Saturday, Oct 15, 2005
Ina May Wool
ntroduced by Charlie Backfish of WUSB, she came upon the stage looking like country in her fringed suede jacket and embroidered skirt ... and then she started her set by belting out her opening number in her powerful voice accompanied by Dan Weiss on guitar. But then she followed with a sweet melodic tune, and she sang another in a breathless low whisper and a breathless high whisper. Ina May Wool demonstrated a broad command of the stage and her versatile instrument. The sharks were in the harbor tonight, and we loved her.
he began singing as a kid back home in Marblehead, Mass. At the age of eight she wrote, directed, and sang the leading role in a school musical about Christopher Columbus (good early experience for the off-Broadway productions she starred in much later) and she played her first paying gig, to the local boy scout troop, at 12.
ow she’s a dyed-in-the-you-know-what New Yorker, and she delivers music that contains a world of experience. Wool has a strong, beautiful, evocative voice. Not a classic "folk" voice, (but then, what is a classic "folk" voice?), it’s not surprising to hear that aside from her solo singer-songwriter career, Wool has done some commercial work, some stage work and a touch of rock and roll.
ust as good as her engaging voice are the songs she and husband Daniel A. Weiss have co-written. "Sometimes the songs just pop out, other times we’ll work for ages on the arrangement. The words are mostly true, a combination of observation and personal experiences, either my own or friends’. I like to tell the audience a story." Whether she’s singing about wasted lives, transforming love, the kind of anger that fuels passion, or the odd celebration of a spent relationship ... Wool threads the needle, stitches the details and embroiders a fine portrait of life at its most complex.
his is an artist who deserves to be noticed, and we were honored to have her in the spotlight on our Hard Luck Café stage.
DIRTY LINEN, Mitch Ritter
John Platt, WFUV
Marilyn Rea Beyer, Music Director, WUMB Radio
TOM NEFF, Grassy Hill Concerts
Link to Ina's website: Listen to her music:
and on the same program
ong Island based Steve Robinson has been singing since he was in grammar school and has a wonderfully expressive voice. He started playing the guitar just out of high school. "My folks bought an old Sears Silvertone guitar with the intention of taking adult music classes. They quit but I picked it up and started playing and haven't stopped yet".
teve is a self-taught guitarist and has developed his own unique finger style. He has recently begun to write his own songs and has quickly developed into an exceptionally strong songwriter.
e also has a great ear for material from other writers. Steve's musical background is an eclectic mix, and you are likely to hear a mix of old rock and roll, new singer/songwriter tunes, Celtic songs, as well as some of Steve's own great originals.
teve Robinson is a real kick to watch in performance; he opened with his Every Minute of the Day, a terrific melodic love song. He followed with a mix of roadhouse blues, traditional folk, covers and his own songs; he comes up with a unique and entertaining blend which showcases his terrific voice and demonstrates that he has the chops. Steve has finished his CD and will have it available 3 weeks from when you read this. We were very proud to have Steve here for his first headliner billing on our Hard Luck Café stage. — You should have been here!
thers have praised him with:
Aural Fix magazine
Our host tonight was Bob Westcott, and our open mike featured performances by:
If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...