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Sunday Street Concerts at LIM in The Gillespie Room

We are pleased to announce that our concerts will now take place in the beautiful Gillespie Room at the Long Island Museum, Route 25 A in Stony Brook Village. We’ll be able to accommodate one hundred people and will have wine, beer and cider available at the shows.


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The legendary Tom Russell in a special one-man show
Sunday, June 26th, 5 P.M.

Tom Russell, one of America’s great songwriters, returns to our area for a very special one-man show where he will be performing songs spanning his career, including many of them rarely done in his shows. Also, look for new songs he hasn’t recorded yet. He’ll also share the background of his songs as well as stories told as only Tom is able to tell. And, since Tom is an established artist, you’ll be seeing some of his work and hearing about the subjects of his paintings.

The Boston Globe has called Tom “the most powerful voice on the contemporary folk circuit.” Mike Regenstreif of the Montreal Gazette says Tom is “the best songwriter of my generation,” who “raises and sets the bar for contemporary singer-songwriters.” David Letterman featured him many times on Late Night, and Tom’s album releases have been regarded as one masterpiece after another. In 2015, Tom released his epic folk opera, The Rose of Roscrae, to widespread critical acclaim. This two disk masterwork wove Tom’s songs and the songs of others into a sprawling saga of the American West.

Advance sale tickets are $35 through Friday, June 25th.

If any tickets remain on the day of the show, they will be available at the door for $40, cash only.

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James Maddock

Sunday, September 18th, 5 P.M.

The Sunday Street Acoustic Series is pleased to present a return visit by this acclaimed singer/songwriter, with songs from his recent album, The Green, as well as Maddock favorites.

British born James Maddock was first recognized in the U.S as leader of the band Wood whose song “Stay You” was included in the first Dawson’s Creek compilation. After taking an extended break from record making, Maddock moved to New York City and returned to the scene in late 2009 with the exquisite collection of songs, Sunrise On Avenue C. Maddock followed “Sunrise” in 2011 with Wake Up and Dream and his last album, Another Life, was was frequently mentioned on “Best of the Year” lists for 2013. WFUV and Sirius XM host Vin Scelsa says “Maddock’s talent has a timeless quality he shares with the great songwriters. His music touches the soul.”

His live performances show Maddock to be one of the most engaging and exciting artists on the acoustic music scene and members of our audience at previous Maddock shows have asked us to please have him return.(

Advance sale tickets at $25 through September 15th with remaining tickets at the door, if available, for $30 (cash only)

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A Blues co-bill with:
Toby Walker and Beaucoup Blue

Sunday, October 23rd at 5 P.M.

Toby Walker has been hailed as a roots music fingerstyle guitar virtuoso who is well-known not only in the US but also in Europe. Walker blends blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style. Jorma Kaukonen, of Hot Tuna, and earlier The Jefferson Airplane, says of Toby: “Flat out…you have to hear this great musician…I’m blown away” and has brought Toby to teach at his Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp.

Beaucoup Blue is the father and son Philadelphia-based duo of David and Adrian Mowry. Although blues if a staple of their repertoire, they are cite musical influences from folk, soul, r&b, jazz, country and bluegrass. A handsome range of instruments, including six and twelve string guitars, slide guitar, and dobro and their two soulful voices blend together like only family members can.

Advance sale tickets $22 through Friday, October 21st, with tickets at the door, if available, for $27 (cash only at the door).

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Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche

Sunday, November 13 3 P.M.

A mother/daughter afternoon of songs, great harmonies and stories. Suzzy Roche came to our attention as part of The Roches (with her sisters Terre and Maggie) and Lucy Wainwright Roche is her daughter (whose father is Loudon Wainwright III). The Roches released eleven albums over the years since their recording debut in 1979. Suzzy has two solo albums to her credit as well as two albums with her sister Maggie. Lucy has several albums and EPs to her credit in a recording career that began in 2010. Both play guitar and Suzzy plays piano as well. Suzzy and Lucy’s most recent release, Mud & Apples, appeared in 2016 and includes several originals as well as great versions of songs by Paul Simon, Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell and others.

Advance sale is $22 through Friday, November 11th at with tickets at the door for $27 (cash only)


Sunday Street is the title of the long-running radio program hosted by Charlie Backfish every Sunday from 9 AM until 12 Noon on WUSB, 90.1 fm and also streaming at

The program highlights singer/songwriters, both new and established, and frequently features in-studio conversations and performances. Every program concludes with a Dylan segment. Additionally, The Sunday Street Series presents national and internationally touring artists in performance at a local venue, The University Cafe.

