Winterfolk is the annual benefit concert for Sisters of the Road Café. For the 26th year, founder producer Tom May has assembled an evening of acoustic storytelling music with a message, mixing Northwest songwriting artists with nationally-known troubadours. The event is Saturday February 1 at the Aladdin Theatre, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., beginning at 7 pm and tickets are available now.

This year’s headliner is David Mallett from Maine who, in four decades, has recorded 14 albums. His folk classic “The Garden Song (Inch by Inch, Row by Row)” has become a children’s favorite and gardener’s theme. Mallett has performed across the US, Canada and Europe including Prairie Home Companion and his songs have been recorded by Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and even the Muppets.

David Mallett

David Mallett

Other performers for Winterfolk will be the trio of Tom May, Chris Kennedy and Donny Wright; Brooks Robertson and John Standefer fingerpicking guitar duo; folkie storyteller Dan Weber; coastal chanteuse Jill Trenholm and pianist Scott Docherty; celtic music from Hanz Araki and Cary Novotny and the melodious songpoems of Jaspar Lepak.

An exceptional expression of giving to an important cause, every dollar raised at Winterfolk goes to the people it is intended to help. For nearly 40 years, Sisters has provided low and no cost meals in Portland, changing peoples lives one hot meal at a time. See www.sistersoftheroad.org for more.

Also at the Aladdin Theater later this month, Cheryl Wheeler on Thursday, January 23.