Two winners of the 2018 Singer Songwriter Competition at Unity Hall in Barneveld return to the venue for a performance at 8 p.m. Nov. 16.
J. Schnitt and Gina Holsopple perform showcase sets in the fireplace-equipped Hinge Parlor at Unity Hall, 101 Vanderkemp Ave.
Tickets are $15, $12 for Unity Hall Foundation members. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com, www.unityhall.com and at the Adirondack Cheese Company, 8190 NY Route 12, Barneveld.
J. Schnitt was the first-prize winner of the 2018 Unity Hall Songwriters Contest. Schnitt is described as part poet, part folk singer, part indie-rocker, and part mad-scientist. He has been referred to as “a fearless, inventive,” and “one of the most uniquely creative” singer/songwriters in the independent music world today, leading to a nomination for a Syracuse Area Music Award or best singer/songwriter.
Schnitt has toured throughout the Eastern seaboard, Ireland and Eastern Europe. Known for startling audiences with lyrics that at once are full of wit and humor and revealing of the heartbreaking truths of being human. His wordplay and artistry with verse will inevitably bring comparisons to Bob Dylan, while others will bring up Bruce Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt, and Tom Petty.
He also plays upright bass with the Americana band Auld Lang Syne, as well as guitar and keys with psychedelic garage rockers The Real Burnouts. He has lead the acclaimed prog-rock band Archipelagos, as well as legendary central New York alt country band The Reuben James.
Gina Holsopple hails from Kansas, by way of New York City, and spins lyrical tales affirming Midwest values with the witticism of a poet who grew up Mennonite before conquering coffeehouses across the Big Apple.
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