October 1, 2011



Songs with simple truths - a master of chiaroscuro - a pure voice


It's the stuff of folk music legend how Tracy Grammer met Dave Carter at a songwriters' showcase shortly after she moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996. The chemistry between them was immediate and intense; by 1997 they were touring together, and a year later they recorded their first album, titled after Dave's hauntingly prescient When I Go. Two years later, Tanglewood Tree was the most-played album on folk radio for the year 2000, and they were one of the hottest acts on the circuit.

"If the voice of modern folk is changing – it is going to sound a lot like Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer," proclaimed a music writer for The Boston Globe. "In any rational universe, Carter & Grammer would be spoken of in the same terms of Bob Dylan and John Lennon ... their recording is that good,” asserted a writer for Dirty Linen.

The Grammer-Carter partnership was cut short, however, by Dave's tragic death from a massive heart attack in July 2002. He died in Tracy's arms, just three weeks shy of his 50th birthday. A few days earlier, the duo had performed at Huntington’s Heckscher Park in a concert co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington.

Just days after Carter passed away, Grammer foretold her musical future in a letter she posted on their web site: "We need to keep this music alive, it was always my mission that the world hear and know the poetry and vision and wonderful mystical magic of David Carter. This path is broad and long; I hope you will stay the course with me."

In the years since, Tracy Grammer has continued to tour internationally and has been a staple at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Her solo debut, Flower of Avalon, was the most-played album on folk radio in 2005. The following year, she released Seven Is The Number, the last full-length Dave & Tracy CD. Her next release will include more duo recordings – several never performed publicly – that she discovered among a dusty box of tapes in her basement last summer.

With her warm and emotive voice, guitars and her signature fiddle, Tracy Grammer is keeping Dave Carter’s music alive while sprinkling a few traditional tunes and some of her own into her performances.

  Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:

John Taylor
Arthur Davies
Rod & Gary
Estelle Henrich
Lois Morton
Ira Perlman
Jesse Oelbaum
Annie Mark

If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of this century ...