Summer shows!

Marina & Berna in VT 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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Opening for Dar Williams at The Cabot – 3/17!

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Exciting news! Marina is honored to be supporting none other than Dar Williams at the beautiful Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA on March 17!

One of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the early ’90s. Williams’ growth as an individual over her almost three-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist. She has toured with such distinguished artists as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, and Shawn Colvin, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post‘s Green Blog. A dedicated environmentalist, Williams toured throughout the northeast visiting children’s camps and planting bee gardens in summer 2011.

Marina has long been a fan of Dar’s, first having seen her 15+ years ago (!) at a solo acoustic show. Dar’s exuberant stage presence and insightful, funny, and honest songwriting have continued to inspire Marina as her own performance and writing career has developed.

This promises to be a memorable night of original music performed by one of the biggest names in American folk, supported by a local rising star. Don’t miss it! Click here for tickets and event details.

This weekend: Portland, ME and New York City!

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This weekend, Marina & Berna hit the road for two intimate acoustic (and FREE!) shows. The first is on Friday, 3/10 up in the salty city of Portland, ME: we will play two original sets on the newly-renovated stage at Port City Blue, one of Portland’s coziest venues for original folk, bluegrass, jazz, and more. Our set starts at 8pm. Join us for tunes & brews (and maybe some snow)!

Next up, on Sunday, March 12, we head down to New York City to play a set at the Rockwood Music Hall, down on Manhattan’s lower east side. Rockwood has three separate stages, each in its own space with its own bar and staff — so they up hosting dozens of independent musicians each day! It’s a great place to come to discover new music. We hit at 5pm on Stage 1 – hope to see you, New York friends & fans!

Homeward Bound: Stateside Summer Shows

Marina & Berna in VT 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again – when I fly across the Atlantic from Italy to Cape Ann, Massachusetts, only to hit the ground running (& singing!) for a summer tour across New England. And I couldn’t be more excited!

This summer, it’s quite the mix: solo acoustic shows, concerts in duo with my musical partner & killer slide guitarist Bernardo Baglioni, and performances fronting the incredible Compaq Big Band. Everything from house concerts (in living rooms, recording studios, and one on the stunning shores of Lake Winnipesaukee!) to museums, from the decks of one of Gloucester’s historic schooners to the hallowed halls of aged New England churches — there’s a concert for everyone. Click here to see the full calendar!

I’m also looking forward to a benefit concert for the Schooner Adventure, “the last of the Gloucestermen,” a historic ship that is a living testament to our rich maritime history (August 12). I’ll be performing in acoustic duo with Bernardo aboard the ship as she’s docked in her beautiful home port of Gloucester, MA. Come join us for a sunset concert beneath the spars!

More concerts are being added all the time, so stay tuned — click here to view the full concert calendar, or follow me on Facebook or Instagram for up-to-the-minute news. Many thanks all — looking forward to seeing you (and singing to you!) along the road!

 

Schooner Serenade: Summer Songwriter Series

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BIG NEWS! I am so excited to be collaborating with the Schooner Adventure on producing Schooner Serenade, a summer songwriter series to benefit this historic ship!

Join us for a unique and intimate musical experience as the sounds of strings and voices mingle and echo from bow to stern, as the sun sets and the stars rise…

This monthly concert series will be held aboard the stunning Schooner Adventure while she is docked in her home port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and will run from May through August. Featuring singer/songwriters from Cape Ann and beyond performing their original music, this promises to be a series of shows not to be missed.

May 29th ~ Allen Estes   Get Tickets

June 26th ~ 3rian King & Nathan Cohen   Get Tickets

July 12th ~ Daphne Lee Martin Get Tickets

August 12th ~ Marina and Berna Get Tickets

Beyond being America’s oldest seaport, Adventure’s home port of Gloucester, MA is also a vibrant artistic community that has nurtured and inspired renowned visual artists, poets, and musicians throughout the centuries. Schooner Serenade unites Gloucester’s unique cultural history with Adventure’s crucial mission to educate on maritime, cultural, and environmental issues  and to restore and preserve her for future generations love of the sea. Held aboard Adventure while she is docked in her historic home port, Schooner Serenade features talented singer/songwriters from Cape Ann and beyond whose original music and live performances have earned them local, regional, and international acclaim.

A National Historic Landmark, the Schooner Adventure is among the last surviving Grand Banks dory-fishing schooners, the last of the “Gloucestermen”.  An icon of the American fisheries and a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education, Adventure is an invaluable, living monument to our fishing and maritime heritage, both in Massachusetts and America as a whole.

About The Artists:

Allen Estes  May 29, 2016

A Cape Ann favorite whose songwriting has earned him co-writes with such illustrious songwriters as Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, and David Mallett, and whose dynamic live performance has earned him opening slots for such greats as Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, J. Geils (and many, many more), Allen Estes is a local treasure who is not to be missed. Combining a full, rich voice with exceptional fingerpicking skills and honest, elegant songwriting, Estes masterfully mixes country, folk, and blues in his songs. Learn more at allenestes.com.

