Cousin Andy’s concerts most often occur on the first and third Fridays of each month and usually alternate between Church of The Good Shepherd’s fellowship hall in Carbondale and the Yellow Moon Cafe in downtown Cobden. Cousin Andy’s, a not-for-profit concert series, relies upon the generosity of our audiences to pay our out-of-town performers. We use the donations received at our FOLKSTRAVAGANZA benefit shows to allow us to make up any shortfall in the week-to-week “door” for a particular concert. Your contributions allow Cousin Andy’s to continue to bring nationally and internationally known songwriters to our area.
Cousin Andy’s kicks off our 21st season of bringing the finest folk music to Southern Illinois with our annual Fall Folkstravaganza benefit show, featuring some of our favorite local musicians. As usual, our benefit show will be in the fellowship hall of The Church of The Good Shepherd in Carbondale.
This year’s Fall Folkstravaganza features a nice array of styles of folk music. Our performers will be THE DORIANS (Bryan Kelso Crow, Elana Floyd-Kennett, Mike Shanahan, and Mickey Soltys), BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM BAND (Andrea Stader, Gary Childers, RuthAnn Levinson, and others), and TRANSCENDENTAL COWBOYS (Doug Anderson and Randy Auxier).
The Dorians, offering songs and dance music from the Irish and Scottish traditions, perform throughout the midwest at festivals, conferences, colleges and other schools. The are known throughout the region as premier performers of traditional and Irish and Celtic music.
The Blackberry Blossoms Band primarily features old timey folk, old old country, and Americana. In addition to multi-part vocal harmonies, arrangements may include autoharp, dulcimer, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass.
When Doug Anderson and Randy Auxier perform together as the Transcendental Cowboys, they play their own songs, songs by friends, songs by enemies, and songs by people they don’t even know (but you might) — Americana, blues, folk, country, and some things that simply defy classification.