Winter Doldrums - Concert for Suicide Prevention

WXPN & Philly Folksong Society Welcomes the 7th Annual

Winter Doldrums - Concert for Suicide Prevention

Mason Porter, Tin Bird Choir, Black Horse Motel, Andrew Lipke, Andrea Nardello Band, Michele Lynn's Vilomahed Project, Ross Bellenoit & the Deceptions, Sonja Sofya, Vilebred, Marion Halliday, Episcopal Academy Middle School Singers (openers)

Feb 10 2019 · Sun

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 2:30 pm

$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show / $25 Seated

This event is 21 and over

Mason Porter
Mason Porter
“Pennsylvania’s Mason Porter is a perfect example of a successful 21st century bluegrass-folk-rock band, a close-knit group of buds hitting traditional folk-bluegrass buttons while also tossing in a hit of country rock energy and power for good measure.” Steve Houk, Mid-life Rocker. It’s that positive energy that connects them with their audience every time. They play a style of American music that’s unique in many ways; traveling in the borderlands of folk-rock, bluegrass, jam and pop. The band has the ability to combine the earthy, Appalachian instruments with a more edgy urban appeal. With a danceable vibe, an energetic live show and fresh approach to improvisation, Mason Porter and its growing community finds itself at home everywhere they go.

Mason Porter’s Heart of the Mountains, their second EP in two years, showcases the band’s rapid growth and momentum. The album was produced by Brian McTear at Philadelphia’s Miner Street and musically is the band’s most far-reaching effort to date. A fine companion to 2015’s Key to the Skyway, the band builds on the themes of traveling and adventure, this time with an emphasis on nature and personal discovery. The title track “Heart of the Mountains” draws inspiration from the writings of John Muir, American naturalist and early advocate of US wilderness preservation.

Mason Porter will be releasing the new EP in conjunction with the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration and will be collaborating with the NPS on several events this year.

Heart of the Mountains adds to the excitement of an already hot year which started in January with the release of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a single based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story. In March the band produced Porter Fest, a collaboration with Sly Fox Brewery, and the first release of their custom craft beer “Mason Porter Porter”.

Mason Porter’s 2015 release Key to the Skyway was called “…a leap forward in both confidence and sound for the band.” by Mike Mannon of No Depression. 2015 also showed the band’s willingness to work hard and follow their own vision. With the help of their community, they were able to host their first annual music and camping festival, the Midnight Mountain Music Show, which was met with great success. In addition the band organized some very successful tributes, including several sold-out Workingman’s Dead/American Beauty shows and the much talked about “Folk Roots of the Grateful Dead” set that landed them two main stage sets at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Mason Porter’s 2014 release Home For The Harvest was met with great enthusiasm and helped usher in the next wave of growth for the band. The album, which drew comparisons to the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty and Neil Young’s Harvest, received significant airplay from SirusXM’s The Coffee House as well as national AAA and Folk DJ support. Fred Knittel of Folkadelphia says: “What continues to make West Chester, PA’s Mason Porter a force to be reckoned with in the Americana and roots community, especially regionally, is the intimacy that they bring to each song. Whether it’s in live performance, or on record (like their latest, Home For The Harvest)”. He also notes the band’s “uncanny ability to draw the listener in and keep them close. I can only think that this magical power is the result of a strong and long-standing chemistry between the members.”

Mason Porter got its start in late 2006 informally as friends playing folk songs together at parties in West Chester, PA. The band released their debut EP Mason Porter (2008) resulting in immediate praise. Les McIntyre of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine wrote of this inaugural recording “The music of Mason Porter could be best described as alternative bluegrass…in this debut recording, the eclectic trio show musical prowess that is difficult to overlook.” Following up with full lengths Thunder In The Valley (2009) and a collection of traditional folk and covers Story Of the Rifle (2011), the band became a fixture on the regional scene. Through the process of writing, recording and constant gigging, the band developed its original sound blending folk, bluegrass, blues, country and rock influences into the unique personality that is Mason Porter. The band consists of founding members Joe D’Amico (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Tim Celfo (upright bass, vocals), Paul Wilkinson (guitar, vocals) with Evan Smoker (drums) and Sarah Larsen (violin).

