Folk concerts for Social Justice, sponsored by The Unitarian Church in Westport
Live Music at Voices Café!
Our vision is to be a center of inspiration and spiritual growth for those who come to experience performing artists whose messages are powerful, provocative, fun, and uplifting. The series will support the values of social justice, community, stewardship, and spiritual nourishment and will be a tangible demonstration of the Unitarian mission to Inspire, Connect, and Act.
No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is an in-the-round, collaborative project that presents Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver, and The YaYas (Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale) sharing the stage, playing on each other’s songs, harmonizing, percussing, and generally having a heck of a good time!
Just how did the “No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow” get its start? And its name? Well, once upon a time, three Chicks and a Blue-Jay were hanging out in the barnyard and together they hatched a plan: “Hey kids, we have a barn. Let’s put on a show!” Okay, we thought we should get the bad puns out of the way right off the bat…
All four members of the No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow (NFFR) are veterans of the “Joni Mitchell’s Blue” tribute show presented by the NYC female songwriter collective known as Chicks with Dip. During those performances, the four had the opportunity to play together and discovered that blending their talents made for a pretty special sound. The show found its title by combining a nod to the Chicks with Dip (in the “feathers” reference) with a hint as to the nature of the show – not pretentious or unnecessarily ornate – simply a group of highly regarded songwriters who have great respect for each other, both personally and professionally, coming together to share their work with an audience.
The obvious friendship of Carolann, Karyn, Catherine, and Jay adds to the unabashedly fun and festive atmosphere of a NFFR show. Their audience can’t help but feel part of the onstage camaraderie. The four are also nationally touring performers that have charted at the top of major Folk and Americana radio lists, appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals, been invited to formally showcase at Folk Alliance conferences across the country, and whose songwriting has been recognized by such highly regarded competitions as Kerrville New Folk, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Songwriter’s Serenade, Susquehanna Music & Arts Songwriting Competition, and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.