East Meets West @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse Nov. 3

Encore performances from Maine’s Jud Caswell and California’s Claudia Russell with Bruce Kaplan

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse will continue its thirty-fourth season of Smile Making Music on Saturday, November 3 at 8 pm. Two wonderful singer-songwriters will return to Wakefield for encore performances. From the state of Maine is Jud Caswell and from California Claudia Russell with Bruce Kaplan.

Rich Warren of Sing Out has described Jud Caswell as highly original and wise beyond his years! Maine’s Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival. You’ve got your banjo picking, your Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments, and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. He’s often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, but his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock. His sixth CD reflects his years full of music, a celebration of life, love, family, friends, and all that is wonderful about midcoast Maine. His song, Blackberry Time, got him a lot of folk radio airplay and several singer-songwriting awards from Florida, Oregon, Texas, and locally in Massachusetts. Jud’s songs take you into his stories with clear images and characters while accompanying himself on his beautiful six-string guitar. www.JudCaswell.com

The duo Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan is also a favorite of Rich Warren, of Sing Out magazine and Chicago DJ. He noted, “Claudia can really sing! Not only does she have an impressive set of pipes, but she also interprets songs rather than merely convey the lyrics.  She is a superior voice in the crowded field of singer-songwriters.”

Playing gigs from her home state of California to the east coast in venues large and small, award-winning songwriter, Claudia brings this time her 5th CD, Lovers Tree, a mix of songs that seem traditional and contemporary, many that pleased audiences this past summer at the New Bedford Folk Festival. Accompanying Claudia is her husband Bruce Kaplan, a renaissance man in his own right. As a musician, Kaplan has worked with many singer-songwriters, most notably Claudia Russell. He is known for deftly accompanying on mandolin, and electric guitar, providing melodic counterpoint and atmosphere that aspires to elevate each song a little higher.  On stage, he is noted for the witty off-the-cuff remark. www.ClaudiaRussell.com

On their websites, both Jud Caswell and Claudia Russell have samples of the music for a preview of the Linden Tree Coffeehouse concert, where you can learn more about these talented performers. Reservations are requested by calling 781-246-2836. Tickets are $20 with those under 18 only $10) thanks to support in part to the Mass Cultural Council, Wakefield Chapter.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalists Church of Wakefield, 326 Main St. Wakefield. The show begins at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30. Homemade baked goods and beverages are available. www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org

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