Live Review: Marina Evans & Hillary Reynolds at Braintree Folk

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Opening act Marina Evans and headliner Hillary Reynolds and her band received an excellent review of their sold out concert at Braintree Folk on November 8, by music critic Jay Miller at the Patriot Ledger! An excerpt:

Rockport’s Marina Evans opened with a 45-minute set of her own tunes, and she managed to get a really warm and distinctive sound out of her acoustic guitar. Evans often utilized a wide dynamic range with her high-alto voice, going from whispery to wailing to good effect.  Her “Not Gonna Wait” injected some starkly poignant soul into the mix, while “California” was a wistful look back. Who wouldn’t like her “anti-social media” tune “Little Boxes,” with its gentle chiding of some of the more obsessed among us. Evans also has a nice swinging tempo to most of her tunes, and “How Many Miles” was an especially toe-tapping delight. And there was an undeniable beauty to her gentle, almost crystalline ballad “One Way or Another,” where her voice and guitar were superbly in synch.

To read the full review, click here.

Two Lively Performers at Hingham Coffeehouse

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From WickedLocal Hingham, News from the Hingham Journal (Hingham, MA):

For Hingham’s Coffeehouse off the Square show to open the Thanksgiving season, Marina Evans and our own Eric Eldering Cornetta will be playing.

A new face and voice for us is the widely traveled Marina Evans. She combines strong, even sultry vocals, unusual melodies and clever edgy lyrics into a style that is all her own. She started in her home town of Rockport and has toured and recorded across the US and in London and Italy, most recently issuing her latest album “Unbound.”

Hingham resident Eric Cornetta, in turn, is often heard in short segments at the open mic, as a minstrel at Old Ship’s Christmas Merrie Market and on his CD “On the Horizon.” This will be a chance to hear more of his sweet voice and expressive guitar work doing some of his most requested songs, “Pizza” and “Ghonny Brown” as well as his new songs, “Old Friends” and  “Baldy’s Reel.”

The event is at 8 pm on Saturday, November 15, and starts with an open mic from 8 to 8:30. Come and be discovered. The coffeehouse is at the Old Ship Parish House, 107 Main Street, just a few doors up from the Loring Hall Theater in Hingham Square. Handicapped-accessible. Admission is $15.00 at the door  and desserts and beverages are available. Proceeds benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Volunteers (free admission) are always welcome. For information call 781-749-1767.

Click here to read the full article.

Surprise Guest to Perform at Health Project Gala

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From the Gloucester Daily Times, October 14, 2014:

The Gloucester-based North Shore Health Project is celebrating 25 years of serving Cape Ann residents infected with and affected by HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C with a gala and concert featuring a top secret musician.

The event, which will be held Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, will feature performances by Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, and local singer-songwriters Allen Estes, Marina Evans, and former Entrain member Brian Alex, along with a special surprise guest.

“I’m very excited to see this person — he’s got a big draw,” said Susan Gould Coviello, executive director of North Shore Health Project and an Essex selectman. She said she could not release the name ahead of the performance. “I’m thrilled that he’s donating his time to play.”

The North Shore Health Project was formed in 1988, but the group believes this year to be its official 25th anniversary. Coviello said the project is “really ready to celebrate what we consider our 25th year in business.” The group was founded by a concerned group of people tired of losing their friends and neighbors to HIV and AIDS. In 2005, it expanded to include hepatitis C in response to the growing epidemic.

“We got sponsors to help defray the cost, because although it’s a celebration it’s also a fundraiser,” added Coviello about the gala. “We currently serve about 140 clients, and that’s only about a fraction of the people who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.”

North Shore Health Project offers medical case management and support groups to its clients, as well as an array of holistic services. Patients can participate in meditation, acupuncture, and reiki, to name a few. Coviello said the staff asks clients for feedback after sessions to gauge the helpfulness of each service.

The holistic services “help reduce anxiety, alleviate depression, it helps them sleep better — and patients take those practices home and [they] help them get through their day and through their week,” said Coviello, who also noted that massages can sometimes be the most human contact some patients have in a day.

Many patients with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C struggle to overcome the stigmas and prejudices associated with the virus and disease. AVERT, an international HIV and AIDS charity working to prevent new cases, noted that “fear of contagion coupled with negative, value-based assumptions about people who are infected leads to high levels of stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS.”

Such stigma can discourage patients from seeking diagnoses or treatment, and can add unnecessary difficulties to day-to-day life.

“The North Shore Health Project has offered case management and more to residents of Cape Ann and beyond for 25 years,” said Board President Donald Maier, M.D. “Its services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual client with an emphasis on holistic supports which, combined with strong physician collaboration, ensure that clients are empowered to maintain optimal health during treatment.”

Tickets to the event can be purchased at www.rockportmusic.org/north-shore-health-project.

 

 

Marina Plays at the Vanilla Bean

From the Worcester Telegram:

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July 10, 2014 — There’s an appealing romanticism to Marina Evans’ “California,” a song in which the Golden State stands for some better future while the song’s persona stands amid the rubble. The sweet-voiced singer-songwriter brings a sort of wistfulness to the song that creates a sort of quiet hopefulness. It’s lovely work, and just a mere drop in Evans’ rich songbook. Marina Evans performs at 8 p.m. July 12 at the Vanilla Bean Café, 450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret. (860) 928-1562. $10. (Victor D. Infante)

Click here for the full article!

