Bio/Press Kit

 "Mara, I think you are one of the best singers of your generation. Every songwriter worth their salt should be sending you their tunes. You have such a beautiful, timeless quality to your voice and you make beautiful recordings. I just LOVE what you do." - Christine Lavin, singer-songwriter


Pictured - Mara Levine with Gathering Time at South Florida Folk Festival.  Photo by Elyse Brunt

Mara Levine Full-Length Bio

Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, folksinger and jewelry designer Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years and singing professionally as a member of various ensembles and as a hired harmony vocalist since 2002. Folk DJ Jim Marino has referred to her as "golden-voiced," while Michael Stock calls her voice "full, rich and soothing." Mara was nominated by Ron Olesko in 2009 for the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014. Mara tours nationally, often sharing shows with Gathering time.  They will be touring Colorado together in August 2016.

Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition,  Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony  features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Bob Harris and Caroline Cutroneo.

Her debut CD, Mara's Gems, did well on the folk charts (reaching #52 for 2009) and earned some lovely reviews. Mara has had two #1 songs on the Folk -DJ chart, her version of Bob Franke's "Straw Against the Chill," with Joe Jencks and her original and intricate arrangement of Paul Simon's "Leaves That Are Green," also featuring folk harmony trio Gathering Time, both found on Jewels and Harmony.

Mara performs solo, shares shows with "Gathering Time", as a duo with Terry Kitchen, as a duo with Caroline Cutroneo, as a group with Celestial Harmonies, and she sings harmony with a number of groups and musicians. She has performed at venues including “On Your Radar” hosted by John Platt, Borderline Folk Music Club, First Acoustics, The Good Coffeehouse, Coffee with Conscience, Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, Minstrel Coffeehouse, People's Voice Cafe,  Swallow Hill, the Belknap Mill, The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Franklin House Concerts, PASA House Concerts,  Pete and Toshi Seeger Wetlands Preservation Series, Cumberland County College, Historic Richmondtown, Old Lynn Concerts,The Hard Luck Café, the Garden Stage, The Song Box, The Two Way Street Coffeehouse, the Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse, Mt. Toby Concert series, The Sundance Film Festival,  Beacon Strawberry and Corn Festivals, Great South Bay Music Festival, South Florida Folk Festival, the Folk Project Festival, Huntington Folk Festival, Crossroads Folk Festival, Westerleigh Folk Festival, Highlands Bluegrass Festival, Wilmington Wintergrass festival,  NJ Clearwater Festival, Park Slope Bluegrass and Old Time Jamboree, and Muses in the Vinyard festival.  Mara has appeared on programs including "WFMT Folkstage" hosted by Rich Warren, "The Folk Show "with Gene Shay (WXPN Philadelphia, PA), "Woody's Children" with Bob Sherman on WFUV, "Sunday Supper" with John Platt on WFUV, "Folk and Acoustic Music" with Michael Stock on WLRN (Miami, FL), "Saturday Folk Show" with Jeannie Holton on WMNF (Tampa, FL), "Traditions" with Bill Hahn and Ron Olesko on WFDU (Teaneck, NJ), WVBR "Bound For Glory" with Phil Shapiro and "Horses Sing Nine Of It" via the Folk Project.

 Mara also has provided vocals for recordings by Spook Handy, Bob Wright, Terry Rivel, Dan Schatz, Terry Kitchen and Jim Indell.

She has appearedon numerous radio programs and performed at various venues and festivals in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington State.

“The audience of The Old Lynn Concerts are a seasoned group with high expectations. Some might even say that they are spoiled, as over the past 13 years, many top-flight performers have been presented in the small, rural church tucked away in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania. Last night, Mara Levine and her musical friends raised the bar yet again. Levine's gift for harmony and her powerful stage presence breathed new life into old songs and made instant favorites of the new. Engaging the audience from the outset, Mara Levine literally left her audience on a high note as she subtly converted them all to members of her own 120 person choir. Levine's concert was a highlight of the season."  - Lorne Clarke – Producer, Old Lynn Concert Series

“Mara’s voice is instantly stunning, with its piercing beauty, pinpoint pitch, and a warm and comforting vibrato. Our audience loved her show, and, as a presenter, I found her to be a solid professional, dedicated to her art, charming to her fans, and a joy to work with in the business of making music a pleasure."  - Mark Schaffer, co-chair 2011 New Jersey Folk Project Festival

"Mara Levine is a true professional. Her craft as a singer-performer is exceptional. You can count on Mara to have your audience singing or marveling at her beautiful voice while she performs an extraordinary and unique folk repertoire. Her demeanor backstage doing business is straight-on professional.You will be pleased with the outcome when you choose to promote Mara's act.. A fine talent." -    John Dull, JMHD Productions

Mara Levine Brief Bio

Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, folksinger and jewelry designer Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years.  Mara was nominated by Ron Olesko in 2009 for the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014. Mara tours nationally, often sharing shows with Gathering Time. They are touring Colorado together in August 2016.

Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month.  The record was subsequently #3 on the folk Chart for 2013, and was named #4 Cover Album of 2013 by Cover Lay Down. Jewels and Harmony features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo.

Mara's debut CD, Mara's Gems, ranked #52 on the Folk DJ chart for 2009. Since then, Mara has had two #1 songs on the monthly chart -- her version of Bob Franke's 'Straw Against the Chill,' with Joe Jencks, and her arrangement of Paul Simon's 'Leaves That Are Green,' with Gathering Time.   

Mara also performs in duos with Caroline Cutroneo, Terry Kitchen shares bills with Gathering Time. She has appeared on numerous radio programs and performed at various venues and festivals in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illenois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington State.

Mara Levine - Bio - Co-Bill with Gathering Time

Mara shares shows on a regular basis with the Long Island, NY based Folk- Harmony trio Gathering Time.  When they split the bill, Gathering time supports Mara on her sets- faithfully reproducing the intricate harmony arrangements of her recordings in stunning detail.

Voted best band runner-up (and top folk band) in the 2011 Long Island Press readers' poll, Gathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described recently as "getting a whole beehive-full of buzz" on the northeast regional folk scene. Founded in 2006, Gathering Time quickly became a fan favorite. The trio has strong roots in traditional folk as well as '60s and '70s folk-rock, and they've been known to sprinkle in some of those classics among their original sets. The current band members are Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong and Gerry McKeveney.

Bob McKillop of MaineFolkMusic.com writes, "Gathering Time ... has perfected two separate but related art forms: three part harmony and having a ball on stage! When they harmonize, some sort of fundamental, cosmic concordance occurs that makes you very happy that you have ears.”

The trio's fourth and newly released CD, "Keepsake," was the #1 Album, had the #1 song, and Gathering Time was named the top artist overall for March of 2016 on the Folk DJ Chart.!  

WFUV's John Platt has written that they are "among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area, whatever the size of the venue, from a house concert to an outdoor festival," with "harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees, strong original songs, and a savvy repertoire of cover songs, ranging from traditional folk to classic rock. They appeal to audiences of all ages."

In addition to its concerts of original music, Gathering Time performs specialty tribute shows such as the "Great Folk-Rock Festival," featuring the acoustic classics of the '60s & '70s, "Jews Who Rock," showcasing the work of famous Jewish songwriters and musicians, and "Songs of Conscience," focused on songs of social justice.

www.gathering-time.com

 

Mara Levine

Pictured:  Mara Levine with Caroline Cutroneo at the Hurdy Gurdy

Bio - Mara Levine with Caroline Cutroneo

Mara Levine and Caroline Cutroneo have gorgeous voices which blend  in uncannily beautiful harmonies. They have been singing original, traditional and contemporary folk and blues together for over 15 years. A show with Mara and Caroline is highly entertaining and often moving, and they always invite audience participation. They have made repeat appearances at area venues  such as WRSU, The People’s Voice Café, the Minstrel Coffeehouse, the Good Coffeehouse and  WVBR Bound For Glory.

" Watching and listening to the duo on stage, I knew I was seeing something special. They sang timeless folk classics, and originals that felt timeless...and they could have moved as easily in song circles in 1960 as they do in 2006."
Steve Quelet, host of the Songwriters Roundtable, Genessee PA
 
" I heard so many nice comments after the show. You were outstanding, and the audience loved you!  It was a memorable performance!"
- Ron Olesko, president- Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club (New Jersey)

Folk vocalist and jewelry designer Mara Levine is known for her  “crystal clear voice, subtle vibrato, and skillful way with a melody line," and for her original interpretations and arrangements of folk songs from traditional to contemporary.  

Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month.  The CD was subsequently #3 on the folk Chart for 2013, , and was named #4 Cover Album of 2013 by Cover Lay Down. Jewels and Harmony features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo.

Her debut CD, Mara's Gems, did well on the folk charts (reaching #52 for 2009) and earned some lovely reviews. Mara has had two #1 songs on Richard Gillman's Folk -DJ chart, her version of Bob Franke's "Straw Against the Chill," with Joe Jencks and her original and intricate arrangement of Paul Simon's "Leaves That Are Green," also featuring folk harmony trio Gathering Time.

Mara has shared the stage with Bill Staines, Si Kahn, Brother Sun and opened for Christine Lavin.  She has appearedon numerous radio programs and performed at various venues and festivals in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington State, including Swallow Hill in Denver, the Folk Project Festival, the Good Coffeehouse, The Great South Bay Music festival, the Huntington Folk Festival, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, and the Minstrel Coffeehouse.

