Opening for MARIA MULDAUR!

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BIG NEWS!

I am thrilled to announce that on Thursday, September 22 at the beautiful Spire Center for the Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA, I will be opening for none other than MARIA MULDAUR! Woohoo!

Following the runaway success of her 1974 hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” Muldaur’s 50-year career could best be described as “a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music.” Needless to say, this is quite an honor — I grew up listening to her, and can’t believe that after all these years I will be opening up one of her concerts. What a trip! Click here to reserve tickets – they’re going quickly!

SONGS FOR THE ANGELS on September 10!

PAARI Concert Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Harness the Wind to Escape the Land: Concert Aboard the Schooner Adventure

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On a sultry summer evening, a hot breeze blows off the land over the cool Atlantic, bringing with it the cries of seagulls and the smells of an industrious downtown. It’s just before 5pm, and already the streets are jammed with workers eager to make an early return home after a long day. I pull around the generous bend of Harbor Loop, catching blue sliver glimpses of the harbor between buildings and street lamps, and park beside the entrance to Maritime Gloucester. The enormous masts of the mighty Schooner Adventure, now moored peacefully at her pier, peek out over the rooftop. The pennant bearing the ship’s namesake flutters in the wind from the highest mast, its swallowtail playful and proud. Fair winds, and warm — perfect for a sunset sail.

The breeze stiffens as the sun begins to set, and by the time all are aboard it’s strong enough to justify a delicate maneuver: departing from the dock under sail, with no help from the motor. The crew hauls the golden sails partway up and they billow and swell as the ship bows elegantly and silently away from her slip. She moves so gently, as if she is embarrassed by her own beauty. A real lady.

Once we’re safely away from the pier and in the middle of the deep harbor — fittingly deemed “Le beau port” by Samuel de Champlain centuries ago — I fall in line to finish raising the sails. Keeping the rhythm set by the crew, we lean and pull, sigh and shout, as the thick, coarse lines give our smooth “city folk” palms a run for their money. “Hey, aren’t you a guitar player? You should be watching those hands!” someone calls to me over their shoulder. I smile and shrug, proud of what little calluses I do have on the tips of my fingers, and oddly relishing the tingle of my now-pink palms. It’s a satisfying kind of suffering, to burn your palms hauling a line: comparable to that good kind of sore after a long run, but somehow more immediate, more fundamental. You’ve got to harness the wind to escape the land.

Today the wind proves itself to be quite the stallion, filling the sails with the joyous bluster of newly discovered strength. Adventure lays back, leisurely, leaning her dark shoulders into the ocean. We pick up speed as we pass the dog bar (breakwater) at the edge of the harbor. The blunt knockabout bow heads south towards Boston; the wind picks up and the ship leans further in, her decks tilting at a sharp angle, the lines beating out an exuberant battle cry against the sails’ taut canvas. The wind increases steadily, as does the frenzy of the singing lines and the heartbeats of all souls aboard. Though she reaches a thrilling speed of just over 10 knots, Adventure is just as graceful flying through the open water as she was in her delicate departure from the dock. Her new rigging relishes the wild wind, and shamelessly sings its praises; her wise old hull, cracked many a time by ice and sea and salt and heat and caulked by generations of seaman’s worn hands, silently drinks in the glory of the ship’s rebirth.

Built in Essex, MA in 1926, Adventure was the last dory fishing schooner left in the Atlantic when she retired in 1953. She was the biggest moneymaker of all time, a “highliner,” having brought in nearly $4 million of cod and haddock throughout her illustrious career as a fishing vessel. She spent the next 34 years windjamming off the coast of Maine, and her speed and elegance earned her the title “Queen of the Windjammers.” Then, in 1988, Captain Jim Sharp (who had owned Adventure since 1965) donated her to the people of Gloucester (her home port) and to Adventure, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is threefold: to restore & preserve Adventure in perpetuity; to use her as a research and educational resource; and to sail her as a symbol of Gloucester’s rich maritime heritage. This marks the second full summer Adventure has been back in the water after 20-odd years spent on dry land for renovations. The joy of her resurrection is tangible in the singing lines, the swooping sails, and in the shining faces of captain, crew, and passengers alike.

