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Butterfly & Rarities
June 26, 2020
Since mid-March of this year, we’ve all slowed down. The pandemic has demanded that we abandon our usual blinding pace of life and shelter in place. We’ve all had more time than we ever expected to examine our lives during these days of pause and seclusion. Most of my friends have been excavating forgotten corners of their homes and offices and sharing their discoveries. In that spirit, I sat down today and listened to an album of mine, Butterfly for the first time since completing it three years ago. Two time worn (but painfully true) phrases are ringing in my ears now: “lost in the din” and “fallen between the cracks”. Butterfly was released, to very little fanfare, in late June of 2017 as part of a ten-solo album retrospective box set. I had a funny notion that its inclusion would create incentive for people to invest in the archaic format of a box of compact discs. I also created a bonus disc of curated obscure tracks and called it Rarities. After weeks of combing my archive, I put together a collection including: collaborations with David Byrne, Billy Bragg, Amy Helm, The Chieftains and Cowboy Junkies, live performances, studio outtakes, and unreleased covers by songwriters, Katell Keineg, Randy Newman, Ray Davies, Buddy Holly, and Joel Zoss. We held back the digital release of both these discs for a year to ensure that the box was unique. What a brilliant scheme!
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Last night Natalie and Erik gave a special performance of “These Are Days” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and were joined by The Roots! They followed that with an encore acoustic performance of “Motherland.”
Natalie spoke to John Wilson of BBC Radio 4 for the new podcast These Three.
In each episode John talks to an artist, musician, writer, director, actor, photographer and other creative types about their artistic lives by focussing on three key works: a piece of work they’ve made that they’re especially proud of, one by someone else they wish they had made, and one they’re working on now.
Natalie discusses her song ‘Lulu’, ‘Ode To Billie Jo by Bobbie Gentry’, and a new song that’s a work in progress.
Listen to the full episode here.
Natalie will be performing at Symphony Space in NYC on December 6th as part of the 39th Annual John Lennon Tribute – where she’ll be presented with the 2019 John Lennon Real Love Award.
Tickets go on sale August 6th at 1 PM. Visit LennonTribute.org for more info.
Natalie is among the artists performing a song at this special show honoring John Prine on Wednesday, June 12th at PUBLIC ARTS in NYC.
A portion of proceeds from the event will be going to 826NYC. Limited tix available here.
Natalie is among the “women on the frontline of music” interviewed by Amy Raphael for her new book, A Seat at the Table, available now from Virago Press here.
Natalie has announced a summer tour of intimate venues across the Northeast United States. With few exceptions, these are towns where she’s never performed.
“I’ve reached a point in my career of wanting unique experiences on tour, of not settling for the predictable routing and venues. Last July, Erik and I had a very pleasant experience touring the United Kingdom as an acoustic duo. This Summer, we’ve decided to do a tour of New England following the same format as last year, steering clear of big cities and playing unique and intimate venues in small, picturesque towns. We’re looking forward to seeing the rocky coast of Maine, the green rolling hills of Vermont, the historic village squares and white steepled churches of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. I imagine we will meet many locals and visitors seeking the same sort of experience that we are and I expect the audiences and the settings will inspire us.” – Natalie
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 12 at 10am ET.
Visit the tour page for more information.
Cyndi Lauper has announced the lineup for her 8th annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert. The event will take place December 8th at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. This year’s concert will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the True Colors Fund, which was co-founded by Lauper.
Natalie will make an appearance, as will a host of guests including Amanda Palmer, Angie Stone, A$AP Rocky, Bebe Rexha, Bishop Briggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Dr. Elmo, Gina Yashere, Regina Spektor, Robert Glasper, Sara Ramirez, Shea Diamond, and The Knocks. The evening will be hosted by Carson Kressley.
“LGBTQ youth are strong, brave, and resilient,” said Lauper. “At Home for the Holidays, we’ll raise our voices in solidarity with LGBTQ young people – and raise money to support the True Colors Fund’s work to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. I’m so grateful to the artists for donating their time and talent to bring attention to this important cause.”
100% of the net proceeds from the concert will support the True Colors Fund’s programs to prevent and end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. In America, up to 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ and, according to a recent study from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, LGBTQ young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth.
For more info + tickets visit the True Colors Fund site HERE.
Following a lovely series of concerts last August in Ireland, Natalie will once again be making a guest appearance with her friends in Lúnasa for a limited run of special shows. This time in the northeast United States.
Tickets for the dates below are on-sale now.
- March 15 // Troy, NY // Troy Savings Bank Music Hall // Tix
- March 16 // Tarrytown, NY // Tarrytown Music Hall // Sold Out ◊
- March 17 // New York, NY // Symphony Space // Tix
- March 19 // Boston, MA // Wilbur Theatre // Sold Out ◊
- March 23 // Collingswood, NJ // Scottish Ride Auditorium // Sold Out ◊
◊ = indicates that Natalie will be performing a set of her own music in addition to making a guest appearance with Lúnasa.
Lúnasa’s album Cas is available now via the band’s online store. Natalie makes an appearance on the track “The Bonny Light Horseman.”
Natalie and Lúnasa first collaborated on her 2010 release Leave Your Sleep.
With the crucial mid-term elections nearly upon us on November 6th, a group of concerned citizens has banded together with local and nationally recognized artists to present an evening of music, performance and activism.
Natalie will perform and is serving as Artistic Director for HUDSON VALLEY VOTES on Saturday, October 20th at UPAC. The line-up of Hudson Valley based musicians and actors performing include: Aaron Dessner of The National, singer-songwriter Dar Williams, actress and filmmaker Mary Stuart Masterson, actors Paul Rudd and Lili Taylor, activist and author Eve Ensler and many more. Progressive Democratic candidates and elected officials will join artists on stage, including NY19 Candidate Antonio Delgado.
On October 20th at UPAC, Hudson Valley artists will engage in the political process by using their voices in support of our progressive Democratic candidates. We have seen recent elections in upstate NY decided by just a handful of votes. Anyone who thinks his or her vote doesn’t matter needs to think again; everyone must participate in this midterm election. The fate of not just our region, state or country depends upon it…the destiny of the entire world will be determined by the outcome of this vote. -Natalie
Tickets and more info on the event here: http://www.bardavon.org/show/hudson-valley-votes/
More info on Antonio Delgado here: https://www.delgadoforcongress.com