Thursday, November 13, 2014

Edie Carey next Friday night! Seats still available!

Friday, November 21st

Edie Carey
Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm
All Ages
$20 at the door
Bring some food/beverages!

“Accidental Poet,” one of Edie Carey’s earliest songs, describes a particularly eloquent friend, but could just as easily refer to Carey herself and the circuitous and serendipitous route that led her to become one of the country’s most notable young songwriters. Somehow, all of the seemingly unrelated turns – from her intention to become a doctor, to a tiny music room in the basement of a Morningside Heights’ chapel, to a year in Italy – managed to steer her towards music.

Born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in the Boston suburbs by her English teacher father, therapist mother, and poet stepmother, Edie Carey couldn’t help but learn to love words. But her ear for music only became apparent after she “took the stage” in the back seat of her babysitter’s green Cadillac, belting out her own rendition of “Up Where We Belong.” From age nine, after beginning voice lessons, she became involved in singing groups and musicals, which she continued all the way through high school. A child of the 80’s, she dressed in lace and sequins and dreamed of appearing on Ed McMahon’s “Star Search.” However, as much as she loved performing, Carey was unaware that there was any middle ground between singing at weddings and being Madonna, and never considered music a real career possibility. So, she made plans to major in English/Creative Writing with Pre-Med classes at Barnard College in New York City. However, during her freshman year, two pivotal discoveries knocked those plans right off course - The Postcrypt Coffeehouse and the Italian language.

In the Postcrypt, an intimate music venue in the basement of St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, the seeds of possibility were sewn as Carey watched Jeff Buckley, Ani Difranco, and Lisa Loeb among others perform unplugged to candlelit audiences. She saw how words could sometimes have even greater power when used in a song, and simultaneously came to appreciate the sonorous quality of words regardless of their meaning or the melody in which they were framed. This appreciation for their musicality grew deeper with the study of Italian, which eventually led her to spend a year abroad in Bologna, where she taught herself to play the guitar.

In Italy, Carey set herself up in a corner of the main piazza and played every Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, and Rickie Lee Jones song she knew, throwing in a few of her own tunes, which would later land on her debut album, The Falling Places. Her experience abroad gave her a newfound confidence and encouraged her to begin performing on campus, where she started to build a student following. She made her first album in 1997, while working long days at Worth Magazine and recording until 3 am each night. Though the process was a daunting one, by the time she was finished, Carey was sure she had “accidentally” ended up exactly where she was supposed to be.

After the release of The Falling Places in 1998, she began venturing outside of New York City to play neighboring east coast cities, and gradually expanded throughout the United States, then Canada and the UK. While the debut was a very sparsely produced acoustic contemporary folk album, Call Me Home, Carey’s follow-up in 2000, was by comparison an all-out pop record, a tribute to her early inspirations and the reckless abandon of her childhood. With its release, the “accidents” continued, and Carey unexpectedly found herself achieving her childhood dream of appearing on television with Ed McMahon.

Since 2000, she has been working as a full-time performing songwriter, touring rigorously to promote all of her independently self-released records, which now include Come Close, her 2002 live CD, When I Was Made (2004), Another Kind of Fire (2006), itsgonnabegreat (2008) (a collaboration with award-winning singer-songwriter Rose Cousins), and the latest addition to her growing catalog, Bring The Sea. Looking back, she has to wonder if maybe this wasn’t an accident after all.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Amy Kucharik on 10/17!


We will be opening our '14-'15 season on Friday, October 17th with Amy Kucharik! Somerville, MA singer/songwriter Amy Kucharik applies the sweet, innocent tones of her ukulele to the (sometimes) dark humor of her wit with an infectious, danceable swing.

Check out her website: http://www.amykucharik.com

And here's a great video of her playing her ukele (with a band of friends):



Seats are just $10!

This is a Bring Your Own Beverages and optional potluck event. [And we're thinking of having a bonfire after the show if you want to stick around.]

Doors 7pm, show 8pm. RSVP millbrookconcerts@gmail.com or call Carlie at (207) 329-7812 to make reservations!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shows for 2014-15!

We are ecstatic to announce 3 upcoming shows!

Edie Carey on November 21, 2014

Natalia Zukerman with Lyle Brewer on January 23, 2015

Meg Hutchinson on March 6, 2015

RSVP  millbrookconcerts@gmail.com to reserve your seat!
Doors 7pm/Show 8pm
$20 per seat
BYOB and optional potluck




Monday, May 12, 2014

Natalia Zukerman 6/13! Last scheduled show!

This is our last scheduled show for our series! We will start back up in October with a few shows for 2014-2015. 

Natalia Zukerman is amazing! This show will take place at a sister location in Portland! RSVP for details!

Friday, June 13th

Natalia Zukerman
with Louise Taylor
Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm
All Ages
$20 at the door
Bring some food/beverages!

Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, worked in mural arts in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays and paints in Brooklyn NY. The daughter of Classical musicians Eugenia and Pinchas Zukerman, Natalia found her sound in other strings – those on slide guitar, lap steel, dobro. She found kinship in the earthiness and honesty of Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz and Blues music.
Zukerman released her first studio album Mortal Child in 2001. In 2003, Zukerman recorded her second album in Brooklyn at Headgear Studios (The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio). In 2006, Natalia collaborated with Melissa Ferrick to record “Only One” – a collection of home studio recordings fans cherish today for their intimacy. The album artwork featured a line drawing of Natalia done by New Yorker character artist Andy Friedman – one of the first inklings of Natalia tying in art with music. In 2008, Natalia collaborated with guitar hero Willy Porter who produced “Brand New Frame,” her first album on Porter’s label Weasel Records. Also in 2008, Natalia recorded and toured with “Daisycutter” a super group of fine instrumentalists from across the Folk circuit founded by standout fiddle player Sara Milonovich. In 2009, Zukerman teamed up with fellow songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton and Meg Hutchinson to form “Winterbloom.” Together they recorded “Winterbloom: Traditions Rearranged,” a series of original and traditional winter and holiday songs. Winterbloom continues to tour each December and play winter and summer festivals, most recently Lilith Fair. (www.winterbloom.com)
Zukerman is a professional guitar player and collaborator. She regularly records and tours with well known and respected musicians – including Catie Curtis, Janis Ian, Willy Porter and Susan Werner. She enjoys playing with diversely talented friends/colleagues. She has toured major Folk, Jazz, listening rooms, Rock clubs and theaters in almost every US state, and has performed at American and Canadian festivals including Lilith Fair, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Michigan Womyns Fest, Ottawa Folk & Blues Fests, Summerfolk Owen Sound, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, National Women’s Music Festival, and has toured overseas in The Netherlands, Germany and Japan.




Louise Taylor

20 years as a performing musician has brought Louise Taylor to intimate coffeehouses, large concert halls and festival stages across the United States and throughout Europe. Known as a writer’s writer Taylor has penned six critically acclaimed CD’s.
Her new release “Tangerine” (her first studio recording in 9 years) is a stripped down organic recording. 11 previously unrecorded gems produced by Peter Gallway and Annie Gallup highlight the intimate quality of Taylor’s lyrics and her honeyed voice. Renown percussionist/drummer Jerry Marotta (featured as the only other supporting artist on this recording) lays down throaty grooves with breathtaking nuance. For “Tangerine” Taylor has shelved her acoustic guitar and picked up a Duesenburg electric guitar to great effect.
Louise studied voice with creative genius Frank Baker whose voice was paralyzed by a stroke early in his singing career. He went on to teach voice until his death at the age of 90. Says Taylor, "Frank was the rarest of individuals who not only gave me the tools to hone my skill as a singer but, most importantly, taught me honesty... there’s no fooling an audience.”
Frank Baker also helped her to become a gifted vocal coach. Louise teaches private voice lessons locally and through Skype world wide. She also leads vocal workshops for groups of 10-20 people.
In recent years Taylor has been studying drums and percussion. In 2011 she became the percussionist and lead vocalist for the popular local Irish band “Celtic Waves”. Says Taylor “I’ve always an infinity for Ireland, it’s countrymen , and their richtraditional musical history. Playing this music is more than good for my soul!”


Monday, May 5, 2014

The last show in our living room for this season!

Saturday, May 10th

Sarah Blacker

Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm
All Ages
$15-20 at the door
Bring some food/beverages!

‘Female Performer of the Year’ in the New England Music Awards, Boston-based 2012 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker, is also a current nominee for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for 2013′s single, ‘Shiver,’ in the New England Music Awards. Her heart-felt version of songwriting has been coined, “Sundress rock,” and she was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by national Roots publication, No Depression. The Boston Herald’s Jed Gottleib called her, “Boston’s delightful folk nymph,” yet he also said of her, “Sarah Blacker makes some of the most interesting folk music in Boston — mostly by making folk the starting point and reaching out toward rock, Americana and prog.” She is a prolific singer/songwriter currently touring behind her 3rd album, (in just 3 years) which has regularly been receiving airtime on local NPR station, WUMB, and Emerson’s WERS. Blacker is regularly recognized throughout New England since she won the Radio 92.9 / Boch Subaru contest and became the face and voice of their New England ad campaign for “ooh ooh it’s love,” NE Subaru. Her music has been featured on the MTV shows, Jersey Shore & Friendzone. In just 3 years, she has garnered these accolades, performed at SXSW, CMJ and a sold-out tour of Germany, and has shared the stage with America, 10,000 Maniacs, Rusted Root, Paula Cole, The Wood Brothers, Sara Bareilles, Jason Isbell, Carbon Leaf, and Anais Mitchell to name just a few. She is a business savvy, hard-working musician, who also spends 8 hours a week as a Music Therapist for adults in a psych hospital and with children with Asperger’s. Her entrancing voice, poignant and emotionally charged lyrics, and mature songwriting has this artist on pace to go nowhere but up.
www.sarahblacker.com
www.facebook.com/sarahblackermusic
www.twitter.com/sarahblacker
www.instagram.com/sarahblacker

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Meg Hutchinson on 4/25! Don't miss it!


