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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2003
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
(908) 737-3410

Noted Folk Singer Peter Donnelly to Perform at Kean University

UNION, N.J. — Peter Donnelly, a leading singer and songwriter of the well-established Provincetown, Mass., folk-music scene, will perform on Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m. at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.

This performance is Donnelly’s first New Jersey appearance to support his new CD, Express Café. The recording is an exploration of the human condition, covering mystical, cultural and political themes, which are filtered through beautiful melodies, poignant storytelling and occasional ironic humor.

Folk-music fans know Donnelly best for his live solo performances at noted venues across the northeastern U.S., including Don’t Tell Mama in New York City. They will also remember Donnelly’s much-loved first CD, A Sure Thing. Donnelly has gained recognition for his song Dance All Night Long, which was used in the documentary First Impressions, directed by Wes Horner. And, his song Road With No End was featured on a compilation CD to benefit Provincetown’s public-radio station, WOMR. A former member of the musical trio Comfortable Shoes, Donnelly performed with the group at Carnegie Hall for the 16th anniversary of The New York Pops.

Donnelly has been critically acclaimed for his vocal range and musical versatility, which he lends to everything from intimate ballads to courageous and unapologetic songs on contemporary topics. The Folk Journal of Boulder, Colo., wrote, "Donnelly’s voice flows with richness and vitality, and his treatment of melodies is innovative. He is a skillful guitarist and creates a dynamic solo presentation."

Jennifer Vaughn, Kean sophomore and jazz vocalist, will open the show for Donnelly.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for Kean University faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; and $10 for students. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the Box Office at (908) 737-SHOW.