You can contact Charlie through his Facebook.


Pete Kennedy, Heart of Gotham (Pete's superb New York City-based song cycle.)

Dar Williams, Emerald (Her best album in many years including a very powerful song, "New York Is A Harbor.")

Paul Benoit, My Old Clothes (Great guitarist and songwriter from the Pacific Northwest).

Butchers Blind, A Place in America EP (Outstanding band from Long Island with a batch of fine new songs).

Keith Richards, Crosseyed Heart (Best music to come from any of the members of The Rolling Stones in a few decades).

Peter Case, HWY 62 (A songwriter's songwriter indeed…deserves much wider recognition).

Guy Davis, The Kokomo Kidd (Brilliant title song, seven other great originals, and some well-chosen covers on this release from Long Island's MC Records.)

Ryan Adams, 1989 (Yeah, his take on Taylor Swift's album. Been listening to it in the car all week.)

Kevin Gordon, Long Gone Time (Originally from Louisiana, this guy couples edgy lyrics with great r & b melodies).

Rod Picott, Fortune (The latest installment in his "Circus of Misery and Heartbreak" discography. A unique talent, for sure.)


Sunday Street Series

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 @ 5 PM

Sunday, September 18th, 2016 @ 5 PM

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 @5 PM

Sunday, November 13th, 2016 @3 PM

You can purchase tickets in advance for these shows by going to the GPJAC site here. Call 631-632-1093 for more information.


June 12th, 2016

Theme: Dave Van Ronk, Sunday Street (SUNDAY STREET, Philo)

Opening set:
*Jimmy LaFave, Out On The Weekend (TRAIL FIVE, Music Road)
Be Good Tanyas, For The Turnstiles (LITTLE BIRD, Netwerk)
Neil Young, Comes A Time (COMES A TIME, Reprise)

Set # 2
*Sarah Jarosz, House of Mercy (UNDERCURRENT, Sugar Hill)
Robert Plant, House of Cards (BAND OF JOY, Rounder)
Richard & Linda Thompson, Restless Highway (FIRST LIGHT, Hannibal)
*Jimmy LaFave, Darkest Side of Midnight (TRAIL FIVE, Music Road)

Set # 3
Nanci Griffith, Love at The Five and Dime ONE SUMMER EVENING, MCA)
*Levi Parham, The Waiting Game THESE AMERICAN BLUES, Music Road)
Van Morrison, Waiting Game (THE HEALING GAME, Polydor)

Set # 4
*Karen Savoca, Poison Tongue (I SHOOK THE TREE, Alcove)
Traffic, The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH-HEELED BOYS, Island)

Set # 5
*Jimmy LaFave, Desperate Men Do Desperate Things (TRAIL FIVE, Music Road)
Garnet Rogers, Twisting in the Wind (SHINING THING, Snow Goose)

Set # 6
Big Bob And The Dollars, Gordie Howe Is The Greatest of Them All (Globe Records 45)
Warren Zevon, Hit Somebody – The Hockey Song (MY RIDE’S HERE, Artemis)
Dave Gunning & David Francey, A Game Goin’ On (via
Lynn Miles, It's Hockey Night In Canada (CHALK THIS ONE UP TO THE MOON, Windy River)

Set # 7
*William Bell, Born Under A Bad Sign (THIS IS WHERE I LIVE, Stax)
Beaucoup Blue, Whistle Whistle (FREE TO FALL,
*Brooks Williams, Darkness (MY TURN NOW, Red Guitar Blue Music)
Richard Shindell, Darkness, Darkness (REUNION HILL, Shanachie)
*Tom Russell, He Wasn’t A Bad Kid, When He Was Sober (GUNPOWDER SUNSETS, Frontera)
(Tom Russell plays The Sunday Street Series at The Long Island Museum on Sunday, June 26th at 5 P.M. Information at

Set #8
Anais Mitchell w/Greg Brown, Why We Build The Wall (HADESTOWN, Righteous Babe)
Greg Brown, I Want My Country Back (IN THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA, Red House)
Greg Brown, Two Little Feet (IN THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA, Red House)

*Jimmy LaFave, Tomorrow Is A Long Time (TRAIL FIVE, Music Road)
Bob Dylan, Every Grain of Sand (SHOT OF LOVE, Columbia)
Bob Dylan, Born in Time (TELL-TALE SIGNS, Columbia)

*indicates new release or recent re-issue