Legendary Performers Past & Present

The Centre, known for presenting fine programming in an acoustically warm and intimate auditorium, has enticed hundreds of musicians, actors, writers and other performers from as far away as Ireland, Italy, Zaire, Ukraine, Jamaica, Angola, Palestine, Uganda, Cuba, Haiti, Peru, Zimbabwe, Mali, Sweden, Morocco, Israel, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil.

Artists presented at The West Kortright Centre include composers John Cage, Meredith Monk, Peter Schickele, and Virgil Thomson; poets Allen Ginsberg, Sekou Sundiata, and Hayden Carruth; bluegrass, country, and roots musicians Rhonda Vincent, J.D. Crowe, The Cox Family, Claire Lynch, Rail Road Earth, Mary Gauthier, and Linda & Robin Williams; traditional musicians Queen Ida and her Zydeco Band, Solas, Fairfield Four, Väsen, Johnny Cunningham, Susan McKeown, Karan Casey, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Beau Soleil; Naumburg Chamber Music award winners; jazz and funk virtuosos Jack DeJohnette, Teddy Wilson, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Burrell, Jacky Terrasson, Steve Lacy, Sonny Fortune, Dakota Staton, and Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings; folk musicians Greg Brown, Leo Kottke, Amos Lee, Odetta, Iris DeMent, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Loudon Wainwright III, Leon Redbone, and Richie Havens; blues standouts Mose Allison, Henry Butler, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, John Hammond, The Holmes Brothers, James Cotton, Maria Muldaur, Olu Dara, Pinetop Perkins, and Junior Wells; crossover musicians The Roches, Nellie McKay, and Lake Street Dive; monologists Paul Zaloom, David Cale, and Reno. Artists from distant places and traditions, including Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Hassan Hakmoun, Bhundu Boys, Luciana Souza, Boukman Eksperyans, Mamadou Diabate, Kanda Bongo Man, The Skatalites, Susana Baca, Vieux Farka Touré, Hazmat Modine, Oregon, Simon Shaheen, and Red Baraat have brought the world to our remote farm valley.