Eric Nassau will perform for Last Minute Folk on May 10th, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 SW 21st Street, Topeka, KS. He will be joined by Topeka’s own Lee Wright.
From Eric’s Bio: “Eric Nassau is everybody’s friend. His music grew out of the Connecticut Coffeehouses and into the Midwestern Cornfields. Now, using the talented and supportive community of Columbus, Ohio as his springboard, Eric has played at bars, benefits, bookstores, coffeehouses, house concerts, festivals and Universities all over the United States and Canada since 1996. His evocative lyrics, gentle vocals and finger-style guitar combine with a warm stage presence and good humor. In the tradition of folk troubadours, his original songs reflect lived-in soles and handed-down stories, personal anecdotes mixed with imagination and charm. His stage show backs this up; his engaging personality reaches out to audiences like a friend you haven’t seen in years.
Eric has been a featured performer for 5 years at the Northland College Folk Festival, and was just featured on the Main Stage at COMFEST 06′ in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He has performed at established venues including CB’s 313 Gallery and the Bitter End in NYC, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashille, The Free Times Cafe in Toronto and the Kibbitz Room in L.A. to name a few. Eric has also shared bills with Chris Smither, Hot Tuna, Stacy Earle, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors), and the late Vince Welnick.
Topeka’s own singer/siongwriter/storyteller Lee Wright will be playing with Eric. Lee, who works for KTWU Public Television, has been performing folk music locally in the 1960s while the genre was being popularized on the national stage by such artists as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. He always sang as a child, he said, but was inspired to learn an instrument after seeing Peter, Paul & Mary perform. He said his reaction was, “I’ve got to learn to play the guitar.” Since then, Wright has been involved in several concerts, hootenannies and get-togethers in Topeka. He also taught a class on folk music at Washburn University. includes songs about family, hardship, hopes and dreams, summer days and Christmas.Wright said he grew up singing in New Hope United Methodist Church, south of Great Bend near St. John. Wright was a single father for several years and used to sing to his daughters every night. After they fell asleep, he would continue singing late into the night. “It was good therapy,” he said.
Jim Reardon, an entertainment agent in the 1960s and 1970s, once booked Wright to open for the Kingston Trio at the Bitter End Club near Burnett’s Mound in Topeka. “Lee is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Reardon said. “He was a joy to work with.” Eric Nassau played with Lee during a previous appearance at Last Minute Folk around 2003. When he was booked to return, he mentioned that he had enjoyed playing with Lee and asked that Lee be invited to join him.
It is our great fortune that Lee agreed and we have to opportunity to hear two marvelous musicians! Tickets are on sale at www.uuft.org/lmf for $12 and $15 at the door