Matt Turk & Friends paid tribute to Old and In the Way and the acoustic music of Jerry Garcia every Tuesday night in August at Garcia's at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The band featured Deni Bonet on fiddle, Adam Roberts on bass, Ayodele Maakheru on banjo, Howard Cohen and Curtis Becraft on guitars, and Matt on the mandolin. Special friends Lisa Gutkin of The Klezmatics and James Dean Conklin sat in for this unique celebration of an incredible catalogue of music.
Matt's new recording, Cold Revival, is produced by David Dobkin, also a film maker, best known for directing "Wedding Crashers." Cold Revival was recorded in Los Angeles at Matter Music and is an arrestingly emotional collection of songs dealing with human relationships, loss, and the redeeming power of love. Cold Revival will be released in the fall of 2014.
(and it feels so good)
Fred Gillen Jr. and Matt Turk have been sharing the stage for years, supporting each other as solo artists, in the Hope Machine with fellow folkster and denizen of the Hudson Valley, Steve Kirkman, as well as performing together as a duo, touring on and off.
In 2008 Gillen & Turk released a collection of love songs, rants, and empathy for soldiers, entitled "Backs To The Wall". Acoustic Live's Richard Cuccaro described it as "acoutic folk to blistering rock... virtuoso musical commentary."
Two upcoming dates find them sharing their mutual joy of performing together again. First, on Friday, February 21st at the Bean Runner Café in Peekskill from 8 til 10:30pm and an afternoon gig on Saturday, March 29th at The Danish Home in Croton-on-Hudson at 2pm.
Don't miss these rare opportunities to see two of the Hudson Valley's finest singer-songwriters on stage together.
has been nominated for a Grammy® Award in the BEST SPOKEN WORD category. Matt Turk appears playing mandolin on "Sailing Up My Dirty Stream" and "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena". A few tracks and samples are available here:
The recording features a couple dozen musicians including Ralph Stanley, Dar Williams, Samite Mulondo, Dean Bowman and Will Ackerman.
Matt does session work, most of which you never hear about. It is really nice to be a small part of such a wonderful project with so many great musicians supporting Pete Seeger. Producer Jeff Haynes has done an outstanding job surrounding Pete's wisdom, humor and story telling with rich world music. Also nominated are Billy Crystal, Carol Burnett and Stephen Colbert.
CORNucopia at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY
Feast on a bounty of corn-centric delicacies and take part in a bevy of hands-on, corn-related activities in the area's first-ever corn festival!
Play games like Konk a Crow and Ring a Cob in the CORNival area. Compete in corn shucking races and learn how to make a corn husk doll. Enjoy both historic and modern cooking demonstrations (using corn as the main ingredient, of course), and discover the irresistible charm of English country dancing in the barn. Traverse a kid-sized mini maize maze and design a one-of-a-kind scarecrow. Tour the 18th-century Manor House and Mill, and watch demonstrations of coopering (barrel-making) and the grinding of corn on a quern stone.
Enjoy live bluegrass and folk music courtesy of Tappan Cowboys and The Ebony Hillbillies, who alternate sets all day on a centrally-located stage.
All visitors get a free bag popcorn as they enter! Other maize-inspired food selections include cornbread, corn salsa and chips, and corn chili from Tastefully Yours, sweet corn ice cream from the Blue Pig and draft beers and draft root beer from Captain Lawrence Brewery.
Produced by members of the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Common Ground Coffeehouse is a monthly music and performing arts series. It was founded as an effort to build community and to support regional and national musicians and other artists.
In addition to traditional and modern folk artists, Common Ground frequently features other musical genres, such as jazz, blues, cajun-zydeco, popular song, R&B, and even the occasional evening of avant garde gamelan music.
The venue's profits go toward the Common Ground Microcredit Fund, which has raised over $17,000 for local, regional and global community groups and organizations that provide either social services or work toward progressive, nonviolent social change.
South County's George Gierer is seen here dropping off $1,000 that South County, Greetings From Anywhere, Matt Turk and The River Roadhouse help raise at the Third Annual "Stop Diabetes" Benefit Show. Susan, a local rep from the American Diabetes Association who gratefully accepted the donation made possible by local musicians including those afore mentioned as well as Timothy Fulton, Chris Ribeiro, Pat Taylor, Mike Keaney, Doug Schneider, Allison Schubert, Thalia Rayow and Sheila Noonan-Gorham. Just like Ringo says, "We get by with a little help from our friends."
Three months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed communities and homes in the northeast, Theo Eastwind and Sojourn Records gathered their friends for the benefit concert, Subway Musicians for Sandy Victims. Gillen & Turk, Mountain Animation, Yaz Band, SawLady, and more artists gathered on January 23, 2013 at Williamsburg's Spike Hill to raise money in support of Sandy Victims. The event was sold out and documented by Japanese TV (yellow production sheet attached) as well as a Brooklyn documentarian. Artists performed for thirty minutes and sets were proceeded by a video presentation on each artist prepared by Eastwind. There was a lot of warmth and good feeling in Spike Hill this night. Artists shared in listening and support of each other while patrons packed the club, many sitting on the floor in front or standing room only in the back. Subway musicians are by nature a generous type that appreciate the venue of making music on the platform and transforming the mundane and cold into the intimate and warm.
Matt Turk appears on two current releases. Stone Angel (aka Evan Malach) has released Along the Endless Highway on the SOCAN/MAPL record label. A tribute to Evan's late father, Howard Malach. Matt met Howard while recording mandolin for several tracks on the album with Grammy Award winning producer Malcolm Burn, at his studio in Kingston, NY. Howard also plays harmonica on the record. He will be greatly missed.
The new recording Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt: A More Perfect Union on the Appleseed label is an album of new songs by old friends, with special guests Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, and Dar Williams. Matt provided background and harmony vocals, recorded at Jeff Haynes studio in Fishkill, NY with Grammy Award winning producer David Bernz.
