First things first: We want to extend our sincere thanks to all who came out to Club Passim last Monday night! It was such an awesome crowd, engaged from the first note of "Inside Out" to the last note of "The Great Depression"--what else can you ask for in an audience than that?
You know what else was awesome? Watching a room full of people who had never before seen Hayley Sabella perform held captive, and instantly won over, by her masterful songwriting, unassuming charm, and gift-from-God voice. She's hardly a secret anymore--she's making huge strides in her young career already--and it's all well-deserved. Hayley was also kind enough to jump on stage with us and sing with me on the two songs she guests on on our upcoming studio album, "Deep in the Dirt" and "Wait Till May."
Having old friend Jordan Santiago back with us after close to 4 years was incredibly fun too--and nostalgic, I gotta say. When we made up the setlist before the show, I knew there were certain songs that I, perhaps selfishly, wanted to hear, songs that we'd played so many times on countless tours, on countless stages, in the years during his tenure in the band, and I was really looking forward to reliving those moments: the mandolin flourishes of "The Fire," the razor-sharp and anxiety-filled fiddle in "Inside Out," the big violin solo in "Holly," to name a few, not to mention the interplay with Ben's lead guitar throughout the set. Jordan's a busy guy these days, lending his chops to multiple bands and projects, but he's got an open invite to join us whenever his schedule allows, so you can expect to see (and hear) him at some upcoming shows. Including this one below....
The day after our Cub Passim show, Mark Bryant, who recorded and produced our album Mohawk, asked me if we were interested in playing a show on Saturday, June 21, at The Spire in Plymouth? Free show, he said, and best of all, he would record the whole thing professionally and we would release it as a live album later this summer. Were we on board?
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You are cordially invited to join Jo Henley for a very special FREE concert on Saturday, June 21 at 7pm, at the beautiful new Spire Center for Performing Arts in downtown Plymouth, MA. The entire two-set show will be recorded by Mark Bryant of Seasound Recording Studio.
We will have Jordan joining us again, as well as a couple of other guests, as we perform songs spanning our entire catalog, from our debut EP Long Way Home to our upcoming studio album Around These Parts--and yes, there will be plenty of jamming, which is what many of you who see us live have come to expect from us. I know that bands say this all the time, but we've never meant it more than we do now: this will be a night you won't want to miss!
This amazing venue, The Spire, is a former Methodist church built in 1886 that has been completely renovated and turned into a modern, world-class music and arts center, with a full recording studio, while still retaining all of its old-world historic and architectural charm. In just a few short months of its opening, The Spire has hosted performances by popular local artists and good friends of ours Jake Hill and Hayley Sabella, as well as folk legends Tom Rush and Dave Mallett, among others.
Admission to the show is absolutely free, and wine, beer, and other refreshments will be available for purchase.
We need your help, though. June 21 is coming up fast, and we want as many of you there as can possibly fit. A live show is only as good as the crowd's energy. So I hope you will spread the word, tell all your friends, pack the room, and be part of creating a magical evening!
Andy & JH