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October 2019

October 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“Putting the songs to work.”

Buffy Sainte-Marie doesn’t sugarcoat the truth, nor does she shy away from hard realities, but her album Medicine Songs is never overwhelming or oppressive. Rather than making us feel smaller, sadder or more cynical, Buffy Sainte-Marie makes us feel stronger and more capable of seeing the world around us clearly.

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November 2019

November 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind. Jontavious is a great new voice of the 21st century in the acoustic blues.” | Taj Mahal

Jontavious Willis brings back the true soul of country blues music. A newspaper headline once called him a “70-year-old bluesman in a 20-year-old body.”

Although still in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920s and making them wish they could stay there for good. Blind Boy Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet.

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December 2019

December 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“The Klezmatics are wonderful… ‘Gonna get Through This World’ is a piece of genius.” | Pete Seeger

The Klezmatics are globally-renowned world music superstars — and the only klezmer band to win a Grammy award.

Your ticket includes a workshop from the stage with The Klezmatics prior to this evening’s concert starting at 6:30.  Concert to begin at 7:30.

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January 2020

January 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Musician and human rights defender Ramy Essam was one of the galvanizing voices of the Egyptian revolution of 2011-2013. His music — which he performed live during the protests in Tahrir Square, channeled the energy and passion of spontaneous street chants into popular songs that embodied the peaceful, creative side of the uprising.

Your ticket includes a talk from the stage with Ramy Essam prior to this evening’s concert starting at 6:30.  Concert to begin at 7:30.

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February 2020

February 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved … and now her vocals and songwriting have matured to the level of her virtuosity.” | Bela Fleck

 “I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round.” | Alison Krauss

 

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March 2020

March 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“Most striking is Chavez’s ease as she moves between social and love songs, between North American and Latin genres, and even between languages: When she passes mid-song from English to Spanish and back, it’s the most natural thing in the world.“   | The Boston Globe

Your ticket includes a workshop from the stage with Gina Chavez prior to this evening’s concert starting at 6:30. Concert to begin at 7:30.

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March 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
The Roots Cellar, 6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

**DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING EFFORTS BASED ON COVID-19, THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**

Karan Casey has long been recognized as one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music.

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May 2020

12:30 - 2 PM
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope is pleased to once again present free music under the tent in Schenley Plaza this summer!

 

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July 2020

July 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a live streaming performance by John McCutcheon!

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August 2020

August 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Up next on our new, online series! Paul Rishell & Annie Raines!

 

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September 2020

September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Scott Ainslie!

Stay tuned for a Q & A afterwards!

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October 2020

October 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Robert Johnson and Matt Watroba: Common Chords!

Stay tuned for a Q & A afterwards!

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November 2020

November 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.”  | Boston Herald

The award-winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

 

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December 2020

December 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Eliza Gilkyson

Stay tuned for a Q & A afterward!

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December 19, 2020

Django A Gogo Festival with Stephane Wrembel & Friends

Stephane Wrembel, one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music, presents Django a Gogo Festival celebrating the life and music of legendary musician, Django Reinhardt, with an interactive guitar workshop and two very special concerts.

“A revelation…”–Rolling Stone

 

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January 2021

January 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm

Want to get started in learning traditional ballads? Our online workshop will help you in finding songs and teach you some of the basics. No instrument needed, just your own singing voice.

 

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January 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Mary Flower!

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January 17, 2021

Join Washington, D.C.-based, African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock®, as they mark this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a celebration of hope, resilience, and new beginnings. The ensemble will take the stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre, where they will connect with an audience of thousands who join via Zoom from around the world.

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January 22, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Old West was won by Jeff Daniels at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Daniels took home the award for Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie, in the Netflix series “Godless.”

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February 2021

February 22, 2021 - February 26, 2021

Folk Unlocked Spotlight Showcase Artists

These Spotlight Showcase performances will be happening during the Folk Unlocked Virtual Conference.

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April 2021

April 2, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, Tom Paxton, teams up with the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter duo The Don Juans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner.

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May 2021

May 9, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Accidentals, Dar Williams, Tom Paxton, Kim Richey, and Maia Sharp: what do all these amazing songwriters have in common? ONE: they’re all co-writers on the latest EP by The Accidentals: Time Out. TWO: they’re performing ONE NIGHT ONLY together on May 9th.

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June 2021

June 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Mary Gauthier!

Stay tuned for the Q&A afterward!

