Coffee Talk

Some of the region’s finest musicians perform at our weekly Coffee Talk.  Thanks to the tireless efforts of Doris Nabors and June Beverly, Coffee Talk has brought music to the community of Melrose for over a decade.

Coffee Talk is presented by Common Thread and Shake Rag Productions, Non-Profit community music programs.

May 2022

Grant Peeples – A self-described “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR, and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads.

He is the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” and their “unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” Grant tours coast to coast, and is a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Florida, Folk Festival. January 2019 marked a second tour in The Netherlands, where FolkForum.nl described him “…a pure storyteller, in the best American folk tradition…” and his show “…one of those gems that you will remember for a long time…”

2PM – Pete Price, Pete Hennings, and Mike Jurgensen, a trio of talented musicians who blend their varied musical talents into an eclectic mix of material from original songs, obscure covers, to well-known standards. With Price on Guitar and bass, Hennings on guitar, bass, mandolin, and violin, and Jurgensen on guitar and harmonica, these three performers combine tight instrumentation with pristine vocal harmonies to delight audiences of all musical tastes.  All three talented songwriters have performed solo as well as with other bands.  The combination of Pete, Pete and Mike as “2PM”, however, is a unique trio that has delighted audiences at acoustic venues and folk festivals around the state of Florida. “2PM” has released two CDs: “Keepin’ Time” and “Let’s Just Play One More”. Contact: info@2pmband.com  Website: www.2pmband.com FaceBook: https://facebook.com/2pmBand

Dim Lights is a group of three local musicians playing lively down-home music. Ned Stewart, on guitar, has a fabulous voice and picking style. He puts both to work singing songs of Jessie Winchester, Claire Lynch John Anderson, and Merle Haggard, to name a few.  Karan Newman, on mandolin, adds harmony to Ned’s songs and fills in with a few vocals of her own. You’re sure to enjoy this trip with their nice blend of Americana, country, lively bluegrass, and old-time songs and instrumentals.

Michael O’Meara was raised primarily in Brooklyn and the East Village of New York. At around thirteen he read “Bound for Glory” by Woody Guthrie and without knowing the first thing about guitars or music set his cap to playing the songs that inspired him. By the early eighties Michael was crafting his own songs. He then left New York City after a stint as an ironworker on the Brooklyn Bridge, headed out West and ended up in Grand Junction, Colorado playing in numerous venues and opening for Dave Van Ronk, arriving in Gainesville, Fl. in 1993. Michael has opened or played with Keb Mo, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, John Lee Hooker, Robert Earl Keen Jr., Townes Van Zandt and the aforementioned Dave Van Ronk. He released a CD called “Chronology” in 2013 which features songs he has written spanning 30 years.


Earlier Coffee Talk Performers

April 2022

Shawn Manley is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Gainesville. He was born in San Diego, CA and grew up in Florida. He started playing guitar while attending Buchholz High School and studied music at Santa Fe College, where he started playing shows with local bands. As a solo artist, he uses a technique called “live-looping,” where he can layer several instruments together, to give the illusion of a full band sound, with his main focus still being his acoustic guitar and voice. Shawn has worked and volunteered in Television and radio broadcast and hosted his own radio show where he interviewed local musicians. Currently, he’s a private music instructor and also an open mic host at the Lightnin’ Salvage (Satchel’s) every first Wednesday of the month. His career spans well over 1,000 live performances in the North/Central Florida area. http://shawnsguitarlessons.com/

“Sweet William” Ennis is a singer/song writer who has lived in Palatka Florida for over three decades. His original songs written over the span of fifty years covers multi genres and subjects including love, war & environment, Folk, Country & Blues. On August 26th 2018, he won the North Central Florida Blues Regional Solo Challenge and represented North Central Florida in the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Also an award winning songwriter, songs of the Santa Fe and Suwannee Rivers brought recognition for best in Folk Genre, 3rd and 1st place winners in the 2019 Santa Fe River and 2020 & 2021 Suwannee River Song Contests. His acoustic finger pick style weaves through songs of his life with a simple feel of storytelling and his his deep resonant voice grabs the essence of his stories that he tells. Find him at: http://www.sweetwilliamennis.com

Emmett Carlisle will soon be releasing his 8th CD of original Americana and Florida folk songs. Some of the CDs available are Young Man’s Dreams, Walkin’ The Line, Florida Spirit and Gamble’s Choice. He plays at most of the big Festivals including the Florida Folk, Will Mclean, and Gamble Rogers and many others. Musicians are always welcome to sit in or play a song or two with Emmett.

Charlie Robertson/Joe Mark – Notable quotes: “If You’ve never experienced Charlie Robertson’s music, you owe it to yourself. He’s like Van Zandt, Prine and Dylan with a drawl. Charlie’s subtle poetry and eccentric perspectives will leave you sharing his deep affection for the parade of southern characters who populate his songs.” David Beede….From Gamble Rogers…”Charlie Robertson is God’s personal songwriter.”

