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.




Ellis Paul Jump Photo Jack Looney 2011

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)


The Kennedys
Caroline Doctorow opens

Sunday, January 15th at 3 P.M.

Pete and Maura Kennedy return to begin 2017. More than any other performers, The Kennedys are the “musical soul” of the Sunday Street Series, having played the very first show in our eleven-year history, returning for frequent Kennedys shows as well as being an integral part of our annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration.

The Kennedys began their performing career as members of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra and have continued that relationship to working with Griffith on her most recent album.  As a duo, The Kennedys have released eleven studio albums along with several solo albums by both Maura and Pete. Expect songs from a recent Kennedys’ album, WEST, as well as songs from recent individual solo albums: Maura’s VILLANELLE and Pete’s HEART OF GOTHAM along with new songs as well as favorites from their extensive catalogue. (

Opening is Bridgehampton’s Caroline Doctorow who, in addition to her own songs, has shown herself to be an acclaimed interpreter of those of Nanci Griffith, Richard and Mimi Farina, and Mary McCaslin, among others. Caroline will showcase songs from her new album, DREAMING IN VINYL, a tribute to songwriters of the late 60’s and early 70’s. (

Advance sale tickets are $25 at  through Friday, January 13th with tickets at the door for $30 (cash only)


Richard Barone: the “Sorrows and Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960’s” tour
Steve Addabbo opens

Sunday, January 29th at 3 P.M.

Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer and author. A pioneer of the indie rock scene in Hoboken, New Jersey as frontman for the much-heralded band The Bongos, Barone has charted a career seeing him work with artists in every musical style. His latest project, SORROWS AND PROMISES: GREENWICH VILLAGE IN THE 1960’s, sees Barone casting new light on songs from the singer-songwriters in and around Greenwich Village during that pivotal decade.
Songs from this new release will be featured at this show along with classics from Richard’s catalogue going back to The Bongo’s years.

Following his time with the Bongos, Richard released an influential album, COOL BLUE HALO, described as “chamber rock” and giving rise to that genre. Several other solo releases have appeared since then and Richard has worked on a variety of projects with collaborators as diverse as Donovan, Pete Seeger, Lou Reed and Alejandro Escovedo. He also found the time to write a memoir, FRONTMAN. (

Opening is Steve Addabbo, who has produced Richard’s new album adding to a list of producing credits including Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and Eric Andersen. Steve’s debut album, OUT OF NOTHING, appeared earlier this year. (

Advance sale tickets are $25 at through Friday, January 27th with tickets at the door for $30 (cash only).


Remembering Jack Hardy
with Mark Dann, Abbie Gardner, Jack Licitra, Rod MacDonald, and David Massengill

Sunday, February 12th, 3 P.M.

Jack Hardy (1947 – 2011) was a Greenwich Village-based singer-songwriter who served as a mentor and major influence for many artists on the folk music scene in the 1970’s through the 1990’s. He was the founding editor of Fast Folk Musical Magazine that often showcased the first recorded work of many artists.

About the individual artists:

David Massengill, singer/songwriter, guitarist and Appalachian dulcimer player, is co-producer of the Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Jack Hardy and frequently toured with Hardy in a duo as “The Folk Brothers.” Among his many songs are “On The Road To Fairfax County” and “Rider on An Orphan Train.”

Mark Dann , co-producer of the Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Jack Hardy, was extensively involved in the engineering and recording for Fast Folk Musical Magazine as well as being a sought-after producer and engineer. Dann also played bass for Hardy and many other artists affiliated with Fast Folk.

Rod MacDonald is one of the best-known singer songwriters to emerge from the Village music scene in the 1970’s and 80’s and is well-represented on Fast Folk Recordings with songs like “American Jerusalem” and “Coming of the Snow.” Rod is a mainstay of our annual Bob Dylan birthday celebration.

Abbie Gardner has toured for eleven years as a member of the trio, Red Molly, who contributed a version of a Jack Hardy song to the Smithsonian Folkways tribute. A fiery dobro player, she has several solo recordings to her credit as well as a duo album with Anthony DaCosta.

Jack Licitra recorded several songs for Fast Folk Musical Magazine and is a major force on the Long Island music scene from days in The Waterstreet Blues Band to recordings as the collective, Jack’s Waterfall. Jack will add keyboards and accordion to the afternoon’s instrumentation.

Advance sale $25 at through February 9th with tickets at the door for $30 (cash only).


Garland Jeffreys

Sunday, March 12th at 3 P.M.

