May 19, 2012
An evening with Charles Lyonhart and his emotionally articulate lyrics, lingering melodies, and witty commentary on what it’s like to be a human.
Charles was born in the Bronx where Poe Cottage became a shrine, and its late author an inspiration. The 60s brought him in touch with the truths of Lenny Bruce, and most tellingly, the words and music of both the Beat Generation and the Folk Rock movement. In the course of his experiments with music, writing and counterculture living, Lyonhart met icons such as William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and Tim Hardin. Making his way through the 70s and 80s, sometimes on stage, other times as a writer and music critic for publications like Rolling Stone Magazine, he eventually turned to his true talents in life… a visionary songwriter and seasoned guitarist.
In the 90s Charles became a regular at The Tinker Street Cafe in Woodstock, The Bitter End in New York City, and various local music festivals. Gaining a loyal regional fan base, the name Lyonhart has quickly become synonymous with emotionally charged ballads delivered with brooding intensity backed with exceptional melodic arrangements. Whether he’s playing with his band or solo acoustic, his live performances effortlessly showcase the solid craftsmanship as a truly accomplished artist with poetic blended narratives accompanied by rich acoustic textures and distinguishing vocals.
Charles will perform with his friends Brian Hollander on dobro and guitar, and George Quinn on upright bass.
“Charles Lyonhart is a truly inspiring artist. His melodies both haunt and energize; his eloquent lyrics… intense, ironic, sharp-arrow true… reflect rare depths of human experience as well as a resilient and ultimately trimphant spirit.” –Myra Friedman, Author “Buried Alive”, authorized Janis Joplin biography
“Lyonhart sings of life and relationships, injustice and irony, desperation and triumph, striving and betrayal, folly and achievement… having a stash of unreleased Lyonhart tunes is like having a private treasure.” –Irv Yarg, The Woodstock Times
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