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The Sanctuary Concerts
At the Presbyterian Church
240 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, NJ

973.376.4946   boxoffice@sanctuaryconcerts.org 


"A Revered Stop For Folk Musicians." -The Star Ledger   

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Six concerts, VIP seating, free events, $175 The Pick Six Music Plan

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Saturday, April 25  7PM Pot Luck Dinner              8PM Concert


“Three of the world’s finest songwriters and most respected singers have decided to take their friendship on the road.” – Wooden Ship Productions

NEWS:  This show will now be a "Kitchen Concert."  What's that?  The concert takes place in an intimate 125-seat side room at our usual church, featuring plush padded chairs. You are invited to bring pot-luck to share. (However, you are not required to bring food to participate in the pot-luck dinner. We'll bring lots of extra!).  All is included in the $20 admission.  Come at 7PM to share dinner, and the music begins at 8


Three national-treasure singer/songwriters, from Canada, Scotland, and Northern England, walk into a New Jersey church...  Sounds like the start of a fun story.  And, it is! 

Archie Fisher:  Master guitarist, singer and songwriter Archie Fisher is Scotland’s foremost folk music troubadour. He is known in his homeland for a 27-year tenure as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Travelling Folk” show. For his contributions to Scottish folk music, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire).

James Keelaghan has been called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter and a poet laureate of the folk and roots music world, known for songs that feature current issues and social justice. In 2003, he won first prize (folk category) at the 8th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. In 2004, he was the recipient of a Juno Award. His song “Cold Missouri Waters” was popularized by the folk supergroup Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky).

Jez Lowe has built his reputation as a musical ambassador for his native Northeast England with more than a dozen albums and countless live performances around the world over the last twenty years. Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Gordon Bok, Liam Clancy and hundreds of others have recorded his songs. His biography, Diamonds in the Rough, was published in 2012.

Tickets: $20

Sat., May 9 8pm in Chatham
SLAID CLEAVES with special guest Meg Braun

Why are we so eager for Slaid Cleaves' sixth visit The Sanctuary?  We love how Slaid combines rootsy rowdiness with gothic twang, creating a one-of-a-kind folk-country style inspired by his musical heroes Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, and Woody Guthrie. We love his timeless stories of the hard times and good luck of folks riding along life's highways and dead-end streets.  And we love his latest album, Still Fighting The War.

Here's how Slaid fan Stephen King put it:  "I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. You’ll feel the same, I think.  So, go to one of Slaid’s shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: not all the good guys wear hats."

Special guest Meg Braun's songs, which often feature allusions to folk tales and mythology, have been described as “fearless.” She is known in our area for her performances of Joni Mitchell’s songs with the collective “Chicks with Dip.”

Tickets: $25

Sat., July 25 7:30PM in Chatham


TOM PAXTON The Final Tour        $30/purchase here/sorry, no Pick Six passes

“I feel like I’m closing a circle.  After November 14, when I play in Alexandria, Virginia, I’m going to stop touring forever.”  -Tom Paxton.

Thankfully, before Tom closes that circle, he has happily agreed to visit Chatham, for a bittersweet final appearance produced jointly by The Sanctuary Concerts and our friends at The Folk ProjectPlease come out and wish Tom the best in the next chapter of his remarkable journey. 

From the 1960's, when he would leave his army base at Fort Dix, NJ to haunt the Village folk clubs at the height of the Great Folk Boom, through almost six decades as probably the most widely-known folk songwriter since Woody Guthrie, Tom Paxton has been the beloved voice of a generation...addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity; laying bare the absurdities of modern culture; and celebrating the most tender bonds of family, friends and community. He is often outspoken, often wonderfully funny, and always accessible and warm-hearted.

Dozens of Tom's songs have become absorbed into our oral tradition: "Ramblin' Boy," "Bottle of Wine," "Whose Garden Was This," "The Last Thing On My Mind," "Goin' to the Zoo," and "The Marvelous Toy" are just a few. He's recorded 34 albums, published 16 children's books, and had his songs covered by hundreds of artists as diverse as Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson and Placido Domingo. He's also a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

To kick off the evening, the Folk Project will showcase three of its member-performers: Jean Rohe, Mike Agranoff, and Sanctuary's own Christine DeLeon (Del Vecchio).  

Tickets: $30

Sat., August 22 8pm in Chatham
RED MOLLY Last Tour Before Indefinite Hiatus
Longtime Sanctuary favorites Red Molly are a beloved female Americana roots trio that feature three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and warm, witty stage banter.

Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar) have been part of the Sanctuary family, and we have cheered them on as they have grown from local rising stars to in-demand international touring artists.

Now, the group are going on indefinite hiatus at the end of August, with no current plans to get back together, so this may be our last chance to enjoy them.   Please join us to see them off on their journey and to wish them the best.

Tickets: $25



11.28 JIMMY WEBB: The Glen Campbell Years $30


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