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 Perhaps best known as one-half of the husband-and-wife folk duo, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Johnny Irion actually began his musical career in the midst of the alt-country renaissance of the 1990s. With his new band, U.S. Elevator, Irion returns to his musical roots with a melodic blend of sounds that marry "Tonight's the Night"-era Neil Young to the more psychedelic side of the Beatles.

No stranger to our airwaves, Johnny Irion is here now to tell us about his new project and record and what he calls the “Polaroid approach” to recording.

U.S. Elevator will be at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY tomorrow night and Johnny joins us in studio.

  One of the hottest names in jazz is coming back to our region this weekend. The phenomenal 12-year-old Bali-born jazz pianist Joey Alexander brings his trio to Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY on Sunday, August 16th at 8pm.

Alexander’s virtuosity has garnered the attention and support of Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, among others. His Helsinki show comes just weeks after his appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival and a residency at New York City’s Jazz Standard nightclub as well as his gig at Music Haven in Schenectady on 8/2.

  Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes the Club Helsinki stage this Sunday, performing Broadway favorites, standards, jazz, and even some songs she learned from the great girl singers.

Broadway audiences remember her from It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and many others know her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice and her recent stint on The Good Wife.

A veteran of the cabaret stage, she’ll be joined by Musical Director Billy Stritch for Helsinki on Broadway.


  Jim Dale started his professional career as a seventeen year old comedian playing the Music Halls of Britain. A little down the road he became a pop singing star during the early days of rock and roll and appeared in fourteen of the legendary Carry On films for the British cinema.

At the request of Laurence Olivier he joined the British National Theatre. He starred in the first Musical by Cameron Mackintosh, The Card, and played Fagin in Oliver! at the London Palladium. He first appeared on the American stage in 1973 - in 1980 he won the Tony Award for his work in Barnum.

    Randy Graff won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in City of Angels. Graff’s other Broadway credits include roles in Falsettos, Moon Over Buffalo, High Society, and A Class Act. She was the origal Fantine in Les Miserables on Broadway and starred opposite Alfred Molina in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

She is bringing her cabaret show “Made in Brooklyn” to Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY this Sunday, May 25th, at 8pm and she joins us now.


  Tonight at 8pm, Erin McKeown will play at Helsinki Hudson - supporting The Mountain Goats.

Erin is a Musician, Writer, and Producer based in Western Massachusetts.With 9 full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, she’s a local, national, and international artist and activist and she joins us to talk about her stint as a host in WNYC, international audiences, teaching, and a few of her songs.

    A self-described "late bloomer" musically, folk-rock singer-songwriter Ben Taylor didn't start singing until his early 20s.

The hesitation is understandable, given the daunting example of success set by his parents, James Taylor and Carly Simon. While Ben thought of other vocations he could pursue, including wilderness guide or martial arts instructor, he was eventually drawn into the family business.

Ben Taylor will play Helsinki Hudson on April 18th.

  Dawn Landes is a Brooklyn-based folk singer-songwriter and accomplished music producer and engineer.

She’s recently released a new record entitled, Bluebird via Western Vinyl, and she’ll be opening for The Felice Brothers at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY on March 17th. She joined us at The Linda to talk about her career, the new album, and how she snaps up sounds and lyric ideas wherever she goes.

 Two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye performs a solo cabaret act at Helsinki Hudson next Saturday on March 22nd in an event entitled: An Evening With Lenny & Steve – featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

Kaye recently performed on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her previous Broadway credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Ragtime and Souvenir. Her stage experience also includes leading opera roles with companies such as The Santa Fe Opera.

English folk-rock singer-songwriter Beth Orton was a pioneer of "folktronica," a style mixing elements of folk and electronica, whose pulse still can be felt in the underpinning groove of Orton's mostly acoustic music. After a six-year hiatus from recording, Orton released "Sugaring Season" last year, which was greeted with critical acclaim and superlatives such as "masterpiece."

She’ll play at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY on Friday, Feb 7th at 9pm The Murphy Beds will open.