Folk legend ... Live ... Very Live ... on our Stage
om Rush filled our hall tonight with his rich voice, and with a full-house audience of fans from near and far. Tom made clear tonight why he has been able to continue drawing crowds to his performances throughout America for several decades. He complemented his repetoire of melodic thoughtful songs with fascinating stories of their origins and his roots, producing a compelling evening.
om Rush first introduced the world to the songs of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor over twenty five years ago, and has been captivating audiences throughout the country ever since with his ever-romantic, gently rustic folk music. Rush has made his reputation as a soft-spoken, powerful interpreter of traditional songs, and with 16 albums to his credit, he has helped usher in the era of the singer-songwriter.
graduate of Harvard University, Tom Rush played at the Club 47, the Cambridge Coffeehouse that also gave Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Judy Collins their start back in the 1960ís. Rush displayed then, as he does today, an uncanny knack for finding wonderful songs, and writing his own many of which have become classics re-interpreted by new generations. Today, Rush combines his time-tested mix of new and old tunes with thirty years of experience with the recording and publishing industry.
ollowing one of his annual Boston Symphony Hall Christmas shows, the Boston Globe reported that "Rush returned to form quickly, warming the sold-out show with his elastic, laid-back voice, woodsy New Hampshire wit and affecting mix of old and new songs that stirred romantic hearts, set toes tapping under the wine-and-cheese-filled tables, and prompted an ovation befitting royalty when he trouped off after two hours on-stage."
lthough Tom Rush's talents easily fill monumental prestigious halls, he is able to transform smaller venues such as ours to living room closeness. As the Ottawa Citizen reported, "Last evening he brought a warmth and closeness to the theater that few performers are able to achieve well. Itís a knack that comes with experience an ability to turn even the most austere surroundings into a coffee house atmosphere."
oday, Tom Rush has just moved to California from the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His voice has grown even richer and more melodic with training, and his music, like a fine wine, has matured and ripened in the blending of traditional and modern influences. He's doing what he loves, and what audiences love him for: writing and playing ... passionately, tenderly ... knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times.
truly was an evening to remember.
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Opening for Tom Rush tonight were our featured open mike performers:
If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...