We're celebrating 25 years of 333 concerts with a show featuring 333's long-serving hosts.
- We'll hear current hosts Tom Rhoads and Amy Ksir with some songs and (in observance of the date), a little Irish music featuring Jan Scopel on bodhran.
Janie Meneely (who managed 333 from 2005 to 2011) and her duo partner Rob van Sante will share Janie's wonderful Chesapeake By songs and Rob's classic Brit-folk repertoire.
- And 333 founder Max Ochs will regale us in his own inimitable style with his poetry and songs and (no doubt) some of the vintage blues he loves.
- Occasional MC Ernie Tucker will be on hand too.
For this special night only, all refreshments will be free - including our Anniversary Cake! Expect lots of singing along and general bonhomie!
Janie Meneely & Rob van Sante
Biography: Chesapeake songster Janie Meneely and traditional balladeer Rob van Sante join to perform maritime music from the Bay and Beyond. Commonly seen playing with the likes of Alan Reid (of Battlefield Band) or John Connolly (who penned "Fiddler’s Green"), Rob adds his virtuoso guitar to the array of Janie’s “Bay-spun”originals, while Janie adds vocal harmonies to Rob’s traditional ballads.
Janie has been singing about Chesapeake people, places and history for going on (gasp!) 30 years now, chronicling the stories of Bay watermen or poking fun at sailors’ traditions. The death of her husband in 2013 left her without a musical partner, so this collaboration heralds the start of something new (www.janiemeneely.com).
Dutch-born Rob is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano, so it’s no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, working with such stalwarts of the British folk and jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker . . . the list goes on (www.reidvansante.com).
Both are delighted to bring you a few hours of maritime music, merriment and mayhem, and invite you to sing along.
Biography: Max Ochs, a songwriter, poet and musician, has spent over three decades composing and performing his own songs and playing acoustic blues and folk. He learned many of the songs in person from the greats: Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Son House, all of whom lived at Max's house in early 60's New York City. He also studies John Fahey, Mike Stewart (Backwards Sam Firk) and recorded for Takoma Records. Like Pete Seeger, one of his heroes, he loves to get people singing, and he especially loves to play old Piedmont and Delta blues. Max co-founded the 333 Coffeehouse in Annapolis, Maryland in 1992 and hosted it until 2004, and continues to guest host and perform there. He recorded an album, 'Letter to the Editor,' in 2002 and more recently released another self-titled CD of poetry and music.