Rob Roy Duo

Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm​

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John Flynn is an American singer-songwriter and activist known for his powerful music and tireless efforts on behalf of the lost and the lonely, the shackled and scarred. His career has embodied an authentic troubadour odyssey that moved legendary folk DJ Gene Shay to call Flynn "the most quintessential folk singer in my life", and Deana McCloud, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma to write, "John Flynn is the real deal. His work follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, and other social justice troubadours as he speaks the truth and gives a voice to society's disenfranchised. His work fills your heart and opens your eyes as he continues to walk the walk of a true advocate for equality, justice, and peace."

Polished and precise, yet buoyed with an airy grace, Joy Ike paints with a broad palette that defies easy categorization.  The Nigerian-American, Philadelphia, PA-based artist crafts music at turns soaring and plaintive, draped around a voice all dusky suede. Fiery, free, and immediately arresting, Ike possesses a powerful instrument which she wields with humble virtuosity. 

​​Music at Friends

​Outstanding music in the beautiful setting and fine acoustic space of Woodstown's historic Meetinghouse.

104 North Main Street  |  Woodstown, NJ 08098

Free Admission   |   Easy Parking

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​Richmond Carlton is a South-Jersey based Celtic (folk) harpist. Although we wish that we could have him perform in our meetinghouse, we are pleased to present this concert online. Richmond is also the bassist for the progressive rock band The Twenty Committee.

Richmond Carlton

Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm​

Music at Friends is a diverse concert series hosted and sponsored by the Woodstown Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Our mission is to bring quality musical performances to our area while utilizing the beautiful setting and fine acoustics of our historic meetinghouse.

The Music at Friends concert series is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Sponsors also include Schonstedt Instrument Company, the Woodstown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and individual donors. 

All concerts are held at the Woodstown Friends Meetinghouse, 104 North Main Street in Woodstown, NJ. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. An artist reception and complimentary refreshments will be provided at the close of the concert. Ample free parking is available at the meetinghouse.

​Music at Friends Committee: Mike Ayars, Dan Battisti, Martha Battisti, Emily Simons, Terry Fox-Ragone, Donna Gibson, Kahlil Gunther, Jack Mahon, Gail Scuderi.

​Joy Ike

Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

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The Rob Roy Duo plays quiet, peaceful, contemplative music in the genres of popular music of the Renaissance era, Spanish-influenced South American Folk, Southern Italian Folk, and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) as well as a few contemporary pieces. Instruments include mandolin, mandola, piccolo mandolin, classical and steel-strung guitar and some hand-held percussion, as the pieces dictate.

Rob Clark is the Duo’s mandolinist and additionally plays mandola and piccolo mandolin. He is a member of the Philadelphia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble and has performed with the East Coast Mandolin Orchestra. Better known as ‘Bob,’ he adopted the moniker ‘Rob’ for this duo, as Bob Roy doesn’t make any sense. Rob lives and farms with his wife Lise, right here in beautiful Pilesgrove Township as they have done for more than three decades.

Roy Thorstensen has been playing guitar since his early teen years. With limited formal training, he is essentially self-taught. His appreciation of music spans time periods and cultures, but he’s never happier than when playing bluegrass with his sons. His interest in Renaissance music came from Rob, and he is enjoying staying musically active with the Rob Roy duo.

​Bethlehem and Sad Patrick

Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm​

John Flynn

Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Bethlehem and Sad Patrick perform songs of love and other struggles. Her soaring vocals and his sparse guitar ride atop her driving tarima and body percussion to deliver powerful songs about being in and out of love, living in the city and on the margins, and struggling to make it.