Category Archives: Michael Johnathon

Springing Ahead

Well it is quite busy here for Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts and for me personally…

WoodSongs/Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts was at Folk Alliance International Kansas City, MO
February 15-18th. Thanks to all who stopped by the trade show booth… artists, presenters, DJs. Great meeting you all!

Loretta at FAI 2017

Loretta at FAI 2017

Friday Feb 24th, Brian Ashley Jones was at Uncommon Ground/Devon-Chicago, Saturday Feb 25th brought the music of Tony Bennett at the Mercury Theater. I completed proofreading the new WoodSongs III book for Michael Johnathon, and it had me laughing and crying!

Thursday March 2nd  was my graduation class performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music… yes, I have been taking guitar lessons, now that I have the new Martin guitar I wanted to try it out. So I started again with Guitar 1 at OTS, it was a small class and we all had it going on, of course my instructor (Mark Dvorak) always has it going on. The class gave me structure and incentive and I am looking forward to the next session. I am sorry that there is not a picture or video of the event. They even had lights and microphones! I now have a deeper respect for those of you who make your life/living on the stage!

March 4th was the Annual Paul Seiwert Foundation Benefit for Children with Cancer. David Noll was at Two Way Street Coffee House in Downers Grove, Friday March 10th. Met David at the Folk Alliance Conference Region Midwest where he introduced his new CD Serenade to a Life.

Mark Dvorak filled the Acorn Coffeehouse at the Burning Bush Art Gallery in Wheaton, IL this past Saturday.  A very nice place for art and music.

Michael Johnathon returns to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series in Lewistown, IL this Saturday March 18.

Mark Dvorak will be a showcase artist at the Illinois Library Association Reaching Forward Conference in Rosemont, IL May 5th.  LSAA is doing a special promotion of this
to Illinois libraries.  You can find more information about this and Mark’s complete schedule at www.markdvorak.com

There are a couple of wonderful community music events being planned as fund-raisers for non-profit organizations.  Stayed tuned for more information!

Looking forward to Spring!
Lo

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! A new year brings new bookings and promotion.

Loretta Sawyer Agency has been working on adding more shows to Michael Johnathon‘s schedule for 2017 and beyond.

Mark Dvorak continues to have a full schedule which he balances between traveling to concerts, teaching, and performing for library and senior events. Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts provides press releases for his various performances. The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago recently recognized Mark Dvorak with the Distinguished Teachers Award.

Chris Vallillo is busy with his program O’Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement which he is performing at libraries and historical museums.

The Folk Alliance International Conference is Feb 15-19 in Kansas City, MO. WoodSongs/Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts will be having a trade show booth there Feb 16-18 from 11am-3pm. Stop by and visit! Pick up CD samples, information on the WoodSongs Front Porch Association, and become a SongFarmer.  WoodSongs Coffeehouses and SongFarmer Clubs are sprouting up all over the country… folks are gathering to play music and sing songs!

I have signs on my desk that say PEACE and LOVE… and that is what I wish you!

Lo

Summer 2016

I Hate to See the Summer Go is an original song by Chicago Troubadour Mark Dvorak, and it’s all too true. Summer has been speeding by… so here’s some news to catch up on from Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts…

Last weekend I was on the road… driving two lane Wisconsin highways with corn fields and farms for scenery,  to two special music events…The Shawano Folk Music Festival in Shawano, WI, and then on to The Black Hawk Folk Society concert series in Mt. Morris, WI.  Both are wonderful community music events. Thanks to Black Hawk Folk Society for hosting Michael Johnathon; it was truly a special night.

Michael Johnathon has released two new CDs… SongFarmer (recorded on an iPhone) and The Dream which will be making its debut to radio for International Day of Peace  (Peace Day) on September 21.

