Eric Andersen is one of the pioneers of the folk movement that began in the 1960s and ‘70s. Born in Pennsylvania he grew up in Buffalo, New York, where he taught himself piano and guitar. By the early 1960s he was playing on the west coast until Tom Paxton walked in to The Coffee Gallery in Long Beach one evening and invited him back east to New York City and the Greenwich Village music scene. His first gig in New York City was opening for John Lee Hooker in 1964 at Gerde’s Folk City.
Robert Shelton of the New York Times said he’s "a writer and performer of the first rank…possessing that magical element called star quality."
Since that time his voice, songs, guitar and piano playing have created a career spanning more than 45 years. He has recorded 25 albums of original songs, and made numerous tours of North America, Europe, and Japan. His songs were recorded and performed by world-renowned artists including Ricky Nelson, Judy Collins, Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Linda Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Francoise Hardy, plus many others in Europe, Australia, England, and Japan.
London-based writer Ian MacFedyen spent years chronicling Andersen’s archives and in 2016 final images and journal entries were added to the documentary The Songpoet by filmmakers Paul Lamont and Scott Sackett. This beautifully created film offers a look into the mind, soul and creative process of Andersen and is now in post production and releasing at film festivals.
Andersen lives in the Netherlands, touring mostly in Europe and coming to the U.S. for short tours only a couple of times a year. It will be a unique opportunity to hear him on The Bowery Stage in Winnsboro on April 27. Joining him is Scarlett Rivera, violinist on Bob Dylan’s album Desire and on his Rolling Thunder Review Tour. Cheryl Prashkar is on percussion.
Tickets are $27 and $39 and are available on Eventbrite and on winnsborocenterforthearts.com or call (903) 342-0686.