Rupert Wates, Grant Peeples, Hank Woji & friends at ACMA

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The Americana Community Music Association welcomes the return of Rupert Wates on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at their listening room in Fort Myers.
Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. In London he worked with some of the best performers in the city. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006, he came to the U.S. He is now based in New York City and Colorado. Since coming to the U.S., he has won more than 50 songwriting and performing awards.
His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, Vaudeville and cabaret. He has released 12 solo CDs.
The opener for Rupert Wates is ACMA member and singer-songwriter Gareth Rockliffe.



The ACMA and Alliance for the Arts present Patchouli on Sunday, Nov. 5 with Carlene Thissen opening the show at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online at

Grant Peeples

Grant Peeples is back on the ACMA stage Nov. 18. He is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads.
He is the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” and their “unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” Grant tours coast to coast and is a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Florida, Folk Festival, along with the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival.
He has been a keen observer of the American condition for five decades, ever since a friend introduced him to the music of Bob Dylan. Through many years on the road, running a night club/music venue in Tallahassee, and after a ten-year stint on an isolated island off the coast of Nicaragua, Peeples turned to writing with a vengeance.
Opening the show is David Hintz. David is a founding ACMA member and singer-songwriter.

Hank Woji (photo by Tony Drewry)

A self described “Jersey Shore Ex-Pat turned West Texas Desert Rat,” Hank cut his musical teeth in the vibrant Asbury Park, N.J., music scene of the 1980s & ‘90s. In the spring of 2001, Hank moved to Houston, TX, and found his new musical voice as a Singer Songwriter, but it was his chance move, in 2009, to the far West Texas desert town of Terlingua, that has most reshaped his life and his music.
Opening the show for Hank is ACMA member musician Chakulla of Punta Gorda.
Door donations for ACMA listening room shows are $12 for members and $18 for general public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The ACMA listening room is located at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.
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