Emily Elbert, Not My Sister, Francesca Blanchard

Emily Elbert

Not My Sister

Francesca Blanchard

Wed · November 7, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Parlor Room

$12/Adv, $15/Door

This event is all ages

Emily Elbert
Emily Elbert
Emily Elbert weaves together a blend of groove-laden soul and introspective folk music. With a global, D.I.Y. spirit, she has carried her music around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows in thirty countries, from Peru to Palestine. Anchored by what L.A. Weekly calls "sly words in artful arrangements,” the publication notes, "Elbert would be considered remarkable just for her guitar playing, which segues from hard-edged funk and blues to more gently subtle jazz intricacy. But she’s an equally adept vocalist, weaving her soulful phrasing nimbly within the rhythms of her guitar chords.” Following her work with Esperanza Spalding, Dweezil Zappa, and Mike Gordon (Phish), Emily returns to her solo work with a humanitarian message at the forefront. Her fifth album, the social-justice focused “We Who Believe in Freedom," was released in October 2018.
Not My Sister
Not My Sister
The front women of Upstate.
Francesca Blanchard
Francesca Blanchard
Francesca recalls her Mediterranean childhood as one of bare feet on terra cotta tiles, fuchsia sunsets, fresh mistral breezes, the aroma of lavender and evening cricket choirs. La vie douce (“the sweet life”) aptly describes the rhythm and rhyme of those early years, where extended sojourns to a family cabin in the Alps further nourished a love of wild, open spaces and the solitary peace of simple living in the heart of a family that was anything but conventional.

Raised by the voices of Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy, Françoise Hardy and Nora Jones (among others), Francesca has always felt a strong connection to deeply intimate female vocals, ("the ones that speak for themselves", as Blanchard puts it). Notable performances include opening for Suzanne Vega, Joan Armatrading and Yuna, along with performing at Les FrancoFolies de Montréal and the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Following her 2011 six-track EP, Blanchard released an extended EP in 2014 with three additional demo tracks. She recorded her first full-length album of original songs (six in English, six in French) in the summer of 2014.

Pouring her heart into delicate melodies written for the acoustic guitar, Blanchard’s debut album deux visions was released on October 2, 2015. It was produced by Chris Velan (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars), mixed by acclaimed Montreal producer Jean Massicotte (Lhasa, Patrick Watson, Arthur H, Jorane) and mastered at the prestigious Metropolis Studios in London. The album reflects Francesca’s travels, both physical and emotional, with influences ranging from Norah Jones and Carla Bruni to Eva Cassidy and Françoise Hardy.
Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060