Friday, May 23, 2014


The Folk Project presents

Deans 1Singer-Songwriters
Rich Deans with
Sydney Kayne

WHEN: Friday, May 30, at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown
ADMISSION: $8.00 per adult at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
For further information, call 973.335.9489, or visit

Opening for Rich will be 14-year-old songwriter, Sydney Kayne.

The performance is part of The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, sponsored by The Folk Project each Friday evening at the Fellowship.

Rich Deans & The RainmakersRich Deans writes songs that are more like novellas set to music, using melodies evocative of days past. Story- and character-driven, they are often set in historical fiction. An alumnus of the New York/New Jersey club scene, Rich has shared the stages of the Bottom Line, CBGB's, The Bitter End, The Stone Pony and various other venues with national and local acts. Rich has also been a staff songwriter for ABC/Dunhill, Laurel Canyon Music, Dreena Publishing and Castle Hill Music. His song, “Blues Eyes and White Lies,” written for Kim Carnes, was chosen by Billboard Magazine as album cut “pick hit” and his composition, “Tiger on the Lawn,” was recorded by Paul Cotton of the country-rock band POCO for his solo album. Recently, his song “Don't Dig My Grave Too Deep” was recorded by Pat Wictor, and the recent release by Hope Machine includes Rich's stirring “You Can Count on Me.” John Platt of WFUV said simply “Rich Deans … writes great songs.”

Starting as a toddler, Sydney Kayne was obsessed with music. She listened to all genres and soon decided to make music on her own. Influenced by artists such as Jack Johnson and Bruce Springsteen, she began playing acoustic guitar at age 6. By 7, she was entertaining everyone with her original songs. Over the years she has been on stage in theater productions, but always returns to singing and songwriting. In December, 2013, at age 14, she performed on The Minstrel's Open Stage night and was immediately booked for an opening slot.

The Folk Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of musicianship and performance skills in the northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.