2nd Shift Concert: Allysen Callery/Rob Noyes
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://allysencallerymusic.com/
Allysen Callery is a self-taught songwriter from Bristol, Rhode Island. She calls her music “ghost folk,” and it’s an apt description: steeped in 60’s English psych-folk, her songs work as charm and spell, with a quiet, attentive power. But to say her songs suggest otherworldliness is to overlook their immediacy: everything Callery does has a powerful sense of emotional engagement, which in the end is what makes her so compelling. Callery has a devoted European following, and a growing number of American fans as well. She’ll appear as an official showcase artist at South By Southwest in March
"If I was to use a single word to describe the music of Allysen Callery, it would probably be “timeless,” although a more accurate way to frame her songs is to say they exist “outside of time.” The Rhode Island based songwriter has tapped into a wellspring of creative spirit and energy that is directly linked to traditional ballads and standards, staples of the folk world. You can feel the presence of classic English poetry and Child Ballads, Child Ballads, the collection of English and Scottish broadside ballads collected and published by early folklorist Francis James Child in the nineteenth century, in Callery’s thought process. These are nearly universal stories of romance, morality, mortality, history, and drama that have stood the test of time, influencing musicians and collectors like Harry Smith, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Vashti Bunyan, and even more contemporary like Anais Mitchell, Marissa Nadler, Meg Baird, and Sam Amidon.
Callery has distilled the very essence of what makes these stories ageless, forever relevant, and oftentimes still shocking, deeply meaningful, and utterly heartbreaking…. it’s an extreme compliment to Callery’s deft musicianship and inventive storytelling that she can simultaneously draw and utilize this immutable literary and musical tradition, while also putting down what she finds in her mind and imagination on paper and record. I think that Allysen Callery is writing the ballads that future folklorists will call “classic.” Only time will tell.” –– Fred Knittel, WXPN
ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/robmnoyes/
Working in the great American tradition of iconoclastic, virtuosic and visionary acoustic guitarists, Rob Noyes has emerged in the last year as an artist to watch. His album Feudal Spirit landed on a number of 2016 best-of lists, including NPR’s “Top 10 Solo Guitar Records Of 2016.”
“Noyes’ dextrous 12-string clusters develop into dense thickets of ringing sound; it’s a beautiful, heady space to get lost in…. the guitarist easily shifts from earthy, familiar folk-blues moves to dizzyingly celestial flights.” – Tyler Wilcox, Aquarium Drunkard
Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.