Amy Duckett Wagner (Amy Dee) and Friends Benefit Concert
September 28 @ 8:00 pm
Join Amy Duckett Wagner for an evening of engaging music in the fine acoustics of an architectural gem, the 1867 Sanctuary of Preservation New Jersey. Enjoy the varied styles of Carolann Solebello, Dave Fry, Amy Duckett Wagner, Alix Paul & Jeffrey Fadden, and Chris Chadwick. At least 50% of ticket sales will benefit ALDEA (www.aldeapjc.org), providing pro bono legal services for children.
Americana singer/songwriter Amy Duckett Wagner (www.amydeesongs.com) travels from Folk, Newgrass, Blues on to Swing. This year brought her to Austin for SXSW, Nashville, Folk Alliance’s Southeast Regional Music Conference, and she’s playing the prestigious Philadelphia Folk Festival. Raised by music-lovers with wanderlust and a Volkswagen pop-top bus, she did the college/business thing, but after one life-changing trip, she made a Big Left Turn to pursue music full-time. Friends call her Amy Dee and sharing music that improves lives is her mission. Kerrville’s Songwriter’s Week, SXSW, Ashokan’s Western-Swing, Louisiana’s Blackpot have influenced her all-original albums: “Southern Routes,” (country/swing w/members of The Revelers); “Come With Me,” (newgrass w/Jimmy Heffernan), and “Big Time” (New Orleans Jazz with Bill Malchow and Aurora Nealand).
“Come With Me” with its 13 original newgrass tunes by Americana musician and singer/songwriter Amy Duckett Wagner, is about Travelin’, Comin’ Home, Love. Oh, and a few tunes about Love that’s Travelin’ and Ain’t Comin’ Home! And, there’s that tribute song about one surprising encounter with Dr. Ralph Stanley before that Saturday night bluegrass show down by Cowtown in Jersey.
Amy Dee is a member of the invitation-only Philly Music Co-op, created by the group responsible for the legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival. For the latest release, Amy worked with the award-winning chops of multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Heffernan (dobro, guitar, bass, etc). Based in Nashville, Jimmy toured in Joe Diffie’s band for a decade, then with Brad Paisley, Lucinda Williams, playing venues from The Grand Ole Opry to Lincoln Center.
Before that, Amy Dee released the travel-inspired original tunes on “Southern Routes,” recorded in Louisiana with members of Grammy nominated The Revelers Band (The Red Stick Ramblers).
Another CD of her tunes, the NOLA-inspired jazzy “Big Time,” laid down with Bill Malchow and Aurora Nealand in New Orleans with the piano, upright and horns of a hot French Quarter Jazz Trio is almost complete, awaiting budget.
Her title track graced the “Christmastime Has Come to Town” compilation that raised over $1,800 for the Bucks County Homeless Shelter a few years ago.
“Amy Dee gets toes-tappin’ and hands clappin’ with Americana tunes – old and new.”
Carolann Solebello is a performing songwriter born and bred in New York City. Best known to folk audiences as a founding member of Red Molly, she now tours both solo and with No Fuss and Feathers. She is a member of the Jack Hardy Songwriters’ Exchange and has won numerous songwriting awards. Carolann released her fifth solo album, Shiver, in 2018.
Dave Fry (www.davefrymusic.com) is a veteran of the East Coast folk music scene, with numerous Philly Folk Festival appearances, several PBS-TV shows, and has many family folk and adult CDs to his credit. His work as an arts-educator has been recognized as a Master Teaching Artist in NJ, CT and PA. He has been on the Young Audiences roster for 29 years and he performs constantly in schools, festivals, farmers’ markets and folk clubs.
Dave Fry founded the legendary folk music club Godfrey Daniels in 1976 and was its artistic director for twenty-five years. His weekly Live From Godfrey Daniels archives radio show broadcasts on the NPR affiliate WDIY in Bethlehem as well as on Folk Music Notebook on the web. Dave’s latest CD Troubadour has been featured on the folk music radio charts internationally.
Alix Paul is an eclectic singer/songwriter whose unique tributes to Soul, Jazz, R+B, + Blues, and her ever-evolving original repertoire, captivates all her fusing of many influences in her life. Her lyrics convey a sensitivity to her own struggles yet with heightened gratefulness for life’s transformative beauty as well. Her rhythmic combinations, with music arrangements by her noted guitarist, Jeffrey Fadden, cleverly reveal her altruistic ups and downs in her lyricism..and in life! They both have very different music backgrounds, but together,..you’d never know it!
The music of Chris Chadwick has its roots in the Greenwich Village folk scene, with generous helpings of jazz, blues, country, and classic R&B. His songwriting has been influenced by James Taylor, Marvin Gaye, Randy Newman, and Jackson Browne along with all of the great songwriters of the American pop song tradition going back to Stephen Foster. Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Dr. John, Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, and Joe Cocker have all left an indelible imprint on Chris’s vocal style. Chris delivers an acoustic blue-eyed soul sound that is original yet familiar and widely accessible.
The 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.
To Purchase Tickets
- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing email@example.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)
**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.
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