Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz
Mama's Black Sheep
Date and Time
Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:00pm
True to it’s name, the SIRENS OF SPRING TOUR will feature women who sing with enchanting sweetness, and listeners will be treated to a night of engaging performances from Philadelphia based Christine Havrilla, Baltimore based Mama’s Black Sheep, and special guest Boston based Emily Anderson. The SIRENS OF SPRING TOUR, now in its second year, is a ten day, nine city tour spanning the East coast. The tour will make its fourth stop on Monday March 31st, 2014 at CLUB PASSIM in Cambridge, MA. Located at 47 Palmer St. in the heart of Harvard Square, CLUB PASSIM is one of the few “listening rooms” in the greater Boston/Cambridge area. It’s a place where audiences and artists can interact with one another in an intimate setting. CLUB PASSIM shares a space with the vegetarian restaurant Veggie Planet. Veggie Planet serves lunch and dinner to patrons of Passim beginning 90 minutes before showtime and continuing throughout the show. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.passim.org.
Philadelphia native Christine Havrilla brings her "well-built, catchy, smart tunes" (Upstage Magazine) to audiences everywhere, touring nationally in support of her new band project, Gypsy Fuzz. Christine utilizes the soft gritty texture of her vocals to express warmth and honesty listeners quickly embrace as they grab on to her self-described "Neofunkadelicfolkpoptwangrock" style. Named "One of the Top Ten Indie Artists" by The Advocate Magazine, The Washington Post writes, "(Havrilla's) songs are intelligent and moving, the arrangements are incisive and colorful, and, best of all, Havrilla consistently comes across as a confident and seasoned performer." Gypsy Fuzz's premier album titled "Searching. Finding. Living.", co-produced by Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power), was listed on Advocate Magazine's "Best Overlooked Albums of 2011!" (Advocate -November 2011) and She Wired's Top Ten Albums of the Year! her song "Blinders" won the Garden State Film festival's "Best Country Song" for the film, Embraceable You (2010). Christine was nominated for About.com's Reader's Choice Awards and is called "...raw, simple, wonderful!" by Curve Magazine. Inessa at 101.9 KINK.FM calls Gypsy Fuzz "Yet another fun late-year discovery!" Philadelphia Magazine states, "She rocks!" while Michaela Majoun at WXPN applauds her "terrific, big sound". [www.christinehavrilla.com]
Mama’s Black Sheep is the musical collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller (guitar/vocals) and Laura Cerulli (drums/vocals). Touring together since 2008 and both veterans of the singer-songwriter circuit, Miller & Cerulli will make you feel like you’ve been listening to their music for years. Driven by Miller’s versatile guitar grooves, Cerulli’s innovative percussion, and two voices that blend like honey and whiskey, Mama’s Black Sheep create acoustic rock & blues with a style that is distinctly their own. With two well received CD’s to their credit and a third in the works, Mama’s Black Sheep has been burning up the road touring extensively throughout the continental US and the Caribbean playing nearly 200 shows a year. Before Mama’s Black Sheep, Ashland toured for twelve years as part of the award-winning acoustic duo CommonbonD, releasing six CD's, performing on The Nashville Network (TNN), and showcasing their music in over forty states as well as overseas. Ashland's songwriting, harmonies, and creative musical arrangements have been shared on stage with talent such as John Mayer, Ritchie Havens, Catie Curtis, and Sophie B. Hawkins. Laura previously fronted her own band, Cerulean Groove, and from 2005-2008 she toured nationally and internationally as a member of SONiA & disappear fear. Laura’s distinctive style has been appreciated everywhere from The Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), to The Barns at Wolftrap (VA), to the High Sierra Music Festival (CA), to The Red Roof Women’s Festival (Ontario), and even ‘down under’ at Woodford Folk Festival (AUS). Together Miller and Cerulli create a unique tapestry of songs, weaving vibrant color and rich texture to create a dynamic conversation between guitar, percussion and two voices made to sing together. Miller’s passionate voice will make you laugh, cry, feel inspired, and ultimately want more. And Bob Steel of Baltimore Out Loud writes "Cerulli opens her mouth and the world stands still as she wrings every drop of emotion out of the lyrics with her powerful, soaring voice, forged in the fire of the blues and tempered in the cool technique of her classical training.[www.mamasblacksheep.com]
Emily Anderson is a singer-songwriter born and raised Fairbanks, Alaska currently studying songwriting at Berklee College of Music. Her sincere songwriting style and thoughtful, sometimes quirky lyrics are indicative of a young woman coming of age in a rapidly changing world of Indie music. Some of her major influences include Carole King, Regina Spektor, Kate Miller Heidke, and Ingrid Michaelson. Anderson released an eponymous album in 2010 and her newest project, a 5-track EP entitled “Nickels” was released August of 2013. [www.emilyandersonak.com]