Antje Duvekot

Antje Duvekot

Fri · October 5, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Parlor Room

$15/Adv, $18/Door

This event is all ages

Antje Duvekot
Antje Duvekot
Antje Duvekot has solidified her reputation as one of Boston's top singer songwriters with "Big Dream Boulevard" her debut studio release and "the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer" and "New Siberia" her follow-up albums. The debut CD was produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group, SOLAS and the project was released on songwriter Ellis Paul's label and quickly attracted international attention for Antje. It was voted "#1 Folk Release of 2006" by the Boston Globe and was named to the "Top10 Releases of the Year" by National Public Radio's, Folk Alley. Her follow up albums "the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer" and "New Siberia" were produced by Richard Shindell and along side with Richard feature other "folk royalty" such as John Gorka, Lucy Kaplancky and Mark Erelli.

"What a blessing to have worked with someone as talented as Antje. With a voice like hers, and songs as good as these, a producer (especially a first-time producer!) just tries to get out of the way, to do no harm, and to let the artist speak for herself." - Richard Shindell

"Duvekot has gotten hotter, faster than any local songwriter in recent memory. Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice. She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community". The Boston Globe

Antje has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the prestigious, Kerrville (TX) "Best New Folk Award" and in one of the nation's top music markets, she won the Boston Music Award for "Outstanding Folk Act", three of the top prizes in the singer songwriter world.

Antje has extensive touring experience, criss-crossing the US and Europe many times. She is a compelling live performer and has been invited to play some of the top festivals including The Newport Folk Festival as well as the Mountain Stage, Philadelphia and Kerrville Festivals. Internationally, she's headlined the The Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark.

In December of 2007, The Bank of America featured Antje's song "Merry Go Round" in a national TV advertising campaign seen by millions, including a Super Bowl audience. Antje's fast growing fan base, the viral spreading of her music and a track record of sold-out shows are a testament to her growing popularity. Neil Dorfsman, the producer of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting says, "When I first heard Antje I knew I was witnessing something very special. She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade and always generate the heat and light that real art should. In an unpoetic and 'in your face' world, she is lyrical and subtle"

In 2010, Antje played the TEDMED conference in san diego (among the unveiling of ozzie osbourne's genome). according to CNN: "Then, this morning, the tone of the conference turned from intellectual to deeply emotional when Antje Duvekot got up with her guitar and sang about her grandmother descent into Alzheimer's disease. Twitter revealed that I wasn't the only one who was holding back tears - Duvekot's song was all too relatable for those of us who have watched loved ones slip away. 'And Anna tries to form a thought / But at the end she's forgotten where she started from / There's something she would like to say / But the words in her head seem to have got away' she sang".
Born in Baltimore, Speace started her creative career in the theater. She studied classical acting in New York City after graduating from Amherst College and then spent a few years with The National Shakespeare Company. She bought a cheap guitar at a pawn shop in the East Village, began putting her poetry to music and with only a handful of songs was appearing at local folk clubs The Sidewalk Cafe, The Bitter End and The Living Room. A demo tape was brought to Judy Collins, who signed her to her own imprint Wildflower Records. He debut “Songs For Bright Street” was released to rave reviews in 2006. She followed it up in 2009 with “The Killer In Me”, recorded with Mitch Easter (REM, the db’s) which had NPR comparing her to a young Lucinda Williams. Judy Collins named her song “The Weight of the World “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard” and it was awarded the #4 Folk Song of the Decade by NYC’s premiere AAA radio station WFUV. In 2009 Speace moved to Nashville, releasing “Land Like A Bird” (2011) on the Thirty Tigers label. In 2013, she received the best reviews of her career with "How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat,” a song cycle inspired by Shakespearean characters, winning 4 stars from Mojo Magazine and a feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered”. Rock critic Dave Marsh, who contributed the album's liner notes, wrote "Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open." Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Memphis Hall of Fame blues artist Sid Selvidge and others.
"There are voices that serve as a bridge from the past to the future and act as soul connectors,and as a people we need them to keep singing. These voices open hearts with this rare, one in a million quality. Amy Speace has such a voice. Just ask the legendarily discerning Judy Collins; she'll tell you.Amy's got it, and then some. She is a timeless artist, a time traveler.Part past, part future. And that’s a good thing, a really good thing."
- Mary Gauthier
Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060