David Burchfield, Sydney Clapp, and Barry Osborne w/ poet Wayne Gilbert by candlelight
Hey folks! We're very excited to present our candlelit evening of music and poetry in the BEAUTIFUL chapel at the First Unitarian Society of Denver. It will be a really special evening and we'd love for you to join us!
David Burchfield writes American folk music thats not content to stay within traditional genre boundaries. Taking cues from Josh Ritter and Joe Pug, Burchfields literate lyrics meet emotive grace in nods to Gillian Welch, Mandolin Orange, and David Ramirez. There is a powerful candor in Burchfields writing raw, emotive, and rich with details that bring the listener right into the scene of his passion. Solo, Burchfield performs with a surprising ferocity and emotional delivery that has silenced even the rowdiest of rooms. Critics have called his 5-piece band, David Burchfield & the Fire Guild, akin to the Band meets the Stray Birds equal parts all out rock n roll party and sensitively arranged balladry. Burchfield has played the Middle of the Map Fest, Boulevardia, was featured in the Chevy Music Showcase, and has shared bills with Noah Gundersen, David Ramirez, and Joe Pug.
Sydney Clapp is a gripping, dynamic songwriter based out of Denver, Colorado. Sydneys songwriting is simultaneously devastating and hopeful. In the midst of isolation and deep processing of both the joys and sorrows of this world, Sydney sought vulnerability, healing and connection of our shared human experience through her music. Potentially warranting a box of tissues, Sydneys experimental folk music invites you to connect with your deepest emotions. Rhythmic and melancholy yet visceral and uplifting, Sydneys debut EP, Cradled By Sound is set to release in 2019.
Denver singer-songwriter Barry Osborne plays post punk old time banjo. He released his debut EP Back of the Title Page in 2018. In their review, Marquee Magazine wrote "With the same whimsical irreverence of John Hartford, Denvers Barry Osborne takes the old-time clawhammer sound and blends it with his influences of early 1980s college rock."
In addition to writing songs and playing out in Denver and along Colorado's Front Range. in 2019 Barry developed his song cycle, What A Fool Might Suggest, enlisting a band to give his musical and storytelling vision greater depth and resonance.
On October 3, 2019 he debuted the song cycle with Olivia Shaw (of Avenhart) on fiddle, Niki Tredinnick (of The Dollhouse Thieves) on vocals and multiple instruments, and Yoni Fine on guitar to a full house in Quinlan Cafe at Swallow Hill Music. The band hopes to keep performing regularly and record the song cycle in 2020.
Whether solo or with a band, Barry leans into his clawhammer banjo playing to deliver humor and hard truths - often in the same song - to audiences.
Barry played Denver's Underground Music Showcase in both 2018 and 2019. In 2019 he was nominated for a Westword Music Award in the Folk/Bluegrass category.
Wayne A. Gilbert was a teacher/professor for 37 years. Since 2000, he has performed his original poems in numerous venues and classrooms in the region. He has published two chapbooks of poems, magmamystic and From the Ashes. Wayne is well-known for his dynamic performances throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
In 2005, Wayne was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. He uses poems about his experience with the progressive-degenerative disease to advocate and support others with the diagnosis. He offers workshops called metaphor medicine for people with Parkinsons and their care-partners. The Davis Phinney Foundation recently posted videos on their webiste of Wayne performing original poetry.
Wayne co-founded and dances with Re-Connect with Your Body a Dance for PD-affiliate class for people with and without Parkinsons sponsored by Art as Action.
Wayne is also an actor and co-founder of Us-In-A-Box Theatre Workshop, a group of actors who write and stage original performance pieces. Their latest script combines numerous of Waynes poems into a theatre piece.
2014-2019 Wayne received grants from The Institute for Poetic Medicine for monthly poetry sessions of Unlocked Poetry for poet-offenders at Sterling Correctional Facility, Sterling, CO.
Wayne received the 2018 Governors Creative Leadership Award through Colorado Creative Industries for his artistry and activism.
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