EARLVILLE – Joe Crookston is a master storyteller and he is always seeking the creative edge. His music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, fiddle looping, weeping willows, slide guitar bending, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of life and rebirth. If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe Crookston delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.
From Ithaca, Joe is described as artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Resident, he’s played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100’s more. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award winning films.
You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world Joe creates and you’ll end up in the moment, humming & buzzing with the rest of the crowd. He’ll sing to you – you’ll sing with him… “He’s plumbing for lyrical gold, like some kind of social archeologist.” His story songs are universal, masterful and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us. He believes in stories. Come to a show…You’ll ride along mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through personal stories along the way. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired, with a renewed sense of what’s possible. “The Long Note” is a phrase used in Irish culture – “The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite… There IS a “Long Note” and Joe is reaching for it.
From the first strum of his 1948 Gibson, through stories of ruby red dresses, Tinian Island, Dylan Thomas, Taoist parables and drunken roosters you’ll be drawn in. It happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to the show. Through his spirit and playfulness and his unwavering courage to be himself, you will be moved in ways you didn’t expect. He is literate, poignant and funny as hell. You’ll be glad you came. Joe tours regularly in the US, Ireland and Canada.
Enjoy this extraordinary opportunity to view a world-class musician right here in Earlville! Tickets are $25 general admission, $23 members (become a member!), with college students half off general admission. Tickets are available at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or by calling (315) 691-3550.
The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street in the charming Village of Earlville, NY and is handicap accessible. Vaccine entry only with proof shown at door. Masks must be worn inside. Please check our website for the latest updates and for further information on our programs and services, and like us on Facebook!
Thank you to our performance sponsors for this event: National Independent Venue Association; Mid York Foundation; NBT Bank; Preferred Mutual Insurance Company; sfcu, Bruce Ward, Architect, Fred’s Inn; and Poolville Country Store.
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