I am honored to be a creative board member for the WoodSongs Front Porch Association. The annual gathering will be held at Shaker Village near Lexington,  Kentucky September 23-24. For more information visit www.songfarmers.org

Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts hosted a private showcase room at the SERFA in North Carolina Conference this past May thanks to all the artists who were part of the schedule; especially Brian Ashley Jones and Brad Cole for bringing their fan clubs and filling the room and to Freebo for closing out the room with a special jam. Next conference is FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) in October in Iowa City, IA where the Uncorked showcase will be going for three nights. Looking forward to presenting exceptional talent!

Loretta Sawyer Promotions has sent the following CDs to radio, thanks to the DJs for the airplay.

Eric Lambert- 75 A Bow to Bob
Dave Rudolf – Let It Roll
Dave Rudolf- All Folked Up Vol. 3
Lambert & Walz-Self Titled
Curtis & Loretta – When There’s Good To Be Done
Rob McNurlin – The Gospel Guitar
Rob McNurlin – Blue Nashville Guitar
Common Thread – A Bushel & A Peck

On a personal note, my biggest news is that I bought a new guitar… A Martin 000 with a spruce top.  Not a high-end model but I never knew a guitar could feel so good. Looking forward to the songs I will bring out of it.

Enjoy the rest of the summer days and warm starry nights…

See you on Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/loretta.sawyer.9

Lo

 

Michael Johnathon introduces the Martin Michael Johnathon model 0000-28s “WoodSongs Quad” guitar at special September Performances

Sept 11 – Rockford, IL- Just Goods Concert Series welcomes singer/songwriter Michael Johnathon on Friday September 11, 2015 at 7PM.  Just Goods is located at 201 7th Street, Rockford, IL  815-965-8903. Donations.

SEPT 12 Lupus, MO- Lupus General Store Music Series welcomes singer/songwriter Michael Johnathon on Saturday September 12, 2015 at 7:30PM  Lupus General Store is located on Main Street, Lupus MO.  $10  660-849-2217.

Sept 18- Warwick, NY -9 am Michael Jonathon will be Jon Stein’s special guest on WTBQ Hootenanny Café.

Sept 18-Princeton, NJ- The Princeton Folk Music Society welcomes singer/songwriter Michael Johnathon on Friday September 18, 2015. The concert will be held at The Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, in Princeton, NJ. 8:15 pm Ticket prices: $15 (members) $20 (non-members), $10 Students, $5 for Children under 12.

Folksinger Michael Johnathon has a long-standing career in acoustic arts, as a songwriter, playwright of Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau,  creator of the opera Woody: For the People, and as the host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with a radio audience with over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, the BlueHighways TV Network on DISH, plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations.   In addition to his album, books, concerts and other projects the Martin Guitar Company recently introduced the Michael Johnathon model 0000-28s “WoodSongs Quad” guitar.

Growing up in New York, Michael Johnathon was Pete Seeger’s neighbor. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with ten released albums, two published books and several national projects. His play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has been performed over 8,000 times in 42 countries. A tree-hugger at heart, he performed two thousand Earth Concerts at schools and colleges, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero.” He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC.

Michael Johnathon returns to Chicago for two special performances

Folksinger/Songwriter and WoodSongs Radio Show host Michael Johnathon returns to the Chicago area with two special performances:

The Uncommon Ground on Clark Street welcomes Michael Johnathon with special guest David Hawkins on Saturday June 20, 2015, 9pm.
The Uncommon Ground is located at 3800 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613  $8 cover, Reservations recommended at 773-929-3680.

The Lake County Folk Club presents Michael Johnathon with Chicago humorist/guitarist Sue Fink on Sunday June 31, 2015 at 7pm $12 The event will be at Green Town Tavern, 110 S. Genesse St, Waukegan, IL

Michael Johnathon is a folk-singer, songwriter, concert performer, author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” with a radio audience with over a million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. He also created the world’s first multi-camera weekly music series broadcast on the Internet. Michael is also a playwright … his play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and translated into four languages. He wrote a full symphony opera to commemorate the 2012 Centennial of Woody Guthrie titled Woody: For The People, set on February 23, 1940 – the day he wrote “This Land Is Your Land.”

