Celebration Series: The Music of Greg Brown and Iris Dement

Celebration Series: The Music of Greg Brown and Iris Dement

Wed · May 30, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$5.01

Celebration Series: The Music of Greg Brown and Iris Dement
Celebration Series:  The Music of Greg Brown and Iris Dement
The Celebration Series celebrates singer/songwriters in our midst! Each month we honor a particular singer/songwriter or two by inviting a handful of local performers to play the honoree’s songs onstage. This series, a fundraiser for The Warming House, happens with different honorees and different musicians every month. This month we celebrate Greg Brown and Iris Dement. Performers include Brianna Lane, Barb Ryman, Greg Neis, Jessica Skilar, Amanda Standalone, Kim Schneider, Mary Malone and Cody Grimes! Doors at 7:30, music at 8:00. Suggested donation is $5 - $20, and all proceeds go to support The Warming House, a tax-exempt music listening room.
Barb Ryman
Barb Ryman
A natural storyteller with a deep compassion for the lost and forgotten voices of our culture, Barb Ryman expects music to be more than entertaining. With a crystalline voice and skillfully played guitar, Barb delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, drawing from Celtic balladry, early rock, old-time gospel, and her own unique style. Her new CD, CATCH THE SUNSET, charting #15 on the Folk-DJ chart in its first month, is a sweet melodic ride flowing from intimate personal confessions to wise cultural commentaries to whimsical love stories and adventures of the heart. Her songs have received airplay on folk programs across the U.S, Canada and Europe, including the nationally syndicated, Midnight Special and Nevada City’s KVMR. Her live performances span from the Cedar Cultural Center in Minnesota to Uncle Calvin’s in Texas, to the Portland Folk Society in the West to Club Passim in the East, drawing in audiences with her captivating charm, disarming honesty and playful wit.

Ryman is distinguished for her ability to write music that heals. Having lost her father, a navy pilot, when she was four, Barb was intuitively drawn to the healing professions and became an accomplished speech-language pathologist who helped children with special needs develop communication skills. She went on for her masters degree in counseling psychology, facilitated grief groups and most recently, trained in Europe, Brazil and Argentina in alternative healing modalities. This background has seamlessly integrated itself into her music, making her concerts both entertaining and restoring.

Her career launched in 1996 when the Minneapolis Star Tribune ranked her CD, LAY ME OPEN, a top ten release across all genres and the St. Paul Pioneer Press proclaimed “You can’t help being amazed at the power of her presence and the sound of her voice…you can’t help but listen.” Life became very busy for Barb as she was challenged to balance her growing music career with her speech therapy work and single-parenting her two teenage children. In 2002, she won the McKnight Composer Fellowship, a prestigious grant that enabled her to quit the day job and begin full-time touring.

CATCH THE SUNSET (2011), Ryman’s sixth CD, features guest musicians of Prairie Home Companion fame including Peter Ostroushko’s fiddle and mandolin and Prudence Johnson’s beautiful harmonies. Barb is also known for her topical humor, and in 2006, ABC television bought rights to her satirical song “All American Dysfunctional Family” to promote a sit-com pilot. She’s been chosen songwriter finalist in many festivals including the Winfield Folk Festival (2007), Big Top Chautauqua (2008), and the Great River Folk Festival (2011).

“Barb Ryman proves herself a strong vocalist, talented composer, and an astutely irreverent student of the human condition.” - Dirty Linen

“Charming vulnerability and a rare knack for detailing the profound truths of everyday life. Her clear, ringing voice is reminiscent of Sandy Denny or Iris Dement.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Ryman’s songs of faith display wonder, awe and acceptance.” - Sing Out!

“Besides an unaffected sense of humor, Ryman possesses a sharp eye for social criticism and a truly moving compassion for human struggle...” - City Pages

“Ryman has a clear and winsome voice, a ready sense of humor, and a short story writer’s flair for detail.” - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Greg Neis
Greg Neis
Jessica Skilar
Jessica Skilar
Open-field Americana inspired by backcountry highways, blue-sky mornings, and heartbreak.
Cody Grimes
Cody Grimes
Amanda Standalone
Amanda Standalone
Amanda Standalone is a Minnesota based singer, songwriter, performer, and composer of original music based in the American folk tradition. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, studying traditional music in the oral tradition in the fiddle circles and contra dances of Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. A seasoned street performer, she has been seen with her violin in the subways of New York, The Frenchman street of the Fauxborg-Marigny in New Orleans, The Eastern Market of Detroit, and the familiarity of her current location of Fargo/ Moorhead. In addition to her outdoor performances, Standalone has graced the stages of Minneapolis, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans with her mellow vocals, her guitar, her accordion, and sometimes, her washtub bass.

In 2008 upon returning to the Red River Valley, Standalone formed the group Amanda Standalone and the Pastryshop Girls with Abby Swegarden (vocals/guitar) and Minda Ringdahl (Vocals) whom she met while working at Nicholes Fine Pastry, a local eatery. Together, combining Standalone’s original songs and beautiful three part harmonies, they succeeded in recording the album “Millions of Blackbirds” with the help of producer Ken Davis. The album received local acclaim, receiving the High Plains Reader “Best Album” award in 2010. Recently, the song “Bird Flew Hard” has been licensed for the documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert.”

Amanda Standalone has currently released her solo album “Trouble”, engineered at the Abandoned Scout Camp in Hewitt, MN, and is currently touring the Midwest.
Kim Schneider
Kim Schneider
Kim is a singer-songwriter, poet and dancer based in the Twin Cities. Armed with her electric-acoustic guitar, her music is a fusion of indie-pop and soul. Kim brings a stage energy all her own: playful, demanding and interactive. She aims to empower women and so her lyrics are about growing through heartache, finding self-love and coming into ones own as a woman.
Mary Maloney
​Mary pretty much sang alone in her room until she turned fifty and started going to local old time and bluegrass jams. She is one half of the Minnehaha Mamas (with Christine Albertsson) who performed in the MN State Fair Americana-Roots Music Duo Contest. Mary loves The Warming House which has given her the chance to perform at open mics (even with her daughters!), and be inspired by music and musicians.
Brianna Lane
Brianna Lane
Brianna Lane is an Americana singer/songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. She has the voice of a chain-smoking angel, songs that balance hope and despair, and the stage presence of an old friend.

For fans of Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Ryan Adams.

“Poised, ambitious, a soul-singer of the first order, and an accomplished guitarist.”
— Jim Walsh (Star Tribune Minneapolis, MN)
Venue Information:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409
http://thewarminghouse.net/