Preserving Peninsula's Past for the Future.

Voices in the Valley

GAR Logo FinalThe Peninsula Foundation supports the Arts Community by presenting Voices in the Valley, a showcase of traditional roots music. So kick back, relax and join us for a night of music in the Historic G.A.R. Hall. Beer, Wine and adult beverages available.
Specialty flatbread pizzas, cheese plates, snacks and desserts available from Chef Ron Ramos, so come hungry!

Parking for the G.A.R. Hall is located directly across the street on the South West Corner of Route 303 and Riverview Road. There is handicap parking located directly in front of the G.A.R. Hall. Alternate Parking can be found 1 block away at Yellow Creek Trading Company after 5pm.  Or at Riverview Court (Ohio Hardwoods) on the Southeast Corner of the intersection of Route 303 and Riverview Road. Parking in Peninsula is always at a premium so if you are coming with friends, consider sharing a ride.  Thanks!

If you are looking for a way to sponsor the arts, please consider helping support the Voices in the Valley music program at the historic G.A.R. Hall. Operated by the Peninsula Foundation, this program features local and national touring musicians in the intimate setting of this beautiful, grand old hall. Your donation is tax deductible and very much appreciated. Thank you in advance for supporting the arts and arts programming in N.E. Ohio!
Click here for Voices in the Valley Sponsorship brochure
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January 19th- Molly Tuttle- A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and, this fall, received a Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the instrumentalist category. Her lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive song writing make her a star on the rise.

Molly Tuttle sings with the gentle authority of Gillian Welch, yet plays astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar like Chet Atkins on superdrive. -Paul Zollo, American Songwriter Magazine
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
pre-sale tickets $20.00/ Day of Show tickets $25.00
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January 20th- Dar Williams-Dar Williams has been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker. She’s released ten studio albums and authored four books including her latest, “What I Found In A Thousand Towns,” to be released in September.

Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the ’90s. Williams’ growth as an individual over her two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist, touring along the way with such distinguished peers as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin among others.

Dar’s most recent album, Emerald, “deals as bluntly as ever with the shadowy, subtle corners of humanity” according to Rolling Stone, and was recorded with friends such as Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, the Hooters and others in various studios across the U.S. It is a sparkling collection of new original material, inspired collaborations and some surprising covers such as B.A.D.’s “Johnny Appleseed” making this album one of her best yet.

“Dar Williams, one of America’s very best singer-songwriters… Her songs are beautiful. Some are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny, subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh—not a cliché or a clunker in her entire songbook.” -The New Yorker
General Admission
Doors open at 7:15/ Music at 8PM
Early Bird Pricing until December 20th- $25
Price after December 20th- $30
$35 at the door
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January 26th- Up ’til 4– Known for their 3 part harmonies, Up ’til 4 plays a variety of your favorites for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Civil Wars, Tom Waits and Jackson Browne to name a few.  Throw in offerings of their own compositions and you have a night of music sure to have you singing in your seats!  It’s been a while since we have had this band at the Hall…looking forward to having them back!
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
General Admission
$7 at the door

January 27th- Brent Kirby– Cleveland’s favorite crooner, Brent Kirby makes a solo stop at the Hall to chase away some of these winter blues. Known as the hardest working man in the Cleveland music scene, Brent also works tirelessly to promote Northeast Ohio musicians. He is one of our favorite local musicians to play the Hall.  Always a good show when Brent is in the house!
General Admission
Pre-sale tickets- $9
At the door-$12
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January 28th- Mr. E. and the Syncopated Swingers– Now this is going to be some fun! Perfect thing to chase away some of those winter blues… May I introduce the new and amazing music collaberation of Mr. E. and the Syncopated Swingers, Jon Mosey, Bill Watson, Roy King, David Krauss, Bob Yocum, and Charlie Wiener.

These fun music playing young chaps have formed a new band because with over 200 years of playing with every band that would have them, and logging millions of miles playing any town, bar or hall that would allow them to play and feed them drinks…why not do it at least one more time…all together! You will enjoy fun music, singing, swinging, dancing, more music, some booze (if you desire), more dancing, more fun, this should be about a hoot and a half!!

Doors open at 6:30/ Music at 7pm
pre-sale tickets $12/$15 at the door
general admission
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February 2nd- Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys– Arguably one of the best vocalist in Northeast Ohio, Rachel Brown has assembled one of the tightest bands; The Beatnik Playboys to showcase her spicy. sassy style!  This band NEVER disappoints.  I never tire of hearing Rachel and the Boys kick out some of the classics in Country, Blues, Americana and their own awesome songs.  This is one of her favorite places to play and she always brings IT!
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
General Admission
pre-sale-$12/$15 at the door
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February 9th- Griffin House- It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey. An album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth, offers listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with another’s story.

