Free and for all ages. Annual Birthday Brunch Show! The Maybelles trio are Jan Bell, Rima Fand, and Tina Lama. Three part harmony original Americana and rare country gems, and folk songs from the deep well both sides of the Atlantic. Guitar, Violin, Upright Bass, and some banjo too.
ON YOUR RADAR IS A SHOWCASE FOR THREE EMERGING ARTISTS HELD ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL, 185 ORCHARD ST. IN NYC. IT IS HOSTED BY JOHN PLATT AT ROCKWOOD'S STAGE 3, A SUPERB LISTENING ROOM.
Album Release at Barbes, Brooklyn NYC February, 2019.
(Above) Rockwood Music Hall, NYC with The Maybelles: Rima Fand, and Tina Lama.
From a coal-mining village in Yorkshire England, Jan Bell made her name as a songwriter in NYC. Over the last twenty years recording seven critically acclaimed albums made in New Orleans, Eureka Springs AR and Brooklyn. She is especially known for her band "The Maybelles” who started out in The Ozarks as a duo with Melissa Carper.
Along the way opening for Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Odetta, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Independent Music Award winner for Best Alt. Country album, and Best Concept album ‘Dream of the Miner’s Child’ dedicated to Jan Bell’s grandad.
“Maybe growing up in Nottinghamshire is what sets Jan Bell apart from the run of local lady folkies. Or maybe its the slide guitars, harmonicas, mandolins and banjos. Dark, old timey spareness......gorgeous ” - Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice
“Bell's music isn't strictly bluegrass, but her reworking of old-time country and jug-band blues is remarkably nuanced. It embodies the wide-open spirit of what has become an antic, hybrid genre.” - Edd Hurt, The Nashville Scene
“Jan Bell leads The Maybelles in up tempo, soulful country songs.” - Hank Schteamer, Time Out NY
Festival stages include River to River Festival, Hudson River County Fair, Bronx Botanical Gardens Festivals, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park Festival, Governor's Island Opening Day, Prospect Park Harvest festival, The International Bluegrass Music Awards, Ozark Folk Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and in the UK: Broadstairs Folk Fest, Yorkshire Moors Fest, Devon Folk Festival, and Glastonbury.
NYC highlights include The Woody Guthrie Archives, Joe's Pub, Highline Ballroom, 'The Winding Stream' Documentary opening for Rosanne Cash at Independent Film Center.
Opening night at IFC Center, NYC. THE WINDING STREAM Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film features interviews with a veritable who’s who of American music.
Jan Bell and The Maybelles call Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC home - where they have helped build the live music scene over two decades. Derelict buildings now Luxury Condo's, and desolate streets now Instagram gold. Here's a performance Galapagos, on Mains Street Dumbo. L - R: Philippa Thompson fiddle, Tim Luntzel bass, Hilary Hawke banjo. Filmed by John Ensor Parker.