- The Song Circle
with Dave Moore, Chad Elliott, Patresa Hartman and Ryne Doughty
Four Iowa Songwriters will come together to perform in-the-round at The Temple Theatre in Des Monies, IA on November 17. The Song Circle with Dave Moore, Chad Elliott, Patresa Hartman and Ryne Doughty will be a uniquely Iowan music experience. Each artist will bring their stories and songcraft together on stage for a rotating showcase of some of our state's best original music.
Dave Moore has been a frequent performer on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and records with Red House Records. Moore has appeared on recordings with Greg Brown, Garrison Keillor, David Zollo, Brother Trucker and many more. Moore’s songs have been recorded by Lowen & Navarro, Greg Brown, Larry Penn and he has opened for greats such as Townes Van Zandt, John Hammond Jr. and Los Lobos. In addition, he has shared the stage with Chet Atkins, Nick Lowe and Beausoleil, among others. Dave Moore will bring his interesting blend of Americana and folk music influenced by country, blues and conjunto music to The Song Circle.
Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott's life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz. He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor and author. Elliott has released 20 albums in his storied career. His early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.
Des Moines-based singer/songwriter, Patresa Hartman, didn't begin sharing her music with others until an open mic in 2011, attributing the late start to a long-standing bout with stage fright. Five years, hundreds of audiences, and 2 full-length albums later, the fear is gone, and you can find her playing venues across the Midwest. Hartman calls her style soul-folk. A rich, blues voice, serves as the vehicle for thoughtful, poetic lyrics. A percussive guitar player, Hartman's signature finger picking style serves as a rhythmic foundation for soulful melodies that hint at contemporary country and folk. But Hartman's roots in gospel and soul become apparent in her turns behind the piano.
Ryne Doughty is a folk-roots musician. His stripped down, earthy sound is directly influenced by the small, rural town where he was born and raised. The hard-working, simple living, and friendly way of life of the Midwest shines through songwriting that is understated, yet complex and rich with beauty and realness. Doughty has released three studio albums. His most recent, “Under the Willow Tree,” was produced by Alex Ramsey of The Pines. The album combines Doughty’s finger-style guitar picking and rich baritone voice to create a stunning musical landscape. Doughty’s main passion in life is to share his music with the very people who influence it; the real, hard working, everyday people that make this beautiful world go around.
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