Join us Sunday, May 22 for an enjoyable evening of music magic with Rachel Ries, hailing from the prairies of middle American + Troy boy, Eric Margan! This show will be taking place on the back patio (unless the weather tells us otherwise). Full coffee service, beer + wine will be available all night! There is a $5-$10 suggested donation to support the touring artists.
ERIC MARGAN > ericmargan.bandcamp.com/
Troy based singer / songwriter and guitar player with a voice that sounds like a mixture of Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright, Van Morrison + Sean Rowe and who's songs sound like Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles + Radiohead.
RACHEL RIES > rachelries.com/
Hailing from the prairies of middle America, she crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted. With an electric guitar and piano; a clear voice and steady hand; she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candor and holds them there with smart and tender poetry. This March, Ries will release Cardinal; a handcrafted EP of songs written while on residency in Rouen, France. For Rachel, each of the songs is a direction; a key; a red-blooded essential for living – be it bravery, belief in one’s path or the bonds of family and blood.
Recorded by the inimitable Jeremy Messersmith in Minneapolis, Cardinal is Rachel’s 2nd handcrafted EP and follows in the wake of Ghost of a Gardener (2014). A well-lauded, ambitious album, Ghost features a duet with Gregory Alan Isakov and cameos by Devon Sproule, Carrie Elkin, Danny Schmidt and others. Many may know Rachel by her longstanding collaborations with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awardee Anaïs Mitchell and their country ep (2008).
Proudly carrying the torch of her love for the domestic arts, Rachel’s homemade preserves and hand-stitched notebooks can often be found at shows, nestled amid the 180 gram vinyl, cds and t-shirts. If you need comparisons, think Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jeff Buckley. If you don’t – just listen.