Welcome to MAPLE STREET CONCERTS hosted at the historic Maple Street Chapel in Lombard, IL. We present a variety of live, acoustic music each month—September to May—by talented local, national, and international artists. Our 1870s venue is an all wood, American Gothic style chapel on the National Registry of Historic Places. It's got superior acoustics built right in. Come HEAR it for yourself. Click link for: SCHEDULE or TICKETS.
>> TONIGHT! 2/10/18
Tickets ARE available at the door with cash or check. Advanced sales have ended.
ANDREW & CASEY CALHOUN -- CD Release Show!
Amelia Sweet Bluebird opens
and special guest Gia Dagenhart
Sat | Feb 10, 2018 | 7:30pm | $15
CD Release Show! Andrew & Casey Calhoun are a father-daughter duo pairing accomplished folksinger Andrew Calhoun, venerated for his adroit songwriting, with Casey Calhoun, his artful and energetic daughter. Their new CD, Skeins, is melodic and reflective, spiced with spirited moments of fire--a sterling collection of 15 songs. The overarching theme is one of moving through transitions with integrity.
Casey’s pure, distinctive voice often takes the lead and adds new dimensions of harmony to Andrew’s “resonant baritone” and “crystalline fingerpicking” (The Oregonian). “Their connected harmonies show the audience how well matched they are as singing partners” (Blair Hull, Stained Glass Coffeehouse).
They perform an eclectic mix of heartful songs in the folk tradition, including Andrew's originals, Scottish ballads and folksongs, rare 19th century African-American spirituals, and contemporary folk songs (Dave Carter, Bob Dylan).
Andrew's career spans 4 decades. He was awarded the 2012 Lantern Bearer Award from “Folk Alliance Region Midwest” and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from “Woodstock Folk Festival." He's also founder and president of Waterbug Records, an artists' cooperative folk label which has grown to 100+ titles, bringing some of the brightest singer-songwriters and folk musicians to an international audience. His own recordings have been released on Hogeye, Flying Fish and Waterbug Records.
Amelia Sweet Bluebird will perform a short opening set. Inspired by nature, stories within songs, and social protest movements, Amelia brings beauty and meaning to her audiences. With guitar in hand, she shares both originals and well-loved favorites in the fluid folk genre. Sweet Bluebird's resonating voice has an expansive range and has often been compared to Joan Baez.
"An outstanding young artist...I was just wowed by her voice, everyone stood there with their jaws dropping listening...what an amazing voice" -Lilli Kuzma of 90.9 WDCB
Sat | Mar 24, 2018 | 7:30pm | $16
Blend spirited toe-tapping, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, Celtic-infused, Americana-inspired Folk Rock with infectious enthusiasm, electrifying energy, and technical finesse, and the result is the rousing, crowd pleasing entertainment that is the hallmark of every Hounds of Finn show. Joined regularly by special guests, the Hounds of Finn are Pete McCauley (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Michelle MacGregor (fiddle), and Lojo Russo (guitar, mandolin, bass, vocals). And as a special treat, co-founder Leslie Rich will rejoin The Hounds for this show.
Sat | Apr 21, 2018 | 7:30pm | $15
Gina Forsyth is a singer/songwriter, violinist, and guitarist from New Orleans. She possesses a soulful alto voice and songs that cut straight to the heart--unpretentious, well-crafted, and profound.
Gina's third solo CD, Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales, on Waterbug Records, features her prodigious fiddle chops.
Gina’s 2012 release on Waterbug, Promised Land, was top ten on the Folk DJ List in 2012; the title
cut was the #1 song for January 2012. In 2015, Gina was one of 24 Emerging Artists at the Falcon
Ridge Folk Festival, then voted one of three Most Wanted to return to Falcon Ridge in 2016. She is
also 1/3 of the Malvinas; their new CD, God Bless the Grass, is set for release this spring on Soona
Sat | May 12, 2018 | 7:30pm | $18
ChamberFolk: The future of original string music. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello, layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.
Each musician holds classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. But their classical background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Hailing from vastly different parts of North America, each member of Harpeth Rising brings different influences to the core sound. Maria Di Meglio (cello), was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was drawn to the music of her first generation Italian and Balkan roots, and grew up learning Eastern European folk songs alongside classical repertoire. She attended many classical programs throughout NYC, including LaGuardia High School (the “Fame” school), and Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-college Division. Michelle Younger of Charlottesville, VA, comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the United States for generations, and she is a descendant of Cole Younger, a member of the James-Younger Gang and the namesake of his very own banjo tune. Jordana Greenberg (violin) grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in her native Canada before moving to Southern Indiana as a child. She studied classical violin by day through the pre-college program at Indiana University, and spent her nights learning the folk tunes and classic rocks songs that her family plays at the annual post-Passover jam session.
Against All Tides, Harpeth Rising’s sophomore album as a trio, is proof that authenticity and complexity can live in harmony.
Altogether, they present a picture of determined optimism: Things are not as they should be, but we will push back, against all tides.
2017 - 2018 Season!
SAT • May 12, 2018 HARPETH RISING • 7:30pm • $18