Steve Seskin to Perform at Evening of Story and Song

Steve Seskin is a remarkably talented
singer/songwriter, with seven #1 hits and 20 CDs to his credit.

His compassion for humanity shines through on many of his songs, and his ability to connect with and engage the audience is sure to delight.

If you haven’t already made reservations for this coming Saturday, May 14th, there’s still time!

Send a message to eveningofstoryandsong@gmail.com and tell ’em how many seats you will need. The doors will open (along with the wine bar) at 6:45 pm; concert begins at 7:30 pm.

A $20 donation at the door (100% goes to the artist) is requested and very much appreciated!

Saturday, May 14th at 7:30 pm
Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish
(9th & Atlantic in Fernandina Beach)

“An Evening of Story & Song” is made possible thanks to the generous support of First Coast Community Bank and St. Peter’s Outreach Program.

Buddy Mondlock Plays An Evening of Story and Song

Buddy Mondlock Plays An Evening of Story and Song
Saturday, November 21, 2015, Buddy Mondlock will be performing at An Evening of Story and Song.

Buddy Mondlock is a singer/songwriter from Nashville. His songs, recorded by numerous artists like Peter, Paul & Mary, Garth Brooks, Janis Ian, and Joan Baez, unfold like little movies that take you to a distant place. His gift (other than a clear and tender voice along with mastery of the guitar) is the ability to draw you into a richly imagined world.

The concert is at 7:30 PM, at Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, in Fernandina Beach.

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which
human nature cannot do without.”
Confucius

A $20 donation (100% of which goes to the artist) is requested.

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Story and Song with The Don Juans

Story and Song with The Don JuansAn Evening of Story and Song welcomes The Don Juans: Don Henry, Jon Vezner, and Jeff Gilkinson to Amelia Island, Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Burns Hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach will open the wine bar at 6:45 pm, for a magnificent concert that begins at 7:30 pm.

Don Henry and Jon Vezner have written dozens of songs together, but have always had separate careers as performing artists.

Since they’re two of Story and Song’s very favorite guests, and both wanted to book a return engagement to Amelia Island, why don’t they simply pool their many talents and perform together. And that’s how “The Don Juans” were born… just a month ago, joined by acclaimed cellist Jeff Gilkinson.

Between them, they have had songs recorded by Kathy Mattea, Lonestar, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Diamond Rio, Faith Hill, John Mellencamp, and dozens more.

Experience the magic they created with their Grammy Award-winning song, “Where’ve You Been,” only one of many poignant and lyrical songs that tell short stories about people, places, and life-changing events.

Give the song a listen by watching this video with Kathy Mattea and you’ll see what we mean.

Kathy Mattea – Where’ve You Been? (Have a tissue handy, trust me.)

This popular concert series is presented by First Coast Community Bank and hosted by Mark & Donna Paz Kaufman.

Reservations are suggested: (904) 415-1388 or eveningofstoryandsong@gmail.com.

Admission is a suggested $20.00 donation, 100% of which goes to the artists.

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Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Performs February 16th in Fernandina

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Performs February 16th in FernandinaJeffrey Pepper Rodgers is not only an exceptional musician and songwriter (winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition), but the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered, and author of Rock Troubadours (featuring his interviews with such artists as Jerry Garcia, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Dave Matthews) and other books on music.

An Evening of Story & Song is pleased to partner with the Amelia Island Book Festival to present JPR in concert in Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish.

Rodgers plays dynamic original songs shaped by roots music and rock, and delivered with extraordinary instrumental range: from the luminous love song Humming My Way Back Home, performed on the oddball three-stringed instrument known as a Strumstick; to the story song Sycamore Tree, spoken and sung over a joyous percussion groove; to blazing bluegrass guitar on his John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner Fly. At turns wryly funny and piercingly personal, Rodgers uses his writer’s eye for detail to tell emotionally moving tales of modern life.

