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Spuyten Duyvil Amy Kucharik opens

July 15, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Non-Passim members: $20 Passim members: $18
Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced “SPITE-en DIE+vul”) show for the first time is like “throwing a cherry bomb into a lake” (Rich Warren, WFMT). It wakes you up. Their brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six piece powerhouse brings barn burning energy to venues throughout the East Coast and Midwest.

Riding high on their International Folk Music Awards Album Of The Year nomination, 2016 was a year of great adventures for Spuyten Duyvil from their American Embassy backed tour of Israel featured two headlining sets at the Jacob’s Ladder Festival on the Sea of Galilee to their US dates, the band was playing at house concerts, on big festival stages and every kind of place in between. In addition to many return engagements,they headlines a good amount of events. Past venues of note include Citi Field, The Krannart Center For The Performing Arts, Levitt Pavilions Steel Stacks, Musikfest, Clearwater, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. “Social Music” represents Spuyten Duyvil’s commitment to sharing stages, engaging creatively with friends and strangers and taking tradition off the pedestal into the here and now. Reinventing traditional songs, they honor the folk process and transform the audience from listeners to participants and owners.

In addition to the IFMA nomination, “The Social Music Hour Vol. 1” has received a lot of love on the radio with airplay on over 250 stations worldwide including rotation on SiriusXM’s The Village.Their 2013 CD, “Temptation” made it to #7 on the Folk DJ Chart in it’s first full month out. “I’ll Fly Away” grabbed the #2 song spot. “Temptation” also made it to the top #20 on the Roots Music Report and into the top #30 on the Roots 66 Airplay Chart. Their 2011 release “New Amsterdam” landed on a dozen DJ Top 10 lists and received a nomination for the Alternate Root TV’s “2011 Top American Roots Album”.

Amy Kucharik is a ukulele-slinging singer-songwriter based in Somerville, MA. The 2015 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk winner explores the full range of her instrument’s capabilities as a tool to convey a complex array of subjects and moods. Her music draws from a range of influences including blues, ragtime jazz, folk, pop and country.

Originally from Southern IL, Amy is the daughter of a trombonist and a pianist/choir director. At Southern Illinois University, Amy studied art and creative writing, ultimately earning her MFA in poetry, meanwhile playing horn in the University Wind Ensemble. However, it was after moving to Boston and through a swing dancing friend that Amy first became interested in the ukulele, the instrument that ignited her songwriting. In 2011, Amy began singing and touring with local artist Greg Klyma, and soon thereafter performing her own shows.Amy’s band, Friends (With Benefits), features a revolving assortment of talented musicians who perform regularly in New England. Their 2013 EP, “Dance Crush Blues,” was created as a tribute to their mutual love of the swing and blues dance community. Amy’s full-length debut album, “Cunning Folk,” was released in 2014. “Cunning Folk” was nominated for Red Line Roots Album of the Year in 2014.
In 2015, Amy was a winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville Newfolk competition. Amy toured central Texas with the other five winners, as well as collaborating with them. Amy has also shared bills with Denver, CO-based YouTube ukulele sensation Danielle Ate the Sandwich, as well as Samantha Farrell and Boston Music Award Folk Artist of the Year 2014 Dan Blakeslee. Her song, “Creepy Dead Bug,” co-written with Klyma, was covered by Trout Fishing in America (who NPR call “the Lennon and McCartney of kid’s music”) on their 2013 release, “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.” Amy also performs as a vocalist with the Dan Fox Foxtet swing band, and her own vintage blues band, Tiger Moan.

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July 15, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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