From 6 On The Square:
With in-person concerts on hold for the foreseeable future, 6 On The Square in Oxford will host an online concert featuring folk singer/songwriter Greg Greenway at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.
Originally from Richmond, Va., Greenway moved to Boston for its rich folk music tradition and has become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries. His “In the Name of Love,” a lead-in to the U2 classic, “Pride,” was the #5 song on the Folk DJ list in 2013. It has become a defining piece on his journey to becoming an international artist capable of addressing sensitive topics like race in a way that connects audiences to their humanity while entertaining them at the same time.
He has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices in folk music.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.” Another reviewer perhaps described it best: “A profoundly rich poet and musician. Folk music is too narrow a description.”
Musically, his guitar, piano and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over the map — gospel, rock, blues, jazz and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces its roots to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. It all comes through the singular lens of Greenway’s humanity and affinity for the audience.
Among Greenway’s solo highlights are a show at Carnegie Hall in the New York Singer / Songwriter Festival, which was rebroadcast on NPR’s World Café; an appearance on nationally syndicated Mountain Stage; and a show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoring Phil Ochs. Greenway has been featured on the weekend edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, and his dreams were fulfilled when “Driving in Massachusetts” was played on Car Talk.