August 10-17, 2012
A documentary written and directed by Matt Mindell, with cinematography by Joe Kavitski and music by Matt Turk, tells the story of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman. The film follows Zisman as he leads a group of young adults back to Poland and Auschwitz, where he suffered through humanity's darkest period. Through this journey, he hopes to help the next generation better understand the incomprehensible, and turn their knowledge into action that can help end genocide forever. In the film, the group retraces the tragic path Zisman was forced to travel during the Holocaust, from the Warsaw Ghetto where he was separated from his family to the Stutthof concentration camp. From there he was sent to Auschwitz, where he survived the war. Woven within the context of Leo's tragedy, the film features trip participants who speak of their own search for answers and identity, including several who are descendants of concentration camp survivors. Young Poles are also asked their opinions of Jews and the Holocaust, some sadly unchanged from their parents and grandparents deep-rooted anti-Semitic feelings. As the film analyzes these viewpoints, it is discovered that the Holocaust is not really a thing of the past. The Lion of Judah was awarded the Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Film Festival of Colorado. It also received an Award of Excellence at the 2012 Los Angeles Movie Awards in the feature length documentary category, and an honorable mention for documentary film at the 2012 Metropolitan Film Festival. (Running Time: 1:00)
Please visit Quad Cinema for more info.
Matt Turk provides music for the new documentary The Lion of Judah, scoring this hopeful film that chronicles the story of the Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman, 83, as told through Leo's eyes. Mr. Zisman leads a group of young adults, Jews and non-Jews, back to Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and through one of humanity's darkest periods. The film-maker, Matt Mindell, talks to young Poles about their opinions, some sadly unchanged from their grandparents' deep-rooted anti-Semitic feelings. As participants discuss differing viewpoints, we find that the Holocaust is not just an apparition haunting the past. By journey's end, we gain the courage to change the world, inspired by the strength and message of Leo, The Lion of Judah. Matt Turk's score includes haunting, eerie electric guitar, mandolin, guitar, banjo, rhythm/percussion segments and more. The Klezmatics Lisa Gutkin appears as a special guest on violin.
The Lion of Judah is hitting the film festival circuit this year. For information about the film please contact Matt Mindell
Tribes Hill, the Hudson Valley New York based collective gathered on December 18, 2011 to celebrate the Winter Solstice, a traditional toast to the shortest day of the year.
The concert was Tribes Hill's 10th annual and was held in Yonkers, NY at the Beczak Environmental Center on the banks of the brilliant Hudson River. The concert was a benefit for Tribes Hill and Beczak. There were two sets of live music filled with many great moments. Highlights included The Levins killer version of a Yiddish drinking song where everyone repeatedly shouted "OY!" James Durst and his beautiful wife Madhumita Chakrabartti led a gorgeous canticle that all enjoyed. Susan Kane, David Goldman, Iris Cohen and Ilana Arazie all stood out with wonderful musical contributions. Eddie Denise and Eric Puente were the rhythm section for the entire concert and they did a fabulous job. The love felt and community Tribes Hill fosters is the gift of this season for all who attended. Jack Hardy and Terence Martin, who both departed this year, were honored in song. Matt Turk is completing his second year as President of Tribes Hill. For more information and to get involved, please visit tribeshill.com
September 18, 2011
Matt Turk & The Hobo Caravan joined Tribes Hill friends Hope Machine and Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams for the 2nd annual Howling Wolf Festival to benefit South Salem, New York's Wolf Conservation Center. The setting for the concert was Irvington Town Hall: a legendary, majestic Hudson River theatre. The festival was presented by Common Ground Community Concerts, a leading advocate for bettering the community through music and the performing arts. The Wolf Conservation Center is dedicated to teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. Atka, an eight-year Arctic gray wolf, who serves as one of WCC's beloved ambassadors, made a special appearance during the evening. Mid-show, Slambovia's Joziah Longo howled to Atka attempting to get him to howl back. The music during the evening was inspired and there was constant collaboration between artists, musicians and friends culminating in the Slambovians Grand Finale. To support the Wolf Conservation Center, please go to nywolf.org
Summer 2011 kicked off with great Jams as Matt Turk joined Backwoods Jupiter for an electrifying set at Warwick Valley Winery's Dylan Fest for their stellar performance of Bob Dylan's Desire. The crowd was noticeably turned on by this 12 piece collective named after Abraham Lincoln and their ability to all come together seamlessly, much in the style of Hope Machine. Following Backwood Jupiter's set, multi-instrumentalists Turk, Fred Gillen Jr., Steve Kirkman, drummer Eric Puente, keyboardists Paul Silverman and Curtis Schmidt joined other artists, backing them up throughout the afternoon, including Rod Macdonald, The Kennedys and a rousing finale of "Like a Rolling Stone" led by Steve Forbert.
Turk hosted Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival's inaugural Jam Tent Father's Day Weekend. Highlights included Maura Kennedy leading a stunning version of "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall", Fred Gillen Jr. sharing a great version of Phil Ochs "When I'm Gone" and Peter Yarrow leading a tribute to Mary Travers with his daughter Bethany. For Peter's tribute there was not a dry eye in the tent. The Jam Tent is not amplified and is modeled after a format seen at MerleFest and other great acoustic festivals. Many festival goers, artists and volunteers stopped by the Jam Tent to participate and witness the inaugural happening.
Turk brought his band the Hobo Caravan to New York City's Living Room for a live show that was refreshing and fun. Flutist/Saxophonist Craig Dreyer commented that there was an "Astral Weeks" flavor in the air. Indeed!
In a segment that was filmed at the end of 2010, Gillen & Turk, together, and solo, appear on Alive with Clive
Amongst other great tunes, "Silver Ring" and "Satchmo" were performed. Clive Swersky is the creator and host of Alive with Clive, a television show inspired by turning your passion into profit. He hosts best-selling authors, entrepreneurs, musicians and entertainers, artists, fashion designers, healing professionals, personal growth experts, real estate agents, web site designers, producers of film documentaries and others with stories of amazing courage, faith and commitment who are pursuing their passions in life and realizing their dreams.
