Amy Speace with MaryLeigh Roohan

Amy Speace with MaryLeigh Roohan
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Start Date: Feb 26 2016
Location: Old Sloop Coffeehouse, 12 School Street, 7:30pm



Although Amy Speace began her creative career in the theater, acting with The National Shakepeare Company and various other classical repertory theaters, she long ago left behind the stage to pursue music full time. Cutting her teeth playing regular gigs at The Living Room and The Bitter End in NYC, she was discovered by legend Judy Collins in 2005 and signed to Collins’ imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums, ‘Songs For Bright Street’ (2006) and ‘The Killer In Me’ (2009). Judy Collins herself recorded Amy’s song, ‘The Weight of the World,’ calling it ‘one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard.’ NYC’s top AAA station WFUV named that song #4 in DJ John Platt’s Top 10 Songs of the Decade. Appearances followed at Mountain Stage, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and many others. Along the way, she has gained support and praise from such legends as Guy Clark and Nanci Griffith, Ian Hunter and Alejandro Escovedo, seemingly an unlikely combination until you hear Amy’s songs. The Houston Press called her ‘The unconscious cool of Americana’, nodding to the lean poetry of her rootsy folk, an edge possibly learned busking in the subways of NYC, or playing Juliet in parking lot productions of ‘Romeo & Juliet’. But it’s her voice that catches the audience off guard. A crystal clear voice with an emotional catch and a fluttering vibrato that seems grounded in another era yet somehow speaks to this one.

Advance tickets: $12. Service fee: 50 cents per ticket, applied at checkout. Suggested contribution at door: $14, senior: $10, junior: $5, family: $28.