Preview the Auction and Raffle Items

Godfrey Daniels 39th Anniversary Member Concert is Fri. Mar. 20, 2015 Along with the concert, the evening will include raffle items, silent auction, and complimentary sweet and savory snacks. Beverages will also be available. We’ll be kicking off our Annual Martin Guitar Raffle, as well! Doors open at 6:30; show time is 8pm, so get there early to enjoy all that we have to offer!

Auction/Raffle Items List Raffle Tickets: 1 for $5 – 5 for $20 RAFFLE PACKAGES

  1. Musical Miscellany ($52 value) Whimsical musical items from the Foo-Foo Shop, and a $25 gift certificate to Hawk Music
  1. South Side Night Out #1 ($100 value) Two tickets to Touchstone Theatre, $25 gift certificate to Molinari’s Italian restaurant, and a gift certificate for a 1-lb. box of chocolates from Tallarico’s ($25)
  1. South Side Night Out #2 ($150 value) Two tickets to Musikfest Café, a $25 gift certificate to Jenny’s Kuali Malaysian Cuisine and a $25 gift certificate for a 1-lb. box of Tallarico’s chocolates
  1. 3rd Street Treats A $25 gift card to Cleo’s Silversmith Studio and Gallery, a $25 gift certificate for a 1-lb. box of chocolates from Tallarico’s, and a gift certificate to Molly’s Irish Grille
  1. Celtic Treat ($100 value) A collection of Celtic CDs from Donegal Square and a $30 gift certificate to the Red Stag Pub
  1. Dinner and a Movie(s) Two weekend passes to the SouthSide Film Festival (June 9-13, 2015) and a $25 gifts certificate to Nawab Indian Cuisine
  1. Play Ball! Iron Pigs Baseball for Four ($65 value) A four-pack of tickets, autographed baseball, and two Iron Pigs blankets
  1. Signature Sounds 10-CD Great Hits Set ($100 value) Ten favorite CDs from the Northampton, MA independent record label
  1. Red House Records 14-CD Acoustic Great Hits Set ($280 value) Three available! Includes autographed CDs from Pieta Brown, Butch Thompson & Pat Donohue, Drew Nelson, Carrie Elkin, Robin & Linda Williams, and The Wailin’ Jennys


  1. Land Haven Bed & Breakfast – One Night’s Stay for Two with Breakfast ($145 value)
  1. Wendy Ellsworth Original Bead and Swarovsky Crystal Bracelet ($150 value)
  1. Yellow/Green Artist-Made Glass Serving Dish ($135 value) Courtesy of The Studio at Biery’s Bridge
  1. Blue/Orange Artist-Made Glass Serving Dish ($125 value) Courtesy of The Studio at Biery’s Bridge
  1. Handcrafted Velour Hat by Annie Giancarlo ($45 value)
  1. Handblown Glass Vase ($150 value) Courtesy of Bernie Toseland
  1. Backdoor Bakeshop $25 Gift Certificate, T-shirt, and Mug ($50 value)
  1. “Ethereal Wooded Pathway”, (2013) 8”x10” Original Framed Photographic Print by Carol J. Gilmore ($95 value)
  1. Set of Four Handblown Glass Tumblers (Multi) by Hence Bollinger ($100 value) Two sets available!
  1. Wheel-Thrown Decorative Ceramic Raku Bottle by Deb Slahta ($125 value)
  1. Gift Card to The Lesson Center ($120 value)
  1. Private Yoga Lesson at The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem ($75 value)
  1. Two Tickets to Aida on 4/23 at Liberty High School Theatre ($20 value)
  1. Gift Certificate to The Compact Disc Center in Bethlehem ($50 value) Two available!
  1. Salon Certificate to Hairapy by Linda in Bethlehem ($50 value)
  1. Lunch for Two at Dave’s Deli in Bethlehem Two available!
  1. Two Weekend Passes to Muses in the Vineyard Women’s Music Festival ($90 value) May 16 & 17, 2015



  1. Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses and a $100 Gift Certificate to Fox Optical ($250 value) High style for your eyes! – – Starting bid $80
  2. Martin Guitar Ukulele ($399 value) Courtesy of Andy Bollinger. Hone your skills or start from scratch! – – Starting bid $100
  3. One Banana Factory Class of Your Choice (up to $360 value) Courtesy of ArtsQuest. Take up a new artistic hobby!
  4. Dina Hall House Concert ($400 value) Private concert with one of the area’s finest singer/songwriters! – – Starting bid $150
  5. Handmade Patchwork Wall Hanging by Brenda Brown ($500 value) Beautiful handmade artistry! – – Starting bid $200
  6. One-Week Stay in Vieques ($1,400 value) Courtesy of Judi Space. A week in Paradise! – – Starting bid $500
  7. Godfrey Daniels Booze Wagon! ($370 value) Donated by Godfrey’s Board of Directors and Anniversary Committee This item speaks for itself! – – Starting bid $130

Our most sincere thanks to each and every bidder, our generous Auction/Raffle item contributors, Moravian College, our volunteers, and everyone who donated their time, resources, and energy to help make this event possible.

