I Celebrate Life - the Music of Jean Ritchie (Dan Schatz, Susie Glaze, Keny Kosek and Jean's son Jon Pickow)
Saratoga Springs, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Washington DC
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 26-28, 2018

Dan will join acclaimed singer Susie Glaze, legendary fiddler Kenny Kosek and Jean Ritchie's son Jon Pickow for a very special show honoring the Mother of Folk Music, Jean Ritchie. This mini-tour will begin at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY and move on to Philadelphia and Washington, DC (locations TBA).

West Chester Benefit Concert
511 S. High Street West Chester, PA
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7pm
Dan is donating a very special concert as a fundraiser for the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester. This will be all Dan - a mixture of traditional, contemporary and original folk music, including several newer songs. The concert is open to all, and Dan will be pulling out all the stops, bringing multiple instruments and his best performance. Come spend an enjoyable evening with us! Information at Suggested donation $20 - more if you can, less if you can't, no one turned away.

Down to Bristol Bay in Top 5
Dan's new song "Down to Bristol Bay" won #3 out of 90 submissions in the Musicians United to protect Bristol Bay songwriting contest. Thanks to Si Kahn for keeping after Dan to write a song on this important issue. Please contact your representatives and the EPA - ask them to keep Bristol Bay clean, pure and uncontaminated. Say NO to the Pebble Mine.

Jean Ritchie Memorial Concert
New York City
Friday, November 20, 2015
Dan will be one of a number of performers featured in a very special remembrance of Jean Ritchie in New York City, sponsored by the Folksong Society of New York. Watch this space or go to for more details as they become available.

Special Fundraising Concert for the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Warrington, Pennsylvania
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7:30 pm
Dan is donating a very special concert as a fundraiser for the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. This will be all Dan - a mixture of traditional, contemporary and original folk music, highlighting his acclaimed new Folk Legacy CD, The Promise of the Sowing. The concert is open to all, and Dan will be pulling out all the stops, bringing multiple instruments and his best performance. Come spend an enjoyable evening with us!

Philadelphia Area Songwriters Association Showcase
Rydal, Pennsylvania
Friday, September 18, 2015
The PASA Fall Showcase will feature Dan Schatz along with golden voiced song-interpreter Mara Levine and others. This is a rare opportunity to hear Dan perform a set of only original songs. Click here for more information, RSVP and directions.

House Concert with Kendall and Jacqui Morse
South Portland, Maine
August 8, 2015
Five and a half years ago, Kendall Morse, Jacqui Morse and I got nominated for a Grammy Award for producing Singing through the Hard Times. We've had fun making music together lots of times since, but weirdly, we never played a concert together. We're going to fix that on Saturday, August 8 in South Portland, Maine, in a special house concert. Potluck dinner at 6, music at 7. Call (207) 776-8636 for reservations and directions.

40th Annual Kentucky Music Weekend - Louisville, KY
Iroquois Amphatheater, Louisville, KY
July 24-26, 2015
Dan is honored to play Kentucky's premiere music festival, joining Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Jon Pickow, The Kentucky Standard Band, The Reel World String Band, and others for this amazing weekend. Dan will be on the mainstage Saturday night, part of the Jean Ritchie tribute Saturday afternoon, and leading a workshop on Farmers, Fieldhands and Fisherfolk Sunday. Admission for the Friday and Saturday concerts is $10 per night - a real bargain! Details at

House Concert in Portland, OR
June 28, 2015
Dan will be doing a special house concert in Portland, OR on Sunday, June 28. The evening begins with a potluck dinner at 6pm for any who are interested, with the concert beginning at 7:30. Admission is a sliding scale, $10-$20, with nobody turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited, so please call ahead for reservations and directions - 503-459-6050.

Special Concert with Mark Ross in Eugene, OR
June 26, 2015
Dan will join fellow folksinger Mark Ross for a very special concert at Reality Kitchen in Eugene, Orgeon. Mark and Dan have never performed together before, so this will be a real treat! Expect good songs, banjos, autohartps, guitars, and a nice dose of Utah Phillips thrown into the mix. Dinner is at 6pm with the concert at 7.

