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Sunday, June 17, 2018 7:00 PM
The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
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Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers have been at the music for 4 decades, often in solo ventures (Claudia has traveled easily between folk, jazz and theater, and Sally has created celebrated children's music as well as being well-known in the folk world and writing for community theater.

Yet something about their musical chemistry – which showed itself in Ironwood MI 38 years ago, where they first joined each other onstage at the North Country Folk Festival -- took them to a new and different place. They frequently toured together in the '80s (before there were Indigo Girls!) and recorded two albums to great acclaim in the folk community (“Closing the Distance” on Flying Fish and “While We Live” on Red House).

Then Claudia moved to Beaver Island, MI to run a B&B and a restaurant with her husband, and Sally moved to Connecticut, got married and became a mother and teacher; yet they kept their deep musical connection going and managed to do a few concerts each year, learning and writing new songs to add to the old favorites.

Four years ago, they made their first CD in 22 years (Claudia's back on the mainland, and Sally's girls are grown-up), which has led to more touring and writing and delving ever deeply into that wonderful heart-opening harmony. “Evidence of Happiness” had sparse accompaniment and focused on the synergy of Claudia's and Sally's amazing vocals.

Now they have released their fourth joint album, “We Are Welcomed” (one of Sally's originals). This is a new sound, with the lively accompaniment of Duke Levine, Richard Gates and Dave Mattacks, piano and strings, oboe, reed organ and even a Hammond B-3. It's a whole different sonic experience, with those amazing vocals always front and center, but surrounded with wonderful textures and rhythm. Along with originals by Claudia and Sally there are a few choice songs by others, a beautiful recent Peggy Seeger song (“Love Call Me Home”), a Neal Hagberg song (“Star Girls”)which addresses the plight of women and girls around the world, Jean Ritchie's “Cool of the Day” and Sandy Denny's beautiful “Who Knows Where the Time Goes.” The album celebrates friendship, lives of nearly forgotten women, activism and, as always, the power of love and music. It is an album from two women still deep in their art and growing creatively, a truly ageless activity.

Lydia Adams Davis, a full-voiced singer called The Songbird of the Hudson by the Times Herald Record, is known for her wry, improvisational songs. Her singing invites lively participation. Her albums include "Take Me Back," "Gift Story," "One Earth So Green and Round" (shortlisted for a Grammy) and "We All Have Lunch With Lydia Adams Davis".

Lydia is an avid reader of the temperament of the audience and is known for making up songs on the spot. She presents Sign and Sing in ASL and Songs of the Suffragists, and spirited arts education theatrical pieces in libraries and schools throughout the region.

$20 advance/ $25 at the door