Though not widely known, let alone unreported in Billboard Magazine, there is a Folk/DJ radio format that processes approximately 15,000 spins by approximately 160 DJs every month throughout the USA, Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Richard Gillmann of KCBS FM compiles the DJ spins and ranks the albums, artists and tracks. Due to his recording American Preservation, and the amount of spins the album received, including the DJ favorite "Mama Don't Allow", Matt Turk was a Top 2010 Folk Artist on Folk/DJ radio, http://nwfolk.com/topfolk/topartists2010.html
The top 5 artists were:
1. Si Kahn/Courage: Peace Will Rise
2. Bob Dylan/Best Of The Original Mono Recordings: Song To Woody
3. Red Molly/James: Tear My Stillhouse Down
4. Pete Seeger/Acoustic Rainbow
5. Tim O'Brien/Chicken And Egg: My Girl's Waiting For Me.
on Folk/DJ Chart
We're All Here
American Preservation charted this summer reaching #20 in July on the Folk/DJ chart, getting spins in more than 30 states in the USA, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Matt's version of The Beatles "I'll Follow the Sun" reached #25 best song. He was also the #20 artist.
Tribes Hill We're All Here a 34 track compilation including "Beautiful" by KJ Denhert, Elza's "La la la", Anthony Da Costa's "Love is Not Enough", The Ya Yas "Little Scars", two Matt Turk compositions "Silver Ring" and "It Really Matters" reached #25 in October, 2010 on the Folk/DJ chart spinning throughout the USA, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Matt's version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with Matter and Gaby Moreno appears on the brand new Hudson Harding Sampler, Volume 5, Happy Holidays. Other tracks include "The Holly and the Ivy" by Chris Kokesh, "Beside the Tree" by Craig Werth, Catherine Miles and Fred Gillen singing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and Erk Balkey's "Christmastime on Mission Street" and 12 more songs.
Matt Turk has been in the studio sitting in with Curtis and the Dilettantes recording Tales of a Traveler at Woody's House with Fred Gillen Jr. Curtis' new recording features a bevy of his friends and musicians including Ethan Hartshorn, Julie Corbalis, Theresa Sareo, Scott Urgola and Steve Kirkman. Matt sings and plays mandolin, lap steel, acoustic and electric guitar.
Matt is recording a remake of Bob Dylan's Desire at Woody's House with Gillen, Corbalis, Kirkman, Tadd Kroneck, Curtis, Urgola and more friends for an upcoming release. Turk is also in the studio recording with Matt Fried on his new project.
Matt Turk's new recording American Preservation will be released March 15, 2010. It is a collection of traditional songs and classic tunes produced by David Dobkin and Dan Pinnella recorded live over a long weekend at Matter Music in Los Angeles. Singing, playing guitars, mandolin and lap steel, Matt Turk leads a stellar band consisting of drummer Dean Butterworth, upright and electric bassist Chris Wagner, keyboardist Chris Joyner on piano and Wurlitzer, vocalist Gaby Moreno, fiddler Gary Star, saxophonist Tracy Wannamae , harmonica player Jack Rudy and Dan Pinnella on guitars, pedal steel, dobro and slide. Songs include "Bang a Gong," (T.Rex), "City of New Orleans," (Steve Goodman) "On the Turning Away," (Gilmour/Moore) and more.
December 10, 2009
Pete Seeger celebrated his new sing-along memoir Where Have All the Flowers Gone with a concert at the South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, NY where close to 390 people packed in to join the young in song and hope. Seeger was onstage with a passel of kids &mdash members of the recently formed Take me to the River Community Chorus with youngsters hailing from Hastings and the Coachmen Family Center in White Plains. Their leaders — Hastings musicians Jenny Murphy and Matt Turk — were on hand to lead the singing, encourage and strum guitar and mandolin.
Photos: W.L. Jackson, Ellen Fisher Turk, Susan Ruttman
Matt Turk and the Hobo Caravan played the 2009 Gathering of the Vibes at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. Drummer Kevin Hupp, who appears on Iggy Pop's new record and has been playing with Turk for a decade was joined by Fred Gillen Jr. on bass, vocals and harmonica, Bill Harris on sax, flute and percussion and Gary Schreiner on keyboards and accordion. During a 75 minute set that ran teh gamut from Turk originals "Silver Ring," "Broadway," Hobo Boy," and "It Really Matters" to covers of the Stones "Sweet Virginia" and a solo performance of Garcia/Hunter's "High Time", there were cat calls from the audience for The Hour's "Night and Fog", a gem from deep in Turk's catalogue. Buddy Guy's "Messin' with the Kid", Mandolin Caravan instrumental "L.O.G.", Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train" and a powerful version of "Stranger" rounded out a great set that was filmed and recorded for posterity.
Matt & Fred at GOTV09 Photo: Simon Feldman
After volunteering for Clearwater on a sunset Hudson River sail at the Great River Revival and singing with accordionist Rob Morsberger, G&T jettisoned the sloop with Turk rowing. Next, G&T met up with Catherine Michaels for Night Rhythms, weekdays 7pm-midnight on 100.7 WHUD. There was much good humor and live performances of "Devils Bluff," "It Really Matters" and others on this exciting show.
Matt Turk appears on mandolin on three current Hudson Valley releases: Glass of Desire by Carolann Solebello, produced by Fred Gillen Jr. at Woody's House, Highway Bouquet by Susan Kane, produced by Billy Masters (Suzanne Vega) and Big Green Hope Machine, Hope Machine's second release.
Matt Turk's version of the Ten Years After, Alvin Lee classic "I'd Love to Change the World" appears on the forthcoming compilation Play Back III which is being released by Sony Music in Greece and Cyprus.