As we approach Salem harbor, we come about in a broad, smooth arc. The boom swings effortlessly across the deck, and the sails billow and shake for only a brief moment as they find the wind. The Captain catches my eye from his post at the wheel and I pull out my guitar, settling down on a bench, looking towards the bow. Although the wind has died down since the jubilant departure from the harbor, I still have to brace myself (and my mic stand) with one foot steady on the deck, leaning into the weathered boards to keep my balance as I begin to play. At this moment I am particularly grateful for my coastal upbringing, and for my sea legs, without which both I and my precious guitar would probably have ended up overboard.

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I play and sing for an hour or so, and the setting throws into sharp relief the fact that I grew up here, that this place and these waters are inextricable from myself and my songs. The sea, the horizon, the rocks, the wind — and the idea of a safe harbor solidified through longing from afar — these things often find their way into my songs and lyrics. These themes are all too familiar to the fishing families of Cape Ann, and have seeped into the island’s culture so that even first generation locals like myself can perceive and appreciate them. My voyages away from home have not been by sea, but they have been far, and frequent. I can understand, at least on the surface, the concept of feeling at home while on the road (or on the water), in flux — the apparent contradiction between the happiness and freedom of travel, and nostalgia for the fixed place in the world that formed you — and I wrestle with this through my music. And as I play, an eerie familiarity settles over me, as if Adventure already knows these songs — she’s heard it all before.

Breathing the salt air and singing into the sunset, it really feels like we are in another world — as if Adventure is floating freely in a summer snow globe filled with flecks of gold instead of snowflakes. We are untouchable here, with nothing but wind and song and sea to fill our hearts. We lounge on the decks alongside ghosts of sailors past, whose feet wore down the boards, whose heads rested below in the fo’c’s’le, whose voices echoed over calm seas or disappeared into furious winds, and we join them in awe and humility before the benevolent, endless, wild sea. And with a reverence far deeper than our own — hard-earned over a 90-year love affair with the Atlantic — Adventure bows and sighs, her hull kissing the wavelets, her sails blushing at their own beauty.


Marina will be performing aboard Adventure with Bernardo Baglioni while the ship is docked in Gloucester harbor on Friday, August 12 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 / $15 members; for more info, to learn about the ship, and to purchase tickets, visit schooner-adventure.org

Photos: first photo taken & edited by Marina; second photo taken by Peter Souza & edited by Marina

 

 

 

 

 

Homeward Bound: Stateside Summer Shows

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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!

 

Back in the Studio for New Album “Tide and Stars”!

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Big news, everybody: I’m back in the studio again working on a brand new original album entitled Tide and Stars! As with my two most recent records, Unbound and The Tuscan Sessions, I am working with Italian producer (and my husband & musical partner, incidentally) Bernardo Baglioni. Unlike our past two records — both recorded here in Italy, with our Italian band — this time we’ll be recording with a mix of Italian and American musicians, and we’ll be doing so on both sides of the pond.

We hit the studio this week in Florence, Italy with Florentine drummer Donald Renda (pictured above), who is also featured on both Unbound and The Tuscan Sessions. And as usual, he nailed it! Next up are the basses, followed by guitars, mandolins, and possibly dobro & banjo — and finally, we’ll wrap things up with the vocal tracks.

This record takes a decidedly more acoustic, folk/americana turn than my last two projects, and I’m looking forward to realizing these songs in a more pared-down context. The songs are direct, to the point, and hark back to traditional song forms & structures. It’s raw, it’s true, and it’s me — so it’s thrilling, and more than a little scary, to bring this music to life and to share it with the world. That said — I can’t wait! Stay tuned for more news & updates as the project moves forward. Onwards!

Press: Feature Article in The Florentine!

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I am thrilled to be featured this month in The Florentine, Florence’s premier English language news publication! With distribution of over 10,000 copies in print and online, throughout Tuscany and across the pond in New York City, this magazine is read by expats and lovers of beautiful Florence the world over. It is quite an honor to be featured on these pages! Thank you, the Florentine and to writer & editor Mary Gray!