Godfrey Daniels 5th Annual Membership Appreciation Concert and Party

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! >

About the Performing Artists

Ellis Paul

“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

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.

Godfrey’s Board of Directors Annual Planning Meeting

Yesterday, our Godfrey Daniels board of directors held its annual retreat and planning session, at Lehigh University. We wish to thank Ramona LaBarre, Joe Scull, and a fine staff of volunteers, for keeping the music thriving. This is what we call #godfreydanielscommunity.

Here’s a quick look at the Year in Review
• New Speakers were installed, thanks to a grant
• Volunteer staff started using SignUp Genius
• Live From Godfrey Daniels on WDIY is thriving
• New (gently used) computers received thanks to donation
• Archives collaboration with Lehigh University
• Music Series are all gaining ground: Charter Arts, Dave’s Night Out, Homegrown, First Friday
• Partnerships continue with WDIY, Ice House Tonight, Southside Film Festival, Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, Musikfest, Mayfair, Muses in the Vineyard
• Grants, gifts and other donations are up

GD BOD 2014

(l-r): Fred Bonsall, Jeff Huff, Chuck Schubert, Mary Radadovits, Dina Hall, Dave Fry, Bernie Toseland, (bottom) Bill George. (not in photo: Andy Bollinger

Dina’s first visit to the Philadelphia Folk Festival

by Dina Hall



Dave Fry shares memories of performing and emceeing at the festival main stage. — at Philadelphia folk fest.

I had the great privilege of spending yesterday with my good friend Dave Fry, at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. It was my first time at the fest (I know, What?!) and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to make that memory. As we toured the grounds, Dave introduced me to some of the Philly Folk Fest ‘royalty’, gave me a sneak peek into the backstage operations, and shared his memories of his early days as a performer and emcee at the festival.

I also reconnected with some friends that I haven’t seen in quite some time. Dave and I talked about the local music community, and the greater folk community and how good artists cross that bridge and how they do it well. At the end of the day, we snacked on peach pie, and enjoyed a couple of the main stage acts. Our favorite act of the day was 10 Strings and a Goatskin, from the North Shore of Prince Edward Island. (side note: Steep Canyon Rangers blew my mind!)

If I can make a simple point here it is this: It is only when I’m in these situations that I remember what an honor it is to be at the helm of Godfrey Daniels. Godfrey’s is part of the history of folk music in the northeast United States. It is respected and revered by internationally touring artists, and national and regional ones as well. We have a treasure here on the southside of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and we must do our best to preserve that.


Ansel Barnum talking during a harmonica workshop.

Dave Fry gets to chat with young fans.










Thank you to Dave, for sharing all of this with me. And thank you to all of the Members, Volunteers and Artists who keep the music alive! We are a strong community, and a happy one at that.


We wore these in honor of Mike Space.

If you’ve never been to Godfrey Daniels, here’s a link to the website. ( I hope you can visit soon.

– Dina







Cymbals are missing

Hi Folks,

A few months ago, we noticed that some of the pieces from our house drum kit have been missing. We’ve looked high and low, but haven’t been able to recover them.

As you know, we are a non-profit organization, operating on a very tight budget, so we’re appealing to you – our community – to help us replace these pieces.

Here’s what we need:
(2) 16″-20″ cymbals (one ride cymbal, one crash cymbal)
(1) cymbal floor stand
(2) ball clamps for mounting tom-toms

Maybe you’re a drummer and have spare equipment, or maybe you’re a generous member and would like to donate money to cover the cost of this equipment. Either way, please call 610-867-2390 if you’re interested.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support.


*** Follow-up: The cymbals were replaced by a small group of generous friends. We thank you very much.

Annual Board Retreat today

The Godfrey Daniels Board of Directors met today for their annual planning retreat. We brainstormed programming ideas for the upcoming year, explored fundraising and sponsorship programs, and considered ways to sustain our mission.

We continue our commitment to the community, and we appreciate your support in return – both physical and financial. Help us to spread this concept, by using social media to share your experiences at Godfrey’s. Please use the hashtag #‎godfreydanielscommunity‬.

Here’s to a great year ahead.

– Dina Hall, president, Godfrey Daniels

A profound sadness amidst the celebration of music.

by Dave Fry

How does one define Space? It has no boundaries, to begin with.


