A song for immigrants…and more musical magic from The Minstrel

Todd Dennison at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Todd Dennison at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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The Minstrel in Morris Township featured one of its own– several, actually–on Friday night in a show that brought the crowd to its feet.

Todd Dennison & Friends starred the bandleader of the Folk Project’s monthly Open Stage, accompanied by an assortment of gifted musicians who have performed with him in various combinations over the years.

Opener Julie Parker Edelston joined Dennison for a moving reflection about immigrants,  sung to the tune of Billy Joel’s She’s Always a Woman.

Video: A Song for Immigrants, at The Minstrel:

The evening ended, appropriately, with A Little Help From My Friends.

Video: Helpful pals, at The Minstrel:

Dennison’s friends on that one included Edelston, Mark Schaffer, Carrie Cantor, Mitch Radler, April Gaston, Andrew Dunn, John Hone, Craig Limey, the choir from St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes, and everyone in the packed auditorium at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin. Click/ hover over images for captions:

Todd Dennison at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Julie Parker Edelston at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Todd Dennison and Andrew Dunn at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Todd Dennison at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Todd Dennison, Carrie Cantor, Mitch Radler and Craig Limey at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Julie Parker Edelston at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Todd Dennison and John Hone at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Julie Parker Edelston at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
April Gaston with Todd Dennison at The Minstrel, Feb. 22, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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You can catch Todd Dennison and John Hone this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, when they perform with Purple Hayes in the Morristown Onstage competition at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

And next up at The Minstrel: Mike and Ruthy (of The Mammals) with openers The Asaran Earth Trio, on Friday, March 1, 2019, at 7:30 pm. The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship is at 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township. Admission: $10; age 12 and under, free.

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