Brooklyn-born rock/reggae/blues and soul singer Garland Jeffreys is a true legend, as recognized by his recent induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

Garland emerged on the music scene in the early 70’s with a much-heralded debut album and went on to record the seminal Ghost Writer album which sees the 40th anniversary of its release this year. That album included the FM radio anthem “Wild In the Streets.” recently featured on the soundtrack of “The Get Down.” His song “Matador” won Garland a passionate following in Europe, making him an international recording star. He recorded five additional albums into the 1980’s but except for 1992’s DON’T CALL ME BUCKWHEAT, Jeffreys did not release another US album of original songs until 2011.

Since then, he has been on a creative roll releasing two acclaimed albums of original songs (THE KING OF IN-BETWEEN and TRUTH SERUM) in one of contemporary music’s most amazing comebacks.  His return to recording and performing has seen him headline shows in the U.S. and in Europe as a shining moment in a career that has earned him the respect of musical peers like Bruce Springsteen, David Johansen, Lou Reed and John Cale. (

Advance sale tickets are $25 at through Friday, March 10th with tickets at the door for $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, December 18th 2016 @ 3 PM

Sunday, January 15th 2017 @ 3 PM

Sunday, January 29th 2017 @ 3 PM

Sunday, February 12th 2017 @ 3PM

Sunday, March 12th, 2017 @3PM

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


November 27th, 2016

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

Opening set:
The Band, Life is a Carnival (THE LAST WALTZ, Capitol)
The Band w/Bobby Charles, Down South in New Orleans (THE LAST WALTZ, Capitol)
The Band w/Paul Butterfield, Mystery Train (THE LAST WALTZ, Capitol)
The Band w/Neil Young & Joni Mitchell, Acadian Driftwood (via You Tube)

Set # 2
The Band w/Emmylou Harris, Evangeline (THE LAST WALTZ, Capitol)
Parton/Harris/Ronstadt, To Know Him Is To Love Him (TRIO, WB)
Travis, Be My Baby (Driftwood E.P., Independiente)
The Ronettes, Baby I Love You (PRESENTING THE FABULOUS RONETTES, Phiiles)
The Ronettes, Frosty The Snowman (A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU FROM PHIL SPECTOR, Abko)

Set # 3
*Robert Bobby, River (HUDSON HARDING HAPPY HOLIDAYS v.11, Hudson Harding Music)
John Hartford, On Christmas Eve (HEADING DOWN INTO THE MYSTERY BELOW, Flying Fish)
*Gillian Welch, Riverboat Song (BOOTS No.1, Acony)

Set # 4
*Gillian Welch, Georgia Road (BOOTS No.1, Acony)
Jorma Kaukonen, Barbeque King (BARBEQUE KING, RCA)
Muddy Waters, Put Me In Your Lay Away (MUDDY WATERS FOLK SINGER, Chess)

Set # 5
*Sofia Talvik, When It Rains on Christmas Day (HUDSON HARDING HAPPY HOLIDAYS v.11., Hudson Harding Music)
*Sloan Wainwright, Bright Side of a Rainy Day (BRIGHT SIDE OF A RAINY DAY,
*Don Conoscenti w/Ellis Paul, Love Is A Curious Thing (ANASTASIA, Howlin' Dog Records)
Ellis Paul, The Speed of Trees (THE SPEED OF TREES, Philo)

(Ellis Paul plays The Sunday Street Series at The Gillespie Room of The Long Island Museum on Sunday, December 18th at 3 P.M. Information at

Set # 6
*Sloan Wainwright, Lonely For You (BRIGHT SIDE OF A RAINY DAY,
*Kate Campbell, A Woman Left Lonely (mp3 from DO RIGHT MEN: DAN PENN/SPOONER OLDHAM TRIBUTE)
Dan Penn, Dark End of the Street (DO RIGHT MAN, Sire)

Set #7
Phil Ochs, Talking Cuban Crisis (ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO SING, Elektra)
Pete Seeger, Guantanamera (WE SHALL OVERCOME, Columbia)
John Stewart, Waiting for Castro to Die (HAVANA, Appleseed)
Ry Cooder et. al, Chan Chan (THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, Nonesuch)
Calexico, Sinner in the Sea (ALGIERS, Anti)

Set #8
The Band w/ The Staples Singers, The Weight (THE LAST WALTZ, Capitol)
Mavis Staples, Wrote A Song For Everyone (YOU ARE NOT ALONE, Anti-)
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Long As I Can See The Light (COSMO'S FACTORY, Fantasy)
Bruce Springsteen, The Land of Hope and Dreams (WRECKING BALL, Columbia)

*Katherine Rondeau, Long Ago, Far Away (NEW HOPE CHATEAU,
Odetta, Long Time Gone (ODETTA SINGS DYLAN, Camden)
The Kennedys, I Was Young When I Left Home (THE KENNEDYS SING DYLAN,
Bob Dylan, Boots of Spanish Leather (THE WITMARK DEMOS, Columbia)

*indicates new release or recent re-issue