Monday, 15 April 2013

UPCOMING! Molly Sweeney + Josephine Foster

UPCOMING! Molly Sweeney + Josephine Foster at Casa del Popolo | Monday, April 29th


Folk music has always been about storytelling. Any tale will take on an impassioned dimension when a guitar is strummed or a harmonica is blown into to support it. I’m sure Molly Sweeney and Josephine Foster, who will share the stage of Casa del Popolo on April 29th, would agree. Those who are not familiar with these two singer-songwriters’ oeuvre may lay their eyes on the next few lines to quench their thirst for knowledge.

Molly Sweeney (based in Montreal)

“Sweeney’s debut solo album Gold Rings and Fur Pelts was released in June 2011 to critical acclaim, with Ann Powers of NPR comparing her to ‘a young Kate Bush’ and The Globe and Mail likening her to Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, with “emotions and stories that are deeply cast and artfully arranged.” Matthew Fiander of Popmatters wrote ‘it’s her delivery, with all the control and emotion of a seasoned soul singer, that makes her a unique talent.’

Sweeney’s folk-infused torch songs explore the dark side of rapture, showcasing her sultry, dramatic vocals and enigmatic lyrics. Gold Rings and Fur Pelts features nine songs that conjure up an elemental world of longing, passion, and poetry with moments of aching loveliness’ (Pitchfork).”

(source: Molly Sweeney’s official website)

Josephine Foster (based in the U.S.)

Josephine Foster is a modern American folk singer-songwriter and musician from Colorado. As an adolescent she worked as a funeral and wedding singer, and aspired to become an opera singer. Several years later she abandoned the idea and began to record demos of her songs, resulting in the early recordings There are Eyes Above (2000), an album of ukulele accompanied songs strongly influenced by Tin Pan Alley, and a short album of children's songs, Little Life (2001). For several years she worked as a singing teacher in Chicago, recording and performing with a variety of musical acts on the side including Born Heller, a duo with free jazz-bassist Jason Ajemian, and The Childrens Hour a pop band formed with songwriter Andrew Bar. In 2004, joined by her occasional backing band The Supposed (Brian Goodman on guitar and Rusty Peterson on drums), she released an album of psychedelic rock called All the Leaves Are Gone which has drawn comparison to Patti Smith and Jefferson Airplane. The songs on her first solo studio album ‘Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You’ (2005) evoke early American folk and blues forms of the early 20th century. ‘A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing’ released in 2006, features unorthodox interpretations of 19th century German art-songs. Her third solo album ‘This Coming Gladness’ was released in 2008. ‘Graphic as a Star’ was released in 2010 and ‘Blood Rushing’ was released in September 2012.

(source: Fire Records website)
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