The New Leo Season Begins

The Leo Season begins Sunday, September 7, with some strong sets from both local and national acts in the first month.  You can also view a downloadable PDF of the season’s schedule as it’s booked so far.

In addition, CET recorded last year’s 50th anniversary concert and recently supplied us with air dates and tmes. The concert can  be seen on CET Arts, Channel 48.3.  The first airing is on 11/8 at 8 pm.  It will then repeat 11/9 at 8 am, 11/9 a 5 pm, 11/10 at 11 am, 11/10 at 3 pm, and 11/11 at 9 am.

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September 7, 2014
Emcee: Chris Bieri
5:30 PM Open Jam All welcome.
Celtic Jam All welcome
1ST SET (7PM) Open Mic
Three slots. 10 minutes or two songs, whichever comes first.
2ND SET (7:30PM) Jerome Scott
Don’t miss his music “At the intersection of Celtic and bluegrass.”
3RD SET (8:15PM) April Eight & the Folk Family Band
Join April Combs and her family for this family-oriented, hootenanny-style sing-along of folk songs and original songs.
September 14, 2014
5:30 PM Open Jam All welcome.
Celtic Jam All welcome.
Songwriters’ Collaborative Anyone interested in songwriting welcome.
7 to 9 PM Four Corners of Folk Reunion Tour! One Night Only Featuring  Chris Collier, Ryan Adcock, and Greg Mahan.Well, OK, three corners of Cincinnati’s Four Corners of Folk tour, each with distinct styles, reunite tonight. Each has a particular niche in the folk genre: Mahan’s songwriting draws on pop and blues influences; Adcock is a little more intense, in-your-face folk rocker; and Ms. Collier has a traditional country-tinged folk sound. They will each perform solo and join each other’s sets during this collaborative evening.
September 21, 2014
Emcee: Jody Knoop
5:30 PM Open Jam All welcome.
Celtic Jam All welcome
1ST SET (7PM) Open Mic
Three slots. 10 minutes or two songs, whichever comes first.
2ND SET (7:30PM) The Back Porch Hounds
The Back Porch Hounds preserve the past and pave new sonic roads with their roots mix of blues, jazz, old time, bluegrass, Celtic traditional tunes and original material.
3RD SET (8:15PM) Anachrorhythms
The Anachrorhythms perform a driving mix of Latin, traditional and gypsy jazz instrumentals, featuring guitar, flute, bass, mandolin fiddle and hand drums.
September 28, 2014
Emcee: Christie Armstrong
5:30 PM Open Jam All welcome
Celtic Jam All welcome
Free to members. $5 for non-members
Join Rich and Jacquie of Small Potatoes for
a workshop on Performance Techniques.
1ST SET (7PM) Jeff Miller
Armed with only an acoustic guitar, Jeff Miller uses looping pedals to create rhythm tracks, backing vocals, extra guitar parts — all live, all on the fly.Fortunately, Miller’s not just some gearhead, but a talented songwriter with a strong, clear voice.
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2ND SET (7:30PM) Cookin’ Hearts
The clever lyrics and intricate ostinato of Joe Hart and Alex Cook are enlightened with their quartet Cookin’ Hearts, a group with melancholic harmonies all topped off with saccharine flute melodies, fitting their sound into what they call Cincinappalachian. Cookin’ Hearts isJoe Hart – Vocals / Acoustic Guitar, Alex Cook – Vocals / Banjo, Alix Reynolds – Vocals / Upright Bass, Abigail Westwood – Vocals / Flute
3RD SET (8:15PM) Small Potatoes
The Chicago based folk duo’s superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.”


Support the Artists and the Balladeers

Calling all butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, craft beer makers, movers, and shakers! The musical acts that perform at the QCB’s ArtSong summer concert series do so for free. To show our appreciation, each and every ArtSong musician is given a swag bag of goodies after the show.

We need contributions for the 2015 swag bags. If you are a maker who’d like to donate items or a retailer who’d like to donate gift certificates, your contribution is welcome!

Please contact Chris Bieri via the her link on the Contact Us  page for more information about this opportunity to show the ArtSong performers our love and appreciation!

You can also support the Balladeers — and particularly the summer concerts — by becoming a sponsor. We offer four levels.

  • The Seeger Level: $500 and above
  • The Leadbelly Level: $250 to $499
  • The Guthrie Level: $100 to $249
  • The Stephen Foster Level: $50 to $99

Summer Success

Our summer programs – ArtSong and KidSong – were great successes. At KidSong, more than 40 participants and volunteers joined forces to explore the joy of simple do-it-yourself music. Read (and see) more here.  On August 1, ArtSong wrapped up another great season of music. Thanks to all the performers, the Cincinnati Art Museum for providing space, and ArtsWave for helping with funding.

At the final concert of the season, Stan Boric, Queen City Balladeer member and occasional Leo performer, held the winning ticket for the Deering Goodtime Openback banjo.  Stan, an accomplished guitarist, said after he masters the banjo he plans to teach his grandchildren to play.

The Balladeers sold 326 raffle tickets and raised $1,375.00.  Proceeds support the Queen City Balladeers’ mission to promote acoustic music in its many forms. Much thanks to Nonie Muller and Linda Eads, the QCB volunteers in charge of ticket sales.

Also, our deepest gratitude goes to the Deering Banjo Company for donating this wonderful banjo.  We applaud your support of the Queen City Balladeers, American-made music, and American-made instruments!

Spread the Word About the Balladeers

You can be on the Balladeers “Street Team” and help spread the word about who we are and what we do. To learn more about helping to promote the Balladeers (with some links to information about using social media to promote anything) click Help Market the Queen City Balladeers.

Queen City Balladeers Board for 2014-2015

Officers for the 2014-2015 Leo Season were elected at the season-ending potluck. This year’s board is:

  • President: Pete Armstrong
  • Vice-president: Chris Bieri
  • Vice-president: Chuck Black
  • Treasurer: Bev Hansen
  • Historian: Dennis Iverson
  • Secretary: Nonie Muller

The board is responsible for all financial decisions and for setting the direction for the Balladeers for the year in which the officers serve. The board year begins in September, with the opening of the club, and ends the following year when the club opens and a new board is installed.

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