No one writes quite like Antje Duvekot, who was influenced lyrically by the very greats — Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, who are Mt. Rushmore-like figures to her. “Antje is the rare artist who can write about the social and the personal in the same breath,” says folk icon Ellis Paul. “Her voice has a sound of innocence and naivete which makes razor-sharp insights into the human condition.” Adds producer Neil Dorfsman, who has worked with Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting: “She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated mel- ody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade.” And as Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh says, “Antje is the whole package.”
Antje’s path has taken many twists and turns, from Germany to the University of Delaware, then to a short stint in New York City and Vermont, followed by her current residence in Boston. She is often also on the road, stopping at the prestigious Newport Folk and Philadelphia Folk Festivals, the classic radio show “Mountain Stage” and overseas at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark. She has won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the best new folk award at the Kerrville Festival as well as the Boston Music award for “outstanding folk artist”.
Her first album, “Big Dream Boulevard,” was produced by Seamus Egan of Irish-American super- group Solas. Her second, “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer,” was produced by Richard Shindell. And now there’s her latest release “New Siberia.” She says, “‘New Siberia’ is a special album to me because the songs are wiser,” says songwriter Antje Duvekot. “They have an age to them that should resonate with anyone who’s struggled through a difficult period and come out better. There’s something really sweet in being able to look back on a journey like that, from a darker, younger self to a better, older place.”
“I’ve grown and come to a stronger period in my life. I can look back with more optimism than before. I’ve really come far. I think you can only look back when you’re in a stronger place.”
Opening the show is The Sea, The Sea. Borrowing their name from the cry of joy made by ancient Greek Soldiers upon their post-war homecoming, The Sea, The Sea is Mira Stanley from West Virginia and Chuck E. Costa from Connecticut. They meet in the middle with acoustic guitars. Standing next to other contemporary duos like The Weepies, The Civil Wars, The Swell Season, The Sea, The Sea is spare beauty, bravely unadorned. Or as the gifted singer-songwriter Amy Speace said about them “Two voices that blend like smoke and air. Like night and a whisper. Two distinct award-winning songwriters that meet in the mercury, collide and create emotionally spare music. Simple and true.”
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Common Ground Community Concerts
Common Ground Community Concerts is a grassroots music production and event planning organization based in Westchester County NY. For the past 13 years, Common Ground has produced its flagship Common Ground Coffeehouse series, sponsored by (and hosted by) The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, in Hastings-on-Hudson NY.