sponsored in part by Moravian College Department of Music
Godfrey Daniels celebrates our anniversary each year in March with an annual concert event designed to honor not only our history in the Lehigh Valley music community, but also our supporting membership, and this year is no exception. To mark our 39th anniversary, we’re happy to present two of the very finest singer-songwriters touring today, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert.
Ellis and Vance have a long and very close friendship: they recorded an album together; and they have individually graced our stage several times in the last 20 years. We have wanted to have them perform together for us ever since their album “Side Of The Road” was released in 2003, and now is the time. The date is Friday, March 20, and the venue is Foy Hall on the Moravian College campus. (How fitting is it that Moravian College is the alma mater of our own John Gorka?)
For almost four decades, Godfrey Daniels has been bringing the very best in live music to the Lehigh Valley, and that is thanks in large part to our supporting membership. Our anniversary celebration is the annual event where we give back to our membership, with a concert which is free to all of our members. You can become a member of Godfrey Daniels – please click on the link below, join today, and celebrate with us as we launch our 40th Anniversary Year on Mar. 20 at Foy Hall.
Along with the concert, the evening will include raffle items, silent auction, and complimentary sweet and savory snacks. Beverages will be available as well. Guest Master of Ceremonies will be our co-founder Dave Fry. Doors open at 6:30; show time is 8pm.
[View the List of Raffle and Auction Items]
Admission is based on Membership Level
Friend of Godfrey’s Membership: 1 ticket
Companion Membership: 2 tickets
Family Membership: 4 tickets
Sustainer Membership: 4 tickets
Patron Membership: 4 tickets
Lifetime Membership: 4 tickets
If you would like to attend but are not a Member, click here to Join Now! > http://www.godfreydaniels.org/Membership.aspx
About the Performing Artists
“Despite his success and sense of history, Ellis Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” – The New York Times
“Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.
Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love – intimate, passionate and enduring.” – Lee Zimmerman
Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90’s when the buzz spread through the folk clubs of the Northeast about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking them dead at open mics. Word got out about this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer, and Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert to be a special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across North America by storm. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener,” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from that tour. Gilbert’s three albums for the Rounder/Philo label – Edgewise (1994), Fugitives (1995), and Shaking Off Gravity (1998) – are all essential additions to the American singer-songwriter collection. Eight accomplished albums later, Vance continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy – unarguably the blue ribbons that tie and seal the seemingly impossible package that is… Vance Gilbert.