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Cheryl Wheeler at the me&thee! (Honor Finnegan opens)
me and thee coffeehouse
Marblehead, MA
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Cheryl Wheeler at the me&thee! (Honor Finnegan opens)
Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for
how entertaining a performer she is.
If you're not already familiar with Cheryl, you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her
peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Cheryl's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as
Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell,
Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near.

From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people's comments about her
you learn that she is a natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you've been told about her. Interestingly enough, almost half of the songs she performs during her shows have never been recorded!

Cheryl's first concert was to a captive audience. She found an old toy ukelele in a neighbor's attic and serenaded her mother
who was taking a bath at the time. A year later she got a real ukelele, followed by her first guitar. She learned guitar from a
neighbor, who also taught a group of boys. Each week they would get together and play just about any song they could think
of for hours on end. Her first public performance was at a Hootenanny when she was 12. She started writing her own songs
when she was 17.

Cheryl has never had a "day job," and her first professional gigs were at the Steak and Ale Restaurant in her home town of
Timonium, Maryland. The place only had one PA system; in the middle of her songs you would hear: "Jones, party of four ...
Jones, party of four." She finally convinced them to get a second PA system.

She performed at venues around Baltimore and Washington DC before moving to New England in 1976, where she now lives.
She tours extensively, often performing solo or with Kenny White, who often opens her shows as well. She appeared as part
of the On a Winter's Night tour, and was part of the Philo 25th Anniversary tour.

Her funny stories between songs reveal her talent for diversity. Each time she tells a story, it will be a little bit different, so even if you've heard it before, you still find yourself laughing.

HONOR FINNEGAN

Honor Finnegan is the Susan Boyle of quirky indie folk, only hotter. Her songs are humorous then heartbreaking with melodies that soar. Based in New York City, she has been making a splash in the northeastern regional folk scene with her original songs and ukulele playing. Combining elements of musical theatre, comedy, traditional folk, and poetry, Honor is cooler than the other side of the pillow.
Honor Finnegan was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and learned to appreciate a variety of people and music living in a mostly African American neighborhood and sitting in the back seat of her single mothers car listening to the radio for long periods of time. When Honor was 11 her dream of being an actress came true when she was cast in the 1st National Tour of "Annie".

Honor eventually outgrew the Annie thing and went back to Chicago, spending her early adult life studying Improv with Del Close who created "Honor Finnegan vs. the Brain of the Galaxy" to try and help the poor waif get somewhere in life.
In 1991 Honor moved to Ireland. While living in Ireland, Honor sang with jazz bands, blues bands, big bands and traditional Irish bands including DeDannan for about a day. She released a cassette, "Learning to Fly", in 1996 and was a finalist in the Paddy Music Expo in Limerick. Her song "Better Love Water" was sung on the Gay Byrne Radio Hour twice with the all-female a Capella group, "The Cappuccinos". Honor moved to New York in 1998.

Honor is a regular attendee at the late great Jack Hardy's songwriter's exchange, which has nurtured the talents of Suzanne Vega, and Shawn Colvin to name but a few. She is also a proud member of Tribes Hill, a folk music collective based in the Hudson Valley. She was a finalist in the 2011 Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, and she has shared the stage with Buskin & Batteau, Sloan Wainwright, and David Massengill.

Location

me and thee coffeehouse (View)
28 Mugford St
Marblehead, MA 01945
United States

Categories

Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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