The Linden Tree Coffeehouse’s 38th season continues with two regional singer-songwriters who have been receiving national notice: Massachusetts’ Grace Morrison and Maine’s Connor Garvey. The Saturday, November 5th concert will begin at 7:30 pm in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Wakefield.
Although Grace Morrison spent much of her musical career away from the spotlight, in recent years she has been discovered as a very talented singer-songwriter including a special gig at Nashville’s famous Bluebird. With a new album, Daughter, Morrison establishes herself as a confident, refreshing voice in country-pop. The 12-song collection is certain to find favor with fans of the storytelling and delivery of Jewel and Lisa Loeb, as well as with those who enjoy singing along with Boyz II Men on their car stereo. Morrison displays an ability to embody a number of characters over the course of Daughter, from that of the title track, to loner, to confidant, to partier, to the restless rambler seeking an escape from small-town life, and finally, to mother.
A formidable instrumentalist, Morrison capably handles far more than lead vocal duties, rocking out on electric guitar on the pulsing “Put the Bottle Down,” and playing acoustic throughout the album, as well as contributing background vocals, piano, banjo, and synth. Our audience will hear some songs from her upcoming 2023 CD, “Mostly Modern,” produced in Austin.
Morrison has won a number of prestigious awards including the Grand Prize of the New England Songwriting Competition and the WPRI Rhode Show Big Break contest where her music video was played on the season finale of American Idol. In 2019, Grace was selected to be an Official Showcase performer at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (TN), the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (TX), named a finalist in the Wildflower (TX) Festival performing singer-songwriter contest, and selected to perform in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY). Her sophomore solo album, Reasons, debuted at #2 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Country Airplay Chart.
Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller.
Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparisons to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people.
First-time listeners often are drawn to Garvey’s engaging performance style, accomplished musicianship, and memorable melodies. But his lyrics project a depth and sincerity that allow the observant listener to find meaning beyond the catchy hook. Meanwhile, the intricate production of his albums adds emotional depth and keeps the songs fresh play after play.
This combination of songwriting and performance strength has earned Garvey numerous awards including being named winner of the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, SolarFest, Wildflower Art and Music Festival, and Maine Songwriters Association songwriting competitions, voted as Most Wanted artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, nominated for Best Male Performer in the New England Music Awards, and a top new singer-songwriter by Sirius XM’s The Coffeehouse.
Tickets for those attending are $20, cash or check at the door. Please reserve your seats by calling 781-246-2836. Performers have requested that folks wear masks to protect them as well as volunteers and audience members. Our previous streaming shows are still available for viewing on our YouTube and Facebook pages linked from our home page: www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org
The Linden Tree Coffeehouse operates, in part, with thanks to partial support from Wakefield’s Arts Council of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more reservations and information: 781-246-2836, www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org