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Words and Music Songwriter Showcase

The Words and Music Songwriter Showcase is an intimate acoustic concert series hosted by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, featuring a stellar lineup of regional and touring artists.

Sept. 6: Austin MacRae and Jen Cork

Plus an open-mic songwriter spotlight featuring Zoë Mullan-Stout, William Nicholson, and Eileen Rose. One last slot remains. See below to sign up.

Friday, Sept. 6, 7 pm
Seneca Street Brew Pub,
315 E. Seneca Street, Manlius, NY
Suggested donation $10 to $15

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Austin MacRae and Jen Cork are two of Ithaca's finest singer-songwriters and also frequent collaborators.

With shimmering lyrics, deft finger picking, and soaring melodies, Austin MacRae is a troubadour whose songwriting is characterized by poetic lyrics and poignant stories from rural upstate New York. He has performed at venues such as Club Passim, Kerrville Folk Festival (New Folk Finalist), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic and many other venues. His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015. His second album, Keeper, won a SAMMY for Best Americana in 2018. 

An extraordinarily talented songwriter.

Kelly Walker, Sundilla Radio Hour

Jen Cork has a passion for dirt, rubble, and the intersection of nature and mechanical objects, and her emotional indie-folk songwriting grows out of these timeworn landscapes. Steeped in harmonies from a young age (her influences range from sacred choral music to the Lettermen to Joan Baez to the Indigo Girls to Sam Cooke), Jen is at home on any stage, and artfully wields her powerfully evocative voice, musical patience, and thoughtful arrangements. There is history in her voice and legacy in her songs. Jen is currently gigging around the northeast as a solo artist, building out her home studio, and planning her next record. 

Stands out among the top tier...of talented singer-songwriters in the region.

Finger Lakes Music Press

Series host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, and author of The Complete Singer-Songwriter.

Open-mic songwriter spotlight

Each Words and Music concert opens with a short open mic with four performance slots, each 12 minutes long—only original songs are allowed. The sign-up form is available here starting two weeks before the show until the slots are filled. Admission is free if you are performing, and you are welcome to sell your CDs and other merch. To allow room for other songwriters, open-mic performers must wait at least six months between appearances.

About the venue

Seneca Street Brew Pub, in the village of Manlius, New York, specializes in New York craft beers and local ingredients. The Words and Music shows are in the pub's events room (upstairs next to the retail shop), an elegant and quiet space that's ideal for an intimate acoustic concert.

Parking is available on Seneca Street and in a small lot behind the building. The pub offers a small menu of finger foods. If you'd like more substantial fare, you are welcome to bring take-out food into the concert room (pizza, Chinese, and more is available very close by).

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