Vincent Cross – The Life And Times of James “The Rooster” Corcoran
Friday, November 16, 2018
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
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Music, narrative and history all meet at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Vincent Cross will perform newly composed and arranged broadside ballads about James "the Rooster" Corcoran, the 19th-century Irish-American truckman, gang leader, squatter and colony chief who also happens to be Cross's great uncle!
James “The Rooster” Corcoran was known for his “caustic tongue and ready wit,” and was often stereotyped tabloid fodder for the newspapers of the 1800s. Co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of NY, Inc., the concert at the Old Stone House will feature guest performers Erica Mancini - accordion/vocals; Shane Kerwin - percussion and Sam Hamnet - mandolin/vocals.
About Vincent Cross
Vincent Cross is a song-maker, composer, arranger, singer, and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for the traditional and contemporary songs and ballads of the folk music tradition. Born in Ireland and raised in Australia, he was influenced by local traditional players in Ireland as well as inspired by the contemporary singer-songwriters he encountered on his travels through Europe, Australia, and the United States. Cross's authentic, traditional artistry brought him to the attention of folk legend Odetta, and he was asked to guest at a tribute concert in New York City in the summer of 2008.
Cross came to his art form during his teenage years in, Athlone, Ireland when he heard several friends playing guitar after school. Upon hearing a faded early Bob Dylan bootleg tape, he became hooked on the solo acoustic sounds of the guitar. Over time, his adaptation of various roots styles has distinguished his own contemporary compositions. Vincent Cross has performed for and shared the stage with a host of artists including Glen Hansard, Chris Thile, Richard Buckner, Odetta, and others.