Cape Ann Song: A Ballad for my Salty Hometown

Ahoy!

It’s a new month, so it’s time for another new song – and this one hits (quite) close to home. Please enjoy my love song to Cape Ann, written while far from home…

Click to listen to Cape Ann Song!

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As many of you know, in recent years I have spent a lot of time far from my home port. During one of the longer sojourns abroad, I made the mistake of re-reading the beautiful book Lone Voyager, by Gloucester author Joseph Garland. It tells the extraordinary story of Howard Blackburn, a dory fisherman out of Gloucester who, after losing his mother ship in a snow squall, ended up also losing his dory mate and both of his hands while rowing for his life through the storm. He eventually made it to shore, and slowly made his way back to Gloucester.

Incredibly enough, this was just the beginning of his illustrious career on the high seas: despite having lost his hands, Blackburn went on to sail solo across the Atlantic (multiple times); he sailed down the U.S. east coast, around the tip of South America, and back up the west coast to Alaska for an ill-fated stint in the gold rush (though that time he had a crew); and he also sailed solo up the Hudson River, across the Great Lakes, and as far down the Mississippi as he could – until his hull got stuck in the mud. An inspiring, salty soul, to say the least.

I say that reading Lone Voyager while traveling was a mistake because, well, it made me incredibly homesick. Images of that stunning, uniquely-New England light over the Atlantic peppered my dreams; I would wake up to imaginary gull cries, or fog horns echoing over invisible harbors. Beyond the rich maritime history of the place, its rich artistic history haunted me as well: the poems of T.S. Eliot drifted through my mind, and mingled with the dreamy Luminism of Fitz Henry Lane and Winslow Homer, or the stark realism of Edward Hopper. So many have passed through this port, and have been inspired to work, to dream, to create. This is more than an island, I thought.

And so, around that phrase, a song was born: my humble tribute to a place I am honored to call home. Nel mio piccolo (in my little way), I hope it does the place some semblance of justice.

As ever, I am so grateful to my fellow musicians and collaborators in realizing this song – and grateful to you for listening, for reading, for writing, for showing your support in so many ways. Thank you.

I will be headed home again in August (!), and will be booking/posting gigs around New England soon. I cannot wait to see & sing to you. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this little taste of home, sent from afar.

Wistfully,
Marina

New release: “Afterglow”!

The third single off Tide & Stars is here!

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A song from the road, Afterglow paints a picture of our troubadour’s life together – both its beauty & uncertainty – and also gives the new album its name:

We’ll set our course by tide and stars
No map to draw or follow
With one voice and two guitars
We’ll sing our tomorrow

Hope this track kicks off your weekend (and your spring) right – and if the spirit moves you, please share!

NEW MUSIC: “Sunday Morning”

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It’s Friday, spring has arrived (…somewhere, I’m sure), and apparently, Mercury is in retrograde. So, what better time to release an angsty single number two off Tide & Stars?!

Click below to check out my latest release, “Sunday Morning”!

Berna and I are VERY proud of how this track turned out, and hope you dig it. As ever, we recorded this one on two continents (the scattershot approach seems to be working for us), and we want to extend a grazie mille to everyone involved, from Boston to Firenze. Click here (or above) to purchase, download, and share the track.

New Single Out Now!

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Finalmente! I am so excited to share the debut single Middle of the Ocean off my forthcoming album Tide & Stars! Here’s a little sneak peek of the music video:

And here you can listen to / download the full track:

Telling a familiar story of two lovers separated by the sea (… guess who?), this song was fittingly recorded on both sides of the Atlantic – from Cape Ann, Massachusetts to Florence, Italy – and was produced by Bernardo Baglioni (who also features on guitar, bass, mandolin, and backup vocals… phew!). The song’s lonely protagonist finds solace in the horizon, knowing her love is looking back at her from some distant shore. Middle of the Ocean pays homage to love’s indomitable spirit… so what better time to release it than Valentine’s Day?

Click here for lyrics, credits, etc. Love to all & grazie mille to everyone who contributed!

Opening for Kate Taylor at the Regent!

