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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 25A 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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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)

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Ellis Paul

Sunday, December 18th, 3 P.M.

Ellis returns for what will be his 11th annual show for us but his first in our new venue at The Long Island Museum. He’ll help celebrate the holiday season with some new songs, as well as favorites from his recent album, Chasing Beauty, his 2012 holiday album, City of Silver Dreams, and audience requests from his extensive catalogue. Ellis will be making full use of the Steinway concert piano he will have at his disposal. There are always surprises at an Ellis Paul show and you can expect a cover or two of songs from other writers.

From his emergence on the Boston music scene in 1990, Ellis has won a devout following for his well-crafted songs and his passionate, high energy stage presentation and his distinctive voice. As Kristian Bush, of the duo Sugerland has said, “Ellis has a voice that is so powerful you know who it is the second he comes through your radio.”

Advance sale at $25 at through Friday, December 16th. Tickets at the door are $30 (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, September 18th, 2016 @ 5 PM

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 @ 5 PM

Sunday, November 13th, 2016 @ 3 PM

Sunday, December 18th 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.


July 25th, 2016

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

Opening set:
Lorenzo Fuller and cast, Too Darn Hot (Kiss Me Kate original cast album, Columbia)
Martha and the Vandellas, Heat Wave (HEAT WAVE, Motown)
Etta James, Summer Heat (RED, HOT & LIVE, 32.Jazz Records)

Set # 2
*Paul Kelly, Sonnet 18 (SEVEN SONNETS AND A SONG, Cooking Vinyl)
*Paul Kelly, Sonnet 73 (SEVEN SONNETS AND A SONG, Cooking Vinyl)
Rufus Wainwright, Sonnet 29 (WHEN LOVE SPEAKS, EMI)
Keb Mo, Sonnet Sonnet 35 (WHEN LOVE SPEAKS, EMI)
War, Slippin' Into Darkness (ALL DAY MUSIC, United Artists)

Set # 3
*Los Lobos, Bootleg (QUIERO CREEDENCE, Concord Picante)
*Juan Gabriel, Have You Ever Seen The Rain? (QUIERO CREEDENCE, Concord Picante)
Gipsy Kings, Hotel California (RUBAYAIT, Elektra)

Set # 4
We spoke for the better part of an hour with Garnet Rogers whose book, Night Drive, describes his adventures in the late seventies and early eighties as he and his late brother, Stan Rogers, along with a bass player, formed a band dedicated to playing original music in an acoustic direction. The book is a fascinating read. Information about it is available at

In the course of our conversation, we played the following:

Garnet Rogers, Night Drive (NIGHT DRIVE, Snow Goose)
Stan Rogers, Oh No Not I (TURNAROUND, Fogarty’s Cove)
Stan Rogers, So Blue (TURNAROUND, Fogarty’s Cove)
Stan Rogers, Delivery Delayed (BETWEEN THE BREAKS…LIVE!, Fogarty’s Cove)
Stan Rogers, Three Fishers (FOR THE FAMILY, Folk Tradition)

Set # 5
*The Batture Boys, The Mighty Flood (MUDDY WATER E.P.,
*The Batture Boys, Deep Water Horizon (MUDDY WATER E.P.,
The Band w/ Emmylou Harris, Evangeline (THE LAST WALTZ, Capitol)
Levon Helm, Keith Richards, Scotty Moore, D. J. Fontana & The Band,Deuce & A Quarter (ALL THE KINGS MEN, Sweetfish Records)
*Kevin Gordon, GTO (LONG GONE TIME,
Zachary Richard, Take Me Away (WOMEN IN THE ROOM, A& M)

Set # 6
John Gorka, Brown Shirts (IMAGINARY ROAD, High Street)
Jackson Browne, Walls and Doors (STANDING IN THE BREECH, Inside)
*Ronny Cox, Trumpted (via
*Ozomatli, Bad Moon Rising (QUIERO CREEDENCE, Concord Picante)

*Russ Seeger w/Michele Sivori, Oh Sister (BOB DYLAN UNCOVERED Vol.2, Paradiddle)
Bob Dylan, Sara (DESIRE, Columbia)

*indicates new release or recent re-issue