Songwriter Roundup with Katie Dobbins and Various Special Guests!
New England Music Award-winning Katie Dobbins draws from a palette of contemporary folk and new country to create a genre uniquely her own. With a mastery of storytelling and the heart of a poet, this soulful songstress captures elements of life and relationships in ways that lift the spirit and challenge the soul. Carolyn Kruse of Country 102.5 WKLB raved, "Sweet but bold, Katie's voice is reminiscent of one of her heroes, Jewel, but only deeper . . . a fearless spirit with a gentle touch." Tom Bianchi, Talent Buyer at Somerville's The Burren, voiced "with gorgeous harmony and song Katie lyrically weaves in stories of healing, growing and moving forward through the struggles of life." Dobbins' sophomore album, There Is Light, contains remarkably honest songs that capture seasons of both hardship and joy, but hold onto the hope that light will always illuminate and overpower darkness.
March 31st - Jessye DeSilva, Emily Grogan, Alec Morrissey
Jessye DeSilva - is a singer songwriter and "piano-wielding folk rock witch" currently living in Boston, MA. Jessye's lyrically-sophisticated songs stare issues of mental health, religion, queer love, and gender identity in the face, offering listeners a candid look inside in the hopes of connecting with their own experiences. The Ark of Music called DeSilva's first EP Release Hoarfrost and Crocus Shoots"Utterly tender-hearted. Warm and sincere. At times, uncomfortably honest," going further to say that the EP "... will approach you softly, stare you squarely in the eyes, and demand your attention." Armed with a piano and a suitcase kickdrum, Jessye will sing your feelings and enchant you with their musical storytelling.
Emily Grogan - From composing a song for a Sony movie to starring in the 13 episode prime time Canadian TV series “Rocker Moms” to being nominated for a Boston Music Award for best female vocalist to playing several instruments in several bands, Emily Grogan is a full spectrum musician. A classically trained pianist, punk rock drummer, reggae saxophonist and guitarist/singer songwriter, she’s performed both nationally and internationally and has written and released over 40 songs to critical acclaim. As the Boston Herald is quoted saying: “Emily Grogan may well turn out to be the next big thing out of Boston’s music scene…”