Jen Cork, Austin MacRae, Janet Batch, Andrew Alling
An evening of music and storytelling with four great singing songwriters.
Jen Cork is the kind of powerful singer/songwriter who silences barrooms with one vocal phrase. A well-known contributor to the robust Ithaca, NY music scene, she enjoys ruminating on rusty objects, spaces, and emotions, and the energy and rubble they hold. It has been said that her voice sounds like history--that you can hear legacy in her songs.
Bandleader of former folk-jazz outfit, Jen Cork & the Good Hope, (Forever to Fall released 2015) Cork is also a solo singer/songwriter as well as a versatile collaborator and skilled harmony singer who has lent her talents to numerous Central NY acts (Tenzin Chopak/Rockwood Ferry, Janet Batch, Austin MacRae). She was named Ithaca’s "Best Female Singer" of 2015, has been called “a superb vocal stylist” by Finger Lakes Music Press, and was selected to play with her band at the 2017 Confluence benefit for the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
Cork is currently booking solo shows throughout the Northeast and crafting her first solo record out of sticks and some dirt, an old baritone uke, and the 1904 upright grand piano she learned on at age 6. Found sounds, furious instrumental and vocal layering, and a rougher, more honest edge define Jen's current work. She sounds like sad days with happy endings.
Austin MacRae is a singer/songwriter residing in Ithaca, NY. He has appeared at venues such as Club Passim, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), South Florida Folk Festival (songwriting award winner), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, and Homer Center for the Arts. He has opened for acts such as Keller Williams (spring 2018), Amy Speace, Toby Walker and Cosy Sheridan. His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015. His second album, Keeper, won a SAMMY for Best Americana in 2018. He was recently selected as a Semi-formal Showcase Artist at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in Stamford, CT, and was also a Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase participant. His work has also been featured on a variety of radio stations and shows, including the Sundilla Radio Hour, hosted by Kelly Walker.
Janet Batch is a singer songwriter who resides in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York State. Her first album, “A Good Woman is Hard to Find” has garnered her praise from country/folk fans and connoisseurs alike. Janet's musical style has been referred to as "country with an art degree" and she has been endeared as "the voice of the hills". Her lyrics and vocals remind listeners of Stevie Nicks, Patty Griffin, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Neil Young. She sings, unabashed, of death, romance, and the wondering of what went wrong. Her lyrics and harmonies are an illustration of the pendulum that swings between joy and heartache.
Janet hit the ground running in 2018, most notably opening for Grammy Award-winning Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. She was also invited to perform at The Great Blue Heron Music Festival, collaborating with guitarist/vocalist, Anna Coogan, lovingly calling themselves, “Cootch”. She was selected to perform at Ithaca Fest with her full band. She has also been occasionally playing with a local singer songwriter troupe dubbed “The JAJA Collective” which includes Jen Cork, Austin MacCrae, and Andrew Alling.
Andrew Alling is a singer-songwriter who resides in Ithaca, N.Y. Following the Grateful Dead around in the late '80s and '90s, he supported himself as a street musician, visiting 46 states. He played keyboards with jam bands while living in Syracuse, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, California and Nashville. He now performs exclusively on acoustic guitar, organ bass pedals and the harmonica. He does this all simultaneously.
Andrew is a one-man three-piece singer-songwriter jam band. Strongly influenced by the folk revival of the late '60s and the 70s songwriting movement, he believes in keeping his sound clean without using effects pedals and live looping recording devices.