Emma June + Izzy Heltai w/ Max Shakun at The Parlor Room
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DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM.
Emma Ayres is an Azorean-American singer-songwriter. She calls what she writes: folk journalism. Like a magpie atop a shimmering nest of 27 years of stories, the cinematic reel of Americana inspired sounds leads the listener through an archive of familial memory, the high lonesome rasp of loves lost and won, and an unshakable political ethos. Like a dog howling at something you can't see but makes you bristle regardless, her music makes you stop… and listen.
Ayres’s passion for storytelling steers the helm of the song—she is releasing the much-awaited EP “Encyclopedia of the Broken-Hearted” in the late fall, recorded at Echo Base Studios and Produced by Nate Mondschein. She is currently working on a folk-opera about the socio-political history of the flooding of the Quabbin Valley titled: “The Water Project,” which will be performed in Spring of 2020.
Emma Ayres plays and sings in Western-Mass based projects EMMA JUNE BAND and OLD FLAME. Ayres’s voice has been compared to Lucinda Williams with the fire of Ani DiFranco and her lyrics call upon her passion for metaphor and mythology.
Izzy Heltai is an indie-folk singer-songwriter who puts a unique twist on traditional story-telling. Based out of Northampton, Massachusetts, Izzy’s songs reference specific images while simultaneously addressing broader universal truths, often inspired by the natural beauty of Western, Massachusetts.
"A voice that is equal parts gruff, sandpapered scratches, unfiltered and open just enough to let the story out and smooth,” says redline roots, Izzy’s songs are unmistakably his own, with a strong emphasis on the nuanced dynamics of his voice. With complex melodies and playful wordplay, Izzy’s work sounds unlike anything you’ve heard before but is still guaranteed to get stuck in your head.
Max Shakun (of Parsonsfield) offers a witty twist on the classic singer/songwriter/indie acoustic set. Unafraid to traverse his effortlessly smooth falsetto, Max will have you both grooving in your seat, and contemplating the more intricate parts of life.
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic St
Northampton, MA, 01060