2023 Concerts
2023 Concerts

House Concert

On Friday, December 15th, Cousin Andy’s welcomes back Small Potatoes for our annual Christmas holiday house concert, also featuring a visit from Santa Claus. The Chicago-based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso play a repertoire they describe as “Celtic to Cowboy.”

Coffee, tea, and cookies provided, or BYOB.

Suggested donation, $20.

The house concert will be at our Redbud Hill venue, at 411 N. 9th Street, Murphysboro, IL. Doors open at 6 pm, music starts at 7 pm. Parking along the street, in back (up the alley), or a block away in the city lot near the Murphysboro police station north of the courthouse. Bring some friends.

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House Concert

It’s Halloween. Put on your costume (or don’t) and come to Cousin Andy’s for a special Halloween Concert.

Legendary Southern Illinois musician, Hugh DeNeal, features his years of songwriting in a solo house concert for Cousin Andy’s Coffee House, Friday evening, October 27th, 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm at our Red Bud Hill venue, 411 N. 9th Street, Murphysboro, IL.
Suggested donation $20.
Coffee and cookies available OR BYOB. And there will be cheap wine and even cheaper beer, but it’s nice to bring and share.
Parking nearby on the street or in the city lot in the block north of the county courthouse (where the carnies park for Apple Fest).

Hugh DeNeal and his songs gained considerable following while he played in the Wood Box Gang at many night clubs and festivals. After a brief exit, his return concert played to a full house at SIU’s Shryock Auditorium, followed by many music events and a documentary film, Confidence Man (directed by Robert Streit). More recently, he has played with Hobo Knife, the People vs. Hugh DeNeal, and solo. His lyrics, describing life as it is, are often sung by all dancing to his tunes.



House Concert

Colin O’Brien, based in Nashville, plays on Saturday, September 23, 2023, 7 pm at our Redbud Hill venue, 411 N. 9th Street, Murphysboro, IL. Suggested donation $20. This Cousin Andy’s house concert is co-hosted with the American Institute of Philosophical and Cultural Thought.

The first set will be a survey of Americana and roots music in the tradition of John Hartford’s informative style of teaching us our own truths. The second set will be Colin’s usual singer/songwriter fare.

“Colin O’Brien’s music is informed by the past and speaks to the present. A playful performer, Colin delights his audiences with fiery melodies, groovy rhythms, soulful lyrics, fancy footwork and old time hat tricks. His banjo, fiddle and guitar playing, percussive dancing, and lyrics all express an earnest regard for the traditional, natural and true.”

“Colin O’Brien is a great entertainer.” –Tim O’Brien

Feel free to BYOB and snacks. Coffee and cookies will be available. 

Read more about Colin O’Brien here: www.colingobrien.com.


House Concert

Amy Kucharik, with Dennis Stroughmatt, featuring Robert Russell, house concert on Sunday, August 27th, 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:00 pm) at our Redbud Hill venue at 411 N. 9th Street, Murphysboro, IL. Suggested donation: $20.

A native of Southern Illinois now based in Somerville, MA, Amy Kucharik [/kuh-CHAR-ick/] performs as a one-woman band with ukulele, tenor guitar, foot percussion, mouth trumpet and harmonica, or with bands featuring top New England musicians. Combining poignant lyrics and a danceable swing, Amy draws from blues and Vaudeville traditions, musical theatre, 80s pop and contemporary folk music with a street-smart stagecraft honed in the subways of Boston. Amy was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition and a formal showcase artist at SWRFA in 2015, and a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist for 2018. She has headlined, performed and taught at ukulele festivals including Flower City (Rochester, NY) and the Gaithersburg Ukefest, and is featured in the fall 2023 issue of Ukulele Magazine. She is a Mi-Si Electronics performing artist. www.amykucharik.com

Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole Culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this music bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down for over three centuries. Among his many achievements, Dennis is a member of the National Oldtime Fiddlers Hall of Fame and was Consultant, Musician and Linguist for the 2018 Installation of the New “Arch National Park” French Creole Exhibit in St. Louis MO. http://www.creolefiddle.com/

Connecting Amy and Dennis is musical collaborator, Robert Russell. His acoustic blues performances provide an opportunity to hear how blues sounded before it moved to Chicago. Robert fell in love with acoustic and Mississippi blues as a teenager in North Carolina, where he was exposed to the southeastern or “Piedmont” tradition of blues. He’s a professional musician who has been on the road with Dennis Stroughmatt and Zydeco band Creole Stomp for more than 17 years. Last year, Amy and Robert shared an evening co-bill at the Varsity Theater in Carbondale, sharing their love of Memphis Minnie and other early blues artists.