First Congregational Church of Rockport, MA
June 12, 2015, 7:30pm

Idlewheel Acoustic

with Larry Ahearn

TONIGHT! Online ticket sales for this concert are closed. There will be tickets available at the door beginning at about 7:00.

Day of show suggested contribution: $12
65 or over: $7, under 18: $5, family: $24
A two-lane highway can unfold like a book of stories as the miles flash by. Idlewheel's music has the same sense of discovery to it – carried along by easy-flowing rhythms are flashes of personal revelation and homespun irony, speeding past you like an oddly familiar (or familiarly odd) small town.

Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud do it all with a wry nonchalance that belies their uncommon craftsmanship. These guys know the high road of country rock better than most. Their credits are solid and sterling. Bickhardt was a member of renowned Nashville group SKB that enjoyed country radio success with hits that included Bickhardt and Schuyler's This Old House. He has also penned songs for Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Martina McBride, and B. B. King, and wrote and sang the closing theme for Robert Duvall's Academy Award winning film Tender Mercies. Sundrud cracked the charts with Great Plains (Sony Records) and now plays bass in the pioneering country rock group Poco, whose 40-year roster reads like a who's who in the genre. His songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, The Judds, The Persuasions and others. Together, Craig and Jack wrote Ty Herndon's mega hit It Must Be Love.
Here is a video of Idlewheel Acoustic performing the song Father's Day, written by Jack Sundrud, Craig Bickhardt, and Helen Darling.

Learn more about Idlewheel Acoustic at
In September of 1966, Larry Ahearn landed at Villanova University and immediately began working at the nearby Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA. Between 1966 and 1976 he was an integral part of all aspects of Main Point operations: booking, promoting and producing many of the now legendary shows that took at the Main Point in its “golden years.” Throughout that period he also began to write and perform his own music as a solo artist, and later, with the Larry Ahearn Group (Tom Crosthwaite, Bill Cannon, Bill Shultz, Chris Shannahan, and Dan Rossi). He has shared the bill with artists like Tom Rush, Jimmy Buffett, Livingston Taylor, Jaime Brockett, Janis Ian, Elvin Bishop, Velvet Underground, Sha Na Na, Spider John Koerner, Eric Andersen, Good News, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Pearls Before Swine and John Prine. After years of booking, promoting and producing music, sports and theatre, most notably as a team member with the worldwide Concerts For Human Rights tour with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N’Dour and Tracy Chapman, Larry found himself in China in 2004/5 with the Harlem Globetrotters. He’s back in the U.S.A now and has returned to his first love: writing and performing songs in an intimate atmosphere – Full Circle.

Here is a video of Larry Ahearn performing his song These Days Go By.