Songwriters in the Round tonight! This event is a fundraiser for The Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions Victims' Relief Fund
Terry Kitchen is a musical storyteller, and more.
Award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen is a captivating musical storyteller, with his tales of ordinary people facing life's myriad challenges with extraordinary grace, strength and dignity. But he's just as interested in why we do what we do - the story behind the story. His keen eye for detail, fearless emotional honesty, and deep empathy for his subjects combine with his skills as a singer, composer, and guitarist to take the listener on a journey deep inside the human heart.
Kitchen's latest CD The Quiet Places includes eleven new takes on our emotional state, from celebrating the small-but-important victories ("Enjoy It While It Lasts"), to keeping faith in our current hard times ("Seeds"), to coming to terms with even our darkest failures (the harrowing child abuse ballad "The Kid Behind the Wall"). Also included is Kitchen's update of the '60s environmental anthem "Nature's Way," because the state of the heart becomes irrelevant if we kill the planet first.
Boston area singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff is widely admired on the local folk and roots music scene for his trademark mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of songwriters such as Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine, to whom he has often been compared. He has won numerous songwriting awards and his songs have reached as high as Number 3 on the national folk radio airplay chart.
Rob Siegel is well known in Boston folk music circles as an innovative songwriter who draws from his idyllic yet stressed-out middle-class suburban existence and produces memorable, intelligent, well-crafted songs. Rob has opened for Bill Staines, Vance Gilbert, Jack Hardy, Geoff Muldaur, and others. His 2000 debut CD “Shaker Chair” received airplay on the WUMB radio network, and his 2004 CD “Voices from the Right Brain: Rob Siegel Live at Club Passim” charted on FolkDJ.
Rob took his foot off the gigging pedal in the mid-2000s when he projected the college bills for his three kids, but now that they’re grown, he’s back. His first new CD in 14 years, “A Landscape of Ghosts,” was released in April, and is currently receiving national airplay on folk radio stations.
Rob’s music has been described as fearless, truthful, and deeply personal yet universal. He’s been compared to John Prine, Richard Shindell, and Harry Chapin, with a delivery that is engaging and intimate, wry and tender, funny and unflinchingly honest.
Rob says "Some folks who live and breathe traditional folk music think I’m too wordy and too metaphor- and reference-heavy. What I try to be is challenging – somewhere between William Faulkner and Robin Williams. I don't like songs that aren't memorable, and I try not to write them myself."
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