THE JOHNSON GIRLS
The Johnson Girls have been a force on the folk and maritime music scene for almost two decades as the leading all-woman, a cappella maritime group in the world. Having burst through the barrier of this previously male dominated genre, Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdre Murtha each bring a special influence to the group. Whether performing at packed international folk festivals, intimate venues, or presenting school and library programs, The Johnson Girls remain true to their mission of keeping chantey singing alive, bringing women’s voices to the fore, and encouraging everyone to join in the revelry. The Johnson Girls have performed at major festivals, clubs, coffeehouses, schools, and more across the United States, in Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, and France. Widely acclaimed for their powerhouse performances of rousing work songs, sensitive renderings of haunting ballads and laments, and hair-raising harmonies, The Johnson Girls sweep their audiences along in a tidal fervor. Join us as we kick off our season with a great night of singing!
Dougie MacLean is considered by many to be Scotland's pre-eminent singer-songwriter and is certainly one of the country's greatest musical treasures. Dougie received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the BBC 2 Folk Awards in 2013. From his home base in Butterstone near Dunkeld, Scotland, MacLean tours the world with his unique blend of lyrical, 'roots based' songwriting and instrumental composition. He has built an international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer which has led to concerts and festivals worldwide including New York's Carnegie Hall. Dougie's songs have been covered by hosts of artists and his "Caledonia" has become one of Scotland's most popular contemporary songs. His music has been used in Hollywood films ("Last of the Mohicans") and he has been the subject of three BBC TV music-documentaries. Described as " ...a musical hero" (Wall Street Journal) MacLean is renowned for his meaningful, haunting and emotion-filled music. His innovative work has created a modern interpretation of this music but its fundamental values remain rooted in the ancient Scots culture. We are thrilled to welcome Dougie back ... this show WILL sell out so reserve your tickets early!
Kim Trusty / Kerri Powers
The dynamic and multifaceted Kim Trusty is a powerful and diverse vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. Kim draws on jazz, rhythm & blues, vocal improvisation, and roots music transforming her life, heart, and work experiences into unforgettable and unique performances. Trusty, who began singing more than 30 years ago in an all-black Baptist church in rural Pennsylvania, offers an unforgettable style rarely seen in the music industry. Described as presenting “a silky smooth combination of blues and jazz,” Trusty is a Berklee College of Music graduate who now lives in Providence. Drenched in the emotions of blues, folk and country music, the extraordinary roots singer/songwriter Kerri Powers uses her dramatically dark and beautiful voice to mine the melancholy depths of romantic heartbreak and broken dreams in the edgy narratives of her songs. A native of rural Massachusetts, Powers sings the blues with such authentic, downhome grit that you might well think she's from Mississippi. Besides being a consummate chronicler of disappointment and despair, she can also morph into an impishly naughty rebel with a cause, a Mark Twain-like trickster whose wry words, dramatic sense of dynamics and phrasing can also celebrate joy and hope.
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