“Folk music with a serrated edge… a magical blend of storytelling and driving flattop guitar.” –Andy Ellis (Guitar Player, Frets)

“Songs that fill the senses.” –Mark Bialczak, The Post-Standard

“Beautiful original songs… Humming My Way Back Home is an album to listen to when you want to contemplate the everyday things of life.” –Rootstime (Belgium)

Reservations only by advance donation. Seating is limited. Hosted by Mark and Donna Paz Kaufman.

$25 advance donation – VIP reservation includes: 6:30 pm pre-concert meet and greet with the artist, hors d’ oeuvres, and preferred seating.
$15 advance donation – Reserved Seating: Doors open 7:15 pm
$20 donation at the door – General Seating

All proceeds benefit the Amelia Island Book Festival.

For more about the songwriter/author, visit www.JeffreyPepperRodgers.com.

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Healing Power of Music

Healing Power of MusicBy: Mark Kaufman

Danny Ellis vividly remembers sitting around a turf fire with his mother and sisters in their Dublin, Ireland home, singing Irish ballads and American pop songs. Says Ellis, “My mum could raise the hair on the back of your neck when she sang and often took us to the local pub on Green Street where everybody sang. I learned very early that the human singing voice has great power.”

But Ellis’s life was about to drastically change when his mother abandoned him. Ellis was dropped off at the Artane Christian Brothers School, which would become known as one of the cruelest orphanages in all of Ireland. Music would become a saving grace, when he learned to play trombone and joined the Artane School Band. After leaving Artane, Ellis performed with a number of Irish showbands until he moved to England, where he was commissioned to compose Top 40 hits for artists who didn’t write their own material, but the songs seemed hollow and insincere.

After coming home from a gig one night, Ellis began to play some chords and melodies that were deeply sad and desolate. The words came pouring out in a rush, as he relived the harshness of Artane. The result, “800 Voices,” was in essence his memoir, told in song rather than a book. Once he had stared down the demons of his youth, Ellis found his creativity blossoming, and began to write – not only his life story, but also a number of new songs that captured the essence of his Irish roots.

His story and performance of his one-man show, “800 Voices” (which he performed locally two years ago), caught the attention of a British publisher who offered Ellis a contract for his memoir. The Boy at the Gate, Ellis’s book that was released in mid-September, has already climbed to the top 10 in Ireland, and is expected to be published in the U.S. next year. A stage adaptation is also in the works. Sara Gruen, author of the highly acclaimed Water for Elephants, had this to say, “A beautifully written, heartbreaking story of betrayal, abandonment and the healing power of friendship and music… I love this book!”

The new album that Ellis recently recorded, “The Space between the Lines,” is a stunning collection of powerful, personal songs that seamlessly blend indie-folk with contemporary Celtic music. Uplifting and touching songs like “The Bramble and the Brine,” “The Hills That I Know,” and “Another Dublin” are every bit as vivid as the songs in “800 Voices,” but clearly reflect the way in which Ellis has managed to overcome adversity and emerge with his soul and spirit on full display in his music.

Danny Ellis will be performing on Amelia Island, November 10th at 7:15 PM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. A $15.00 suggested offering for the artist will be taken at the door.

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Don Henry to Perform on Amelia Island

Don Henry to Perform on Amelia IslandDon Henry will be performing on Amelia Island for an Evening of Story and Song, Saturday, August 18th at St. Peter’s Parish.

You’ll be moved to laughter or tears, often at the same time! His songs are funny, whimsical, wry, bittersweet, and poignant, all at the appropriate times.

Where’ve You Been, a song he co-wrote with Jon Vezner and was recorded by Kathy Mattea, not only won a Grammy, but also every other major music award for that year.

To learn more about Don’s amazing career, the songs he’s written, and the artists to have recorded them, visit his website at www.DonHenry.com.

If you were able to join us when The Waymores were here to perform last year, you’ll remember Don Henry. And if you missed that show, click here for a taste of Don singing “Road to Paradise.”

There’s no better way to ensure that singer/songwriters of Don’s caliber will continue to come to Amelia Island than to join an Evening of Story and Song at the show and on Facebook.

The doors open at 7:15 pm; the show is at 8:00 PM. A $15.00 donation to the artist is requested.

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