From Jay: I’ve asked these two talented songwriters to share their songs with us. I met and heard Lisa at NERFA this past year, and thought her songs would be perfect for COHO. Wait till you hear “She Persisted“, written for Elizabeth Warren, of course. Libby is a dear friend, and played for us here just over a year ago. I love her songs. Listen to They’ll be meeting each other for the first time, and I expect real musical magic in the room.
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Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell/Lori McKenna), the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston’s WUMB. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song “Rabbit Hole” was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie. “Americana of the highest order…along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin” (Maverick-UK). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeXbEOe9Gn8
Libby Kirkpatrick‘s music is a divine confluence of intimate story telling, haunting poetry, her astonishing vocal range, and skilled and polished musicianship. To experience Libby live is to connect with your own soaring, traveling, and expansive heart. Libby is a defiant, chanting poet like Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones; She’s more like a zany sandbox friend who sings what she dreams and daydreams. She’s an avant-garde force right from set kickoff — a soaring, looping comet. Her streaming lyrics flame and smoke and twist and tail and even shrug if they feel like it. Listen to “Vaulted Heart” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xujoPRW6AE