Growing up in New York, Michael Johnathon was Pete Seeger’s neighbor. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with ten released albums, two published books and several national projects. He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero.” He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC.

David Hawkins introduces his new CD Everything That Brought You Here

The new release has been receiving national airplay and on several radio station choice lists for 2014.  Hawkins found Chicago by way of Detroit, Tulsa, and New Orleans, and he has picked up musical flavors wherever he has lived. 

“I just love these songs! ” Says David.”These are some of the writers and the songs that have shaped my sense of music and writing. These are the songs that moved me when I first heard them and still move me today.”   “The challenge of doing a collection mostly of cover songs is to give them new life without gimmicks and without compromising the spirit of the songs, but while still offering my own unique interpretation of them.” The album title comes from the bridge of ‘Driving to the End of the World,’ one of my original songs, in which an other worldly voice addresses the narrator:

“Everything that brought you here / speaks to you across all time.’ This line is the center of the dark, baptismal journey depicted in the song, and the idea is at the center of the album as a collection of musical influences that have brought me to where I am musically today.”

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Sue Fink has been entertaining audiences since 2001 with her quirky tales of love gone awry. Her poetry fiction-writing background informs her witty, compelling story-songs. Her genre is acoustic/folk with a hit of jazz and a large dollop of humor.  Somehow Sue transmits her light-heartedness to her audience; as they connect and engage, a cyclical energy exchange takes place. Listeners appreciate the gentle humor and sharp wit of her songs.

Michael Johnathon: Concert and Walden Film celebrates Earth Day at the Leeds

Winchester, KY- The Leeds Center for the Arts is excited to present a concert and film combination on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. The concert portion will feature Michael Johnathon – an internationally known folksinger, songwriter, concert performer and author. The concert will be followed by the showing of his one hour docu-drama film on Henry David Thoreau “Walden.”

The concert and film is presented in acknowledgement of Earth Day week and Arbor Day.

Michael Johnathon, a former resident of Winchester, created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” with a radio audience with over a million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. He created the world’s first multi-camera weekly music series broadcast on the Internet. The film is based on  his play “Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau” with over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and translated into four languages.

Johnathon grew up in upstate New York along the shores of the Hudson River. At 19 years old, he moved to the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas, and found a job working as the late night DJ on a small radio station. One night, he played “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the 1960s folk rock group The Byrds. As the song played, he recalled seeing the song’s writer, his former neighbor Pete Seeger, performing in his Dutchess County hometown in New York. By the time the song had ended, Johnathon had decided to pursue a career as a folksinger.

Two months later, he bought a guitar and a banjo and settled into the isolated mountain hamlet of Mousie, Kentucky. For the next three years, he traveled up and down the hollers of the Appalachian Mountains, knocking on doors and learning the music of the mountain people. As his concert career blossomed he moved from the Appalachian hills to Winchester in the late 1980’s. Today, He lives in a log cabin on a hill surrounded by meadows, streams and woods, outside of Lexington, Kentucky

Families, fans, teachers and students are encouraged to attend. His Walden film, which will be shown in its entirety, is a one hour, four-character, two-act, one-set play about the final two days Henry David Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. The documentary/stage show has been shown on nationwide TV on PBS.

Tickets for both the concert and Thoreau/Walden film are only $12/$5 for students.  The Leeds Center for the Arts is located at 27 Main Street, Winchester, KY  859-744-6437 For more information on this visit the websites at www.leedscenter.org www.michaeljohnathon.com www.woodsongs.com www.waldenplay.com

Michael Johnothan Looking Glass Performances

Michael Johnathon will be introducing his new CD Looking Glass at the following performances:

