MARYLEIGH ROOHAN CD RELEASE PARTY
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 - 8:00 pm, $15.00
Sponsored by WEXT 97.7
With Special Guests Cuddle Magic
Taking time to graduate from college, Roohan was laying low in 2013 except for her secret adventures to record a new album with Jason Brown at JBrown Noise. The time in the studio yielded a new, ten-song album that she plans to release in November of 2013.
Though she's only twenty-two, the experience Roohan has gained since she began performing five years ago explains why she's likened to "a wizened old soul." Her yearlong, weekly residency at a pub in St Andrews, Scotland honed her guitar and vocal skills, and helped build her confidence in exploring other musical ventures. Since graduating from her Scottish residency and moving back to the states, MaryLeigh has played everywhere from intimate cafes, such as the celebrated Caffe Lena, to wild festivals, like Albany's Art on Lark. The diverse stages she's played match the variety of acts with whom she's shared them. Sean Rowe, Theresa Andersson, Paranoid Social Club and Milo Greene are a few of the many.
In 2011, Roohan ventured to The Music Shed in New Orleans to record her debut album, The Docks. The album received wide acclaim in New York's capital region. Beyond securing rotation on both college and public radio stations (WEXT, WEQX, WSPN), The Docks' single "Foolish Girl" was named second to Sean Rowe's "Downwind" in 97.7 WEXT's Top 60 Songs of New York's Capital Region (2012). Buzz from the album generated performing opportunities including Roohan's performances at Albany's largest music festival, LarkFest, and with talented bands such as Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Chic Gamine, and many more. The Docks and her many heartfelt performances reached wide audiences and in 2012 Roohan was named the capital region's "Best Female Singer-Songwriter" by Metroland.
Cuddle Magic is a band and songwriting collective from Brooklyn and Philadelphia that performs lush, playful songs with wide-ranging instrumentation including strings, percussion, vibraphone, trumpet, clarinet, keyboards, guitars, and many voices. Cuddle Magic balances folk timbres with surprising atonal harmonies, pop song-craft with Steve Reich-inspired rhythmic complexity, and direct emotional lyrics with dense wordplay.
Conservatory-trained, yet folk musicians by temperament, the members of Cuddle Magic have collaborated with a diverse range of artists, including Beyonce, the David Wax Museum, Larkin Grimm, Mike & Ruthy (formerly of the Mammals), new music toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen, the progressive string band Joy Kills Sorrow, guitarist and composer Fred Frith, and legendary ?third-stream? pianist Ran Blake. Members of Cuddle Magic can also be seen performing with Railbird, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Baby States, Ronald Reagan, Bird Fly Yellow, Margaret Glaspy, The People?s Champs, Girls Guns and Glory, Lake Street Dive, Petal Shield, Split Red, Yapp!, The Superpowers Horns, and many, many others.
SPONSORED BY WEXT 97.7
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