With Griffin House’s upcoming album, So On and So Forth, it is clear the artist digs deep and offers up his narrative after much reflection. House is now a young family man and artist who is choosing sobriety and celebrating the path to his success, through songs which share his perspective on how people remember the past with rose-colored glasses, how we grow up and realize what we deeply need, and how we must find happiness in ourselves in the present.

You know I love the singer/songwriters as I think it is the foundation…it always begins with the song.  Griffin House is one of the best and he has become a favorite at the Hall…for good reason!

General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
Pre-sale Tickets- $20
At the Door- $25
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February 10th- The Mammals– A high-octane Americana quintet from New York’s storied Hudson Valley, The Mammals carry on the work of Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie with a deep original repertoire and signature “trad is rad” sound.

“Some of the best songwriting of their generation.” (LA Weekly) “A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and electric guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions.” (No Depression)

Founded in 2001 by Seeger’s grandson, Tao, second generation fiddler/singer, Ruth Ungar, and banjo/guitar songsmith, Mike Merenda, The Mammals reemerged in 2017 “stronger than ever” (Folk Alley) fronted by Mike + Ruthy along with drums, bass and pedal steel. Known for their jubilant, high-energy shows, The Mammals deftly move from older-than-dirt banjo duets to sound-the-alarm topical fare that’s right in line with the times, bouncing from roof raising hoe-downs to hear-a-pin-drop a cappella balladry.

“The Mammals don’t suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.” (Washington Post) Their dynamic shows regularly bring a tear to the eye and hope to the hearts of listeners of all generations. In an era of disconnect, The Mammals work to re-connect thru their truth-telling lyrics, off-the-cuff storytelling and euphoric instrumentals.

I hope you will join us for this show. They are incredible songwriters and put on a dynamic show that will have you wanting to hear just one more!!!

General Admission
Early Bird ticket price until January 21st- $15
Pre-Sale Ticket price after January 21st- $17
At the door price-$20
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February 13th- Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras Party with Mo Mojo– Bring your partying self on down to the Hall to celebrate Fat Tuesday with Mardi Gras, New Orleans, and Zydeco music brought by N.E. Ohio’s favorite “party gras” band, Mo Mojo. We will make room for a DANCE FLOOR so you can show off your latest moves and dance the night away!
The night will feature:
Louisiana Food & King Cake available for purchase with your ticket
Decorations / Beads
Special razzle-dazzle Mardi Gras Drinks

Doors open at 6pm.
Music from 6:30-9:00pm.
Pre-sale tickets $15/$20 day of show
Ticket information:
$15.00 pre-sale ticket only
$30.00 pre-sale ticket and Chicken Jambalaya accompanied by seasonal vegetables
$27.00 pre-sale ticket and Creole Vegetables with yellow rice and black eyed peas
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February 16th- Cats on Holiday– We’re going to keep that Mardi Gras feeling rolling on with a post Mardi Gras Dance party with Cats on Holiday, Northeast Ohio’s “Louisiana Swamp pop band”! We’ll be leaving the dance floor space open and ready for those of you that didn’t get enough of the festivities on Fat Tuesday and want to keep that sweet Mardi Gras feeling rolling!

General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
$12 pre-sale/$15 at the door
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February 23rd- Missy Raines and the New Hip– Raines’ bluegrass roots are deep and long-reaching with touring and recording stints with 1st generation legends such as Eddie Adcock, Mac Wiseman, Jesse McReynolds, Josh Graves and Kenny Baker. A former member of the Claire Lynch Band, The Brother Boys, and one half of the acoustic super duo, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Missy is one of the most respected and popular figures within the bluegrass community.

With a smokey and seductive alto, 7 Time IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines, heads up this all-acoustic ensemble. The territory The New Hip covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted right in the center of the stage directing with her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it. Raines, “…launches her well-tended craft off the bluegrass dock into the waters of jazz and folk, holding onto the anchor of bluegrass while pushing steadily at the boundaries of the music that engulfs her.” -Country Standard Time

General Admission
Pre-Sale tickets- $15
Day of Show-$20
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March 2nd-  Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards– Ambition often follows talent, and Laura Cortese has an embarrassment of both. Her open armed approach to her art reveals a determination to spread the word about folk music and dance without watering down the distinctiveness- John Wenzel- The Denver Post.

Cutting her teeth as a sideman in Boston’s roots music scene, Laura Cortese forged a unique path through a pool rich in talent (due to a large population of Berklee School of Music graduates like herself) including stints as an instrumentalist with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of the Low Anthem), and Uncle Earl. Her Compass Records debut, CALIFORNIA CALLING, is the next step in her career as a frontwoman and bandleader – she and her Dance Cards, break new ground with a bold and elegant new album, based in the lyrical rituals of folk music but exploring new territories of rhythm and sonics. With the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow, they’ve created something that’s simultaneously rowdy, delicate and cinematic. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. On their CD release tour, Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and Zoe Guigueno (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese’s poignant and powerful singing. This is the 3rd time we’ve had these talented young ladies at the Hall…let’s fill up the room…they are awesome!