April 17- Granite City Folk – St. Cloud,MN
April 18-Hickory Ridge Concert Series, Lewistown, IL
June 20-Uncommon Ground-Clark, Chicago, IL
June 21-Lake County Folk Club-Gurnee, IL
Sept 11-Just Goods, Rockford, IL
Sept 12-Lupus General Store, Lupus, MO
Sept 18- WTBQ Hootenany Café, Warwick, NY
Sept 18-Princeton Folk Music Society-Princeton, NJ
Michael Johnathon is a folk-singer, songwriter, concert performer, author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” with a radio audience with over a million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. He also created the world’s first multi-camera weekly music series broadcast on the Internet. Michael is also a playwright … his play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and translated into four languages. He  wrote a full symphony opera to commemorate the 2012 Centennial of Woody Guthrie titled Woody: For The People, set on February 23, 1940 – the day he wrote “This Land Is Your Land.”

Growing up in New York, Michael Johnathon was Pete Seeger’s neighbor. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with ten released albums, two published books and several national projects.He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero.” He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC. www.michaeljohnathon.com  www.woodsongs.com

LSA to host Uncorked showcase room at Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference Oct 23-25 in St. Louis

Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts will be hosting the Uncorked showcase room at Folk Alliance Region Midwest Conference Oct 23-25 in St. Louis. 17 artists will be presented during the three- day showcase. Performances by: Kim & Reggie Harris, Wayne Greene, Sue Fink, Simeon Peebler, Chuck VanderVennet, Jack Williams, Chris Vallillo, RJ Cowdery, David Hawkins, James Curley, Andina & Rich, Amy Dixon-Kolar, Tim Grimm, Patty Stevenson & Craig Siemsen , Lee Murdock and Ruth & Max Bloomquist. Concluding with a special Uncorked Caberet with Mark Dvorak on Saturday night.

Michael Johnathon is having a busy fall touring with his new CD Looking Glass. A special concert performance and showing of the Walden film was held at the Tillotson Center for the Arts in Colebrook, NH, which was a wonderful welcome to the fall season. The tour leg also included a lecture and music performance at the Berkley School of Music and a co-bill with friend Rik Palieri at the Good Times Cafe in Hinesburg, VT.

Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts contributes publicity and promotion for Mark Dvorak’s concerts and special events. The Mark Dvorak Trio headlines the sold out Maple Street Chapel 30th Anniversary concert on Saturday October 18 in Lombard, Illinois.  Dvorak has plans to release several new projects in 2015. Visit the website at www.markdvorak.com for tour schedule, workshops, classes and news.

Birdhouse Center for the Arts Welcomes Michael Johnathon

Birdhouse Center for the Arts (7 North Main Street, Lambertville, New Jersey) welcomes Kentucky-based folk singer/songwriter Michael Johnathon for a special concert introducing his new CD Looking Glass on Saturday June 21. Johnathon will also conduct a one-hour songwriting workshop prior to the concert.

Workshop (4:30-5:30pm) $12, Concert (7:30pm) $10  (Workshop and Concert combo $20) www.birdhousecenter.org  or 609-397-3964 for more information.

Michael Johnathon is a folk singer, songwriter, concert performer, author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour with a radio audience with over a million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. He also created the world’s first multi-camera weekly music series broadcast on the Internet. Michael is also a playwright; his play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and translated into four languages. He wrote a full symphony opera to commemorate the 2012 Centennial of Woody Guthrie titled Woody: For The People, set on February 23, 1940 – the day he wrote “This Land Is Your Land.” His new CD Looking Glass is a live performance collection of traditional and original songs.

Growing up in New York, Michael Johnathon was Pete Seeger’s neighbor. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with ten released albums, two published books and several national projects.

He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero.” He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC.

Photo from SERFA 2014

Loretta Sawyer was pleased to present a workshop at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) Conference titled Making a Career for Yourself via Alternative Venues & Thought last week in Montreat, North Carolina, along with Christine Stay and Jan Krist.

Michael Johnathon with Melissa Deaton performed the Formal Showcase set.

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Michael Johnathon and Melissa Deaton showcase at SERFA 2014