Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.—BRANDON— “I have literally seen people’s breath taken away when they first hear Julia Mark,” said Jay Ottaway, of the Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival. Julia Mark is a singer-songwriter and pianist of jazz-inflected folk/pop but her songs are unique in their subjects. She writes lyric-driven, optimistically dissonant songs about life on the moon, loss of memory, shifting homes, and palindromes. Mark will next play at Brandon Music, on March 10.
Mark is the complete musical package. Ottaway continued, “Her combination of piano chops, soaring pin-point vocals, tightly woven evocative lyrics, and sweet but confident stage presence grabs her audiences’ attention and doesn’t let it go until the last note rings. No flaws in her game!”
Julia Mark grew up in semi-rural New Jersey, listening to bebop greats and folk music legends. After several years of classical piano lessons, she began writing her own music as a student of the late jazz pianist, Eric Doney. Upon graduating from Wesleyan University with degrees in psychology and music, Mark continued northward to Boston and became immersed in the singer-songwriter scene. She was a 2016 Iguana Music Fund grantee, spurring the creation of her first full-length album (“Gemini”), released at Club Passim on January 30 to a sold-out crowd.
Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB.
Photo by Roger Metcalf