Carrie Ferguson

January 2016: Happy New Year!

It's been a while!  I ended up taking a little break from performing these past few months due to a rusty voice induced by some nasty lingering post-cold post-nasal drip!

But, as the winter weather tries to figure itself out  (will all this icey rain and cold, dry wind ever turn into SNOW?), I am emerging and ready for some fun performances coming up solo, with the band, and with Piti Theatre.

On Thursday, Feb 4, 7 pm, I'll be opening for the wonderful singer-songwriter, Jill Sobule  at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA.  Some of you may remember Jill from her hit song "I Kissed a Girl (the original)" in the mid-'90s.  Over a career spanning 2 decades and eight albums, Jill's songs have "mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence and the Christian right".  This is going to be a really FUN show!  If you'd like cheaper tickets, I'm sellin' 'em, so please don't hesitate to email me.

On Saturday March 5, 7 pm, I'm honored to be hosting a co-bill with my buddies the Heather Pierson Trio,  from New Hampshire, over at the Luthier's Coop in Easthampton.  Okay, let me just say this:  These guys are really, really, really GOOD!  Don't miss your chance to see this up and coming band in a room as cozy and intimate as the Luthier's Coop.  Folksey, Jazzy, great harmonies, beautifully played acoustic instruments, great songwriting, they've got it all.  Sweet people, too.  I'll be performing with my band, The Cherry Street Squad.   The Women's Songwriting Collective is also performing later that night.  Seriously, this is going to be a great show!

On Sunday, March 20 at the Memorial Hall in shelburne Falls, I'll be performing with Piti Theatre  in our annual festival:  Syrup, One Sweet Performing Arts Festival.  This year we will debut our play with music "Olde Coleraine" which is about the history of Cloraine, in Western MA.   (Out of all the shows I've done with Piti, I'm particularly fond of the plucky little tunes in this show, co-written by Piti Director Jon Mirin and myself).  Syrup will also feature Puppetkabob, a puppet theatre company from Vermont who will present their production The Snowflake Man, recipient of the Union Internationale de la Marionette's citation of excellence in 2011 - puppetry's highest honor.

And finally, just a word about my "band".  As an independent musician and songwriter, it is a pretty tricky business to maintain a full, consistent band, simply because gigs don't always pay enough for me to pay other folks!  Over the years I've performed solo, as a duo, trio, quartet, quintet, even once with a glorious seven-piece ensemble.  The 6 or 7 amazing musicians I play with are consistent over the long term, but never as a specific combo, so, whenever I have the fortune to be accompanied, I never quite know what to call it.   "The Carrie Ferguson Band" as a catch-all title is too boring.  I like "The Cherry Street Band" (named after the house and studio where myself and several of the folks in my "band" have lived), but again, we're not really a BAND, and I'm the only full-time member.   SO, from now on I've decided that any time I'm playing with 3 or more folks, we'll be "Carrie Ferguson and The Cherry Street Squad"....and you'll just have to show up to see what the combo of the day is!