Coming April 12th: The “No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow”


The “No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow”
(Formerly described on this site as Carolann Solebello and The YaYas)

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!

1382421_533587776724429_155335501_nJust 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.

To purchase tickets, please go here.

Aztec Two-Step – Still fillin’ the house!

Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, with bassist Fred Holman, filled the house for Voice’s last show of the 2012-13 season on June 8.  A straw pole of the audience revealed that over half had seen the group at least twice before – one person claimed 25 times!  That’s not so hard to believe considering the duo has been at it for over 40 years.

Here are some photos from the event. Click on any thumbnail to start a slideshow:

Chet Baker would be Proud!

Double Entendre:  A Tribute to Chet Baker 

A Tribute to Chet Baker featured six of the area’s top jazz musicians performing an evening of Baker’s signature songs. including the timeless There Will Never Be Another You and his famous Let’s Get Lost.


Chris Brown played trumpet and flugelhorn, Kim Oler was on vocals (and piano as the mood struck).  Nick Bariluk did the heavy lifting on piano with Bob Leonard on drums, David Snyder on bass, and David Hirschman on guitar.

Here are a few photos from the show – just click on any one for a slideshow:

Photos by Tom Hearne

Martha Redbone and William Blake Center Stage

Even after all the accolades, the articles, the Grammy nominations, etc, who knew what to Martha Redbone at Voices Cafeexpect when Martha Redbone and her band took the stage?  Did they expect the humility? the warmth? the presence? the energy with which the poetry of William Blake is translated into the melodies and heart-arches of our times and all times?

The answer:  no one knew exactly what to expect – and everyone was blown away!





In our first concert of 2013, Voices Cafe was proud host to Martha and her band on Saturday, January 12th.

Take this opportunity to share your stories from that night by commenting below.

Click on any of the photos for a slideshow…


About MarthaRedbone…


“Poised to be Americana’s next superstar”

“Martha Redbone is a charismatic indie-soul diva whose sound is a just-right mix of retro and modern”

TIM JOHNSON, Director of the Smithsonian Institute; National Museum of the American Indian
“Martha Redbone’s journey back to the source of American music — and to her ownheritage — has conjured up an artistic triumph. The Garden Of Love poignantly reveals a musician at the top of her game, vocally, intellectually, and spiritually. One not only hears the voice of the Bard, in this case William Blake’s legendary prose arranged and phrased brilliantly, but also the very origins of American music arising from the blend of American Indian, African American, and English folk music traditions. It’s the dawn of a new day for this fascinating artist, and we’re all the beneficiaries of her confident, and yet sensitive, quest.”


In a brilliant collision of cultures, the powerful blues and soul singer Martha Redbone has recorded an album called “The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake,” which was produced by John McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In it, the mystical, humanistic words of the eighteenth-century English poet are fused with the melodies, drones, and rhythms of the Appalachian string-band music that Redbone absorbed as a child from her grandparents, in Black Mountain, Kentucky.” 

Martha Redbone is also a leader and activist.   Here is some addtional material from her website:

“Alongside her career as a recording artist and songwriter Martha Redbone has maintained a steady involvement with causes she believes in utilizing her celebrity in Indian Country for fundraising and leadership.

Ms. Redbone holds an annual Traditional Music Workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program teaching grade school age children the music from her Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as well as incorporating the tribe’s own Houma-French language.

Martha has given talks on subjects ranging from Indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics at many institutions including New York University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and on Native Identity during the Native Theater Festival at the Public Theater in NYC. Her album “Skintalk” is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as an example of contemporary Native American music. She is featured in NMAI’s current exhibit “Up Where We Belong- Native Americans in Popular Culture”.”