Florida - Three of the Hudson Valley’s most talented singer/songwriters will come together for a showcase performance at 8 p.m., Saturday Jan. 29, at Temple Beth Shalom in the Village of Florida. Jim Lord, Vickie Russell and John Sheehan will each give individual 45-minute performances, with some guest accompanists. While each has a very distinctive style and voice, Lord, Russell and Sheehan all write songs that are funny or touching or both with equal ease. They are local treasures whose music delights audiences around the region. Jim Lord Jim Lord’s often-wistful songs are about the unsung heroes all around us. His contemplative lyrics, accompanied by his spot-on fingerstyle guitar playing, create a treat for the mind as well as the ears. He has shared the stage with Elvis Costello, Sam and Dave, the Incredible String Band, Merl Saunders, Vassar Clements, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Albert King, Richie Havens and Bert Jansch. Lord lives in Chester. His Web site is: www.Jimlord.com. Vickie Russell Vickie Russell delivers a powerfully expressive performance filled with rich vocals, accompanied by rhythmic piano and guitar all wrapped in her slightly mischievous original songs. She has a quirky sense of humor and an extraordinary flair for song writing that keeps her audiences enthralled. Russell has opened for such musical artists as 10,000 Maniacs, Donovan, Rick Danko, Leon Russell, Richie Havens, Cris Williamson and Chris Smithers. She lives in New Paltz. Her Web site is: www.vickierussell.com. John Sheehan John Sheehan is a master fingerstyle guitarist who defies classification as he combines his classical training across everything from blues to Celtic to classic rock to folk and bluegrass. In addition to his original instrumental compositions, he offers soulful and sometimes funny original songs, often about the struggles and triumphs of individualists he has met along the way. Sheehan has shared the stage with, guitar greats Tal Farlow, John Hammond, Peter Kaukonen, Jorma Kaukonen, John Renbourne, Adrian Legge and Tom Doyle as well as, singer/songwriters Steve Forbert, Chris Smithers, Jonathan Edwards, Greg Brown and Slaid Cleaves. John lives in Ringwood, N.J. His Web site is: www.johnsheehan.net.
If you go Temple Beth Shalom is located at 13 Roosevelt Ave. in the Village of Florida. Admission is $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. To reserve seats, mail check to Showcase, Temple Beth Shalom, 13 Roosevelt Ave. PO Box 517, Florida, NY 10921