Matt Turk and Curtis travelled this Halloween on the central west coast of Ireland. Days were spent enjoying incredible scenery - the mountains of Dingle, the lakes of Killarney, the lonely windswept Aran Islands, the Burren and more. Driving on the left and looking to the right, eating the freshest food from local farms and drinking Guinness. Some pubs were compromised. In Doolin, Galway, Inish Meian, Killarney, Ennis, Dingle and more, the two listened and joined in the all night music sessions.
Musical highlights included The Hour's "Clearwater" and Matt Turk originals "Silver Ring", "Dog Story" and "Hobo Boy".
Irish folks were continually pointing out how great the American music and culture is as Curtis and Turk glided through an American classic songbook that included Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" and Pete Seeger's "Take it from Dr. King", Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train", Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans" and Bessie Smith's "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out". Mike Scott's "Fisherman's Blues" and The Band's "The Weight" also made their way into the repertoire.
More about this Ireland adventure coming soon to the journal.Above: Singin' their hearts out at McGann's in Doolin. Photo by Laurie
Montreal Quebec's Valmor Kurol has listed "Endurance," and Washington Arms, with lyrics, in his Antarctic discography at Antarctic Circle.
Kurol is a collector of Antarctic-themed music interested in Turk's motivation writing "Endurance." Matt shares, "I was going through a very challenging time in a personal relationship. After an afternoon at the Natural History Museum exhibit on Shackleton, I was inspired by Shackleton's devotion to his crew and his ability to rescue them against all nautical and natural odds and drew upon that inspired commitment in my composition. And relationship. At least that's a part of it. Shackleton was an unbelievable man."
Matt Turk will join Jenny Murphy, Leo Leibeskind and the 12 Miles North Children's Community Chorus in support of Pete Seeger's new Singalong Memoir — Where Have All The Flowers Gone &mdash with special guest Pete Seeger, in concert Thursday December 10, 7-9pm in Dobbs Ferry, NY at the South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway. A book signing and hootenanny will follow the show. www.rivertownsguide.com
Pete Seeger Matt Turk at the Coachman
Photos by Barbara Prisament
Turk toured Israel this August with a week of solo performances in Tel Aviv, Karmiel, Jerusalem, Ra'anana and Beit Shemesh. Percussionist and good friend Tomer Tzur, founder of New York's Sway Machinery, joined Matt for his Tel Aviv performance. The shows were mostly unplugged with some new material from Matt's upcoming solo release due out later this fall.
Matt Turk and Tomer Tzur, Tel Aviv Folk Club
Photo by Ariella Orion.
G&T were live on the air at WNJR at Wililam Jefferson College with David Singer, WORT in Madison with John Fabke and KUMD in Duluth with Maija Morton. In Sheboygan, Gillen & Turk met Music Integrated Kiosk Environment (known as M.I.K.E.), the mobile recording unit and stage at the Kohler Arts Center.
Like a 21st Century Gladiator, Todd Rundgren conquered the Tarrytown Music Hall October 11. Gillen & Turk opened with a crisp set featuring sweet harmonies, washboard grooves, chicken picking, mandolin and blues harmonica; and it was all in support of G&T's well crafted songs. One highlight of the show was audience participation and skat singing during "Satchmo." "It Really Matters" had an extended solo/jam that evoked the rhythms and sounds of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Gillen's "Devils Bluff" was a home run. Fred, the hardest working man in Hudson Valley show business split to perform in Beacon at the Dissident Folk Festival shortly after G&T's set. Matt met Todd and is pictured with friend Anna Leinbach.
Backstage in Tarrytown with Todd
Matt Turk returns to the Coachmen homeless shelter in White Plains for his Story Arts residency. April 2, 2009 at 6pm there will be a public performance at the Coachmen presenting Story Arts, combining acting, music, dance, design and video. "and if one of these kids is Satchmo, how will we ever know?"
Turk continues his Friday night residency at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, providing music for their renowned worship services. March 15, 2009 at 5pm is the Fourth annual BJ Musicians Concert featuring BJ's resident musicians Pharoah's Daughter's Basya Shechter, Daphna Mor, Uri Sharlin, Jessie Reagan, Gene Carr, Amanda Monaco, Rabbi Roly Matalon and Hazzan Ari Priven. In years past the concert has drawn up to 700 people. For information please visit http://bj.org
Music composed and scored by G&T is on the Wyoming Channel. Visit thatswy.com to listen, watch and plan your next eco-vacation.
JP, Bloody Mary and Rock hosted Joe Duraes and Matt Turk to perform and hang live on WARY, the voice of Westchester Community College. SInging and talking about the Hudson River, mortality, food, love and everything else that came up in our quips and quirks including calls that came in from you, Duraes and Turk jammed for a couple of hours and had an absolute blast.