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July 2021

July 17, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Calliope for a special installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring an album release by John McCutcheon!

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October 2021

October 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“Dirk’s got great subtlety, tremendous feel, and he’s very loose and very modern, in the best sense of the word.” — T-Bone Burnett

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December 2021

December 4, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

January 2022

January 29, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

Blues is at the center of Corey, Phil and Cedric’s artistry, and the blues takes center stage in True Blues, the concert.

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February 2022

February 26, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony…Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today” –Brian O’Donovan WGBH, National Public Radio

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March 2022

March 12, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” — Boston Herald

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April 2022

April 30, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“The Way Down Wanderers intricate, hypnotic rhythms call to mind ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ more than bluegrass traditional.” – Rolling Stone Country 

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May 2022

May 3, 2022 @ 4:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us once again this summer as we present music under the tent in Schenley Plaza (Oakland) this summer!

Save the dates:

July 14
August 18
September 8
Artists to be announced soon!
In partnership with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
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May 7, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

John McCutcheon: folk music’s renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. Ever wondered where John came up with that song idea?  How did he research the many historical songs he’s written?  Who did he write that particular song for?  What about that line/term/idea I don’t quite understand?

 

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July 2022

July 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope welcomes Moe Taters and The Gravy Train on the evening of July 14th under the tent at Schenley Plaza!

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August 2022

August 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope welcomes Well Strung on the evening of August 18th under the tent at Schenley Plaza!

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September 2022

September 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope welcomes Bertha and The Belles on the evening of September 8 under the tent at Schenley Plaza!

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October 2022

October 1, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who ‘gets it’: has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it” – Mark Knopfler 

[On Tony Trischka] “… the great banjo liberationist …”  — NPR

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November 2022

November 5, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

 “Folkie great shares wry humor and hard-won wisdom… [and] modernizes blues and Americana” — Rolling Stone

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December 2022

December 10, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“Effortlessly pushing bluegrass back to its earlier roots in Appalachian traditions, while steering old sounds in fascinating new directions.” – No Depression

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January 2023

January 28, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

GRAMMY-nominated all-woman string band whose mission is to showcase top female musicians and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance.

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February 2023

February 25, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“Breabach are in an electrifying new phase – one that illustrates the band’s strength and interest in experimentation. Exhilarating, energetic and accomplished…” – Songlines ★★★★

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March 2023

March 25, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“Just when people think the old country blues of the Mid-Atlantic has faded away, along come the wonderful husband and wife duo of Valerie and Benedict Turner who are the heirs to the Piedmont blues tradition. They are known as the duo ‘Piedmont Blūz’ and play the truehearted, authentic country blues with love. It’ll warm your heart. Keep your ears on Piedmont Blūz.”  – Frank Matheis, Writer: Living Blues

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April 2023

April 29, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“But Guy Davis can close the deal, because Guy Davis is a seasoned storyteller and a messenger of hard truths, balanced by a humble wit.” – Victor Aaron “Something Else” 

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September 2023

September 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

The Sweaty Already String Band is a Pittsburgh-area acoustic quartet playing traditional and modern bluegrass, along with some unexpected covers!

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October 2023

October 7, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
City Winery Pittsburgh, 1627 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States

“…Rishell is a master of country/blues styles, particularly slide played on a National steel guitar. Raines, a rare female ace blues harmonica blower, shows that she is as strong an acoustic country harp accompanist as she is a harder-edged, electrified Chicago-style lead player à la the great Little Walter…” –Billboard

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October 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Roots Cellar, 6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Join us for our first show back at The Roots Cellar featuring Smokestack Lightning! This will be a fundraiser for Calliope.

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November 2023

November 4, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
City Winery Pittsburgh, 1627 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States

“A welcome collaboration from two venerated singer-songwriters. It also serves as a testament to the human spirit in a time of darkness.” – PopMatters

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December 2023

December 2, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
City Winery Pittsburgh, 1627 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States

“The vocal harmonies are, as usual, heartbreakingly virtuoso, crystal clear and intense, full of tension that dissolves into lovely harmonies” – Alexandra Ullsten, Lira 2021. Om Live in Longueuil

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December 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Roots Cellar, 6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Calliope welcomes The Turpentiners to The Roots Cellar!

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February 2024

February 3 @ 6:30 pm
City Winery Pittsburgh, 1627 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States

“The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with. I love to play music with them.” –Doc Watson

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