Mason Porter has become a favorite on the regional festival and club circuits and is constantly pushing itself into new musical ground and making new friends. They have shared the stage with acts such as Ralph Stanley, Greensky Bluegrass, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Charlie Daniels, Spirit Family Reunion, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Black Lillies, Will Hoge, American Babies and more.
Tin Bird Choir
Tin Bird Choir
Tin Bird Choir
Tin Bird Choir is a barn rock band from Chester County Pennsylvania. They write songs that are rooted in the rural world they grew up in, yet still pulse with urgency. Two songs off their latest album Homesteady were picked up by Starbucks and are played in their stores worldwide. Another song, “Cheaper, Less Painful,” earned the band a spot as one of the regional finalists in the Mountain Stage Newsong Contest. With lyrical integrity and driving melodies, Tin Bird Choir is fun, often quirky, and even a little haunting. Learn more about them at"
Black Horse Motel
Black Horse Motel
Philadelphia's Black Horse Motel crafts its genre-fluid city folk sound by taking traditional folk instrumentation and lyrics, blending them with Americana roots, rock, blues, and country influences and tying it all together with rich vocal harmonies. The resulting sound is infectiously foot-stomping, heart-breaking, familiar and new.

In 2012, Black Horse Motel offered their first recording; a self-titled EP. They followed up with their debut full-length LP, Red Summer Spirit. The record released on March 1, 2013 to a sold-out crowd at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia.

The next three years brought several lineup changes while the group continued to hone their sound and expand their fan base. The current 4-piece group is made up of Desiree Haney (cello/keys/vocals), Megan Manning (drums/percussion, vocals), Galen Fitzpatrick (guitar/dobro/vocals), and Ryann Lynch (fiddle/vocals).

Partnering with engineer/producer Ron DiSilvestro, the group headed into renowned Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA and Forge Recording in Oreland, PA in April of 2016 to record their next 5-song EP, Parable. The finished product was mastered by Grammy Award winner, Phil Nicolo. After a successful PledgeMusic campaign, Parable was released to major online outlets on January 13, 2017.

In the fall of 2017, Black Horse Motel competed in Philadelphia councilman David Oh’s city-wide PHL Live music competition and won the Country/Folk category! Prizes included cash and studio time.

Black Horse Motel has also been nominated for 2018’s local Homey Awards, hosted by 93.7 WSTW. Categories include EP of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Folk Song, Best Alt Song, and more!
The band is currently recording a forthcoming new EP, again with DiSilvestro & Nicolo, expected to be released in early summer 2018.

Black Horse Motel has performed at the famed Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville, PA, the Dewey Beach Music Conference and Dewey Beach Americana Festival in Dewey Beach, DE, Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, Xtreme Folk Festival in Telford, PA and the People’s Choice Festival in State College, PA. The group has also performed at many popular Philadelphia-area venues, including World Cafe Live, Boot & Saddle, Ardmore Music Hall, and Bourbon & Branch. The group has begun spreading their sound to the greater Philadelphia area, with performances in Jenkintown, King of Prussia, Phoenixville, New Hope, State College, and Wilkes-Barre, as well as to Brooklyn, NY, Ithaca, NY, Baltimore, MD, Charleston, WV, and Nashville, TN. Black Horse Motel has been featured as live performers on several radio programs, including Delaware’s WSTW Hometown Heroes show, The Folk Show on WXPN, Folkadelphia on XPN2, and Y-Not Radio.
Andrea Nardello Band
Michele Lynn's Vilomahed Project
Michele Lynn's Vilomahed Project
Michele Lynn, bassist for Philly area musician Andrea Nardello, has played on many bands' albums over the years. Now Michele has put together her own album, which has the important focus of raising awareness for suicide prevention. Michele lost her son David to suicide in 2013. One of the ways she dealt with, and continues to deal with, her immense grief and loss is by writing poetry. The poems' themes encompass each phase of Michele's grief, from outright depression to coping and trying to find hope.

With the goal of bringing light to suicide awareness and prevention, Michele teamed up with 17 of her musician friends to co-write songs based on her works. Michele's poems became the songs' lyrics, with her friends providing voice and melody. Together with producer Ross Bellenoit, Michele and her friends created an album called “Vilomahed.” “Vilomah,” is a word taken from Sanskrit by Karla Holloway, of Duke University, which essentially means an unnatural loss, as in our children should not proceed their parents in death. If they do, we are “Vilomahed.”

