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

SONGS FOR THE ANGELS on September 10!

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During National Recovery Month, the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is hosting an exciting benefit concert featuring Cape Ann’s favorite singer/songwriters. Songs for the Angels will showcase Cape Ann’s vibrant music scene — represented by singer/songwriters Fly Amero, Allen Estes, Marina Evans, and Willie Alexander, and introducing opener Quentin Callewaert, plus a special performance from Chief Campanello, among other surprises. All will come together for the crucial cause of fighting addiction, both in our local community and across the nation. Held in the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this promises to be a one of a kind concert for a very important cause. You won’t want to miss this one!

>> Click here to reserve your tickets! <<

About the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI):

The concert will support the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI). In 2015, Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal developed a revolutionary new program aimed at getting opioid drug users the help they need, instead of putting them in handcuffs. PAARI’s mission is to support the Gloucester Police’s ANGEL initiative and to aid other police departments to implement similar programs. PAARI-committed police departments share a common mission: Encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery; Help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses; Connect addicts with treatment programs and facilities; and Provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid addiction epidemic. In just over a year, PAARI has grown into a network of over 150 police departments across the country. PAARI works to remove the stigma associated with drug addiction, turning the conversation toward the disease of addiction rather than the crime of addiction. We work directly with over 200 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance.  For more information about PAARI, please call PAARI at (888) 9-PAARI-9 or visit paariusa.org.

Cape Ann Divas Benefit Concert

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This Saturday, January 23, I am honored to join an all-star lineup for a benefit gala & concert for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce! Hosted at the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center, one of the premier performance spaces north of Boston, this concert is not to be missed. Featuring the best & brightest from the Cape Ann music scene, this show will highlight 6 vocalists — hostess & event organizer Mari Martin, Kate Barry, Renee Dupuis, Megan McKenzie Downey, and myself — backed by a killer 4-piece band (Mark Retallack, Roger Brockelbank, Vinny Briguglio, and Jake Pardee). All concert proceeds will go to benefit the Cape Ann Chamber, a vital organization that supports our local businesses. Click here to visit the Chamber’s website to learn more about the event, or visit Rockport Music’s website to purchase tickets.

What: Cape Ann Divas Benefit Concert for the Cape Ann Chamber
When: Saturday, January 23; 6pm gala, 8pm concert
Where: The Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
Tickets: http://rockportmusic.org/cape-ann-chamber-of-commerce-dinner/

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
…”

Opening for Loudon Wainwright III!

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BIG NEWS, everybody: I am thrilled to be opening for folk legend Loudon Wainwright III on Sunday, July 27 at the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA!

With a stunning stage suspended over the waters of Sandy Bay, the Shalin Liu represents the leaps and bounds by which grassroots music organization Rockport Music has grown in recent years. As a little kid sitting cross-legged on the floor of the Rockport Art Association, flipping through a chamber music concert program, I never would have imagined that one day my name and face would appear on those glossy pages. And I certainly couldn’t have imagined that the plywood stage resting on that dusty floor would one day grow to a state of the art performance space.

Needless to say, this is an enormous honor and a highpoint of my career thus far. I am also very much looking forward to sharing my set with the talented David Brown on dobro. I am so grateful to Rockport Music and to Mr. Wainwright for offering me this incredible opportunity! Please, join us!

Loudon Wainwright III, courtesy of Rockport Music:

A singer-songwriter of immense depth and wit, Loudon Wainwright III has been thrilling audiences with his sharp, literate take on the folk tradition for over 40 years. From the “next Dylan” tag of the early 70’s to his evolution into a revered cult figure and Grammy-winning folk elder statesman, Wainwright’s singular talent has never dimmed.

Wainwright’s career has been that of a slow burn rather than a firecracker. His critically-adored records, beginning with 1970’s Album I, helped the songwriter gain a devoted cult following. Wainwright’s rapier wit, self-deprecation and often darkly cynical take on the human condition combined with his strident vocals and deft finger-picking guitar skills spawned a whole new generation of singer-songwriters to follow in his wake.  With high profile song appearances in recent hit films like Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, Wainwright has enjoyed a resurgence in his career and introduced his songs to a new, younger audience.

“Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation.”
– The New York Times

“…one of America’s most astute lyrical commentators…lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering.”
– Mojo Magazine

 

New Video: California!

I am super excited to share with you all a video that’s very close to my heart: a solo acoustic performance of my song “California,” filmed at the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center in my hometown of Rockport, MA! It has long been a dream of mine to perform on this beautiful stage, with the backdrop of Sandy Bay. So, naturally, I was THRILLED to hear from Henry Cooper of Granite Visions (who produced the video) that he and his team were interested in putting together an interview and a couple of live performance videos. Many, many thanks to Henry and Granite Visions for their support and hard work! And stay tuned: more videos to come!