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Bill Morrissey at One Longfellow Square
Bill Morrissey at One Longfellow Square

Bill Morrissey at One Longfellow Square

Saturday, June 25, 2011   8:00 PM

Bill Morrissey's astute lyrical gifts and graceful, understated melodies have put him on festival stages across the world; into theatres, concert halls, and coffeehouses, and have earned him two Grammy nominations. 
($15 adv/$18 door, 8pm) 
Sorcha opens!


Bill Morrissey has created as impressive a body of work as any songwriter today, a collection of finely-honed songs that match his economy of lyric and melody with a writer’s gift for storytelling. His empathetic knack for capturing the harshness and small sadness of the characters in his songs is tempered by his wry sense of humor, such that many of his songs leave the listener with a smile. Over the course of his long career, two of Bill Morrissey's ten albums have received Grammy nominations and several have earned 4-star reviews in Rolling Stone as well as equal accolades in nearly every other major national publication. Stephen Holden, for the New York Times, wrote, "Mr. Morrissey's songs have the force of poetry...a terseness, precision of detail and a tone of laconic understatement that relate his lyrics to the fiction of writers like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford." It is not surprising that he is also the author of the novel "Edson" (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf 1996) and the recently completed "Imaginary Runner."

Raised by a family of musicians in rural coastal Maine, Sorcha has performed in clubs, cafes, and festivals throughout New England and beyond - including Portland Maine's Old Port Festival, Newmarket NH’s Stone Church, Boston's Club Passim and Lizard Lounge, NYC's Banjo Jim’s, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs - and on the streets of Nashville. She has recorded and performed with Jordan Messan Benissan’s West African drumming ensemble and currently tours around New England solo, duo, and with Ramblin’ Red Portland Maine-based folk-bluegrass quartet of unrivaled harmonies and serious soul.



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