The Promise of the Sowing CD
released August 2015!
Thanks to all who supported The Promise of the Sowing. I'm extremely pleased to announce that the CD will be released this August on Folk Legacy Records. This very special project, dedicated to the farmers, fieldworkers and fisherfolk who give us our food, and to the Earth which sustains us, features a mixture of traditional, contemporary and original songs. In the words of Si Kahn, "Listening to the quietly restrained instrumental and vocal skill with which he approaches each song, the unhurried grace and respect he bestows on every person about whom he sings, we are reminded that it truly is a gift to be simple.  In this magnificent album, Dan Schatz passes that gift on to us."

The Promise of the Sowing CD - campaign launched!
May 4 through June 4, 2015
The crowdfunding campaign for Dan's newest CD, The Promise of the Sowing, is now live at Indiegogo. The CD is dedicated to the farmers, fieldworkers and fisherfolk who give us our food, and the earth that sustains us all. Royalties for some of the songs are being donated to environmental and cultural conservation organizations. Early supporters of the project include such diverse luminaries as Janis Ian and Joe Hickerson. Click here to learn more about the CD, pre-order your copy, and support the project!

Dear Jean and other News
Winter 2015
It's been a long time since we've updated the "News page," mainly because so much has been happening! Last Fall saw the release of the highly acclaimed Dear Jean - Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie, which Dan co-produced with Mick Lane and Grammy winner Charlie Pilzer. Dear Jean features performances from Judy Collins, John McCutcheon, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Archie Fisher, Robin and Linda Williams, members of Jean's family, Mick Lane and Pat Broaders, and Dan, among many, many others. The album celebrates Jean's musical legacy and also supports the work of Appalachian Voices to end mountaintop removal coal mining.

Dan's work on Dear Jean led to an appearance last Spring on PBS's Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, which has been broadcast internationally on radio and television. In the coming year, Dan will be joining forces with Jean's son Jon Pickow for a series of shows featuring Jean's songs and tunes. This Summer, look for Dan to appear in Washington state, Orgeon and Kentucky, among other places!

Meanwhile, work on the new album, The Promise of the Sowing, continues. Kim and Reggie Harris, among others, have contributed amazing harmonies to this musical celebration of the earth, the farmers, and the fisherfolk who provide our food.

Solo Concert at the Clover Lane Coffee House in Harrisburg, PA
Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
March 24, 2012 at 7:30pm
1280 Clover Lane
Harrisburg, PA 17113

Join Dan for a very special solo concert at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA on March 24, 2012. The concert is open to all, with a $10 donation requested, plus a $5 tax-deductible contribution to the Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Fund. The Oliver Collective will have artwork and other handcrafts available for sale during intermission, with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund. This will be an extra special evening of music and art - come join us!
Click here for more details.

Bums on the Plush - Utah Phillips Concerts with Utah's son Duncan Phillips, Doug Wintch, Anke Summerhill, Paul Rasmussen, Dan Schatz and special guests
December 4-10

Join Duncan Phillips, Dan Schatz and a host of others for a series of very special concerts celebrating the life and work of Utah Phillips, the two CD compilations in Utah's honor - the GRAMMY nominated Singing Through the Hard Times (produced by Dan Schatz, Kendall Morse and Jacqui Morse) and the excellent Long Gone (produced by Duncan Phillips and Kate McLeod) - and the release of the brand new 250 page Utah Phillips songbook Starlight on the Rails.

12/4 - The Folk Factory, Philadelphia, PA
12/7 - Studio A, Burlington, VT.
12//8 - Club Passim, Cambridge, MA.
12/9 - Caffe' Lena - Saratoga Springs, New York.
12/10 -The Peoples Voice Cafe - New York.

Folklore Society of Greater Washington Getaway
September 30 - October 2, 2011
The Folklore Society of Greater Washington Getaway is always a special weekend, but this year's will be even more of a treat than usual, with a great many friends joining us for the weekend. Among these is good friend and master luthier Nick Apollonio, who built four of Dan's instruments. Dan will co-lead a workshop with Nick on Songs of Fishing and Fishermen. Also in attenbdance will be Magpie, Lisa Null, Judy Cook, Kendall and Jacqui Morse, John Roberts, Joel Mabus, Anne and Christina Muir, and Sally Rogers, with whom Dan will be reprising the "Singing to the Choir - songs to encourage justice making."

Solo Concert at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware in Lewes
May 14 2011 at 8pm
Spend all day at the beach and catch a concert in the evening! Dan will be performing in Lewes, DE, on May 14, 2011. The following morning he'll be leading a service for the congregation, so stay for both!