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT JP, TURK, ROCK, BLOODY MARY, DURAES)
On May 2, 2009, Anthony DaCosta, KJ Denhert, Fred Gillen Jr., Steve Kirkman, Kathleen Pemble and Matt Turk sold out The Arts Exchange at 31 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains, NY for the "Tribes Hill Songbook" Concert in honor of Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday. Mary Shustack inked a fine cover story for the Journal News entitled, "They keep the circle unbroken." WFUV's John Platt was present on the air and in Mary's article, all of which greatly helped fill the Arts Exchange with singing and song. Contributing guest musicians included The Ya Ya's Catherine Miles, Curtis, Eric Puente and Chandra Lee Mann. The Tribes Hill Songbook will soon be appearing on line, followed by a published book for your voice, piano and guitar due out later this year. tribeshill.com
Recently Matt Turk was contacted by Blues Traveler Archivist Dave Mallick regarding early Blues Traveler shows involving The Hour. Initially the recording of the 11.5.88 Cathedral Cafe show was discussed relating to musicians involved in the evening that is apparently one of Blues Traveler's first ever recorded that has surfaced. Thanks to Dave Mallick and the Blues Traveler archive community, The Hour's performances at Cafe Poppolini, Speak Easy and Wetlands have also surfaced including a Speak Easy acoustic show with John Popper. We are very grateful to have these recordings.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008
Many of you are wondering what happened with Gillen & Turk and MSG's show NYC Soundtracks. We are as well. We were on the show, in the competition and in the round of 16 and, like you, looking forward to this past Sunday's episode. If you saw Sunday's episode you heard that Gillen (who's name was misspelled as Gill) & Turk "got a touring gig" and could no longer be on the show. This was news to us. We toured back in May and June and will now be pretty local until November when we hit the midwest again. We were pretty shocked to hear on television that we were currently on tour. You'd think that someone from MSG and NYC Soundtracks would have informed us we were off the show because of our touring schedule before they broadcast it to their viewers. Considering that two days after that 8/10 show was aired we were in NYC again playing in the subway at 125th and 8th, the story they told of us "being on tour" seems a bit ridiculous. You'd think they would have at least checked our website which shows our gig schedule before they broadcast this. We would have appreciated a courtesy phone call before the show was broadcast. We would have appreciated and welcome a public apology from MSG and NYC Soundtracks. As it is we have received a private apology from production and have been offered a short list of possible opportunities (gigs, radio appearances, MSG website coverage, etc...) for MSG to make this up to us. Did someone just screw up or was there some other reason we were pulled from the show? We are trying to get to the bottom of this question and will keep you informed. To be honest we weren't too excited about the contest aspect of the show, but felt honored and flattered to be in a show with Gibran Soul, Matt Nichols, Dorian Spencer, Trevor Exter, and all of the other artists, some of whom we know from the subways or from their music careers outside the subways...
Many of you know how much we enjoy playing in places like 125th and Lex, in the subway. You know how grateful we are to be a part of Music Under New York and to work with the M.T.A., New Yorkers, and music community. We will continue to play in the subway, our freedom of speech intact, protected by the First Amendment.
When we were kids, one of the first things we saw on MTV was "Video Killed a Radio Star." For anyone who thought reality TV is real, consider our current experience and we challenge songwriters to write the new song, "Gillen & Turk killed Reality TV"
If you'd like to communicate with MSG directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Turk & Friends returned to Garcia's at the Capitol Theatre in December 2013 for a residency with performances on Tuesdays, December 3rd, 10th and 17th. Playing one long set each show, Turk & Friends dug into the vast pool of Jerry Garcia's acoustic repertoire. Songs were mined from Old & in the Way, Almost Acoustic, Workingman's Dead... to name just a few. The Friends featured Curtis Becraft: guitar, vocals, Deni Bonet: fiddle, vocals, Steve Kirkman: dobro, Ayodele Maakheru: banjo, mandolin, vocals, and Adam Roberts: bass. Special guests included Boo, Ilana Donna Arazie, James Dean Conklin, Alan Fleischner, Fred Gillen Jr., and Jim Keyes. The December 17th show was dedicated to the memory of 107.1 The Peak's DJ Caroline Corley.
6 Cities in 6 Nights
UPDATE: The November 5th gig at The Brink Lounge in Madison, WI has been cancelled. Instead Matt kicks off this tour at the Grindhouse in Wheeling, WV on Oct 29th.
Matt returns to a few of his favorite venues scattered around the Great Lakes this coming fall. Dates are on tap in Wheeling, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Milwaukee, between October 29th and November 6th. Also on the schedule is a first time gig at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis. Please check the schedule for details and updates.
With guitar and mandolin in tow, Matt is bringing his good vibes and old favorites, as well as breaking out a slew of new material slated for release on his upcoming album, due out in a couple of months.
Come on out to a live show! And bring all your friends.
with Fred Gillen Jr. and Gilles Malkine
The High Falls Café in High Falls, NY has been showcasing local musicians and artists for the better part of the past 25 years. The extensive menu includes burgers, sandwiches, seafood, and plenty of vegetarian & vegan options in casual country comfort! Matt is joined on October 3rd at 6pm by his friends, Fred Gillen Jr., and Woodstock's own Gilles Malkine for an evening of good-old down-home pickin' and singin'. Come out for great food, great music and good times!
The spoken words of Pete Seeger have been captured in a new audio book, "Pete Seeger: The Storm King," which will be released April 9. "Pete Seeger: The Storm King," will feature stories, narratives, and poems by the folk singer, Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seeger's spoken words -- stories, narratives, and poems -- are set to new music performed by a range of musicians. Produced by Jeff Haynes, Seeger in the recordings touches on a wide range of topics, including the Occupy movement, anti-war protests, environmental issues and preserving American folk music. Matt Turk is a participating musician alongside Samite Mulondo, Ralph Stanley, Dar Williams and others. Hachette Audio is publishing "Pete Seeger: The Storm King."
Lion of Judah, the 2012 documentary directed by Matt Mindell, with original music by Matt Turk, has been selected as an official entry into the Albuquerque Film Festival. Advertising to "Get your kicks and flicks on Route 66" the Albuquerque Film Festival has the support and involvement of key note speaker Robert Redford. Lion of Judah director Matt Mindell will attend the screening and festival. For more information about the Albuquerque Film Festival, please visit http://abqfilmexperience.com.
Lion of Judah was awarded the Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Film Festival of Colorado, Documentary Feature Award of Excellence at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Awards, Honorable Mention at the 2012 Metropolitan Film Festival of New York City and the 2012 Warsaw Jewish Film Festival and Official Selection at the 2012 Doc Miami International Film Festival.
A Tribes Hill Benefit Production featuring the premiere performance of Midnight Garden, a song cycle written by multi-Grammy Award nominee Brad Roberts and acclaimed composer Rob Morsberger, with string accompaniment. This special concert is a benefit for Rob and his family to help offset medical expenses due to a severe illness. Tribes Hill artists will open the show with a few songs, followed by Rob and his band performing new material from his recent release, Ghosts Before Breakfast. During the day Tribes Hill will present regional artists performing for the 25th Annual Tarrytown Street Fair under the Music Hall marquee.
