I played some pretty wonderful seasonally-themed shows and just plain magical shows! The most recent development? I have been playing with a full band!
On December 19th, I was joined by the incredible Lisa Marie Ellingsen & her band at the Rendezvous in Turner's Falls. Lisa is also a member of The Woman Songwriter Collective and we played a few tunes together, including "St James Infirmary " and Lisa's original song "The Nightlife", which we also play in the Collective! She ripped through an incredible set of original blues and rock and roll favorites. Best moment of the night? Lisa's instrumental of "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch"!
My band consisted of 2/3 of the incredible blues band Cold Shot, who I have been playing in various dives with sense the age of 16! Zach Pine was throwing it down on the drums and Jeff Fortier was ripping on bass. The boys added so much to my songs and are ABSOLUTELY going to be playing with me a bunch more! We played mostly originals BUT (surprise, surprise…) we threw in a Dylan tune at the end of the night, ending with a rock and roll version of "All Along The Watchtower".
Shout-out to Tim Reddington for taking the top photo and Josh Allen of We Are One Photographic for taking the bottom few from the voo!
One of the most incredible highlights of the Holiday season was getting to play First Night Northampton again with the Woman Songwriter Collective. We had the absolutely pleasure of performing at the Lyman First Church Hall, which was located in the meeting hall of the church. It was decorated with beautiful lights. While we were loading in, local valley badasses, June & The Bee performed a set of amped up, power folk originals.
We performed in the round, doing a set of mostly original music, with the exception of (a very pregnant) Christa Joy leading us in "Long Way Home", a tribute to one of her favorite musicians, Tom Waits. Lisa also lead us in a cover of Lucinda Williams' "Jackson." After playing in so many bustling bars the last few weeks, it was quite refreshing to play to a room of attentive, folk-music lovers.
I can already tell that this year is going to be a great one. I've got some big exciting news to share with you all very soon!
Until then, Happy New Years!