Dan at the Borderline Folk Music Club in New City, NY
March 27, 2011 at 2pm
For this afternoon concert at the Borderline Folk Music Club in Rockland County, NY, Dan will be joined by opener Maggie Seligman, and will welcome special guest Mara Levine on harmonies. For more information go to,

People's Voice Cafe with Dan Schatz and Alan Friend & Chris Seymour
March 19, 2011 at 8pm
Dan will be playing at New York City's legendary People's Voice Cafe, along with the fine traditional duo Alan Friend and Chris Seymour. The People's Voice Cafe is located at the Community Church of New York. For more information go to

The Song and the Sigh Release Concert with Magpie
October 16, 2010
Warrington, PA
The Release concert for The Song and the Sigh will be on Saturday, October 16 at the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $15 on a sliding scale, and the concert will feature both Dan Schatz and Magpie, inclduing several songs together. E-mail for more information.

The Song and the Sigh Release
October 16, 2010
Dan is thrilled to announce the release of The Song and the Sigh, a new CD with hardcover book, featuring 17 songs of hope, meaning and community. Guest artists include Magpie, Carly Gewirz, Lisa Null, Charlie Pilzer and George Stephens. The album was recorded and mixed by GRAMMY winning engineers Pete Reiniger (of Smithsonian Folkways fame) and Charlie Pilzer (of Airshow). Songs include Dan's "Daylight Song," "Pictures In Their Eyes," and the new "Hands Across the Waters," as well as 14 other songs by Dan and others, including Len Chandler's beautiful "Keep On Keepin' On," Si Kahn's "What Will I Leave" and Larry Groce's "When the Mist Cleasrs Away."

Folklore Society of Greater Washington Getaway
October 1-3, 2010
Dan is excited, as always, to see many friends at the Getaway. This year's special guests include Deby McLatchy, one of the great old-time banjo players around, and Sally Rogers. Dan will be leading a workshop with Sally on Sunday (Singing to the Choir - songs to encourage justice making) and one with Pete Kraemer on Saturday (Disasters - natural and otherwise).

Coming in June - Utah Phillips tribute with Dakota Dave Hull, Emma's Revolution, Pop Wagner and Duncan Phillips
June 24, 2010
Dan will be leading a special tribute to Utah Phillips at the 2010 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Minneapolis, MN. Entrance is included in GA registration; others should go to for single day registration.

Dan to perform in Perkasie, PA
May 15, 2010
Dan will share the stage with expert flatpickers Mark Grove and Richard Starkey at the Perkasie Patchwrok Coffeehouse in Perkasie, PA on Saturday, March 15. The concert is at the Perkasie Mennonite CHurch Hall at Fourth and Chestnut Streets in Perkasie. Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse is a collection point for FISH where, at any concert, you can drop off non-perishable foods for the aid of your neighbors. For more information call 215-723-2010

Dan sings with Si Kahn
March 13, 2010
Dan will be Si Kahn's special guest at the Standing for Justice concert, at the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist fellowship in Warrington, PA - 2040 Street Rd; phone is (215) 343-0406.  We will also be joined by Mara Levine and friends!

Singing Through the Hard Times Nominated for a GRAMMY!
December 2, 2009
Dan is extremely honored to have been nominated for a GRAMMY award, along with co-producers Kendall and Jacqui Morse, for Singing Through the Hard Times - a Tribute to Utah Phillips! The album has been nominated in the Best Traditional Folk Album category. The CD, which features performances by Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton, and many others (including Dan!), honors Utah's legacy and benefits his family. Dan, Kendall and Jacqui will be attending the awards ceremony this January 31, along with our friends Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, who have been nominated in the Best Musical Album for Children category for Banjo to Beatbox.

Singing Through the Hard Times - a Tribute CONCERT for Utah Phillips
October 30, 2009
Sponsored by the Folklore Socieity of Greater Washington, this special concert wil feature Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Magpie, Lisa Null, Dan Schatz, Ed Trickett, and Utah's sons Duncan and Brendan Phillips. The concert is a benefit for Hospitality House, a homeless shelter that Utah helped to organize. The concert will be at the Ethical Society Auditorium - 7750 16th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20012. Click here for a printable flyer. More information is available from the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

New CD - The Song and the Sigh
due Spring 2010
Dan's is currently focusing on his new CD, The Song and the Sigh, which should be out this Spring. The album features songs of meaning and spirit, including six of Dan's own. Guest musicians include Magpie, Lisa Null, Charlie Pilzer, Carly Gewirz and George Stephens.

