Although our house concert series has been focused to date on Celtic music and folk music that comes out of that tradition, we are expanding to encompass a wider variety of music. We chose Cliff Eberhardt and Sally Barris (her concert will be Monday, February 13) to help us launch the expanded series for a couple of reasons. First, they are consummate professionals who put on an amazing show and have both great songs and a great interaction with the audience. Second, they were both in Tucson last spring as part of a benefit concert and for weeks after the concert, I received emails saying “please bring them back to town.” You are not going to want to miss either of these concerts!
Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. USA Today named Cliff’s album The High Above and the Down Below the #5 album of 2007. Long one of the most respected songwriters on the club scene, his peers often mine his catalog for themselves. Cliff’s song “Memphis” was included on Cry Cry Cry, an album of collaborative covers by the “folk supergroup” of the same name (comprised of Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell). Other performers who have recorded his songs include Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Russ Taff and Buffy Sainte Marie. A collection of his songs has been published in The Cliff Eberhardt Songbook (Cherry Lane Publishing).