acoustic blues

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill and Heather Styka with Mike Kerr

44 Morrison Ave, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
Saturday, May 13 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

With a knack for smart songs with depth and charm (and sharp harmonies):

Chicago songwriter Heather Styka is not afraid to go where others fear to tread. Beneath “sweet, soulful vocals” (Portland Press Herald) and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust, drawn from extensive touring. www.heatherstyka.com

Sorcha, of Portland, Maine, composes stirring music steeped in folk, blues, jazz and soul and performs with a voice of unexpected power. From haunting ballads to funk grooves, her songs unveil “wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes.” (Portland Phoenix) www.sorchastudio.com

Outrageous Fortune

20 Prospect Hill Ave, Somerville (see map on right)
Band Contact: Chris Welles
Saturday, May 19 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Outrageous Fortune is an acoustic vintage jazz and blues trio featuring innovative arrangements of early jazz, blues and jug band music. The trio is Chris Welles on guitar; Rod Thomas on harmonica; and Dan Dick on jug, washboard and upright bass. Audiences are wowed by their instrumental virtuosity, and are delighted by their smooth three-part vocal harmonies and their strong groove. 

"Outrageous Fortune not only revive the rich repertoire of the classic jug bands, but this expert outfit also revel in the wit, theatricality and pure fun of the genre. They are a jubilation."

-- Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald music critic

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