The Mountain Rose is a small-hall concert series featuring local and regional artists with more talent than exposure. We pride ourselves on presenting high-quality performances to an audience that really LISTENS. That is the beauty of a concert setting. Our performers are primarily acoustic artists, mostly in the folk, traditional, and singer-songwriter categories. The concerts are run in Kent, Ohio, with the normal season running October through May. We occasionally (twice a year) produce all-day festivals at the Happy Days Visitor Center in The Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
2014-15 Concert Schedule
Light refreshments will be available at all shows.
Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Johnny G’s music is based in blues, jazz and indie, and his stories come from a life full of extensive travel. The release of his first-ever CD Road Worn Man, offers up 14 of his best written over the last 5 years and produced with some of Northeast Ohio’s best known musicians.
Though he plays guitar, harmonica and percussion, Johnny G’s best instrument is his voice, made rich by the passage of time and his unique abilities. His singing style has been loosely compared to people like Tom Waits and Van Morrison, and he’s known for emulating horn parts with scat phrasing.
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Stringed Fantasy had its beginnings when Sue Wheeler and Rosalind Wilson first met in 1995, at a North Canton hammered dulcimer club. They gathered up a few friends, and the group (through various incarnations) has been playing together, ever since.
Linda Hill, from Massillon, plays alto, soprano, and sopranino recorders, guitar, and tambourine.
Alma Houston, from Canton, plays various kinds of percussion instruments, including bodhran.
Nancy Koenig, the newest member of the group, lives in Canal Fulton. She plays hammered dulcimer, and also harp.
Sue Wheeler, from North Canton, plays harp and hammered dulcimer, among other instruments.
Rosalind Wilson, from Massillon, plays twelve-string guitar, hammered dulcimer, and fiddle, among others.
Greg Zuder, from Akron, plays accordion.
The group specializes in traditional acoustic music. Their favorite genre is Irish music.
“Avin Loki Baird is a singer/songwriter, fingerstyle guitarist, artist and luthier from Cleveland, Ohio. Avin sings about dreams, love, loss, hope and justice, creating imagery that will reach out with great affect. She has been performing all over the country for 30 years. She has performed with Bela Fleck, Hazel Dickens, Sam Bush, Norman and Nancy Blake, Trapezoid, Libba Cotton, David Wilcox, Pat Humphries, and many more.
Avin picked up fingerstyle guitar in the early 70s and has been fascinated by it ever since. In 1994 Avin was in the top five at the national fingerstyle guitar competition in Winfield, Kansas.
Today she performs solo progressive folk and has two new albums: Chasing the Muse the most recent includes many of Cleveland’s best roots and folk musicians, and Firefly Ballet which is a solo performance.” (From her website.)
Irvin introduces his musical life this way:
“When I went to elementary school my mom enrolled me into the school orchestra, playing the violin, where I often lost my lunch money to bullies, on my way to school.
When the BEATLES came on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1968, my dad said “OK! Irvin you can have that damn guitar you want. But that music is not gonna last.”
I didn’t know anybody else’s songs so I just started to write my own.
My first song was called “Walkin’ In The Rain”. I turned in the lyrics for a homework assignment for English class and after class my teacher said “Everybody is excused except for Irv.”
She asked me “This poem you turned in, where did you steal this from?” I told her I didn’t steal anything, it was a song I wrote. She said “Oh! If you wrote this as a song you’ll have to come in tomorrow and play it.” I said “Ok”. She looked at me in surprise and said “Really. Then you’ll have to play the whole 25 minutets of class!!!! I said “Ok” and brought my guitar the next day and played for the class with a shocked look on my teachers face.
My future wife was in that class, It was a life changing experience.”
Irvin will be opening for Avin Loki Baird.
Kathy Johnson performs American acoustic music, including her own remarkable originals and an entertaining mix of folk music, cowboy songs, old country songs, and music from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. This engaging redhead’s voice is appealing and unique, and her performances are marked by interesting material and commentary, her straightforward style, and a sense of fun.