Utah Phillips Tribute - Washington, DC
October 30, 2009
This special tribute, sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, will feature Dan along with other performers from Singing Through the Hard Times - check this space for updates.

Folklore Society of Greater Washington Getaway
October 2-4, 2009
Dan looks forward to seeing his Getaway friends again! He'll be leading two workshops ("Beggars, Tramps and Bums" and a "Tune Swap," co-led with Gordon Bok) and generally having a good time. More information is at

Washington Folk Festival
May 30, 2009
Dan will perform at the Washington Folk Festival in Glen Echo Park, MD. Saturday performances only.

Dan to appear on Gene Shay's Folk Show on WXPN Philadelphia
May 17, 2009
Dan will join Saul Broudy and Lisa Null in a special appearance on Gene Shay's Folk Show to promote Singing Through the Hard Times.

Announcing Singing Through the Hard Times - a Tribute to Utah Phillips
February 1, 2009
Dan is very pleased to announce the release of Singing Through the Hard Times - a Tribute to Utah Phillips - on Righteous Babe Records. Co-produced by Dan with Kendall and Jacqui Morse, this double CD set features performances by Dan along with Emmylou Harris and Mary Black, Pete Seeger, John McCutcheon, Rosalie Sorrels, Gordon Bok, Emma's Revolution, Magpie, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer and many others. All proceeds from the sales of this album go to support Utah's family.

California Appearances
January 4, 2009
Dan will debut his new project, The Gathering, at the Unitarian Church of Palo Alto on January 4 as part of the regular Sunday services. Dan will also appear on Nevada City's KVMR-fm on January 12 at 9 a.m.

[Dan is taking some time away from performing to focus on being a good Daddy!)

Jim Scott and Dan Schatz at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County)
April 28, 2008
Dan will perform with Jim Scott at the UU Church of Delaware County in Media, PA.

March 1 concert in West Chester, PA (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!)
March 1, 2008
Dan will perform a rare house concert in his own town of West Chester, Pennsylvania on Saturday March 1, 2008. The concert is sponsored by West Chester Folk, and will be at 401 College Ave., West Chester, PA.  For more information e-mail or call (610) 436-8357. Download the flyer in pdf here and in MS Word here.

Review of Bring the Morning Home in Sing Out! magazine.
January 2, 2008
Sing Out! (the folk song magazine) has printed a nice review of Bring the Morning Home in their Winter 2008 issue. You can read an excerpt of the interview here.

Bring the Morning at CD Baby
July 3, 2007
Bring the Morning Home is now available through CD Baby, and can be ordered at many local record stores (If they have "Super-D One Stop" distribution, they can get it.) The CD will also always be available directly from the musician, but it's hard to beat the convenience of CD-Baby - a brief moment and the CD is on its way!

Bring the Morning Now Available
June 25, 2007

Dan's CD, Bring the Morning Home, arrived on time and is now available. Copies have been sent off to CD Baby, so it shouldn't take too long for easy ordering.  In the meantime, you can always buy CDs directly from the artist by sending $18 (including shipping) to
Dan Schatz CD
820 Church Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382

Bring the Morning Home Official Release Date - June 25, 2007!

June 22, 2007

Bring the Morning Home has been shipped from the manufacturer and is now on its way, expected to be ready for mailing on June 25, 2007. It should be available at CD Baby within a few weeks after that. In the meantime (and always) copies can be ordered by sending $18 (including shipping) to
Dan Schatz
820 Church Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382

Dan's New CD Is on the Way!

June 5, 2007

Dan's new CD, Bring the Morning Home, is all mastered and is now being printed and pressed. If all goes well, it will be in hand by the end of June, and be available on CD Baby and at other retail sites soon after that!

Welcome to the World, Kiran

May 1, 2007

A beautiful baby boy, Kiran Shivde Schatz, was born to Geeta and Dan on May 1, 2007. Kiran is a sweet-tempered boy who loves to be held, sung to, and gently rocked to sleep. Mother and father are tired, but healthy and happy.