There will be tickets available at the door.
Day of show suggested contribution:
65 or over: $9, under 18: $5, family: $28
Discovered in an impromptu 3 am hotel room jam at a music conference when he was just 23,
Erelli was finishing up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology when his self-titled
debut was released in 1999. He hit the ground running when he won the prestigious
Kerrville New Folk contest, joining the ranks of past winners such as Lyle Lovett and
Nanci Griffith. With his sophomore release, Compass & Companion, Erelli embarked on a
non-stop touring schedule, sharing the stage with the likes of Dave Alvin, John Hiatt,
and Gillian Welch. Erelli's albums spent weeks in the top ten of the Americana radio
charts and garnered four Boston Music Award nominations.
Jeffrey Foucault grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. His father played a plywood
guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing,
which are not so different when you think about it. He went to college and dropped
out, took a job on a fruit farm and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa.
He finished school, roofed houses, drove a snowplow, and home-schooled the son of
the local bar owner in exchange for beer. He cut his first album in the winter of 2000.
Longtime disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil,
Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues,
producing a string of spare and elemental albums of rare power while garnering
accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of
songwriting set apart by its haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool. He lives
in Western Massachusetts.
A few years ago Mark and Jeffrey sat down to record a collection of murder ballads. The result -
two nights, two chairs, a dozen stories, and a handful of old guitars - matched an elemental
approach to the elemental subjects, love and death. Starkly recorded, with a list of songs that
includes Blackie Farrell's dusty cowboy ballad "Sonora’s Death Row", Neil Young's
mystical narrative "Powderfinger", Porter Wagoner's darkly comic "The First
Mrs. Jones", and Paul Siebel's aching classic "Louise", Seven Curses is raucous
and chilling, raw and poignant, an expansive interpretation of a classic American genre. At Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Mark and Jeffrey will perform selections from Seven Curses as well as
their own solo work.