Join us for the Fiddlers Green concert series - monthly on third Saturdays!
AAFFM sponsors a local monthly coffeehouse, Fiddler's Green, that features concerts that include traditional music, singer-songwriters, poetry and storytelling.
April 18, 2015
Opening April’s Fiddlers’ Green is David Leinweber, who plays a wide variety of venues and musical styles, ranging from rock, to blues, to folk, to gospel. Known as the "Flatpicking Professor," Dr. Leinweber, a faculty member of Emory at Oxford, highlighted the Scottish Bluegrass Association Festival in Perth, Scotland and performs widely at regional acoustic music festivals in the South.
He has shared the stage with many fine musicians and often appears as part of the Silverbird Duo. His influences include Dylan, Neil Young, The Dead, Clapton, Norman Blake and Doc Watson. Leinweber has taught piano and guitar for 25 years and has extensive experience as a studio musician, a songwriter, and an arranger. In addition to his solo efforts, he has performed on many records, demos, and CDs by other artists. His music has been featured on radio and in many concerts throughout the Atlanta area. As one reviewer said, “(his CD) resonates with honest simplicity as well as musical and poetic talent.” Another reviewer commented, “Great picking combines with good songwriting. What more could you ask?
Our featured performer, Claudia Nygaard, whose captivating storytelling overflows from her songwriting into her live performance. With a voice like amber honey, and a twinkle in her eye that makes the entire audience feel she is sharing a secret with them alone, she takes them on an emotionally fearless journey with stories that expose a rare vulnerability and tenderness one moment, then a quick wit and an outlandish, irreverent sense of humor the next. Her songs move from heartfelt to humorous and from scrappy to sensual, and all the while the stories she tells in between them are as entertaining as the songs themselves.
A former Nashville Music Row staff songwriter and a winner of numerous awards including the Kerrville, TX Folk Festival songwriting competition, Nygaard has learned her craft well. Her latest CD “Let The Storm Roll In” rose to the coveted #1 position on the Cashbox Roots Country Chart and #8 on the Folk DJ Chart - with every one of her self-penned compositions receiving airplay. The album received glowing reviews from the press that included five stars from Americana benchmark “Maverick” magazine. The legendary Folk music magazine “Sing Out” claimed her songs “rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson”.
Claudia Nygaard has performed at over 200 fairs and festivals in the United States and 9 foreign countries. Endorsements from merchandisers attest to her strength as a guitarist, and she was chosen one of the Emerging Artists of 2009 by the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Come and enjoy a great meal at Steve’s while being treated to delightful acoustic performances.