Kathy’s New CD “Great Big Dreams” was in the running for a Grammy Award in the “Best Folk Album” category in 2014!
Ed Amann, guitarist, songwriter and folksinger, in Akron Ohio has long history of playing with local groups and still presents wildly eclectic solo shows in various area venues. A versatile guitarist, Ed performs original tunes in several genres on a both acoustic and electric 6 and 12 string guitars. Shows include cover tunes in several genres including: Folk, Blues, Railroad tunes and hilljazz, Ed’s somewhat countrified take on jazz and pop standards. These shows are totally unscripted, songs are selected on the fly and all are performed from memory.
Enjoy the first show of 2015 with Kathy Johnson and Ed Amann!
Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Hailing from the Akron-Canton area of Ohio, Ryan’s energetic, crowd-pleasing shows and loyal fan base have made him a local music staple for over a decade at such notable venues as Playhouse Square, Blossom Music Center, The House of Blues, The Beachland Ballroom, Scene Pavilion at Nautica, The Akron Civic Theatre, The Canton Palace Theatre, The Kent Stage, The Tangier, Lock 3 Live and more. The Cleveland Free Times claimed “Humbert is a dynamo…eager and rapid-fire…a catalyst for and enthusiastic supporter of the Ohio music scene.”
“We should manifest ourselves in exquisiteness every chance we get,” Zach professes his life’s philosophy on his latest release, The Antidote, his 15th release is as many years.
…The Antidote, reflects his vocation and passion for creating a better world. He hopes it can “inspire people to their highest goodness, to encourage us all to manifest this goodness in some way in our lives.” This idea echoes in “Ignite the Soul,” when he sings, “Give, give, the gifts you give. Ignite the soul.” With themes of believing in our own power for kindness (Manifest), peace building (Peace By Piece), social politics (Ohio Breaking), and veganism (Plants), this record is a spiritual journey and social statement. One song takes on fracking (I Want a Future Too), which has been a winner in the Artists Against Fracking Video Contest, chosen by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon; while songs like “Hymn” remind us that, “when the world comes to drag you down, light your smile, it keeps the darkness out.”
Named for the turn-of-the-century brick roads of Akron, Ohio’s Highland Square where the group first began playing together, the Brick Road Ramblers began performing for folks of all ages in 1996.
Today, the four-member string band can be heard playing traditional, folk, old-time, popular, and original tunes at festivals, parties, cafes, and, on warm summer nights, a fine porch with great acoustics. Come out and see us when you get the chance… we’re sure you’ll enjoy the mix of strong vocal harmonies and acoustic string band music as much as we do. The show will include some of the holiday tunes featured on the new CD: Ramblers’ Holiday!
Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years and singing professionally as a member of various ensembles and as a hired harmony vocalist since 2002. Folk DJ Jim Marino has referred to her as “golden-voiced,” while Michael Stock calls her voice “full, rich and soothing.” Mara was nominated by Ron Olesko in 2009 for the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference.
Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is received stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013. The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition, the album was on the official Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album, 2013, and Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony features 15 tracks produced with a 60’s folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Bob Harris and Caroline Cutroneo.
Voted best band runner-up (and top folk band) in the 2011 Long Island Press readers’ poll, Gathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America mixed in; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described recently as “getting a whole beehive-full of buzz” on the northeast regional folk scene.
No less an authority than WFUV’s John Platt has written that they are “among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area, whatever the size of the venue, from a house concert to an outdoor festival,” with “harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees, strong original songs, and a savvy repertoire of cover songs, ranging from traditional folk to classic rock. They appeal to audiences of all ages.”
Showtime: 6:30; Tickets: $7.00; Location: Roy Smith Shelter House in the Fred Fuller Park.
We’ll be adding acts for the 2014-15 season soon; mark your calendars!
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015