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    Gemme Laurence • Jess Kerber • Will Orchard Nov 23

    7:30 Dooors 8:00 Music $15.00 suggested donation

    Gemma Laurence is a Brooklyn-based indie folk singer-songwriter from the coast of Maine. Categorizing herself as “Sapphic folk,” Laurence has been named an “up-and-comer” in the queer music scene by NPR Music and starred on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Having grown up on the coast of Maine and the hills of Oxfordshire, Laurence’s time on both sides of the Atlantic influenced her unique sound: a fusion of foot-stomping Americana with a hint of English folk. Crafting a lush soundscape of rich acoustic textures, dreamy harmonies, and found sounds, Laurence’s timeless tracks call her listeners home to the people and places left behind for new beginnings. Her album Lavender is out now on Better Company Records.

    Jess Kerber is a songwriter who hails from just outside New Orleans, LA. Picking up the guitar at age 12, she quickly learned the instrument on an atypical path. Heavily inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Susan Tedeschi, she primarily gravitated towards alternate tunings, leading her playing to take on a color unlike most other musicians. Her voice grew to attain a deep purple heaviness, which enchanted her early recordings, all backed by the tasteful intricacy of her guitar playing, melodic and captivating enough to stand on its own.  Before long, she found herself at Boston’s Berklee College of Music as the 2018 Berklee Lollapalooza full scholarship recipient. The environment challenged her tastes and songwriting style, leading her to take on a more subdued and lyric-driven approach, influenced by the indie-folk of artists like Andy Shauf and Adrianne Lenker.  Having embarked on two self-booked European tours and releasing her debut record (May 2022), Jess has since relocated to Nashville, TN – where she lives with her two cats, Tahini and Archie.

    Will Orchard has released four EPs and LPs as, both independently and with Brooklyn-based label, Better Company Records. He has been praised by PopNews, Glide Magazine, The Wild Honey Pie, Atwood, and more as a unique emerging voice in folk music. Now based in Nashville, he is currently back in his natural environment of self-production, with an in progress-LP slated to release in 2025. 




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