the traditional Scottish song "The Parting Glass" with cast-mate Lauren Cohan, the latter of which appears on The "Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1." Kinney has also been seen in reoccurring roles and guest appearances on television series such as "The Following," "The Good Wife," "The Big C," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and "Law & Order: SVU."
In between shooting the current season of "The Walking Dead," Kinney wrote her latest EP "Expired Love" in Los Angeles and New York and released it in October 2013 (Em-K Music and Thirty Tigers). "Expired Love" was re-released on March 18, 2014, with a new original song by Kinney and a cover of Waxahatchee's "Be Good." She regularly performs at New York City's Rockwood Music Hall and LA's Hotel Café, has been praised by Rolling Stone for her "heartfelt, emotional indie rock," and has been compared to Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and Nellie McKay.
About Chris Barron
Chris Barron is many things to many people: the voice of the Spin Doctors, the face of the jamband scene, an MTV superstar, an East Village troubadour, the author of some of the 1990s’ most enduring radio hits, a father and a teacher. But these days, the Spin Doctors singer is most at home when he’s simply playing rock and roll.
Chris Barron was born in Honolulu, HI, in 1968, while his father, a Vietnam veteran, was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the divisive war. Barron spent his childhood in the Bronx and Rye, NY, before moving to Australia for over three years. When his family returned to the States, Barron attended the same high school in Princeton, NJ, as members of Blues Traveler. Barron and John Popper were close high school friends; the two shared feelings of being an outsider. Barron felt like he was neither an Australian nor an American at that point -- he was just out there.
While at Princeton High, Barron and Popper would jam together after school. Barron was actually in the first incarnation of Blues Traveler, when it was the Blues Band, but was eventually kicked out. (This may have even been before that first version of the band was even considered a band.) Barron has often described Princeton as "the wall that we were all banging our heads against." In his youth, he was quoted as saying that he wouldn't care if the whole town burned down, except for a famous sandwich shop called Hoagie Heaven. His feelings changed in adulthood, but Barron's youth was defined by a certain amount of soul-searching.
New York City is where Barron met the future members of the Spin Doctors: Mark White, Aaron Comess, and Eric Schenkman. The band released Up for Grabs and Pocket Full of Kryptonite in 1991, but the latter took nearly a year to break through. When it did, the band was embraced by MTV, mainstream radio, and Apple Computers, who sponsored their biggest headlining tour; a Grammy nomination followed. The band never had a successful follow-up to the multi-platinum album, due in large part to personality conflicts. Guitarist Eric Schenkman left the band before the release of Turn It Upside Down, and was barely part of the odds-and-ends CD, though he is credited on many of the songs. In fact, the first album with all-new material was 1996's You've Got to Believe in Something, which came out a full five years after their debut. Mark White would also quit the band, leaving only two original members as part of the group.
Chris Barron's legacy is significant. He has a Grammy nomination, a Rolling Stone cover, and two Top Ten hits -- "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes" -- for which he won a BMI award. While now considered a one-hit wonder, the Spin Doctors were one of the most popular and ubiquitous bands of the early-'90s rock scene.
About Dan Reed
Dan Reed was born in Portland, Oregon, but in early childhood moved to South Dakota after his mother remarried the owner of a cattle ranch. Growing up on 2000 acre's of land as an only child gave Dan plenty of time to daydream and it was here, riding tractor in the summer sun that Dan first fantasized about becoming a musician while listening to the Doobie Brothers, Kiss, Cheap Trick and Van Halen blaring on the tractor cabs' AM radio. All through his high school years he played trumpet in the school band, while studying Shoto-Kan Karate, and participating in every sport he could get his hands and feet in to, but it wasn't until a Japanese exchange student named Tsutomu Oki taught him how to play guitar that Dan realized that this was what he was searching for... the world of writing songs. After graduating from Aberdeen, South Dakota's Central High School, he packed his bags and headed west to Portland, Oregon, his place of birth and the closest 'big city' he could find near the ocean, a place he held in his childhood memory and missed dearly living in the Midwest.
Although there were many incarnations of bands Dan performed with in South Dakota and in Portland it was in December of 1985 where he truly first began his musical journey as the lead singer of a band called “The Dan Reed Network”. Garnering huge local support the band signed to PolyGram Records in the summer of 1987. Home of Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Tears For Fears. The Dan Reed Network released three very successful albums to much critical and commercial success between 1988 and 1992.
The band had the honor of 'seeing the world', opening for such bands as RUN DMC, UB40, David Bowie and Bon Jovi, eventually becoming the supporting act for the Rolling Stones’ 1991 European tour. It was at this time Dan journeyed to India with Bob Guccione Jr. to interview the Dalai Lama for Spin Magazine. It was during this trip that Dan began to hunger for more than the pop/rock music scene had to offer.
Dan returned in 2009 with a busy touring schedule and release of his long-awaited solo debut, Coming Up For Air. He's now settled in Prague and has recently released a follow-up to Coming Up For Air, Signal Fire. Another collection of well-crafted and catchy pop-oriented songs with soulful depth. This is Dan's fourth time performing at this series, and the namesake comes from Dan's song, Candlelight.
About Mary Fahl
Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s folk-rock/adult alternative group, October Project. As a solo artist, her musical inspirations have expanded to include classical, medieval and world music. Her expressive, transcendent voice has been called “a voice for the gods” (Boston Globe), “a powerful, beautifully proportioned contralto” (Variety), “soul-permeating” (Portland Press), and “supernatural” (author Anne Rice). Her music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts, including a large, loyal fan base of Mary Fahl evangelists.
Most recently, Fahl has been previewing songs from her soon-to-be-released album, Love and Gravity, on tour. The highly anticipated album is filled with flowing, folk-etched ballads produced by the legendary John Lissauer, who has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of our time – including producing Leonard Cohen’s classic recording, “Hallelujah.”
Seven of the 10 songs on Love and Gravity were composed or co-written by Fahl, including the powerful tribute to true love, “Move Mountains, Turn Rivers Around” (written for her husband, renowned deep-sea oceanographer and marine ecologist Richard Lutz); the unflaggingly romantic “When Johnny Loved June” (honoring Johnny Cash and June Carter); and the rousing “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” The album also Includes two already-released singles: an inspiring re-imagining of the Joni Mitchell classic, “Both Sides Now;” and Fahl’s tribute to 9/11 rescue workers, “Dawning of the Day,” set to a traditional Irish melody.
Fahl will also be releasing a live album and DVD of her September 7, 2013, performance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA, which was taped for an upcoming PBS special. The concert included songs from Love and Gravity, favorites from her October Project days, and selections from her celebrated interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
Fahl and author Anne Rice (“Interview with the Vampire”) have a mutual admiration. Rice mentions both Mary and an October Project song, “Take Me as I Am,” in her new novel, “The Wolves of Midwinter” and asked Fahl to compose a theme song for the audiobook. With John Lissauer as co-writer, Fahl created the powerful and haunting “Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter,” which was released concurrently with the novel on October 15, 2013.
“I referenced ‘Take Me as I Am’ because I was hearing that song in my head, and Mary Fahl singing it, as I wrote the scene,” said Anne Rice. “I am so honored and thrilled that Mary was inspired to write ‘Exiles’ as a result. It’s haunting and beautiful and exactly conveys the mood of the novel.”
Fahl, who hails from Rockland County, NY, lives in an idyllic setting in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband. Their 17th century house overlooking the Delaware River — complete with waterfall and surrounded by acres of gardens and woods, inspires Mary’s ongoing songwriting.