Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents a concert with Wellesley singer/songwriter Beth DeSombre, Easthampton multi-instrumentalist Eric Lee and Philadelphia singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia on Saturday March 5. The concert will feature a solo set by each artist, followed by a round robin song swap. The show begins at 8 pm and there is a suggested donation of $10. The Armory Cafe is at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville. For more information, call 617-718-2191 or visit artsatthearmory.org or http://www.facebook.com/SomervilleSongwriterSessions.
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents contemporary folk singer/songwriters in concert on the first Saturday of each month. The Armory Cafe features live music in an intimate setting, a menu featuring sandwiches, soups, desserts and coffees, and plenty of free parking.
Beth DeSombre sings new songs that spring from old traditions, telling the stories of people and places along life’s crooked highways. Sing Out! Magazine describes her songs as “smart and uplifting . . . focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life.” Christine Lavin calls her songwriting “wonderful,” and the folk-pop duo The Kennedys laud her “catchy melodies and insightful lyrics.” Beth’s second CD, At Home In This Town, was released in January 2011, and debuted at #22 on the Folk-DJ charts for February 2011. Her debut CD, Crooked Highways, came out in December 2007; both were produced by Dave Chalfant and include backing musicians Tracy Grammer, Jim Henry, Pete and Maura Kennedy, among others. Beth’s songwriting influences include Dave Carter and Richard Shindell. Though she has played primarily in New England, she has begun touring in other parts of the country (and internationally) as well. Beth has opened for such folk luminaries as Tracy Grammer John McCutcheon, Rod MacDonald, Pete Morton, and the Nields, and played venues like Club Passim and Johnny D’s. Her songs have been honored in national and international songwriting contests, and she has made special guest appearances at major folk festivals (Boston, New Bedford, Strawberry Park). More at http://www.bethdesombre.com
In 2007, an 18-year-old Eric Lee attended the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where The Strangelings, led by folk legends Pete & Maura Kennedy, invited Eric and his fiddle to join them around the campfire. Two days later he was playing on the main stage as the band’s newest member. With the conclusion of The Strangelings’ two-year run, Eric became a member of the Falcon Ridge House Band, playing alongside such iconic artists as John Gorka, Peter Rowan, Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul, Lucy Kaplansky and The Nields. These artists, along with the late Dave Carter, have inspired Lee’s own songwriting. His music is a chimera of genres and influences, an ever-evolving world of sonic exploration with stand-alone melodies always at its core. His debut EP traverses a range of experiences, from the unbridled joy of love in “Miles Above the Ground” to the wrenching pain of Eros in “To Write you a Song”; the unflattering honesty of heartbreak “Life Without You” to the cosmic petition to the ancient powers”Hands of Fortune.” More at themusicofericlee.com
Think Ben Folds meets Norah Jones, if they had a lovechild in Brazil. Award-winning singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia presents an eclectic mix of refreshingly original songs and inventive covers, finding inspiration in Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950s west-coast jazz, and contemporary pop. Avi’s clever lyrics give a knowing nod to his contemporaries, while his smooth vocals and deft piano skills assure you that this is truly something new. Avi has toured the country with his dynamic ensemble and his debut full-length album, Something New, performing in prestigious venues across the country –from The Kennedy Center to The Philadelphia Museum of Art, giving a TED talk about The Nature and Nurture of Bossa Nova and even spending a month performing in Brazil. Avi has performed alongside artists such as The Roots, Ani DiFranco, Arturo Sandoval, and Maroon 5, and his music has been featured on TV and in feature films. More at aviwisnia.com