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Common Ground Community Concerts presents The Boxcar Lilies In Concert at Stevens United Methodist Church 8 Shady Lane, South Salem, NY [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ3ezxmI7-g] Americana trio The Boxcar Lilies have quickly made a name for themselves with their standout marriage of superb songwriting and spine-tingling, innovative harmonies. Accompanying themselves on guitar, clawhammer banjo, concert ukulele, electric bass, and washboard, they have brought their uniquely warm sound and energetic stage presence to venues across the Northeast and beyond, including The Birchmere Music Hall, Club Passim, and Philadelphia's Tin Angel. Based in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, The Boxcar Lilies are Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall, and Katie Clarke - three singer-songwriters that met through a local musicians’ cooperative and - despite having different musical backgrounds and tastes - discovered a shared passion for three-part harmony. At the time they met, Clarke was playing bluegrass and traditional country, Marshall was recording contemporary country and rock songs in Nashville, and Goodspeed was writing in the vein of 70s era singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell. Despite their stylistic differences, their singing voices, like their writing voices, combined to make a whole that was somehow greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a sound that has led to a myriad of new opportunities including being selected to perform an official showcase at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, performing for SRO crowds at The Greater New Bedford Summerfest in Massachusetts, and opening for the world-famous bluegrass band The Seldom Scene at the renowned Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA. The Boxcar Lilies began in 2009 when Goodspeed invited Marshall and Clarke to join her for the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist showcase. They knew then they had something special and decided to make it official. Over a few beers at a local tavern, The Boxcar Lilies were wed. They married their love (read: obsession) for great songwriting and sweet harmonies and set out to arrange originals and cover some of their favorite songs by the likes of Fred Eaglesmith, Neil Young, and Gillian Welch. The following summer they recorded their debut CD Heartwood with esteemed producer Dave Chalfant (Erin McKeown, The Nields). Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door
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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 15 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.