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***Statement on COVID-19: The Lansdowne Folk Club is adhering to all CDC recommended practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the venue. We will be seating at our full indoor capacity, and are requiring full COVID vaccinations (honor system) and masks to be worn inside the venue unless actively eating/drinking.***

Lansdowne Folk Club presents Crys Matthews on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

Held at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA, doors open at 7:00 PM and show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $17 when purchased in advance online or with an advanced phone reservation and $20 at the door for each show, except Tom Paxton on December 2nd which is $30 (advance or door sale). The Fall Season Series cost is $75.

DC’s Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (from a pool of 5,000) in this year’s NewSong Music Competition and, after performing at Lincoln Center on November 30th she was named grand-prize winner. Matthews also won the People Music Network’s Social Just Songs contest at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.

Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her honorable mentions at the 2013 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play from Woman of Substance radio to WTJU-Charlottesville and WMRA-Harrisonburg to KBOO-Portland. Matthews has shared stages with Melissa Ferrick, Chris Pureka and Liz Longley, as well as several regional artists such as Owen Danoff, Eliot Bronson, and Heather Mae.

Equally at home in an acoustic listening room as she is on stage at large music festivals, Matthews has quickly gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as The Birchmere, The Hamilton, and Jammin’ Java. Matthews’ festival and showcase roster has included BMI’s Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and many more.

A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings; from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.

Watch a video and learn more about her at https://www.crysmatthews.com.

Other upcoming 2021 concerts include Pat Wictor with special guests Bob Beach and Paul Wilkinson on November 18, and Tom Paxton and The DonJuans on December 2.

Parking is available on the street and at the SEPTA train station approximately one block away. Handicap parking* is behind the building. For reservations, advance ticket sales and more information visit website www.folkclub.org, email Lfolkclub@gmail.com or call (484) 466-6213. Cash only accepted at the door.

*There is one ADA designated parking spot in the area behind the building, but we can set aside additional handicapped parking if you notify us in advance by email. Also, there is a wheelchair lift available near that parking area; please let us know in the email if you require the lift as well. Lfolkclub@gmail.com

Founded in 1993, the Lansdowne Folk Club is a 501(c) (3) all volunteer non-profit corporation dedicated to presenting folk, acoustic and blues music.