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Americana, folk singer Tracy Grammer returns to The Oswego Music Hall April April 20

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Americana and folk singer Tracy Grammer returns to The Oswego Music Hall April April 20 Americana and folk singer Tracy Grammer returns to The Oswego Music Hall April April 20

     The Oswego Music Hall is proud to bring back the gifted Tracy Grammer to its stage, 8 p.m., Saturday. April 20.

     Joan Baez called Tracy a "brilliant artist" with her beautifully intoned violin, mandolin and emotionally potent vocals and The Boston Globe wrote that she is "one of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom."
     Grammer tours country-wide performing her blend of pop, folk and bluegrass sensibilities, with at least one show this spring sold out months in advance. So Oswego is in for a transcendent treat at the Music Hall.

     Grammer's dark, ethereal vocals evoke a purity and resonance that bring radiance to the songs she performs, and her attention to melody and story lines lends a rare sophistication to her vocal and instrumental interpretations. Her adept accompaniment extends to violin, mandolin, and guitar – yet it is her vocal prowess and intuition that infuse her work with a numinous quality and has established her as a formidable performer in her own right

     Grammer's late partner – folk singer and songwriter Dave Carter – was one of her biggest fan: "Tracy has one of the most beautiful and expressive voices I've ever heard in my life. I was looking for someone with depth and gentleness – as soon as I heard that voice, I knew I had found it."
     Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic acoustic" duo, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. The duo released three internationally celebrated albums featuring Carter's award-winning Americana songcraft, and toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and band members. Sadly, Carter died of a heart attack in 2002 while touring with Grammer. He was 49.
     Multi-tasking masterfully as co-producer (with John Jennings), singer, and multi-instrumentalist, Grammer dug deep into Carter's back catalog to carry forward the very best of his unrecorded material. Mary Chapin Carpenter sings harmony and penned the liner notes for the lush and powerful Flower of Avalon (Signature Sounds 2005).

     Carpenter wrote, "Tracy's continuing quest to make sure that the world remembers Dave Carter marks a new beginning of artistry for her. We are lucky that she is so brave, generous and gifted."    

     Flowers of Avalon showed up on "Best of" lists around the country, and was the number-one most-played album on folk radio for 2005 – a testament to Grammer's strength as a solo artist, and to the enduring appeal of Carter's songwriting.

     In 2012, Red House Records released "Little Blue Egg," an album of previously-unreleased Dave and Tracy recordings. This CD was part of a year-long celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of Carter's death and what would have been his 60th birthday. Grammer is charting a new course for herself as a singer/songwriter/producer in today's musical landscape, even as she continues to pay homage to Carter and other songwriters.

     For more background and samples of her music, check out http://www.tracygrammer.com and http://www.myspace.com/tracygrammer.

     Come and enjoy a range of haunting, beautiful, and rhythmic roots music with Grammer at the all-volunteer, family-friendly Music Hall – also known as the Ontario Center for Performing Arts. The atmosphere is intimate with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage with omemade desserts, popcorn and beverages available for purchase.
     Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river's end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St.in Oswego. Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.
     Ticket prices are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and younger are half-price; younger than 5 is free.
     For the best deal – lowest ticket prices and prime seating – Season Passes and All-Season Passes are available and may be purchased at any show.
     For information contact, membership secretary, Carol Forrest, at 343-2988.

     For the best deal – lowest ticket prices and prime seating – Season Passes and All-Season Passes are available and may be purchased at any show. For information contact Membership Secretary, Carol Forrest at 343-2988.

The Music Hall's next concert May 4th will feature an American treasure David Wilcox and be opened by Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb, whose original tune original tune "Onward" just won first prize for "Best Instrumental" at the International Acoustic Music Awards. Music Hall concerts are made possible in part with funding by the NYS Council on the Arts. For more information call 315-342-1733 or access the Music Hall website: http://oswegomusichall.org/.

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