Coming soon to upstate New York... This tour brings together four songwriter friends—Maria Gillard, Martin Swinger, Wendy Sassafras Ramsay, and Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers—for a collaborative showcase of fresh, festive acoustic music.

Thursday 4.12: Seneca Street Brew Pub, Manlius NY. Part of the Words and Music Songwriter Showcase series. Facebook event.

Friday 4.13: Mission Hall, Rochester NY. More info.

Saturday 4.14: The Old Parsonage, Ithaca NY. House concert. To reserve a seat, email Facebook event.

plus Sunday 4.15: Improv singing workshop and concert with Ephemera, Trumansburg NY Workshop 12:30 to 4:30, $40-$80 sliding scale Concert time TBA, $10-$25 suggested donation To register, email

About the Artists

Based in New York's Finger Lakes region, Maria Gillard writes songs that tell stories in wise, poignant, and humorous ways. Her music embraces a variety of genres including folk, swing, bluegrass, and jazz. Martin Swinger, from Maine, is one of those rare singer-songwriters who excels at everything: singing, songwriting, guitar playing, and being so present with his humor, tenderness, and wild mind that his performances are also deep conversations, soul to soul and heart to heart, about the quirks, surprises, and love that brings us most alive. Wendy Sassafras Ramsay, from the Syracuse area, is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, accordion, flute, clarinet) known for her quirky folk-rock original songs and stellar harmonizing. Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, also based in Syracuse, is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. He performs with Wendy as Pepper and Sassafras, finalists for Best Duo at FreshGrass.