7 p.m., Sunday March 02
Mark Erelli, award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, will return to the Winter Wind stage on Sunday, March 2, for a 7:00 pm concert in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue. Tickets are $15.
Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his self-titled debut album was released in 1999, the same year that he won the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Award. His next recording, Compass & Companion, then spent ten weeks in the Top Ten on the Americana Chart. Later that year Erelli was nominated for two Boston Music Awards. His career path had quickly and clearly evolved into music.
Erelli now travels his own road that both embodies and challenges our expectations of a singer-songwriter. He has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice. His nine albums, include two 2010 releases: Little Vigils and a collection of murder ballads called Seven Curses. More recently, Erelli is fronting the bluegrass band Barnstar!, releasing C’Mon in 2011. “I don’t know anyone who likes just one type of music,” says Erelli. “There are so many people that would jump at the chance to play music for a living. I’m lucky enough to actually get to do it, and I intend to follow it wherever it leads me.”
It is a journey that has taken Erelli from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival. He maintains a rigorous, international touring schedule, sharing the stage with Dave Alvin, Gillian Welch, John Hiatt and others. His talents have evolved into an additional career as an in-demand multi-instrumentalist sideman. These days, fans are just as likely to find Erelli backing up Lori McKenna at the Grand Ole Opry, or Josh Ritter at London’s Royal Albert Hall, as they are to see a solo acoustic performance at venerable listening rooms like Harvard Square’s Club Passim or the Winter Wind stage in the Norman Depot. Some might see chasing both a timeless lyric and an exquisite lap steel guitar solo as mutually exclusive endeavors, but not Erelli.
Where: Norman Santa Fe Depot
Address: 200 S. Jones