August 31, 2008

Last Minute Folk’s Clock Resumes Ticking

By Bill Blankenship

By Bill Blankenship


The Last Minute Folk Concert Series will wind itself up for four fall performances by singer-songwriters.

Begun in 2003 by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the series has presented more than 30 concerts in a listening-room atmosphere free of smoke and alcohol.

With its audiences seated in a semicircle around an elevated stage with performance lighting at the fellowship at 4775 S.W. 21st, the shows consist of two 40- to 45-minute sets separated by an intermission for dessert and conversation.

The performers come from many folk and traditional based music genres including old-timey, blues, Americana, bluegrass, contemporary, urban folk and world. Tickets, which are $12 for adults and $6 for students, are sold on a first-come basis at the door 30 minutes before each performance.

The fall 2008 shows presented by Last Minute Folk will be:

- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13: Tom Kimmel, whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Shawn Colvin, Waylon Jennings, the Stray Cats, Randy Travis and the Spinners and many, many others.

Once an eclectic rock 'n' roller, Kimmel found his voice as a singer-songwriter while opening Nanci Griffith's 1991-92 world tour. A New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1993, Kimmell began performing as a critically acclaimed solo act. You can sample his music at

- 7 p.m. Oct. 12: Idgy Vaughn, who as a single mother toiled as a truckstop waitress in Buda, Texas, until a customer won the lottery and loaned her just enough money to record her full-length debut, "Origin Story."

Although she lost her hometown's talent show to Christian karaoke singers seven years in a row, Vaughn was one of the six winners of the prestigious New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters at the 2004 Kerrville Folk Festival. Her music can be heard at

- 7 p.m. Nov. 2: Rik Palieri, who original songs have been praised by folk legends like Pete Seeger.

The globetrotting troubadour sings and performs both original and traditional songs on a variety of folk instruments, including the banjo, six- and 12-string guitars, mouth bow, Native American flute and a collection of rare Polish bagpipes. Check out his songs at

- 7 p.m. Nov. 22: Jack Williams, who Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary, called "the best guitar player I've ever heard," also is recognized by the U.S. folk community as a singer-songwriter of national stature.

Williams has been featured on the main stages of major folk festivals, where at one he was invited by Arlo Guthrie to join him on stage to do one of his original songs and asked to stay to perform the show's encores. Williams' music can be heard at

Bill Blankenship can be reached

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