Wednesday, March 23, 2016


The Folk Project presents

No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow Harmony Driven Folk Music and Americana

Modern Folk Quartet: No Fuss and Feathers

No Fuss and Feathers, the combination of The Yayas (Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale), Karyn Oliver, and Carolann Solebello, will perform at  The Minstrel. Opening act will be the acoustic group Circle Round the Sun.

WHEN: Friday, April 1, at 8:00 pm
WHERE: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown. 
$9.00 per adult at the door. Children 12 and under are free.  For further information, call 973-335-9489 or visit  The Folk Project website also offers music samples of Minstrel performers. 

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

No Fuss and Feathers is the “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by The Yayas (Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale), Karyn Oliver, and Carolann Solebello.  Onstage, NFF is a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity — with award-winning songwriting always at center stage.  Individually, the four are nationally touring performers who have charted at the top of Folk and Americana radio and appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals. 

Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.  Carolann, Karyn, Catherine, and Jay are four long-time friends based in New York who tour independently of each other, but decided it would be fun to play together sometimes. What started out as an occasional songwriter-in-the-round side project quickly became a band.

Sometimes referred to as a modern folk quartet, they really  are a mix of the styles of three songwriting entities: Brooklyn-edged-Americana, rock-and-Texas-tinged acoustic, and pop-infused-literate folk.  One of the cohesive elements of a No Fuss and Feathers show is that all four have theater backgrounds, so just as important as the songwriting is what happens between the songs.  They share their friendship and camaraderie with the audience, making the audience part of the performance.

Opening act Circle Round the Sun is the acoustic group of Marie Trontell, Jay Wilensky, Chris Bukata, and Peter Hagen.  Jay's warm baritone, Marie's rich alto, and Peter's tasteful vocals and bass, complemented by Chris's lead guitar, allow the group to perform an eclectic mix of great songs with a special emphasis on sensuous harmonies. The group does both original tunes and covers.

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.