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Welcome Acoustic Music Lovers,

Singing Oak House Concerts Presents

Joe Crookston

Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM
* Potluck finger food gathering at 6:15 *

Singing Oak House Concerts is thrilled to welcome back this fabulous singer, songwriter, and musician, Joe Crookston!

This comment on Youtube was so true: "I've watched audiences glued to their seats at the end of Joe's shows simply not wanting the evening to end. There is a spirit in his music that is simultaneously sacred, celebratory, artful and solidly grounded in tradition. Go see this man perform, and don't be surprised if you drive home singing his songs with a renewed sense of what's possible."

Through his spirit and playfulness and his unwavering courage to be himself, we were moved in ways we didn’t expect. He is literate, poignant and funny. We were all glad we came.

Joe Crookston
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Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Resident, he’s played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100’s more. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award winning films. Watch this trailer for Brooklyn in July 

He’ll  surprise you and awaken the cynics.   He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.


Come to a show. Mystical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography.  Like short 4:00 films. Visual, artful and human. Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.  “The Long Note” is a phrase in Irish culture.”The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite.


Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.  It happens every time.  Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show.  With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

Joe Crookston - "A Little Bit Lovely & A Little Bit Mean"

Joe Crookston is a master storyteller & he is seeking the creative edge.   His music swirls with themes of lightness, darkness, clocks ticking, fiddle looping, weeping willows, slide guitar bending, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of life and rebirth. If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe Crookston delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.

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  “Joe is one of THE most exciting performers out there today. smart, funny, accomplished, passionate…magnetic….he enthralls and uplifts people in a way few other artists can. Really…I have been at this a long, long time….and I rarely see this combination in a young artist. This is an artist that is being propelled forward via the Folk-DJs, word of mouth, grassroots…his fans telling friends…a real buzz, not manufactured hype. It is very exciting to be working with an artist like Joe: they don’t come along all that often.”

Joe Crookston - "Fall Down As The Rain"

A Live Performance of Songs, Portraits & Video that Tell A United Human Story

Joe Crookston has written many songs based on true American stories.  When history becomes personal it is FELT.  It becomes real and alive.  Joe has been using these songs in schools and workshops to inspire students to FEEL history and to connect with humanity through the deeply personal.

Listen or watch the story.  When Joe performs American StorySongs it is upbeat, inspiring, creative and educational. His recording Able Baker Charlie & Dog was awarded International Folk Alliance ALBUM OF THE YEAR, and two of his songs have been made into award winning films.     

He is a painter.  Joe travels with a gallery exhibit of portraits of the people in his songs.  10 paintings 10 songs. A multi-media show.

Joe Crookston - "The Letters of Florence Hemphill"

For select concerts, Joe displays his acrylic and oil paintings combining his visual art with his music. As a painter and songwriter, Joe brings his love of imagery to life on stage, in his songs and to the canvas.

We hope that you will join us for this momentous event. As always, our house concerts are by invitation and all proceeds (suggested donation $20) go to the artist. Please visit the website of Joe Crookston at to learn more about this amazing performer.


Concert Venue

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Greg Tamblyn will perform Monday, November 11, 2019

Dave Gunning returns Monday, May 4, 2020

More great artists coming to Singing Oak in 2020!

Suggested Donation $20


Please RSVP to
or call 508.237.2024

We’ll reply with confirmation, directions
and parking instructions

Potluck Gathering at 6:45 ~ feel free to bring finger food/dessert and/or beverage to share

Singing Oak House Concerts  is located in West Harwich at the home of Ralph Diamond and Gail McAleer. All concerts are non-commercial, private events.  Admissions are collected as donations, 100% of which go to the performing artist.

This promises to be another amazing concert and rare opportunity to experience this amazing artist in a warm, Cape Cod setting. Thanks and we look forward to sharing the music together!

In peace and music,
Ralph and Gail
Singing Oak House Concerts

Additional Information


Some of our house concerts fill up so please RSVP early.

Our house concerts usually begin at 7:00 P.M. with a potluck appetizer/dessert social gathering starting at 6:15. Most concerts are hosted either on Sunday or Monday evenings and our performers usually appear on Bob Weiser's "Old Songs' Home" radio show on WOMR on Monday morning. Check our website for more details.

A voluntary suggested donation of $20 per person to the musician(s) is requested. This is payable in cash at the door.

Remember, 100% of all contributions go directly to the performers so if you RSVP and can't make it, please let us know so we can give your seat to someone else.

Most of the musicians we host have CDs available for sale during the break and after the house concert.

Please RSVP to
or call 508.237.2024

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