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!

Adventure at sunset 2016

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

Winter gigs in Italia!

Christmas on Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Christmas on Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marina is back in beautiful Tuscany for the fall and early winter, and is excited to announce two intimate acoustic concerts here in the coming months! Performing in duo with Florentine guitarist and producer Bernardo Baglioni, Marina is excited to share new music from her forthcoming album, Tide & Stars.

November 30, 2016: Riff Club, Prato, Italia

December 23, 2016: Ex Cinema Aurora, Livorno, Italia

Sound check at Ex Cinema Aurora

Bundled up for sound check at Ex Cinema Aurora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting the legendary Judy Collins: 2 Sold Out Shows!

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September 11 and 12, 2015: Marina is honored to be supporting legendary songwriter, author, painter, and activist Judy Collins for two sold-out concerts at the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA!

With an incredible catalog of 50+ albums, Collins has been a leader and inspiration for songwriters and activists the world over since the 1960s. She has earned several Grammy Awards, and has released multiple gold- and platinum-selling albums. Known for her mellifluous voice, unparalleled artistry and musicianship, and her creative interpretations of traditional and well-known songs, Collins is an icon who has long been an important influence on Marina’s music and career.

In fact, the best way to explain her feelings on supporting such a folk legend, Marina feels, is to quote one of Collins’ own lyrics (!):

“Pinch me darlin’ I think I’m dreamin’
This is too good to be true
…”

Supporting Jonathan Edwards @ Great Waters Music Festival

Jonathan Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marina is truly honored to announce that she and Bernardo will be traveling north to beautiful Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to support the legendary Jonathan Edwards in concert on Saturday, July 25! Holy geez!

Over 40 years and 15 albums, Edwards has touched countless souls with his honest, insightful, and spirited songs & performances. A passionate performer with a voice that only sweetens with age, and a witty and sharply observant writer, Edwards puts on a uniquely entertaining and inspiring show.

Marina & Berna will be opening for Jonathan with a brief, original, acoustic set on the gorgeous main stage at the Great Waters Music Festival on Saturday, July 25, at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $12-$30; click here to visit the Great Waters site where you’ll find a full calendar, directions, ticket information, and more.