Local Musicians up for New England Music Awards

Excerpted from the Gloucester Daily Times, February 20, 2014. Click here to read the full article.

by Gail McCarthy

Cape Ann musicians are among the singer-songwriters and bands nominated for New England Music Awards, which celebrates and recognizes top performers in the region for their musical achievements. The awards event takes place Saturday night in Lowell.

Rockport’s Marina Evans is nominated for Female Performer of the Year, and Kingsley Flood, whose lead guitarist is from Gloucester, is up for Band of the Year and Album of the Year for “Battles,” released in February 2013.

The nominating committee consists of journalists from music publications, radio personalities, talent buyers, and record label execs representing all six New England states.

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Kingsley Flood band members and Evans are excited about being nominees.

Evans is a rising singer-songwriter, who last year traveled to Tuscany in pursuit of her musical inspiration. She recorded an album in Florence, and has traveled back and forth between Cape Ann and Italy since she studied abroad there in 2008, when she began collaborating with Florentine musicians. Her debut album “Unbound” was released last fall.

“This nomination was a great surprise and an incredible honor. To be included in a group of such talented musicians from all across New England is both encouraging and so inspiring,” said Evans. “I am so grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make these awards happen. It’s a true testament to the vibrant and unique music scene we have here in New England — and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Prior to her debut album, she released an EP with music she wrote inspired by Dogtown, the wild center of the Cape Ann island, the history of which dates to Colonial times.

Evans received her undergraduate degree in music theory and composition from Columbia University in 2009, but her music career started years before when she started singing in a jazz duo with her older brother. She performs with Allen Estes at the Dog Bar here on Feb. 28.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-675-2706, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

If you go, what: The 2014 New England Music Awards, hosted by Comedian Steve Sweeney and featuring live performances by Sarah Borrello, The Mallett Brothers Band, Will Dailey, Nemes, Dressed for the Occasion, and Hayley Sabella. When: Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Where: Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. How much: $10 general admission; at lowellauditorium.com or the box office.

Live on 980 WCAP!

Today at 1pm, Bernardo and I are psyched to be performing LIVE on Lowell radio station 980 WCAP! We’ll be on the show Live at Jack’s Cafe, hosted by Jack Baldwin. He’ll interview us about this weekend’s New England Music Awards, and then we’ll perform a couple of tunes off my new album, Unbound. Tune your radio to 980AM or click here to stream live online! 1pm sharp!

Me, Jack and Berna at WCAP in Lowell

Unbound reviewed in The Noise!

 

 

My new album Unbound received its first official review this month in The Noise Magazine, and it was a great one — I am so honored! Reviewer Tim O’Brien took a very careful listen to the album, and made his commentary on everything from the songwriting to the arrangements, vocal performance, production, and even the recording quality. It’s both refreshing and encouraging to get such a positive response on literally *all* aspects of the record. Thank you, Tim and The Noise!

You can read the full article here — scroll down, it’s about 1/3 of the way down the page. For now, an excerpt:

Recipe for a superior CD: start with a charming songstress, blend hints of Amy Winehouse and Sara McLachlan-esque vocal stylings, add just a smidge of KT Tunstall, mix in a pile of well-crafted songs, and season with outstanding production. […] Marina Evans seems destined for a sure shot at the big time.

Unbound in the News

Press Release: Songstress Releasing Debut CD at Party

Published: October 10, 2013 in the Gloucester Daily Times by Gail McCarthy

Cape Ann singer-songwriter Marina Evans will release her debut album “Unbound” at a special event on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Cape Ann Community Cinema. The live performance will feature musicians from the North Shore as well as Bernardo Baglioni from Florence, Italy, where the album was recorded.

The 26-year-old began performing on Cape Ann almost a decade ago, and has developed her skills in her hometown and across the country. While studying abroad in Florence in 2008, she began collaborating with Florentine musicians.

“Just a few months ago, I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull this off. Funding a record is no joke,” she said in a statement. “But I was overwhelmed by support and encouragement from family, friends and fans — most of whom are right here on Cape Ann, and together, we all made it happen. So thank you. This record is for you —all of you.”

She launched a Kickstarter campaign in April to raise money to record the album. With more than 200 donors, she met her funding goal and began recording in May.

Doors open for the Oct. 13 event at 7:30 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. The Cape Ann Community Cinema is at 21 Main St. in Gloucester.

 

The Noise Live Review: Music in the Courtyard

 

 

I was pleasantly surprised to find a great review of one of my live shows this past summer in this month’s edition of The Noise Magazine – many thanks to author and Noise founder T Max for his ongoing support!

“She smiles pretty, she does a natural little barefoot dance while she sings—why, she’s just like a playful cat… always impressing her audience.”

Click here to read the full review; scroll down, it’s about 1/3 of the way down the page!

LIVE on Evolvement Radio!

I am honored and excited to be featured this week on Evolvement Radio – always bringing you Good, Good Music! EvoRad is an independent radio station that features top local artists from all around New England. Affiliated with 30 radio stations across the U.S. and in 5 countries around the world, these guys are no joke! Promoting sustainability – they’re sponsored by organic superfoods company Amazing Grass and local brewing company Cody Brewing – and independence, these guys are a crucial resource and support for local musicians. This is the second time I have been featured in their Earth Tone Artist series – and man, it was fun!

You can tune in to any of their partner radio stations this week to hear the show, or you can stream online anytime! Just visit EvolvementRadio.com, and click the buttons (“Hour 1” and “Hour 2”) on the upper right to stream. A LIVE performance of a new tune, “California,” off my new album airs at the end of hour 1 – check it out to get a preview of the new record!