We lost our immediate personification of Space when we lost our own Mike Space this week, who passed in his sleep in his new home in the Caribbean.  He was recreating another chapter in his active and creative life with his soul mate Judi Space, off on the island paradise of Vieques.



When Mike and Judi moved up to the Lehigh Valley from Philly, he brought with him his love of folk music, art, good food and general large living, along with his hands-on skills as a mechanic. And it was his love of getting under the hood that made him invaluable as he began his career as a folk-music promoter, sound man, and radio DJ.

Personally, he was the right man for the big job of Artistic Director at Godfrey’s when he took over for me when, in 2000, I stepped away and resettled in CT with my family after 25 years on the job. It was important for me and for the club to trust in someone who recognized the continuity necessary, and could take the club in new directions. Mike did that in spades, brought back the favorites and, importantly, introduced new artists to our stage, folks who shared his sense of humor and arcane entertainment tastes.


Mike Space, Cindy Dinsmore, Paul Geremia, at Godfrey Daniels Sep. 2008


Mike Space at Godfrey Daniels after 2012 Zen For Primates Christmas Show

He and Judi also opened their home Space Mountain to traveling musicians, including myself, returning to the Lehigh Valley for gigs. We were always grateful for their graciousness and hospitality and for the stimulating conversations over their communal table. Mike also expanded on this concept with a series of amazing house concerts, extending this hospitality to neighbors and friends. The 2014 Spring series he lined up is amazing, and bears his signature.

Mike Space used his expansive musical knowledge as he became involved with WDIY and public radio. He was there in the beginnings of Live From Godfrey Daniels, an important way of getting folks “in the door” at the club, introducing Lehigh Valley ears to the magic that happens at our live shows. And then he hosted The Blend, the afternoon potpourri of contemporary Americana, rare gems from our hippie past and various other cultural curiosities. He owned his show and folks came to cherish his Tuesday afternoon explorations and sly commentaries.


Mike and Luna visit Godfrey’s during the Southside Bethlehem Spring on Fourth Celebration in Apr. 2005.

Mike also put in the long hours and hard labor as a volunteer at the Philly Folk Festival, doing what had to be done to set up and break down this huge event, while enjoying the behind-the-scenes community of Festers who gather each year to stage this internationally recognized celebration of Folk Music.

Mike was a man who smiled, laughed, pitched in and created, always with open arms and an open heart. We are proud to have been in his presence all these years, and the folk music community at large will miss his spirit and humor. I’m sure he is setting up house concerts on the other side of the Pearly Gates, doing sound, emceeing, and welcoming friends and musicians to sit a spell and celebrate our community with some of the finest in Folk Music.


The last three photos are courtesy of Joe Cassano.

‘Tis the season for community, in a culture of Connections.

by Ramona LaBarre


For over 20 years, Craig Thatcher has been bringing all manner of exciting band configurations to Godfrey Daniels’ stage.  For those who don’t know him, Craig is a Lehigh Valley native, who is an ambassador/clinician for Martin Guitar.  He is an accomplished blues guitar artist and besides playing regularly in many different regional venues, he tours the world with his powerful and stellar shows.

thatcher boak

For his November 24 acoustic show at Godfrey’s, Craig brought in long-time friend and special guest Dick Boak, Director of Museums, Archives and Special Projects (for those of you who might need an introduction) at Martin Guitar.  Dick’s history at Godfrey Daniels goes all the way back to the early days in the 1970s.

Image 2The convergence of long-time friends Craig, Dick, and Godfrey Daniels founder Dave Fry made for a magical evening indeed.  Dick played and sang with Craig and the band, and so did Dave, with a selection from his upcoming album, Playground.  And the evening was kicked off by Dick presenting a monetary gift of support from The Martin Guitar Foundation, to Godfrey Daniels.

 dick boak

The connection between artists and audience was, as usual, palpable.  Another extraordinary evening of music in your original live music listening room.

Thanks to our friends at Martin Guitar, and thanks to Craig for always coming back to our stage.   And we gratefully acknowledge the presence of Michael & Sybil Stershic.  In the new tradition of Connecting, they shared the magic of the evening with a tweet and an Instagram photo on behalf of Discover Lehigh Valley.  Did you see that? ( < in the left-hand sidebar )

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!


Happy Summer.