The article tells the story of my love affair with this stunning and historic city. The above photo was taken back in 2008, when I was studying in Firenze during my junior year in college. As I sat on that rooftop terrace, humming and picking out some of my very first songs, I never could have imagined that the rambling, musical path I had started on would lead me back here — but I am sure glad it did! The bicontinental life of a troubadour has blessed me with 3 EPs, a full album (and another one on the way), countless concerts across the continents, and last but certainly not least – the man I am proud to call my husband & musical partner, Bernardo Baglioni. Click here to read the full article & get all the details!

PDF: The Florentine – Marina Evans (June 2016)

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!

https://www.facebook.com/collinspubfirenze

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/

Singing for Pathways: Volunteer Appreciation

Over the past few years, Marina has been volunteering at Pathways for Children, a local non-profit organization providing care, support, and services to children & families in need. Visiting a few times per week, Marina has worked with the kids at Pathways in music & movement classes. “I was very fortunate growing up to have lots of exposure to music, starting at a young age,” she says, “and I wanted to give these kids a chance to have that special kind of creativity and freedom of expression that comes with music and dance.”

Marina is honored to have been invited to speak and perform at Pathways’ annual Volunteer & Donor Appreciation event, held this year in Gloucester, MA. “When they asked me to perform, I thought, what better song to express the unique strength & character of the hardworking, dedicated people who built this organization, than my own love song to Cape Ann? Music and community, a sense of place and a sense of meaning, are all closely tied — and this song expresses that better than any words could (I hope!).”

Click below & watch Marina’s live performance of her original piece “Cape Ann Song.” Lyrics are posted below. Many thanks to Gloucester’s illustrious Mayor Sefatia for the video!

 

Cape Ann Song, by Marina Evans

In a little town at the end of the earth

Full of scent and sound of the water

Hangs a history, deep and oh so long

Wild as the sea and pretty as her songs

 

This is more than an island

More than sea and shore, more than tide and wind

 

The harbor birds are crying, swooping low and fast

O’er fishermen arriving, hulls heavy with their catch

From a granite ledge with panoramic view

The painter tilts his head to glimpse that golden blue

From salty saloons to the riverside

Poets sway and singers swoon, drunk on love of light

 

This is more than an island

More than sea and shore, more than tide and wind

You see it in silver scales shining in the sun

In spindrift and great white sails

Mysteries and tall tales…

 

Generations, living and breathing the ocean, the ocean

Four hundred years of devotion, devotion

Oh a legacy that can’t be sold

Oh and we — we can’t let go

 

Now it’s in our hands, in our hearts and minds

To live and love this land

By the sea defined

By the sea defined

Live in Italia!

 

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Back in Italy! I’m excited to return to the continent and kick things off with a concert at Ex Cinema Aurora, an independent folk venue in Livorno, Italy. As its name indicates, this abandoned cinema has been recently converted to a funky concert space. Relics of old Hollywood, including enormous old cameras, stage lights, and film reels dot the walls. And the acoustics are incredible!

I’ll be joined by my husband, producer, and killer guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bernardo Baglioni as we perform an intimate, all-original set. We are looking forward to debuting some brand new music — some of which I *just* finished on the plane on my way to Europe! — that will make its way onto my 2016 album, Tide & Stars. Free entry. Spero di vedervi, amici italiani – mi mancate, e non vedo l’ora di condividere qualche pezzo nuovo con voi!

 

Solo Show at the Union Coffee Company!

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Photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando

My last stateside show on the books for… many months! I am headed back to Europe in just a few short weeks, and so am looking forward to my last solo acoustic show at the Union Coffee Company up in Milford, NH. A small, intimate venue, the Union Coffee Co. hosts the New Hampshire Acoustic Songwriter Series, which features singer/songwriters from across New England and Canada. And I’m excited to kick off the 2016 concert series this Sunday, January 31! The show starts around 11am and will run until 12:30 or so. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased online in advance (recommended!) — to do so, just click here. Hope to see some of you before I hop the pond!

What: New Hampshire Acoustic Songwriter Series Presents: Marina Evans
When: Sunday, January 31 at 11am
Where: The Union Coffee Company, 42 South Street, Milford, NH
Tickets: $10; click here to purchase