Folk Alliance 2016 Blue Horizon Showcase



Blue Horizon has been selected
as an
Official Showcase Artist

at the Folk Alliance International Conference,
February 17-21, 2016, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Meet Artists of Note in Booth 508 Exhibit Hall


After years of success as a solo artist, Great Lakes troubadour Lee Murdock has formed a new band, Blue Horizon, adding buoyant harmonies and rhythmic undercurrents to build a sound that’s as refreshing as a splash of fresh water over the bow. Read more


Welcome the trio Ameranouche: “Gypsy Flamenco Swing”


“Their music was so infectious it stopped us in our tracks.” 
—Festival Preview, Newport Jazz Festival


“Ameranouche has the gleeful flying fingerwork, the high-octane pluse that still manages to feel wonderfully freewheeling.” 
—Rock Paper Scissors



The award winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-Mare-uh-noosh) plays a passionate style of music they call “Gypsy Flamenco Swing.” They are veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival, Djangofest Northwest, Muzikfest Bethlehem, PA and the National Press Club.

The name is derived from two words: American and Manouche, the gypsy tribe of guitarist Django Reinhardt. The rip-roaring ensemble is a super force of hot acoustic Gypsy inspired music mixing Flamenco, Bebop and Jazz swing influences. Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous, and elegant.

Whether they’re playing a musette waltz from 1930 or an Andalusian inspired original tune, Ameranouche’s Gypsy Flamenco Swing style is a fresh and highly enjoyable new sound for the 21st century.

Gypsy Flamenco Swing is about coming together and celebrating our shared humanity. Ameranouche is committed to connecting deeply with its audience and sharing joy and peace through its live shows and recorded albums.





Ameranouche is —

  • Richard (Shepp) Sheppard   Guitar
    • performed with Rick Danko, Hot Tuna, Vassar Clements, Ritary Ensemble, Hot Tuna, John Jorgenson
    • Berklee School of Music, studies with Pat Martino, Dr Frank Haas and Attilla Zoller
  • Jack Soref   Guitar
    • Roots in Madison Wi, touring USA, France, Switzerland, studying in France
    • Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, Djangology Fest, more
    • Instructor, Django in June Music camp, annually
  • Michael K Harrist     Bass
    • internationally with Capillary Action
    • regional touring with Yuka Hunt Trio (with Joe Hunt) and  Orkestra Marhaba
    • jazz improvisation, Hindustani music, late Romantic harmony and classical Ottoman/Mevlevi music

Hear more

Ameranouche has hit the ground running, with PR support through Mod Media. And with a well-tuned touring vehicle and a readiness to perform across the country.


The Best of the Pete Seeger Tributes: Lincoln Center and more

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At the bottom of this post is the  link to the video of Lincoln Center Out Of Doors’ August Concert honoring Pete and Toshi Seeger and their legacy, on July 20,2014. If you will excuse our use of this tired phrase, it truly was “an all-star event” part of Seegerfest.org The full-length video is definitely worth watching, plan a 3-hour “movie night.”

On August 23, 2014, Kim & Reggie performed a one hour concert Saluting the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and including a Tribute to Pete Seeger, as part of Harlem Week festivities in New York.

Coming Up:  On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Kim & Reggie will be part of the Long Island Celebration of David Amram’s 84th Birthday and “Remembering Pete Seeger,” also featuring Peter Yarrow, Tom Chapin, Holly Near, Guy Davis, Garland Jeffreys, Joel Rafael, The Amigos and more.

There have been many many other deserving tributes to Pete, all over the country, but here is the link to the Lincoln Center/SeegerFest concert.  I’ve cued this YouTube to start with Reggie’s introduction of the song he wrote to celebrate Pete’s life, titled High Over the Hudson.

(This full-length video is well worth an evening’s entertainment!)

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Hear Dennis Stroughmatt on NPR All Things Considered

Dennis Stroughmatt was featured on All Things Considered, NPR, on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Read and hear him here, talking about the Missouri Creole Paw Paw French music, people, language.



Video Link #1: Missouri Creole Music and 2-minute tour

Video Link #2: Library of Congress performance

Here are a few more recent stories about Dennis Stroughmatt, his band, and his work as the Ambassador of Missouri Creole traditions

ABC News Feature  (in English)

En Francais  Slate.FR Feature

Here’s the Slate.FR feature, in English

Dennis Stroughmatt is available for performances as soloist, and with his band, Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole. In Illinois, non-profit presenters may apply for a Road Scholars grant from the Illinois Humanities Council to fund a solo performance.

In May 2014, Dennis received the Missouri Humanities Award for Exemplary Community Achievement.  This link provides more on Dennis and his remarkable story.

Contact us at 630-557-2742 to learn more about bringing Dennis to your community for performances.

Or email  jmurdock@artistsofnote.com (but please give us a phone number)