Greetings to all,
Happy summer to you. I hope you’re relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends. It’s August, the crickets and the cicadas are making beautiful rhythm, and we’ve come to the close of another memorable season. While we take this short break, don’t forget to refer to the schedule on our website. It features some of the upcoming shows.
In case you haven’t heard all that’s going on, I’d like to briefly report on what’s happened lately.
In May, we welcomed some new folks to our board of directors, and they quickly settled in to very active roles. Loly Reynolds, Chuck Schubert, Fred Bonsall, and Bill George joined the board over the past year. Loly Reynolds took on the role of Membership chair – with great enthusiasm. Bill George comes to us with many years of experience and creative leadership at Touchstone Theater. He has become an animated member of our newly-formed Communications committee.
In April, three longtime board members stepped down after many years of activity in the organization. Mike Space, Gar Davidson and Scott Petersen all retired from their roles in Godfrey’s leadership. We appreciate all that they have done year after year. If you see them around town, please remember to tell them “Thank You”.
The board elected Loly Reynolds as vice president, and Chuck Schubert as treasurer. I’m honored to be the new president. It’s exciting to have this chance to lead Godfrey’s forward, into a new era of music and community. I think we all feel the changes taking place, and while we’ll keep doing what we do best, we’re also pleased to pass the torch on to a new generation. Thanks to Dave Fry and Cindy Dinsmore for continuing to guide us all in the right direction. And my personal thanks to Ramona LaBarre for managing and directing and reaching out and welcoming in.
If you’re a Member or a Volunteer – or both – thank you. And we hope to see you in September.

Dina Hall
President-Godfrey Daniels

A gift to our Members

by Ramona LaBarre

On Friday, March 22, a close-knit group of friends gathered to celebrate Godfrey Daniels’ 37th anniversary in our annual Spring event, our members-only concert, with our special guest artist, Bill Miller. We began these members-only concerts a few years ago, to give back to our members, a small token of all they have given to Godfrey’s over our lifetime of financial support.

below: Ramona LaBarre and Cyndi Reichard  Photo by Joe Ledva

901043_462355973835492_893236142_oWe often are asked, “Do we have to be a member to attend your concerts?” The answer is No (with the exception of our annual event) – Godfrey’s is not a private club. Godfrey’s is open to the public and welcomes audience members of all ages and musical interests, every time the doors are open. Our supporting membership program was started in the very early 1980s, in order to support our 501 (c) (3) non-profit status. We’re supported by membership in the same way public television and public radio are. And membership has its privileges.

Two years ago for our milestone 35th anniversary, our own John Gorka joined us in the celebration. We held a silent raffle, kicked off our annual Martin Guitar raffle, unveiled an anniversary hand-thrown collectible mug by Sommerville Pottery, and our annual celebration was for the first time ever, held off-premises, at Trinity Episcopal Church on Market Street, one mile from Godfrey’s. The venue is a perfect fit – Mother Laura and her husband Dave Howell, along with Trinity’s social worker Marcie Lightwood, are long-time friends of Godfrey’s; and the congregation at the church and our own audience at Godfrey’s overlap in great numbers.

Our founder Dave Fry is our honorable Master of Ceremonies each spring. Dave is fond of reminding us all of the magic that happens in the room at Godfrey’s, between the artist and audience. While our annual Spring event has found a warm home at the church, the magic exists there as well, where the gathering consists of 100% of our supporting members. The community and joy are palpable. People know one another, not only from their visits to Godfrey’s, but from all over our arts-rich community. Notable community members such as Beall Fowler, Jodi Duckett & Wally Trimble, the music-loving Finelli Clan, Bill Stanford, and Loly Reynolds, to name just a few, were present this year.

dina pixtop left: Wally Trimble and Jodi Duckett chat with Dave Fry; top right: Jack Murray, Pat Finelli, Wanda Finelli, Terry Mutchler; bottom left: several items in the silent raffle; Rosalie Fry and Loly Reynolds  (photos by Dina Hall)

Dave Fry’s opening set was full of humor, seriousness, and gratitude, honoring our members and uniting every one in the room. He is our consummate entertainer, well-known, successful in his music career, and well-loved in our community. Following Dave, Bill’s show was reverent, as appropriate to the room. He has a long-standing history in Bethlehem, not only in concert appearances at Godfrey’s and other venues, but also back to his ancestry, some of whom are buried in Nisky Hill Cemetery.

Photo by Joe Ledva

Bill mixed his Native-American based original songs and his powerful vocals with his haunting flute music, and did some covers that still resonate with his philosophy. And his storytelling was a large part of his show, along with many compliments about feeling remarkable kinship with Godfrey’s and the Lehigh Valley in general. Bill also reflected on his first visit to Godfrey’s, when he opened for John Hartford for $60, eventually going out on tour with John, becoming close friends with him and the many friends of John on the folk circuit. Bill closed out his set with an invitation to Dave Fry to join him ‘for some rock’n’roll’ – and they covered J.J. Cale’s ‘Call Me the Breeze’ with much visible delight and powerful guitar licks. We know that was an honor for Dave, as it was for all of his friends there in the room.

The celebration could not have been better; and as is often the case with Godfrey Daniels shows, they really do just keep getting better as the years roll on by.