More fun than we meant to have! Vance took us on a ride with beautiful and hilarious turns and left us feeling ready for a new year. His own "Unfamiliar Moon" and his cover of "Round Midnight" were highlights of the evening. Thanks all for a remarkable evening.
The buzz started spreading around Boston folk clubs in the early 1990's...some ex-multicultural arts teacher/jazz singer was knocking 'em dead at open mikes. It wasn't long before the folk scene of New York City and the rest of the Northeastern United States was aware of Vance Gilbert. Shawn Colvin caught wind of his talent and invited him along for her Fat City tour as opening act. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reviewed one of those shows and wrote, "With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener."
Gilbert's recording career started under the Rounder/Philo label in 1994 with the release of Edgewise in 1994. Fugitives and the celebrated Shaking Off Gravity followed in 1995 and 1998. In 2000, Gilbert self-released his fourth album Somerville Live, which the Boston Globe believes "young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams." Three more albums of original material followed, including the Ellis Paul collaboration Side of the Road in 2003 and Unfamiliar Moon in 2005, which was #4 of the Boston Globe's top ten CD's of the year.
In his latest release, entitled Angles, Castles, Covers, we find Gilbert stretching his limits as he sings songs that inspired him as an artist, ranging from Al Green to Joni Mitchell to Todd Rundgren. Though the writers and original performers of these songs are legendary, Roberta Schwartz of Fame says, "it will be Gilbert's voice you hear when you think of the classic songs on Angels, Castles, Covers. Bravo!”
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