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(Mahwah) — Richard Shindell, called “one of the best songwriters of this or any other era” by singer Joan Baez, will bring his folk/blues act to Ramapo College’s Sharp Theater (in the Berrie Center) Friday, September 15 at 8 p.m. A master guitarist and powerful, evocative singer, Shindell drew raves this year at The Bottom Line, and caused a New York Times critic to write, “O.K., maybe he is the best.”

Together with Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky, Shindell formed folk super group Cry Cry Cry. The recording produced by the trio sold over 50,000 copies in its first year and spawned an underground phenomenon of a tour. The tour was supposed to last a month or so, but was extended several times. “It just took on a life of its own,” marvels Shindell. According to Pollstar, Cry Cry Cry ended the first half of 1999 as one of the Top 50 grossing tours. Joining Cry Cry Cry onstage were such artists as Richard Thompson, Ron Sexsmith, Joan Baez, and Buddy and Julie Miller. Baez was so impressed with Shindell’s songwriting that she covered three of his songs on her Gone From Danger album.

Shindell’s new album, Somewhere Near Paterson, produced by Larry Campbell and mixed by Ben Wisch, has been called intelligent, dark and sweet. His 1997 album, Reunion Hill, his first collaboration with Campbell (guitarist for Bob Dylan, k.d. lang and others), was named Contemporary Folk Album of the Year by the Association for Independent Music (AFIM).

In June, Shindell moved to Argentina with his wife, who was offered a job there. Living and writing as an expatriate for the summer, he will return to the U.S. for his upcoming tour. “Being on the outside of things has always been the way I see things. That’s landed me my writing career,” says Shindell. “Moving to Argentina is another degree or step in that direction. I’m anticipating that I’ll be very creative because of being cut loose, functioning as an island of English. I don’t speak English with anyone there, and the only English I hear is in my head.”

Tickets to Shindell’s Ramapo College concert are $15 for general admission; $10 for seniors, faculty/staff and Friends of Ramapo; and $5 for students. For information, call (201) 684-7844.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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