OXFORD, N.Y. – 6 On The Square welcomes the return of singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky to its stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
Kaplansky started out singing in Chicago folk music clubs as a teenager. Then, barely out of high school, she moved to New York City and found a fertile community of songwriters and performers — Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, The Roches and others.
After pulling back from music to become a clinical psychologist, Kaplansky got pulled back into the studio by former duo partner Shawn Colvin, and when tapes of those sessions landed her a contract with Red House Records. Red House released “The Tide” in 1994 to rave reviews, and within six months Kaplansky had returned to touring with her music.
In the 25 years since, she has released eight solo albums and been part of the folk “supergroups” Cry Cry Cry (with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell) and Red Horse (with John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson).
In September 2018, Kaplansky released her latest album, “Everyday Street,” a collection of songs about joy, friendship, family, loss and discovery. It is stripped down and acoustic, with the feel of one of her concerts. The songs were recorded over four days with her longtime collaborator Duke Levine on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandola, National guitar and octave mandolin; and Kaplansky on acoustic guitar, mandolin and piano.
The opening song, “Old Friends,” a duet with Colvin, is a reflection on their friendship and on their times together in the early days of the Greenwich Village folk scene. “Keeping Time,” with Shindell on harmony, is from her vantage point as a mother sharing her neighborhood’s rhythms, albeit from a distance, with the late actor and father of three Philip Seymour Hoffman. “Janie’s Waltz” is about the beauty and grace of an ordinary day.
There are also four cover songs that have been fan favorites from her
shows: Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road,” Nanci Griffith’s “I Wish it Would Rain” and the traditional Scottish song “Loch Lomond.” Finally, there is a re-imagined version of the title song of her first album, “The Tide.”
Kaplansky has appeared on the “CBS Morning Show”; NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered”; “Mountain Stage”; and “West Coast Live.” Her song “Guilty as Sin” was featured in the NBC television show “Ed.”
In addition to her own albums, she can be heard on releases by Bryan Ferry and Nanci Griffith, and on the Greg Brown tribute album “Going Driftless” (also featuring Ani Difranco, Iris Dement, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams and others).
Learn more online at lucykaplansky.com.
Tickets for the March 16 show are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; purchase online or call 607-843-OTS6 (6876) to make a reservation. Doors open one hour before the start of the performance.
While at 6OTS, enjoy the photography of George Holdredge through May 19.
Upcoming at 6OTS in 2019: Matthew Byrne on March 22; Seth Glier on March 30; Brooks Williams on April 6; Ryanhood on April 13; and Chris Trapper on April 26.
Performances are made possible in part by the Harriet Ford Dickenson Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York.
6 On The Square, Inc. is an intimate, not-for-profit, volunteer-based acoustic music and arts venue located at 6 Lafayette Park in downtown Oxford.