2019-2020 Coffee House Concert Series
Tickets: $10 for members, $15 non members. $40 four-ticket passes available!
Includes FREE coffee, tea, and desserts (BYOB – corkscrew & glasses provided)
7:30 PM – opening performer, 8:00 PM – featured performer.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended!
Call 610-358-3632 to reserve a table (table space is limited)
Andrew Fullerton and banjo player Matt Orlando, who make up the core duo of Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves? (also known as 6W to their fans), have been playing music together for 15 years. Often mistaken for brothers, the two sing with a synchronicity that can only be achieved through hundreds of shows played together. Before launching Werewolves, they were part of Pennsylvania rock band The Tressels, who released eight full length albums and gained a serious local reputation before calling it quits after almost a decade.
Barbato brings great talent and a generous heart to bear on her record, The Art of Falling (The Giving Groove). Musically, The Art of Falling is by no means dark, however, the production by multi-instrumentalist Brett Kull (Grey Eye Glances, Echolyn) feels warm, hopeful and openhearted, brightened by Barbato’s sweet and expressive voice, as a singer and as a writer. Katie is a two-time finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. She has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and she is a regularly featured artist on WXPN, the University of Pennsylvania’s public radio station. In addition to releasing her own music, Barbato composes music for TV and film, such as the theme she wrote for the movie Sugar, starring Shenae Grimes and Marshall Allman. Her song “Magical Ending” was recently featured in the Netflix drama “Yankee”. Katie’s new album “Long Night Moon” coming soon Fall 2019.
Philly-born actor, singer, dancer, musician, and teaching artist, Rachel is a powerful, sensitive, and empathetic performer, teacher, and community leader. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Theater from Montclair State University. In addition to performance experience, she has worked as a director, choreographer, educator, committee facilitator, and producer.
Hailey Brinnel is a trombonist, vocalist, and educator based in Philadelphia. She has performed at prestigious venues around the world, independently having played with artists such as Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Ingrid Jensen, Anat Cohen, Pell, and Charles Neville. As part of the Temple University Jazz Band led by Terell Stafford, she has played and recorded alongside many of today’s top jazz artists, including Ken Peplowski, Jimmy Heath, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jon Faddis, Luis Bonilla, Wycliffe Gordon, René Marie and Dick Oatts. In addition, she shared the stage with Maurice Hines and The DIVA Jazz Orchestra as part of the national tour of the Hines’ off-Broadway production “Tappin’ Thru Life”.
Brinnel currently leads multiple groups ranging from trio to sextet, which collectively focus on bringing back old favorites and forgotten gems of early 20th century Jazz through her original arrangements. In addition she regularly serves as a side-woman in a variety of ensembles and genres.
As an educator, Brinnel has worked in a variety of settings spanning early childhood, elementary general, secondary instrumental and vocal, private lessons, master classes, as well as collegiate-level education courses. She is currently on faculty at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and works independently as a guest clinician to bring jazz education to classrooms throughout the city.
Gracing our Coffee House for the first time in February 2018, Lucky Brown returns again this year to entertain our patrons! The members of Lucky Brown have been performing together and with many other local musicians for 25 years. Lucky Brown produced a CD of all original tunes in 1996 recorded at Sigma Sound under the engineering and direction of David Ivory. In addition to being a local Chester County musician, vocalist Susan McKey is a professional actor and Company Member at People’s Light and Theatre in Malvern, PA and has performed regionally and Off-Broadway for nearly 30 years. Steve Nicely (bass) and E.B. Hawkins (guitar) have long musical careers that have taken them nationwide, including The Manatees, Blue Bone and many more.
Belfast Connection is a three-piece band featuring Frank Reed on vocals, bass and guitar, Damian Larkin on vocals, bodhran and guitar, and new member Rich Dodson on fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, cittern, mandolin, guitar, plus vocals. This talented trio get the feet stomping and hands clapping for a festive night of Gaelic ballads and lively rhythms. They infuse each performance with energy and heart as they tell the story of Ireland and her people, performing a wide collection of well known Irish Pub songs, tunes, and ballads that invite you to dance and sing along. Belfast Connection returns to Darlington for the eighth straight year following seven years of sold-out shows!
The boys of Belfast Connection can be found playing in many pubs and festivals across south-eastern Pennsylvania (and sometimes beyond). Check them out at their monthly gigs at the Red Stag in Bethlehem, PA and at the Other Farm Brewery in Boyertown, PA or meet up with at least one of the band members at the Craft Ale House Session on the third Monday of the month in Limerick, PA.
Leo Moon is a Philadelphia-based rock and roll band, with influences of post-hardcore, classic rock, and at times electronic and indie acoustic. After spending a few years working on a previous project, the band members decided to switch gears, inspired by the songs that were coming to life from Taylor’s killer rock riffs and Greta’s melodic yet powerful vocals. The contrast of light and dark, sun and moon, was undeniable; a new band, a new sound, was begging to be born. In astrology, Leo represents the energy of the sun, and the solar eclipse in their logo is a physical depiction of the music these musicians create.