Doors open at 6:30/ Music at 7pm
General Admission
$15 pre-sale/$20 at the door
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March 8th- We Banjo 3– One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years is the multi-awarded winning We Banjo 3. With a 7 time all Ireland banjo champ, a 4 time banjo champ, and another member who is an all Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group.

WB3 performed at the “Friends of Ireland” luncheon on Capital Hill attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest for several years in a row. Now the band is rapidly gaining favor in the Bluegrass and Americana world as evidenced by their invites to Merlefest, ROMP Fest, Sisters Folk Fest, Old Settlers Fest, Four Corners Fest and others.

Opening for We Banjo 3 will be Talisk– Coming from Scotland, this is a band on the move and they have the accolades to prove it…Winners of the 2017 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards’ Folk Band Of The Year, 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Young Folk Award and nominees of the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Horizon Award, Talisk are one of the fastest rising bands on the UK folk scene in recent years.

This is going to be a killer show…a great way to get your green on with St Patty’s right around the corner!

General Admission
Pre-Sale Tickets- $27.00
Day of show-$30.00
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March 13th- Julian Lage-“There’s a disarming spirit of generosity in the musicianship of Julian Lage, and a keener sense of judicious withholding. A guitarist with roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music, he has spent most of his life bathed in a bright, expectant light.”

-New York Times

Lage was already an established guitar virtuoso when at age 27, he picked up the Telecaster for the Arclight sessions. That was, in a sense, a return to his roots: When he was four years old, his dad, a visual artist, had made him a plywood guitar, based on a Fender Esquire he’d traced from a Bruce Springsteen poster. As a young and preternaturally gifted musician, Lage found supporters in such artists as vibraphonist Gary Burton and veteran jazz guitarist Jim Hall, who would become Lage’s mentor and friend. Though Hall passed away in 2013, he remains a profound influence on Lage. In fact, Lage first encountered Colley and Wollesen when they were backing Hall at the famed Bay Area jazz club, Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA. Since then, Lage has more than fulfilled the promise of his youth, collaborating with a diverse range of fellow artists, including guitarist-singer Chris Eldridge of Punch Brothers, bassist Steve Swallow, and iconic avant-garde composer John Zorn; often appearing with the house band on Prairie Home Companion; and composing for and fronting this trio.  On this tour Julian will be bringing along Jorge Roeder on bass and Eric Doob on drums!  Great line-up, sure to be a great show!

General Admission
Doors open at 6:30/Music at 7PM
$20 pre-sale/ $25 day of show
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April 21st- Kim Richey-Two-time Grammy-nominated Nashville-based singer/songwriter Kim Richey, who “writes some of the most beguiling melodies and freshest chord changes of her generation” (Washington Post), and “has built a career on blurring genre boundaries and confounding listeners’ expectations”.

Richey, a former professional chef, got her first record deal at 37 and has garnered success as a songwriter, co-writing two number one hits; the Grammy-nominated “Believe Me Baby I Lied” for Trisha Yearwood and “Nobody Wins” for Radney Foster. Other songwriting contributions include songs for Dixie Chicks, Jim Lauderdale, Brooks & Dunn and Patty Loveless. Her vocals also appear on albums by Ryan Adams and Shawn Colvin.

General Admission
Doors open at 7:30pm/ Music starts at 8pm
Pre-sale tickets $20.00
At the Door tickets (if available) will be $25.00
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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking for the GAR Hall is located on the Southwest corner of Route 303 and Riverview directly South of the 303. Overflow parking can be found on the Southeast corner of 303 at Riverview Court or at Yellow Creek Trading Company at 1685 Main Street

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
The office phone number is 330-657-2528

What’s the refund policy?
full refund between 7-10 days prior to event


More information about these shows coming soon!
March 9th- John Whelen, Low Lilly and Katie McNally
March 17th- Ballinloch
March 23rd- Andy Cohen and the New Florida Blues Band
March 25th- Kaia Kater
March 30th- Hey Mavis
April 13th- Diana Chittester and Mark Lee Shannon
April 15th- Sisters in Song

Please send all booking inquiries to

Thanks so much to the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support of the Arts Programming at the Peninsula Foundation, including
Voices in the Valley


Words are not enough for all the gratitude we have for the countless people who have given to this program. You know who you are and Thank YOU so much! 

Jay Minkin for all his great press and support.  Check out his blog at

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