Gaye Adegbalola was raised in a tight-knit Virginia family. She played flute while in high school and was chosen for the All-State band three years straight. She became a biochemical researcher and later an eighth-grade science teacher (for which she was honored as "Virginia Teacher of the Year" in 1982). After hours, Gaye and her father ran a theatre-arts group, mixing music, politics and theatre. Gaye first met Ann Rabson in the mid 1970s. "I followed Ann around for three years begging for guitar lessons," recalls Gaye. "She finally agreed just to get rid of me. As she got more accomplished on the guitar, Gaye devoted more of her time to solo performing. In 1984, Gaye and Ann formed a blues duo, and Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women began to take form. In 1990, Gaye received a W.C. Handy Award for Song Of The Year, for her composition, The Middle Aqe Boogie Blues. She is the mother of hip-hop artist Juno Lumumba.
Marc Carraway has performed from New York to Panama and has shared the stage with the likes of Tom Paxton, Tony Rice, and Christine Lavin. His music draws from blues, jazz, folk and bluegrass. His musical arsenal includes guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Mark's album Slow Down the River was acclaimed by the music press and received national airplay on acoustic radio programs. His CD Time Over Distance has outstanding songwriting and smooth vocals. This is his third appearance at the Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase.
Ten years spent touring the country with various D.C. based bands convinced Ron Fetner that songwriting would be his craft. Past awards include winning First Place/Country with "The Old Man" and Runner Up/Folk with "This Town in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. A solo performer now, Ron's music has been categorized as contemporary folk with a country edge. Ron's latest release, "This Box I'm Looking Through", is a CD project on Yorktown's Cimirron/Rainbird label.
Sarah Greene rocks acoustic venues with her blues influenced originals. Vocally, she is most often compared to Rickie Lee Jones. Her guitar playing is a hybrid of Tuck Andress, Carlos Santana and B.B. King. This music is about soul and energy.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, she graduated with a degree in music composition from Smith College . As early as age seven, Sarah was cutting deals with her family: she could rock out on the electric guitar as long as she put in equal time on the violin. She's been performing and sitting in with jazz/blues musicians ever since.
After finishing school, Sarah broke into the NYC music scene. She met Dave Seitz of 1-800-PRIME-CD who signed her to his label in 1993. Her eponymous release won a nomination in the 1995 NAIRD AWARDS for BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR. The single off this album, JOEY, won the 1995 BILLBOARD SONG CONTEST. DATING IN THE 90'S, also from this album, is the 1996 theme song for NATIONAL CONDOM WEEK. Her 2nd effort, NEVER BEEN SO, is slated for release ihis Summer.
Sarah has recently shared the stage with Katie Curtis, Martin Sexton and Jim Infantino., Her recent opening credits include Steve Forbert, Chris Smither, Ellis Paul, and Susan Werner.
She is now touring extensively with Gary "Cleanhead" Gibson, of Chicago, IL. Gary has played with The J. Giels Band, The Etta James Band, and has opened for Dicky Befts and the Kinsey Report.
The December show on December 27 features Chet Lowther, Max Ochs, Erin McKeown, and Sean Dargan
The January 31, '97 show features Barb Martin. Stephen Bennett, Pete Fields, and Al Raposo.
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