August 3, 2019 7:30 pm
Ana Egge with Alec Spiegelman- bass clarinet, synth Scott Colberg- bass and Raphael McGregor- steel
Born in the last year of the 1980s, Taylor Ashton grew up surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the old growth rainforests of Canada’s west coast. His songs are inspired by the crooked primeval funk of traditional old-time music, the humor and heartbreak of Randy Newman, the cosmic emotionality of mid-career Joni Mitchell, and the sage vulnerability of Bill Withers. Somehow, he finds a way to make this all work on the clawhammer banjo. He spent most of late teens and early 20s as the frontman of Vancouver-based five-piece Fish & Bird, releasing four albums of heady progressive folk and gracing stages like the Winnipeg Folk fest, the Vancouver Folk Fest, and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival. In the past few years he has increasingly spent his days in New York City. His most recent release finds him swapping songs with Grammy-nominated songwriter and guitarist Courtney Hartman, on the pair’s 2018 duo album “Been On Your Side”. The album is an acoustic, stripped-down affair, which Rolling Stone had to admit, “packs a punch in today’s mainstream”. Between other projects, Taylor has also written or co-written songs on albums by Boston’s Laura Cortese, Brooklyn’s Benjamin Lazar Davis, and Nashville’s Rachel Baiman. And after well over a decade of varied and fruitful collaborations, Taylor is excited to finally release his debut solo recording in 2019. Keep your ears peeled…
Caitlin Pasko is a weaver of dreamy elegiac music for voice and piano. Musically her songs drift and float like the work of Satie or Debussy; lyrically they’re clear, simple meditations on tenderness and heartbreak. Pasko’s style is built on this tension: between the looseness of the Impressionists and the simplicity of modern songwriters. The songs on her latest album Glass Period came out of a headspace where different kinds of loss are collected and confused together: loss of love and loss of life. The album chronicles Pasko’s shifting mental state as she lives through the sudden and unexpected passing of her father as well as a painful break-up, which took place not long after. On Glass Period, we find a small chapel to personal grief.