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PFS Presents Kirsten Maxwell and Rachael Kilgour

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6156 Ridge Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19128

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PFS Presents Kirsten Maxwell and Rachael Kilgour

Friday, November 22, 2019
Doors 7:30pm | Music 8pm

$8 for Members *While Supplies Last* | $10 Not-Yet-Members | $13 Doors

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About Kirsten

“I once saw Kirsten Maxwell take the stage in a raucous bar. The patrons were there to drink, not listen. She began a delicate ballad, and by the third line, she had them in the palm of her hand. Kirsten is a strikingly special performer.” Paul Shaffer

New York raised, Nashville based singer, songwriter, and artist Kirsten Maxwell, was 5 years old when she made her stage debut. Born into a family of opera singers, Maxwell found her voice early. She performed a number of roles at the Amato Opera in NYC, including the First Spirit in Mozart’s, The Magic Flute. With support and encouragement from her musical parents, Maxwell continued to develop her talents into high school where she embraced musical theater, and took up the guitar. By college, Maxwell was writing songs and laying the foundation for an ever expanding musical career.

The pace of her progress has been measured in songwriting competition wins and a steady graduation to bigger and better stages. Her ability to charm new audiences often ends in standing ovations and an invitation to return. Maxwell’s professionalism and commitment to her craft have awarded her the opportunities to open for rock icon Melissa Etheridge, country star Tanya Tucker, Americana/Rock duo The Bacon Brothers, and renowned comedian Robert Klein. She was also asked to participate in a gala honoring Judy Collins, sharing the stage with such notable artists as Jimmy Webb, Suzanne Vega, Nona Hendrix, and Judy herself. She has since opened for Judy Collins twice. Maxwell has also shared the stage with the great Paul Shaffer, who brings a gorgeous piano accompaniment to her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You.


About Rachael

Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesotan songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC's Lincoln Center, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival.

Married in her early twenties, Kilgour devoted her young adulthood to parenting her stepchild and building family and community. Her work from that time (Self-Titled 2008, Will You Marry Me? 2011, Whistleblower's Manifesto 2013) chronicled her life as a young parent in a same-sex partnership and addressed sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality and religious hypocrisy. Kilgour's music career took a backseat during those years as she lived a slow, home-focused life.
In 2014, divorce brought an unwanted end to her role as a member of the family she had helped to grow. In the aftermath, Kilgour found solace in songwriting. Her third full-length album, Rabbit in the Road (2017), was born out of that time.

Called "...a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others" by Billboard, Rabbit in the Road took an intimate and often painful look at the failed marriage and loss of family. Kilgour's writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Ravelin Magazine observed "this sort of metonymic ability to evoke the whole of someone or the entirety of a feeling is typical of Kilgour's poetic songwriting."
In February of 2019, Kilgour follows up with the release of her new EP, Game Changer. The aptly titled work examines the artist's tentative first steps into a new world, post-heartbreak. With a clear head, Kilgour touches on the complicated nature of romance and relationship, sets up a stunning defense of queer love, and reassesses her priorities as a citizen of a changing wider world.
Recorded in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Studios and produced by Gar Ragland, the EP will be released on NewSong Recordings and features string arrangements by violinist/composer Sara Pajunen.

Here's what music insiders are saying about Rachel Kilgour...

"...a heartfelt slice of master-crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others."
-- Chris Payne, Billboard

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