Tickets are priced at $20., $25., $35., $45., $65. and are available for purchase at tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Tarrytown Music Hall
13 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591
For more information please visit tribeshill.com
Jon Stein interviewed Matt Turk on WTBQ for his show the Hootenanny Café Mini Concerts which airs in the Hudson Valley on WTBQ 93.5FM every Sunday at 8PM (est) or you can listen from anywhere at http://www.wtbq.com. Jon has been on the acoustic/folk/singer/songwriter scene for several decades, knowing many of the usual and unusual suspects. Are your ears burning? He had been on the air with Ron Olesko at WFDU before making his way to WTBQ. He is also a master piano tuner. Matt and Jon spoke about life, touring and well, click here to listen to the podcast: The interview includes a combination of recorded and live tunes, amenable conversation, without ranting and victimization, and is filled with hope and humor.
Matt Turk's American Preservation Tour continued this summer with stops throughout the Northeast from Richmond, VA to Millenocket, ME. Highlights included raising $700.00 for New Story Leadership with Ramzy Suleiman in Washington, DC, a CD release party Matt and his 7 piece band in New York City's Living Room. Drummer Kevin Hupp, bassist Kip Csophos, singer Julie Corbalis, saxophonist and flute player Craig Dreyer, slide, lap steel and electric guitarist Marshall Woodall and Gary Schreiner playing the piano and hammond organ keys rounded out Matt's band for an outstanding set, including a performance of Bette Says. Other stops on tour have included Boston, Lewiston, ME, Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, and a benefit with Hope Machine, Kati Mac and Peter Calo for Putnam's Humane Society.
Summer 2012 wrapped up with a tour of art houses, pubs, cafes and clubs in France, Belgium, and Denmark. In Suave, Matt performed with Ilana Arazie, Eden and John's East River String Band with special guest R. Crumb, and Ménage à Trois. Folks spilled out on the street while Galerie Vedourle Prix exhibited works by local artists. Matt debuted at the Old Oak in Brussels, returned to Café De Crayon and premiered for three nights at the Irish pub, Aero Island in Marstal.
Earlier in the summer, Mike Visceglia joined on bass at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival. Gary Schreiner and Julie Corbalis accompanied in Provincetown, MA. for two nights at Bubulas on the Bay. Carrie Ashton sat in the first night, Fred Gillen Jr., the second, while Grammy winning producer David Bernz listened after busking on the street with his son Jacob.
With return shows at the Berkshire's Gypsy Joynt and Cashin's Cobble Hill Inn, Matt wrapped up the summer with the inimitable Steve Kirkman at Take Me to the River's arts and music festival in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY for a tribute to Woody Guthrie.
Matt's longtime friend Basya Schechter celebrated the release of her new recording "Songs of Wonder" (Tzadik) at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge on November 30, 2011. Matt appeared as a special guest on mandolin for "My Song". The stellar band including drummer Rich Stein, trumpeter Frank London, violinist Megan Weeder Gould and keyboardist Uri Sharlin complemented Basya's new work, setting the Yiddish poetry of the revered Civil Rights advocate and Jewish philosopher, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel to music. Colorful arrangements were heard at the sold out venue. For more information about Basya, please visit pharaohsdaughter.com.
August 18, 2011 Matt Turk opened for the Mickey Hart Band at New York's Brooklyn Bowl. Accompanying Turk were vocalist/guitarist Julie Corbalis and keyboardist/chromatic harmonica player Gary Schreiner. A BitTorrent of Turk's opening set is available for download here: http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=547826. Legendary Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart sound checked for a couple hours before Matt's opening set as Brooklyn Bowl filled up, giving early attendees an extra concert. When BB's sound man Tyler told Hart "The house is open" with several hundred people filtering in, Hart replied, "We love the house!" Cheers filled the hall and warmed the house making Turk's opener feel like a middle acoustic set. Photographs by Matt Shanley.
In March Matt Turk returned to the West Coast for an extended tour that included stops in California, (San Francisco, LA, Bolinas and Chico) and at the Venus Cafe Mars Bar in Seattle, WA. The tour featured work from his current release American Preservation, Matt's 20 year songbook as well as new tunes slated for an upcoming recording later this year at Matter Studios in Burbank, CA reuniting with producer David Dobkin. If you missed him this time, Turk will be back to the west coast soon with gigs in Santa Barbara, Eugene and Portland, OR.
Matt Turk performing at Genghis Cohen in LA Photo by Russ Irwin
Matt Turk's July 2010 interview with WHUD's Catherine Michaels is now available here: Catherine is an avid supporter of the Hudson Valley music scene. This is her third interview with Matt Turk and this interview discusses American Preservation. Catherine refers to it as "An American Masterpiece" and cites "On the Turning Away" as her fave.
Matt was tapped to play mandolin for Canadian recording artist Evan Malach and producer Malcom Burn. Evan's new Pop recording will soon be released. The sessions together were outstanding and fun. Malcolm Burn's Kingston, NY studio is a cavernous, creative oasis that is a delightful place to work. Malcolm is an 'artiste' who shares the same Fender Fullerton Lap Steel Guitar as Turk.
Belgium, Israel, Paris
Matt Turk's American Preservation Tour continued this fall with shows in Belgium, Paris and Israel. In Israel, Matt performed in Tel Aviv, Ra'anana at the Lerner's, Karmiel's Folk Club, K'Far Blum and Jerusalem. In Paris, performing there for the first time, teaming up with HorizonVU Music, Matt sang at La Pomme d'Eve in Paris' University of Sorbonne district singing for an American University audience. Downtown Dharma's Ilana Arazie wrote a live review of this Paris performance, read it here.
