Here are some of our past performers:
Justin Alvin plays guitar and sings songs he has written for his band. He and his dad, Mark Alvin, often work out some fun tunes and play together.
Mark Alvin brings a sense of spirit to his performances, whether thoughtful songs about meditative experience or some kick-ass jangling 12-string guitar finger-picking.
Molly Alvin has graced us once playing with her father, Mark, and brother, Justin. Molly’s oboe work was that special unique touch that we love to get at Feed Your Love.
Jared Batterman came to our first open mic and shared his beautiful flute work. We hope to see him again sometime.
Peter Boardman brings a touch of the subcontinent to Feed Your Love. His sarod has 23 strings, more or less, a stainless steel fretless neck and a wonderful sound.
Don Boivin is co-host for Feed Your Love. He is a folk singer and prolific composer and has recorded his first CD. You’ll often see him playing with his wife, Jennifer Stratton.
Penn Dixon Colbert plays in a style reminiscent of classic acoustic delta bluesmen but with a fire that is all his own.
Robert John Cook is a bluesy singer/songwriter with a bit of activism mixed with his compassion for life.
Marty Crowell runs sound for Feed Your Love (thanks Marty!) and shares his thoughtful original compositions. He’s a great player!
Diana DiGioia is one of our regulars and writes and performs a collection of tunes about her experiences as a lesbian and women’s issues. Her work is fun, smart, at times a bit racy and all delivered with a great sense of joy for what she is doing.
Greg Greenway is an established folk musician and singer/songwriter who brings passion and great playing to every performance.
Rich Elliot-Grunes is full of surprises. One night he’ll be backing up a buddy playing some blues, the next he is doing a classical Brasilian bossa. A real treat for the ears.
Chev Hardy has a soulful voice like fine silk and is always a crowd fav. Usually seen playing in the company of Frank Poranski.
Cathy Hatch loves to play children’s songs and is often an accompanist for other musicians.
Anna Hirst’s soaring voice delivers classic folk tunes and her own thoughtful and mature originals. She is a real presence when she performs.
Peter Hirst has a couple of claims to fame at Feed Your Love, he is a brilliant wordsmith (delivered through provocative storytelling and songs), and his Anna Hirst’s dad.
Bert Jackson is co-host of Feed Your Love and a jazz/jazz-folk musician and composer.
Cheryl Kain brings her powerful, beautiful voice to the American Songbook, show tunes, some fun pop numbers, her own originals and anything French. She has recorded two CDs and performed with a variety of recognized music groups.
Fred Magee plays keyboards and guitar and has shared with us his own compositions.
Frank Morgan is an accomplished singer/songwriter with a great set of material delivered with polish and passion. His music is a real joy to hear.
Mark Nevins is an icon at local open mics. His spoken-word interpretations of psychedelic-era tunes are legendary.
Roe Osborn is now probably most famous for his “ADD” tune, but he is an accomplished upright bassist comfortable in wide range of styles, from jazz to folk to pop.
Rob Peters makes one first think of Johnny Cash with his baritone voice and country sensibility. But listen a bit closer and you’ll find Rob has a style and voice all his own, delivered with humor and humility.
Frank Poranski always has something up his sleeve. He’s covered songs from Elvis, Jobim, Beirut, jazz standards, pop hits and the occasional surprise (like the soft, gentle “Oops I did it again” by Brittany Spears).
Jane Poranski graces us on occasion to sing with her dad, Frank.
Joe Rees plays from the folk and folk rock songbook, delivering with great passion and a growly voice.
Jennifer Stratton is an established singer/songwriter whose first CD is just coming out. She composes a variety of tunes and is often seen playing with her husband, Don Boivin.
Tim Sweeney is the ukulele crooner, covering the American Songbook and more with his smooth voice and ukulele.
Karl Thompson is a musical explorer, playing piano, percussion, and the five-string electric mandolin he built himself. Karl is a thoughtful player and composer with a great ear.