Joe Mark has performed for over 40 years at many clubs and music festivals throughout Florida. Starting out as a classical musician he now brings guitar and fiddle to stage to share traditional and old-time tunes, along with his own reflective original songs to paint scenes we are all in.

March 2022

March 3, 2022 – Danny Sohn is an award winning performer and songwriter based in North Florida (Waldo, Florida). He has been compared to country blues artist Lyle Lovett, fiery bluesman Sean Costello, and “Jim Croce meets James Taylor”. Suppose it depends on who’s listening. Songwriting influences: “I love the character driven writing of Randy Newman, the musicality of Paul Simon, the lyrical genius of Dylan and the brilliance of classic blues masters like Willy Dixon.”  Danny studied formerly with Rob Seals founder of the Songwriting School in Los Angeles and with Matt Meghan. Some of his recent awards include: 2014 North West Acoustic Singer Songwriter Grand Prize, 2015 Portland Song of the Year for West Coast Songwriters, 2017 Portland Best Performance West Coast Songwriters. — www.dannysohnmusic.com

March 10, 2022 – Charley Simmons It was Charley’s St. Augustine 1970 exposure to Gamble Rogers that he began to develop his own finger picking solo style. 1991 Utah State Flattop Guitar Champion, 2002 Wyoming State Fingerstyle Champion, Winner 2003 Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, Winner 2005 KRCL Singer/Songwriter Competition.  Charley’s music is as diverse as his musical influences drawing on folk, blues and jazz.

March 17, 2022 – Music w/Virginia Boone –  As part of this “breath of Ireland”  Virginia has played traditional Irish music since 1997.  Her main instruments are flute & Irish whistle.  She also plays the Bodhran (Irish drum), and Anglo concertina, sings and seannos (old style) Irish dance.  Dance troupe: Inisheer (we now mainly perform set dances, and Seannos)  Virginia attends Irish music sessions typically on a weekly basis.   She has performed at the Florida Folk Festival, Ormond Beach Celtic festival, and the Celtic fest in Jackson, MS.

March 24, 2022 – Lauren Heintz Gatorbone Studios Recording Artist, Lauren Nicole Heintz, is a singer/songwriter out of Summerfield, Florida. She again returns to us with her skillful guitar styling, uniquely deep voice, and award-winning songs. Her awards include two first place wins (2018, 2014) at the South Florida Folk Festival singer/songwriter competition, a 2013 win at the Walnut Valley Festival song contest, and a 2016 first place win at the Will McLean New Florida Song Contest. www.laurenheintz.com/

March 31, 2022 – Ted McVay Ted began to perform his songs in 2015 at coffee houses, open mics, nursing homes, and songwriter rounds, and in 2017 he recorded and released his first album, Voices in My Head. He has played house concerts, and he opened for Dan Navarro at the Sundilla Concert Series. He has performed at the Highway 80 Songwriter Festival in Demopolis, Alabama, and the Opelika (Alabama) Songwriters Festival in 2019 and 2021. His song, Island Paradise, was a finalist in the 2017 Columbus, Georgia, Songwriters Showdown, and in 2019, Danse Macabre, won third place in that competition. In the pandemic year, he moved from Auburn, AL, to Gainesville, FL. www.tedmcvaymusic.com/


February 2022

February 10 – Shawn Manley

February 10, 2022 Shawn Manley is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Gainesville. He was born in San Diego, CA and grew up in Florida. He started playing guitar while attending Buchholz High School and studied music at Santa Fe College, where he started playing shows with local bands. As a solo artist, he uses a technique called “live-looping,” where he can layer several instruments together, to give the illusion of a full band sound, with his main focus still being his acoustic guitar and voice. Shawn has worked and volunteered in Television and radio broadcast and hosted his own radio show where he interviewed local musicians. Currently, he’s a private music instructor and also an open mic host at the Lightnin’ Salvage (Satchel’s) every first Wednesday of the month. His career spans well over 1,000 live performances in the North/Central Florida area. http://shawnsguitarlessons.com/

February 17 – Bing Futch

Bing Futch discovered the mountain dulcimer at Knott’s Berry Farm theme park in 1985 but the instrument has long been his favorite thrill ride. A founding member of Americana-rock trio, MOHAVE, he enjoys traditional music a much as he delights in pushing the envelope of what’s possible with three strings. Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele and a board full of stomp-boxes, Bing Futch celebrates traditional and modern Americana music with passion, humor and boundless energy. Known for his musical shape-shifting, Bing switches the channels on style and tone with every new song, from his roots-rock and blues originals to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Disney covers.(www.Patreon.com/BingFutch)

February 24 – Jerry Carris

Jerry Carris offers an eclectic blend of music and fun. He has performed and taught for 20 years at the Florida Folk Festival. He has also appeared at festivals around Florida as well as in venues in Washington, Canada, the UK, France and Spain. Jerry currently is appearing every Thursday night at Tony & Al’s Restaurant in Alachua. Before Covid, he also provided music in various elementary schools around the state. Jerry is currently serving the Melrose UMC as pastor.


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