OXFORD — Folk/acoustic venue 6 On The Square in Oxford continues its 16th season with performances from The Black Feathers on Friday, Sept. 30, and Scott Cook with Pamela Mae on Saturday, Oct. 1. Anyone who buys a ticket for one show gets into the other show free.
U.K. musicians Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler collaborated on several projects before becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012. They draw influences from Americana, folk, and acoustic indie rock.
Having already built a following in the U.K., The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the U.S., performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest as well as being awarded official showcases at the Northeast Regional and Far-West Folk Alliance conferences.
This summer, the duo followed up their first studio album, 2016’s “Soaked To The Bone,” with the new “Angel Dust & Cyanide.” The 11-track release finds them filling out their sound in the studio with a full band on a set of diverse originals as well as a cover of Portishead’s “Glory Box.”
Learn more at theblackfeathers.com.
In 2007, songwriter Scott Cook quit his job teaching kindergarten in Taiwan and moved into a minivan. The West Virginia native who now lives in Alberta, Canada, has made his living as a troubadour ever since, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere, averaging 150 shows and a dozen summer festivals a year, and releasing seven albums of plain-spoken, keenly observant verse along the way.
His latest collection “Tangle of Souls” comes packaged in a cloth-bound, 240-page hardcover book of road stories and ruminations, equal parts introspection and insurrection. The album spent two weeks at #1 on Alberta's province-wide community radio network CKUA, and earned Cook his third Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, for English Songwriter of the Year.
Its second single, "Say Can You See," was the second most-played song of 2020 on Folk Alliance International's folk radio charts and took top honors for the folk category in both the 2020 U.K. Songwriting Competition and the 2020 Great American Song Contest.
Mae — Cook’s partner, who sings and plays banjo and upright bass — quit her job in labor relations for a long-term care company in January to head out on the road.
Learn more at scottcook.net.
The concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see both shows are $20 (plus a $2 service charge); purchase at 6onthesquare.org or call 607-843-OTS6 (6876) to make a reservation. Doors open one hour before the start of the performance. The performance also will be streamed live online on a pay-what-you-can basis.
More information at 6onthesquare.org. Masks and COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly encouraged but not required for entry.
This concert is made possible in part by Wells Fargo Advisors, Mirabito, Chenango County Tourism, and with public funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Earlville Opera House.
Coming up at 6OTS are Big Little Lions on Oct. 8, Greg Greenway on Nov. 5, The Pairs and Basset on Nov. 19, a Christmas show with Cassie and Maggie MacDonald on Dec. 4, and the Burns Sisters on Dec. 18.
6 On The Square, Inc. is an intimate, not-for-profit, volunteer-based acoustic music listening room and arts venue located at 6 Lafayette Park in downtown Oxford.
-Information provided by 6 on the Square