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
…”

Female Performer of the Year @ N.E. Music Awards!

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BIG news to start off 2015: Marina has been nominated for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards!

According to their website, “The goal of NEMA is to recognize and celebrate some of the area’s best musical achievements.” The NEMA nominating committee, consisting of music journalists, radio personalities, talent buyers, and record label executives hailing from all six New England states, has selected just 120 acts out of a pool of over 4,000 submissions. Needless to say, this is quite an honor — and Marina is thrilled!

Now, she needs YOUR support — because winners will be selected by public vote. The polls are NOW OPEN, so please click the link below and vote, vote, vote! And please, feel free to share this with your friends & family on social media. Every little bit helps!

Click here to VOTE for the New England Music Awards!

The awards ceremony will be held on April 18, 2015 at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA at 7pm. And Marina will be among the performers during the ceremony! Tickets are going fast, so click here to reserve yours. This promises to be an incredible show of New England’s best musicians. Don’t miss it!

 

North Shore Health Project Benefit Concert

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the North Shore Health Project, a leading agency for HIV and HCV support in Massachusetts, Rockport Music has put together a benefit concert at its gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center on October 17, 2014. And I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Cape Ann singer-songwriters Allen Estes, Fly Amero, Brian Alex, myself, and other special guests will open up the show with an in-the-round set of original music. Our set will then be followed by renowned folk songstresses Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, whose gorgeous voices, melodies, and lyrics are not to be missed!

Proceeds from the concert will support the ongoing mission of the North Shore Health Project. To get your tickets and to learn more about the concert, click here; to learn more about the North Shore Health Project, click here. We hope you will join us, for great original music and more importantly, for a great cause!

 

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

 

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!

New Bedford Folk Festival

NBFF 2014 logoI am so excited to return this year to the New Bedford Folk Festival in New Bedford, MA! On July 5 and 6, the beautiful historic downtown of New Bedford will host arts, crafts, and world renowned folk music on multiple stages. Featuring such folk legends as John Gorka, Chris Smither, Jonathan Edwards, and many, many (!) more, it is truly an honor to be a part of this festival.

One of my favorite aspects of performing at NBFF is the workshop component: in addition to performing two solo sets during the fest, performers also join forces into panels of 3 or 4 artists who trade songs on common themes. It’s so inspiring to sit alongside seasoned, talented performers and explore an idea, together, in song. I can’t say I’ve experienced anything quite like it! This year, the themes of my two workshops are: “Love Songs: For Better or for Worse” (featuring Cliff Eberhart, Craig Bickhardt, and Jeff Warner), and “Play the Chords of Fame: Songs to Think About” (featuring Bob Franke, Hayley Reardon, and Bill Harley).

Visit the NBFF website to get a full program, buy tickets, order a t-shirt, and more. But hurry — tickets (and the tees, I just found out) are going FAST!

Solo Acoustic in Vermont

This week, I am headed north to the beautiful city of Burlington, VT to play a few shows at the Radio Bean Coffeehouse, The Skinny Pancake, and live on the air at 105.9FM! This is a new city for me – I’ve passed through, but never performed here – so I am really looking forward to seeing the sights, trying out a few new venues, and meeting new friends! Anyone in Vermont: please spread the word! And out of towners: not to fear, you can tune in to Wednesday night’s radio show at 105.9 FM or stream it LIVE online by clicking here.

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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!

Tuscany Tour 2014

After a long Stateside hiatus, I am thrilled to be back in beautiful Italia to debut my new album in the very land in which she was born! I will be playing several dates in acoustic duo with brilliant guitarist and Unbound producer Bernardo Baglioni; we’ve also put together a show on January 22 at one of Florence’s newest rock clubs, Jailhouse, and will be featuring a full 5-piece band (yup – the guys on the record: Leonardo Baggiani (bass), Donald Renda (drums), and Lele Fontana (keys)), as well as several special guests on viola (Paolo Clementi), guitar (Matteo Urro), and percussion (Derek James Mattuchio). This is shaping up to be a GREAT show with super talented musicians, and I am really looking forward to it! So all you ex-pats (I know there are plenty of ya!) and allayouse Florentines, come rock out with us!

Music for the holidays!

It’s time to admit it: the holidays are upon us. Although the media may have us believe otherwise, a unique and thoughtful gift does not, in fact, have to be made in China and bought at a superstore. Can you believe it?!

Give the gift of music!

For the listener: It just so happens that CDs make great stocking stuffers — and I’ve got plenty in stock! From now until December 14, order a CD (or two, or three…) or a t-shirt through my website and get a 15% discount on your order (shipping & handling excluded)! It’s simple: just click here and scroll down to fill in the Contact form. In your message, please include:

I’ll respond to your inquiry with your subtotal and payment details. Easy enough, no? And you don’t even have to leave the house!

Of course, if you *want* to leave the house, shop local! My CDs are also available at local Gloucester retailers Mystery Train and Gloucester Music.

Surprise friends and family with the unique gift of original music — I promise, they won’t be disappointed!

For the performer: give the gift of music lessons! I just started teaching folk guitar and voice lessons at the SoulCove Center for the Arts in Manchester, MA. I am so excited to join the team of talented faculty members! In addition to folk guitar and voice, we also offer lessons in flute, percussion, jazz/rock guitar, and violin. SoulCove has integrated wellness into their mission and curriculum, so students can also take master classes in Alexander Technique, yoga, and more.

To learn more about SoulCove and to meet the faculty, please join us at our opening gala on Friday, December 6th! We will have a meet-and-greet from 5-7:30pm, followed by a concert in our beautiful performance space at 8pm. Special 10% discount on the first semester of lessons for those who attend and sign up at the gala!