Zachariah Hickman: Songs and Strings pt.1
This October, Zachariah Hickman presents Songs and Strings: two nights of intimate performances featuring some of the Northeast’s favorite songwriters, accompanied by newly arranged string quintets. Each night is completely different – and most arrangements will be debuted for the very first time. The string ensemble (two violins, viola, cello, double bass) will include members of the faux-classical ensemble ROSIN. Come on out and see this one-time event!
Tuesday, October 9th features Dennis Brennan, Rose Cousins, Kris Delmhorst, Dietrich Strause & Dave Godowsky.
Wednesday, October 10th features Lori McKenna, Elizabeth and the Catapult, Mark Erelli, Dinty Child & Lauren Balthrop.
If you purchase tickets to both Songs and Strings shows, enter the discount code Songs&Strings at checkout to receive $5 off each ticket!
Zachariah Hickman is known as a bassist, producer and bandleader for such artists as Josh Ritter, Ray LaMontagne, Barnstar!, and many local luminaries. He once spoke to Tom Waits in an elevator, and used to wear a beret non-ironically. This is not his first time performing at Club Passim.
Dennis Brennan was born on the wrong side of the tracks in Marlboro, Massachusetts.
At age 9 he entered show business as Rumplestiltsken in a grammar school play. In 7th grade he performed “Louie Louie” with a local garage band at the Berlin, Ma. Town Hall and quickly evolved into “the lead singer”
That band evolved into “The Paranoids”, his musical outlet throughout his high school years. They opened shows for both The Remains and The Barbarians, garage band legends who are each featured on “Nuggets, original artyfacts from the first psychedelic era” Rhino R2 75486.
Following high school. Brennan’s education continued as lead singer in such well regarded outfits as “The Dirty Rye Band”, The West Side Band”, “The Martells”, and “Push Push”. These bands performed in every bar and dive on the east coast. An education indeed.
In 1992 he formed the Dennis Brennan Band and started his solo career, quickly releasing two critically acclaimed recordings on Upstart Records, a division of Rounder. In 2000 he released “Rule #1” on ESCA Records which resulted in glowing reviews from The New Yorker, The Chicago Sun Times, The Boston Phoenix as well as other publications nationwide. These recordings showcase Brennans ability “to not just tip toes into genres, he strips naked and plunges right in.” Bill Holmes, AMPLIFIER.
A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. She deeply values being part of multiple music communities, and is constantly fueled by collaboration. Cousins’ 2012 album We Have Made A Spark celebrated her Boston community and featured a cast of musicians Cousins had known and played music with for a decade. It won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music and Oprah Magazine. Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy.
Kris Delmhorst has spent the last two decades forging a songwriting career notable for a spirit of exploration and collaboration. Her most recent album, THE WILD (Oct 2017), was co-produced with her husband, fellow songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, and features a band drawn from players they share long history with as bandmates and friends. The album merges Delmhorst’s sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault’s lean aesthetic to deliver a darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs.
Prior to THE WILD, Delmhorst released six full-length records on the respected indie label Signature Sounds, as well as a panoply of EPs, side projects, and collaborations. A wide-ranging, eclectic artist, her recordings have included intimate acoustic sets, rock band renderings, home-recording landscapes collaged from found and unexpected sounds, and works of classic poetry refigured and set to music – not to mention an all-acoustic collection of covers of songs by new-wave masters The Cars. Delmhorst is a constant collaborator and has contributed vocals, cello, and fiddle to the work of fellow songwriters Anais Mitchell, Lori McKenna, Chris Smither, Mary Gauthier, Erin McKeown, Winterpills, Peter Mulvey, Gregory Alan Isakov, Session Americana, and many more.
Delmhorst lives in western Massachusetts with Foucault and their young daughter.
Dietrich Strause’s songs are a mix of timeless melody, literate lyricism, and a “virtuosic command of imagery.” (The Artery, WBUR)
In less than one year, Strause released two albums — How Cruel That Hunger Binds and Dietrich Strause & The Blue Ribbons — proving himself to be one of the most prolific and eclectic writers and performers coming out of New England. His blend of midcentury modern pop and atomic-age folk has drawn comparisons to M. Ward and a young Paul Simon and has garnered him invitations to support folk luminaries such as Anais Mitchell and Sarah Jarosz, to indie pop acts like Great Lake Swimmers and Lake Street Dive. This fall he spent three months living in London and touring extensively throughout the UK & Ireland by train and foot, writing material for his next release.
10 years ago, Godowsky’s debut “All You Love Is Need” was released to praise from the likes of Billboard (“sublime”), Boston Globe (“literate and heartstring-tugging”), Brooklyn Vegan (“brilliant”), and other media outlets that begin with the letter B. His follow-up, 2016’s “Pregret,” expanded into more extravagant pop production, featuring guest vocals from Adam Duritz and Lianne LaHavas. Instead of pursuing a musician’s career however, Godowsky opted for one behind the scenes, doing A&R/Management for bands including Ween, Against Me!, Nathaniel Rateliff, Okkervil River, Cass McCombs, Delta Spirit, and Speedy Ortiz. He has since moved to Boston, where he works with the audio software company iZotope and is developing his third album.