This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rockport Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Although Amy Speace began her creative career in the theater, acting with The National Shakepeare Company and various other classical repertory theaters, she long ago left behind the stage to pursue music full time. Cutting her teeth playing regular gigs at The Living Room and The Bitter End in NYC, she was discovered by legend Judy Collins in 2005 and signed to Collins’ imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums, “Songs For Bright Street” (2006) and “The Killer In Me” (2009). Judy Collins herself recorded Amy’s song, “The Weight of the World,” calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard.” NYC’s top AAA station WFUV named that song #4 in DJ John Platt’s Top 10 Songs of the Decade. Appearances followed at Mountain Stage, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and many others. Along the way, she has gained support and praise from such legends as Guy Clark and Nanci Griffith, Ian Hunter and Alejandro Escovedo, seemingly an unlikely combination until you hear Amy’s songs. The Houston Press called her ‘The unconscious cool of Americana”, nodding to the lean poetry of her rootsy folk, an edge possibly learned busking in the subways of NYC, or playing Juliet in parking lot productions of “Romeo & Juliet”. But it’s her voice that catches the audience off guard. A crystal clear voice with an emotional catch and a fluttering vibrato that seems grounded in another era yet somehow speaks to this one. Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open – Dave MarshTickets Save
Amy Speace, MaryLeigh Roohan opens Amy Speace channels the classics, writes Billboard Magazine of her latest release That Kind Of Girl. Jon Pareles of The New York Times described the record as grace over drama and No Depression wrote The next time someone tells you they dont make good music anymore, tell them they must not have heard of Amy Speace. She is a timeless singer/songwriter who has captured this writers attention with a record which should be a topic of debate on several year-end award lists. Recorded in East Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard and a small ensemble of musicians, the record is spare and direct, honest and focused. Holly George-Warren, celebrated author and music critic, calls it breathtaking. And just as critics were raving about her new album, she was hired by The New York Times' Financial Section to write an original song and an accompanying essay about the financial challenges of being an artist. The song, "Spent" was featured on NPR's "Marketplace." She has also written pieces for The Nashville Scene, Blue Rock Review, Performing Songwriter Magazine, among others. Baltimoreborn singer- songwriter Speace started her creative career out in the theater. She studied classical acting in NYC after graduating with high honors from Amherst College and spent a few years carving out a life spent rushing from lower east side theater rehearsals to film and commercial auditions to many support jobs which ranged from legal secretary to personal assistant for actress/singer Lainie Kazan. After a spectacular breakup with a boy in a rock band, she bought a cheap guitar and started putting her poetry to music and began appearing at local folk clubs like The Sidewalk Cafe, The Bitter End and The Living Room. She was discovered by Judy Collins in 2005, releasing her debut in 2006 on Collins Wildflower Records, Songs For Bright Street to rave reviews. The Killer In Me was released in 2009 with NPR comparing her to a young Lucinda Williams. She moved to Nashville from NYC in 2009, releasing Land Like A Bird on Thirty Tigers. Her song The Weight of the World, which Judy Collins has called one of the best political folk songs Ive ever heard was named as the #4 Folk Song of the Decade by NYCs premiere AAA radio station WFUV. In 2013, she received the best reviews of her career with"How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat, a song cycle inspired by Shakespearean characters, winning 4 stars from Mojo Magazine and a feature on NPRs All Things Considered. Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Memphis Hall of Fame blues artist Sid Selvidge and others. http://www.amyspeace.com/ The wisdom of an old soul in the body of a young, yearning individual. Whether its her dynamic and passionate performances, or her poignant and honest songwriting, this sentiment has been expressed throughout Roohans career. With a style that shifts seamlessly from sunny indie pop to heartfelt Americana and a stage presence thats full of dynamic soul, shes an entrancing presence who is making waves. MaryLeigh was nurtured as a writer and performer at the celebrated Caffe Lena before shipping off to play pubs in Scotland for a year. Since moving back to the states, she has played everywhere from intimate cafes to wild festivals and has had the pleasure to open for acts like Milo Greene, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and Sean Rowe, and tour alongside Erin McKeown, Chris Pureka, and Melissa Ferrick. In 2011, Roohan ventured to The Music Shed in New Orleans to record her debut album, The Docks. The album received wide acclaim in New Yorks capital region. Beyond securing rotation on both college and public radio stations (WEXT, WEQX, WSPN), The Docks single Foolish Girl was named second to Sean Rowes Downwind in 97.7 WEXTs Top 60 Songs of New Yorks Capital Region (2012). This release and her many heartfelt performances reached wide audiences and, in 2012, the top alt-weekly in New York's capital region - Metroland -named Roohan "Best Female Singer-Songwriter". Taking time to graduate from college, Roohan was laying low in 2013 except for her secret adventures to record a new album with Jason Brown at JBrown Noise. The time in the studio yielded a ten-song album that she released nationally in January 2014. Met with glowing reviews in her hometown, Roohan has widened her sights. With Skin & Bone in hand and her persistent wanderlust has brought her into the hearts of people all over the country. Skin & Bone has attracted new fans and opportunities including the chance to create original music for a soon-to-be-released documentary about women of 1969. Catch her in concert by checking her forever-changing tour schedule. http://www.maryleighmusic.com/Save
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Bio: If you are a fan of singer-songwriter/folk/Americana music, you’ve probably heard Amy Speace’s name over the past few years trumpeted by many heralding her as a ‘torchbearer’, bridging the gap between old and new schools of folk music from Mary Gauthier to Judy Collins, who recorded Amy’s song “W...See Full Bio
"A collection of gems, a little dark around the edges. As a singer she's got a soulful voice that grabs your ears. Take note, Amy Speace is one artist you won't want to miss."