ONCE Somerville Presents
Fri, May 19, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:45 pm (event ends at 12:30 am)ONCE Ballroom
$30 - $35
This event is 18 and over
Doors @ 7:30pm / Show @ 8:45pm
DINNER 6-10pm info here
18+ / All ages admitted with an adult
$30 advance / $35 day of
Tickets are available for purchase online until 5pm day of show / Walk up tickets are available for purchase at the door day of show after 7:30pmhttps://www.oncesomerville.com/event/1437531/
Singer/songwriters, Heather Nova and Mishka come together for their first tour as a brother-sister duo. In an intimate acoustic setting they play highlights from their respective 20+ year careers as singer/songwriters; trading songs, backing each other up and debuting some original collaborations.
Originating in Bermuda, Mishka and Heather Nova grew up on a 40 foot sail boat built by their father. They sailed extensively throughout the Caribbean, and around the Atlantic Ocean. A lot of time on the boat was spent reading or listening to their parents eclectic record collection which their mother had transferred to tape cassettes before moving onto the boat. So music took on a very influential and meaningful role in their lives.
Heather started out in London, putting a band together and getting signed in the early 90s. Her breakthrough album came in 1994 with the critically acclaimed “Oyster”, followed by the popular “Siren”. (Many will remember her hit “London Rain” featured heavily on Dawson’s Creek.) In total she has released 9 studio albums all of them charting in Europe where she has been based for much of her career.
Mishka’s first single “Give you all the Love” went top 40 in the UK and he has followed that with 6 more successful albums many of which have hit number 1 in the reggae charts in America. They both tour extensively throughout the world, occasionally making a guest appearance on each other’s shows.
Mishka opened shows for Heather on a recent European tour, joining her every night for the encore.
“We really enjoyed traveling together, and the response from the audience when we sang together on a few songs was fantastic, so we thought it would be great to collaborate further. We decided to put a few dates together to see how it goes. Our styles and voices are quite different, but there is of course a familial common thread, and the shared musical influences of our childhood. So singing together always feels natural and we each bring something different to the other’s songs.”.
They have also recently started writing some songs together. Although Mishka now lives in Hawaii and Heather lives in their native Bermuda, they made the best of recent visits to their respective homes to work on new collaborative material.
6 Dates are planned for East Coast USA-
With 16 years of touring and recording under his belt, Mishka has seen many aspects of the music industry. From London to Hollywood, he has been on both major and independent labels, and his songs have been featured on sound tracks in films and t.v. all over the globe. Now fully independent, he continues to write and record, releasing titles on his own Mishka Music label."
Mishka has released five full length Albums to date including the eponymous Mishka in 1999, One Tree in 2005, Above the Bones in 2009, Talk About in 2010, The Journey in 2013, and EP’s Anything Anytime Anywhere in 2012 Ocean Is My Potion in 2013 all of which have received critical acclaim around the world. In
2009 Mishka released a special digital only collection of acoustic songs entitled Guy With a Guitar which iTunes named the Best Singer Songwriter Collection of the Year. "
Mishka’s 6th studio Album Roots Fidelity is due to release September 18th. It was recorded and mixed with a stylistic approach of ’70’s dub/ reggae. It was recorded and produced by Mishka and his cousin Alec in Maui Hawaii, and mixed in the UK by the genius recording engineer Prince Fatty. It features one tune with collaborative vocals by the Legendary Horseman, and many tunes with backing vocals by famous UK reggae singer Earl 16."
Mishka, has performed with a wide cross-section of top acts including, Dirty Heads, Michael Franti, Matisyahu, John Brown's Body, Burning Spear, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Luciano, Sly and Robbie, The Roots, The Cat Empire, Gregory Isaacs, Donovan
Frankenreiter, Anuhea, Paula Fuga, Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown & many more."
Mishka’s releases have charted around the globe including three releases reaching the #1 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Reggae chart. Mishka continues to tour extensively both solo and with his band playing clubs, theaters, and festivals all over America, Canada, Europe, Hawaii, and Japan.
To bravely face an uncertain future, the young artist went to France where she knew no one. Alone with a rented acoustic guitar, she faced her fears and embraced her musical gifts. Kate now comes forth with the aptly titled, Heroine, produced by two-time Grammy Award winning producer Stewart Lerman. It is a poetic and boldly vulnerable singer-songwriter album that conjures the elegance of the American countryside.
“That was a challenging time,” says the New York City-based artist, recalling her getaway. “I felt worn down. I thought, maybe spending time alone and away with the guitar would help me fall in love with music, and it did. That was the moment where I decided to define music in my life as my only career focus.”
Thankfully, this fateful time fortified her love of music and Kate’s belief in her talents. Her aesthetic encompasses Americana traditions such as folk, bluegrass, and country, as well as the reflective and literate traditions of contemporary and classic singer-songwriters. Her influences include Stevie Nicks, Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan, America, Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Simon & Garfunkel, and Gillian Welch, among others. Core to her music is a personal approach to lyric writing with broadly resonate messages, and a musicality that reflects the rural beauty of her time growing up on her parent’s farm in Frenchtown, New Jersey, a quaint artist town bordering the Delaware River.
Back on her parent’s farm, Kate spent a lot of time locked inside her own imagination, making up stories amidst bucolic surroundings. She explored music in performance and application through church choir, chamber choir, and women’s choir, and later studied formally at Belmont University in Nashville.
Kate’s artistic trajectory grew organically from a series of almost random epiphanies. A treasure of classic rock records hidden in the attic of her house became an object of intense fascination for the teenaged Kate. Her uncle—a ride or die Harley man who attended Woodstock—stoked the fire with his own eccentric lifestyle and knowledge of prime 1960s and 1970s rock n’ roll. On her own she explored rootsy artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Emmylou Harris, and the band America. And, later, while at Belmont, Kate soaked up the pure folk, country, and bluegrass wafting forth from the air of Music City.
The title of Kate’s nine-song album, Heroine, is inspired by the Nora Ephron quote “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” It reflects the empowerment and courageous introspection inherent in Kate’s lyrics. It also reflects Kate’s own path to becoming an independent woman.
Heroine is both rustic and refined, replete with lonesome pedal steel guitar, moony atmospherics, and back porch Americana. The songs simmer with slow burn dynamics, understated grooves, and soaring hooks. Throughout the album, Kate’s vocals exhibit a fragile power—they’re filled with longing, soaring emotionality, and a quaint soulful melancholy that’s both stirring and comforting.
The album’s leadoff single “The Storm” is intimately spare and emotionally immediate. Kate’s vocals have a spectral sorrowfulness. Here, it’s as if she’s beamed from the aftermath of painful breakup, and recounting the ill-fated tail. “That song is about being hopelessly in love with someone, but coming to your senses after a huge blowout and just being done,” she reveals. There is a weary beauty surrounding the album’s title track. The song’s sweet melancholy coats your soul like medicine for broken heart. Kate adds some playfulness to the album with the country ballad “Whiskey Eyes.” On this song, big brown beautiful eyes sweep a lover away because they remind her of whiskey.
Stewart Lerman, who has worked with Willie Nelson, Sharon Van Etten, Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Patti Smith, Antony and the Johnsons, produced Heroine at Hobo Sound. The musicians playing on the record are world-class players who have worked with such venerated artists Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, My Morning Jacket, Brandi Carlile, Lana Del Ray, and the Eagles, among others.
Up next, Kate will begin gigging to support her LP and to embrace this new era as an assured artist. “It’s been a very long journey to make this record,” reflects Kate. “There have been a lot of ups and downs, but I’ve learned to be patient and to persevere. Now, I’m ready to run out of the gate with this album.
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