AAFFM sponsors a local monthly coffeehouse concert series, Fiddler’s Green, featuring concerts that include traditional music, singer-songwriters, poetry and storytelling. Join us monthly on third Saturdays!
Presented in our new location:
First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta
470 Candler Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Show begins at 8:00 pm
General Admission: $10 AAFFM Members: $8
May 20, 2017
Fiddler’s Green Coffeehouse
Singer-songwriter Jim Sharkey is an Irish and Americana folk musician now living in Salisbury NC. Jim grew up in County Roscommon, Ireland, and came to the US in 1982 when he joined the US Navy in London, England. He spent five years as a photographer on the USS Dixon in San Diego, California, and ten years working in television and video production in North Carolina and Maine. Later he taught children with special needs but decided to pursue music full-time in 2014. He plays around Virginia, North and South Carolina, Maryland, and Washington DC, accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, and bodhran (Irish drum). Jim’s original songs blend Irish traditional ballad influences with contemporary issues that are often set in the area he resides. The title track of his latest CD Sweet Anne’s Road deals with the effects of the war in Afghanistan on a young couple from the rural area of Copper Hill, Virginia. “The Campaign Song” also included on that CD was written after Neil Young asked Donald Trump to stop using his song “Rockin’ in the Free World” for Trump’s campaign. “Bought and Sold” is a song to raise awareness of the plight of the Yazidis in Iraq who were mercilessly hunted down by Isis in 2014. Jim is working on his third CD, Misty Morning Rain, which he hopes to finish in 2017. Jim’s other CDs Black is the Color and Sweet Anne’s Road were released in 2015. Sweet Anne’s Road is available on iTunes and CD Baby.
THE NEW HARVEY FAMILY SINGERS
The New Harvey Family Singers is an evolving group of troubadours performing contemporary and traditional music. The band is made up of John Harvey, Seth Langer, Jimi Cusick and Eryk Fisher.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, John Harvey appears regularly in the Frank Hamilton School band and brings previous experience playing with house bands. Atlanta native Eryk Fisher is a professional basement musician who “sings to walls, plays harmonica, and strums three chord songs until mama tells me dinner’s ready.” Seth Langer is an actor, musician, and odd-jobber from Decatur. He plays at political rallies, weddings, birthdays, funerals — wherever there’s singing to be done! Jimi Cusick, from Atlanta, brings a musical background that includes orchestra, rock, and a Beatles cover band. Jimi loves to challenge himself musically to learn new things and play with new people as much as possible.
About our move . . .
Long-time Atlanta folk music devotees may recall that before AAFFM began Fiddler’s Green in 1986, we presented occasional concerts at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta in Candler Park. So moving our monthly coffeehouse concert series to this excellent venue feels like coming home.
We think you’ll richly enjoy your coffeehouse experience at “First E.” The space may remind you pleasantly of the old days at Garden Hills Community Center. It offers attractive rustic ambience, fine acoustics, good climate control, handicap-access, and space enough to accommodate large turnouts. Also like Garden Hills, you’re welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages to this venue.
First E. is easy to find. It’s on Candler Park Drive off McLendon Avenue, several blocks east of Little Five Points and right around the corner from our erstwhile venue, New Church UMC. There’s plenty of parking on the street alongside the park. Please do not venture up the driveway beside the building; that’s private property.
We need more volunteers here than has been required in the recent past.
We especially need folks to help set up and take down tables and chairs. Volunteers enjoy the shows for free if they wish. If you’re interested, please contact Chris Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-482-1209.
We very much appreciate the hospitality extended us since last fall at our previous venue, New Church (formerly Epworth). Our friends there have been a delight to work with, and we’ll miss them. But both we and the congregants at First E. are tremendously excited about the relocation of our coffeehouse there. We look forward to a partnership that we believe will help Fiddler’s Green thrive for a long time to come.
Don’t miss this great performance in our wonderful new space!