The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University will be presenting the 25th Anniversary concert of On A Winter’s Night from veteran singer-songwriters Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler and Cliff Eberhardt in the Pollak Theatre On November 16 at 8 PM. These are among the brightest stars of the folk singer/songwriter movement for the past three decades. In 1994, Christine Lavin gathered them together to showcase music of the winter season on the now-classic On A Winter’s Night CD, followed by several years of touring collaborations. These artists have released dozens of recordings and toured steadily through the decades, with fond memories of their touring days together.
Now, the 25th Anniversary reunion concert celebrates the original CD and brings in the winter season with traditional and contemporary folk music. The wildly entertaining Christine Lavin is working on her 24th solo album and was inducted into the NY Music Hall of fame earlier this year. John Gorka has been hailed by Rolling Stones as “the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement.” The New Jersey native won the New Folk award at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1984 and as of last year released his 14th career album. Cheryl Wheeler is a dynamic and hysterical performer whose songs have been covered by artists like Peter Paul and Mary, Garth Brooks and Bette Midler. Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising lyrics and vocals. She is currently producing her 14th album, Bird In A Cage. Philadelphia-born Cliff Eberhardt is a highly intelligent, articulate artist whose penetrating and profound lyrics are sometimes overshadowed by his extraordinary guitar playing. These five musicians come together to continue to carry the torch for traditional and contemporary folk music while celebrating the winter season.
Tickets for the November 16 concert range from $35-50 and can be reserved through the Monmouth University Box Office at 732-263-6889, or online at www.monmouth.edu/MCA. Tickets for other upcoming events — including Cherish the Ladies (Feb 28) and The Smithereens with Marshall Crenshaw (March 7) at the Pollak Theatre — are also available now. To schedule interviews, please contact Kelly Barratt at 732-263-5114.