Folk/Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter from Pleasantville, NY. His writing and performing draws from a deep well of rich musical influences, ranging from Bob Dylan and The Band, to Dan Bern and The Beatles, to Neil Young and Johnny Cash. Known for his unique interpretations of classics drawn heavily from the Dylan and Bern catalogs, Anthony has gained strong acceptance for his original work. He has released five CDs, including “Quality Time” (2007). Anthony is a prolific, largely self-taught musician, playing guitar, bass, cello, mandolin, harmonica, piano, drums, djembe, trombone and just about anything else he picks up! He has performed at the Paramount Center for the Arts, the Postcrypt Coffeehouse at Columbia University, Pleasantville Music Festival and at “guerilla showcases” at Falcon Ridge and NERFA. In February 2007, at the invitation of the Folk Alliance (folkalliance.org)—of which he is a proud member—Anthony will formally showcase at the Alliance’s 19th Annual International Convention in Memphis. http://www.myspace.com/anthonydacosta
Listen in for Winter Break Fun featuring the queen of fun, Abbie Gardner. Abbie is an incredible talent, vocally, instrumentally, as a songwriter, and through her presence. Her CD entitled “Honey On My Grave” is a testament to all of those marks of skill that she possesses. Performing Songwriter writes “The twang of a Dobro is your first indication that Abbie Gardner is not your typical New York–based folksinger. Leaning heavily on bluegrass sounds and instruments, Gardner yodels and mourns with the best of them. She’s a former John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner, and her craft and skill are evident throughout the record. In the title track she advises, “Sister don’t you mourn me, from heaven I will wave / I don’t need no wailing wall if I get honey on my grave.” In “I’m a Fool” she laments waiting for “something we had to turn from love into sadness,” as acoustic and slide guitars dance a slow, country waltz. An ode to chocolate-covered coffee beans (“Caffeine”) and a well-placed cover of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” lighten the mood without breaking the spell that Gardner’s mixture of New York smarts and Appalachian sounds will surely cast over you.” Find out more at http://www.abbiegardner.com.
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