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Brittain Ashford • Ali Dineen and Stephanie Niles. Nov 27:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
While Brittain Ashford has spent much of her career recording and touring in support of her original music, her unlikely appearance in the Broadway musical The Great Comet of 1812 took her a slightly different direction. Lin-Manuel Miranda once suggested that she could sing while he wept into a bucket and The New York Times said she should have been nominated for a Tony. Her new album, TROTTER, has been heralded by indy press as “profoundly moving” and “beguilingly rich.”
Ali Dineen is a songwriter, visual artist and teacher born and raised in Queens. Ali has performed at the Museum of Art and Design, the Caramoor American Roots Music Festival, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Folk Festival, among other wonderful venues, and was awarded the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in 2020. Ali is also the music director for local puppet troupe extraordinaire The Boxcutter Collective, arranges music and sings with Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir, and is part of a duet with the inimitable Feral Foster. Ali released a third album, Hold On, in 2020, and is currently working on a new piece about Joan of Arc.
Pianist, composer/arranger, and singer/songwriter Stephanie Nilles graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a BM in piano performance. She cut her songwriting teeth in the early aughts in New York City, then hit the road. She’s since performed all over the United States, Canada, and Europe, including at such esteemed chamber music, folk, and jazz engagements as Stimmen Festival, Festwochen Gmunden, Calgary Folk Festival, the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and Ingolstadt Jazz Festival, playing music in points as far west as Skagway, Alaska and as far east as Abu Dhabi. She’s scored one movie and one radio drama; she’s recorded six albums of original music, as well as one album of solo arrangements of the music of jazz behemoth Charles Mingus; and she’s shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Jonathan Richmond, Judy Collins, and Buckethead. Following a decade-long residence in New Orleans, she’s relocated to Kentucky, where she managed to buy the cheapest house in America.