Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH— Three of contemporary music’s most celebrated singer songwriters – Loudon Wainwright III; his former life partner Suzzy Roche; and their daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche – will bring their critically acclaimed “ All in a Family ” concert to Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday evening, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. The Chandler presentation of this trio of iconic song crafters promises an evening of thoughtful songs and plenty of familial harmonies.
Loudon Wainwright III has a history of success in multiple creative outlets. He earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010 for “High, Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project” and surfaced on National Public Radio’s “Top Ten Albums of the Year” list for 2012’s “Older Than My Old Man Now.”
The title of that 2012 release hints at the insightful, confessional, emotionally laden content of many of Wainwright’s songs, while also suggesting themes that will surely be explored during the “All in a Family” evening with former partner Suzzy Roche and the couple’sdaughter, Lucy.
Wainwright’s songs have addressed a vast array of topics over the years – from the birth of his son Rufus, whose mother was the late Canadian songwriter Kate McGarrigle, to subject matters that include battling depression, gun control, drinking, senior citizenship, heartbreak, pet ownership, and even the peculiarities of finding a parking space in Manhattan.
Suzzy Roche’s career in music began when she and her two sisters founded The Roches, a vocal group known for their rich harmonies, quirky lyrics, and casually comedic stage performances. An acclaimed singer-songwriter in her own right, Suzzy has recorded two solo albums. She has written two books, appeared on-screen in Crossing Delancey, and taught at NYU and Princeton. After a lifetime of performing and recording, these days Suzzy enjoys being on the road with her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, with whom she recorded the duo release “Fairytale and Myth,” which was named Best Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards in 2014. The mother-daughter team’s second album, “Mud & Apples,” was released in 2016.
Lucy, who joins them on this current tour, is the half-sister of two other stellar songwriters, Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Initially bypassing her family’s propensity for writing and making music, Lucy decided to become a teacher early on before making the decision to pursue music full-time herself. In 2008, Lucy was one of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist award winners and the following year, her song “Snare Drum” earned a Best Singer-Songwriter Song, also at the Independent Music Awards. Lucy Wainwright Roche released her solo debut album, “Lucy,” in 2010, and in more recent years has been touring and recording exclusively with her mother, Suzzy.
For tickets and more information, call the Chandler Box Office at 802-728-6464, visit chandler-arts.org, or stop by Chandler weekdays between 12-4 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 71 Main St., Randolph.