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Friday, November 17 at 7:30PM
Although Amy Speace began her creative career in the theater, acting with The National Shakepeare Company and various other classical repertory theaters, she long ago left behind the stage to pursue music full time. Cutting her teeth playing regular gigs at The Living Room and The Bitter End in NYC, she was discovered by legend Judy Collins in 2005 and signed to Collins’ imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums, “Songs For Bright Street” (2006) and “The Killer In Me” (2009). Judy Collins herself recorded Amy’s song, “The Weight of the World,” calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard.” NYC’s top AAA station WFUV named that song #4 in DJ John Platt’s Top 10 Songs of the Decade. Appearances followed at Mountain Stage, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and many others. Along the way, she has gained support and praise from such legends as Guy Clark and Nanci Griffith, Ian Hunter and Alejandro Escovedo, seemingly an unlikely combination until you hear Amy’s songs. The Houston Press called her ‘The unconscious cool of Americana”, nodding to the lean poetry of her rootsy folk, an edge possibly learned busking in the subways of NYC, or playing Juliet in parking lot productions of “Romeo & Juliet”. But it’s her voice that catches the audience off guard. A crystal clear voice with an emotional catch and a fluttering vibrato that seems grounded in another era yet somehow speaks to this one.
Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open – Dave Marsh
Charlee Bianchini has been a professional musician for over six years. Trained classically, she studied with renowned guitarist Anthony Weller, and has studied voice with Kristina Martin, Jacque Chambers and Sloan Wainwright. She plays a variety of music in and around New England, focusing on rock, folk, R&B, and blues, and writes much of the music she plays. When she’s not performing, Charlee teaches independent lessons and workshops at The Music Asylum, a music school in Essex, MA. She works to teach a holistic view of what it is to be a musician, and how music is and can be a beautiful and necessary force in empowering people to find and use their voice.