BIG NEWS! I am thrilled to be supporting none other than Sister Kate Taylor this November at the beautiful Regent Theater in Arlington, MA! Kate Taylor’s “Sister Kate Revisited” tour resurrects the singer/songwriter’s debut album, released back in 1971. Sharing a velvet voice and penchant for folk music with her brothers James and Livingston, Sister Kate is back on the scene after a long hiatus, and is not to be missed.

Bernardo and I are honored to kick off the concert, on November 8th, with an acoustic opening set of my songs. Join us for a night of original music by two songstresses in one of the Boston area’s premier theaters! Click here for tickets and more info.

Photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando

Photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando

Supporting Will Dailey!

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I am reeeeeeallly looking forward to this show… Berna and I will be opening for none other than Will Dailey at the Riverwalk Music Cafe in Nashua, NH on Sunday, October 1!

If you haven’t heard of Will, you’re missing out! An incredible singer/songwriter/performer who’s toured internationally to wide acclaim, his sound and songs are not to be missed. A little bit about him:

Will Dailey is an acclaimed independent recording and performing artist. His sound has been described as having a rich vintage vibe, while having a firm appreciation of AM rock, pop and big hooks – leading famed rock journalist Dan Aquilante to call him “the real deal”. Dailey’s latest album, National Throat, has been met with stellar reviews, over 8 million spins on Spotify, top 20 on Billboard Heat Seeker chart and won Album of the Year in the Boston Music Awards, New England Music Awards and Improper Bostonian Magazine.

Click here for ticket info, set times, etc. Join us for a great night of original tunes!

From the wilds of Maine to NYC

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Ah, the beauty of New England in the summertime: my two next shows couldn’t be more different from each other! First, Bernardo and I head north to the wilds of Maine to play an intimate concert at the beautiful Somerset Abbey up in Madison, ME on September 9. We will camp in stunning Acadia before heading over to Madison for dinner & a show — let us serenade you as you dine! Tickets and more info available here.

Next up, we’re southbound for New York City! We’ll be playing an acoustic set at the Rockwood Music Hall on the lower East Side, down on Allen Street, on September 16 at 4pm. A cozy venue with great original music from local and touring acts, Rockwood features some of the best undiscovered, up and coming music around. Visit their website to see the full lineup… hope to see you, New Yorkers!

Club Passim campfire.festival

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VERY excited to join the lineup at the legendary Club Passim‘s campfire.festival this weekend! I’ll be performing in the round with Maisie Bull, Liv Greene, and Lizzy Marella on Saturday, September 2. Our set starts at 2:15 pm, but there’s an incredible lineup of independent musicians throughout the weekend. Grab a weekend pass to catch all of this new and inspiring music! Click here for full lineup, ticket info, and more.

Summer shows!

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Hello, hello! I write from a glowing screen in an old stone house in the hills of Chianti, the dark green Persian blinds drawn tight against the summer swelter outside. The wheat sways and glows gold, spilling down the hillside to the well in the valley below. Summer is here, the cicadas are singing, the jasmine is blooming… and I am booking, booking, booking!

After another few weeks in this blissful place, Berna and I will hop a plane and head back to salty New England, guitars in hand, where my trusty steed (… Honda) awaits. The trunk is already packed: tent, fishing pole, amps, CDs. We’ll hit the ground running — as usual — with shows booked in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York City (and more on the way). We’ll be stretching out some new tunes — including one in Italian (!) — off my forthcoming album Tide & Stars. And we would LOVE to see & sing to you. It’s been too long!

Click here to view upcoming gigs on the books. I’m adding more shows all the time, though, so check back often if you don’t find one in your area — or follow me (Facebook) (Instagram) to stay up to date! Thanks team… and see you SOON!

<3 <3 <3

New Release: “Hard Drive” with the Compaq Big Band

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I am so excited to share a brand new EP, “Hard Drive,” recorded with the fabulous Compaq Big Band. Over the past several years, it’s been an honor to share the stage with this killer band… and as a vocalist, I must say that performing the songs of the great American Songbook has proven a welcome challenge and an evergreen inspiration. This music — and this band — is the REAL deal. Nothin’ like some Hoagy Carmichael and Peggy Lee to keep a girl honest…!