Steve Suffet's Musical Friends

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Steve Suffet at right with Joel Landy, Anne Price, and Eric Levine of MacDougal Street Rent Party.
Photo by Takako Nagumo.


Use the links below to visit the websites of some of my musical friends.

Mike Agranoff
Mike is an all-around accomplished musician and an all-around funny guy. He is also one of my high school classmates.

Hillel Arnold
Hillel is a singer-songwriter, as well as a former archivist at the Woody Guthrie Archives.

Oscar Brand (1920-2016)
Oscar was a folksinger, songwriter, composer for the musical theater, author, and host of Folksong Festival, the longest running radio program of all time.

Donie Carroll
Born in County Cork but now residing in New York City, Donie is a folksinger with roots in both Ireland and America. Among the many things Donie has done, he founded the Sunnyside Singers Club, a weekly singing session that takes place in the Borough of Queens, just three blocks from where I live.

Vincent Cross
Vincent was born in Ireland, moved to Australia as a child, returned to Ireland, and now lives in New York City. Much of Vincent's music is what he calls "tradiginal," meaning it is traditional folk music that he reworked until it became his own.

Alan Friend
Alan is living proof that a city slicker can play and sing authentic old-time country music.

Bev Grant
Bev is a musical powerhouse who has written some incredibly inspiring songs, such as Together We Can Move Mountains. In addition, she is a music arranger, a concert producer, and the director of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus.

Emma Graves
Emma is a talented and witty singer-songwriter with a big floppy hat and an even bigger smile. But don't be fooled. She can wield her songs like a surgeon's knife when she wants to.

Robin Greenstein
With her banjo or guitar in hand, Robin can magically transform herself from traditional folkie into contemporary singer-songwriter and back again in an instant. She is brilliant in either incarnation.
 
Ben Grosscup
Ben is an activist folksinger and singer-songwriter. He is also currently the executive director of People's Music Network.

Allen Hopkins
Allen could well pass himself off as a time traveler from the 19th century. Certainly his clothes and musical instruments are from then. So are many of his songs, some about canals, some about trains, some about the American Civil War, and some brought to America by Irish or Jewish immigrants.

Paul Kaplan
Paul sings traditional songs, original compositions, and parodies, all with gusto, charm, good humor, and sometimes a touch of sentimentality. He is also a fine music teacher who works just as easily with youngsters as with grown-ups.

Alison Kelley
Alison is an educator and a designer, as well as an exceptionally fine singer of songs from several traditions. She performs as a member of four different vocal groups: the NexTradition, the Johnson Girls, New York Packet, and Ida Red.

Ray Korona (1946-2014)
Ray was a singer-songwriter, political activist, and one of the founders of the Peoples' Voice Cafe in New York City. He was also the sound engineer who recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered my CDs and digital albums.

Beth Kotkin
Folksinger, photographer, and licensed family therapist Beth Kotkin was introduced to folk music as a small child when she went to a summer camp in Vermont owned by the Seeger family. A New York City native, Beth relocated to the West Coast for several years before returning to the Big Apple and reconnecting with her Northeastern folk roots.

Joel Landy
Joel is a singer-songwriter, parodist, and producer of the Songs of Freedom cable TV program. He also had been a member of MacDougal Street Rent Party.

Mimi LaValley
Mimi is a veteran of several punk, indie rock, and country bands. She is also a singer-songwriter who carries the folk tradition forth in her music and goes around imposing it on unwitting rock hipsters in basements and night clubs throughout North America.

Heather Lev
Heather is a singer-songwriter who can make skeptics believe she is the reincarnation of the late and great Malvina Reyonlds.

Eric Levine (1957-2008)
Eric, my beloved comrade in song and in struggle, passed away at the age of 51. He had been a member of MacDougal Street Rent Party, the musical director of the Disabled in Action Singers, a member of the People's Music Network steering committee, and much more.

MacDougal Street Rent Party
Comprising Joel Landy, Eric Levine, Anne Price, Gina Tlamsa, and myself, MacDougal Street Rent Party came into being in 2003. For five glorious years we performed at coffee houses, clubs, musical retreats, festivals, outdoor concerts – anywhere and anytime we got the chance. Sometimes when we appeared in the New England states, Sandy Pliskin would pinch hit for Eric. The group dissolved in 2008 following Eric's death, but we still remain close, and the surviving members often perform together.

Jay Mankita
Jay describes himself as an existential troublemaker who presents relevant but irreverent songs and stories. That's as good a description as any. He travels around the country in a van fueled by vegetable oil.

Bruce Markow
Bruce is an enormously energetic musician who seamlessly integrates jazz, pop, Latin, reggae, hip-hop, country, rock, bluegrass, R&B, and what-not into his alternative folk mix.

Anne Price
Anne is a folksinger with a beautifully rich voice and an enormous repertoire of both traditional and contemporary songs, including a few she has written herself. She was a member of MacDougal Street Rent Party, and she is now often my singing partner, as well as my most supportive critic.

Jean Ritchie (1922-2015)
Jean was truly a national treasure. For more than half a century she brought the traditional music of her native Kentucky to appreciative audiences throughout the world.

Two Black Sheep and a Stallion
They are three guy from York, England, who like to get together to sing and have a good time. Ron Akehurst is a university professor, Peter Outhart is an electrician, and Martin Bartlett is a retired archaeologist. Each claims to be the stallion.
 

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Mimi LaValley and Steve Suffet at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.
July 8, 2007. Photo by Takako Nagumo.