Music @ Engine: Sorcha + Eric Ott
Saturday, April 13, 2013: Sorcha + Eric Ott
Sorcha's "sultry and jazzy" voice captures the blues, jazz and country influences in her music. Wielding acoustic guitar and claw hammer banjo, this 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist "unveils a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes" (Portland Pheonix).
An old piano in the laundry room in her artsy, rural coastal Maine home fueled her propensity to create. Having come to songwriting following a significant loss, Sorcha is committed to empowering people to use creative expression to support healing through loss or transition. She continues to deepen and expand her collaborations with the Center for Grieving Children, assisted living facilities, schools and artists from all genres. Her third and latest release, Laughing Lamenting (2010), is a half-solo, half-duo celebration of loss and growth.
Sorcha has shared the stage with Edie Carey, Tab Benoit, Tom Rush, Obo Addy and the late Bill Morrissey. Her music has taken her from Portland, Maine's Old Port Festival to Boston's Club Passim and Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY to the streets of Nashville.
Eric Ott, whom longtime fans will originally remember as a member of the Ridley's, as well as the Bonnie Situation (whom won Best New Artist by Jam Magazine); later formed Mercuryhat perhaps the most popular project he's been involved with to date. The Americana/roots rock sound varied from past efforts, and really got to the core of what makes Ott's craft a superb semblance of artistic integrity his brutally honest lyrics giving you an inside look of a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, as well as that of other folk(s) as well. It's a true testament when an artist can channel his inner thoughts, shed an exposing light, and craft a detailed portrait of a certain human condition that is felt by many. A trait, which would aide in earning Ott the 2010 Spotlight on the Arts Award: "Best Musician."
Like Dylan and other great contemporary storytellers in the vein of Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams, and Michael Stipe, Ott is always looking for that next step in a songsmith's progression The next way to craftily, and effectively get stories out to fans without sounding repetitive and stale.
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