Don’t be scared of your shadow on Saturday, February 2 when the Linden Tree Coffeehouse presents one of the area's finest singer-songwriters. Locally born but now nationally known, Mark Erelli will be returning to Wakefield with many new songs and old favorites.
Discovered at an impromptu 3 a.m. hotel room jam at a music conference when just 23 years old, Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his self-titled debut was released in 1999. He has won several prestigious awards, from the Kerrville New Folk contest in 1999 to the 2006 International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize.
For the past 10 years, he has maintained a rigorous, international touring schedule, sharing the stage with Dave Alvin, Gillian Welch, John Hiatt and others, as well appearing at many major folk festivals, including Newport, Philadelphia and Shrewsbury (UK). In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, accompanying artists such as Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall.
Erelli has eleven recordings to his name, including collections of western swing (Hillbilly Pilgrim), lullabies (Innocent When You Dream) and songs of stirring social conscience (Hope & Other Casualties, WUMB Folk Radio's #1 record of 2006). In 2009, he was one of eight artists invited to the UK to take part in the Darwin Song Project, a collaborative release featuring songs inspired by the life and work of Charles Darwin. His latest was recorded with his sometime happening bluegrass band Barnstar and his solo CD Little Vigils. Zack Hickman will join him on upright bass and pump organ.
Opening for Mark will be Chris LaVancher who writes songs that tell stories that speak of love and loss, of dreams and schemes. Chris is also an accomplished guitarist playing his songs on a guitar he built himself.
Thanks to support in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Wakefield Council, tickets will be $16, students under 13 $10. Home made baked goods and beverages will be sold prior to the show and during intermission.
The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 326 Main Street, Wakefield. For more information about the Linden Tree: www.LindentreeCoffeehouse.org, LindenTree85@comcast.net, 781-246-2836.