Gathering of Fools imports Brooklyn country


The Whiskey Spitters


They call themselves A Gathering of Fools, and they’re coming to the Stearns Performance Space at 7 p.m. on Apr. 3.

It’s actually a gathering of three bands from Brooklyn: the Whiskey Spitters, Feral Foster, and Avo, playing a mix of roots, folk, Americana and experimental music.

All three bands have some connection to the Jalopy, a roots-music school, theater and bar near the mouth of the Battery Tunnel in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The New York Times recently profiled the Jalopy, highlighting the “transformative” nature of their performances and lessons.

The Village Voice named the Jalopy the Best Country Venue in New York in 2011.

Geoff and Lynette Wiley opened the Jalopy in 2006 as a place where artists could collaborate and make money through teaching and performing. The Jalopy’s first event was the Wileys’ wedding.

Geoff Wiley is a member of the Whiskey Spitters, “a collection of musicians, luthiers, basement dwellers and Red Hook residents,” according to their Facebook page.

The same page advertises “blues, rags and jugband numbers,” and notes: “Songs of boozing, bootlegging and illicit gardening included.”

Feral Foster is one lone folk singer. He’s been running his own show, Roots ‘n’ Ruckus, since high school. His chief influences: Bob Dylan and Charley Patton.

Avo has released an eight-track digital album, which you can preview and purchase at

Their Apr. 3 performance is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Jalopy, visit