A lifelong musician with a background in musical theater, early music, and the 1980s Boston indie pop scene, Randall Kromm reinvented himself as a folksinger in 2009 and quickly realized he’d found his musical home. In the years since, he has performed sold-out shows at Club Passim, New England’s premier folk venue, released four CDs, Water Wheel (2011), Holidays and Homecomings (2011), Time Won’t Let Us Stay (2014), and Rough and Polished Stones (2017), and received a multitude of accolades from the music community, including Christine Lavin and Don White. In his live performances, Randall is often joined by his daughters, Emma and Grace, who are talented singers in their own right and have a natural gift for harmony.
Randall’s songwriting focuses on the events of ordinary life, conveying stories of family, love, loss, and the challenges of growing older with insight and wit. In a recent review of Rough and Polished Stones for premier roots publication No Depression, John Apice lauded Randall’s ability to write memorable songs across a variety genres, comparing Randall’s work to that of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt and concluding: “Randall is covering a genre that Tom Waits isn’t, that Leonard Cohen touched upon but never developed, that Buddy Miller and John Prine do but always seem to pour a little vinegar in. Kromm pours no whiskey into his tunes. They are just wholeheartedly the truth – the naked truth.”
This special matinee concert celebrates the release of Randall’s newest CD, Sentimental Season. The CD, released to radio on October 1, contains 12 unforgettable acoustic songs that focus with warmth and humor on the time from Halloween to New Year’s Eve when families gather and traditions are renewed. For this concert, Randall will be joined by Emma and Grace, mandolin virtuoso (and CD producer) Eric Kilburn, and son Matthew Kromm on bass, making his Club Passim debut!
Join us and get in the holiday spirit with an afternoon of beautiful acoustic music celebrating the events that make this truly a sentimental season.