Jennifer Cutting and the OCEAN Celtic Quartet 

April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

OCEAN Celtic Quartet puts a refreshing spin on traditional British and Irish songs as well as Cutting’s original compositions, from soaring ballads and stirring sea chanteys to blazing fiddle and accordion tunes.
Carroll Cafe is delighted to announce that we will be bringing Jennifer Cutting and her friends (Seán Heely, Lisa Moscatiello, Steve Winick) in the form of the Ocean Celtic Quartet for our April 12. 2024 concert.
The group has won over 25 Washington Area Music Awards, a #1 spot on the national Folk DJ Charts, and a triumphant appearance on NPR’s “Mountain Stage.” They have a history of sold-out concerts at such venues as The Birchmere and The Kennedy Center.
Fairport Convention’s Simon Nicol says they “get right inside the spirit of the folk music of the British Isles,” Steeleye Span’s Maddy Prior calls their songwriting “stunning,” and the Washington Post calls them “Nothing short of spellbinding.”
The OCEAN Celtic Quartet is led by composer and ethnomusicologist JENNIFER CUTTING (accordion and keyboards), a Washington Area Music Association “Musician of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year.” OCEAN features the stunning vocalist LISA MOSCATIELLO, folklorist/vocalist/percussionist STEPHEN WINICK, and U.S. National Scottish Fiddle champion SEÁN HEELY. OCEAN is known for getting audiences up on their feet to dance to their electrifying jigs and reels; and, in the next moment, raising goosebumps with their soaring vocals and otherworldly Celtic beauty. Add a penchant for deep research and scholarship, and a quirky sense of humor, and you have a band that will captivate all ages.
With this concert, OCEAN welcomes vocalist Lisa Moscatiello back to the group after several years away, during which time she earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and established her career as a student counselor at Howard University. To celebrate Lisa’s rejoining the fold, OCEAN will delve into the back catalog of Jennifer and Lisa’s long artistic partnership to do some rarely heard material dating back to The New St. George and the early years of the Ocean Orchestra. To round out the concert, they will perform a few ballads from vocalist Steve Winick’s upcoming album of Robin Hood ballads, and a few songs celebrating the arrival of Spring.   
There’s nothing else like it…OCEAN is Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns!

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The online sales are sold out. If you want to show up at the door for a chance to get in, please arrive at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 (and at the door)
Doors open at 7:00

Ruthie and the Wranglers

January 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Ruthie and the Wranglers –  Original and Award-winning Americana Country and Roots Music! 
Carroll Cafe is delighted to announce that we will be bringing Ruthie and the Wranglers back for our January 12, 2024 concert. Takoma Park’s own Ruthie and the Wranglers — from original Americana Country to a rousing Surf instrumental or whisky drenched ballad, their clever lyrics, high energy and heavenly harmonies, set them apart from the rest. Their Americana/Country roots and their unstoppable energy is like Loretta Lynn meets the Ramones at Dick Dale party!” The Washington Area Music Association (The WAMMIES) has declared them emeritus after more than 30 WAMMIE wins! 
This is sure to be a sold-out show and we have opened the registration for seats (see below).

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$25 online (and at the door)
Doors open at 7:00
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Phil Wiggins & Hubby Jenkins

October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Phil Wiggins & Hubby Jenkins –  
Carroll Cafe is delighted to announce that we will again be bringing terrific roots music to the community. Our first concert will be October 13th, 2023 and will feature one of our favorite performers, the inimitable Phil WigginsPhil will be performing with Hubby Jenkins, formerly of The Carolina Chocolate Drops!!!
This is sure to be a sold-out show and we have opened the registration for seats (see below).

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$25 online (and at the door)
Doors open at 7:00

Phil Wiggins and Hubby Jenkins concert25.00 USDSeat(s) for October 13, 2023
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In Process… A Capella Magic

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March 13, at 7:30 p.m.