Highlights in Belgium for Matt include his playing in Antwerp at Heksenketel, a hip club with travelers visiting from all over, likening him to Bon Iver. In Oostende at De Crayon, Matt played an art house with a great DJ spinning between sets. Oostende is where Marvin Gaye lived for a couple of years and wrote "Sexual Healing." Matt composed some new music in Oostende too.
Matt Turk has been voted President of Tribes Hill. He said, "If you'll have me, I'll do it!" The Hudson Valley music group gathers the first monday of every month and has a robust membership that connects musicians and their patrons involved in a myriad of activities and projects including the new Tribes Hill Compilation featuring many great tracks including those by The Kennedy's, Susan Kane, Pat Wictor, Rich Deans, Red Molly and Lara Herscovitch.
Matt Turk's American Preservation Tour continued throughout May with shows and events in the midwest. Highlights included a co-bill with Tom Breiding in Pittsburgh where x-House Rocker Bill Toms sat in. There was jamming with Ian Mcferon at Cleveland's Barking Spider and Chicago's Uncommon Ground was sold out. Turk appeared on WORT in Madison with John Fabke and later on Mad Toast Live with the Stella Novas at the Brink Lounge. The fabulous podcast, recorded by Andy Lavalle is located here. After an amazing lunch, an impromptu set at Papa Roux in Indianapolis was a fun high and great prep for the show later that night at Indy's Hostel.
Matt Turk's American Preservation Tour kicked off March 31, 2010 in California at San Diego's Lestat's West. Shows and events continued up the coast including a sold out CD release party at Los Angeles' Genghis Cohen, where Matt performed solo and with the American Preservation band featuring vocalist Gaby Moreno, drummer Sebastian Aymanns, bassist David Wagner and producer Dan Pinnella on guitar. American Preservation producer David Dobkin was in attendance to celebrate as was drummer Rick Marotta, producer Ric Markmann and friend Jango celebrating his birthday with an entourage! Turk continued up the coast with performances at Cal Poly, Smiley's in the hippie village of Bolinas, with Peter Kaukonen in attendance, a slamming show at Revolution in San Francisco's Mission with JC Flyer on board and the closer at the Pirate Cat, a co-bill with X's Excene Cervenka, hosted by Torrential Dissonance's Kieran Rossi.
Listen to 4/10/10 Matt Turk Pirate Cat performance/interview here
Photos: Charity Baranowski, Ellen Fisher Turk
In the final episode of NYC Soundtracks host Gillian Pensavale, East Pleasant Pictures and MSG corrected their error and misstatement made previously that "Gillen & Turk were on tour and unavailable to participate in the show and competition." In the final episode she said "after hearing their passionate songs about peace and justice we picked Gillen & Turk as one of our 8 finalists. Regrettably due to an administrative error we weren't able to have them in the contest this time. We can't wait to hear them next season in NYC Soundtracks." Segments of Gillen & Turk performing in Union Square singing "Peace Rant" and "It Really Matters" were shown.
On the last Sunday of August, musicians Gillen & Turk, Hope Machine, Ken Lovelett, Kelleigh Mckenzie and Steve Kirkman came together with artists Rita Schwab, Salvatore Scalisi and New Genesis Productions for the Little Globe Theatre at the Ashokan Farm and Theatre in upstate New York. NGP provides children with workshops and performances in the work of William Shakespeare, during the summer at the Little Globe Theatre and in schools throughout the year. NGP is a not-for-profit organization and money is being raised for a building to house wardrobe and sets. The crowd of 120 or folks showed up to sing-a-long, enjoy great music and art within Catskill Mountain scenery in support of the the Little Globe Theatre. Hope Machine closed the show by bringing kids from the audience on stage to sing "This Land is your Land." Woodstock, New York's nine year old Noah Schneidman performed two original songs that were a hit for all in attendance.
Do you have a donation for the the Little Globe Theatre? Please send it to:
New Genesis Productions
23 Vision Path
West Shokan, NY 12494
The new recording Backs to the Wall by Gillen & Turk was released May 22, 2008.
Acoustic Live's Richard Cuccaro says: "...from acoustic folk to blistering rock...love songs, rants, empathy for soldiers....virtuoso musical commentary."
Backs to the Wall has 12 fresh tracks including a version of Steve Kirkman's "Peace Rant." Kirkman, Abbie Gardner, Rob Morseberger, Andy LaDue, Susan Kane and David Blackshire fill out the music with G&T as the duo presents songs about our veterans, our river, our love, our community, our children and ourselves.
In support of Backs to the Wall, beginning May 22 in Pittsburgh, G&T tour 10 dates in the mid-west, followed by a week in California, finishing June in the Hudson Valley, highlighted with appearances June 21 and 22 at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival.
Visit the gigs page for info on the tour.
March 2008, in Acoustic Live, about Gillen & Turk, Richard Cucarro says "Two folk-rock musicians had travelled almost parallel paths to arrive at the same destination. Their rafter-raising shout-outs for peace and social justice combine influences from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. How they got there speaks to their foundations, their integrity and their gritty determination as well as their talent." Read more here.
with Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Gillen & Turk were among the artists performing at Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich's New Years Eve shindig in Manchester, NH. After a brief poetry reading by Fred Gillen Jr., he was joined by Matt Turk in an a capella rendition of the Stephen Still's classic "Find the Cost of Freedom". This video includes the entire night's festivities with Fred and Matt's performance appearing at about the 20 minute mark and a little after midnight singing with Jenny Scheinman, Todd Sickafoose, Chris Brown, Teddy Butter and Anton Fier.Watch the video here.
Fred Gillen Jr. and Matt Turk won a coveted spot in the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York program this May, 2007. The auditions were covered in the national and major New York media. News of the washboard and harmonies went out over the Associated Press newswire reaching Hong Kong, Singapore and who knows where else. Fred and Matt will be performing for straphangers in the subways this summer. Check the gigs page for details.
