Natalie Merchant - Woodstock, VT

A Summer Evening With

Natalie Merchant - Woodstock, VT

Sat, Aug 03, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Woodstock Town Hall Theatre

$65

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Natalie Merchant (Woodstock, VT)
Natalie Merchant (Woodstock, VT)
Q magazine has called Natalie Merchant ‘among the most compelling and distinctive voices of the last decade’, while Vogue has said she is ‘one of the most successful and enduring alternative artists to emerge from the Eighties intact and uncompromised’. Her career began in 1981 when, as a college student, she joined the seminal alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs, which signed to Elektra Records in 1984. As lead vocalist, lyricist, and sometimes pianist, Merchant released six critically acclaimed studio albums with the band, including the platinum-certified In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man’s Zoo (1989), Our Time in Eden (1992), and the multi-platinum MTV Unplugged (1993), which became the band’s most successful release as well as one of the best-selling in the Unplugged series. She left the group in 1993, and in 1995 released her multi-platinum solo debut, Tigerlily (which included the hit single ‘Wonder’ that inspired the best-selling novel by RJ Palacio), followed by the platinum Ophelia (1998) and Motherland (2001). In 2003 she independently released an album of traditional and contemporary folk music, The House Carpenter’s Daughter, which also coincided with the birth of her child. For the next seven years she lived quietly in New York’s Hudson Valley devoting herself to family and community, while taking opportunities to collaborate with other musicians and strengthen her commitment to activism and philanthropy.

In 2010, Merchant returned with a thematic double album, Leave Your Sleep, her debut for Nonesuch Records. For this meditation on childhood and mothering Merchant set nineteenth- and twentieth century American and British children’s poetry to music. She also collaborated with award-winning children’s book illustrator Barbara McClintock for a picture book based on the album. In 2014, Nonesuch released Natalie Merchant, her sixth solo album and first of entirely original songs in thirteen years, followed by Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings in 2015, a collection of all-new recordings revisiting her solo debut, Tigerlily, and accompanied by a documentary DVD.

In 2017 Nonesuch Records released The Natalie Merchant Collection, a deluxe 10-CD box set compiled by Merchant, comprising all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades, as well as a new studio set, Butterfly, a disc of rare and previously unreleased tracks, Rarities, and a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history of her solo career. In a five-star review, Mojo described it as ‘Magnificent. This is a definitive and absorbing celebration of an artist with a singular voice and vision.’ The Times proclaimed, ‘A welcome re-evaluation of the folk singer’s impressive catalogue. Listening to Merchant’s calm, authoritative voice as she interprets old folk tunes, sings uplifting pop songs or offers her considered take on current affairs, it seems that she was right all along.’ The New York Times wrote it ‘sums up the quietly remarkable solo career of a songwriter curious about matters of the heart, historical oddities and the search for truth, pondering them all with folky melodies and a luminously melancholy voice.’

During her career, Merchant has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Billy Bragg, Gavin Bryars David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mavis Staples, REM, and Wilco. Merchant remains dedicated to a wide array of social justice and environmental causes. Recently, she spearheaded the making of the protest concert film Dear Governor Cuomo (2013) with New Yorkers Against Fracking, actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, and filmmakers Jon Bowermaster and Alex Gibney, and she directed and produced SHELTER: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence (2014).
Venue Information:
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre
31 The Green
Woodstock, VT, 05091