Abbie Gardner to Close Out Barn Concert Season for Folk Across the Street

Sep 20, 2017
Abbie Gardner

There are sure signs that autumn has arrived in New Jersey including foliage, football and the final Folk Across the Street barn concert of the year.

In the summer, Folk Across the Street barn concerts are literally across the street from some people, at least people who live across from 288 North St. in West Creek. And they are held in an actual barn, owned by FATS promoter Roland Hagen. True, you’re not likely to hear horses neighing but a chicken or two may walk by, giving it a nice farmyard atmosphere, supplemented by the potluck dinner that always introduces the evening.

Come colder weather Folk Across the Street concerts move to Stockton University, a fine venue for sure but not as intimate as Hagen’s barn, a perfect setting for songstress Abbie Gardner, who will perform there on Sunday, Oct. 1. The show will kick off with a performance by Sarhara Moon, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Little Egg Harbor, at 7 p.m. while dinner – and you are free to bring some adult beverages – will be served at 6.

Tickets are $20 in advance, which can be reserved by calling 609-296-9150, or $25 at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefits Stockton University’s marine science program via the Stacy Moore Hagen Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Gardner, along with Laurie MacAllister and Carolann Solebello (later replaced by Molly Venter), was part of the folk-Americana supergroup Red Molly that was founded in 2004 at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. In 2015 Red Molly announced it would be taking “an extended hiatus,” and no wonder considering they had been touring extensively not only in the U.S. but in Europe and beyond. But they’re back, launching an East Coast tour on Sept. 20 and following up with a trip to California, Oregon and Washington state in October. Luckily for local “Redheads,” Gardner will visit West Creek during the band’s break between east and west.

Thanks to Red Molly, Gardner’s known as a writer and singer of folk, bluegrass and Americana, an impression magnified by her choice of instruments – guitar, lap steel guitar, National bottleneck guitar and, most of all, the dobro. But she can sing the hell out of jazz standards, testament to growing up in a home with her father, Herb, a swing jazz and stride pianist and Dixieland trombonist. As for her songwriting, she was the 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) with her song “The Mind of a Soldier,” picked up in 2010 for a Lufthansa Airlines advertisement. She’s released three solo albums and is ready to release a fourth this coming January.  —R.M.





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