Lucy Wainwright Roche, Barnaby Bright
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

endearing, humorous, knock your socks off co-bill!

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September 17 8:00 pm

Lucy Wainwright Roche“I fell in love last year / It’s not a thing I do a lot,” Lucy Wainwright Roche sings in “Seek and Hide,” a duet with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists on her latest album, There’s a Last Time for Everything. “You gotta watch it all change / You gotta watch it all stay the same,” the song goes on, and the line certainly applies to her music – a listener still hears the same honesty and openness in her newer work, but there’s a change too, a growth in control and authority. “The vibe here is dreamy, intimate,” says the website AllMusic, praising the “quiet, tender song settings.” And that’s what the audience gets with Lucy, along with her charming stage presence and crystalline vocals: songs that are honest and tender, dreamy and intimate, loaded with emotion and refreshingly straightforward.

It’s fair to say that Lucy comes from a musical family. She’s the daughter of Suzzy Roche and Loudon Wainwright III, and the half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright. The BBC, in a review of her 2007 debut album, Lucy, says that “she’s clearly inherited her father’s way with words and her mother’s quirky nonchalance,” and that instead of the family’s “extravagant flamboyance,” she adopts “a rather more coy, introspective, and wholly less brazen approach both in song and delivery.” Lucy has sung backup for Neko Case, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and performed a duet of an Elliot Smith song with the host of This American Life, Ira Glass. Before launching her musical career, she studied creative writing at Oberlin College, earned a Masters in general education, and became an elementary school teacher in New York City. Last year, she released an exquisite album of duets with her mother, Fairytale and Myth, created in collaboration with the late Ron Morsberger. The website No Depression calls the mother-daughter album “ethereal and hauntingly beautiful,” and declares that it “poignantly captures the ragged ways that we all move between fantasy and reality.” Tonight is a chance to catch Lucy on her own, performing her lovely originals with great heart and soul.

Barnaby BrightBarnaby Bright, the wife-husband duo of Becky and Nathan Bliss, plays luscious indie folk-rock originals that showcase  Becky’s lovely lead vocals and Nathan’s shimmering instrumentals. Their harmony singing is gorgeous, and their songs are thoughtful and compelling. The website Direct Current praises their “exquisite and gracefully nuanced folk/pop” and calls their third and latest album, The Longest Day, “intimate, honest, and lovingly crafted” and “easily one of the best discoveries of the year.” Grand Prize winners of the New York Song Circle competition in 2009, the duo has played at Lincoln Center and on NPR’s Mountain Stage, and their songs have been featured on such television programs as ER and Days of Our Lives. Critics compare their sound to The Civil Wars and The Weepies, but their chemistry is unique. Averaging roughly 200 shows and 40,000 miles on the road a year, Becky and Nathan will be toting their massive haul of instruments – harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos, keyboards, and multiple guitars – into the Freight for what promises to be a memorable show.

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