Last chance for locals to see Reardon live before move to Europe
Hayley Reardon returns to the me&thee Coffeehouse and brings special guest Chris O’Brien to the stage with her on Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
Reardon has been singing her songs on her hometown stage since she was a pre-teen and has impressed fans and music industry insiders with her insightful lyrics and gentle melodies. O'Brien released a couple of celebrated CDs called “Lighthouse” and “Little Red.” He has long been a Boston/Cambridge favorite.
Reardon has wisdom beyond her years and it shows in the complicated emotions inhabiting the lyrics she writes. Performer magazine calls her music ‘brilliantly moving folk/pop with lyrical depth and soul.” American Songwriter describes one of her tunes as “a melancholy little masterpiece.” She has been compared to Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and Tracy Chapman.
This show will be the last opportunity local audiences will have to hear Hayley for quite a while. In early April she is moving to Europe to participate in a 6-month Artist in Residence program based in the town of Dachau, Germany. Dachau is infamously known as home to a concentration camp (it’s hard to even find info on the city when you Google “Dachau”), but the town was once a thriving artist colony. The local government there is shining a light on all the creativity of the past and present, focusing on the arts that live on there, despite the dark aspects of the past.
From her home base in Germany, Hayley will tour Europe. She also plans to conduct a series of recorded interviews with members of the Dachau community and to write a collection of songs using the stories she uncovers. Her latest album, Where I Know You, also tells tales about people she has known and loved. The idea for that album was sparked during a unique tour of intimate spaces and non-traditional venues across the UK in 2017. Reardon explains, “It was just me in a living room or a barn or a backyard, sometimes even without amplification. All I had were these stories of my life and the people who have shaped it – and for the first time that felt like enough.” Reardon has several full-length albums and EPs to her credit.
Ellis Paul calls Chris O’Brien ‘my favorite of the newest class of American troubadours – powerful lyricist, gifted guitarist, charming performer.” Growing up in Amherst, Massachusetts, Chris picked up the guitar at age 14 and soon began writing his own songs. In 2001, Chris joined the renowned Boston music scene /songwriter began playing open mics around the city. He released his first album, Lighthouse, in 2007 and his second album, Little Red, in 2010. Chris changed made a major career shift a few years ago and returned to college, got a law degree and is now a practicing lawyer in Boston. This is a rare appearance and is not to be missed.
Tickets for Hayley Reardon and Chris O’Brien are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Student tickets are $10. Tickets are available online at www.meandthee.org and can be purchased in person at Digital Docs, 157 Elm Street and at Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington Street, both in Marblehead. As at all me & thee events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas. The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the me&thee is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street. It is one of the oldest continually running acoustic listening rooms in New England, and probably the country. It has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website at www.meandthee.org.
Next concert: March 20 – An Evening with Holly Near