From Bob Moore,
Musicians, poets, steel-string guitarists, nylon string guitarists, guitarists that perform with two hands on top of the fingerboard and play it like a keyboard, keyboardists that play with two hands on top of the keyboard and play it like a guitar, any guitarist looking for a glint of spring on the horizon:
Well, I heard the groundhog didn’t see his shadow this time around which I figured meant we’d be edging toward an early spring right about now. But maybe the ‘not seeing his shadow thing’ only applies to the greater Punxsutawney area in Pennsylvania. My guess is the groundhogs around here are wondering what to do with all the snow above their hibernation holes. I know the residents up and down my street (me included) are wondering what to do with all the snow in our driveways and walkways. I have to admit, the sun did come out today, the new snow looked nice on the trees this morning, made for nice scenery, but an early spring is looking mighty slim. So, I’ve been talking to a lot of folks that can afford to fly south for a few weeks, and that’s their way of dealing with the gift of snow that keeps on giving. Anyway, we have a very talented musician featured this coming Friday by the name of Jack Kid. I had the pleasure of seeing Jack perform in Dunbarton, NH at the Spireside Coffeehouse and he is a gifted guitarist and is a veteran player and songwriter. We are very lucky to have him come by the First Friday Coffeehouse. Jack has many albums to his credit. After September 11, 2001, and the wars that followed in Afghanistan and Iraq, Jack, a Vietnam Veteran, responded with the album entitled “Blackjacks” that features the song “So Many Angels”. The song was an Honorable Mention winner on Billboard Magazine’s 2004 World Song Contest. Jack’s other recordings include “Threadbare”, and “Espresso Ecstasy”. Lately Jack has been working on two-hand guitar originals inspired by the eclectic virtuoso Michael Hedges. You don’t want to miss this performance. Jack is multi-talented, an original folk artist from New Hampshire and has performed for many years. He also runs a First Friday Coffeehouse in Peterborough, New Hampshire but was able to get coverage to come across the state to ours. See more about Jack Kid below:
Bio for Jack:
Jack Kid, a Hancock, New Hampshire singer/songwriter, likes to call his original blend of acoustic music “a brew-ha-ha of edgy urban folk, blues and fingerstyle guitar.” WMPG-FM Folk DJ Chris Darling remarks, “A dash of blues, some folk, awesome guitar chops, excellent writing and singing and there you have Jack Kid.” A publicity statement issued by Charlie Hunter’s “Flying Under radar” singer/songwriter series of Bellows Falls, VT said, “Kid falls in the New Hampshire legacy of Bill Morrissey-Meets-Greg Brown.
Listeners across the country have heard Jack Kid’s songs over 50 stations in 30 states. He has appeared on nationally syndicated radio programs like “Rock ‘n’ Roots” and has been featured as a guest over many folk radio programs. Jack’s live performances have been featured at midwestern and New England venues including St. Paul’s singer/songwriter mecca, Gingko Coffeehouse and in Boston area listening rooms like The Burren, Nameless Coffeehouse, and Club Passim.
Jack’s easy rapport with an audience comes from his many public performances and having been a public school teacher for twelve years.
Returning to New England from Minneapolis, MN in May 1999, Jack has been performing original songs from his first success “Threadbare.”
Jack’s second CD “Espresso Ecstasy” included a finalist award in the Folk/Country category from the Unisong International Song Contest, 2000. His newest CD “Blackjacks” opens with “So Many Angels,” an Honorable Mention winner in Billboard Magazine’s 2004 World Song Contest. “So Many Angels” was also included in the presitigious national CD compilation “Before Their Time, Volume III” with artists including among others, Paul Reisler, Joel Mabus, Eric Bogle, Anne Hills, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar. Proceeds from this non-profit album helped support the National Hospice Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the NH Youth Suicide Prevention Association.
Jack’s newest CD “Blackjacks” is centered around events beginning with 911 and culminating with the present war in Iraq. Drawing from his experiences as a Vietnam Veteran, Jack has composed universal anti-war songs including “Men of Vengeance,” “Camouflage Mirage,” and “Missing.” His title song “Blackjacks” is an intriguing ballad of the Essex whaling ship tragedy of 1821, the same historic incident that inspired Herman Melvile to create “Moby Dick.”
Longstanding Boston songwriter Geoff Bartley recently commented, “Jack Kid offers strong original material with engaging storylines.” If you have a taste for music that is varied and heartfelt get ready for Jack Kid, a voice with crackerjack tunes that surprise and entertain.
The First Friday Coffeehouse featuring singer/songwriter, solo guitarist Jack Kid.
Jack Kid @ Parish Hall Open Stage
The First Unitarian-Universalist Society of Exeter
12 Elm Street (Parish Hall), Exeter, NH
Friday, March 1st
Sign-up for performers starts at 6:30 PM.
Musicians, poets, families, performing art enthusiasts encouraged to attend. Bring a dessert. Coffee and tea will be provided. Donations gratefully accepted.
Tell a friend and see you on Friday, March 1
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 642-4648.