Despite the album's diverse musical lineup, Michele and her collaborators have created a cohesive work that provides a beautiful glimpse into the pain and healing experienced by survivors of suicide, that is at times both heartbreaking and hopeful.

Michele Lynn plays bass on all of the tracks, with the featured artist of each song providing vocals and in some cases guitar. In addition to his production talents, Bellenoit plays most of the other instruments and percussion on the album; he also sings lead vocals on one of the tracks. The album was recorded in the late Summer/early Fall of 2016 at Turtle Studios in Philadelphia. The other artists involved in this emotional project are: Adrien Reju, Allison Polans, Andrea Nardello, Angela Burns, Annie Nardolilli, Autumn Walden, Christopher Davis-Shannon, Dani Mari, Galen Fitzpatrick (of Black Horse Motel), Ginger Coyle, Heather & Eric Hurlock (a/k/a Tin Bird Choir), Hezekiah Jones, Jeff Klemens (of Gavilan), John Galla, Tim Celfo (of Mason Porter), Valentina Raffaelli (of Valentina and Sunshine Superman).

“Vilomahed” was released on December 10th, her son David's birthday and is available for download on all of the music websites with the CD's also available on and

Michele Lynn hopes that this album, dedicated to her son David, helps not only raise awareness but also helps those grieving and/or considering suicide as a solution.

*** Multiple 11th Annual Homey Award Winner ***
- Artist of the Year: Michele Lynn
- Collaboration of the Year: Michele Lynn's Vilomahed Project
- Song of the Year: "Sundays (feat. Ginger Coyle" by Michele Lynn & Ginger Coyle

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Ross Bellenoit & the Deceptions
Ross Bellenoit & the Deceptions
Ross Bellenoit has already forged quite a career path, racking up impressive credits as a guitarist, composer and producer. After moving to Philadelphia in 2003, Bellenoit quickly became the leading axe-man for a thriving singer-songwriter scene that spawned Amos Lee (Blue Note), Birdie Busch (Bar None), and ASCAP award-winner John Francis. More recently, he's been making his mark as a songwriter himself, and also as a recording producer and arranger. Raised in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, Bellenoit trained on classical guitar for ten years (and viola for five) before studying jazz guitar at the University of the Arts — but Bellenoit is not the sort of musician who lets his studies do the talking. A spontaneous, in-the-moment improviser and consummate team player, Bellenoit has spent the past six years training himself to stay on his toes, and to anticipate the un-obvious. "If there's one thing that I try to keep aware of," Bellenoit says, "it's the song's temperament. Whether you're playing 'How High The Moon' to a handful of jazz afficionados or singing a folk tune that you wrote yourself, you have to surrender yourself completely to the moment. Serve the song, and the song will serve you."

Bellenoit more often than not can be found in the recording studio. He has contributed to a wide array of albums — rock records, jazz records, gospel records, R&B records, even a song about cheeseburgers written for Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban. He's worked with renowned producers John Carter Cash, Phil Nicolo and Brian McTear — and now, working out of Turtle Studios in South Philadelphia, Bellenoit is producing records for singer-songwriters himself.

Bellenoit has also racked up a considerable amount of touring experience, most notably touring with Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello as a member of Amos Lee's band in 2007. He's made multiple regional tours with honky-tonk group The Sweetback Sisters (with whom he appeared on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion") fellow Philadelphian songstress Birdie Busch, and has toured internationally several times with German-based Joseph Parsons Band since 2008.
Sonja Sofya
Vilebred is a Philly-based experimental rock band, constantly churning out rich melodies, epic anthems and enough snark to make everyone a little uncomfortable. Following the footsteps of his brother Kurt Vile, Sam Vile is the musical architect that leads this circus, with influences ranging from The Violent Femmes to Radiohead. Band members include, Dug Gillan (bass/vocals) and Jeremy Dawson (Lead Guitar) of "The Nodd", Chelsea Sue Allen (keys/vocals) who is also a talented solo artist of the same name, and Will Donahue (drums/vocals) who, while members sometimes come and go, has been in the band since the very beginning.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003