Meg Hutchinson
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm
All Ages
$20 at the door
Bring some food/beverages!

Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning songwriter who artfully documents the human condition. With a poet’s ease, she makes the personal universal, allowing people’s stories to come alive through her unique vocals and haunting melodies. Since the release of her Red House Records debut COME UP FULL in 2008, she has won high praise for her songwriting and has been featured nationally on NPR Music, XM/Sirius Radio and several times on the syndicated show Mountain Stage. Publications like The Winnipeg Free Press have compared her songwriting with that of veterans Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joni Mitchell.

Growing up in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, the woods and rivers were her childhood muses, as were songwriters like Greg Brown and Joni Mitchell, and poets like Mary Oliver, William Stafford, and Robert Frost. When Hutchinson inherited her grandmother’s 1957 Martin guitar at age eleven, her love of words found an inspiring instrument, and there was no turning back. “Songwriting is not something I chose, I’ve just somehow always known that this is what I love to do. This is what I can’t help but do,” she says.

After graduating from college with a degree in creative writing, Hutchinson quit her longtime job on an organic farm and settled in Boston. In between gigs at pubs, coffeehouses and train stations, she won a Kerrville New Folk Award (2000) and was nominated for a Boston Music Award for her first studio album AGAINST THE GREY.

She went on to win awards at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, the Telluride Troubadour Songwriter’s Showcase in Colorado and The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in North Carolina, all in the course of a year, causing national publications like Performing Songwriter to take notice. They called Hutchinson “A master of introspective ballads filled with understated yearning and an exquisite sense of metaphor.”

She quickly became an integral part of the vibrant Boston songwriting community. Like every great performer who has come out of the Boston scene, Hutchinson took to the subway, performing in Park Street, Downtown Crossing and Harvard Square – honing her chops in the same method of predecessors like Martin Sexton, John Mayer, and Tracy Chapman.

After recording her live CD ANY GIVEN DAY in 2001, and continuing to build a fan base throughout the Northeast, she went into the studio with esteemed producer Crit Harmon (Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton, Mary Gauthier) to record THE CROSSING. Released in 2004, this album caught the attention of renowned folk/roots label Red House Records. Label president Eric Peltoniemi knew there was something special in the young singer-songwriter, “Meg won me over with the profound yet easy depth of her lyrics — rich words married to melodies I just can’t get out of my head.” Knowing her songs could stand alongside those by Red House heavyweights Greg Brown, Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka, Peltoniemi signed Hutchinson to the label in 2007.

Teaming up again with Crit Harmon, Hutchinson recorded her Red House debut COME UP FULL over the course of more than a year in Boston. An instant folk hit, the album was one of the most played on folk and college radio and landed her on many “best of the year” lists. Hutchinson spent 2008 touring heavily in the U.S as well as Ireland and the UK, easily winning over new fans on both sides of the Atlantic. She was a favorite at South By Southwest (SXSW) and the International Folk Alliance Conference, showing that this was a young talent to be reckoned with.

In fall the of 2009, Meg Hutchinson joined fellow songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton and Natalia Zukerman to record the holiday EP WINTERBLOOM: TRADITIONS REARRANGED. A collection of eclectic holiday and wintertime tunes, the CD features original and traditional songs from a variety of backgrounds – from a German hymn to a Yiddish folksong to a midwinter Greg Brown ballad.

Touring in support of the album, the four women performed concerts and radio interviews in 12 cities that December, and formed a deep musical bond and camaraderie which continues to the present day. They have toured Germany and the Netherlands, sang alongside Sarah McLachlan at Lilith Fair, performed for a week on the Cayamo cruise with the likes of John Prine and Lucinda Williams, and brought laughter and reverence to stages each holiday season since.

In 2010 Hutchinson released her second album on Red House Records, THE LIVING SIDE, showing that she was a songwriter who had fully arrived. With this album the lens grew larger as Hutchinson tackled some of the big issues of the time, all while maintaining that intimate and relatable voice which makes her songs resonate deeply.

In her newest album, BEYOND THAT (releases September 24th 2013 on Red House Records) Hutchinson teams up once again with veteran Boston producer Crit Harmon for what is her most modern and intricate production to date.

She says “Crit and I have worked together for a decade now. I wanted to build on that trust and that shared musical language and really encourage each other to find new sounds. I felt that I had reached a new landscape in myself and I wanted the album to reflect that.”

Hutchinson has been busy in the three years since we last heard from her. She has relearned the piano and established a home studio, giving her greater flexibility to explore new territory.

In addition to mastering these skills Hutchinson has clearly spent much of the last three years finding a deep peace. These songs are at once ecstatic and meditative. They are about coming home, about transforming desire, about how human love can open the heart for some greater purpose.

These are celebratory hymns from a woman who has made it out the other side of some difficult years and who is inviting us to go “Beyond That” with her now.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dan Blakeslee on 3/28!

Friday, March 28th: Dan Blakeslee
Doors 6pm/Show 7pm
$20
BYOB and optional potluck