Matt, Dave Blackshire and Fred Gillen Jr. performed 3 sets on April 7 at The Bayou in Mt. Vernon, NY--Westchester's premier roadhouse and one of the best Cajun eateries north of Lafayette, Loo-siana. Highlights included killer renditions of "Gimme Shelter," "Are You Experienced," and Turk originals "Stranger," "History's Gripping," and "Silver Ring." Thanks to James O'Rourke and The Journal News for a great write up.
Congratulations to Matt Fried on releasing his new CD Days of Hope, produced by Kevin Hupp in the Groove Room. Matt Turk plays guitar, mandolin and sings on this fine recording. Matt Fried is a fantastic songwriter and musician who began his career years ago with Al Cooper. Please visit his website for more information and to pick up Days of Hope.
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Congratulations to NY Congressman John Hall for winning one of the most stunning upsets in the recent U.S. mid-term election!Visit John Hall's website.
Matt Turk and John Hall jam for Clearwater
Photo by W.L. Jackson
Sam Roberts is simply one of the best damn rockers north or south of any border. Based in Montreal, we decamped from our vehicles next to each other at the Pleasantville Music Festival, hung for a bit and exchanged new CDs. (His is titled Chemical City.) All the other acts on the main stage paled next to Sam and his four bandmates. A shout out to The Peak for putting this band, unknown here but hugely popular in Canada, on the bill. Visit Sam's website.
Matt Turk's version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with Matter and Gaby Moreno can be heard in David Dobkin's movie, "Fred Claus," and appears on the film's soundtrack as well. "Fred Claus" opened November 9, 2007, and the soundtrack is available on Warner Brothers. Matt recorded the track at Matter Music in Los Angeles in August, 2007. In addition to singing the lead vocal, Matt plays a Depression-era Martin nylon-string guitar, lap steel, banjo and mandolin.
Though Washington Arms was recently released, Matt returned to the studio in early October 06 to record an anti-war song, "The Fog of War." Cut at the Farm House in Croton-on-Hudson, NY with producer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Morsberger, the track features Pete Seeger, the musical conscience of America, sitting in on banjo. "The Fog of War" is available now for free download.
Richard Cuccaro, in the March 2008 issue of Acoustic Live calls the "Fog of War" "...remarkable video."
Fred and Matt are hard at work in Woody's House producing tracks for the upcoming Gillen & Turk debut.
The title has not yet been inked, but our reliable sources assure us it will not be called "The Black Album". Many tracks have been cut. Some hit the heart, others the hips and still others the spirit.
How are they getting it done? We hear there have been a lot of shipments arriving at the studio of Newman's Dark Espresso Chocolate. As well there are constant sightings in Croton-on-Hudson's Black Cow. Fuel for the Revolution indeed! Fred was spotted wheeling a shopping cart to the studio for a noisy session involving clanking and banging. The washboard happily now has a playmate. Stay tuned, Gillen & Turk will be announcing a release date soon. G&T's debut CD is coming.
Gillen & Turk had an awesome Purple States tour of California which included shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bolinas, Point Reyes, Santa Rosa, San Luis Obispo, Felton, Monterey, KPIG and KWMR radio. The Monterey Herald's Mac McDonald says, "Backs to the Wall is a strong, confident work of folkish-rootsy rock with political and social consciousness."
Highlights included San Francisco's show at Revolution in the Mission where G&T delivered a total acoustic set, with no sound system, just swagger. Folks were singing Leonard Cohen's "Halleluya" together. In Felton, G&T hooked up with the innovative Lindsay Mac for a great show. On the air at KPIG with Sleepy John Sandidge and the Hippie from Olema at KWMR, G&T delivered live sets over the internet. In Monterey, Tracey Chesebrough sat in on cello while in LA, Matter producer and Heart bass player Ric Markman was digging Fred Gillen's harp playing.
iPhone users and other cell phone users can take any song from iTunes by Matt Turk and Gillen & Turk and convert it into a ringtone. "It Really Matters" off the current G&T recording Backs to the Wall is a popular example. The contagious, happy South African style guitar riff is available as a ringtone.
Gillen & Turk Purple States Tour took them throughout the midwest performing in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Duluth, Sheboygan, Cleveland and more. Highlights included Madison's show at the Brink Lounge with The Stella Nova's Mary Gaines and Chris Wagoner. The classic American Jazz duo performed on cello, violin, ukelele, mandolin with stellar vocals bringing classic American tunes by Gershwin and Ellington. In Milwaukee, Banjo foot stomper Colin O'Brien sat in with G&T at the Art Bar for a rootsy, dancing set.
With great pleasure, Gillen & Turk appeared on John Platt's Sunday morning show "On Your Radar" which airs on WFUV, 90.7FM and calls Fordham University in New York City its home.
The interview and live session are in WFUV's archives.
The live installation of "On Your Radar" was September 9, at 7PM at the Living Room, 154 Ludlow St. New York City, and will be hosted by John Platt. G&T will appear with Sloan Wainright and Fools for April.
With a slight swagger, Gillen & Turk sat in with morning show host Greg Gattine on WDST 100.1FM RadioWoodstock. G&T's set, swagger and interview was inspired in part by Congressman Dennis Kucinich's speech: "Wake Up America!" Visit MySpace to watch "Wake Up America" embedded on the page. Gattine and 'DST were great in supporting G&T's Ashokan Farm performance and folks that came said they heard it from Greg. G&T performed live in the studio and Greg offered up some high praise for the new Gillen & Turk release, Backs to the Wall.
Gillen & Turk will perform at the College Music Journal's Music Marathon October 21-25, 2008 in New York City. CMJ will announce it's full roster and line up soon. "Fall Down" off G&T's latest release Backs to the Wall will appear on the CMJ CD compilation.
KUSP's Mike Pierce showing his copy of Backs to the Wall
during G&T's June 13, 2008 visit.
Everyone's glad Mike is no longer doing the graveyard shift. And we
loved seeing KJ Denhert's poster nearby, made us feel at home.
The session is soon to be in the KUSP archives.