Great Blue at the Towne Crier Café
Shirl and Steve at the Bean Runner Café
Our Music
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Great Blue (a/k/a Shirl Lawrence & Steve Kaplan) is a singing duo.

We perform (mostly acoustic) tunes: some of our own, and some we've collected from others.

We are happy to welcome you to our website, Where you can see some of our videos, and find our recorded music.

Listen to some tunes, and find out more about Great Blue!

Live Performance

Here you can find memories of where we've brought our music, and news of where we will bring it next.

Videos of Performances

We sometimes are fortunate enough to have folks record us, and we have some of those videos here on our site. →

The Music of Great Blue

We offer digital files of our tunes for sale here, or if you wish a taste of what we are about, you can play our songs on our on-site music player.

  • BeanRunner Café, Peekskill NY


    Friday, April 25, 2014 -- 7:30PM to 11:00PM Steve and Shirl returned to the BeanRunner Café (Peekskill, NY) with Jay Mankita, Donna and Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri to celebrate the life and music of Pete Seeger. Every one of the BeanRunner's seats was filled. Our audience was engaged and active. We thank each of our performers for their time and their talent. We're now preparing for two shows: Blossom Nurseries in Yorktown, and Muscoot Farm in Katonah. See our Events page for details.

  • Starving Artist Café, City Island

    June 21, 2013 -- 8:00PM to 10:00PM
    Our first solo set at the place all our performing friends recommend. We had a memorable evening and are looking for our next gig there! location details →

  • BeanRunner Café, Peekskill NY

    July 21, 2013 -- 4:00PM to 6:00PM
    Our first solo outing at the BeanRunner Café was a great success -- we thank all who helped pack this warm venue. We are looking forward to booking a Friday or Saturday night show next time.location details →

  • Spring Crafts at Lindhurst

    May 4, 2013 Steve and Shirl played at Lyndhurst for their craft fair on the 4th of May ... thanks to Di for asking, and Iris and Pete for clear sound; see latest pics on our Events page.

  • Run Against Hunger Concert

    Oct '09-'10 Steve and Shirl played at Croton’s Asbury Church, in Croton, NY...

  • Friends of Clearwater Festival

    Aug 07'-09' Played with a whole bunch of SloopSingers, including Guy Davis, Rik Palieri, and Vinnie Cerniglia. Who can complain about that company of pickers?

Sterling Forest Partnership, New Jersey – 1997

Hudson Clearwater Revival, Westchester, NY – June, 1996

Hudson Valley Folk Guild, Poughkeepsie, NY – November, 1995

Debut Album

Great BlueRough Cuts is a baker's half-dozen of our favorite tunes, some collected from other writers and some of Steve's. (Shirl has a few in the hopper at this time). You can play these tunes (at right), or proceed immediately to purchase them.

Photo Sets