IN PROCESS…, an African American women’s a cappella ensemble, originated in the DC Metropolitan Area from a Sweet Honey workshop. For over 30 years the rhythmic, harmonic, consciousness-raising music messages of In Process… have been heard locally and in venues from Arizona to West Virginia. Her blended repertoire includes spirituals, gospel, jazz, blues, and historic and original contemporary songs of love, freedom, peace and justice. In Process… has two CDs, IN PROCESS… and MISSION: LOVE and her original music is featured in the Anacostia Watershed Society’s documentary “The Anacostia: Restoring the People’s River.” More than 50 women have passed through In Process…, which today features Nketia Agyeman, Pam Rogers, Paula Pree, and Tiya!

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$18 online • $20 at the door
Doors open at 7:00

Tom Prasada-Rao

Friday, February 14, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

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Spend Valentine’s Day with Tom!

TOM PRASADA-RAO, a musician’s musician, an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early ’90s, sharing his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with its homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty, Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent.

In the fall of 2007 Tom quit the road to produce records, raise two stepdaughters, and walk a rather large Golden Doodle named Thurman twice a day. In addition to producing, he took a job teaching music at White Rock Montessori in Dallas. He was formerly the songwriting teacher at the University of Virginia’s Young Writer’s Workshops, where he created the songwriting curriculum. He has been featured on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour Texas.

“The most moving, pointed and memorable songs reflect Prasada-Rao’s indebtedness to Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan, and Richard Thompson, and other singer songwriters who have something to say, and a distinctive way of saying it.”
–Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

From headlining major festivals, to the relative obscurity of a recording studio, Tom continues to mature as an artist. That work blossomed into an impressive resume of producing credits as well as cuts (his songs covered by other artists). Tom’s 2014 release “ADAGIO”  features bass guitar legend Chuck Rainey and piano virtuoso Julie Bonk, all masterfully produced by Jagoda. He has performed with Janis Ian, Peter Yarrow, Michael Hedges, Ani Difranco, Odetta, and many others.

Victoria Vox

January 10, 2019 • 7:30 p.m.

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victoria voxVictoria Vox is a ukulele-playing, award winning songwriter with an infectious pop-folk-jazz style. Vox also has received praise for her ‘invisible’ instrument: The Mouth Trumpet, blowing her own horn on the Jay Leno Show.  She has been artist in residence at Strathmore hall and tours in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and across the U.S. 

Vox straddles the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos on mouth-trumpet, and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice.

An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make her unique folk/pop music impossible to resist.  – Vintage Guitar Magazine

Vox’s soulful-ukulele shatters all preconceived (and ill-informed) notions about ukuleles and their underrated capabilities as an instrument. – WhatWeekly

Crys Matthews

December 13, 2019

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A southeastern North Carolina native who now calls Herndon, Virginia, home, CRYS MATTHEWS blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her honorable mentions at the 2017, 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from Woman of Substance radio to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland.

Equally at home in an acoustic listening room and on stage at large music festivals, Matthews has gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as the Sundance Film Festival, the Birchmere, the Hamilton, and Jammin’ Java. Matthews’ festival and showcase roster has included BMI’s Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and many more.

Crys Matthews is a songwriter with a powerful message and voice to match.

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Matthews is a prolific lyricist and composer who finds inspiration in her surroundings, from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heartbreaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of a generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.

Greg Greenway

November 8, 2019

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GREG GREENWAY has been described as “one of the strongest and finest voices in folk music,” and his singer/songwriter tradition traces it roots to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over – gospel, rock, blues, jazz, and world music – but Greenway’s central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of his own humanity and affinity for the audience. His legendary energy, good humor, and high-spirited give and take ensure that his audiences walk away uplifted. The Boston Globe wrote,“Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.”

“Greg Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him. He traverses, combines and mixes up musical genres, and manages to open a window on global events that bring us together as citizens of the world. Like other great performers before him, Greenway’s message is that we can all play a part and make a difference in the course of both our private and public lives. But few musicians can do just this with such style, passion and sheer musicality.”

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