Cape Ann Song: A Ballad for my Salty Hometown

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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 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!

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…!

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!

Rising Stars in Folk: Marina Evans & Alice Howe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, March 3: Singer/songwriters Alice Howe and Marina Evans join forces for a night of original acoustic music at The Burren. The Boston-born songwriters have traveled far and wide with their music — in Alice‘s case, to the western shores of Seattle, and in Marina’s case, across the Atlantic to Florence, Italy (Marina will be joined onstage by Bernardo Baglioni, Italian-born guitarist and producer, and, incidentally, her husband!). On this rare occasion the two songbirds  find themselves back in Boston at the same time, and are eager to share their new music — featuring sweet, sultry vocals, insightful lyrics, and unusual melodies — with a hometown crowd.

Purchase tickets online in advance using the coupon code below to get a special discounted rate!

 

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Buy Music, Support the ACLU!

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Exciting news: digital music retailer Bandcamp, the site/service through which I (and many, many independent artists!) share and sell digital music downloads, is donating 100% of its profits from digital music sales today to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)!

AND SO AM I!

Click here to listen!

In exchange for digital distribution service, Bandcamp takes a 15% cut of all digital music sales conducted through its site. Today, I am honored to join Bandcamp in their effort to support immigrants, upon whose backs this great country was built.

Ethan Diamond, Bandcamp’s founder, writes:

“Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.”

Click here to visit my Bandcamp site, where you can listen & purchase my music (and discover more independent music & artists!). For today’s sales, I too will donate 100% of my earnings to the ACLU!*

 

*Note on song “Color Line (Old Man Trump)”: My profits from this song have already been promised to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, but Bandcamp will still donate 100% of their proceeds for sale of this track to the ACLU. For all other songs and albums sold today, I will donate 100% of my profits to the ACLU.

Songs for Nepal: Online Benefit Concert LIVE from Italy!

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On Thursday, May 14 at 6pm EST, Marina will be performing LIVE from Italy in duo with Bernardo Baglioni in an online stream through the website Concert Window. All you need is an internet connection to join them in their living room in Florence, Italy for this intimate concert! You can interact with Marina & Berna live during the show… and you will be among the first to hear some new songs!

Click here to stream the concert live on Concert Window!

All proceeds from this concert (ticket donations & “tips”) will be donated to the American Red Cross’ disaster relief fund for victims of the devastating Nepal earthquake. Concert goers can give as much (or as little) as they like — there is no minimum ticket price to “attend” the show. (Note: this is NOT a generic donation to the American Red Cross — our collective donation will go to a fund specifically dedicated to victims of the earthquake in Nepal.)

Click the link above to join in on the fun, to say hello, sing along, and to give what you can. Music = Community, so let’s join together in song to help those in need. <3

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Collaboration with Big Crush Records

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Marina is very excited to join the ranks of artists represented by and collaborating with Big Crush Records! A little bit about Big Crush:

Big Crush is boutique collaborative of like-minded music industry professionals with the goal of helping unique, talented artists move successfully to the next levels of their careers. We are managers, promoters, web designers, booking agents, musicians, videographers, engineers, and forward-thinking individuals with varied paths throughout the industry, with over 25 years of combined experience.

Click here to visit the Big Crush website, view the artist roster, and to get in touch!

Feature in Granite Coast Magazine

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The New England Music Awards are just four short days away — and Marina is honored and thrilled to have been nominated for Female Performer of the Year! Check out the special NEMA issue of Granite Coast Magazine for the full lineup of nominees, performers, and the lowdown on the event itself, coming up this Saturday, April 18th.

Here’s an excerpt from Marina’s nominee profile:

“Evans’ drive, passion, and versatility are just as evident in her songs — which deftly navigate a range of genres, from folk to pop to rock and roll — as they are in her track record: since 2011 she has independently released 3 original EPs and a full length album, toured across the U.S., to London, and to Italy; […] been featured on local, regional, and internet radio; and earned two consecutive nominations for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards (2014 and 2015).” 

Click here to check out the full NEMA issue of Granite Coast Magazine.

And don’t forget to tune in to the New England Music Awards this Saturday, April 18th, starting at 6:30pm! Tickets are sold out, but you can stream it live online by clicking here.