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Lucy Kaplansky

February 25, 2012

“New York songwriter Lucy Kaplansky is becoming the troubadour laureate of modern city folk.” —The Boston Globe

She started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, Lucy Kaplansky took off for New York City. There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers – Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt and others – where she fit right in. With a beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone’s favorite singing partner, and she often appeared in a duo with Shawn Colvin. The New York Times found it “easy to predict stardom for her.” Lucy harmonized on Colvin’s Grammy-winning Steady On, Nanci Griffith’s Lone Star State of Mind and Little Love Affairs, and four of John Gorka’s albums. She also landed soundtrack credits, singing with Vega on Pretty in Pink and with Griffith on The Firm, and several commercial credits, including “The Heartbeat of America” for Chevrolet. She can also be heard on the Greg Brown tribute album Going Driftless (also featuring Ani DiFranco, Iris Dement, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gillian Welch, Eliza Gilkyson and others). Lucy teamed with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell to form the supergroup Cry Cry Cry, celebrating the amazing revitalization in contemporary songwriting. The resulting album, Cry Cry Cry – given an “A” rating by Entertainment Weekly and hailed by The New Yorker as “a collection of lovely harmonizing and pure emotion” – has been a success in sales and airplay, and the trio’s national tour has introduced Lucy’s luminous voice to a new audience of eager listeners.

DATE                    Saturday, February 25                 

TIME                     8:00 pm

LOCATION             Main Stage