Caroline Cutroneo is an award-winning singer/songwriter-guitarist from Staten Island. Blending lyrical originals with traditional standards, Caroline surprises and delights her audience with originals and rare finds from such obscure sources as traditional folk song, depression-era jug bands and newly-discovered treasures from the sixties folk revival.  She has a 4 song CD is currently recording her first full length solo CD. Caroline is a three-time recipient of the annual Performing Arts award of Staten Island Council on the Arts and Humanities. A former FM announcer and program director, she has earned a degree in fine arts from the City University of New York. Caroline has opened for Pete Seeger and shared the stage with Bill Staines and Brother Sun.  She also plays with her bands “The Runaway Train” and “Lone Pine Radio Boys” at venues on Staten Island. 

 

Mara Levine & Terry Kitchen

Pictured:  Mara Levine with Terry Kitchen at the Borderline Folk Music Club

Bio - Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine

"Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine are a sensory treat in concert. They blend folk tradition with Terry's contemporary songs of the human condition in outstanding harmony." - Diane Crowe, Mt.Toby Concerts

"Terry Kitchen's songs deftly reveal the human heart in all its grace and contradictions. When he and Mara Levine join their voices, the result is simply beautiful.” - Si Kahn, singer, songwriter, playwrite, activist

“Singer songwriter Terry Kitchen from Boston, together with Mara Levine, rendered a superb performance at The Borderline Folk Club. Terry writes some brilliant lyrics and melodies which reflect his inner feelings of love for his fellow human beings.  His songs convey a feeling of inner peace to the listener. Mara Levine's soothing alto voice, reminiscent of Judy Collins, adds a totally new dimension to the performance and elevates it a notch above excellence. Her very stage presence brings a breath of fresh air to the venue. Together they blend like honey and velvet.”

Sol Zeller, President, The Borderline Folk Club

Several years ago, Boston-based singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen had a gig in his home state of New Jersey, where he heard Mara Levine sing harmony with each of the other two acts. Kitchen was both impressed and jealous, and told her how much he enjoyed her performance. She promptly offered to back him up next time he was in the area. They debuted together in at the People’s Voice Cafe in NYC. They have since performed as a duo at venues including "On Your Radar"in NYC( hosted by John Platt from WFUV),The Mt. Toby Concert Series,  Godfrey Daniels, The Minstrel Coffeehouse, the Borderline Folk Music Club, Tribes Hill, the Nameless Coffeehouse, the Paradise Cafe', the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center and the Place and Musical Lairs house concerts.  They have recorded a 4 song Duo EP and appear on each other’s latest CDs.

Called "one of New England's best songwriters" by The Boston Globe, Terry Kitchen creates songs that are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. His 2015 CD The Post-American Century reached #19 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart, and was nominated for Best Solo CD in Limelight Magazine's 2015 Readers' Poll. Kitchen's songs have won the USA Songwriting Competition and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and been runner up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His previous CDs include Summer to Snowflakes (2009), Heaven Here on Earth (2007), that's how it used to be (2004), Right Now (2002), blues for cain & abel (1999), blanket (1997), and I Own This Town (1995). Terry has performed at folk clubs across the U.S. and Canada including Club Passim, the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, Cafe Lena and the Bluebird Cafe, and at festivals including the Falcon Ridge, Telluride, Solarfest and South Florida folk festivals. His 2013 novel Next Big Thing, based on his experiences with the Boston band Loose Ties in the 1980s, was called "a great debut novel" by the San Francisco Book Review.

 

MARA LEVINE, called "one of the best singers of her generation" by Christine Lavin, has been creating beautiful interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years. Her recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is receiving stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013.  The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition, Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony  features 15 tracks produced with a 60's folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including  Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Caroline Cutroneo. She was selected for a Quad showcase at NERFA for 2014.

Her debut CD, Mara’s Gems (a reference to both her music and her jewelry making) was #52 on Folk-DJ’s 2009 annual countdown. Since then Mara has had two #1 songs on Folk-DJ, her version of Bob Franke’s "Straw Against the Chill" with Joe Jencks and her arrangement of Paul Simon’s "Leaves That Are Green" featuring Gathering Time.

In addition to performing with Terry, Mara performs as a duo with Caroline Cutroneo, shares bills with Gathering Time and sings harmony with a number of groups and musicians. She has performed at numerous venues including Swallow Hill in Denver, the Folk Project Festival, the Good Coffeehouse, The Great South Bay Music festival, the Huntington Folk Festival, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, and the Minstrel Coffeehouse. Mara also has provided vocals for recordings by Spook Handy, Dan Schatz, Terry Rivel, Terry Kitchen , Bob Wright and Jim Indell.