3rian King & Nathan Cohen  June 26, 2016

3rian King (voice, keys, guitar) and Nathan Cohen (violin, trumpet) are the founders of the neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?.  The pair like to bend and blend genres, allowing the song to be what it needs to be in order to express its emotional core. Together they have packed houses in Boston, NYC,  and throughout the country. 3rian’s strong gender-defying voice has been compared to Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, and Amy Winehouse.

His song “Cold Rain” was recorded by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas on her Grammy-nominated album, “Simply Grand,” which also features Cohen on violin.  Time Out New York advises “catch him as his star rises.” Cohen is fluent in classical orchestral and chamber music, but has also studied and played music all over the globe on remote Pacific Islands, Ghana, Ireland, and Turkey, to name some favorites. Nathan currently runs the Rockport Public Schools Orchestra and Chamber Music program, and is an adjunct professor of music at Endicott College. Check out What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? at www.whattimeisitmrfox.com

Daphne Lee Martin  July 12, 2016

Winner of Songwriter of the Year at the 2016 New England Music Awards, Daphne Lee Martin combines a unique vocal style based on the chanteuse sticky-sweetness of Blossom Dearie, the twang of Patsy Cline, and the indie wistfulness of Neko Case with original, timeless melodies and arrangements that hark back to harmony-rich maritime folk songs, tin pan alley writers of the 20s and 30s, and of course, Tom Waits. A songwriter with a mission, Martin has used her music as a means of teaching sustainability, environmental science, and the importance of traditions to the communities of the future during the several years she spent within Pete Seeger’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater community. Her deep experience uniting community-based initiatives with her unique and award-winning songwriting makes her a perfect fit for Schooner Serenade. Learn more at daphneleemartin.com.

Marina & Berna   August 12, 2016

Combining a background in jazz with folk Americana, blues, and an indie edge, Cape Ann singer/songwriter Marina Evans’ sound is all her own. Marina’s strong, sultry vocals and the raw grit of her husband, producer, and musical partner Bernardo Baglioni’s slide guitar bring her unusual melodies and lyrics to life. Having released 3 original EPs and a full length album in recent years – two of which were written and recorded abroad in Bernardo’s native Italy – the pair has toured across the U.S. and internationally. Marina’s passionate live performance has earned her two consecutive nominations for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards, as well as opening sets for such folk legends as Judy Collins, Jonathan Edwards, and Loudon Wainwright III. Debuting brand new material from Marina’s forthcoming album  fittingly entitled Tide and Stars — this dynamic duo is not to be missed. Learn more at marinaevansmusic.com.

Spring Gigs in Italia

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Sketch by Aleksey Nelipa

Spring is finally here and Bernardo and I are excited to get back on stage! We’ve got two gigs coming up in beautiful Florence, Italy. We are looking forward to debuting new material from our forthcoming album, Tide and Stars, and Berna will be trying out some new harmonies & instrumentation — now we’ve got guitar, dobro, and mandolin in our set!

May 6, 2016: Michael Collins Signoria, 10pm

Located in historic Piazza Signoria in Florence, the Michael Collins pub’s underground cantina will bring you back in time. Located within an imposing palazzo with views of the Uffizi Gallery & Palazzo Vecchio (home to the famous Salone del Cinquecento, the seat of Florentine government, as well as stunning de’ Medici apartments), this promises to be an intimate show in an unusual setting. Join us, amici Italiani!

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May 18, 2016: Circolo Arci il Progresso, 10pm

On the other side of town, this community-run events center and concert hall has housed concerts by many local and international artists. We’ll be performing an acoustic concert on this beautiful stage, beneath old wooden beams and suspended above a marble floor. This concert is part of Bob Dylan Week, a weeklong celebration of the famous troubadour. Throughout Florence, there will be poetry readings, art installations, concerts, and more – and we’re thrilled to be part of the lineup! We’ll be paying homage to Dylan along with other links in the songwriter chain, such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and more.

http://www.circoloilprogresso.it/

Green Mountain Bound: Vermont Shows!

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Next weekend, Marina & Bernardo head up north to the beautiful green mountains of Vermont for two shows! The first is the Vermont Music Fest on August 8, held on the rolling farmland of Lareau Farm in Waitsfield, VT. Featuring original acts from across New England on two stages, as well as games, art, and locally-sourced food and drink, this festival promises to be a full day of fun for the whole family. Click here to visit their website and learn more.

Next up is an intimate house concert in nearby Morrisville, just outside of Stowe, VT, on August 9. “Weather permitting, we’ll play outside on the hillside, surrounded by those rolling hills,” Marina says. “We’re excited to go from a festival stage to the intimacy of a house concert the next day, and hope you’ll join us!” If you’re in the area and would like to join in the fun, send Marina an email for more details.