TableTop Sessions with Jessica Smucker and Heather Maloney
Summer is now underway (which we are very happy about). But truth be told, we’re even more excited to feature Boston’s Heather Maloney and Lancaster’s own Jessica Smucker at June’s TableTop Session. As usual, the TableTop Session is a BYOB event (bring a 6-pack or a bottle of wine to share) with food available in […]
June 9, 2012 · 5:00pm
Summer is now underway (which we are very happy about).
But truth be told, we’re even more excited to feature Boston’s Heather Maloney and Lancaster’s own Jessica Smucker at June’s TableTop Session.
As usual, the TableTop Session is a BYOB event (bring a 6-pack or a bottle of wine to share) with food available in a potluck format (show off your culinary skillzzz with some food to share). Best part of it all is that you get to see some of the best talent that Lancaster has to offer – FOR FREE! Bring a cash donation to give our musicians — trust us, you’ll agree that they deserve it!
Please arrive at 7pm, as music starts at 8pm.
Heather Maloney had one of her first public shows at a small coffee shop in Northampton Massachusetts in September of 2009. She was so nervous and timid that she had to be prodded onto the stage. In July of 2011 she walked out onto the stage at the Calvin Theater in front of 1,500 fans of the Grammy Award winning artist Jonny Lang, and brought them to their feet in applause. Jonny immediately asked her to open three more shows and called her “an extremely talented songwriter and incredibly great singer.” Heather has fallen in love with performing, having played over 225 shows in 20 states in 20 months, sharing the stage with such celebrated acts as Jonny Lang, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriquez, Mike & Ruthy, Vance Gilbert, Dala, David Wax Museum, Devil Makes Three, Caravan of Thieves, Jeffrey Gaines, Jill Sobule, Meg Hutchinson, Cliff Eberhardt and many others.
Bob Dylan wrote in his autobiography that when he was pounding it out in the “pass the can” clubs of NYC, he knew that he would make it because he was different; he had something to say, he was presenting a message, when everybody else around was singing the same song, presenting themselves. The consistent feedback from those who have seen Heather perform is this: she has a message, an intention and the chops to back it up.
Please come out and help us welcome this wonderful musician to her first-ever visit to Tellus!
Heather Maloney – “Time & Pocket Change”:
Jessica Smucker writes what could be considered “dark pop” songs: catchy melodies in minor keys, lyrics that masterfully infuse sad stories with tiny flecks of humor and hope. She performs in diverse configurations and contexts, but her songs have a consistent melodic edge. “Woven with a sort of defiant sadness, a square-jawed resilience” (Fly Magazine), her compositions often start down a familiar road but, through a series of subtle twists and curves, deliver the listener to an unexpected destination.
Unflinching in her dealings with controversial themes – God, sex, social justice, and the movement of all three through an intimate personal narrative – Jessica delivers lyrics that will trip your mind and tie your stomach in knots. Her voice gives an impression of innocence until it erupts into an explosion of rage or desire – evoking, in its gentler moments, a lullaby quality in the vein of Cat Power, Sarah McLachlan or Over the Rhine, then launching into a vocal diatribe with all the anger and intensity of Alanis Morissette, Ani DiFranco or Fiona Apple.
You may remember Jessica from our TableTop Session in January. We just plum liked her so much that we had to give her another go — and we feel very strongly that you should too!
Jessica Smucker – “Sweet and Broken”:
We look forward to seeing you at the June TableTop Session with Heather Maloney and Jessica Smucker June 9! Remember to bring something to share if you can – beer, wine, dinner, dessert!
Remember to RSVP on Facebook!